November 30, 2022
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The best way to Watch Rankin/Bass Christmas Classics on TV This Vacation Season

You higher be careful, you higher not cry, you higher not pout, we’re telling you why: Rankin/Bass is coming to display.

Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass’ animated vacation specials have turn into a seasonal staple on TV — with classics like Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to City hitting ABC and CBS this yuletide season and plenty of extra airing on Freeform and AMCx.

This yr’s airings come simply weeks after Bass’ dying. The animator and director handed away at age 87 on October 25, predeceased by Rankin, who died at age 89 in 2014. Bass’ dying additionally got here only a week after the October 18 launch of The Complete Rankin/Bass Christmas Collection, a DVD assortment of 18 vacation favorites.

Because of Christmas TV Schedule and different websites, we have now listings for this yr’s Rankin/Bass airings — however be suggested that these airdates and occasions are topic to time. (Blame the Warmth Miser for any inaccuracies!)

Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

  • Tuesday, November 29, 8/7c, CBS
  • Saturday, December 3, 9:15/8:15c, Freeform
  • Sunday, December 4, 5:35/4:35c, Freeform
  • Wednesday, December 21, 9/8c, Freeform
  • Thursday, December 22, 8/7c, Freeform
  • Saturday, December 24, 5:45/4:45c, Freeform
  • Sunday, December 25, 11a/10c, Freeform

Cricket on the Fireside (1967)

  • Sunday, December 18, 7a/6c, Freeform

The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

  • Saturday, December 3, 1:30a/12:30c, Freeform
  • Saturday, December 3, 7a/6c, Freeform
  • Tuesday, December 13, 8:30a/7:30c, Freeform
  • Friday, December 16, 9a/8c, Freeform
  • Saturday, December 17, 7a/6c, Freeform
  • Streaming on Peacock

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

  • Friday, November 25, 8/7c, CBS
  • Saturday, December 3, 10:20/9:20c, Freeform
  • Sunday, December 4, 5:05/4:05c, Freeform
  • Wednesday, December 21, 8:30/7:30c, Freeform
  • Thursday, December 22, 7:30/6:30c, Freeform
  • Saturday, December 24, 6:50/5:50c, Freeform
  • Sunday, December 25, 10:30a/9:30c, Freeform

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to City (1970)

  • Thursday, December 1, 8/7c, ABC
  • Saturday, December 3, 10:50/9:50c, Freeform
  • Sunday, December 4, 4/3c, Freeform
  • Tuesday, December 20, 8/7c, ABC
  • Wednesday, December 21, 10/9c, Freeform
  • Thursday, December 22, 6:30/5:30c, Freeform
  • Saturday, December 24, 4:40/3:40c, Freeform
  • Sunday, December 25, 9:30a/8:30c, Freeform

’Twas the Evening Earlier than Christmas (1974)

  • Monday, November 28, 8:15/7:15c, AMC
  • Tuesday, November 29, 1:30/12:30c, AMC
  • Friday, December 2, 6:30/5:30c, AMC
  • Saturday, December 3, 12:15a/11:15c, AMC

The Yr With out a Santa Claus (1974)

  • Friday, December 2, 9/8c, AMC
  • Saturday, December 3, 12:45a/11:45c, AMC
  • Sunday, December 11, 4:45/3:45c, AMC

The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)

  • Monday, November 28, 4:45/3:45c, AMC
  • Tuesday, November 29, 10a/9c, AMC
  • Saturday, December 3, 5:30a/4:30c, AMC
  • Friday, December 9, 9:15a/8:15c, AMC
  • Streaming on Plex

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976)

  • Monday, November 28, 5:15/4:15c, AMC
  • Tuesday, November 29, 10:30a/9:30c, AMC
  • Friday, December 2, 6/5c, AMC
  • Saturday, December 3, 2a/1c, AMC

Rudolph’s Shiny New Yr (1976)

  • Monday, November 28, 8:45/7:45c, AMC
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2/1c, AMC
  • Sunday, December 4, 5a/4c, AMC
  • Tuesday, December 6, 4:45/3:45c, AMC
  • Wednesday, December 7, 4:15a/3:15c, AMC

The Little Drummer Boy E book II (1976)

  • Tuesday, November 29, 9a/8c, AMC
  • Friday, December 2, 5:30a/4:30c, AMC
  • Saturday, December 3, 5a/4c, AMC

Nestor, the Lengthy-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

  • Thursday, December 1, 9a/8c, AMC
  • Friday, December 2, 5a/4c, AMC
  • Thursday, December 8, 5:30a/4:30c, AMC

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979)

  • Monday, November 28, 5:45/4:45c, AMC
  • Tuesday, November 29, 11a/10c, AMC

Jack Frost (1979)

  • Thursday, December 1, 2:15/1:15c, AMC
  • Sunday, December 4, 10:45a/9:45c, AMC
  • Monday, December 5, 4:45a/3:45c, AMC
  • Thursday, December 8, 4:15a/3:15c, AMC

Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980)

  • Monday, November 28, 9a/8c, AMC

The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold (1981)

  • Tuesday, November 29, 9:30a/8:30c, AMC
  • Wednesday, November 30, 5:30a/4:30c, AMC
  • Tuesday, December 6, 9:15a/8:15c, AMC
  • Wednesday, December 7, 5:30a/4:30c, AMC

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)

  • Wednesday, November 30, 4:15a/3:15a, AMC
  • Tuesday, December 6, 4:45a/3:45c, AMC
  • Sunday, December 11, 6:15a/5:15a, AMC

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