Television will be awash in holiday cheer the next few weeks. Here’s a rundown of some movies and specials:



"A Charlie Brown Christmas":

The speech by Linus still gets to us. 8 p.m. Dec. 16, ABC.



"Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker":

Kristi Yamaguchi hosts the perennial favorite. 8 p.m. Dec. 17, PBS.



"Christmas in Washington":

Pop singers perform in front of the president and first lady in annual benefit gala. 8 p.m. Dec, 17, TNT.



"A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa":

Kermit and pals get festive. 8 p.m. Dec. 17, NBC.



"A Christmas Carol":

Patrick Stewart plays Scrooge in this version of the Dickens tale. 9 p.m. Dec. 17, TNT.



"Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas":

Jim Carrey stars in the inferior live-action version. 8 p.m. Dec. 18, ABC Family. (Re-airs 8:30 p.m., Dec. 22).



"I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!":

That other "Peanuts" special, not to be confused with the classic. 8 p.m. Dec. 20, ABC.



"Elf"
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Will Ferrell dons the tights and funny hat. 8 p.m. Dec. 20, CBS.



"Shrek the Halls":

The big green grouch tries to get into the holiday spirit. 8 p.m. Dec. 22, ABC.



"The Polar Express":

Tom Hanks takes a skeptical young boy on the ride of his life. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 22, ABC Family.



"White Christmas":

Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and the classic title tune. 6 p.m. Dec. 23, ABC Family.



"A Christmas Story":

Watch it over and over again during the annual 24-hour marathon. Begins 8 p.m. Dec. 24, TBS.