Set the DVR for these holiday TV classics

The onslaught of holiday programming is here, so get ready for a month full of Santas, Scrooges and holiday music. Here are just a few highlights. All dates and times are subject to change, so double-check local listings.

"Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer," 7 p.m. Tuesday, CBS: The classic about that reindeer, Santa and the Island of Misfit Toys.

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center," 7 p.m. Tuesday, NBC:

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 7 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 23 on ABC: Boris Karloff narrates the one and only original.

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," 7 p.m. Dec. 2, ABC: An animated classic about the origins of Santa.

"A Christmas Carol" (1938), 5 a.m. Dec. 4 with repeats through December on TCM: This version stars Reginald Owen as Scrooge.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas," 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 16 on ABC: The Peanuts gang discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

"White Christmas" (1954), 7 and 9:45 p.m. Dec. 11 with repeats through December on AMC: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye.

"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), 4 p.m. Dec. 11 with repeats through December on TCM: The Christmas scenes in this set-in-1904 Judy Garland musical are a heart-tugger.

"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 24 on NBC: Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in the Frank Capra classic about a fateful Christmas Eve in small-town Bedford Falls.

"Holiday Inn" (1942), 12:30 a.m. Dec. 12 with repeats through December on AMC: The movie that introduced the song "White Christmas."

"A Christmas Story" (1983), 24-hour marathon beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 on TBS: In the 1940s, Ralphie goes on a Christmas quest for a Red Ryder air rifle and ... oh, you know the rest.