Holiday Special TV Shows

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About Holiday Special

For TV viewers of a certain age, the mention of holiday specials probably brings to mind stop-motion animated Christmas specials produced in the 1960s, but holiday themes are irresistible subject matter for TV producers, and new holiday specials spotlighting not just Christmas, but all the big special days, are still hitting the air a half century after Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first took flight.

Those early animated specials are still beloved and popular, however. Rudolph, Frost the Snowman and all the other old favorites are still in demand every Christmas season, but they've been joined by newer holiday offerings from more contemporary characters, like the Muppets and characters from popular movies like "Ice Age" and "Madagascar."

The musical Christmas special has an even longer tradition than the animated special. In the early days, crooners like Perry Como and Andy Williams dressed up in sweaters and invited viewers to join their musical holiday celebrations. These days, modern crooners from Michael Buble to Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga bring their talents to their very own Christmas special.

Of course, it's not just Christmas that gets the special treatment. From "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to "New Year's Rockin' Eve," the entire holiday season is filled every year with annual programs that hope to keep viewers in a festive mood.

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Scooby-Doo! Holiday Mystery
Scooby-Doo! Holiday Mystery
Cartoon Network: HOLIDAYPASS
Cartoon Network: HOLIDAYPASS
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Simpsons Christmas
The Simpsons Christmas
Tickety Toc, Christmas Present Time
Tickety Toc, Christmas Present Time
'Twas the Night
'Twas the Night
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Nickelodeon's Happy Holiday Pack
Nickelodeon's Happy Holiday Pack
A Home for the Holidays
A Home for the Holidays
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
A Country Christmas Story
A Country Christmas Story
Frosty the Snowman Holiday Collection
Frosty the Snowman Holiday Collection
Peanuts Holiday Classics
Peanuts Holiday Classics
The Ultimate Christmas Present
The Ultimate Christmas Present
DreamWorks Happy Holidays from Madagascar
DreamWorks Happy Holidays from Madagascar
10-Movie Children's Holiday Collection
10-Movie Children's Holiday Collection
The Original Christmas Classics
The Original Christmas Classics
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Frosty Returns
Frosty Returns
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
Christmas Bounty
Christmas Bounty
Pawn Stars: A Very Vegas Christmas
Pawn Stars: A Very Vegas Christmas
Christmas On the Bayou
Christmas On the Bayou
Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special
Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special
Nick Jr. Holidays Are Here!
Nick Jr. Holidays Are Here!
Mumfie's White Christmas
Mumfie's White Christmas
Christmas in the City
Christmas in the City
Kristin's Christmas Past
Kristin's Christmas Past
A Very Barry Christmas
A Very Barry Christmas
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
Michael Buble Home For The Holidays
Michael Buble Home For The Holidays
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
Max & Ruby, Hoppy Holidays
Max & Ruby, Hoppy Holidays
Valentine Celebrations
Valentine Celebrations
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
Disney Junior Magical Holidays
Disney Junior Magical Holidays
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
LMN Holiday Movies
LMN Holiday Movies
White House Christmas
White House Christmas
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
Olive, The Other Reindeer
Olive, The Other Reindeer
A Very BET Christmas
A Very BET Christmas
Alternative Christmas Message
Alternative Christmas Message
Holiday Extravaganza
Holiday Extravaganza
New Year's Eve Live
New Year's Eve Live
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home For Christmas
Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home For Christmas
Thanksgiving Celebration
Thanksgiving Celebration
Dora the Explorer, Dora's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Dora the Explorer, Dora's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Christmas In Rockefeller Center
Christmas In Rockefeller Center
Nickelodeon's Christmas Stocking
Nickelodeon's Christmas Stocking
Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale
Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale
Sandra's Halloween Wonderland
Sandra's Halloween Wonderland
Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas
Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas
A Michael Buble Christmas
A Michael Buble Christmas
Christmas Celebrations
Christmas Celebrations
Nickelodeon's Rockin' Christmas
Nickelodeon's Rockin' Christmas
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Be My Disney Junior Valentine
Be My Disney Junior Valentine
DIY Halloween
DIY Halloween
Design on Dime: Holidays
Design on Dime: Holidays
The Alternative Queen's Message
The Alternative Queen's Message
DIY's Holiday Workshop
DIY's Holiday Workshop
Handmade Gifts
Handmade Gifts
Holiday Scenics
Holiday Scenics
PBS KIDS: Happy Holidays
PBS KIDS: Happy Holidays