Top Ten Christmas Television Specials

Whether it's a movie, or made-for-television, they're the televised Christmas specials that you and your family watch every year on television, and these are the ten best ones out there (with the year that it was first broadcasted included).

The Top Ten

1 A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Yeah, I'd say this should be close to the top on just about any list

Come on, it teaches what Christmas is really about! Jeez, people now-a-days... - tacobell

This film made me love Peanuts.

I watch this every year with my parents on Christmas. Best times of my childhood. I miss it - Jonerman

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2 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

My favorite Christmas Special, Charlie Brown is a close second though

My favorite Christmas movie/short of all time. It's creative and oozing with the warmth and cuddly feeling. I just love it! I'm happy and exited for Christmas to celebrate its 50th anniversary! - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

This is my favorite Christmas special of all time! Well, it might be 2nd because I'm watching It's a Wonderful Life tonight! (For the first time X3) - Derpyderpderpderp

Classic cartoon... A must watch every Christmas - brad76

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3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman are overrated. This one is the best.

I like all of the tv specials on this list - Ajkloth


Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.

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4 Top Gear Middle East Special (2011)

Who wants to watch Top Gear? No one. Where's Wallace and Gromit?

Who wants to watch Top Gear? Depends on whoever's hosting. If it's Jeremy Clarkson yes. If it's Chris Evans, probably not so much. - jezza0

Where else are you going to get a Stig Jesus?

It's actually a 2010 episode not 2011.

A British institution. Whoever didn't vote for this clearly doesn't get what the British consider Christmas specials.

Del and Rodney becoming millionaires in Only Fools, Morcombe and Wise and their South Pacific pisstake with several newsreaders, Alice Tinker going into labour for real in Vicar of Dibley's Nativity sequence and of course Jeremy James and Richard's encounter of Stig Jesus on Top Gear.

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5 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

This movie is the best idea ever! When I was little I'd always want to know answers to mysterious things about Santa. And yeah, the Grinch is kind of old since there has already been an updated full length live action feature film so my vote goes to this movie.

If you sit on my lap today, a trip to my van is the price you'll pay

6 Frosty the Snowman (1969)

This is My Most Favorite Christmas Special ever. A Little Girl named Karen & Her Friends built Frosty. Karen is My Most Favorite Character Ever. - jayjay0607

What? This special is mediocre! The animation is dull, the evil magician is annoying, Frosty is a total airhead, Karen is a complete brat, and Santa sounds like he's dying! Who would even think this T.V. Christmas special is remotely good? Stick to the music, Frosty!

I'm sure my mother won't mind as long as I'm back before dinner.

Karen's Mom: WWHHHATT!?!

7 The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

This is overrated. Snow and Heat miser may be good, but I really don't like Mrs. Claus in this special. Seriously, lets face it. You can't be Santa Mrs. Claus. That's just creepy.

This Christmas special is okay. I like Snow-Miser, and the animation is great, but other than that, this T.V. special didn't stand out to me.

Why is this not #1?!

8 Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

Great special

9 A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

The best. Muppets, Sesame Street characters and Fraggles!

10 Spongebob Squarepants:Christmas Who?

This is definitely my personal favorite. It's a Christmas tradition!

The Contenders

11 Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

If your looking for a must see movie, watch this one. It's an amazing classic that puts us all in the Christmas with classic songs that never get old. It also teaches many lessons. It will forever be known and loved

Creepy Santa Cover makes this something I wouldn't watch

12 Merry Madagascar
13 Top Gear Africa Special (2013)

Buy 3 perfectly good cars and in 1 week have them demolished while looking for the source of the Nile - Frouze

14 Top Gear Bolivia Special (2009)
15 Bah Humduck, A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)
16 Top Gear Vietnam Special (2008)
17 Top Gear Burma Special (2014)

This is my favorite episode of top gear

18 Shrek the Halls (2007)

Can't believe it wasn't on the list!

19 Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2003)

I just love the battle scene

The battle scene made me feel like a badass, as goes with the whole (original) Powerpuff Girls franchise! Daviddizor is rude and should have really bad taste in animation to the point where she likes Video Brinquedo (aka Toyland Video/Video Brinquedo USA) mainly because of 4Kidz, greatly weak animation and very negative stereotypes.

20 It's a Spongebob Christmas!
21 Top Gear India Special (2011)
22 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)

Awesome. There might be bad animation with a confusing plot to explain out loud, but it's just great to see these two in the same movie. - Pikachulover1

I would put Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July on my list of "Top 10 Worst Movies with Good Animation".

23 Top Gear Patagonia Special (2014)

The one where Jerey Clarkson got into a bit of hot water with Argentina regarding an imfamous licence plate.

24 Black Mirror: White Christmas
25 A Pinky and the Brain Christmas (1995)
26 Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2012)
27 Prep & Landing (2009)
28 Toy Story That Time Forgot
29 Jack Frost
30 A Garfield Christmas (1987)
31 Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010)
32 The Borrowers (2011)

Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston is the patriach of a tiny family living under the floorboards as he attempts to flee the clutches of Granny Driver (Victoria Wood) and Profesor Mildeye (Stephen Fry).

33 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014)

I really like this special. It is one of my favorites, and is way better than Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

34 Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014)
35 Rocko's Modern Christmas (1995)

I thought this was 1994, since it was Season Two. Oh well... - xandermartin98

36 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
37 My Brother and I
38 Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo
39 Frosty Returns

This is bad. But I actually used to LIKE this plot-hole-filled sack of snow crap.

40 The Snowman
41 Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

One of my favorites

42 The Santa Trap (2002)
43 Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)
44 How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)
45 Marge Be Not Proud
46 Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011)
47 Christmas Eve On Sesame Street
48 South Park: Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo
49 Ed, Edd, n Eddy: Jingle Jingle Jangle
50 Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
3. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)
1. Merry Madagascar
2. Bah Humduck, A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)
3. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

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