Here’s a rundown of what to watch on television today and on Boxing Day tomorrow.
FROM holiday classics and blockbuster movies to variety shows and musical performances, there’s so much to watch this Christmas. Here’s a selection of what’s on to help you narrow the field (so you can still spend time with your loved ones):
Run Christmas Run (8TV, Astro Ch 708 / HyppTV Ch 108, 8am)
Join the 8TV Quickie hosts as they embark on a Christmas adventure, completing one themed challenge after another at the 16th-century French village-inspired Colmar Tropicale in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.
Magical Christmas (Disney Channel, Astro Ch 615, 9am-6pm)
Celebrate Christmas with your favourite cartoon characters as Disney brings viewers all-day festive episodes of Phineas And Ferb, Kim Possible and Fish Hooks in this belt.
Shane Filan TV Special
(8TV, Astro Ch 708 / HyppTV Ch 108, 10.30am)
Former Westlife band member Shane Filan was recently in Kuala Lumpur to promote his latest solo album, You And Me, and fill fans in on his life and career after the boy band disbanded. Catch the special interview today!
Despicable Me (TV3, Astro Ch 103 / HyppTV Ch 103, 9pm)
Cold-as-ice Gru is plotting to steal the moon but when he takes in a group of orphans (albeit with the intention of using them as pawns in his grand scheme), the super-villain finds himself changed for the better. Voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Miranda Cosgrove.
Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas (BBC Lifestyle, HyppTV Ch 620, 1.25pm)
Chef Gordon Ramsay proves that there’s more to Christmas food than just turkey with an array of alternative dishes from roast ham to a festive Beef Wellington.
Tricky Brains (Ntv7, Astro Ch 107 / HyppTV Ch 107, 1.30pm)
In this 1991 Hong Kong comedy, Stephen Chow plays a trickster who gets hired to tear a family apart. Will his tricks work in severing a father-and-son bond? Co-starring Andy Lau and Rosamund Kwan.
March Of The Dinosaurs (TV9, Astro Ch 119 / HyppTV Ch 109, 12.30pm)
The 2011 film chronicles the adventure of young dinosaur Scar and his herd as they migrate south to escape the looming winter. But with perilous weather conditions and merciless predators along the way, their journey is far from a breeze.
The Ultimate Christmas Present (TV2, Astro Ch 102 / HyppTV Ch 102, 3pm)
There’s trouble in Santa’s house when a girl steals his weather machine in the hopes of making it snow in usually sunny Los Angeles. But the machine malfunctions, resulting in a snowstorm. Starring Brenda Song and Hallee Hirsch.
A Christmas Carol (HBO, Astro Ch 411 / HD Ch 431, 6.40pm)
Based on the Charles Dickens classic of the same name, this 2009 animated movie tells the tale of a miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is compelled to change his ways after being visited by a number of spirits on Christmas Eve, showing him the error of his ways and the bleak future in store for him if he doesn’t change. Made with “performance capture” techniques and starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Steve Valentine and Daryl Sabara.
Jingle All The Way (TV2, Astro Ch 102 / HyppTV Ch 102, 10pm)
Busy salesman Howard Langston has been so caught up with work he forgot to buy his son his favourite action figure, Turbo Man. It’s Christmas Eve and Howard realises that most of the stores have run out of the toy but the guilt-ridden father will stop at nothing to get one for his son. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Phil Hartman.
Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years (ITV Choice, Astro Ch 735, 10.30pm)
Top entertainers pay tribute to musical theatre talent Andrew Lloyd Webber (who gave us some of the world’s most celebrated works like The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats and Evita) in this 90-minute special. They include Nicole Scherzinger, Mel C and Kimberley Walsh.
The Santa Clause 2 (Fox Family Movies, Astro Ch 415 / HD Ch 416, 8pm)
Divorced advertising executive-turned-Santa Claus Scott Calvin has been single for almost eight years now. Unfortunately, a hidden clause in the Handbook Of Christmas which stipulates that only a married man can become Santa Claus has been discovered. He must quickly find his “Mrs Claus” before the next Christmas Eve or risk losing Christmas altogether. Starring Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd and Elizabeth Mitchell.
The Love Guru (8TV, Astro Ch 708 / HyppTV Ch 108, 9.30pm)
Mike Myers plays Eastern-trained Guru Pitka who is tasked with reuniting a star hockey player and his wife in this 2008 comedy. Co-starring Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.
Chris Isaak Christmas – A Soundstage Special Event (iConcerts, HyppTV Ch 603, 9.40pm)
Rocker Chris Isaak and his long-time band perform some of his favourite Christmas numbers such as Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas, Washington Square, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Blue Christmas, Let It Snow and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Joining Isaak on a number of duets will be Michael Bublé, Brian McKnight and Stevie Nicks.
Cake Boss 3: Santa, Sunrise & Snowmen Cupcakes
(TLC, Astro Ch 707, 10.30am)
It’s Christmas Eve, the busiest day of the year, and the bakers have to work overtime to deliver all those scrumptious Christmas delights in time.
A Dennis The Menace Christmas (TV2, Astro Ch 102 / HyppTV Ch 102, 2pm)
The mischievous Dennis wants to get his grumpy neighbour Mr Wilson into the holiday spirit, but as usual stirs more trouble than good, at first. Starring Maxwell Perry Cotton and Robert Wagner.
Everybody Loves Raymond: All I Want For Christmas
(TV2, RTL CBS Entertainment, HyppTV Ch 614, 2pm)
All Raymond wants for Christmas is, well, to get intimate with Debra, and he is willing to try anything to have his wish come true. Starring Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton.
Michael McDonald – This Christmas
(iConcerts, HyppTV Ch 603, 3.55pm)
In a live concert performance in Chicago, multi-Grammy winner Michael McDonald performs traditional and original Christmas songs featured on two of his albums, bookended with classic tracks from both his solo career and his time with the Doobie Brothers.
New Year’s Eve
(HBO, Astro Ch 411 / HD Ch 431, 8pm)
Join a star-studded cast as the lives of various couples and singles cross in New York City as they prepare to usher in the New Year. Starring Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi and many more.
(TV3, Astro Ch 103 / HyppTV Ch 103, 10pm)
A Shaolin student joins forces with a former football player to form a team and win a football championship, Shaolin-style. Starring Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei and Karen Mok.
Christmas Song (DIVA Universal, Astro Ch 702, 10.45pm)
Two high schools have merged into one, pitting music teachers Diana and Ken against each other as there can only be one music director. To prove their respective worth, they enter their choral groups in a televised Christmas song competition. But as sparks start to fly between the teachers, will the drama surrounding the competition tear them apart or bring them together? Starring Gabriel Hogan and Natasha Henstridge.