Annual ‘A Christmas Story’ Marathon Kicks Off Tonight at Midnight

by Megan Molseed

It’s a beloved favorite holiday tradition…and we promise you, it’s safer than the Red Ryder BB gun. You will not shoot your eye out. But, your eyes will certainly thank you when you tune in to the annual twenty-four-hour run of A Christmas Story on Christmas day!

For years now, it’s been a way to tell that the holiday season has officially arrived. It’s one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, and TBS and TNT both know this as they run it back to back non-stop starting on Christmas Eve.

The annual twenty-four-hour-long extravaganza begins at 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central time on TBS. TNT will pick up on the Christmas joy at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST.

A Christmas Story is the heartwarming tale of a young boy named Ralphie who only wants one single thing for Christmas. The one thing he desires most for the holiday is for Santa Claus to bring him the Red Ryder BB gun.

His hopes are dashed over and over again as his holiday takes some hilarious twists and turns with his family and friends.

And, much to Ralphie’s dismay, it seems as if his one wish is not to come true.

Every adult he speaks to about his dream Christmas gift scoffs at the idea. Telling the young boy that his dream present is far too dangerous and he will certainly “shoot your eye out, kid.”

A Christmas Story Becomes An All-Time Favorite

Released in 1983, A Christmas Story became a piece of Ted Turner’s legacy when he bought the MGM studio in 1985. While Ted Turner sold the studio just one year after his purchase, the famous entrepreneur retained his ownership over the entire MGM film library.

Ted Turner certainly knew a holiday classic when he saw one and he soon began airing the holiday favorite one or two times each year.

Eventually, by 1997, these airings expanded into the annual Christmas marathon we have come to expect.

Initially, A Christmas Story has aired alternately between Ted Turner’s networks TBS and TNT in different years. However, in 2017, the film became a mainstay on both networks each holiday season.

An awesome way to watch a movie on live television. You can start watching on TBS and then begin flipping back and forth between the two stations during each commercial break!

Of course, there are always options for those viewers who have cut the cable cord and are hoping to catch a streaming option of the popular holiday hit. Viewers can live-stream the A Christmas Story marathon on WatchTBS and WatchTNT.

Those that don’t have the cable log-in option can catch these channels via YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV.

And, for those looking to catch the classic sans commercials, A Christmas Story is available for viewing on both HBO Max and Hulu.