MY Top 20 Christmas Specials

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1. Pettson & Findus - Tomtemaskinen (2005)

79 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The old man PETTSON and his cat FINDUS live on a small farm way out in the countryside in Sweden. Christmas is approaching, and Pettson has given Findus the rash promise that THE TOMTE will... See full summary »

Directors: Jørgen Lerdam, Anders Sørensen | Stars: Joachim Höppner, Tord Peterson, Lukas Larsson, Tobias John von Freyend

Votes: 269

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 267,864 | Gross: $75.08M

3. A Disney Channel Christmas!!!! (1983 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Add a Plot

Star: Eddie Carroll

Votes: 147

(aka "From Ous all to you all")

4. The Town Santa Forgot (1993 TV Short)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Short, Family

A spoiled brat sends a very long list to Santa Claus who misdelivers the gifts to a town with the same name as the boy, who learns it's better to give than receive.

Director: Robert Alvarez | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Miko Hughes, Troy Davidson, Julie McWhirter

Votes: 200

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,042

6. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Red Sleigh Down (2002)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

When an attempt to bring Christmas to Iraq turns disastrous, the boys head to Iraq with Jesus and Mr. Hankey to save Santa from terrorists.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Eliza Schneider

Votes: 1,576

7. Hipp hipp - Itzhaks julevangelium (2006– )

28 min | Comedy, Drama

Itzhak tells the stories about some popular HippHipp characters' preparations for Christmas.

Stars: Anders Jansson, Johan Wester, Anna Blomberg, Sanna Persson

Votes: 153

8. A Wish for Wings That Work (1991 TV Short)

22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly.

Director: Skip Jones | Stars: Michael Bell, Joe Alaskey, John Byner, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 797

9. Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999–2008)
Episode: Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle (2004)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Comedy, Family

After discovering he's getting clothes for Christmas, Eddy tries to weasel his way into the holidays of the other children to ensure he gets good presents. Meanwhile, the Kanker sisters ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Antonucci | Stars: Matt Hill, Sam Vincent, Tony Sampson, David Avalon

Votes: 98

10. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Short)

43 min | Short, Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 10,938

11. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The family is forced to spend all of their savings to get Bart's new tattooo removed, and with no money for Christmas, Homer is forced to become a store Santa.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 4,838

12. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
Episode: Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Matilda Ziegler, C.J. Allen, Owen Brenman

Votes: 1,583

13. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.

Directors: Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen | Stars: Olli Jantunen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Vuokko Hovatta, Vesa Vierikko

Votes: 2,929

14. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 25,564 | Gross: $1.05M

15. A Cosmic Christmas (1977 TV Short)

TV-G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

Three aliens come to Earth to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Clive Smith | Stars: Joey Davidson, Martin Lavut, Richard M. Davidson, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 158

16. Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)
Episode: A Pinky & the Brain Christmas (1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Brain designs a mesmerizing doll, Noodle Noggin, and plans to have Santa Claus deliver one to every house so he can make people do his every command through mind control.

Directors: Toshihiko Masuda, Rusty Mills | Stars: Jeff Bennett, Earl Boen, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 328

17. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Woodland Critter Christmas (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dante Alexander, Adrien Beard

Votes: 3,094

18. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 177,046 | Gross: $148.17M

19. The Little Matchgirl (2006)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A poor young girl has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames.

Director: Roger Allers

Votes: 3,795

20. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 40,841

21. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 718,063 | Gross: $83.01M

22. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas (2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Holiday mishaps include Lois going ballistic after losing her Christmas cheer and Peter not being able to watch the KISS Christmas special.

Directors: Brian Hogan, Pete Michels | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,208

23. The Snowman (1982 TV Short)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith

Votes: 11,181

24. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 8,907 | Gross: $21.00M

25. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )
Episode: Christmas Who? (2000)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Christmas Who?: Nobody in Bikini Bottom has ever heard of Christmas or Santa Clause until Sandy lets them in on this surface tradition. SpongeBob wants to bring Christmas to Bikini Bottom ... See full summary »

Directors: Walt Dohrn, Paul Tibbitt | Stars: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown

Votes: 558

26. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Road to the North Pole (2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy

Disappointed with the Mall Santa, Stewie and Brian decide to go up to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson, only to face a shocking revelation.

Directors: Greg Colton, James Purdum, Peter Shin, Steve Beers | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,500

27. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001–2007)
Episode: Billy and Mandy Save Christmas (2005)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Comedy, Family

Santa has been turned into a vampire, and only Billy and Mandy can turn him back and save Christmas.

Directors: Russell Calabrese, Shaun Cashman, Robert Hughes, Juli Murphy, Sue Perrotto | Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Grey Griffin, Greg Eagles, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 89

hate the show but for some reason this special is keept in my memmorie.

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