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NBC's holiday lineup from 'It's a Wonderful Life' to 'The Grinch'

From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, 9NEWS has a packed schedule of festive, family-friendly holiday programming in 2020.

DENVER — It's the most wonderful time of year!

NBC has unveiled its full holiday programming schedule through Jan. 1, 2021.

This year's schedule features returning Christmas classics like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," as well as new soon-to-be classics "A Minions Holiday Special" and "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical."

NBC and 9NEWS will be your home for the holidays in 2020 with special programming including the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," a "Tournament of Roses Parade" special and "Christmas in Rockefeller Center."

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The Croods

  • Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, this family-friendly adventure film about a caveman family was a worldwide box office hit.

A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25
  • Many of the Thanksgiving-themed sketches over the course of “SNL’s” illustrious 46-season history will delight audiences.

94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Thursday, Nov. 26
  • The tradition continues with a reimagined celebration that will safely bring the magic of the parade to Herald Square with giant floats and Broadway performers as families watch from the comfort of their homes.

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Credit: NBCUniversal

The National Dog Show

  • Thursday, Nov. 26
  • Man’s best friend gets the spotlight as over 175 breeds will compete in the annual canine competition. 
Credit: NBC Universal

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

  • Friday, Nov. 27
  • The iconic 1966 cartoon features the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch.

A Minions Holiday Special

  • Friday, Nov. 27
  • Illumination presents four new mini-movie escapades along with special guest appearances from some of Illumination’s beloved characters from their “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” franchises. 
Credit: NBC

88th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center  

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • For eight decades the tree-lighting ceremony has been one of the iconic New York City holiday moments with millions watching across the country in the comfort and safety of their homes.
Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC

Radio City Christmas Spectacular  

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • The world-famous Rockettes perform in the celebrated show that has become a staple of the holiday season at the iconic Rockefeller Center venue.

The Voice Holiday Celebration  

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 (repeat Dec. 16 and Dec. 22)
  • An array of “Voice” coaches past and present, some music superstars and many beloved artists from the “Voice” family perform holiday classics and popular modern favorites. Plus, Season 19 coaches, Blake, Kelly, John and Gwen share some of their favorite holiday traditions and memories. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9 (repeat Dec. 21)
  • Matthew Morrison will star as the curmudgeonly creature in a stage production from London’s Troubadour Theatre.

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A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special

  • Thursday, Dec. 16 (repeat Dec. 22)
  • Santa brings the laughs as “SNL” goes into the time capsule for two hours of Christmas-themed sketches.

Global Citizen Prize

  • Saturday, Dec. 19
  • The second annual event features special musical collaborations, will celebrate individuals taking action to end extreme poverty and present notable presenter and powerful video packages telling revealing stories of action and impact.

It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Thursday, Dec. 24
  • The holidays wouldn’t be the same without a re-watching of the classic 1946 film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
Credit: NBCUniversal

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Christmas Eve Mass

  • Thursday, Dec. 24
  • Viewers will be able to watch the Pope Francis-led mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (movie)

  • Friday, Dec. 25
  • Jim Carrey stars as the title character in director Ron Howard’s holiday smash.

Countdown to 2021

  • Thursday, Dec. 31
  • The highlights and newsmakers of 2020 are brought to the fore in this year-end review.

NBC New Year’s Eve Special

  • Thursday, Dec. 31
  • An entertainment-filled sign-off to 2020 and a hopeful look ahead to 2021.

The Rose Parade’s New Year’s Celebration

  • Friday, Jan. 1, 2020
  • A look at what makes the iconic Pasadena parade such a national landmark to bring in the new year.

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