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Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988)

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 »


Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Carlson ... Clockey / Conky / Floory
Laurence Fishburne ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
Aaron Fletcher Aaron Fletcher ... Santa Claus
Ric Heitzman Ric Heitzman ... Cool Cat / Fish / Flower / Mr.Window
Suzanne Kent ... Mrs. Rene
William Marshall ... King Of Cartoons
George McGrath ... Cowntess / Fish / Flower / Globey
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Reba
Alison Mork Alison Mork ... Chairry / Chicky Baby / Magic Screen
John Paragon ... Jambi / Pterri
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Miss Yvonne (as Lynne Stewart)
Vic Trevino ... Ricardo
Wayne White ... Dirty Dog / Fish / Flower / Mr. Kite / Randy
Charlie Tickner Charlie Tickner ... Hans
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman


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, goes for a sleigh ride with Magic Johnson, commands Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello to make Christmas cards, receives a long phone call from Dinah Shore, even has more musical fun with k.d. lang, the Del Rubio Triplettes and Charo! Finally, Big Red arrives and announces that Pee-wee's Christmas list was so big, he didn't have enough presents for all the children of the world. Will Pee-wee follow his own advice and help others? Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Musical


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Special See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cher's cameo was taped in only 25 minutes as she was whisked in and out of the studio due to a heavy schedule for a promotional tour at the time. See more »


Pee-wee: I was kind of hoping maybe you'd give me an extra wish.
Jambi: Extra wish? You want an extra wish? What do you think this is, Christmas?
Pee-wee: Well... Yeah.
Jambi: Oh. Okay.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Dinah Shore continues to sing "Twelve Days of Christmas" and after the credits, she asks where Pee-Wee has gone because the mannequin dressed as Pee-Wee does not respond. See more »


Dradel, Dradel, Dradel
Performed by Mrs. Renae
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Encapsulates everything likable about the series
10 December 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

You've gotta hand it to a holiday special from the late '80s to make all this stale Christmas material fun again; one that at least gives it just that weird spin to freshen things up. "Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse" packs in the guest stars, musical numbers and unwanted fruitcakes - it's got duds, sure, the Del Rubio sisters and KD Lang don't really fit. But get a look at Pee Wee in his (awesome) snow suit. My kid lives to see him spaz it up (we both kinda bond over this), and that alone makes this a fun special.

The damn thing even comes with a message, and it's one that doesn't ruin the fun. Nice job.


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