The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 7 p.m., PBS (new)
It’s all Christmas all the time tonight on the tube. At 7 p.m., see the national Christmas tree all lit up, with performances by Janelle Monáe, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval and Train.
“A Christmas Story” 7 p.m., TBS (1983)
Catch the marathon of this holiday classic. In 1940s Indiana, all 9-year-old Ralphie, above, wants for Christmas is a Red Rider BB gun.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” 7 p.m., NBC (1946)
Every time you watch this movie, an angel gets its wings — which must be why NBC keeps playing it.
“The 12 Dogs of Christmas” 7 p.m., CW (2004)
A 12-year-old during the Depression tries to get the mayor of her town to change a policy that bans dogs.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 7 p.m., ABC (1966)
The animated classic about the Grinch, whose heart was two sizes too small, and the Whos, who love Christmas and aren’t afraid to sing about it. Narrated by Boris Karloff.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” 7 p.m., MTV (1993)
Tim Burton’s tale of the leader of Halloweentown who schemes to kidnap Santa and take over Christmastown.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 7:30 p.m., ABC (2000)
And if animation isn’t your thing, check out the Jim Carrey version. Does Cindy Lou Who looks familiar to you? She grew up to take a role on a “Gossipy” CW show.