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The end of the week usually has the most of the classic Christmas shows on, so here’s what you can catch tonight through the weekend.

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Thursday night

“A Chipmunk Christmas” (1981)6pm on ABC Family. Forget the movies, enjoy the original cartoon trio as they help a very sick, little boy experience the best Christmas possible while singing along with all the chipmunk songs you grew up with.

“Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) – 8pm on ABC. Christmas is not Christmas until Charlie, Lucy, Snoopy, and all the other blockheads get together for the annual Christmas pageant where everyone is reminded that the season is not about presents or commercialism, but something much simpler.

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)8pm on AMC. The original black-and-white story of one very famous Macy’s Santa that believes himself to be the one, true St. Nick.  His defense attorney even has all the letters from children brought to court in order to prove his existence.

“Jingle All the Way” (1996)8pm on ENC. Christmas Eve is here, and Arnold Schwarzenegger forgets to pick up the one toy every kid wants this holiday season.  Now he has to spend the day in search of the elusive toy and deal with all the headaches that go along with it.

“Santa Buddies” (2009)8:30pm on Disney. Talking labrador retriever puppies are really all you need to “Awe” on Christmas, but to put a holiday spin on it, the hounds head to the North Pole to come to the aid of Santa and restore one fellow pup to the “nice” side of the list.

Friday night

“The Polar Express” (2004)5pm on Disney XD. Tom Hanks voices characters on the heart-warming animated story of a boy who learns to believe in Christmas again when the midnight train to the North Pole stops to pick him up for a special meeting with the man in red.

“Mickey’s Christmas Special” (2010)6pm on ABC Family. Disney shorts featuring all your favorite Disney characters in holiday situations.

“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983)6:30pm on ABC Family. The animated version of Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale featuring the beloved characters from Mickey’s Magical Kingdom.

“Christmas with the Kranks” (2004)8pm on FX. Once again, Tim Allen gets his holiday mojo on in another holiday story about what happens when you try and avoid Christmas altogether.

“Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas” (2011)9pm on FOX. A new holiday classic featuring Sid the Sloth on a mission with Manny and Diego to the North Pole to clear Sid’s name after he is convinced that he has earned a spot on Santa’s naughty list after ruining Manny’s Christmas decorations.

“Fred Claus” (2007)9pm on TNT. Santa recruits his repo-man, older brother Fred to help out in the toy shop this year, which doesn’t help calm things down for an already nervous St. Nick.

“Elf” (2003)9pm on USA. Will Ferrell dresses in tights and bids farewell to his claymation pals as he journey’s to the real world in search of his biological father, who is anything but jolly.

“Christmas in Connecticut” (1945)10pm on TCM. A writer must put on a happy-homemaker facade when a sailor needs a place to stay for the holidays.

Saturday night

“A Dog Named Christmas” (2009)6pm on Hallmark Channel. Get your tissues out!  This holiday story follows a developmentally challenged boy that adopts homeless animals, while encouraging others to do the same, including one from the local dog shelter named Christmas.

“Frosty the Snowman” (1969)8pm on CBS. The story of Frosty the Snowman as he comes to life and journeys to the North Pole where he battles rising temperatures and a scheming magician looking to recover the magic hat that brought Frosty to life.

“Frosty Returns” (1995)8:30pm on CBS. Frosty comes back to discover a new invention that threatens his very existence, snow-removal spray; follow Frosty on his quest to keep snow alive.

“The Story of Santa Claus” (1996)9pm on CBS. A star-studded, animated tale that explains exactly how Santa Claus began delivering toys to all the children on Earth.

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1970)10pm on ABC Family. In case your kids don’t believe you when you tell them that Santa was once a red-head, or if they ever ask how reindeers can fly, sit down with them tonight and watch as Fred Astaire answers all their questions.

Happy Holiday viewing!

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