The Ultimate Christmas Special Playlist!by toddy-15 | created - 11 Dec 2012 | updated - 11 Dec 2012 | Public
Here's a list of as many TV Christmas specials that I could think of that aired from 1964 through 2012. Some are classics and others are more like "guilty pleasures", but all are worth checking out at least once!!
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1. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)
Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »
6. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Short)
Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Drama
An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
7. The Night Before Christmas (1968 TV Movie)
30 min | Animation
Fictionalized account of how Clement C. Moore came to write "A Visit from St. Nicholas," in which his young daughter, stricken with pneumonia, asks for a Santa Claus story for Christmas. No... See full summary »
8. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.
11. The Night the Animals Talked (1970 TV Short)
30 min | Animation, Short, Family
Common farm animals in the stable of Christ's birth begin to talk and communicate for the first time upon Mary and Joseph's arrival. They realize a miracle is about to take place, but lose ... See full summary »
12. Santa and the Three Bears (1970)
G | 46 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
When a park ranger tells two bear cubs about Christmas and Santa Claus, they want to skip hibernation to celebrate, but their mother doesn't believe in Saint Nick and wants them to sleep.
15. The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972 TV Movie)
Unrated | 75 min | Drama, Family
A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.
17. The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973 TV Short)
Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Family
While the rest of the world is getting ready for Christmas, all the bears in Bearbank are getting ready to sleep... except for Ted E. Bear. Ted gets curious about Christmas so he learns the meaning from Santa Claus himself.
19. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)
Unrated | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.
20. The City That Forgot About Christmas (1974 TV Short)
25 min | Animation, Short, Family
A young boy's grandfather tells him the story of a city that forgot about Christmas untill a carpenter names Matthew comes to town and teaches the children about Christmas, much to the chagrin of the Mayor and his cronies.
21. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Short)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family
When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.
22. Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974 TV Short)
25 min | Animation, Family, Short
Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus.
23. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975 TV Short)
Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Family
A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »
24. The Tiny Tree (1975 TV Short)
30 min | Animation, Family, Short
A little girl is injured in an accident and confined to a wheelchair. When Christmas arrives, the forest animals decorate a small tree outside her window to give her a happy holiday.
25. The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976 TV Short)
30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.
26. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)
Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family
Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?
28. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Short)
30 min | Animation, Short, Family
An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.
31. The Fat Albert Christmas Special (1977 TV Short)
Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Rudy, Bill, and the Cosby kid gang are rehearsing their Christmas play in their junkyard clubhouse when suddenly Mr. Tyrone, who owned the junkyard as well as the ... See full summary »
33. The Stingiest Man in Town (1978 TV Movie)
51 min | Animation, Drama, Family
This version of the story is told from the perspective of B.A.H. Humbug. After Ebenezer Scrooge refuses to assist the poor or have Christmas Dinner with his nephew, he is visited by the ... See full summary »
35. Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (1978 TV Movie)
30 min | Animation, Family
When inventor/efficiency expert Alexander Graham Wolf plots to take over Santa's workshop, Comet asks for help from Raggedy Ann, Andy and their dog, Raggedy Arthur.
36. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)
TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music
Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.
37. Casper's First Christmas (1979 TV Movie)
G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and more Hanna-Barbera characters get lost and decide to spend Christmas by vising Casper, the friendly ghost. But soon they encounter a not-so-friendly ghost.
38. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979 TV Movie)
TV-G | 97 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives ... See full summary »
39. Jack Frost (1979 TV Movie)
TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.
40. The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree (1979 TV Movie)
30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Papa Bear and the cubs search the woods for the perfect Christmas tree, but run afoul of the woodland animals who live in the trees they aim to cut down.
42. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979 TV Movie)
50 min | Family, Comedy, Music
In this beloved holiday classic, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the Muppets join the singer for a heart-warming Christmas celebration, with traditional carols as well as lesser-known holiday songs.
44. Pinocchio's Christmas (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette ... See full summary »
45. Yogi's First Christmas (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Family, Animation
Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends' Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians' efforts to ruin the holiday.
46. The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold (1981 TV Short)
25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
An Irish sailor is stranded on an island full of Leprechauns and soon finds himself aiding them in protecting their gold from a greedy Hag.
48. B.C.: A Special Christmas (1981 TV Short)
30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Peter enlists his sarcastic one-legged friend Wiley to help conjure a myth based around the idea of giving. Seeing the chance to make a profit off the selflessness of others, the two ... See full summary »
49. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981 TV Movie)
G | 30 min | Animation, Family
Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy. Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall. Alvin keeps the ... See full summary »
50. Ziggy's Gift (1982 TV Short)
Unrated | 24 min | Short, Animation, Family
Ziggy gets a job to be a street Santa on Christmas Eve from a crooked boss, but the magic of the season allows the lovable loser to do more good than anyone expects.
51. The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982 TV Movie)
24 min | Animation
At Christmas, the Smurfs and Gargamel cross paths with two children and a stranger out to kidnap them. Can the magic of Christmas prevail?
54. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.
Votes: 7,869 | Gross: $21.00M
56. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985 TV Movie)
G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
At a council convened by The Great Ak, the forest being tells the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to made immortal.
58. He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1985 TV Movie)
PG | 51 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
He-Man and She-Ra join together to stop Horde Prime from ruining Christmas for some Earth children stranded on Eternia.
59. The GLO Friends Save Christmas (1985 TV Movie)
the wicked witch of the North Pole tries to ruin Christmas by capturing Santa clause. When the glow friends find out about the witch's evil plans, they try and rescue Santa before it's too late.
60. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)
TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »
62. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)
24 min | Animation, Short, Family
Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay! Special Guest Stars: The California Raisins!
63. A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 TV Short)
TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.
64. Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Family, Musical
Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate... See full summary »
66. Frosty Returns (1992 TV Short)
TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Short, Family
The continuing exploits of the famous snowman as he goes up against a more powerful force which threatens all of Christmas.
69. Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992 TV Movie)
TV-Y7 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
We're in for some merry mishaps when Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas. That bionic bonehead is off to the North Pole to stop Dr. Claw from taking over Santa's elves and workshop. ... See full summary »
73. Annabelle's Wish (1997 TV Movie)
54 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.
76. Snowden's Christmas (1999 TV Movie)
22 min | Animation
When the moving truck hits a bump in the road, a quartet of toys stuck in Ohio decide to trek down their owner, who is moving to New York City.
77. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999 TV Movie)
45 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa's flight off the ground and save Christmas.
80. Santa, Baby! (2001 TV Movie)
60 min | Animation
Songwriter Noel is struggling to write a hit song, and so he takes his frustrations out on his family. His daughter Dakota is granted one wih for doing a good deed and she wishes that her ... See full summary »
81. Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (2002)
32 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
When a lonely snowman wants to be part of the holiday fun, he decides to impersonate Santa! A hilarious clash that ensues where rocket-propelled reindeer face-off against snowball-launching igloos! ( Get it in 3D or 2D!!!!! )
Votes: 329 | Gross: $0.92M
82. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.
83. Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002 TV Short)
30 min | Animation, Comedy, Short
Some time has passed since the race in "Robbie The Reindeer" and the group of reindeers have set up a tourist business offering guided tours. When an accident occurs on one such tour Robbie... See full summary »
84. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003 TV Short)
TV-G | 43 min | Animation, Short, Family
Linus and Lucy's younger brother Rerun wants a dog for Christmas, and Snoopy's brother Spike may be the answer.
85. The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006 TV Movie)
85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Thoroughly disgruntled, Santa (Goodman) opts to take a year off from delivering presents, until a young man helps him rediscover the meaning of the holidays.
87. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008 TV Movie)
G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music
When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally.
88. A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008 TV Movie)
G | 45 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The story begins when Santa's new chief mechanic, Tinsel, creates a speedy, new high tech sleigh for Christmas. But what Santa doesn't know is that North Wind has secretly sabotaged the ... See full summary »
89. Prep & Landing (2009 TV Short)
TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.
90. Yes, Virginia (2009 TV Short)
TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Short
New York City. It's 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon has always loved Christmas. Until the day her classmates bring up the age-old question: "Is there a Santa Claus?" Not sure what to... See full summary »
91. Merry Madagascar (2009 TV Short)
28 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
When Santa and his reindeer crash onto Madagascar it's up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melvin, and the penguins to save Christmas.
93. Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular (2010)
TV-PG | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Donkey suggests everyone sing Christmas carols. Donkey sings "It's the Most Wonderful Time". Shrek, Fiona, the Ogre children, and the army of ogres sing an ogre version of "Jingle Bells" (... See full summary »
96. hoops&yoyo Ruin Christmas (2011 TV Movie)
TV-G | 22 min | Animation
Hoops and Yoyo wait up to see Santa, and inadvertently end up in his sleigh, traveling with him through the time-space continuum that allows Santa to visit everyone in the world in one ... See full summary »
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )
It's a SpongeBob Christmas!
TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Plankton, Mr. Krabs' nemesis, vows to get his Christmas wish - obtaining the Krusty Krab's secret Krabby Patty formula - by turning everyone bad in Bikini Bottom with the help of his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake.