Key Art Banner

Watch 2019 Holiday TV Specials: Celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, And More With CBS

Keep your cherished traditions alive with the Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS, Frosty, I Love Lucy, and more on CBS and CBS All Access.
Posted on Nov 4, 2019 | 10:00am
It's time to make holiday plans! Which means it's time to gather loved ones for the season's most uplifting holiday TV programs and inspiring musical performances. We've got the details on all the hits coming this season on CBS and streaming on CBS All Access.

STREAM: Holiday Specials On CBS All Access

We're starting the 2019 festivities on a high note with The Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS on Nov. 28. The time-honored tradition leads right into a different kind of parade—of true classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman (who's celebrating a big 50th anniversary!), the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, and more!

The musical fun will ramp up when The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors recognizes R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children's television program Sesame Street, and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas on Sunday, Dec. 15.

It all culminates with the 21st annual A Home for the Holidays with Idina Menzel, featuring performances by Adam Lambert, NE-YO, and Kelly Rowland. The Dec. 22 special, hosted by Idina Menzel, will highlight inspirational stories about foster care adoption—filling your heart just in time for Christmas!

Several of these programs will be available to stream on demand with CBS All Access after they air, and the following listings, if available, will be updated with a link to watch after the broadcast.

THURSDAY, NOV. 28

The Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS
9:00 AM-12:00 PM, live ET; 8:00-11:00 AM, live CT; 7:00-10:00 AM, live MT; 9:00-12:00 PM, delayed PT
A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 59th year, the special, to be anchored by Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and correspondent and weekend co-host Keltie Knight, will feature portions of the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, live from New York City. Country music superstar Miranda Lambert will perform.

FRIDAY, NOV. 29

Frosty The Snowman
8/7c
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this holiday classic! Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle).

Frosty Returns
8:30/7:30c
The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventure and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30

Robbie The Reindeer: Hooves Of Fire
8/7c
In this animated special, Robbie (voiced by Ben Stiller) must train to compete in the Reindeer Races to become a part of the sleigh team for Santa (voiced by Jim Belushi).

Robbie The Reindeer: Legend Of The Lost Tribe
8:30/7:30c
In the second of two 30-minute specials, Robbie battles Blitzen (voiced by Hugh Grant) in an effort to stop his nemesis’s launch of a reindeer theme park. Britney Spears, James Woods, Leah Remini, and Jerry Stiller are among the additional stars to lend their voices.

The Story Of Santa Claus
9/8c
This animated one-hour musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas. The voices of Betty White and Tim Curry are also featured.

MONDAY, DEC. 2

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
8/7c
Narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, this one-hour favorite is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all of Christmasville.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors
8/7c
R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children's television program Sesame Street, and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas will receive honors. CBS has broadcast the two-hour special each year since its debut 42 years ago.

READ: The Kennedy Center Announces Honorees For 2019 Tribute Broadcast On CBS​

FRIDAY, DEC. 20

I Love Lucy Christmas Special
8/7c
Featuring two back-to-back episodes of the classic series, the colorized The Christmas Episode and newly colorized Paris at Last. "The Christmas Episode" (first presented in black and white on Christmas Eve, 1956) finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky's Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos' son, Little Ricky. In "Paris at Last" (originally aired Feb. 27, 1956) the Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in the French capital, where Lucy encounters a sidewalk artist, who sells multiple copies of the same "original" oil painting, and a con man, who offers a better exchange rate for her American dollars than the one offered in the banks. Later, her attempt to have a quiet lunch in an outdoor café finds her not only unwittingly ordering a plate of snails, but paying the check with counterfeit French francs.

WATCH: Full Episodes Of I Love Lucy On CBS All Access

SUNDAY, DEC. 22

A Home For The Holidays With Idina Menzel
9/8c
Now in its 21st year, the one-hour special features Tony Award® winner Idina Menzel hosting and performing songs from her new album, Christmas: A Season of Love, and introducing uplifting stories about adoption from foster care. Award-winning artists Adam Lambert, NE-YO, and Kelly Rowland also perform.