Greater Boston 7 p.m. WGBH (Channel 2) Best of fall arts.
Handel’s Messiah from Handel & Haydn Society 10 a.m. Classical New England (99.5)
Here & Now With Robin Young noon WBUR-FM (90.9) The mother of a Marine helps veterans recover from war by writing about their experiences.
Boston Public Radio noon WGBH-FM (89.7)
Boston Children’s Chorus: All Choir Holiday Concert 2 p.m. Classical New England (99.5)
Radio Boston 3 p.m. WBUR-FM (90.9)
A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico 4 p.m. Classical New England (99.5)
NightSide With Dan Rea
8 p.m. WBZ-AM (1030)
NEWS & TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. on Chs. 4 and 12.
Good Morning America at
7 a.m. on Chs. 5, 6, and 9.
Today at 7 a.m. on Chs. 7 and 10; 10 a.m. on Ch. 7. Christmas celebrations.
Live! With Kelly and Michael at 9 a.m. on Chs. 5 and 9;
10 a.m. on Ch. 10. A Christmas edition.
The Talk at 2 p.m. on Chs. 4 and 12. The hosts and guests go without makeup.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show at 4 p.m. on Ch. 10. Heidi Klump; Peter Farcinelli .
Greater Boston at 7 p.m. on Chs. 2 and 11; midnight on
Conan at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. on TBS. Mark Wahlberg; Infantree performs.
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno at 11:34 p.m. on Chs. 7 and 10.
Late Show With David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. on Chs. 4 and 12. Scarlett Johansson; Gary Clark Jr. performs.
Jimmy Kimmel Live at midnight on Chs. 5, 6, and 9. John Goodman; Machine Gun Kelly performs.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at 12:36 a.m. on Chs. 7 and 10. Michael Strahan; Bonnie Raitt performs.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37 a.m. on Chs. 4 and 12. Regis Philbin.
Last Call With Carson Daly at 1:36 a.m. on Chs. 7 and 10. Danny Way.
Avatar 8 p.m., 11:30 p.m. (FXM) A paraplegic war veteran (Sam Worthington) explores a distant planet by controlling an alien avatar. PG-13 (2009)
Bachelor Party 8 p.m., midnight (IFC) Tom Hanks is the guest at a bawdy bash. R (1984)
A Beautiful Soul 8 p.m.,
10 p.m. (TV1) An R&B superstar gets a second chance to connect with God after his entourage is attacked. PG-13 (2012)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. 8 p.m. (HBO2) Middle-aged, divorced Cal (Steve Carell) befriends a successful ladies’ man (Ryan Gosling). PG-13 (2011)
El Dorado 8 p.m. (AMC) Howard Hawks’ tale of reunited former saddle pals (John Wayne and Robert Mitchum). NR (1967)
The Family Man 8 p.m., 10:31 p.m. (BRAVO) A single businessman (Nicolas Cage) wakes up as a married working stiff. Charming but schmaltzy. PG-13 (2000)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
8 p.m. (USA) An elite military unit battles the corrupt arms dealer Destro (Christopher Eccleston). PG-13 (2009)
Hitched for the Holidays
9 p.m. (HALMRK) A single New Yorker hires a woman to pose as his girlfriend to appease his family. NR (2012)
Joyful Noise 9 p.m. (HBO) The dedicated directors of a small-town choir lead their young singers to a national competition. PG-13 (2012)
Miss Congeniality 9 p.m. (MTV) An FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) infiltrates a beauty pageant. Appealing but implausible. PG-13 (2000)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 9 p.m. (FAM) The Griswolds spend the holidays at home. Chevy Chase. PG-13 (1989)
Borderline 10 p.m. (LMN) Life unravels for a prison psychiatrist (Gina Gershon). R (2002)
The Terminal 10 p.m. (HBO2) A European man (Tom Hanks) lives at JFK Airport when his visa is canceled. Uplifting but slow. PG-13 (2004)
Under the Mistletoe 10 p.m. (LIFE) A boy helps his young widowed mom find romance at Christmastime. Jaime Ray Newman. NR (2006)
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 10 p.m. (MAX) Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) search for the perfect Christmas tree. R (2011)