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What's On TV Over Christmas?

What's On TV Over Christmas?

Are you spending Christmas as home? Lockdown may not be the most festive thing on people's minds, but there's still lots of festive Christmas telly on the box!

If you're looking for our top picks of Christmas TV, stay tuned . . . We've asked the Happy Beds marketing team to take a look at the listings and choose their top picks, as part of the Happy Beds Advent Calendar: The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep!

What Sports are on TV Over Christmas?

If you're a big sports fan, our Website Manager, James, will be joining you in watching some of the top matches and more in the Christmas TV schedule. He's a huge football buff, so all of the big games are in his line up - but he's particularly ready for the Arsenal vs Chelsea game on Boxing Day. We won't say who he's supporting, in case it starts off a riot!

The Christmas Sports Lineup


  • 15th Dec to 3rd Jan: PDC World Championship @Alexandra Palace Sky Sports


  • Christmas Day @ 6pm: Cricket's Covid Summer 15th Dec to 3rd Jan: PDC World Championship @Alexandra Palace Sky Sports


  • Sunday 20th Dec @ 16:30pm: Manchester United vs Leeds United Sky Sports
  • Boxing Day @ 12:30pm: Leicester City vs Manchester United BT Sport
  • Boxing Day @ 15:00pm: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace BBC Sport
  • Boxing Day @ 17:30pm: Arsenal vs Chelsea Sky Sports
  • Saturday 2nd Jan @ 12:30pm: The Old Firm Derby - Rangers vs Celtic Sky Sports
  • Sunday 3rd Jan @ 16:30pm: Chelsea vs Manchester City Sky Sports

Rugby Union:

  • Sunday 27th Dec @ 14:00pm: Sale Sharks vs Wasps BT Sports

What TV Specials are on this Christmas?

Our Junior Content Writer, Holly, is a huge fan on all things festive - and it took her a long time to pick out her faves from what's on TV over Christmas! Eventually, she's settled for All Creatures Great and Small on the 22nd! After all, who doesn't love watching some adorable festive animals on a festive evening? And we think this Christmas special looks absolutely magical!

The TV Christmas Specials Lineup

Monday 21st Dec:

  • The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown BBC One @ 20:50pm

Tuesday 22nd Dec:

  • All Creatures Great and Small Christmas Special Channel 5 @ 21:00pm

Wednesday 23rd Dec:

  • Ghosts Christmas Special BBC One @ 20:30pm

Christmas Eve:

  • Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy BBC One @ 17:55pm
  • A Baby Reindeer's First Christmas Channel 4 @ 18:40pm
  • The Great Christmas Bake Off Channel 4 @ 19:40pm
  • Would I Lie to You at Christmas BBC One @ 19:45pm
  • Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse Sky One @ 20:15pm
  • Birds of a Feather Christmas Special ITV @ 21:15pm
  • Miranda's Games with Showbiz Names BBC One @ 21:45pm

Christmas Day:

  • Strictly: The Christmas Countdown BBC One @ 16:45pm
  • Blankety Blank Christmas Special BBC One @ 19:00pm
  • Call the Midwife Christmas Special BBC One @ 19:40pm
  • Quentin Blake's Clown Channel 4 @ 19:45pm
  • Britain's Got Talent Christmas Spectacular ITV @ 20:00pm
  • Mrs. Brown's Boys Christmas Special BBC One @ 22:00pm

Boxing Day:

  • The Repair Shop at Christmas BBC One @ 18:45pm
  • Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2020 Channel 4 @ 21:05pm
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Christmas Special ITV @ 21:30pm

New Year's Eve:

  • The Graham Norton New Year's Eve Show BBC One @ 22:25pm

New Year's Day:

  • Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks BBC One @ 18:45pm
  • Taskmaster Christmas Special BBC One @ 21:00pm

What Christmas Movies are on TV in 2020 ?

Jordan, our Content Writer, is a huge animation fan and film buff - so he's got plenty of Christmas movies on TV to watch! Arthur Christmas is one of his favourite films - so he'll be sure to tune in on the 22nd December to capture a little bit of festive magic.

What other Christmas movies are on TV? We've picked out some brilliant flicks, helped out by What's on TV's Festive guide.

The Christmas Movie Lineup

Tuesday 22nd Dec:

  • Arthur Christmas ITV @ 11:35am

Wednesday 23rd Dec:

  • Nativity! BBC1 @ 10:15am
  • Daddy's Home 2 Channel 4 @ 22:00pm

Christmas Eve:

  • Moana BBC1 @ 12:45pm
  • It's a Wonderful Life Channel 4 @ 14:35pm
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Channel 5 @ 15:10pm
  • The Grinch (2010) ITV2 @ 16:05pm
  • Paddington 2 BBC One @ 16:15pm

Christmas Day:

  • Early Man BBC One @ 13:15pm
  • Coco BBC One @ 15:10pm

Sunday 27th Dec:

  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974) BBC Two @ 14:10pm

Christmas Movies on Demand

Our Happy Beds Marketing Executive, Ellen, is the resident office Netflix queen and expert of stream. If there's anything good on Netflix, Disney Plus or Amazon, you'd better believe she's got the line up.

So what's Ellen tuning into? It might be a guilty pleasure for some, but she's going to be tuning into High School Musical this festive season! What's better than a bit of Disney Nostalgia?

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square Netflix
  • The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2 Netflix
  • The Princess Switch: Switched Again Netflix
  • Klaus Netflix
  • The Knight Before Christmas Netflix
  • LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Disney+
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special Disney+
  • Noelle Disney+
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure Disney+
  • A Christmas Carol (2009) Disney+
  • The Santa Claus Disney+
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Disney+
  • The Polar Express Amazon Prime
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Amazon Prime
  • Nothing Like The Holidays Amazon Prime

Christmas Soap Specials on TV Christmas 2020

Our Marketing Manager, Lucy, is absolutely distraught that Gavin and Stacey's Christmas Special isn't happening this year! While she might have to wait for her dream Christmas episode, perhaps Coronation Street Christmas Special will fill the void on Christmas Day at 7pm.

Wednesday 23rd Dec:

  • Hollyoaks Christmas Special Channel 4 @ 18:00pm

Christmas Day:

  • Emmerdale Christmas Special ITV @ 18:00pm
  • Coronation Street Christmas Special ITV @ 19:00pm
  • Eastenders Christmas Special BBC One @ 21:10pm

Tuesday 29th Dec:

  • Hollyoaks NYE Christmas Special Channel 4 @ 18:00pm

Christmas Day:

  • Emmerdale New Year's Day Special ITV @ 19:00pm
  • Coronation Street New Year's Day Special ITV @ 20:00pm
  • Eastenders New Year's Day Special BBC One @ 20:00pm

What Should I Watch on TV over Christmas

Of course, these are just our top picks - but we're pretty confident there's some amazing Christmas TV watches lined up on the box this year! Tell us what you're tuning into this year on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you're looking for more Holiday inspiration, check out our blog for top tips for the Christmas season, from Christmas crafts for kids to New Year's party ideas!

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