List of Christmas television specials

For a more in-depth description of made-for-television Christmas movies, see List of made-for-television and direct-to-video Christmas films.
Christmas films
List of Christmas films
Christmas television specials (U.S.)

The following is a list of Christmas television specials and miniseries, as well as Christmas-themed episodes of regular television series.

Australia

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
The Adventures of Blinky BillBlinky Bill's White Christmas2005Seven Network
Johnson and FriendsThe Christmas Tree1997ABC Television
Johnson and FriendsChristmas Presents1997ABC Television
Kath & KimDa Kath and Kim Code2005ABC Television
The Koala BrothersOutback Christmas2005ABC Television
McLeod's DaughtersSilent Night2007Nine Network
Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesMurder Under the Mistletoe2013ABC Television
Mother and SonChristmas Drinks1985ABC Television
Round the TwistSanta Claws1989Seven Network
SheZowSheZon's Greetings2013Network Ten
Skinner Boys: Guardians of the Lost Secrets Drums of Doom20149Go!
Swift and Shift CouriersA Swifty Shifty Christmas2008SBS Television

Canada

Episodes

6teen

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Deck the Mall2004Teletoon
In a Retail Wonderland2005Teletoon
Snow Job2006Teletoon
How the Rent-a-Cop Stole Christmas2007Teletoon

The Beachcombers

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Here Comes Santa Claus1974CBC
In the Still of the Night1975CBC
The Great Shaman of the North1976CBC
A Christmas Story1980CBC
A Family Christmas1982CBC
Without Words1983CBC
Stars of Wonder1987CBC
A Beachcombers Christmas - reunion movie2004CBC

Degrassi

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Degrassi Junior HighSeason's Greetings1988CBC
Degrassi: The Next GenerationHoliday2003CTV

The Forest Rangers

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
A Christmas Story1963CBC
Santa McLeod1965CBC

Hangin' In

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Christmas Wrapping1982CBC
Christmas Hotline1984CBC

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Hearth's Warming Eve2011Hub Network
Hearthbreakers2015Discovery Family
A Hearth's Warming Tail2016Discovery Family

The Red Green Show

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
It's a Wonderful Red Green Christmas1998CBC
A Very Merry Red Green Christmas2000CBC
A Lot Like Christmas2002CBC
The Butter Man2004CBC

Total Drama

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Total Drama World TourAnything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better2010Teletoon
Total Drama World TourSlap Slap Revolution2010Teletoon
Total Drama World TourSweden Sour2010Teletoon
Total Drama: Revenge of the IslandIce Ice Baby2012Teletoon

Other Canadian shows

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
The Adventures of Chuck and FriendsBoomer the Snowplow2010Treehouse TV
Big Wolf on CampusAnti-Claus Is Coming To Town2001YTV
The Big Comfy CouchComfy and Joy1995YTVThis was also aired in the U.S. on PBS.
Corner GasMerry Gasmas2005CTV
Donkey Kong CountryThe Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights1999Teletoon
Due SouthGift of the Wheelman1994CTV
Kid vs. KatKid vs. Kat vs. Christmas Parts 1 & 22009YTV
King of KensingtonThe Christmas Show1975CBC
The Latest BuzzThe Happy Holidays Issue2008Family Channel
Life with Derek A Very Derekus Christmas2007Family Channel
Little CharmersSanta Sparkle2015Treehouse TVSanta visits CharmVille
Little Mosque on the PrairieEid's a Wonderful Life2007CBC
Made in CanadaThe Christmas Show1999CBC
Mr. YoungMr. Claus2012YTV
Murdoch MysteriesA Merry Murdoch Christmas2015CBC
Naturally, SadieA Very Sadie Christmas2006Family Channel
NoddyAnything Can Happen at Christmas1998TVOKids
& CBC
PearlieJingle Bell Park2011YTV
Pippi LongstockingPippi's Christmas1997YTV
& Teletoon
Pound PuppiesI Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve2012YTV
Road to AvonleaHappy Christmas, Miss King1998CBC
Slings & ArrowsFallow Time2005The Movie Network
& Movie Central
Street LegalI'll Be Home for Christmas1987CBC
Student BodiesThe Christmas Concert1997Global & YTV
Trailer Park BoysDear Santa Claus Go F*ck Yourself2004Showcase
Wind at My BackA Wind at My Back Christmas2001CBC

Specials

SeriesYearChannelDescription
Care Bears Nutcracker Suite1988Global
The Christmas Raccoons1980CBCA precursor TV special to the later series The Raccoons (1985–1991)
A Cosmic Christmas1977CBC
A Gift To Last1976CBC
Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas1991CTVA precursor TV special to the later series Nilus the Sandman (1996–1998)
A Russell Peters Christmas2011CTV

Germany

Episodes

Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Pumuckl und der Nikolaus1982Bayerisches Fernsehen
Das Weihnachtsgeschenk1982Bayerisches Fernsehen
Eders Weihnachtsgeschenk1988Bayerisches Fernsehen

Hungary

Cartoon

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgászWhat Gift Did Santa Claus Brought To Us?1984M1
A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgászThe Christmas Fish1984M1
Frakk, a macskák rémeWhat Gift Will Santa Claus Bring to Us?1972M1
Pom Pom meséiGombóc Arthur, the Santa Claus1980M1

Sitcom

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Mindenből egy vanMerry Christmas!2011M1
MunkaügyekChristmas Partner Conference2012M1

Soap opera

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Barátok köztChristmas Special2005RTL Klub

Iceland

Christmas calendar series (Jóladagatal Sjónvarpsins)

SeriesYearChannelNotes
Á baðkari til Betlehem1990RÚVRerun in 1995, 2004
Stjörnustrákur1991RÚVRerun in 1998, 2006
Tveir á báti1992RÚVRerun in 2000,
Jól á leið til jarðar1994RÚVRerun in 1999, 2007
Hvar er Völundur?1996RÚVRerun in 2002, 2012
Klængur sniðugi1997RÚVRerun in 2003, 2009,
Töfrakúlan2005RÚVNever rerun
Jólaævintýri Dýrmundar2008RÚVNever rerun

Notes: Prior to 1990, RÚV did not produce and air any Christmas calender's series. In 1994, 20010-2011, 2013-present RÚV did only air Scandinavian produced Christmas calender series.

Other Icelandic series

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
LazyTownLazyTown's Surprise Santa2004

Ireland

The Podge and Rodge Show

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
A Frightmare before Christmas2006RTÉ Two
Podge and Rodge's Christmas Craic2008RTÉ Two
Late Night Lock Inn2009RTÉ Two

Other Irish series

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Deal or No DealDeal or No Deal Christmas special2009TV3
Father TedA Christmassy Ted1996Channel 4
Hardy BucksHardy Bucks Christmas special2010RTÉ
Republic of TellyRepublic of Telly Christmas special2010RTÉ Two

Japan

Anime

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Astro BoyThe Light Ray Robot1980
Bobobo-bo Bo-boboLet's Get Wiggy With It2005
Cyborg 009Christmas Eve Mirage2001
Flint the Time DetectiveCavemen's Christmas1998
Hayate no GotokuIn English, Unmei Means Destiny2007
Jeanie with Light Brown HairAlone on Christmas Eve1992
Kyouran Kazoku NikkiBlack Santa is Sleepless in the Night2008
Love HinaLove Hina Christmas Special - Silent Eve2000
Magical Princess Minky MomoPlease Santa Claus1982
Powerpuff Girls ZAll Ken Wants for Christmas2006
Ranma ½Tendo Family Christmas Scramble1993
Sgt. FrogThe Space Frog Who Stole Christmas!2004
TorikoMerry Feasttmas! Gourmet Santa's Present!2012
VandreadWhite Love2000
Yo-Kai WatchA Very Christmas/
The Koma-Santa Clause/
Yo-Kai Ol' Saint Trick
2014

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
A Christmas Present2003
Battle on Christmas Eve2004

Hamtaro

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Merry Christmas!2000
A Wonderful Santa Claus2001
Mimi's Christmas2002
The Mysterious Gift2003
It's Santa, Merry Christmas!2004
A Christmas Ride!2005

Hetalia

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
In The World2009
Academy Hetalia Christmas
Finding Santa2013

Pokémon

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Holiday Hi-Jynx1998
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Christmas Night1999
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Stantler's Little Helpers2000
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Delibird's Dilemma2001
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Snorlax Snowman

Pretty Cure

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Futari wa Pretty CureI Couldn't Be Happier!? Nagisa's White Christmas2004
Futari wa Pretty Cure Max HeartA Skating Rink of Sweethearts? Slipping and Falling into Great Crisis2005
Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash StarCake, Kazuya and Christmas2006
Yes! Pretty Cure 5Nozomi and Coco's Christmas Vow2007
Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! Deliver Them! Everyone's Presents2008

Digimon

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Digimon Adventure 02A Very Digi Christmas2000
Digimon Adventure 02Dramon Power2001
Digimon Adventure 02Digimon World Tour (three-part episode)
Digimon Universe: Appli MonstersChristmas Has Vanished!? Calendamon the Calendar Thief!2016

Doraemon

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription

Toradora

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Mercury Retrogrades at Christmas2009
Under the Fir Tree
Christmas Eve Festival

Gintama

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
People Who Say That Santa Doesn't Really Exist Actually Want to Believe in Him2006
Santa Claus Red Is Blood Red2010

Jewelpet

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Merry Merry Santa Comes to Town2009

Tokusatsu

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Ambassador MagmaA Christmas Present from the Devil1966
Enban Sensō BankidAliens Aiming for HESO1976

Ultra Series

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
The Return of UltramanUltraman Dies at Sunset1971
The Return of UltramanWhen the Ultra Star Shines
Ultraman AceResurrection! The Father of Ultra1972
Ultraman TaroThe Ultra Christmas Tree1973
Ultraman MaxElly of Christmas2005

Rankin/Bass

MOM Productions/Video Tokyo Productions

SpecialYearChannelDescription
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer1964
The Little Drummer Boy1968
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town1970
The Year Without a Santa Claus1974
The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow1975
Rudolph's Shiny New Year1975
The Little Drummer Boy, Book II1976
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey1977
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July1979
Jack Frost1979
Pinocchio's Christmas1980
The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold1981
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus1985

Television Corporation of Japan (TCJ)

SpecialYearChannelDescription
Cricket on the Hearth1967

Mushi Production

Special/SeroesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Frosty the SnowmanN/A1969
Festival of Family ClassicsA Christmas Tree1972

Topcraft/Pacific Animation Corporation (PAC)

SpecialYearChannelDescription
Twas the Night Before Christmas1974
Frosty's Winter Wonderland1976
The Stingiest Man in Town1978
Santa Baby2001

Note: All Rankin/Bass Christmas specials were written and designed in the United States, and then animated in Japan; both in the stop-motion "Animagic" and traditional animation. Some of the holiday classics aired on television networks and were also available on VHS tapes, LaserDiscs, DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs in Japan every Christmas season, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which aired on the NHK network in 1967.

Norway

Christmas calendar series

NRK

  • 1970: Barnas førjulskalender 1970
  • 1979: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 1981: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 1984: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 1986: Teodors julekalender
  • 1987: Portveiens julekalender
  • 1988: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 1989: Vertshuset den gyldne hale
  • 1990: Portveiens julekalender
  • 1991: Teodors julekalender
  • 1992: Jul på Sesam stasjon
  • 1993: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 1994: Vertshuset den gyldne hale
  • 1995: Amalies jul
  • 1996: Jul på Sesam stasjon
  • 1997: Amalies jul
  • 1998: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 1999: Jul i Blåfjell
  • 2000: Amalies jul
  • 2001: Jul i Blåfjell
  • 2002: Jul på Månetoppen
  • 2003: Jul i Skomakergata
  • 2004: Jul i Blåfjell
  • 2005: Jul på Månetoppen
  • 2006: Jul i Svingen
  • 2007: Barnas Superjul med Willys jul
  • 2008: Jul i Blåfjell
  • 2009: Jul i Svingen
  • 2010: Jul på Månetoppen / Pagten[1]

TV 2

  • 1994: The Julekalender
  • 1995: Julefergå
  • 1996: The Julekalender
  • 1998: Julefergå
  • 2000: Vazelina Hjulkalender
  • 2001: Olsenbandens første kupp
  • 2002: Vazelina Hjulkalender
  • 2003: The Julekalender
  • 2004: Olsenbandens første kupp
  • 2005: Vazelina hjulkalender
  • 2006: Jul i Valhall
  • 2007: Olsenbandens første kupp
  • 2008: The Julekalender
  • 2009: Vazelina Hjulkalender
  • 2010: Olsenbanden Jr's Første Kupp

TVNorge

  • 2001: Nissene på låven
  • 2003: Nissene på låven
  • 2004: Ungkarsnissen
  • 2005: Nissene på låven
  • 2006: Jul i Tøyengata
  • 2007: Nissene på låven
  • 2009: Jul i Tøyengata
  • 2010: Den unge Fleksnes (På MAX sendes Nissene på låven)
  • 2011: "Nissene over skog og hei"
  • 2012: Nissene på låven

TV3

  • 2005: Tjuefjerde

Sweden

United Kingdom

United States

Other countries

  • Living with Lydia: Merry Christmas Lydia (2004) - Singapore
  • Alpha Teens on Machines: Enter The Dragon (2005) - France
  • Pucca: Pucca Claus Part 1: 'Tis the season for REVENGE!/Pucca Claus Part 2: Northern Lights Out/Pucca Claus Part 3: Secret Santa (2006) - South Korea

See also

References

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