The week's holiday fare includes the now-classic George C. Scott version of "A Christmas Carol," plus outstanding musical offerings: a salute to Alvin Ailey, Leonard Bernstein's concert in Berlin, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Met's "Aida" and a lighthearted Ice Capades show. SUNDAY A CHRISTMAS CAROL at 9 on CBS COSBY SALUTES AILEY at 10 on NBCThe list of holiday programs today and tomorrow is long, including many musical specials carried on PBS stations. Look for the "Muppets' All-Star Christmas Reunion" (7 on NBC), in which the gang and Jim Henson try to surprise Fozzie Bear's mother, Emily Bear, at her farmhouse for Christmas. Afterward, there's a one-hour installment of "ALF" that finds him in a hospital learning the meaning of Christmas, with guests Cleavon Little and Keri Houlihan. For many, George C. Scott's portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has become the definitive version of that story. Filmed in Shrewsbury, England, and directed by Clive Donner, the movie also stars Edward Woodward as the 7-foot-tall Ghost of Christmas Present; David Warner as the loyal clerk and devoted father, Bob Cratchit; Susannah York as Mrs. Cratchit; Frank Finlay as Marley's ghost; Angela Pleasence as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Lucy Gutteridge as Scrooge's first love, Belle, and Roger Rees as Scrooge's nephew, Fred Holywell. At the same time, PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" reruns Noel Coward's short story "Bon Voyage," built around the humorous and sentimental interplay among cruise ship passengers. Nigel Havers and Judy Parfitt star. At 10, Bill Cosby hosts a tribute to Alvin Ailey, founder of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, who died Dec. 1 at 58. The program, supervised by George Faison, one of the company's most noted dancers, also commemorates the 30th anniversary of the troupe. Besides Cosby and Faison, others appearing include Roberta Flack, Judith Jamison, Carmen de Lavallade, drummer Max Roach, Anthony Quinn, Camille Cosby, Kitty Carlisle Hart, chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, and Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Tempestt Bledsoe from "The Cosby Show." At 11:30, NBC carries "Noel: Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas" with Stepfanie Kramer, Jason Bateman and singer Linda Hopkins, the NBC Orchestra and St. Mel's Choir, just before airing Christmas Eve Midnight Mass from Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. The 90-minute special includes translations and commentary by Archbishop John P. Foley of the Papal Commission on Social Communications. MONDAYCHRISTMAS AT WASHINGTON CATHEDRAL at 9 a.m. on 7 BERNSTEIN CONCERT at 3 on 26 ALICE IN WONDERLAND at 8 on 26WJLA telecasts Christmas Day services from the Washington Cathedral at 9, then joins ABC's coverage of the live Disney Christmas Parade from Disney World with Joan Lunden and Alan Thicke as hosts. There's also a taped two-hour Hollywood Christmas Parade (noon on 20, 1 on 45) with Sammy Davis Jr. as grand marshal and Bob Eubanks and Leeza Gibbons as hosts. Also at 10, NBC offers an hour of excerpts of services from five churches across the United States, one in Moscow and one in East Germany, produced in cooperation with the National Council of Churches and hosted by Jane Pauley. At 3, WETA carries the tape-delay of Leonard Bernstein's special presentation of Beethoven's 9th Symphony ("Ode to Joy") from Berlin. Bernstein arranged the 90-minute concert with a 100-voice chorus and orchestra of musicians from East and West Berlin, the United States, Britain and France. All, including Bernstein, are performing without pay. Fiona Fullerton stars as Alice in an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (8 on 26) with Michael Crawford as the White Rabbit, Dudley Moore as the Dormouse, Peter Sellers as the March Hare, Ralph Richardson as the Caterpillar and Flora Robeson as the Queen of Hearts. TUESDAYAMERICAN EXPERIENCE at 9 on PBS A JENNINGS SPECIAL at 10 on ABC Gary Collins takes over today from Robb Weller as host of "Home" (but WJLA will drop the show as of Friday, replacing it with "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee"). At 9, "American Experience" takes a look at 12,000 British youngsters whose parents sent them to the United States to wait out World War II. At 10, ABC's Peter Jennings reviews the events of the 1980s. WEDNESDAYAIDA at 8 on PBS THE EIGHTIES at 10 on NBCAprile Millo sings the title role and Placido Domingo sings Radames, the leader of the Egyptian forces, in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Guiseppe Verdi's "Aida." Also appearing: Sherrill Milnes as Amonasro and Dolora Zajick as Amneris. The opera, sung in Italian with English subtitles, is the Met's first telecast of the season. At 10, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley anchor a look back at the decade on "The Eighties."THURSDAYICE CAPADES at 8 on ABC A YEAR WITH ANDY ROONEY at 10 on CBSJason Bateman and Alyssa Milano host the "Ice Capades" with guests Christopher Hewett, Leslie Uggams and Doc Severinsen, as well as skating stars Robin Cousins, Jill Watson and Peter Oppegard and Natalie and Wayne Seybold, plus five members of the Russian All-Star team touring the United States. This is the Ice Capades' 50th year. At 10, CBS News pundit Andy Rooney offers a personal account of the events of 1989. Guests: Barbara Barrie and Raphael Sbarge on "Island Son" (9 on CBS); Tess Harper on a repeat "L.A. Law" (10 on NBC). FRIDAYBEST KEPT SECRETS at 8 on NBC KENNEDY CENTER HONORS at 9 on CBS NEW WORLD SYMPHONY at 9 on PBS FRONT PORCH PRESIDENT at 10:30 on 26 NBC's "Best Kept Secrets" is an offbeat action-adventure about a caped crimefighter battling the forces of evil in Los Angeles. When the story begins, the crimefighter is newspaper publisher Jason Carr (Stewart Granger). But Carr is killed early in the movie and replaced as crimefighter by his young assistant (Marcus Gilbert) and granddaughters (Crystal Bernard and Mary Bergmann). John Standing plays the butler. At the same time, CBS repeats the 119th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, featuring a farewell appearance by animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams. Michele Lee hosts. At 9, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts a new Miami-based orchestra, New World Symphony, comprised of nearly 100 fresh-from-music-school virtuosos on one-year fellowships that include a stipend and housing. Thomas, artistic advisor to the ensemble, leads them in Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" and the second movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor (Joshua Bell, soloist), among others. Also at 9 is the 12th annual Kennedy Center Honors gala, hosted by Walter Cronkite for the eighth consecutive year, and honoring singers/actors Harry Belafonte and Mary Martin, ballerina Alexandra Danilova, actress Claudette Colbert and composer William Schuman. When the honors were presented Dec. 3, participants included South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, Lynn Redgrave, Jacques D'Amboise, Sidney Poitier, Larry Hagman, Bernadette Peters, Gregory Peck, Van Cliburn and the Alexandrov Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble. WETA's "Front Porch President" is a profile of Warren G. Harding, who bought the Marion (Ohio) Star for $300 when he was 19 and went on to become Chief Executive. His election in 1920 was a landslide victory, but his carefully orchestrated campaign featured only 12 major addresses. Instead, on his own front porch, he conducted interviews and received guests, including Al Jolson, who wrote his campaign songs. Harding was popular with the voters and with the press, but his hands-off management style allowed his cabinet unusual freedom and several officials became involved in scandals, including Interior Secretary Albert Fall, who later served time in a federal penitentiary. The program won the Ohio Educational Broadcasting Award last June for filmmaker Robert O. Rupp, a professor of history and government.SATURDAYUNCF TELETHON at 6 on 20 SLEEPING BEAUTY at 7:45 on 22/67 CARY GRANT at 9 on 26 REPORTERS at 9 on 5 and 45Lou Rawls hosts the six-hour United Negro College Fund Telethon beginning at 6, originating both from Hollywood and Las Vegas. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Paula Abdul, Bill Cosby, Roseanne Barr, Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Ted Danson, Anita Baker, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Arsenio Hall and Stevie Wonder. Maryland Public Television offers Shelley DuVall's "Faerie Tale Theatre" at 7, starring Harry Dean Stanton as Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving's legendary character who fell asleep for 20 years in New York's Catskill Mountains. Francis Ford Coppola directs. Stay tuned for an ice ballet based on "Sleeping Beauty," featuring Robin Cousins and Rosalynn Sumners as Prince Florimund and Princess Aurora. WETA runs a "Tying Times" story at 8:30, starring Jeff Daniels, Julie Hagerty and Swoosie Kurtz (Alan Arkin directs), then a "Hollywood Legends" profile of Cary Grant, who rose from a working-class British background to Tinseltown royalty. His movie "The Philadelphia Story" follows. At the same time, Fox's "Reporters" offers a compilation of what they think are the year's biggest stories, including interviews with three mass murderers, investigation of an international prostitution racket, and a ride with the murderous Outlaw Bikers. After that, you'll need comic relief, so try a "Saturday Night Live" rerun with Kathleen Turner as host and musical guest Billy Joel.CABLE NOTESCNNChristmas Midnight Mass from the Vatican begins live Sunday at 6 p.m. with the processional from St. Peter's. CNN will carry the first half hour of the service.C-SPANSunday at 8 a.m., taped viewer call-in program with Virginia Gov.-elect L. Douglas Wilder; at 4:15 p.m., finals of the 1989 Harvard Moot Court Competition; and at 10:50, the Capitol Steps' year-end revue. Saturday at 7, a year-in-review on "America and the Courts." SHOWTIME"Sherman Hemsley's Comedy Jackpot" (Tuesday at 10) introduces three young comedians, Cathy Ladman, Mike MacDonald and Robert Schimmel, in an hour-long special from the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. FAMILYMonday at 2, the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities Christmas Parade airs from Chicago (taped), with hosts Lecy Goranson of "Roseanne," Jason Hervey of "The Wonder Years," Kellie Martin of "Life Goes On," Frankie Avalon and Miss America Debbye Turner.