The NBC holiday schedule 2022 has arrived and promises to once again get us into the spirit with its array of annual specials and additional new programming that families can enjoy together.
In 2021, NBC reached more than 94 million viewers with its holiday programming. Last year’s inaugural Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party from Miami, which returns Dec. 31, was a huge success, earning the title as the #1 most social entertainment special across all of TV in 2021 (excluding awards).
Viewers look forward each year to such favorite perennials as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas in Rockefeller Center and several others.
New for the NBC holiday schedule 2022 is the movie Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, starring the iconic country music legend as well as Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus, Willie Nelson and many others.
“NBC has long been home to the season’s most wondrous holiday events and adding Dolly’s new movie this year gives us an even greater bounty,” said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Live Events, Specials and E! News, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
“We can’t wait to share these family favorites with our viewers who count on NBC every year to bring them the best of the holiday season.”
NBC HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2022
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 8-10 p.m.
What: Starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel, the cherished 2016 film features Poppy, the happiest Troll ever, who teams with curmudgeonly Branch on a journey to rescue their friends.
COUNTDOWN TO MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
When: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8-9 p.m.
What: On the eve of the iconic Thanksgiving Day parade, viewers get a behind-the-scenes peek at the incredible stories behind the floats, balloons and bands on their journey to the streets of New York.
A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE THANKSGIVING SPECIAL
When: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 9-11 p.m.
What: The iconic late-night program will highlight memorable Thanksgiving-themed sketches from its 48 seasons.
96TH MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (encore at 2 p.m.)
What: The world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again delight New York City spectators and a national television audience with its signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns and the one-and-only Santa Claus.
NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA
When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 12-2 p.m. (encore on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.)
What: NBC’s Thanksgiving Day tradition is hosted by John O’Hurley, former “Seinfeld” star and winner of “Dancing with the Stars.” David Frei, “the dean of dog show commentators,” will also be behind the mic.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
When: Friday, Nov. 25, 8-8:30 p.m. (encore on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.)
What: The classic 1966 cartoon features the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch.
TROLLS HOLIDAY IN HARMONY
When: Friday, Nov. 25, 8:30-9 p.m.
What: When Queen Poppy plans the first annual Trolls Kingdom Secret Holiday Gift Swap, things take an unexpected turn when she and Branch draw each other’s name.
MICHAEL BUBLÉ’S CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY
When: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9-10 p.m.
What: Multi-Grammy Award-winning Michael Bublé returns to NBC to celebrate his chart-topping album, “Christmas,” with a new holiday special. “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City” presents a mix of comedy, music and, of course, the spirit of Christmas, all from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. (Originally aired in 2021)
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8-10 p.m.
What: NBC heralds the arrival of the holidays with a dazzling display of musical talents, star-studded surprises and the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree for the 90th “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”
KELLY CLARKSON PRESENTS WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10-11 p.m.
What: The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning talk show host Kelly Clarkson hosts a holiday special featuring music performances, exciting duets and special guests while she shares her traditions and gives back to those in need. (Originally aired in 2021)
DOLLY PARTON’S MOUNTAIN MAGIC CHRISTMAS
When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 8-10 p.m. (encore on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.)
What: A modern-day movie musical about the making of a network TV special, “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” is the frenetic backstage story and delightful on-camera results of Dolly’s desire to uplift an exhausted world’s spirits by sharing the unique mountain magic she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas.
The film will include a pair of Dolly’s iconic songs (“9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You”) as well as the new holiday duet “Too Early for Christmas,” performed by Jimmy Fallon and Dolly.
When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 10-11 p.m. (encore on Dec. 19 at 10 p.m.)
What: From executive producer and NBA superstar LeBron James comes a special holiday-themed episode of “The Wall,” NBC’s heart-stopping game hosted by Chris Hardwick with more than $12 million on the line every night – and up to $3 million on a single drop.
THAT’S MY JAM HOLIDAY SPECIAL
When: Monday, Dec. 5, 10-11 p.m.
What: Jimmy Fallon hosts a holiday-themed special episode of NBC’s hit music and variety series. “Saturday Night Live” fan-favorite cast members Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and Melissa Villaseñor compete for charity in a night of festive music-based games, performances and musical impressions.
Celebrate the season with joyful performances and holiday versions of new and beloved games inspired by “The Tonight Show” ahead of the 2023 premiere of “That’s My Jam” Season 2.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9-11 p.m.
What: Aired in more than 90 countries and live on NBC and E!, the fan-driven People’s Choice Awards celebrates the year’s best in movies, TV and music for a true pop culture extravaganza.
BAKING IT: MAYA RUDOLPH AND AMY POEHLER’S CELEBRITY HOLIDAY SPECIAL
When: Monday, Dec. 12, 10-11 p.m.
What: Hosts Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler invite their famous friends to “cele-bake” the holidays in a friendly competition to raise some dough for their favorite charities.
A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
When: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m. (encore on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 9 p.m.)
What: The iconic late-night program will highlight memorable Christmas-themed sketches from its 48 seasons.
When: Monday, Dec. 19, 8-10 p.m.
What: Shrek (Mike Meyers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) travel to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, where Fiona’s parents are King and Queen, to celebrate their marriage. When they arrive, they find they are not as welcome as they thought they would be.
5 MORE SLEEPS ’TIL CHRISTMAS
When: Friday, Dec. 23, 8:30-9 p.m.
What: Inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s New York Times #1 bestselling book, “The Tonight Show” host narrates the animated holiday family special “5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas.” In the story about a boy whose plans are upended by some unexpected guests as Christmas morning draws near, the true spirit of the season shines through in the 30-minute primetime special the whole family will enjoy.
DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE
When: Friday, Dec. 23, 9-11 p.m.
What: The sequel to Dolly Parton’s NBC movie “Coat of Many Colors.” Family patriarch Lee Parton makes sacrifices to have enough money to buy his wife the wedding ring he could never afford. The children also sacrifice their own Christmas presents to give their mother this special gift.
Dolly’s Uncle Billy helps her begin to see that her voice and talent might extend beyond rural Tennessee. Various crisis situations, some life-threatening, make the family’s Christmas a challenge.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
When: Saturday, Dec. 24, 8-11 p.m.
What: In this Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart, an angel is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
CHRISTMAS EVE MASS
When: Saturday, Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
What: Viewers will be able to watch the Pope Francis-led mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS
When: Monday, Dec. 26, 8-10 p.m.
What: This original heartfelt film details Dolly Parton’s upbringing in 1955 as her family struggles to live in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, putting a strain on love and faith.
A TOAST TO 2022!
When: Saturday, Dec. 31, 8-10 p.m.
What: A look back at the moments that we’ll never forget from 2022.
MILEY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
When: Saturday, Dec. 31, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT
What: Miley Cyrus takes center stage in the second iteration of “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party.” She’ll be joined by an A-list cast of musicians and celebrities for a rocking, fun night of performances in front of a fabulous live audience. Glitter encouraged.
134th ROSE PARADE PRESENTED BY HONDA
When: Monday, Jan. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET / 8-10 a.m. PT
What: The streets of Pasadena, Calif., are lined with thousands of parade fans as gorgeous rose-covered floats and marching bands partake in their annual New Year’s holiday festivities.