Christmas Holiday Season

by bertramsharp | created - 02 Nov 2012 | updated - 21 Nov 2012 | Public

My Christmas holiday season runs from November 1 to January 6. The films, specials, shorts and television episodes incuded on this list contain themes of Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve/Day or, sometimes, just winter themes. Some may have introduced a classic Christmas carol (Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis), while others may have been a holiday tradition of the past (The Wizard of Oz). I have only included the ones that I own in some form on this list.

Some titles are not listed on imdb. I have these listed in the descriptions under other titles.

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1. The Abominable Snow Rabbit (1961)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Bugs and Daffy run into the abominable snowman in the Himalayas.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 720

2. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)
Episode: Happy New Year (1995)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Edina finds her New Year's Eve plans ruined by the sudden arrival of Patsy's acid-tongued sister, Jackie.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks

Votes: 191

3. According to Jim (2001–2009)
Episode: Stalking Santa (2004)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Christmastime. A man bumps his car into Jim's car and upsets him. Cheryl talks Jim into settling the issue officially. When Jim sees the man as Santa at the shopping mall, he gets into a dust-up with him. And things snowball from there.

Director: Philip Charles MacKenzie | Stars: Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Larry Joe Campbell

Votes: 65

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4. The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus (1914)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

When a burglar dressed as Santa Claus steals a family's Christmas presents, amateur detective Octavius sets out to recover the loot.

Director: Charles M. Seay | Stars: Barry O'Moore, Julian Reed, Richard Neill, Bliss Milford

Votes: 100

5. The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955–1957)
Episode: The Orphans' Christmas (1957)

Adventure, Family

It's Christmas time, but Jim Hawkins, an orphan himself, is too depressed to participate in the holiday festivities. He's just met the children living in Miss Willoughby's orphanage, where ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor, Billy Kay

Votes: 43

6. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: A Piano for the Fraternity (1960)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family

David and Rick's fraternity tries to find an affordable piano to use for their upcoming Christmas party. The brothers are just about to give up when they meet the Stewarts who offer them ... See full summary »

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 12

7. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: Christmas Tree Lot (1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

David and Rick decide to earn some extra cash to buy Christmas presents by opening up a Christmas tree lot, but soon discover that being a small-time entrepreneurs is a lot more involved than they had realized.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 20

8. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: Girl in the Emporium (1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ricky and Wally notice a pretty sales clerk in a store and try to get jobs for the Christmas shopping rush in the same department.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 13

9. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: Late Christmas Gift (1952)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ozzie and David receive Christmas gifts after Christmas from Grandma Nelson.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 13

10. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: The Busy Christmas (1956)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ozzie volunteers for so many Christmas committees that he has little time to do his Christmas shopping, hang the Christmas lights or buy a Christmas tree.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 24

11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)
Episode: The Christmas Goose (1957)

Approved | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When Matilda, a young boy's beloved pet goose, is sentenced to be plucked, stuffed, and cooked as the Christmas dinner for the new lord of the manor, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck conspire to create a Christmas miracle.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Richard Greene, Alexander Gauge, Jon Whiteley, Jack Watling

Votes: 22

12. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: Oh, Tannerbaum (1986)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

It's Christmastime. Unfortunately ALF chops the Christmas tree into firewood before anyone notices. The Tanners then have two tasks: to teach ALF all about Christmas and find a new Christmas tree.

Director: Rick Gough | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 164

13. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1 (1987)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

The Tanners decide to spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods but ALF soon gets lost.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 243

14. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2 (1987)

TV-G | 21 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

ALF is still in the hospital with Tiffany and Mr. Foley. He convinces Tiffany to help him get back to the Tanners, but changes his mind when he hears about Tiffany's condition.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 206

15. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: Turkey in the Straw: Part 1 (1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

ALF already ate the Thanksgiving turkey - raw. Willie fails to find a new one, so Raquel invites the Tanners over. A storm arrives as does the neighborhood bum ("a homeless person"), since ALF has been leaving food and clothes for him.

Director: Nick Havinga | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 122

16. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: Turkey in the Straw: Part 2 (1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Pete has called the Alien Task Force. He has been told to keep ALF occupied until Sergeant Fox and his men arrive to capture him. Dead or alive. Will Pete sell ALF out after he's talked with him for a while? Will he?

Director: Nick Havinga | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 123

17. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Back for Christmas (1956)

TV-14 | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Before leaving on a trip to America, a man kills his wife and buries her in the basement. Once in the United States. he receives correspondence tipping him off that the murder will undoubtedly be exposed.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, John Williams, Isobel Elsom, Arthur Gould-Porter

Votes: 551

18. All Grown Up! (2003–2008)
Episode: The Finster Who Stole Christmas (2005)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Drama, Family

When their hip new teacher, Max, assigns the class a family tree project, Chuckie and Kimi realize they can pool their efforts.

Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie, Cree Summer

Votes: 22

19. All Mine to Give (1957)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Rex Thompson, Patty McCormack

Votes: 934

20. All She Wants for Christmas (2006 TV Movie)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young accountant tries to save a toy factory where she works from being closed down, while also pursuing a romance with the mysterious new factory worker who comes to her small town.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Monica Keena, Tobias Mehler, Steve Bacic, Ali Liebert

Votes: 615

21. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Jason Lee, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, David Cross

Votes: 64,882 | Gross: $217.33M

22. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981 TV Short)

G | 30 min | Animation, Short, 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 »

Director: Phil Monroe | Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, June Foray, Frank Welker

Votes: 405

23. Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)
Episode: Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll (1989)

G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, 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 »

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Thomas H. Watkins, Dody Goodman

Votes: 23

24. Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)
Episode: Dave's Wonderful Life (1989)

G | 89 min | Animation, Comedy, 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 »

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Thomas H. Watkins, Dody Goodman

Votes: 9

25. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
Episode: Santa '85 (1985)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Kris Kringle's Christmas is rudely interrupted when he lands in the clink with a bunch of bogus Santas after tripping a home burglar alarm. The cynical sheriff doesn't believe his story, so... See full summary »

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Douglas Seale, Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Marvin J. McIntyre

Votes: 230

26. An American Christmas Carol (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Henry Winkler, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 908

27. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Episode: Christmas Story (1960)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family

Crotchety old businessman Ben Weaver wants moonshiner Sam Muggins locked up for Christmas but, after seeing the holiday spirit in Andy's jail, he tries to be arrested himself.

Director: Bob Sweeney | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 318

28. The Andy Williams Christmas Show (1971 TV Movie)

78 min | Music

The Williams brothers perform a medley of Christmas tunes then harmonize with the Osmond siblings. Andy croons "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." The Osmonds ice skate. Andy solos "... See full summary »

Director: Alan Handley | Stars: The Lennon Sisters, Claudine Longet, Lorrie Morgan, Alan Osmond

Votes: 17

I actually only have The Andy Williams Christmas Show Live from the Moon River Theater Branson, MO (1999)

29. Annie Oakley (1954–1957)
Episode: Santa Claus Wears a Gun (1956)

Not Rated | 26 min | Western

A elderly sharpshooter, Snowy Kringle, arrives in town for show where he will demonstrate his skill with a flintlock rifle and cap-and-ball pistol. The man who is charged with delivering ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Gail Davis, Jimmy Hawkins, Brad Johnson, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 9

30. Another Christmas Story (2003 Video)

18 min | Comedy, Documentary, Short

'Peter Billingsley' narrates this 20th-Anniversary documentary about how a low-budget movie became a king-sized yuletide classic.

Stars: Peter Billingsley, Bob Clark, R.D. Robb, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 36

31. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000–2015)
Episode: Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future (2002)

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Comedy

A robot that claims to be a ghost from the future (or possibly the past) arrives to lecture Carl and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force about how Christmas was celebrated in the past (or possibly the future).

Directors: Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis | Stars: Dana Snyder, Carey Means, Dave Willis, Matt Maiellaro

Votes: 161

32. Arctic Antics (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A collection of arctic animals (seals, walruses, polar bears, penguins) float by on ice floes and on shore, performing various musical numbers.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 181

33. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Afternoon Delight (2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

While Buster looks for ways to get out of serving in Iraq, Lindsay's quest to score a date at the Bluth Company Christmas party backfires after Gob's sexual harassment speech. Michael and ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Bateman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,661

34. The Art of Skiing (1941)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing". The equipment is, of course, of the era. ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: George Johnson, John McLeish, Hannes Schroll

Votes: 761

35. Babes in Toyland (1961)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

Votes: 2,818 | Gross: $10.22M

37. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 122,492 | Gross: $60.06M

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

Not Rated | 46 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

In this adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Daffy Duck is the greedy proprietor of the Lucky Duck Mega-Mart and all he can think about is the money to be made during the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 699

39. Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' (2008 Video)

TV-Y | 76 min | Animation, Family

Barbie stars in her first holiday movie in this heart-warming adaptation of the classic Dickens story filled with cherished Christmas carols, fabulous fashions and lots of laughs!

Director: William Lau | Stars: Kelly Sheridan, Morwenna Banks, Melissa Lyons, Prudence Edwards

Votes: 1,394

40. Barney Miller (1975–1982)
Episode: Christmas Story (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

Fish goes undercover to catch a mugger who's targeting Santas. Wojo doesn't know how to tell Yemana that his Christmas Eve date is a call girl. Luger fishes for an Christmas Day invitation from Barney.

Director: Bruce Bilson | Stars: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Glass

Votes: 51

41. The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994 TV Short)

22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Two teddy bears attempt to save Christmas for two children.

Director: Allen Foster | Stars: Charlie Adler, Mary Kay Bergman, Pam Dawber, Brad Garrett

Votes: 56

42. Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Specials (2001 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

A look back at the Andy Williams Christmas specials over the years. Includes clips from the yearly Christmas specials and interviews with Donny Osmond, Bobby Williams, and Andy Williams himself.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Andy Williams, Donny Osmond, Bobby Williams

Votes: 39

43. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Episode: Home for Christmas (1962)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy, Family

Jed, Ellie May, Jethro and Granny take their first plane flight back home for Christmas to visit cousin Pearl, who is busy cooking up a feast to win Mr. Brewster's unwilling heart.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 69

44. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Episode: Christmas at the Clampetts (1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Mr. Drysdale's idea for Christmas presents are ones only fit for coastal California, like diving suits and a boat, and a television set, which Granny thinks is some kind of fancy washing machine.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 45

45. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Episode: No Place Like Home (1962)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Back home for Christmas, Elly May bonds with her old animal friends, while Pearl plays the piano for the "new" movie in town (the silent version of Ben Hur) to impress Mr. Brewster.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 53

46. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Episode: Turkey Day (1963)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Elly bonds with the Thanksgiving turkey so the family can't bring themselves to kill it; Mrs Drysdale hires some Indians to take a Thanksgiving picture, which puts Granny on the warpath.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 46

47. Bewitched (1964–1972)
Episode: A Vision of Sugar Plums (1964)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy