How to watch the broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas for free [Updated]

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How to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for free
Don’t miss the A Charlie Brown Christmas broadcast, and it’s available for all to stream too.
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There’s good news for fans of the Peanuts holiday specials. A Charlie Brown Christmas will be on PBS on Sunday, December 13. And it’s also available free through the Apple TV app. That gives many opportunities to watch Linus teach his friends what Christmas is all about.

Here’s how to watch it on a variety of devices, including Windows, Roku, etc., starting on Friday, December 11.

PSA: Apple TV+ gets festive with Mariah Carey and A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Charlie Brown Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
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Apple TV+ is getting into the holiday spirit with a number of family friendly new shows (and one beloved classic) arriving on the streaming service to kickstart the festive season.

The big two festive-themed debuts are the one-off Mariah Carey’s Magic Christmas Special (reviewed here) and the Apple TV+ debut of the 1965 animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. (The latter will also air on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, December 13.)

Apple teams with PBS to broadcast beloved Peanuts holiday specials

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Apple will let PBS broadcast ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ for everyone to see.
Everyone can watch a broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on PBS. No computer required.
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Apple has an answer for all who want to watch Peanuts specials on regular TV. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving debuts Wednesday for Apple TV+ subscribers, but it’ll also be broadcast later this month on PBS stations across the US. The companion special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, will also appear on Apple’s streaming service as well as PBS stations in December.

Apple TV+ recently acquired the rights to all Peanuts holiday specials. The deal brought loud criticism when It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown didn’t appear on broadcast TV for the first time in decades, but only online. The team up with PBS is apparently Apple’s fix.