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

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Product Image

Christmas isn't quite christmas without this iconic masterpiece!

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...

This film made me love Peanuts.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) Product Image

Beautiful. In my opinion, it’s better than the animated versions. Nothing can ruin this classic good movie.

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!

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)

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

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Product Image

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


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

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) Product Image

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


Frosty the Snowman (1969) Frosty the Snowman (1969) Product Image

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

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!?!

Top Gear Middle East Special (2011)

This is the one where the boys travel to Bethlehem from Iraq. They encounter border control, political bans and Top Gear interest in Syria.

When I think Christmas Special I think of Top Gear, Doctor Who or Downton Abbey.

I was looking for Die Hard but I guess this is good enough

For political reasons, this has to be in the top five.

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) Product Image

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?!

A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) Product Image

The best. Muppets, Sesame Street characters and Fraggles!

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) Product Image

Great special

Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) Product Image

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

The Contenders

Merry Madagascar Merry Madagascar Product Image
Bah Humduck, A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)
Top Gear Bolivia Special (2009)
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

Spongebob Squarepants:Christmas Who?

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

Top Gear Vietnam Special (2008)
Shrek the Halls (2007) Shrek the Halls (2007) Product Image

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

Top Gear Burma Special (2014)

This is my favorite episode of top gear

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

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.

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

Toy Story That Time Forgot
Top Gear Patagonia Special (2014)

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

A Garfield Christmas (1987) A Garfield Christmas (1987) Product Image

Garfield is The Greatest! He shows he Does Have Real Feelings Of Love!

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.

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