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24th Dec 2019

What time is the Father Ted Christmas special? Your essential guide to all the Christmas Eve TV

James Fenton

If you’re planning on spending Christmas Eve watching TV then all your festive organising must already be done. Go, you.

Now all you need is a comprehensive guide to what’s on the box today if you’re not in the mood to scroll Netflix for the next 12 hours. As always on December 24, there’s plenty on offer and you can find a full guide to all the unmissable Christmas Eve TV below…

Home Alone

One of the most loved festive traditions is watching an eight-year-old boy fight off a pair of hapless burglars. You can catch Home Alone on RTÉ One at 3.50pm. If that doesn’t suit, it starts over on Channel 4 at 5.30pm.

Toy Story 3

The third instalment of the classic Pixar franchise can be seen on BBC One at 1.25pm


Toy Story 3 will be followed directly on the same channel at 3pm.

Beauty And The Beast

Completing a stellar BBC One afternoon line-up will be the 2017 remake of the Disney favourite starring Emma Watson. It kicks off at 5.30pm.

Father Ted Christmas Special

A real Christmas Eve tradition at this stage. See Father Todd Unctious get what’s coming to him at 8.40pm on RTÉ 2.

The Guard

The 2011 Irish Cop comedy is always a great watch. Catch it on RTÉ 2 at 10,25pm.

Dirty Dancing

Staying up late? You won’t want to miss the iconic 1987 flick at 11pm on TG4.