Once upon a time, back in an era known as the 1990s, Christmas marathons weren't a mainstay of the holiday. Some channels helpfully aired yule logs burning in the morning, some channels played a few Christmas movies at night. And then, one fatefully year, in 1997, Turner Network Television aired A Christmas Story 12 times in a row, starting on Christmas Eve and running all through Christmas Day, like mad people. Nowadays, the idea of a Christmas marathon is a staple of modern life. But the TBS’ 2018 Christmas schedule that started it all can keep you entertained for 36 hours and counting.
Most Christmas Day marathons begin on Christmas Day and keep it there. But the nature of the A Christmas Story legacy schedule is such, the multiple Turner Networks which air it create a day and a half affair, starting on Christmas Eve morning and running all the way until Christmas Day night.
Because the main event is a single movie played over and over, TBS' offerings both pre-and-post marathon are made of TV shows, creating little mini-marathons. And the best part is, they kick it all off with Friends!
Here are the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day TBS marathon schedule.