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Christmas, New Year specials on television

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MUMBAI: Come December! People are in a party mode to usher in the Christmas and New Year Eve. To add to this devil-may-care season, the English entertainment, movie channels, music channel and kids channels have also gone that extra mile to wind up 2016 for its viewers.

What’s in store for viewers are power packed shows and movies as a treat. As we bid farewell to 2016, those who are staying put at home in front of the television on Christmas and New Year’s eve or even otherwise, if you are browsing for a few shows and movies to stream tonight for that extra dose of enjoyment, we’ve got you covered.

After perusing the available options on channels like Comedy Central, Colors Infinity, Sony Pix, Star Movies, Pogo, Nickleodeon and VH1, etc Indiantelevision.com recommends a few shows that viewers can gape at this festive season. Read on:

Colors Infinity

The channel will air season 1 and 2 of Troy on 24 and 25 December 12 pm onwards. The unscripted magical series follows the magician Troy as he surprises his audience with mind-blowing tricks.

Comedy Central

This Christmas, jingle all the way with all the Christmas Specials from favorite shows -F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community, Citizen Khan and the Mindy Project as Comedy Central airs back-to-back, hand-picked Christmas episodes from the shows. The shows will be aired from 25 December 10 am onwards.

Once Christmas hits the channel, the laughter-riot won’t stop until 2017! Countdown to the New Year, with a special show every day like The Detour, Episodes, Younger, Angie Tribeca, The Carmichael Show, Superstore, and Impastor. Comedy Central will flash back to episodes that made the audeince happy this year starting from 26 December 3 pm onwards.

Nickelodeon

Dora & Friends kick start celebrations on Nick HD followed by all new episodes of Pakdam Pakdai on Sonic. All new episodes of the show that started on 19 December have made Sonic the action and comedy destination for kids.

Kick starting the festivities and ushering in the winter chill into your homes will be the awesome duo Motu Patlu in their Icelandic escapade Motu Patlu – The Invisible Plane.  The exciting new expedition with the awesome twosome is set to premiere this Christmas on 25 December at 11.30 am only on Nickelodeon.

Kids can now spot the gift to win by tuning in to Sonic dekho baar baar gifts jeeto lagataar, every day from 19 December to 19 January from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. It’s time for kids to lift their gift from Nickelodeon. Tune in to Nickelodeon every day from 19 December from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm and vote for the gifts you want. The lift your gift will require kids to wish for the gift that they see amongst the many options flashed on screen and Motu Patlu will make this wish come true.

This winter, get ready  for some fun family time with the grand Nickelodeon themed brunch starting this 25 December and every Sunday thereafter for the next 3 months. Children can experience the world of Nicktoons with food like Motu Patlu Samosas to Dora’s favorite Spanish spread and much more at the exclusive brunch at Courtyard Marriott.

Bringing in the new-year will be the high octane event Dabur Red Paste presents Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards co-powered by Lifebuoy and Choki Choki.  The awards is set to premiere on S1 January at 6 pm only on Nick and will see wide spread promotions.

This apart the Nicktoons will entertain kids at multiple events like the Kidogos Kids Festival at High street Phoenix, Mumbai on 23, 24 and 25 December and  The Jack and Jill activity on 24 and 25 December at Le Meridien  in Delhi.

Pogo

Pogo gears up this December with two new movies, power packed episodes, exciting contests and the year’s biggest blockbusters for all its fans.Saturdays and Sundays get way more exciting with the launch of a brand new show Appu - The Yogic Elephant; the adventures of an elephant calf named Appu who makes friends with a little girl, Neena and her pet dog Tiger. Glued together by friendship and fuelled by courage, the trio set out on a series of adventures to discover new yogic powers – every weekend at 8:30am.

Super Bheem and his friends set out on their most exciting adventure yet in a brand new movie, Super Bheem: Fire and Ice which premieres on 25 December, 2016 at 10.30 am.

It will present an exciting new movie of Mighty Raju called Light of Astrome which will premiere on 31 December, 2016 at 10.30 am. Among the many firsts is the central role of Mighty Raju’s friend Gopi who accidently stumbles on a box that fills him with The Light Of Astrome. Meanwhile, prince Zulu and Mighty Raju will be seen teaming up to defeat an inter-galactic tribe called Gorthians, who want the Light of Astrome to build their arsenal.

Pogo has gone the extra mile this festive season with a curated list of the best movies on Pogo under Hit Picture from 26 to 31 December from 10.30 am. The icing on the cake is an exciting contest that everyone can participate in while watching the movies and stand a chance to win digital cameras!

The celebrations will continue on Pogo with brand new episodes of Chhota Bheem and Mighty Raju every Sunday at 9:30 am and 10 am respectively. Adding to the celebrations, Super Hit movies will air on the channel from Monday - Friday at 10:30am.

Tom and Jerry movies will air on Saturdays at 10:30am

Sony Pix

Sony Pix brings to you the biggest encounter of Man and Nature in Everest on 25 December 25 at 1 pm and 9 pm.

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, Everest is an overwhelming tale of human survival that endeavors  to make you feel as if you’re really there, scrabbling for safety, when disaster blows in on the wind. Starring an ensemble cast with Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly amongst others, this film opened the Venice International Film Festival in 2015 followed by a grand theatrical release world over.

Star Movies

Star Movies will bring some of the best animated Disney titles as part of the Jingle All Day festival.

The showcase of titles includes a heart-warming father-and-son tale of Finding Nemo; an all-time classic The Lion King; the fantastic tale of Brave; an extraordinary celebration of friendship Toy Story 3 and a magical journey of emotions, Inside Out. These movies together boast of 7 Oscar wins and 9 Oscar nominations.

The line-up doesn’t end there as the festivities continue with the premiere of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on 25 December at 9 pm.

The cine fest will start at 11 am on December 25 on Star Movies.

VH1

The Christmas special of the channel- Vh1 Winter Wonderland – will begin from 25 December 12 pm onwards.  Drinks, snacks, mistletoe and music … that’s pretty much all you need for a great Christmas party. If you’re a little lost on where to begin with songs to play at Christmas this year, the channel has put together the ultimate Christmas playlist to get you in the holiday spirit.

Romedy NOW

Property Name: Romedy Bells

Movie Names : You Got Mail,  When Harry Met Sally, Sex & The City &  French Kiss

These movies will air, all day on 25 December, from 9am to 7pm.

MOVIES NOW

Property Name: Jingle All The Day

Movie Names : The Boxtrolls, The Ant Bully, Despicable Me 2, Big Hero 6, Wall-E, Happy Feet & A Bug's Life

The property will be on air from 25 December, 2016 from 9am and will continue to run the entire day.

While Romedy NOW is all about romance and drama, MOVIES NOW plans to go with fantasy and animation.

Sony Le Plex HD

A man who has made people laugh for over three generations, a man who single handedly made his films, a man who could make you tickle and ponder over social/political issues at the same time. Yes, we are talking about the king of comedy, Charlie Chaplin. Sony Le Plex HD commemorates 39 death anniversary of Chaplin by airing his biographical film Chaplin on 25 December at 6:30 pm.

Starring Robert Downey Jr in a never-seen-before performance, the movie takes us through the comedian’s eventful and controversial life. Other outstanding talent includes late Richard Attenborough, who directed and produced the film, Geraldine Chaplin, Chaplin’s real daughter, who plays her own grandmother in the film and Sir Anthony Hopkins who plays the role of Chaplin’s biography editor.

The film serenades through the beginning of his struggles with a childhood of extreme poverty to his unique style of filmmaking which had hard hitting sarcasm induced messages depicting the pathos of the middle class.

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