Holiday Special TV Shows

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.

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