Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. ‘Tis the time for the annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas, which airs Sunday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. on PBS. One of the central beloved seasonal Peanuts cartoons of the 1960s, A Charlie Brown Christmas includes some of the most memorable moments of the gang, from the ice skating shenanigans to the breakout dance party at the nativity rehearal and Linus’s startlingly charming moment in the spotlight. Although licensing allows for one annual viewing via local PBS stations this weekend, the special is part of the larger Peanuts collection housed under the Apple TV+ umbrella. Read on for how to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas through either option.
- When Will A Charlie Brown Christmas Air: A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on Sunday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Network: A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on local PBS stations.
- Where Can You Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas: You can watch A Charlie Brown Christmas free live through PBS, or year-round on Apple TV+ (1-week-free-trial).
Where You Can Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
Stream Live on PBS For Free
A Charlie Brown Christmas has its annual airing on PBS on Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET. So the easitest and cheapest way is to watch it for free through your local PBS channel.
Watch on The PBS App
While it isn’t well advertised, PBS streams the feed of the live local PBS channel of over 125 PBS member stations, so it is likely a live local PBS station streams through the PBS app in your area. Not only can you watch PBS live, but the app also offers over 4000 PBS shows on-demand.
You download the PBS app on the following devices:
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Samsung Smart TV (Tizen)
Watch PBS With an Antenna
Generally, if you live in a city or the suburbs, you can watch PBS over the air using something as simple as the $25 Flat TV antenna. The free return policy makes it no risk. If it doesn’t get the channels you want, you can return it for your money back.
You can see if PBS is available over the air using this FCC page. If the flat antenna doesn’t perform to your expectations, then check out the following instructional guides for more details on over-the-air TV.
- Learn How to Choose a TV Antenna
- Learn How to Use One Antenna for Multiple TVs
- Learn How to Ground a TV Antenna
- Learn how to Improve Antenna TV Reception
- Record from your Antenna with an Over the Air DVR
Check out our article on now How to Watch PBS for more.
Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas Anytime on Apple TV+
A Charlie Brown Christmas is among the extensive Peanuts collection currently available exclusively on the Apple TV+ streaming service. (Apple TV Plus shouldn’t be confused with the Apple TV streaming device.) The service costs $9.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. There is no long-term commitment, and you can cancel at any time. You may be worried if you don’t have an Apple device, but fear not. The Apple TV+ app is supported on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod Touch, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, VIZIO Smart TVs, Sony Smart TVs, and more. For more information on this streaming service, check out our review of Apple TV+.