List of Christmas television specials

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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.

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

A miniseries is a television program that tells a story in a predetermined, limited number of episodes. The term "serial" is used in the United Kingdom and in other Commonwealth nations, though its meaning does not necessarily equate to "miniseries" in its usage.

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Australia

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
The Adventures of Blinky Bill Blinky Bill's White Christmas 2005 Seven Network
Johnson and Friends The Christmas Tree1997 ABC Television
Johnson and Friends Christmas Presents1997 ABC Television
Kath & Kim Da Kath and Kim Code 2005 ABC Television
The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas2005 ABC Television
McLeod's Daughters Silent Night 2007 Nine Network
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Murder Under the Mistletoe2013 ABC Television
Mother and Son Christmas Drinks1985 ABC Television
Round the Twist Santa Claws1989 Seven Network
SheZow SheZon's Greetings2013 Network Ten
Skinner Boys: Guardians of the Lost Secrets Drums of Doom2014 9Go!
Swift and Shift Couriers A Swifty Shifty Christmas2008 SBS Television

Brazil

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Porta dos Fundos The Last Hangover 2018 Netflix

Canada

Episodes

6teen

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Deck the Mall2004 Teletoon
In a Retail Wonderland2005 Teletoon
Snow Job2006 Teletoon
How the Rent-a-Cop Stole Christmas2007 Teletoon

The Beachcombers

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Here Comes Santa Claus1974 CBC
In the Still of the Night1975 CBC
The Great Shaman of the North1976 CBC
A Christmas Story1980 CBC
A Family Christmas1982 CBC
Without Words1983 CBC
Stars of Wonder1987 CBC
A Beachcombers Christmas - reunion movie2004 CBC

Degrassi

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Degrassi Junior High Season's Greetings1988 CBC
Degrassi: The Next Generation Holiday2003 CTV

The Forest Rangers

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
A Christmas Story1963 CBC
Santa McLeod1965 CBC

Hangin' In

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Christmas Wrapping1982 CBC
Christmas Hotline1984 CBC

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Hearth's Warming Eve2011 Hub Network
Hearthbreakers2015 Discovery Family
A Hearth's Warming Tail2016 Discovery Family
The Hearth's Warming Club2018 Discovery Family

The Red Green Show

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
It's a Wonderful Red Green Christmas1998 CBC
A Very Merry Red Green Christmas2000 CBC
A Lot Like Christmas2002 CBC
The Butter Man2004 CBC

Total Drama

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Total Drama World Tour Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better2010 Teletoon
Total Drama World TourSlap Slap Revolution2010 Teletoon
Total Drama World TourSweden Sour2010 Teletoon
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island Ice Ice Baby2012 Teletoon
Total DramaRama Hic Hic Hooray2018 Teletoon

Other Canadian shows

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
The Adventures of Chuck and Friends Boomer the Snowplow2010 Treehouse TV
Big Wolf on Campus Anti-Claus Is Coming To Town2001 YTV
The Big Comfy Couch Comfy and Joy1995 YTV This also aired in the U.S. on PBS.
Call Me Fitz A Very Special Fitzmas2013 The Movie Network
& Movie Central
Corner Gas Merry Gasmas2005 CTV
Donkey Kong Country The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights1999 Teletoon
Due South Gift of the Wheelman1994 CTV
Kid vs. Kat Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas Parts 1 & 22009 YTV
King of Kensington The Christmas Show1975 CBC
The Latest Buzz The Happy Holidays Issue2008 Family Channel
Life with Derek A Very Derekus Christmas2007 Family Channel
Little Charmers Santa Sparkle2015 Treehouse TV Santa visits CharmVille
Little Mosque on the Prairie Eid's a Wonderful Life2007 CBC
Made in Canada The Christmas Show1999 CBC
Mr. Young Mr. Claus2012 YTV
Murdoch Mysteries A Merry Murdoch Christmas2015 CBC
Naturally, Sadie A Very Sadie Christmas2006 Family Channel
Noddy Anything Can Happen at Christmas1998 TVOKids
& CBC
Pearlie Jingle Bell Park2011 YTV
Pippi Longstocking Pippi's Christmas1997 YTV
& Teletoon
Pound Puppies I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve2012 YTV
Road to Avonlea Happy Christmas, Miss King1998 CBC
Schitt's Creek Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose2018 CBC
Slings & Arrows Fallow Time2005 The Movie Network
& Movie Central
Street Legal I'll Be Home for Christmas1987 CBC
Student Bodies The Christmas Concert1997 Global & YTV
Trailer Park Boys Dear Santa Claus Go F*ck Yourself2004 Showcase
Wind at My Back A Wind at My Back Christmas2001 CBC

Specials

SeriesYearChannelDescription
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 Soldier2011 Treehouse TV TV pilot for The Toy Castle (2000-2008)
A Russell Peters Christmas2011 CTV

Germany

Episodes

Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
Pumuckl und der Nikolaus1982 Bayerisches Fernsehen
Das Weihnachtsgeschenk1982 Bayerisches Fernsehen
Eders Weihnachtsgeschenk1988 Bayerisches Fernsehen

Hungary

Cartoon

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász What Gift Did Santa Claus Brought To Us?1984 M1
A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász The Christmas Fish1984 M1
Frakk, a macskák réme What Gift Will Santa Claus Bring to Us?1972 M1
Pom Pom meséi Gombóc Arthur, the Santa Claus1980 M1

Sitcom

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Mindenből egy van Merry Christmas!2011 M1
Munkaügyek Christmas Partner Conference2012 M1

Soap opera

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Barátok közt Christmas Special2005 RTL Klub

Iceland

Christmas calendar series (Jóladagatal Sjónvarpsins)

SeriesYearChannelNotes
Á baðkari til Betlehem 1990RÚVRerun in 1995, 2004
Stjörnustrákur 1991RÚVRerun in 1998, 2006
Tveir á báti 1992RÚVRerun in 2000,
Jól á leið til jarðar 1994RÚVRerun in 1999, 2007
Hvar er Völundur? 1996RÚVRerun in 2002, 2012
Klængur sniðugi 1997RÚVRerun in 2003, 2009,
Töfrakúlan 2005RÚVNever rerun
Jólaævintýri Dýrmundar 2008RÚVNever rerun

Notes: Prior to 1990, RÚV did not produce and air any Christmas calendar series. In 1994, 2010-2011, 2013-present RÚV only aired Scandinavian produced Christmas calendar series.

Other Icelandic series

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
LazyTown LazyTown's Surprise Santa 2004

Ireland

The Podge and Rodge Show

EpisodeYearChannelDescription
A Frightmare before Christmas2006 RTÉ Two
Podge and Rodge's Christmas Craic2008 RTÉ Two
Late Night Lock Inn2009 RTÉ Two

Other Irish series

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Deal or No Deal Deal or No Deal Christmas special2009 TV3
Father Ted A Christmassy Ted 1996 Channel 4
Hardy Bucks Hardy Bucks Christmas special2010 RTÉ
Republic of Telly Republic of Telly Christmas special2010 RTÉ Two

Japan

Anime

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Aggretsuko We Wish You a Metal Christmas2017 Netflix
Astro Boy The Light Ray Robot1980 NTV
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Let's Get Wiggy With It2005 TV Asahi
Cyborg 009 Christmas Eve Mirage2001 TV Tokyo
Flint the Time Detective Cavemen's Christmas1998
Hayate no Gotoku In English, Unmei Means Destiny2007
Jeanie with Light Brown Hair Alone on Christmas Eve1992
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki Black Santa is Sleepless in the Night2008
Love Hina Love Hina Christmas Special - Silent Eve2000
Magical Princess Minky Momo Please Santa Claus1982TV Tokyo
Powerpuff Girls Z All Ken Wants for Christmas2006
Ranma ½ Tendo Family Christmas Scramble1993 Fuji TV
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman A Christmas Present of Death1973Fuji TV
Sgt. Frog The Space Frog Who Stole Christmas!2004
Toriko Merry Feasttmas! Gourmet Santa's Present!2012Fuji TV
Vandread White Love2000
Yo-Kai Watch A Very Christmas/
The Koma-Santa Clause/
Yo-Kai Ol' Saint Trick
2014TV Tokyo

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

Digimon

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Digimon Adventure 02 A Very Digi Christmas2000
Digimon Adventure 02 Dramon Power2001
Digimon Adventure 02 Digimon World Tour (three-part episode)
Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Christmas 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 Magma A Christmas Present from the Devil1966 Fuji TV
Enban Sensō Bankid Aliens Aiming for HESO1976 Nippon TV

Ultra Series

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
The Return of Ultraman Ultraman Dies at Sunset1971 TBS Television
The Return of Ultraman When the Ultra Star Shines TBS Television
Ultraman Ace Resurrection! The Father of Ultra1972 TBS Television
Ultraman Taro The Ultra Christmas Tree1973 TBS Television
Ultraman Max Elly of Christmas2005 Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting

Kamen Rider

SeriesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Kamen Rider Monster Wolf Man's Huge Murder Party1971 TV Asahi
Kamen Rider V3 Destron's Christmas Present1971 TV Asahi
Kamen Rider (Skyrider) Dark Santa Claus; Ah, Transformtion Impossible1979 MBS
Kamen Rider Super-1 Danger!! The Demonic Christmas Present1980 MBS
Kamen Rider Ryuki The Twentieth Birthday & Tiger's a Hero2002 TV Asahi
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Super Sentai

Metal Hero

Rankin/Bass

MOM Productions/Video Tokyo Productions

SpecialYearChannelDescription
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 Gold1981
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 1985

Television Corporation of Japan (TCJ)

SpecialYearChannelDescription
Cricket on the Hearth1967

Mushi Production

Special/SeroesEpisodeYearChannelDescription
Frosty the Snowman N/A1969
Festival of Family Classics A Christmas Tree1972

Topcraft/Pacific Animation Corporation (PAC)

SpecialYearChannelDescription
Twas the Night Before Christmas 1974
Frosty's Winter Wonderland 1976
The Stingiest Man in Town 1978
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.

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Norway

Christmas calendar series

NRK

Jul i Skomakergata is a Norwegian TV-show for children, produced in 1979. It is a televised advent calendar, meaning it is broadcast from December 1 to December 24. It has been broadcast several times in Norway by NRK. The story revolves around shoe repairer Jens Petrus Andersen, played by Henki Kolstad, and his shop. He is visited by friends and townspeople who need their shoes repaired before Christmas, and has a pet named Tøflus. A part of the show consists of showing a clip from Sandmännchen which tells children about the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Pagten is a Danish television series in the form of an Advent Calendar that was shown over the Christmas period in 2009. It was written by Maya Ilsøe.

TV 2

The Julekalender was a julekalender that ran at Christmas 1991. It was written and performed almost entirely by a trio of Danish comedy musicians called De Nattergale with financial and technical assistance from TV2, a Danish television company. It was hugely successful at the time, causing many invented phrases from the series to enter popular culture and was later released on VHS, and recently, DVD.

TVNorge

Nissene på låven is a Nordic Christmas calendar that aired on TVNorge in 2001, and is a spoof of reality TV.

Jul i Tøyengata is a Norwegian televised advent calendar created by the Norwegian comedian Zahid Ali. The show is a parody on another Norwegian advent calendar Jul i Skomakergata from 1979, one of the most successful Norwegian TV series.

TV3

Sweden

United Kingdom

United States

Other countries

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