Get in the holiday spirit with CBS’ holiday specials

Get in the holiday spirit with CBS’ holiday specials
CBS continues its merry tradition as a destination for special events during the holidays.

(CBS) - CBS continues its merry tradition as a destination for special events during the holidays.

It kicks off with the Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS. Viewers can also watch animated holiday favorites, newly colorized classic series, festive musical performances and more.

In addition to the annual broadcasts of the beloved classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the 50th anniversary of Frosty the Snowman, the holiday schedule includes encore presentations of the animated holiday specials Frosty Returns, The Story of Santa Claus and Robbie the Reindeer.

For added nostalgia, the one-hour I Love Lucy Christmas Special features two back-to-back episodes, the colorized “Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized classic “Paris at Last.”

Also, the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors will feature rousing tributes and musical performances, while the 21st annual A Home for the Holidays with Idina Menzel will highlight inspirational stories about foster care adoption.

The schedule for CBS’ holiday specials include:

Thursday, Nov. 28

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. live CT

A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 59th year, the special will be anchored by Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and correspondent and weekend co-host Keltie Knight. It will feature portions of the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, live from New York City. Country music artist Miranda Lambert will perform.

Friday, Nov. 29

Frosty the Snowman - 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT

Celebrating 50 years of this holiday classic. Frosty, that “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle).

Frosty Returns - 7:30 to 8 p.m. CT

The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season’s perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventure and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire - 7 to 7:30 p.m. CT

In this animated special, Robbie (voiced by Ben Stiller) must train to compete in the Reindeer Races to become a part of the sleigh team for Santa (voiced by Jim Belushi).

Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe - 7:30 to 8 p.m. CT

In the second of the two 30-minute specials, Robbie battles Blitzen (voiced by Hugh Grant) in an effort to stop his nemesis’ launch of a reindeer theme park. Britney Spears, James Woods, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller are among the additional stars to lend their voices.

The Story of Santa Claus - 8 to 9 p.m. CT

This animated musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas. The voices of Betty White and Tim Curry are also featured.

Monday, Dec. 2

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 7 to 8 p.m. CT

Narrated by Burl Ives, who is also the voice of Sam the Snowman, this favorite is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all Christmasville.

Sunday, Dec. 15

The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors - 7 to 9 p.m. CT

R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children’s television program “Sesame Street” and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas will receive honors. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 42 years ago.

Friday, Dec. 20

I Love Lucy Christmas Special - 7 to 8 p.m. CT

Featuring two back-to-back episodes of the classic series, the colorized “The Christmas Episode” and newly colorized “Paris at Last." “The Christmas Epsiode," first presented in black and white on Christmas Eve in 1956, find the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardo’s son, Little Ricky. In “Paris at Last,” originally aired on Feb. 27, 1956, the Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in the French capital, where Lucy encounters a sidewalk artist, who sells multiple copies of the same “original” oil painting, and a con man, who offers a better exchange rate for her American dollars than the one offered in the banks. Later, her attempt to have a quiet lunch in an outdoor cafe find her not only unwittingly ordering a plate of snails, but paying the check with counterfeit French francs.

Sunday, Dec. 22

The 21 Annual A Home for the Holidays with Idina Menzel - 8 to 9 p.m. CT

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel performs songs from her new album, Christmas: A Season of Love, and introduces uplifting stories about adoption from foster care. Award-winning artists Adam Lambert, NE-YO and Kelly Rowland also perform.

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