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“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” will air Nov. 25. | WARNER BROS.

From Santas to Scrooges, here’s holiday TV schedule for Chicago

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Chicago’sholiday TV season starts off with a cymbal-crashing bang on Saturday when WLS-Channel 7 presents coverage of the“Magnificent Mile Lights Festival,” the annual State Street parade, starting at 6 p.m.

Here are the best of the other classic specials and movies, plus a few new offerings, that will feed your holiday spirit from Thanksgiving to Christmas:

THURSDAY, NOV. 24

“McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade” (8 a.m., WGN-Channel 9): Balloons, bands and floats make their way up State Street.

“Bozo, Gar & Ray” (11 a.m., WGN-Channel 9): With the stop-motion classics “Hardrock, Coco and Joe,” “Suzy Snowflake” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

“Frosty the Snowman” (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): A magician’s hat brings the button-nosed fella to life. Followed by the sequel “Frosty Returns” at 7:30.

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”(7 p.m., WLS-Channel 7) The Meisterburger Burgermeister’s ban on toys converts a young do-gooder into Santa.

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

“The Story of Santa Claus” (8 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Elves grant akindly toymaker (voice of Ed Asner) his wish to deliver his wares around the world on Christmas Eve.

SUNDAY, NOV. 27

“Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special” (noon and 10 p.m., TV One): J MOSS, Karen Clark-Sheard and others pay tribute to Shirley Caesar.

MONDAY, NOV. 28

“CMA Country Christmas” (7 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): Jennifer Nettles returns as host of the Grand Ole Opry concert featuring Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” airs Nov. 29.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” airs Nov. 29.

TUESDAY, NOV. 29

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Rudy wants to fit in, Yukon wants to find gold and Hermey wants to be a dentist.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (7 p.m, WMAQ-Channel 5): Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban and others set the stage for the New York tree lighting.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (7 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): Overwhelmed by the season’s greed, the blockhead takes charge of a holidaypageant.

James Stewart and Donna Reed in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” | Republic Pictures

James Stewart and Donna Reed in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” | Republic Pictures

FRIDAY, DEC. 2

“The I Love Lucy Christmas Special” (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Incolorized episodes, Lucy spends the holiday reminiscingand struggles with a huge headdress.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (7 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5) An angel-to-be shows a small-town dad (James Stewart) how much he has mattered.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4

“Holiday Praise” (4 p.m., WGN-Channel 9):A Chicago gospel concert starringErica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds and Dorinda Clark-Cole.

MONDAY, DEC. 5

“VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night” (8 p.m., VH1): Mariah Carey and Patti LaBelle are among the powerhouses singing seasonal favorites in Brooklyn.

TUESDAY, DEC. 6

“The Carpenters: Close to You & Christmas Memories” (9 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): A documentary about the brother-sister singers is followed by clips of their ’70s TV performances.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7

“Elf” (8 p.m., Freeform): A man brought up at Santa’s workshop (Will Ferrell) searches for his identity in New York.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8

“Taraji’s White Hot Christmas” (7 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson hosts renditions of holiday classics by Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott and others.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9

“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” (10 a.m., Freeform): Children build a bride for their snowman friend.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (6:30 p.m., TBS): Animated classic about a mean one trying to ruin Whoville’s holiday.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11

“Christmas in Connecticut” (1 p.m., TCM): A homemaking specialist (Barbara Stanwyck) fakes a family holiday for a war hero.

MONDAY, DEC. 12

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (7 p.m., WPWR-Channel 50): A boy must find his missing granny on Christmas Eve.

TUESDAY, DEC. 13

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (8 p.m., Freeform): Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and family play host to a flock of relatives.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14

“A Pentatonix Christmas Special” (7 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): The vocal group performs holiday favorites with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15

“Wheaton College Christmas Festival” (9 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Choirs and instrumental ensembles perform sacred music at the suburban college.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

“The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” (7 p.m., WPWR-Channel 50): Olivia Newton-John is grand marshal for the Hollywood Boulevard procession.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

“White Christmas” (9:30 p.m., AMC) Bing Crosby. A song-and-dance teamhelp the owner of a Vermont inn.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

“Stellar Tribute to the Holidays” (4 p.m., WGN-Channel 9):Music and messages from gospel artists includingMary Mary and Kirk Franklin.

The Heat Miser from “A Year Without a Santa Claus,” airing Dec. 20.

The Heat Miser from “A Year Without a Santa Claus,” airing Dec. 20.

MONDAY, DEC. 19

“America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular” (7 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Finalists from the competition customize their acts for the season.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” (4:35 p.m., Freeform): The Miser brothers and Saint Nick’s exhaustion imperil the holiday.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21

“A Christmas Carol” (7 p.m., AMC): Spirits introduce Scrooge (George C. Scott) to the joys of the season.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22

“A Christmas Carol” (10:30 p.m., TCM): Visions jolt miserly Scrooge (Alastair Sim) out of his lonely existence.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23

“A Home for the Holidays” (7 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2):Musical performances intermingle with touching stories of adoption.

CHRISTMAS EVE

“A Christmas Story”(7 p.m., TBS and TNT): Will the Red Ryder BB gun really shoot Ralphie’seye out? (Repeats for 24 hours)

CHRISTMAS DAY

“Christmas Midnight Mass” (midnight, WGN-Channel 9) Live from Holy Name Cathedral. Also streaming at wgntv.com.

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” (9 a.m., WLS-Channel 7): Julianne and Derek Hough host festivities headlined by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson.

Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story.” | Provided photo

Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story.” | Provided photo

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