Find Out When Your Favorite ABC Shows are Celebrating the Holidays — and When the Charlie Brown Specials will Air!

‘Tis the Season for your favorite shows to start celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas! That also means that the gang from Peanuts will show up with their annual specials — as well as few more treats on ABC this season.

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Other specials include The Sound of Music, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Shrek the Halls, Disney Prep & Landing, and more! Check out the full schedule below!

November 19

The Connors – “Slappy Holidays”
8:00-8:30 p.m.
Chaos ensues when Dan finally gets the entire family together for Thanksgiving dinner.

November 20

The Goldbergs – “Angst-Giving”
8:00-8:30 p.m.
Even though Beverly’s patience with Pop Pop is put to the test due to his endless Thanksgiving demands, she is able to put aside her own feelings to help heal the long-standing rift between Murray and Pop Pop.

Schooled – “Friendsgiving”
8:30-9:00 p.m.
CB celebrates Thanksgiving by having all of William Penn rally around him after a cooking incident at his house, while the alumni faculty football game brings out the competitive sides of Wilma and Coach Mellor.

Modern Family – “The Last Thanksgiving”
9:00-9:31 p.m.
Cameron and Mitchell’s friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side, and Haley attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner as a thank you for Claire and Phil’s support with the twins.

Single Parents – “Every Thursday Should Be Like This”
9:31-10:00 p.m.
When Will gets busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner at Douglas’ home, he asks Angie to hang out with Tracy Freeze (guest star Jama Williamson).

Stumptown – “November Surprise”
10:00-11:00 p.m.
Dex goes undercover after she is hired by a local politician to dig up dirt on his political opponent. 

November 27

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
8:00-9:00 p.m.
In the 1973 special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown wants to do something special for the gang. However, the dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish.

A special bonus cartoon from Charles M. Schulz, “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” will air with the Peanuts classic, in which history comes to animated screen life in a captivating and informative program about the Mayflower voyagers.

November 28

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Join celebrity hosts as they present the two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Learn more about the special here.

December 1

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
8:00-9:00 p.m.
In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman”), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others.

December 2

The Great Christmas Light Fight 
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Season Premiere
‘Tis the season for ABC’s decorating competition series, which continues to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with celebrity judges—lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak.

December 3

CMA Country Christmas
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Trisha Yearwood will host and perform on the 10th annual “CMA Country Christmas.” The two-hour music celebration features a night filled with Christmas classics and festive one-of-a-kind collaborations by Yearwood, Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young.

December 5

A Charlie Brown Christmas
8:00-9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In the digitally remastered 1965 special, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. In addition, another PEANUTS special based on the works of Charles Schulz, “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales,” will also air with the Emmy®-winning classic. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Same Time, Next Christmas
9:00-11:00 p.m.
In this original holiday film, Olivia Anderson (played by Lea Michele) is a successful young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaiian resort years later, and the old chemistry between them flares up anew—but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

December 10

The Connors – “Smoking Penguins and Santa on Santa action”
8:00-8:30 p.m.
Dan is disappointed when everyone but Becky forgets about his birthday. Meanwhile, Darlene is faced with another issue, and Dan excludes Jackie from the family Christmas Santa photo for mistreating Louise.

Bless this Mess – “Goose Glazing Time”
8:30-9:00 p.m.
Mike and Rio are thrilled about having their first Christmas alone together as a married couple, but a wrench is thrown into their romanticized holiday plans as they are interrupted by crisis after crisis.

Mixed-ish– “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
9:00-9:30 p.m.
Alicia and Paul strive to maintain their winter solstice traditions from the commune, but their parents want to have a more traditional Christmas with the kids.

Black-ish– “Father Christmas”
9:30-10:00 p.m.
Pops doesn’t do Christmas, so when he shows up to the house full of holiday cheer with Lynette (Loretta Devine), Dre is thrown off.

December 11

The Goldbergs – “It’s a Wonderful Life”
8:00-8:30 p.m.
Hoping to outdo the Kremp family, Beverly decides the Goldbergs must do an even better family holiday card, but Geoff is surprised he is not invited to be in the photo.

Modern Family – “The Last Christmas”
9:00-9:31 p.m.
Cameron is hoping to keep everyone happy for their annual Christmas dinner, but Mitchell is suspicious he is hiding an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Claire tries to dodge Jay’s job offer to work at his dog bed company and Luke has to deal with the consequences of kissing Manny’s ex-girlfriend, Sherri.

Single Parents– “Good Holidays to You”
9:31-10:00 p.m.
When Graham writes a letter to Santa asking for either a white Christmas or to meet his father, Angie goes on a mission to find snow in Southern California with the help of Will and Sophie.

December 12

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
8:00-8:30 p.m.
In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle.

Toy Story That Time Forgot
8:30-9:00 p.m.
Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television, “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” features your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang finds themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional

The Great America Baking Show: Holiday Edition
Season Premiere
9:00-11:00 p.m.
“Cake and Bread Week” – On your marks, get set, bake! The most festive and friendliest competition on television returns with hosts Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) and Anthony “Spice” Adams, and judges Paul Hollywood (“The Great British Baking Show”) and three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard. The heat is on when 10 bakers enter the tent in the two-hour season five premiere of “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition.”

December 13

American Housewife – “The Bromance Before Christmas”
8:00-8:30 p.m.
Katie looks forward to sharing her favorite childhood Christmas tradition with Taylor, but a surprise visit from her mom, Kathryn (Wendie Malick), threatens her holiday cheer.

Fresh off the Boat – “Jessica Town”
8:30-9:00 p.m.
Jessica is thriving in the merriment of Christmas, the time of year she takes full control of the household and everything is perfect until Louis does the unthinkable—tries to help, turning her Christmas dream into a holiday nightmare.

December 15

The Sound of Music
7:00-11:00 p.m.
 ABC will air the Rodgers & Hammerstein cinematic treasure “The Sound of Music.” Celebrate the Oscar®-winning classic with popular favorites “Edelweiss,” ”My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and “The Sound of Music.”

December 17

Shrek the Halls
9:30-10:00 p.m.
Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer—except for Shrek.

December 19

Disney Prep & Landing
8:00-8:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Animation Studios brings you a half-hour holiday special tale of an elite unit of elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence.

Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice
8:30-9:00 p.m.
The yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue. With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel.

December 22

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
7:00-8:00 p.m.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It’s Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun’s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer.

December 25

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Join celebrity hosts for the two-hour Christmas day special as they follow the famous Christmas Day Parade down Main Street U.S.A., featuring performances by some of today’s top artists across Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Learn more about the special here.

December 26

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
8:00-9:00 p.m.
ABC and the PEANUTS gang will ring in the new year with the animated PEANUTS special “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, along with “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.” In “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” the PEANUTS gang is ringing in 1986, and Marcie and Peppermint Patty are throwing a big New Year’s Eve bash.  In “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown,” disaster strikes as Peppermint Patty heads to her first major ice-skating competition with coach Snoopy and faithful companion, Marcie, by her side.

What will you be watching this season? Let us know in the comments!

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