A parade, NBA basketball and The Doctor with Santa Claus - that's a Merry Christmas

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25 December 2014

BBC AMERICA, 9:00 PM ET

Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration: ABC, 10:00 AM ET
Tune in for Disney's 31st Christmas Day parade and TV special. As you finish opening gifts or finish a final cup of coffee, you'll be treated to fanciful floats and Santa himself from Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. Robin Roberts and Tim Tebow host, with actress Sarah Hyland; Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev; musical performances by Ariana Grande; Prince Royce; Gavin DeGraw; Laura Marano; Trey Songz; Lucy Hale, Train and Trisha Yearwood.

NBA Basketball: All day, starting at Noon ET on ESPN
The NBA has been playing on Christmas day since its second season in 1947. Today, the league plays five games, starting with Washington at New York on ESPN at Noon ET; followed by Oklahoma City at San Antonio at 2:30 PM ET on ABC; then Cleveland at Miami at 5:00 PM ET on ABC; with the LA Lakers at Chicago at 8:00 PM ET on TNT; and wrapping with Golden State at LA Clippers at 10:30 PM ET also on TNT.

All eyes will be on the Miami fans, as they welcom LeBron James back to the arena where he helped guide the Heat to two NBA Championships.

Doctor Who: Last Christmas: BBC AMERICA, 9:00 PM ET
In the new holiday-themed episode "Last Christmas," The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) find themselves trapped at an arctic base and having a difficult time telling what is real and what is an illusion as they are menaced by an awakening race of sinister beings. Fortunately, they can count on assistance from none other than Santa Claus (guest star Nick Frost, best known for his frequent collaborations with buddy Simon Pegg, including Shaun of the Dead).

Christmas movies, all day
If you'd simply like to settle-in for a good Christmas movie, then please check the selection at our sister site, Channel Guide magazine.
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