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Parade of Christmas Specials Tops Fare

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas this weekend.

David Hasselhoff is the grand marshal of the 65th annual “Hollywood Christmas Parade,” Sunday at 6 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5. Besides Santa Claus, the festivities will feature more than 100 celebrities, 14 national bands, 12 equestrian units, 18 floats and 60 classic antique convertibles.

A&E; presents “Swing Into Christmas,” tonight at 8:30, featuring holiday standards performed by Grover Washington Jr., Terence Blanchard and Wynton Marsalis.

Singer-actress Vanessa Williams headlines her first Yuletide special, “Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas in New York,” Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC (Channel 7). Taped at Broadway’s Shubert Theater, the special features guests Phil Collins, Babyface, Shania Twain, Luther Vandross, Rosie O’Donnell, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Elmo and Savion Glover.

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Gospel singers Bill and Gloria Gaither usher in the holiday season with “Bill Gaither: Joy to the World,” tonight at 7 on the Nashville Network.

Erik von Detten and Robert Hays star in “Christmas Every Day,” a “Groundhog Day"-type Yuletide fantasy, Sunday at 7 p.m. on the Family Channel.

Non-holiday programming includes CBS’ musical special “Dolly Parton: Treasures,” tonight at 10 on CBS. The country singer performs her favorite songs and shares personal anecdotes about each one.

HBO’s “Comic Relief” celebrates its 10th anniversary with a retrospective, tonight at 10. The special will include new footage with hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.

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Richard Crenna narrates A&E;'s four-hour documentary on “Las Vegas,” Sunday at 5 and 9 p.m. and Monday at 6 and 10 p.m.

World AIDS Day programming Sunday features the musical special “Red Hot & Rio,” at 6 p.m. on Bravo; and “Positively Global: An MTV News World AIDS Day Report,” at 1, 4 and 10:30 p.m. on MTV.


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