Shaine from The Undateables

THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER

The Undateables
8.30pm on TVNZ 2

The Undateables returns for the festive season with some much-loved familiar faces. Shaine stocks up on mistletoe in anticipation of his first kiss, Daniel plans the release of his original Christmas tune, and Ray is joyous at the thought of spending Christmas with his new girlfriend. 

WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER

Shop Well for Less
7.30pm on TVNZ 1

Christmas is a time for giving, but it's easy to go over the top! Alex and Steph head to Yorkshire to help some loving foster parents tackle their seasonal spending habits.

Rich House Poor House
8.30pm on TVNZ 1

Two families swap homes and budgets for the week at Christmas time. Although they live only 13 miles apart, their financial circumstances differ greatly. How will they manage?

Michael McIntyre's Big Show
8.30pm on TVNZ 2

Michael McIntyre presents a festive special stuffed with big stars, big laughs and big surprises! Settle in for a night of hilarious stand up, live music and magical Christmas treats.

Officers Minogue and O'Leary in Wellington Paranormal

THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER

Wellington Paranormal
8.30pm on TVNZ 2

Minogue and O’Leary attend to a number of different paranormal events on a busy Christmas Eve Patrol. The Devil posing as Santa at a mall, an interdimensional vortex at a barbecue, a violent doll rampaging through a house. Just the usual.

FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces
2pm on TVNZ 1

In this festive special George revisits some the series' most memorable small-builds. He also tracks down some Christmas-themed builds including a gingerbread house and a beach-hut advent calendar!

Bad Moms 2

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 

Bad Moms 2
8.30pm on TVNZ 2

Everyone's favourite unconventional mums are back. Underappreciated and over-burdened - Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of being a perfect parent at Christmas time. They're doing the holidays... like a mother. Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. 

MONDAY 23 DECEMBER

The Flight Before Christmas
12pm on TVNZ 2

On Christmas Eve, two strangers with something in common are caught in a snowstorm. Their flight is stranded in Montana, and they find themselves sharing a room at a local bed and breakfast. Starring Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory).

A Country Christmas Story
1.30pm on TVNZ 2

Dolly Parton stars in this magical, musical Christmas tale. A teenage girl from a small town has big dreams of becoming a singer. She enters a talent competition, and Dolly helps her on her way to stardom. 

Extreme Cake Makers
7pm on TVNZ 1

Christmas wouldn't be the same without cake! The pressure is on our cake makers to deliver the perfect festive masterpieces. Their cracker creations include a reindeer, a turkey and a life-size elf!

The celebrity bakers with Bake Off judges Dean and Sue.

Celebrity Bake Off NZ
7pm on TVNZ 2

In this special celebratory episode of The Great Kiwi Bake Off, six local celebrities put on their aprons and show off their baking skills in the hopes of winning money for charity. The celebrity bakers are David Fane, Jackie van Beek, Bree Tomasel, Toni Street, Paula Bennett and Art Green.

Inside Oxford Street
9pm on TVNZ 1

Oxford Street is world-famous for its glittering lights and festive displays at Christmas time. Marvel at the spectacular transformation of this bustling shopping location. 

Four Holidays
10pm on TVNZ 2

The holiday turns to disaster when one couple attempts to visit all of their separate families in one day. It's the classic Christmas conundrum! Starring Vince Vaughan and Reese Witherspoon.

The Star

CHRISTMAS EVE

The Star
5.30pm on TVNZ 2

In this adorable adaptation of the classic nativity story, one donkey follows his heart and finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime. Bo and his friends follow the Star to Bethlehem, where they become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. 

Gordon, Gino & Fred's Christmas Roast
7pm on TVNZ 1

It's a Christmas competition with all the trimmings! Top chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo go head to head, cooking a three-course dinner for 100 special guests. Hosted by Fred Sirieix.

Ashley and Claire's Christmas wedding, on Coronation Street in 2004.

Corries of Christmas Past
9.30pm on TVNZ 1

Take a trip down memory lane, with this festive celebration of the UK's longest-running soap. From weddings to serial killers, revisit some of Coronation Street's most dramatic and memorable holiday seasons.

The Nativity Story
10.15pm on TVNZ 1

The 2006 adaptation of one of the most well-known stories in the world. Mary is visited by an angel, who shares with her a prophecy. When Mary falls pregnant soon after, her and Joseph must travel to Bethlehem where she will give birth to the son of God. Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary. 

CHRISTMAS DAY

My Little Pony
7.30am on TVNZ 2

The ponies of Equestria gather for the annual celebration of Hearth's Warming. Princess Twilight Sparkle is very behind with her shopping, but luckily her friends are there to help her find the perfect gifts! 

Bradley Walsh and the Chasers

The Celebrity Chase
7pm on TVNZ 1

Bradley and the Chasers return for another Christmas special. They don their glitzy glad rags, but will they be outshined by the team of celebrities taking them on? 

Goodnight Kiwi
8.05pm on TVNZ 2

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joins Kiwi and Cat for a special Christmas Day reading of the legendary Kiwi story, Hairy Maclary.

The episode will be available on TVNZ OnDemand from 8am Monday 16 December, along with Christmas stories read by Jayden Daniels and Oscar Kightley.
 

Deck the Halls
8.30pm on DUKE

Steve and his neighbour, Buddy, love a competition. Buddy decorates his house so extravagantly for Christmas that the lights can be seen from space. Steve tries to outdo him, and their rivalry turns the neighbourhood upside down. Starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito. 

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