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Where to Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas This Holiday Season

This timeless classic from Dr. Seuss is a holiday staple for a reason.

By Elizabeth Logan

He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. The beloved Christmas cartoon based on Dr. Seuss' book of the same name, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is a must-see for families. And the original 1966 version is airing on NBC twice this holiday season (plus, we're getting a showing of the Jim Carrey version too). So pour yourself some hot cocoa and snuggle up for a trip to Whoville. 

Where to watch the Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 

For kids old enough to stay up late on Christmas, Carrey's version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas airs Monday, December 25 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC. It's also available on Peacock between December 20 and December 31. Christine Baranski, Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon and Bill Irwin star in this adaptation, which is rated PG and is directed by Ron Howard.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey

Where to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The 26-minute 1966 cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas will air on NBC Thursday, November 30 at 8/7c and December 25 at 8/7c. It's currently available to stream on Peacock, as well.  

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What is How the Grinch Stole Christmas about?

Based on the Dr. Seuss book, the story follows a cold-hearted creature called the Grinch who lives with his dog high above the cozy town of Whoville. Because his heart is too small, the Grinch is angered by the town's Christmas celebrations, and disguises himself as Santa to steal all their presents, decorations, food and the holiday itself. Only the innocence of a child, Cindy Lou Who, can help him see the magic of the holiday.

Directed by legendary cartoonist Chuck Jones, the short is narrated by Boris Karloff, who also voices the titular green meanie. This is the version that introduced the famous song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!"

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Is How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) appropriate for all ages?

Yes! Other adaptations of the story have some elements that super-young viewers might find a little scary or action sequences that'll get them too excited to go to bed, but the 1966 animated adaptation is very, very kid-friendly.

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