Friday: If you have ever looked at some of those elaborately decorated houses that surely must be visible from space and wondered how the owners did that, All Out American Christmas will have some answers. 1 p.m., HGTV.
Friday: If you hear that a student is heading to Belmont University in Nashville, it's only natural to ask whether he or she is going into music — the school's music program has that strong a reputation. So Christmas at Belmont promises to be quite a presentation from the University's School of Music. 10 p.m., KET
Saturday: These days, the TV networks generally act as if classic films don't exist, except nights like Christmas Eve, when they get all nostalgic. So tonight, we have a face-off between Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965) at 7 p.m. on ABC and Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), at 8 p.m. on NBC. It's also showing Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Theatre.
Saturday: Sneak some caffeine into that eggnog and let the marathon begin. Jean Shepherd's classic A Christmas Story (1983) returns for its annual daylong airing. We double-dog dare you to watch 'til you drop. 8 p.m., TBS.
Saturday: Still up late Christmas Eve and need a soundtrack to whatever you might be doing at that hour? Then KET has the annual Minnesota celebration, Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing. 11 p.m., KET.
Sunday: A Central Kentucky tradition is the Kentucky Christmas Chorus, which was recorded Dec. 13 at the Singletary Center for the Arts and is rebroadcast across Central and Eastern Kentucky on Christmas Day. Jefferson Johnson conducts the Lexington Singers and a variety of soloists. Noon, CBS.
Sunday: Yes, it is fashionable here in Wildcat country to dis the NBA, which was on strike until late last month. But if you have secretly longed for the return of pro basketball, you can open your present at 2 p.m. Sunday, with a double-header featuring a rematch of last year's NBA finals — the Miami Heat vs. the Dallas Mavericks — followed by a tilt between storied franchises, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. 2 p.m., ABC.
Herald-Leader staff, Contra Costa Times