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For a more in-depth description of made-for-television Christmas movies, see List of made-for-television and direct-to-video Christmas films.
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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[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
The Adventures of Blinky Bill Blinky Bill's White Christmas 2005 Seven Network
Johnson and Friends The Christmas Tree 1997 ABC Television
Johnson and Friends Christmas Presents 1997 ABC Television
Kath & Kim Da Kath and Kim Code 2005 ABC Television
The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas 2005 ABC Television
McLeod's Daughters Silent Night 2007 Nine Network
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Murder Under the Mistletoe 2013 ABC Television
Mother and Son Christmas Drinks 1985 ABC Television
Round the Twist Santa Claws 1989 Seven Network
SheZow SheZon's Greetings 2013 Network Ten
Skinner Boys: Guardians of the Lost Secrets Drums of Doom 2014 9Go!
Swift and Shift Couriers A Swifty Shifty Christmas 2008 SBS Television

Canada[edit]

Episodes[edit]

6teen[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Deck the Mall 2004 Teletoon
In a Retail Wonderland 2005 Teletoon
Snow Job 2006 Teletoon
How the Rent-a-Cop Stole Christmas 2007 Teletoon

The Beachcombers[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Here Comes Santa Claus 1974 CBC
In the Still of the Night 1975 CBC
The Great Shaman of the North 1976 CBC
A Christmas Story 1980 CBC
A Family Christmas 1982 CBC
Without Words 1983 CBC
Stars of Wonder 1987 CBC
A Beachcombers Christmas - reunion movie 2004 CBC

Degrassi[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Degrassi Junior High Season's Greetings 1988 CBC
Degrassi: The Next Generation Holiday 2003 CTV

The Forest Rangers[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
A Christmas Story 1963 CBC
Santa McLeod 1965 CBC

Hangin' In[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Christmas Wrapping 1982 CBC
Christmas Hotline 1984 CBC

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Hearth's Warming Eve 2011 Hub Network
Hearthbreakers 2015 Discovery Family
A Hearth's Warming Tail 2016 Discovery Family

The Red Green Show[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
It's a Wonderful Red Green Christmas 1998 CBC
A Very Merry Red Green Christmas 2000 CBC
A Lot Like Christmas 2002 CBC
The Butter Man 2004 CBC

Total Drama[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Total Drama World Tour Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better 2010 Teletoon
Total Drama World Tour Slap Slap Revolution 2010 Teletoon
Total Drama World Tour Sweden Sour 2010 Teletoon
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island Ice Ice Baby 2012 Teletoon

Other Canadian shows[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
The Adventures of Chuck and Friends Boomer the Snowplow 2010 Treehouse TV
Big Wolf on Campus Anti-Claus Is Coming To Town 2001 YTV
The Big Comfy Couch Comfy and Joy 1995 YTV This also aired in the U.S. on PBS.
Corner Gas Merry Gasmas 2005 CTV
Donkey Kong Country The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights 1999 Teletoon
Due South Gift of the Wheelman 1994 CTV
Kid vs. Kat Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas Parts 1 & 2 2009 YTV
King of Kensington The Christmas Show 1975 CBC
The Latest Buzz The Happy Holidays Issue 2008 Family Channel
Life with Derek A Very Derekus Christmas 2007 Family Channel
Little Charmers Santa Sparkle 2015 Treehouse TV Santa visits CharmVille
Little Mosque on the Prairie Eid's a Wonderful Life 2007 CBC
Made in Canada The Christmas Show 1999 CBC
Mr. Young Mr. Claus 2012 YTV
Murdoch Mysteries A Merry Murdoch Christmas 2015 CBC
Naturally, Sadie A Very Sadie Christmas 2006 Family Channel
Noddy Anything Can Happen at Christmas 1998 TVOKids
& CBC
Pearlie Jingle Bell Park 2011 YTV
Pippi Longstocking Pippi's Christmas 1997 YTV
& Teletoon
Pound Puppies I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve 2012 YTV
Road to Avonlea Happy Christmas, Miss King 1998 CBC
Slings & Arrows Fallow Time 2005 The Movie Network
& Movie Central
Street Legal I'll Be Home for Christmas 1987 CBC
Student Bodies The Christmas Concert 1997 Global & YTV
Trailer Park Boys Dear Santa Claus Go F*ck Yourself 2004 Showcase
Wind at My Back A Wind at My Back Christmas 2001 CBC

Specials[edit]

Series Year Channel Description
Care Bears Nutcracker Suite 1988 Global
The Christmas Raccoons 1980 CBC A precursor TV special to the later series The Raccoons (1985–1991)
A Cosmic Christmas 1977 CBC
A Gift To Last 1976 CBC
Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas 1991 CTV A precursor TV special to the later series Nilus the Sandman (1996–1998)
The Tin Soldier 2011 Treehouse TV TV pilot for The Toy Castle (2000-2008)
A Russell Peters Christmas 2011 CTV

Germany[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Pumuckl und der Nikolaus 1982 Bayerisches Fernsehen
Das Weihnachtsgeschenk 1982 Bayerisches Fernsehen
Eders Weihnachtsgeschenk 1988 Bayerisches Fernsehen

Hungary[edit]

Cartoon[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász What Gift Did Santa Claus Brought To Us? 1984 M1
A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász The Christmas Fish 1984 M1
Frakk, a macskák réme What Gift Will Santa Claus Bring to Us? 1972 M1
Pom Pom meséi Gombóc Arthur, the Santa Claus 1980 M1

Sitcom[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Mindenből egy van Merry Christmas! 2011 M1
Munkaügyek Christmas Partner Conference 2012 M1

Soap opera[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Barátok közt Christmas Special 2005 RTL Klub

Iceland[edit]

Christmas calendar series (Jóladagatal Sjónvarpsins)[edit]

Series Year Channel Notes
Á baðkari til Betlehem 1990 RÚV Rerun in 1995, 2004
Stjörnustrákur 1991 RÚV Rerun in 1998, 2006
Tveir á báti 1992 RÚV Rerun in 2000,
Jól á leið til jarðar 1994 RÚV Rerun in 1999, 2007
Hvar er Völundur? 1996 RÚV Rerun in 2002, 2012
Klængur sniðugi 1997 RÚV Rerun in 2003, 2009,
Töfrakúlan 2005 RÚV Never rerun
Jólaævintýri Dýrmundar 2008 RÚV Never 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[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
LazyTown LazyTown's Surprise Santa 2004

Ireland[edit]

The Podge and Rodge Show[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
A Frightmare before Christmas 2006 RTÉ Two
Podge and Rodge's Christmas Craic 2008 RTÉ Two
Late Night Lock Inn 2009 RTÉ Two

Other Irish series[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Deal or No Deal Deal or No Deal Christmas special 2009 TV3
Father Ted A Christmassy Ted 1996 Channel 4
Hardy Bucks Hardy Bucks Christmas special 2010 RTÉ
Republic of Telly Republic of Telly Christmas special 2010 RTÉ Two

Japan[edit]

Anime[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Astro Boy The Light Ray Robot 1980 NTV
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Let's Get Wiggy With It 2005 TV Asahi
Cyborg 009 Christmas Eve Mirage 2001 TV Tokyo
Flint the Time Detective Cavemen's Christmas 1998
Hayate no Gotoku In English, Unmei Means Destiny 2007
Jeanie with Light Brown Hair Alone on Christmas Eve 1992
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki Black Santa is Sleepless in the Night 2008
Love Hina Love Hina Christmas Special - Silent Eve 2000
Magical Princess Minky Momo Please Santa Claus 1982 TV Tokyo
Powerpuff Girls Z All Ken Wants for Christmas 2006
Ranma ½ Tendo Family Christmas Scramble 1993 Fuji TV
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman A Christmas Present of Death 1973 Fuji TV
Sgt. Frog The Space Frog Who Stole Christmas! 2004
Toriko Merry Feasttmas! Gourmet Santa's Present! 2012 Fuji TV
Vandread White Love 2000
Yo-Kai Watch A Very Christmas/
The Koma-Santa Clause/
Yo-Kai Ol' Saint Trick
2014 TV Tokyo

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
A Christmas Present 2003
Battle on Christmas Eve 2004

Hamtaro[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Merry Christmas! 2000
A Wonderful Santa Claus 2001
Mimi's Christmas 2002
The Mysterious Gift 2003
It's Santa, Merry Christmas! 2004
A Christmas Ride! 2005

Hetalia[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
In The World 2009
Academy Hetalia Christmas
Finding Santa 2013

Pokémon[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Holiday Hi-Jynx 1998
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Christmas Night 1999
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Stantler's Little Helpers 2000
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Delibird's Dilemma 2001
Pikachu's Winter Vacations: Snorlax Snowman

Pretty Cure[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Futari wa Pretty Cure I Couldn't Be Happier!? Nagisa's White Christmas 2004
Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart A Skating Rink of Sweethearts? Slipping and Falling into Great Crisis 2005
Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star Cake, Kazuya and Christmas 2006
Yes! PreCure 5 Nozomi and Coco's Christmas Vow 2007
Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo! Deliver Them! Everyone's Presents 2008

Digimon[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Digimon Adventure 02 A Very Digi Christmas 2000
Digimon Adventure 02 Dramon Power 2001
Digimon Adventure 02 Digimon World Tour (three-part episode)
Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Christmas Has Vanished!? Calendamon the Calendar Thief! 2016

Doraemon[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description

Toradora[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Mercury Retrogrades at Christmas 2009
Under the Fir Tree
Christmas Eve Festival

Gintama[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
People Who Say That Santa Doesn't Really Exist Actually Want to Believe in Him 2006
Santa Claus Red Is Blood Red 2010

Jewelpet[edit]

Episode Year Channel Description
Merry Merry Santa Comes to Town 2009

Tokusatsu[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
Ambassador Magma A Christmas Present from the Devil 1966
Enban Sensō Bankid Aliens Aiming for HESO 1976

Ultra Series[edit]

Series Episode Year Channel Description
The Return of Ultraman Ultraman Dies at Sunset 1971
The Return of Ultraman When the Ultra Star Shines
Ultraman Ace Resurrection! The Father of Ultra 1972
Ultraman Taro The Ultra Christmas Tree 1973
Ultraman Max Elly of Christmas 2005

Kamen Rider[edit]

Super Sentai[edit]

Metal Hero[edit]

Rankin/Bass[edit]

MOM Productions/Video Tokyo Productions[edit]

Special Year Channel Description
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964
The Little Drummer Boy 1968
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town 1970
The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974
The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow 1975
Rudolph's Shiny New Year 1975
The Little Drummer Boy, Book II 1976
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey 1977
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July 1979
Jack Frost 1979
Pinocchio's Christmas 1980
The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold 1981
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 1985

Television Corporation of Japan (TCJ)[edit]

Special Year Channel Description
Cricket on the Hearth 1967

Mushi Production[edit]

Special/Seroes Episode Year Channel Description
Frosty the Snowman N/A 1969
Festival of Family Classics A Christmas Tree 1972

Topcraft/Pacific Animation Corporation (PAC)[edit]

Special Year Channel Description
Twas the Night Before Christmas 1974
Frosty's Winter Wonderland 1976
The Stingiest Man in Town 1978
Santa Baby 2001

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[edit]

Christmas calendar series[edit]

NRK[edit]

TV 2[edit]

TVNorge[edit]

TV3[edit]

Sweden[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Other countries[edit]

  • 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[edit]

References[edit]