Dec. 17: Ellen DeGeneres, left, is host of Christmas in Washington. Performers at the annual musical gala attended by the president and first lady include Mariah Carey, Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox, Andrea Bocelli and Maxwell. 8 p.m., TNT.
Dec. 18: WWE Tribute to the Troops has professional wrestling's top stars and divas performing for military personnel and their families at Fort Hood, Texas. The show includes an appearance by long-time WWE wrestling star Shawn Michaels, who retired earlier this year after losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XVI. Also appearing are Sherri Shepherd and Miss USA Rima Fakih. 9 p.m., NBC.
Dec. 19: The latest iteration of Survivor — Survivor: Nicaragua — ends with a three-hour special. 8 p.m., CBS.
Dec. 19: ABC offers up holiday cheer in the form of comic Tim Allen with showings of The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 7 and 9 p.m., respectively. If you want to watch the film that started the franchise, tune to ABC Family at 8 p.m. Dec. 22.