Watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for FREE This Weekend on PBS

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Catch your favorite Charlie Brown holiday movies on PBS this season!

Peanuts Gang at Christmas

PBS is bringing the Charlie Brown holiday movies back to live TV!

Grab your popcorn and get ready for some serious nostalgia, because a Charlie Brown holiday classic will soon be airing on PBS!

Fans of Charlie Brown may remember that in 2020, Apple TV scooped up the rights to the Peanuts gang and their television specials. The company then announced its plan to offer the Charlie Brown trilogy of holiday classics exclusively on its streaming service, making AppleTV+ the only way to watch these beloved specials in 2020.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown with Christmas tree

After a great deal of public outcry, Apple TV+ eventually relented and allowed A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas to air on both PBS and PBS Kids in 2020, but not before It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown failed to air on broadcast TV for the first time in more than half a century. Good grief!

This year, Apple teamed up with PBS and PBS Kids to air It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on October 24th, and a decades-long holiday tradition was restored.

AppleTV+ is also partnering with the public broadcasting networks this year to air A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas on both PBS and PBS kids. The Christmas special will air ad-free at 7:30 PM ET on Sunday, December 19th.

charlie brown christmas illustration

Can’t catch the live airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas?

This show will only air once on live TV, so set your DVR or consider grabbing the Peanuts Holiday Collection Blu-Ray or DVD featuring all three classic Peanuts specials.

Apple TV+ will also offer ad-free streaming of A Charlie Brown Christmas FREE for Apple TV+ members. If you’re not an Apple TV+ member, you can score a free 7-day trial here! Keep in mind that if you’ve recently purchased a new Apple product like the new iPhone 13, you may also have access to 3 FREE months of Apple TV+.

Here’s what’s airing on Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas…

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Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 7

  1. Materof6

    When you think about it, it’s kinda sad how complicated things have become. I remember growing up in the 1980’s in a rural area with no cable , and there was just ABC, NBC, and CBS…specials like this were predictable. I’m glad they are giving people the opportunity to see this timeless classic with a poignant message! Thanks for posting!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! I have a similar memory, Materof6! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Aly


    Will it be Saturday, Dec 18th or Sunday, Dec 19th? You have Saturday, Dec 19th. Thank you!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Whoops! Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for catching that! It will air on Sunday, December 19th. I have updated the post.

  3. laura-24

    It’s also on Apple TV+ right now

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing!

  4. Angela

    Whatever happened to Wizard of Oz every year?!?

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