Holiday Special TV Shows

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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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
White House Christmas
White House Christmas
Christmas Devotional
Christmas Devotional
Valentine Celebrations
Valentine Celebrations
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
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
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 BET Christmas
A Very BET Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Holiday Extravaganza
Alternative Christmas Message
The Alternative Queen's Message
The Simpsons Christmas
Michael Buble Home For The Holidays
10-Movie Children's Holiday Collection
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
LMN Holiday Movies
Be My Disney Junior Valentine
Thanksgiving Celebration
Holiday Scenics
Christmas Celebrations
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
A Very Barry Christmas
Scooby-Doo! Holiday Mystery
Kristin's Christmas Past
A Home for the Holidays
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Winter Thaw
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
New Year's Eve Live
A Country Christmas Story
Frosty the Snowman Holiday Collection
Frosty Returns
Sandra's Halloween Wonderland
Dear Mama
A Michael Buble Christmas
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas
Christmas in the City
Max & Ruby, Hoppy Holidays
DreamWorks Happy Holidays from Madagascar
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Mumfie's White Christmas
PBS KIDS: Happy Holidays
Chill with Bob Ross
Olive, The Other Reindeer
Cartoon Network: HOLIDAYPASS
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
Nick Jr. Holidays Are Here!
Tickety Toc, Christmas Present Time
DIY's Holiday Workshop
Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
Handmade Gifts
Christmas On the Bayou