The Happy Elf (8pm, CW) - An animated musical scored and narrated by Harry Connick Jr. tells the story of Eubie, a jubilant elf who makes it his Christmas Eve mission to save the children of the aptly named Bluesville from another disappointing, Santa-less holiday.
Christmas in Washington (8pm, TNT) - Conan O'Brien hosts the 31st annual holiday gala from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., which was recorded on December 9. Performers include Scotty McCreery (in a suit!), Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Chris Mann and Psy. Attendees include the president and the first lady.
Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays (8pm, NBC) - This Christmas special debuted a week or so ago, but it's worth catching if you missed (and if you like Buble). Features Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen. "White House Christmas: First Families Remember" also repeats tonight right after Buble.
Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour (9pm, ABC) - In the first of a two-part series, Christiane Amanpour explores Biblical stories and places in the Middle East to investigate the origins of many of the world's religions.
Fringe (9pm, Fox) - The team call on Nina Sharp to help devise a plan to defeat the Observers, but time is running out in their quest to save the world.