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    The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011 5 p.m. WGBH (Channel 2) The first family is expected to be on hand.

    Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One 6 p.m. WGBH (Channel 2) Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee.


    Only a Game 7 a.m. & 7 p.m. WBUR-FM (90.9) LeBron James looks forward to the Miami-Dallas Christmas Day game.


    Highway 61 Revisited 8 a.m. WUMB-FM (91.9) Holiday songs featuring George Harrison, Laura Nyro, and more.

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    The Nutcracker 8 a.m. Classical New England (99.5) Boston Ballet conductor Jonathan McPhee joins host James David Jacobs for a “guided tour’’ of Tchaikovsky’s score.

    Lessons and Carols 10 a.m. Classical New England (99.5) King’s College, live.

    This American Life “Christmas and Commerce’’ noon WGBH-FM (89.7) The intersection of Christmas and retail.

    Mountain Stage 2 p.m. WUMB-FM (91.9) Old 97’s, Hayes Carll, Hotclub of Cowtown.


    Holiday Pops 2011 7 p.m. Classical New England (99.5) Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus offer up carols, a few surprises, and a visit from Santa Claus.

    Dark Was the Night 8 p.m. WUMB-FM (91.9) Brendan Hogan celebrates Christmas.


    Alvin and the Chipmunks8 p.m., midnight (FX) Chipper blend of CGI-animation and live action charting the misadventures of three singing rodents. PG (2007)

    American Outlaws 8 p.m., 11 p.m. (AMC) Outlaws try to derail a railroad baron’s greedy plot. Colin Farrell. PG-13 (2001)

    Beauty Shop 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (WE) A tame “Barbershop’’ rip-off about a sassy stylist (Queen Latifah) who opens a salon in Atlanta. PG-13 (2005)


    A Christmas Snow 8 p.m. (50) A woman (Catherine Mary Stewart) with deep-rooted abandonment issues contemplates forgiveness. NR (2010)

    A Christmas Story 8 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight (TBS) Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic charmer about a boy (Peter Billingsley) craving a BB gun. PG (1983)

    A Christmas Wish 8 p.m. (HALMRK) A down-on-her-luck mom (Kristy Swanson) finds herself penniless and homeless just before Christmas. NR (2011)

    Enough 8 p.m. (OXY) A battered wife (Jennifer Lopez) fights back in this predictable cookie-cutter revenge thriller. PG-13 (2002)

    Forrest Gump 8 p.m. (TNT) Best picture winner about a simple man (Tom Hanks) who is swept up in key historical moments. PG-13 (1994)

    Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! 8 p.m. (DISN) The Duncans embark on a family Christmas vacation. NR (2011)

    It’s a Wonderful Life 8 p.m. (7) Holiday classic about a suicidal banker (James Stewart) who learns the ultimate life lesson. NR (1946)

    Miracle on 34th Street 8 p.m. (TCM) A department-store Santa insists he’s the real thing. Edmund Gwenn. NR (1947)

    Undercover Christmas 8 p.m. (LIFE) A feisty cocktail waitress (Jami Gertz) falls in love. NR (2003)

    The Hunt for Red October 8:05 p.m. (IFC) Sean Connery as a Soviet sub commander heading for the US. PG (1990)

    The Fifth Element 9 p.m. (SYFY) A 23d-century cabbie and an alien try to save the world. Striking visuals. Bruce Willis. PG-13 (1997)

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 9 p.m. (FAM) The sequel finds Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) facing familiar foes. PG (1992)

    Knight and Day 9 p.m. (HBO2) A single woman (Cameron Diaz) and a spy (Tom Cruise) race to elude a federal agent. PG-13 (2010)

    Scream 9 p.m. (TMC) Wes Craven’s tale about a teen targeted by a killer. Neve Campbell. R (1996)

    A Diva’s Christmas Carol 10 p.m. (LIFE) An update of the Dickens classic follows an egotistical diva (Vanessa Williams). NR (2000)

    Hereafter 10 p.m. (MAX) Matt Damon and Cécile De France star in this drama following three grief-stricken individuals. PG-13 (2010)

    Jingle All the Way 10 p.m. (FXM) An overworked dad (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hunts for a popular Christmas toy. Frenetic holiday fare. PG (1996)

    Margie 10 p.m. (TCM) Jeanne Crain has a crush on her teacher. NR (1946)

    Uptown Girls 10 p.m. (STYLE) A socialite becomes a nanny to an 8-year-old. Contrived script; charming leads. Brittany Murphy. PG-13 (2003)

    Fireproof 10:10 p.m. (CMT) A man tries an experiment that might save his broken marriage. Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea. PG (2008)

    Five Fingers 10:30 p.m. (SUND) An idealistic pianist (Ryan Philippe) is kidnapped and subjected to cruel mental experiments. R (2006)

    War of the Worlds 10:45 p.m. (TNT) Steven Spielberg’s ripping spectacle about aliens invading Earth. Tom Cruise. PG-13 (2005)