It’s that time of the year when the television networks interrupt their regularly scheduled programs to bring viewers a touch of holiday cheer. This season, The CW has a few special on tap to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year.
Friday, December 11, 8:00 PM
The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
THE “Largest Christmas Celebration” in America — Penn & Teller serve as Grand Marshalls for the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Co-hosted by popular television personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, the parade on Hollywood Boulevard will include live musical performances that will take place on two stages. A true Hollywood tradition, the parade features larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, and celebrity-filled cars making the heralded trek down the parade route.
Thursday, December 17, 8:00 PM
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball
The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, and more in an all-star holiday concert event — The star-studded concert from Madison Square Garden is hosted by Elvis Duran of iHeartMedia’s Z100, New York’s Hit Music Station. Additional musical performers will include 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, and others. Encore presentations of “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” will air on Friday, December 25 and Wednesday, December 30.
Thursday, December 24, 8:00 PM
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
This animated musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas ghost story stars the nearsighted Mr. Magoo as Ebenezer Scrooge. Featuring the voice of Jim Backus as Magoo, with voice-over appearances by Paul Frees, Morey Amsterdam, Joan Gardner, and Jack Cassidy, this 1962 special was the first animated holiday program ever produced for television. The special was directed by Abe Levitow, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
On Thursday, December 31, The CW will rebroadcast the iHeartRadio Music Festival – Night 1 (2015) with performances by Sam Smith, Coldplay, Kenny Cheseny, Kanye West and more and on Friday, January 1, a rebroadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival – Night 2 (2015) featuring performances by The Weeknd, Fall Out Boy, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and more.