‘A Christmas Story’ Marathon: How, When to Watch

by Kayla Zadel
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It’s that time of year when “A Christmas Story” plays on repeat and we get to watch some of the most iconic Christmas scenes play out.

From watching Ralphie’s dad receive his leg lamp and mispronounce the word “fragile,” to his mom telling him that he’ll “shoot your eye out” with the Red Ryder BB gun, this Christmas movie reminds us that it’s the most wonderful time of year.

Even though some fan-favorite holiday movies have been pulled from major networks this year, viewers can still catch a 24-hour marathon of the 1983 movie, PopCulture.com reports.

Watch ‘A Christmas Story’ on Broadcast TV

The day-long “A Christmas Story” marathon kicks off on both TNT and TBS on Christmas Eve. The back-to-back airings begin at 8 p.m. ET on TBS and last until 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

TNT’s marathon begins at 9 p.m. ET Christmas Eve and running a full 24 hours before concluding at 9 p.m. ET Christmas Day. Additionally, the iconic movie will also be available on-demand on both the TBS and TNT apps.

Alternate Ways to Watch the Christmas Film

If you don’t have cable, both TNT and TBS are available via Hulu Live, FuboTV, and Sling. However, each streaming network has its own signup fee, but sometimes they offer free trials.

The 1983 classic is also available on-demand to rent on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, Vudu, iTunes, and YouTube. The rental fee is $3.99 on all streaming platforms.

If you’d rather own the film, then there’s an option for that too. “A Christmas Story” is available for purchase at a price of $11.99 on both Google Play Movies and YouTube, and just $9.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and iTunes.

A Christmas Tradition for TBS and TNT

The 24-hour marathon of the Christmas classic has been an annual tradition on both networks since 1997. What’s more, it consistently ranks highly among TV’s highest-rated programs around Christmas.

Last years’ marathon drew around 35 million viewers, and this year TNT is recruiting fan-favorite AEW wrestlers to read some lines from the film’s most iconic scenes. The table reads will also be available at TNT.tv and on TNT’s YouTube page. 

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