Here's when to tune in to the holiday classic.

By Emily VanSchmus
December 03, 2020
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One of our favorite Christmas traditions is snuggling up with hot cocoa to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas—but it's one we didn't think we'd get to do this year. A few months ago AppleTV+ announced they'd secured the exclusive rights to all the Peanuts holiday moviesmeaning the movies wouldn't be airing on ABC this year as they have for decades. But luckily, Apple and PBS have made a deal to air A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV this year so everyone can watch the film for free. Talk about a Christmas miracle!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on PBS on Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. CST, so you can watch the holiday classic from the comfort of your own couch. AppleTV+ subscribers will be able to watch the film on the streaming platform beginning December 4. If you're not a subscriber, you can also stream the movie for free on AppleTV (without making a subscription) from December 11 through 13.

A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on December 9, 1965, and since then has become a nostalgic holiday staple in homes across the country. The film begins with Charlie Brown becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of Christmas spirit in his community. In an attempt to teach the others what Christmas is all about, he picks up the iconic scraggly Charlie Brown Christmas tree and asks his friend Linus to recite the true meaning of the holiday.

Of course, you can also pick up a DVD copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas ($7, Target) and watch it any time you want. And to really get into the holiday spirit, you can stream the movie soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio for free with Amazon Prime.

And if you're craving more holiday fun from Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales ($5, Target) is another one of our favorite ways to catch up with the Peanuts gang. The collection features these five holiday movies: Happy Holidays from Snoopy, Yuletide Greetings from Linus, Season's Greetings from Sally, Peace on Earth from Lucy, and Merry Christmas from Charlie Brown.

We can’t wait to snuggle down with a warm drink and a batch of freshly-baked Christmas cookies for these feel-good holiday flicks.

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