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 »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,139

2. 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: 20,796

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

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

Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

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

Votes: 25,907

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 37,744

5. Cricket on the Hearth (1967 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Family

A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas, Hans Conried, Paul Frees

Votes: 422

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura | Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles

Votes: 3,374

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 »

Director: Jim Pabian | Stars: The Norman Luboff Choir, Olan Soule, Barbara Eiler, Hal Smith

Votes: 69

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 11,883

9. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 9,291

10. Christmas Is (1970 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family

Benji is upset that he is playing the second shepherd in his school Christmas play for the second year in a row. But when Benji falls asleep while practicing his lines, his dream carries him and his dog Waldo to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago!

Stars: Hans Conried, Don Messick, Richard Sacino, Vic Perrin

Votes: 103

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 »

Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Frank Porretta, Joe Silver, Patricia Bright, Len Maxwell

Votes: 79

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.

Directors: Tony Benedict, Barry Mahon | Stars: Hal Smith, Jean Vander Pyl, Chris Gilmore, Bobby Riha

Votes: 454

13. A Christmas Carol (1971 TV Short)

28 min | Animation, Family, Short

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Williams | Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Michael Hordern, Diana Quick

Votes: 948

14. A Christmas Story (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation

A young boys pet dog and a mouse embark on an adventure to deliver his letter to Santa on Christmas eve.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Hal Smith, John Stephenson

Votes: 59

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.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Kathryn Walker

Votes: 561

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.

Directors: Gerry Chiniquy, Hawley Pratt | Stars: Bob Holt, Kelly Lange, Michael Bell, Casey Kasem

Votes: 184

18. A Very Merry Cricket (1973 TV Short)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short

Disgusted by the city's anti-social Christmas cacophony, Harry and Tucker decide to ask Chester to come back to revive the holiday's true spirit.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Les Tremayne, Mel Blanc

Votes: 137

19. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 6,096

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.

Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Charles Nelson Reilly, Louis Nye, Casey Kasem

Votes: 36

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel

Votes: 2,047

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.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Jim Backus, Susan Silo, Courtney Lemmon, Billy Green

Votes: 137

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 »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn

Votes: 284

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.

Director: Chuck Couch | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Paul Winchell, Frank Welker, Allan Melvin

Votes: 39

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, David Jay, Bob McFadden

Votes: 407

26. 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: 2,003

27. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 2,632

28. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Short)

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

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: 1,409

29. A Cosmic Christmas (1977 TV Short)

TV-G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

Three aliens come to Earth to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Clive A. Smith | Stars: Joey Davidson, Martin Lavut, Richard M. Davidson, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 145

30. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz

Votes: 2,539

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 »

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: Bill Cosby, Jan Crawford, Gerald Edwards, Eric Suter

Votes: 139

32. A Flintstone Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Family

When Santa has an accident at Fred's house on Christmas Eve, Fred and Barney have to continue his run for him.

Director: Charles A. Nichols | Stars: Mel Blanc, Lucille Bliss, Henry Corden, Virginia Gregg

Votes: 435

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 »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tom Bosley, Theodore Bikel, Robert Morse

Votes: 255

34. A Pink Christmas (1978 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The Pink Panther employs various strategies in an effort to get himself a big holiday dinner.

Director: Bill Perez

Votes: 244

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.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: June Foray, Daws Butler, Les Tremayne

Votes: 62

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.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 648

37. Casper's First Christmas (1979 TV Short)

G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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.

Directors: Carl Urbano, Chris Cuddington | Stars: Daws Butler, Ida Sue McCune, Paul DeKorte, Julie McWhirter

Votes: 138

38. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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 »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sues

Votes: 1,461

39. Jack Frost (1979 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch

Votes: 2,321

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.

Director: Mordicai Gerstein | Stars: Ron McLarty, Gabriela Glatzer, Jonathan Lewis, Pat Lysinger

Votes: 156

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.

Director: Tony Charmoli | Stars: John Denver, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 464

43. A Family Circus Christmas (1979 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ try to behave as they prepare for Christmas and search for Grandad's Star.

Director: Al Kouzel | Stars: Anne Costello, Bob Kaliban, Mark Dermott, Missy Hope

Votes: 86

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 »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Alan King, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Patricia Bright

Votes: 400

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.

Director: Ray Patterson | Stars: Sue Allen, John Richard Bolks, Daws Butler, Paul DeKorte

Votes: 668

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Bob McFadden, Ken Jennings

Votes: 305

47. The Trolls and the Christmas Express (1981 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family

A group of trolls infiltrates Santa's workshop to attempt to sabotage Christmas.

Director: John R. Gaug | Stars: Roger Miller, Hans Conried, Paul Soles, Len Carlson

Votes: 32

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 »

Director: Vlad Goetzelman | Stars: Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Barbara Hamilton, Henry Ramer

Votes: 37

49. 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: 412

50. Ziggy's Gift (1982 TV Short)

Unrated | 24 min | Short, Animation, Family