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