Greatest Christmas Specials and Movies

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1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,470

2. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000 Video)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Elmo Shropshire, Michele Lee, Susan Blu, Alex Doduk

Votes: 1,379

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 185,783 | Gross: $260.04M

4. Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999–2008)
Episode: Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle (2004)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Comedy, Family

After discovering he's getting clothes for Christmas, Eddy tries to weasel his way into the holidays of the other children to ensure he gets good presents. Meanwhile, the Kanker sisters ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Antonucci | Stars: Matt Hill, Sam Vincent, Tony Sampson, David Avalon

Votes: 99

5. Codename: Kids Next Door (2002–2008)
Episode: Operation N.A.U.G.H.T.Y. (2005)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Short, Action

In "Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y. (Ninnies Almost Undo Greatest Holiday This Year)", the Kids Next Door try to save Christmas when the Delightful Children From Down the Lane frame them for the ... See full summary »

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Ben Diskin, Tom Kenny, Candi Milo

Votes: 63

6. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )
Episode: Christmas Who? (2000)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Christmas Who?: Nobody in Bikini Bottom has ever heard of Christmas or Santa Clause until Sandy lets them in on this surface tradition. SpongeBob wants to bring Christmas to Bikini Bottom ... See full summary »

Directors: Walt Dohrn, Paul Tibbitt | Stars: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown

Votes: 614

7. The Powerpuff Girls: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2003 Video)

44 min | Animation, Short, Action

Princess tries to steal Christmas from the children of the world, and the Powerpuff Girls are to the rescue.

Directors: Robert Alvarez, Lauren Faust, John McIntyre, Randy Myers | Stars: Tom Kenny, Jennifer Hale, Mike Bell, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 461

8. Nostalgia Critic (2007– )
Episode: You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard: Christmas Special (2010)

TV-14 | 18 min | Comedy

In this spoof of "It's a Wonderful Life," the Critic's guardian angel arrives on Earth to show him what life would be like if he was never born. And the Critic is shocked to learn that the ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Walker | Stars: Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Brad Jones, Lindsay Ellis

Votes: 63

9. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 193,994 | Gross: $173.40M

10. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 157,836 | Gross: $183.37M

11. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 93,134 | Gross: $137.86M

12. Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 46 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Greedy duck hates Christmas but loves money. Greedy duck treats employees and customers poorly. Greedy duck has an existential experience where he confronts the darkest parts of his psyche ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Visser | Stars: Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, Billy West, June Foray

Votes: 873

13. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

52 Metascore

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 9,400 | Gross: $37.63M

14. Johnny Bravo (1997–2004)
Episode: A Johnny Bravo Christmas (2001)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve Johnny realizes he forgot to mail his and Momma's wish lists to Santa. In order to ensure that he gets all the "free stuff" he has been looking forward to Johnny decides to... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Alvarez, Van Partible | Stars: Jeff Bennett, Mae Whitman, Brenda Vaccaro, Dwight Schultz

Votes: 80

15. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas (2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Holiday mishaps include Lois going ballistic after losing her Christmas cheer and Peter not being able to watch the KISS Christmas special.

Directors: Brian Hogan, Pete Michels | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,249

16. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (2004–2009)
Episode: A Lost Claus (2005)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Short, Adventure

When several imaginary Santa Clauses are brought to Foster's, Mac begins to doubt that Santa is real. Bloo and the other friends try to prove to Mac that he exists. Bloo also tries to get ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCracken | Stars: Keith Ferguson, Grey Griffin, Tom Kane, Tom Kenny

Votes: 61

17. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Road to the North Pole (2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy

Disappointed with the Mall Santa, Stewie and Brian decide to go up to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson, only to face a shocking revelation.

Directors: Greg Colton, James Purdum, Peter Shin, Steve Beers | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,550

18. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (1997)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The town is forced to remove anything that either has anything to do with Christmas or is offensive in the least bit to anyone. And Kyle tries to convince everyone of the existence of "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo."

Directors: Matt Stone, Trey Parker | Stars: Mary Kay Bergman, Jennifer Howell, Jesse Brant Howell, Trey Parker

Votes: 2,147

19. The Fairly OddParents (2001–2017)
Episode: Christmas Every Day! (2001)

TV-Y7 | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Everyone loves Christmas. Who wouldn't want to celebrate it every day? Apparently the whole world, that's who.

Director: Butch Hartman | Stars: Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, Tom Arnold

Votes: 140

21. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 23,351

22. Frosty the Snowman (1950)

3 min | Animation, Short, Family

An animated musical number of the beloved classic song based off everyone's favorite snowman Frosty.

Director: Robert Cannon

Votes: 92

23. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day, Paul Frees

Votes: 2,351

24. Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005 Video)

TV-PG | 67 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Frosty the Snowman goes where he is needed most, and the town of Evergreen sure needs a visit. Mr. Tinkerton, the mayor, runs a tight ship, and there's no room for talk of magic or any ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Sullivan | Stars: Jeannie Elias, Bill Fagerbakke, Evan Gore, Grey Griffin

Votes: 508

25. Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family

Step brothers Drake and Josh must give a foster family the best Christmas ever or face years in jail for a Christmas party gone wrong.

Director: Michael Grossman | Stars: Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove, Bailee Madison

Votes: 3,198

26. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Merry Christmas Charlie Manson! (1998)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan, Kyle and Kenny go to Nebraska to spend Christmas with Eric's family. Meanwhile, Charlie Manson escapes from prison with Eric's uncle, and the boys help teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Eric Stough | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Dian Bachar

Votes: 1,729

27. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick

Votes: 1,616

28. Nostalgia Critic (2007– )
Episode: He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (2009)

TV-14 | Comedy

The Critic tries to refrain from gay jokes as he watches He-Man and She-Ra share a holiday.

Director: Doug Walker | Stars: Doug Walker, Rob Walker

Votes: 59

29. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001–2007)
Episode: Billy and Mandy Save Christmas (2005)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Short, Adventure

Santa has been turned into a vampire, and only Billy and Mandy can turn him back and save Christmas.

Directors: Russell Calabrese, Shaun Cashman, Robert Hughes, Juli Murphy, Sue Perrotto | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Grey Griffin, Greg Eagles, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 90

30. Jack Frost (1998)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy

Votes: 30,447 | Gross: $34.55M

31. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 86,373 | Gross: $144.83M

32. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 45,641 | Gross: $139.24M

33. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

32 Metascore

Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 29,818 | Gross: $84.50M

34. Shrek the Halls (2007 TV Short)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 11,746

35. Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000 Video)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Mutant Killer Snowman returns to kill more people during Christmas

Director: Michael Cooney | Stars: Christopher Allport, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller, Marsha Clark

Votes: 2,636

36. Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015)
Episode: Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! (2009)

TV-G | 33 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

During Christmas vacation, Phineas and Ferb's quest to show gratitude to Santa during Christmas may be doomed for failure, when Dr. Doofenshmirtz uses an invention that puts the entire town of Danville on Santa's naughty list.

Director: Zac Moncrief | Stars: Vincent Martella, Ashley Tisdale, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Caroline Rhea

Votes: 160

37. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999 TV Short)

G | 45 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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.

Director: Steve Moore | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,978

38. Chowder (2007–2010)
Episode: Hey Hey It's Knishmas (2008)

TV-Y | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Chowder worries he won't receive the gift he wants on Knishmas. Meanwhile, Mung wants to make a perfect Schmingerbread house, but he may have to buy one from Mrs. Endive instead.

Directors: Eddy Houchins, Mike Milo | Stars: Nicky Jones, Dwight Schultz, Tara Strong, John DiMaggio

Votes: 55

39. 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 wish for doing a good deed and she wishes that her ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Dannacher | Stars: Gregory Hines, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt

Votes: 64

40. Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family

Step brothers Drake and Josh must give a foster family the best Christmas ever or face years in jail for a Christmas party gone wrong.

Director: Michael Grossman | Stars: Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove, Bailee Madison

Votes: 3,198

41. A Dog Named Christmas (2009 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family

A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond, Noel Fisher, Ken Pogue

Votes: 909

42. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,239 | Gross: $27.28M

43. 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.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson

Votes: 3,410

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