Remember when your holidays were filled with TV specials?
Everyone waited for the night that the TV specials were on.
Holiday favorites like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were packed with seasonal cheer and joy.
Recapture the magic of Christmas with these Holiday Specials From Your Childhood.
10. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
The Star Wars Holiday Special is significant for being the first film-length Star Wars story after the original theatrical film and for showing an expanded look at parts of that universe.
9. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
Released in 1987, it tells the story of Kermit and his friends planning an unexpected visit to Fozzie’s mother on Christmas day. This timeless holiday classic brings your favorite characters together, featuring musical numbers, popular actors, and plenty of action and fun lines.
8. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970)
Featuring Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus and Fred Astaire as the narrator, this 1970 TV special will bring the Christmas spirit into your heart. It shows how children worldwide are preparing for the arrival of Santa, offering a glimpse of the most beloved holiday traditions.
7. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The story is based on Phyllis McGinley’s 1956 book of the same name, illustrated by Kurt Werth. It was originally broadcast on December 10, 1974 on ABC.
6. A Christmas Story (1983)
A marathon of the film titled “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” has aired annually on TNT or TBS, comprising 12 consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year. It is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films.
A Christmas Story ranks at number three on our Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time.
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5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 TV special that originally broadcasted on CBS on December 18, 1966. Ut went on to become a perennial holiday special and features the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch and the narrator.
4. Frosty The Snowman (1969)
Frosty The Snowman first aired on CBS on December 7, 1969 and is narrated by Jimmy Durante, in the legendary comedian’s final role. It was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, the same studio known for the stop-motion films Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 1964 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and it first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network.
2. Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1978)
In 1977, Muppet creator Jim Henson produced a one-hour television adaptation of the story filmed in Toronto for HBO in the United States, and CBC in Canada. The special premiered on HBO on December 17, 1978.
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. The program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.
The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas.