Watching ‘Christmas at the Movies’ on TCM

Jeremy Arnold’s “Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season” is written with the warmth of someone who cares as much about the subject as those who will read the book.

Each of the 30 films has a cast breakdown, a short essay on the movie, its “holiday moment” (a scene, a song, an image) and a wealth of photos. The book is compiled in a way that’s easy to return to again and again – especially to gaze at those fabulous glossy pictures. I especially love the compact size of the book (about 7 inches by 8 inches) that makes it convenient to carry in my purse and around the house.

At each film entry, you may get the overwhelming feeling that you have to watch the movie. Don’t fight it – in December, TCM is airing 14 of the films from the book as part of its holiday programming.

Here are those times, along with a link to where you can buy the movies through the TCM store. (The films are included if you can buy them through TCM, even if there isn’t a TCM airing.) Also included is the time for the traditional network airing of two of the films and TCM Big Screen Classics event.

Tune into TCM on Dec. 1 and 2 to hear Jeremy Arnold and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz discuss holiday films. If you don’t have the book yet, you can buy it through TCM  here.

Here is the schedule:

“The Apartment” (1960)
Buy it here

“Beyond Tomorrow” (1940)
Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Dec. 24, 6 a.m.
Buy it here

“The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)
Dec. 1, 9:45 p.m.
Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
Buy it here

“A Christmas Carol”/“Scrooge” (1951)
Dec. 23, 10 p.m.
Buy it here

Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan are in for a holiday surprise in “Christmas in Connecticut.”

“Christmas in Connecticut” (1945)
Dec. 9, 8:15 a.m.
Dec. 22, 10 p.m.
Dec. 24, 4 p.m.
Buy it here

“A Christmas Story” (1983)
Annual 24-hour marathon starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 24 on TBS and TNT
Buy it here

“Holiday Affair” (1949)
Dec. 2,  10 p.m.
Dec. 15, noon
Dec. 24, 2:15 p.m.
Buy it here

“Holiday Inn” (1942)
Dec. 8, 8 p.m.
Dec. 23, 6 p.m.
Buy it here

“The Holly and the Ivy” (1952)
Dec. 23, 8 p.m.

“I’ll Be Seeing You” (1944)
Buy it here

“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
Airing 8 p.m. Dec. 6 on USA
Buy it here

“Little Women” (1994)
Dec. 16 at 10 p.m.
Buy it here

“Love Actually” (2003)
Buy it here

Monte Woolley, Betty Davis and Ann Sheridan in “The Man Who Came To Dinner.”

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1942)
Dec. 8, 10 p.m.
Dec. 25, 3:30 p.m.
Buy it here

“Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)
Dec. 1, noon
Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
Dec. 24, 6 p.m.
Buy it here

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
Buy it here

“Remember the Night” (1940)
Dec. 22, 8 p.m.
Buy it here

The Shop Around The Corner” (1940)
Dec. 2, 8 p.m.
Dec. 16, 6 a.m.
Dec. 24, 12:30 p.m.

“3 Godfathers” (1948)
Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 25, 8  a.m.
Buy it here

“Trail of Robin Hood” (1950)
Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

“We’re No Angels” (1955)
Buy it here

See “White Christmas” as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics.

“White Christmas” (1954)
TCM Big Screen Classics at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 12. See
Buy it here

Also airing on TCM

These films aren’t in the book, but are part of TCM’s holiday programming:

“It Happened on Fifth Avenue” (1947)
Dec. 2, 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
Dec. 25, 5:45 p.m.
Buy it here

“O. Henry’s Full House” (1952)
Dec. 9, 10:15 p.m.
Dec. 23, 11:45 a.m.
Buy it here

“Star in the Night” (1945)
11:30 p.m. Dec. 15

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