Top movies and TV to watch this holiday season

Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 13:52:45-05

One of the great parts of winter is holiday movies and TV specials. December is the time to grab popcorn and peppermint fudge, curl up with loved ones and enjoy films that highlight the meanings of the holiday season.

Get ready for Hannukah, Christmas and New Year's with these movies and TV shows.

Holiday movies for little ones

As your young children get excited about the upcoming holidays, show them holiday movies like "Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas" to teach them the meaning and spirit of the season — and distract them while you wrap their gifts. For princess fans, Belle and the Beast at Christmastime will be a top choice on December evenings.

Favorites such as "Mary Poppins" and "Frozen" will also air on ABC. In "Mary Poppins," airing Dec. 10, the family can relive the Disney magic that comes from Dick Van Dyke's and Julie Andrews's stellar performances and classic animation. The film earned 13 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Tune in to sing along with "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and "A Spoonful of Sugar."

On Dec. 11, you can sing along to the hits while watching Olaf, Anna and Elsa try to save the kingdom of Arendel from freezing over in animated phenomenon "Frozen."

New holiday films adults and teens can watch together

If you love gathering with your partner and teenage kids to watch holiday-themed movies, on-demand releases like "Joy," featuring Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, are perfect on a cold night. The film chronicles the struggles of Lawrence, a single mom, who comes up with a brilliant idea for a household product that has the potential to lift her family out of poverty.

The new release "Christmas Ranch" is great for animal lovers. In this movie, a troubled teen is sent to her grandmother's farm, where she develops a bond with the ponies and must work to save the property from being repossessed by the bank.



Favorite TV show holiday specials

Don't miss the holiday specials airingfor "Black-ish" and "American Housewife."

On Dec. 14 on "Black-ish," Tyra Banks and Daveed Diggs guest star in "Just Christmas, Baby," and Bow finds out how difficult taking care of a baby can be.

In "Krampus Katie," Katie, of "American Housewife," displays her aversion to holiday cheer when she's asked to help with a school Christmas pageant. For those who find themselves turning into grinches when Christmas rolls around, this special, airing Dec. 13, will hit close to home.

Convenient options for viewing

To make sure all your family members can watch their favorite, TV shows, movies and holiday specials at the same time, check out CenturyLink. Prism TV Whole Home DVR lets you record shows while watching others. You won't need to worry about missing the holiday special of "The Great American Baking Show" while your kids are in the middle of a movie.

You can also connect multiple screens, so it's easy to move from the living room to your bedroom, and finish your TV show before bed.

For details about signing up in time for the holidays, visit the CenturyLink website.