“A Christmas Story” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., TBS (1983) Start of a 24-hour marathon
All little Ralphie, above, wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but everyone around him isn’t for the idea. A Christmas classic full of pop culture references — and a legendary leg lamp.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., NBC (1946)
Every time this movie is on it means it’s Christmastime — oh, and whenever a bell rings an angel gets its wings. James Stewart stars as a small town banker who learns what life would have been like if he had never been born in this Frank Capra-directed classic that also stars Donna Reed.
“How to Train Your Dragon” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., FX (2010)
A hapless young Viking, above, who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. Animated film featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler.
“Shrek the Third” 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., ABC (2007)
When his new father-in-law falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. But Shrek isn’t interested in the new job, so he enlists the help of Donkey in finding the rebellious Artie so he can be the new king. Meanwhile, back at the castle Shrek’s wife Fiona is busy fending off a jilted Prince Charming.
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” 9 p.m., Food Network (New)
Guy learns why a Syracuse, N.Y., restaurant located in a basement is famous for its chicken and waffles.
“Bad Santa” 9:02 p.m., Comedy Central (2003)
Dark comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton as a miserable con man who poses as Santa to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But he and his partner run into problems when the con man befriends a troubled kid and the security boss discovers their plot.
— Laura King
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