The weekend (and Monday) edition of our biweekly family-viewing guide is back, loaded up with Christmas goodies. I’d like to say they’re all about the true meaning of Christmas, but for that, you’ll have to head to theaters to see “The Star.”
But if you want glitter and tinsel, Santa and silliness, we’ve got you covered. All times Eastern (check local listings for time and channel in your area).
Oh, and happy First Sunday of Advent!
Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic — Friday, 8 p.m., The CW
From The CW:
Hosted by actor Dean Cain, MASTERS OF ILLUSION features great escapes, fascinating sleight-of-hand and large-scale illusions, all in front of a studio audience. The series features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists and performers in each episode display skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines. Live audience members and viewers at home will be baffled by the astounding skills of these modern illusionists.
Guests include Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan, Greg Gleason and Christmas Choir.
Tanked: Unfiltered “We Fish You a Merry Christmas” — Friday 8 p.m., Animal Planet
In an extended version of a 2016 episode, ATM’s Wayde King and Brett Raymer, joined by Australian pop star Alli Simpson, head to Flint, Michigan, to create a custom tank for Hurley Children’s Hospital.
Tiny Christmas — Saturday, 8 p.m, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons
In Nickelodeon’s brand-new holiday TV movie Tiny Christmas, it is Christmas Eve, and a clumsy elf accidentally shrinks down two cousins into miniature sizes! The kids are then scooped up into Santa’s sack and dropped off across the street at their neighbor’s house. In order to make it home for Christmas (just one house away!), the tiny kids must comically work together and overcome holiday hazards to set themselves right and make Christmas magic happen! But, will the tiny kids get home on time?
Tiny Christmas stars Riele Downs from Henry Danger and Lizzy Greene from Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. Matty Finochio will also star in the movie as Chill the Elf.
The Santa Clause — Sunday, 8:45 p.m., Freeform
Common Sense Media gives the 1994 original a thumbs up for ages 9 and older, but with reservations …
Parents need to know that The Santa Clause is a 1994 Christmas-themed movie in which Tim Allen plays a toy industry executive who transforms into jolly old Saint Nick himself. The original Santa Claus takes a fatal, accidental fall (yikes — Santa dies!). Guns are drawn as Tim Allen’s new “Santa” gets arrested by police. There are grown-up (and gross) jokes, and the movie deals with divorce and estrangement between a father and son. While the whole plot revolves around the idea of Santa being real, many characters talk about the fact that he might not be — so this may not be the best fit for families looking to extend kids’ belief in St. Nick. There is also some potty humor involving human and reindeer flatulence, as well as a vague reference to being on drugs in the 1960s.
The Great Christmas Light Fight — Monday, 8 p.m., ABC
Each episode of this reality-competition series features four families found through a nationwide search, who have erected extravagant Christmas displays at their homes, involving not just lights but choreography, staging, etc.
Lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and interior designer Taniya Nayak judge the entries, with $50,000 going to the winner (a k a the one most likely to be able to be seen from space).
Monday’s episode features a wireless light show, an interactive gingerbread house, figurines and giant lollipops, a large property with 78 wrapped trees, a seven-acre drive-through property, and a concert of lights with a five-piece band.
Here’s a peek at last year’s show:
Image: Courtesy Nickelodeon