Christmas Television

It's December, which means it's time for Christmas TV, not just Charlie Brown, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolf, but all those holiday episodes television shows produce each year. There are hundreds of holiday specific episodes for every sort of television show: dramas, comedies, soaps, superheroes, and action shows have all done something for the holidays. Some of them are just plain fun, like Doctor Who and Warehouse 13. Others like Downton Abbey and Hawaii Five-0 add Christmas-y elements into an otherwise normal episode of the series.

I admit I'm one of those people that actually sits down and watches just the Christmas episodes during December, it's part of the festive season. What follows are some of the Christmas episodes from various decades and genres of television I've watched over the years; this is by no means a comprehensive list of television Christmas episodes, just some of the episodes I know are out there. What holiday episodes do you enjoy? Add your favorites in the comments.

Amazing Stories
1-11 Santa '85

1-09 The Man in the Fallout Shelter
3-09 Santa in the Slush

Doctor Who (2005)
The Christmas Invasion
The Runaway Bride
Voyage of the Damned
The Next Doctor
A Christmas Carol
The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe
The Snowmen
Last Christmas
The Husbands of River Song
The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Downton Abbey
Christmas at Downton Abbey
A Journey to the Highlands
The London Season
A Moorland Holiday

Ellery Queen
1-01 The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne (New Year)

4-10 O Little Town
Do You See What I See

Hawai'i Five 0 (2010)
1-12 Hana'a'a Maehewa (Desperate Measures)
3-11 Kahu (Guardian)
4-11 Pukana (Keepsake)
5-09 Ke Koho Mamao Aku (Longshot)

Legends of Tomorrow
2-11 Turncoat

Lethal Weapon
109 Jingle Bell Glock

1-06 The Miracle Job
3-14 The Ho Ho Ho Job

Librarians, The
1-04 And Santa's Midnight Run

MacGyver (2016)
1-11 Scissors

Man From UNCLE, The
3-15 The Jingle Bells Affair

6-11 Silent Night
9-11 Newborn King
10-10 You Better Watch Out
12-10 House Rules
13-11 Spinning Wheel
15-10 Double Down

NCIS: Los Angeles

1-10 Brimstone
3-11 Higher Power
4-10 Free Ride
5-12 Merry Invasion
6-11 Humbug
7-11 Cancel Christmas
8-11 Tidings We Bring

Nero Wolfe Mystery, A
1-09 Christmas Party

Quantum Leap
3-10 A Little Miracle

Sherlock Holmes (1984)
1-07 The Blue Carbuncle
7-06 The Cardboard Box

Starsky & Hutch
2-13 Little Girl Lost

3-08 A Very Supernatural Christmas

Top Gear
Middle East Special

Warehouse 13
Secret Santa
The Greatest Gift

Written by LadyShelley on Dec 1, 2017


Stonemansteve posted 10 months ago

One of my favorite holiday programs to watch was Garfield! Every year, for at least 10 years, they'd play the same Garfield Christmas special, and I loved it. But I haven't seen it in over 20 years now, and it's a damn shame. I wish they'd air it again.

adi_a12 posted 11 months ago

Warehouse 13 - 2x13:Secret Santa, Self projecting santa also father and son reunion
The Closer - 7x12:You Have the Right to Remain Jolly, Santa Village case and naughty elf
Major crimse - 3x15:Chain Reaction, Santa Flash mob goes wrong

mpflipper posted 11 months ago

I hardly ever watch the Hallmark Channel.. but I love their Christmas movies !! I try to watch ALL of them during the holiday's
And I must agree with Tonymayhew about the Signed, Sealed, Delivered Christmas episode.. that brought tears to my eyes too...

TonyMayhew posted 11 months ago

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - 2x01 For Christmas (Not afraid to admit, brought a tear to my eye, lol)
Major Crimes - 3x15 Chain Reaction (Sooooo many Santa's!)
Only Fools and Horses - Every Christmas special is a classic, but if I had to pick one, it's gotta be 8x01 Heroes and Villains
Friends - 7x10 The One With The Holiday Armadillo (Who knew Monica had a thing for Santa!)
Blackadder - Season 3 Special: Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (It's Blackadder, no more explanation needed)
Father Ted - 2x11 A Christmassy Ted (Must be watched every year!)
The Royle Family - 1999 Christmas Special (Denise in labour having a heart to heart with Jim is an absolute gem!)

I could go on, but those are a few that immediately came to mind from reading your article.

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