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.

The Simpsons Christmas
The Simpsons Christmas
Thanksgiving Celebration
Thanksgiving Celebration
White House Christmas
White House Christmas
Christmas
Christmas
Christmas In Rockefeller Center
Christmas In Rockefeller Center
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas
Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas
Olive, The Other Reindeer
Olive, The Other Reindeer
Cartoon Network: HOLIDAYPASS
Cartoon Network: HOLIDAYPASS
Milagros de Navidad
Milagros de Navidad
Kristin's Christmas Past
Kristin's Christmas Past
Teeny Tiny
Teeny Tiny
Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home For Christmas
Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home For Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
Christmas Celebrations
Christmas Celebrations
Winter Thaw
Winter Thaw
Dear Mama
Dear Mama
A Michael Buble Christmas
A Michael Buble Christmas
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Chill with Bob Ross
Chill with Bob Ross
Christmas On the Bayou
Christmas On the Bayou
The Original Christmas Classics
The Original Christmas Classics
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Disney Junior Magical Holidays
Disney Junior Magical Holidays
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Kids Halloween Baking Championship
Kids Halloween Baking Championship
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
Nick Jr. Holidays Are Here!
Nick Jr. Holidays Are Here!
Design on Dime: Holidays
Design on Dime: Holidays
DIY Halloween
DIY Halloween
Pawn Stars: A Very Vegas Christmas
Pawn Stars: A Very Vegas Christmas
Holidays Unwrapped
Holidays Unwrapped
Christmas Devotional
Christmas Devotional
31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest
31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest
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
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
A Very Discovery Christmas
A Very Discovery Christmas
A Very BET Christmas
A Very BET 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
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
Holiday Scenics
Holiday Scenics
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
A Very Barry Christmas
A Very Barry Christmas
Scooby-Doo! Holiday Mystery
Scooby-Doo! Holiday Mystery
Thanksgiving at Bobby's
Thanksgiving at Bobby's
Together for Christmas
Together for Christmas
A Home for the Holidays
A Home for the Holidays
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
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
Christmas in the City
Christmas in the City
Max & Ruby, Hoppy Holidays
Max & Ruby, Hoppy Holidays
DreamWorks Happy Holidays from Madagascar
DreamWorks Happy Holidays from Madagascar
Mumfie's White Christmas
Mumfie's White Christmas
PBS KIDS: Happy Holidays
PBS KIDS: Happy Holidays
Tickety Toc, Christmas Present Time
Tickety Toc, Christmas Present Time
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