Monday, November 27, 2023

Christmas Movies on TCM in December 2023

Shirley MacLaone and Jack
Lemmon in The Apartment
For many of us Turner Classic Movies is the destination for Christmas movies, not the Hallmark Channel. There is a good reason for this, as every December TCM shows some of the greatest Christmas movies ever made. This year is no different, as they are showing such classics as The Apartment (1960), The Bishop's Wife (1947), Christmas in Connecticut (1944), It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), and yet others.

Every year I compile a schedule of my picks for movies guaranteed to bring the Christmas spirit to those who celebrate the holiday. This year is no different. This TCM is showing Christmas movies every Saturday and Sunday until December 17 when they begin their marathon of non-stop holiday films that last until December 25.

Some of you may notice Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) is not included in the schedule. Now Meet Me in St. Louis is one of my all-time favourite movies. If not for The Wizard of Oz (1939), it would be my favourite Judy Garland movie. As much as I love Meet Me in St. Louis, I have never, ever thought of it as a Christmas movie. In fact, my favourite times to watch are in the spring and the fall! For those of you who do think of it as a Christmas movie, I will tell you that Meet Me in St. Louis is airing on TCM at 11:00 PM on Saturday; December 16; at 7:00 PM on Thursday; and December 21; at 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 24. 

Anyway, without further ado, here is the schedule of my picks for Christmas movies to watch on Turner Classic Movies in December 2023. All times are Central.

Saturday, December 2
3:30 PM A Christmas Carol (1938)
5:00 PM Fitzwilly (1967)

Sunday, December 3
3:00 PM The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
5:00 The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Saturday, December 9
3:00 PM It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
5:15 PM Remember the Night (1940)

Sunday, December 11
3:00 PM In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
5:00 PM Christmas in Connecticut (1944)

Saturday December 16
3:15 PM The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
5:15 PM Holiday Affair (1949)

Sunday, December 17
10:00 PM It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

Monday, December 18
8:00 AM Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
12:30 PM Bundle of Joy (1956)
2:30 PM Bachelor Mother (1939)
4:00 PM The Great Rupert (1950)
7:00 PM Miracle on Main Street (1939)
8:30 PM Blast of Silence (1951)
10:00 PM Cash on Demand (1961)
11:30 PM Cover-Up (1949)

Tuesday, December 19
2:30 AM Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
4:45 AM "Star in the Night" (1945)
9:00 AM Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
5:15 PM Shop Around the Corner (1940)
11:30 PM O'Henry's Full  House (1952)

Wednesday, December 20
1:45 AM Period of Adjustment (1962)
9:30 SM Miracle on Main Street (1939)
1:00 PM Never Say Goodbye (1946)
3:00 PM Susan Slept Here (1954)
4:00 PM Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
7:00 PM Remember the Night (1940)
8:45 PM The Cheaters (1945)
10:30 PM We're No Angels (1955)

Thursday, December 21
12:30 AM Lady in the Lake (1947)
2:30 AM Roadblock (1951)
4:00 AM Christmas Past (1925)
6:15 AM Hell's Heroes (1930)
3:00 PM Larceny Inc. (1942)
5:00 PM Mr. Soft Touch (1948)
9:00 PM The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
11:15 PM Fitzwilly (1967)

Friday, December 22
1:00 PM Carol For Another Christmas (1964)
3:30 PM 3 Godfathers (1949)
4:30 PM The Lion in Winter (1968)
7:00 PM The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Saturday, December 23
10:30 AM The Thin Man (1934)
12:15 PM Good Sam (1948)
2:30 PM Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
7:00 PM The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
9:00 PM In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
11:00 PM Desk Set (1947)

Sunday, December 24

5:00 AM Three Godfathers (1936)
6:30 AM Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
8:00 AM The Great Rupert (1950)
9:30 AM Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
10:45 AM Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
2:45 PM It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
7:00 PM Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
9:00 PM Holiday Affair (1949)
10:45 PM A Christmas Carol (1938)

Monday, December 25
4:45 AM "Big Business" (1929)
5:30 AM Bachelor Mother (1939)
9:00 AM Never Say Goodbye (1946)
10:45 AM Holiday Affair (1949)
12:30 PM The Apartment (1960)
2:45 PM The Man Who Came to Diner (1942)
5:00 PM In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

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