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Five Holiday Specials You Should Watch This Season

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The holiday season is in full swing on TV, with hundreds of holiday movies, TV specials and timeless shows airing throughout the month. From familiar classics to brand-new offerings, these five specials are sure to delight viewers of all ages.

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Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Tale
Wednesday December 11 at 10/9c on NBC
Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Clarkson’s all-new Christmas special will feature superstars Blake Shelton, Reba and Trisha Yearwood. Others set to make an appearance include Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong ("Community") and Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy").

It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday December 14 at 8/7c & Christmas Eve at 8/7c on NBC
The annual holiday tradition continues with two special airings of the 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart as a small-town banker who learns what life would have been like if he’d never been born.

Michael Buble’s Christmas Special
Wednesday December 18 at 10/9c on NBC
The Grammy-winning artist will lay on the charm with his annual holiday concert featuring performances of Buble’s most popular songs with special guests. Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige are set to make special appearances.

I Love Lucy Christmas Special
December 20 at 8/7c on CBS
“The Christmas Episode” of I Love Lucy will be rebroadcast in color for the first time in history. Originally aired in December 1956, the holiday episode was taken out of syndication, making it a rare treat for fans of the iconic series.

Doctor Who Christmas Special
Wednesday December 25 at 9/8c on BBC America
As “Doctor Who” celebrates 50 years of amazing adventures, the December 25th Christmas Special will feature current Doctor Matt Smith’s farewell and the introduction of the next Doctor (Peter Capaldi). “The Time of the Doctor” is also the 800th episode of Doctor Who and the ninth Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005.