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A holiday TV programming guide from Charlie Brown to new movies

A holiday movie made in the Buffalo area is a highlight of a very busy Christmas season on television.

"A Christmas in Vermont," premiering at 9 p.m. Nov. 27 on ION Television, was filmed in Buffalo, East Aurora and Ellicottville by director Fred Olen Ray. It stars Abigail Hawk as a woman sent to close down a factory at the holidays. Mary Kate O’Connell, Guy Tomassi, Bob Rusch and Bill Brown are among the local actors in the movie.

The film is one of nearly 40 new original movies - some of which have already aired - from Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Lifetime, ION TV and UP. Additionally, Freeform, formerly ABC Family, continues the tradition of the "25 Days of Christmas" family programming. Below is a list of movie premieres still to come, dates for some returning animated classics and holiday specials, plus weekend schedules for Freeform (all are subject to change).

Nov. 25: "A Puppy for Christmas," 7 p.m. UP. After a destructive puppy forces a woman to lose her apartment and job, her life takes an unexpected turn when she's invited to spend time on a co-worker's farm. Starring Cindy Busby and Greyston Holt.

Nov. 25: "Frosty the Snowman," 8 p.m. CBS. A double dose of our favorite snowman features the original animated musical followed by "Frosty Returns" at 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 26: "Falling for Christmas," 7 p.m. UP. An injured figure skater sent to a rehabilitation center in the mountains falls for a local man. Starring Leah Renee, Niall Matter.

Nov. 26: "Robbie the Reindeer," 8 p.m. CBS. Two back-to-back 30-minute animated specials.

Kristin Davis, left, and Shirley MacLaine star in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "A Heavenly Christmas."

Kristin Davis, left, and Shirley MacLaine star in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "A Heavenly Christmas."

Nov. 26: Hallmark Hall of Fame: “A Heavenly Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel. After her untimely death, a workaholic has to help a struggling musician heal family wounds to become a Christmas angel. Starring Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack and Shirley MacLaine.

Nov. 26: "The Story of Santa Claus," 9 p.m. CBS. (animated)

Nov. 27: "The Rooftop Christmas Tree," 7 p.m. UP. A judge sends two people to defend a man who is arrested every year for decorating a tree on his rooftop. Based on a true story. Starring Michelle Morgan and Tim Reid.

Nov. 27: “Journey Back to Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. A World War II nurse is transported to 2016 where she meets a man who helps her discover the timelessness of Christmas. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson and Tom Skerritt.

Nov. 27: “A Christmas in Vermont,” 9 p.m. ION. In this locally made film, an executive is sent to shut down a small company in Vermont during the holidays. Starring Abigail Hawk, David O'Donnell and Chevy Chase.

James Brolin and Faras the Dog star in "I'll Be Home For Christmas," new from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. (Photo by Jasper Savage)

James Brolin and Faras the Dog star in "I'll Be Home For Christmas," new from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. (Photo by Jasper Savage)

Nov. 27: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” 9 p.m. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. When her estranged dad shows up with his dog, a woman invites him to stay until Christmas to work through their problems. Starring James Brolin, Mena Suvari and John Reardon.

Nov. 28: “CMA Country Christmas,” 8 p.m. ABC. Two-hour musical special hosted by Jennifer Nettles.

Nov. 29: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 8 p.m. CBS. Journey back to the Island of Misfit Toys in this 1964 classic.

Nov. 30: "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," 8 p.m. NBC. The 19th annual telecast features the lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Dec. 1: “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m. ABC. The much-loved "Peanuts" holiday special returns.

Dec. 2: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 2:30 p.m. "Year Without a Santa Claus"; 5:10 p.m. "Disney's A Christmas Carol";  7:15 p.m. "Santa Claus" (with Tim Allen); 9:20 p.m. "Polar Express."

Dec. 2: "The I Love Lucy Christmas Special," 8 p.m. CBS. A colorized version of the 1956 "Christmas Episode" and "Lucy Gets in Pictures."

Dec. 3: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas"; 8:30 a.m. "Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas"; 10 a.m. "Richie Rich's Christmas List"; Noon, "Disney's A Christmas Carol" 2:05 p.m. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; 4:40 p.m. "Polar Express"; 6:45 p.m. "Arthur Christmas"; 8:50 p.m. "Elf."

Dec. 3: “A Dream of Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. Wishing to be single again, an unhappy woman wakes to a new life that she learns isn’t her dream life. Starring Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker.

Dec. 3: “A Firehouse Christmas,” 9 p.m. ION. The relationship of an ex-Olympic star and his girlfriend is tested when his soon-to-be ex-wife wants to put on a pretense on their relationship to help sell her book.

Ernie Hudson stars in "Heaven Sent" on Lifetime.

Ernie Hudson stars in "Heaven Sent" on Lifetime.

Dec. 3: "Heaven Sent," 8 p.m. Lifetime. An 8-year-old runaway angel helps rekindle the love between a man and woman. Starring Christian Kane, Marley Shelton and Ernie Hudson. Directed by Michael Landon Jr.

Dec. 4: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"; 7:30 a.m. "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey"; 8 a.m. "Richie Rich's Christmas List"; 10:05 a.m. "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July"; 12:10 p.m. "I'll Be Home For Christmas"; 2:20 p.m. "Arthur Christmas"; 4:30 p.m. "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"; 5:35 p.m. "The Year Without a Santa Claus"; 6:40 p.m. "Elf."

Dec. 4: "Girlfriends of Christmas Past," 7 p.m. UP. Three women planning revenge on their cheating ex at a holiday retreat find some surprises. Starring Tammin Sursok, Lindsey McKeon, John Brotherton and Meagan Holder.

Dec. 4: “Looks Like Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. A mom nicknamed Christmas Carol for her over-the-top handling of the holidays, meets her match with the arrival of a new single dad. Starring Anne Heche and Dylan Neal.

Dec. 4: “A Cinderella Christmas,” 9 p.m. ION. A wealthy playboy who needs to marry to keep his inheritance searches for the woman he met at a holiday masquerade ball. Starring Emma Rigby, Peter Porte and Sarah Stouffer.

Dec. 4: “Hearts of Christmas,” 9 p.m. HM&M. An executive looking to cut costs by eliminating jobs at a hospital has a change of heart after seeing nurses work with premature babies. Starring Emilie Ullerup, Kristoffer Polaha and Sharon Lawrence.

Dec. 5, 12, 19: “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 p.m. ABC. Holiday decorating competition series returns for its fourth season with judges Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse.

Dec. 9: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 11 a.m. "Frosty's Winter Wonderland"; 11:30 a.m. "Holiday Joy"; 1:30 p.m. "Home Alone 3"; 3:35 p.m. "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws"; 5:40 p.m. "The Search for Santa Paws"; 7:45 p.m. "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups"; 9:50 p.m. "Snow Buddies"; 11:55 p.m. "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July."

Dec. 10: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "Mickey's Christmas Carol"; 7:30 a.m. "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws"; 9:30 a.m. "The
Search for Santa Paws"; 11:35 a.m. "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups"; 1:40 p.m. "Snow Buddies"; 3:45 p.m. "Toy Story"; 5:45 p.m. "Toy Story 2"; 7:50 p.m. "Toy Story 3"; 10:20 p.m. "Toy Story That Time Forgot"; 10:50 p.m. "Arthur Christmas"; 12:55 a.m. "The Year Without Santa Claus."

Dec. 10: “A Nutcracker Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. When her niece achieves her dream of performing in “The Nutcracker,” a former ballet star faces the man she felt betrayed her years earlier. Starring Amy Acker, Sophia Lucia and Sascha Radetsky.

Dec. 10: “Christmas with the Andersons,” 9 p.m. ION. A family rediscovers Christmas after struggling finances force them to scale back on the size of their holiday party. Starring George Stults, Christy Carlson Romano and Barry Livingston.

Dec. 11: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "The Little Drummer Boy"; 7:30 a.m. "Home Alone: The Holiday Heist"; 9:35 a.m. "Dennis the Menace Christmas"; 11:40 a.m. "The Year Without a Santa Claus"; 12:45 p.m. "Arthur Christmas"; 2:50 p.m. "Toy Story"; 4:50 p.m. "Toy Story 2"; 6:55 p.m. "Toy Story 3"; 9:25 p.m. "The Polar Express."

Dec. 11: "Season's Greetings," 7 p.m. UP. A millennial who writes copy for holiday cards meets her match with the arrival of the company owner's grandson. Starring Laura Bell Bundy.

Dec. 11: “Love You Like Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. An executive’s car trouble lands her in Christmas Valley, where strangers help her see a new side to her life. Starring Bonnie Somerville and Brennan Elliott.

Dec. 11: "A Husband for Christmas," 9 p.m. ION. Two graphic designers agree to a marriage of convenience suggested by their new boss. Starring Vivica A. Fox, Ricco Ross, Dominique Swain and Jackée Harry

Dec. 11: “The Sound of Christmas,” 9 p.m. HM&M. A music teacher and single dad who meet at a Christmas tree lot work together to save her school. Starring Lindy Booth and Robin Dunne.

Dec. 14: "A Pentatonix Christmas Special," 8 p.m. NBC. Holiday musical event.

Dec. 17: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "Rudolph's Shiny New Year"; 8 a.m. "Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey"; 8:30 a.m. "Jingle All the Way"; 10:30 a.m. "Happy Feet"; 1 p.m. "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"; 2:35 p.m. "The Polar Express"; 4:40 p.m. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"; 6:50 p.m. "The Santa Clause"; 9 p.m. "Frozen."

Dec. 17: “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m. ABC. Snoopy’s brother Spike visits.

Dec. 17: “My Christmas Love,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. A woman tries to solve the mystery of who is sending her gifts related to the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Starring Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo and Gregory Harrison.

Dec. 18: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "Happy Feet"; 9:30 a.m. "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish"; 11:30 a.m. "Mickey's Christmas Carol"; noon "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"; 1:35 p.m. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; 4:10 p.m. "Prep & Landing"; 4:40 p.m. "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice"; 5:10 p.m. "The Santa Clause"; 7:20 p.m. "Frozen"; 9:50 p.m. "Elf."

Dec. 18: “Sleigh Bells Ring,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Working on the town’s Christmas parade in hopes of a promotion, a single mom finds an old sleigh that seems to possess some holiday magic. Starring Erin Cahill and David Alpay.

Dec. 18: “A Christmas to Remember,” 9 p.m. HM&M. Waking with amnesia after a car crash, a TV personality is taken in by a widower and his three kids. Starring Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison.

Dec. 23: "A Home of the Holidays," 8 p.m. CBS. Inspirational stories on adoption and foster care.

Dec. 24: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "Jack Frost"; 8:05 a.m. "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas"; 9:40 a.m. "Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas"; 11:15 a.m. "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"; 12:20 p.m. "The Year Without a Santa Claus"; 1:25 p.m. "Arthur Christmas"; 3:30 p.m. "The Polar Express"; 5:35 p.m. "The Santa Clause"; 7:40 p.m. "Elf"; 9:45 p.m. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"; 11:55  p.m. "Scrooged."

Dec. 24-25: Holiday programming marathon on WNED from 1 p.m. Dec. 24 to 6 p.m. Dec. 25 includes "Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops," "Christmas in Norway with St. Olaf," "Christmas Carol: Theater of the Mind," "Christmas at Belmont" and "Jordan Smith, 'Tis the Season."

Dec. 25: Holiday marathon on Freeform. 7 a.m. "The Search for Santa Paws"; 9:10  a.m. "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws"; 11:20 a.m. "Arthur Christmas"; 1:25 p.m. "The Polar Express"; 3:30 p.m. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"; 4:35 p.m. "The Year Without a Santa Claus"; 5:40 p.m. "Elf"; 7:45 p.m. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"; 9:55 p.m. "Scrooged."

Dec. 25: “When Calls the Heart Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. This two-hour movie, based on the Hallmark TV series, finds the residents of Hope Valley creating a holiday for displaced settlers after a peddler teaches them lessons about giving. Starring Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner and Lori Loughlin.

Dec. 26: “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown”and “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.”  8 p.m. ABC. Two more holiday treats from the Peanuts gang.

Jan. 1: “A Rose for Christmas,” 8 p.m. Hallmark. With her dad sick, an artist has to supervise the creation of a Rose Parade float where she clashes with a businessman. Starring Rachel Boston.

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