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Known in Britain as a "Christmas Special" (not to be confused with a ChristmasSpecial, a series or franchise based on Christmas itself), the Christmas Episode is a one-off seasonal episode of an ongoing series, typically a comedy or comedy drama. Sometimes the Christmas Episode will be shown in two or three parts over consecutive nights, typically in the build-up to Christmas Day. Only the most popular shows get shown on Christmas Day itself.

Note that unlike other holiday episodes included in a series, the Christmas Episode is usually a special production or commission separate from the season it occurs alongside; as such, it generally just features the series's core cast (and sometimes, popular secondary characters) and is [[CanonDiscontinuity not necessarily in continuity]] to the rest of the season -- though it can also be used to set up major changes in continuity through events such as a Christmas wedding or (and this is a popular one for obvious reasons) [[AwayInAManger a Christmas birth]], which can then be canonized in the next year's season. Alternatively, the Christmas Episode may be the last-ever episode of the series, as happened with the UK version of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'', ''{{Doug}}'' (before getting UnCancelled), and ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' (although the latter had more Christmas Episodes commissioned afterwards).

In Britain, a more recent variation is a specially recorded Christmas day message on ChannelFour which is then run in competition to the Queen's televised Christmas message (recent years have seen announcements from [[Series/DaAliGShow Ali G]] and [[TheSimpsons Marge Simpson]]). However, since this is breaking the FourthWall, it is not typically part of an actual story.

During the 1980s and 1990s, British Christmas specials usually took place in some decidedly un-Christmassy part of the world such as Florida (''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'') or Majorca (''BirdsOfAFeather''). This has proven unpopular in recent years.

In Soap Operas such as ''EastEnders'' and ''CoronationStreet'' it is traditional for the Christmas Episode to be [[SoaplandChristmas the most depressing episode of the entire year]]. (Which is saying something; Brit Soaps like ''EastEnders'' tend to be depressing anyway.) It is not uncommon for a long running character to die in Christmas Episodes of this kind, and another occurrence is a disastrous WeddingDay where everything goes wrong and the wedding doesn't occur, or a disastrous Birth where the baby, mother or both [[DeathByChildbirth die in the process]].

May overlap with VacationEpisode if travel is involved.

See also ChristmasSpecial, which is based on Christmas itself instead of a pre-existing series. Also see YouMeanXMas, where a world where Christmas doesn't exist gets a similar holiday for the purposes of having an episode for it. Compare ChristmasInJapan. See AprilFoolsPlot or VerySpecialEpisode for another themed episode found in shows. If the plot is taken by a certain Dickens' tale, you might be prompted to say YetAnotherChristmasCarol. Action-adventure shows may have AnAssKickingChristmas if those elements don't take a holiday.

For other holidays see HalloweenEpisode, ThanksgivingEpisode and ValentinesDayEpisode.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
Note that in Japan, Christmas has roughly the same cultural significance as Valentine's Day does in the West -- so Anime Christmas Episodes can have an additional romance theme to them. See UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan for details.

* ''[[Manga/AiYoriAoshi Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi]]'''s ChristmasEpisode doubled as a ShoutOut to ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' had a special with [[MoeAnthropomorphism Finland]] dressing up as Santa and answering fan mail with his puppy Blood-Smeared Flower Egg. [[spoiler: France then hijacks the special and runs around molesting other countries and forcing them to strip]].
** There was also one where the Allies and Axis are visited by Finland as Santa, who gives them gifts, and one where Italy, Germany and Japan interview the other countries about their Christmas traditions. In the Webcomic, there's a strip where Britain and Germany call a truce on Christmas and play a game of soccer/football, based on a real-life event. There is an episode in the anime where America holds a Christmas party.
** And then came HetaliaBloodbath2010...
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' had one of these. Complete with Chiyo-Dad as Santa; courtesy of Sakaki's imagination.
** The manga had two.
* Episode 11 of ''Anime/TheBigO'' features "Heaven's Day."
* The ''ChronoCrusade'' anime has an episode where Chrono, Rosette, and Azmaria celebrate Christmas with the rest of the Magdalene Order before they begin their journey to California to save Joshua. The manga follows a slightly different timeline and mentions Christmas, but doesn't have a traditional "episode" per se--the final battle actually takes place over Christmas Eve and ends at sunrise on Christmas Day.
* ''CrayonShinChan'' had an episode with 3 Christmas themed parts, the first being about a troupe of performers coming to Shin's kindergarten class to put on a play, the second about Shin helping his mother (and her firends) give away some gifts and the third about Shin's parents fretting over how they're going to get their son a Christmas present.
* ''{{Dai-Guard}}'' had one where the cast attempted to have a Christmas party, but threat of attack forced everyone to wait on standby. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They simply move the party to Dai-Guard's hanger and invite the repair and ground crew to join them.]]
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga had a couple of [[{{Yonkoma}} four-panel cartoons]] with Light and Ryuk. "Since when do {{shinigami}} celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?"
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' used the Christmas episode for a RelationshipUpgrade.
* While ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is not essentially Christmas themed, [[{{Eyeshield 21}} the Deimon Devil Bats]] aspire to [[spoiler: and eventually do]] go to the Christmas Bowl, the biggest game of the year played on Christmas.
* ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'''s episode revolves around the discovery that Matsuri still believes in Santa, and efforts to keep her from finding out otherwise, to the point of climbing a ladder to her bedroom to leave the latest ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book by her bed. In the anime, Nobue wonders afterwards what the point was of delaying the inevitable. (Also in the anime, Miu invents a story in which she asked for such far-out gifts when she was little that "Santa" gave up and wrote her a letter telling her that her parents would be taking over that duty, and to please go easy on them.)
* ''KOn'' and its manga has one of these.
* ''KaitouSaintTail''. Interestingly, in the manga, the corresponding chapter had nothing to do with Christmas at all.
** Particularly baffling since the manga does have one or two Christmas chapters.
* ''{{Kamichu}}'' has a Christmas episode. Pretty interesting, considering the show follows the daily life of a Shinto Goddess.
** Although keep in mind that episode had the show's resident HotBlooded {{Miko}} [[http://i49.tinypic.com/30c6aza.jpg get offended]] about the foreign holiday and invent "[[YouMeanXmas Yurie's Year-End Thanksgiving Day]]" as a Shintoist alternative.
* ''KeroroGunsou'' had an episode where Keroro plots to take over the world at Christmas while everyone's guard is down, but everyone drops out one by one. Eventually he goes to help Kogoro by dressing up as Santa and giving away Christmas presents (so as to get onto Santa's good list and to get a present for Christmas).
* A bonus chapter in ''Manga/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' is set on a rather cold day, in which most members of Organization XIII decided to take a day off against Saïx's wishes.
* ''LoveHina'''s was a tearjerker.
* The second season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has an episode called "Christmas Eve". It starts out like a Christmas episode up until Nanoha and Fate visit the hospital where Hayate's staying so she won't be alone on Christmas. Little do they know that Hayate's the MoralityPet of their enemies and the {{Mana}} battery for their ArtifactOfDoom...
** The first Megami [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] takes place on Christmas Eve in ''A's'', although strangely enough, it suggests that after Nanoha and Fate visited Hayate, they went to training without any further problems. In the sound stage, Nanoha and Fate discuss topics like believing in Santa and what they do to celebrate Christmas, in addition to their thoughts on the current situation.
* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', twice. There were actually three episodes that took place on Christmas, but one was plot-important and didn't focus on the holiday itself... [[spoiler: although it did have a Christmas birth.]]
* There is also one in ''NininGaShinobuden'', in which Kaede shows the {{Ninja}}s the ''true'' meaning of Christmas. HilarityEnsues. (Honestly, that episode is one of the funniest of that series, hands down).
* ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'' had a story arc in the manga that ran from late 2012 to early 2013 that dealt with Raku attempting to get Chitoge's extremely busy mother to spend time with her daughter on Christmas.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime had a filler (which went on to become regular filler) of the cast in Feudal Japan with Luffy as a detective. The first episode had a Christmas ending with Chopper, who was vaguely busy all day, being one of Santa's reindeer. Chopper, the blue-nosed reindeer.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has several episodes that are Christmas- or winter-themed, and the ''true'' Christmas one ended up being banned from TV for containing Jynx, perceived by one woman to be an offensive caricature (but not before it got released to video).
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has one with nearly all of the characters appearing in it, at least for a little bit.
* The Three Sisters Agency was started on Christmas in ''RODTheTV''. The episode shows them sharing birthday cake with NeNeNe.
* RODTheTV features a particularly heartwarming episode that doubles as a Christmas episode and an OriginStory for the Paper Sisters.
* ''SchoolRumble''. Harima uses Tenma's present for Karasuma as transportation.
* ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' starts off TheMovie (and the novel it's based on) with a Christmas Party, though it is very decidedly not the focus of the story.
* ''TokyoMewMew'' had a two-parter with a Mew Aqua time bomb on top of the giant city Christmas tree. It also inserted foreshadowing for an event in the GrandFinale that also happened in the manga, but there, went unexplained.
* '' LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' gets a lovely one where [[spoiler:all the main school age characters end up alone and probably in tears because they've all been ignored, rejected or rejected someone they did like.]] [[WhamEpisode Merrrrry Christmas! Ho ho ho!]]
** Except for Yuusaku. Nobody who's willing to be in ''that'' costume could possibly be feeling down.
* ''VanDread'' has an entire episode, with the Captain trying to entice young maids with her Santa Suit, a Yule Log, Snow-making Machines, and, oh yeah, [[MoodWhiplash machines trying to destroy them hiding in a comet's tail that looks like a Christmas Tree]].
* In an early ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' manga chapter, Yusuke meets the spirit of a girl who fell ill and died while waiting for her boyfriend, Kenji to show up to meet her on Christmas Eve of the previous year, not knowing that she'd been stood up. When Kenji shows up to meet another girl on this Christmas Eve, she realizes that he never cared for her, and Yusuke takes her out for some fun, enabling her to happily pass on. Yusuke then takes revenge on Kenji by pretending to be one of his other girlfriends; when he tries guessing which one, his current girlfriend gets angry after realizing how unfaithful he is.
* Anime/{{Hamtaro}} has two of them, the first involving the Ham-hams making sure that Boss has a good Christmas since "Santa never comes to field hamsters" and the second involving Hamtaro playing the part of Santa Claus and delivering presents to his friends, with a little help from Bijou.
** [[NoExportForYou And it had (at least) three more that were never dubbed in English]]
* ItsudatteMySanta the whole thing is a friggin christmas episode
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series tend to have a Christmas episode every year. ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'''s is significant that the others as theirs goes directly into the finale, where others tend to be something of a BreatherEpisode before that.
* ''ShugoChara'': The show tends to move with the date upon the episodes creation and further release, and, there - fore, has several ones taking placed within winter: however only a portion (One where Su loses her way home, and upon being found via Amu and her other Chara, Amulet Clover is created for the first time, and one involving Amu strengthen her path with Lulu at her house within christmas, and some more, slightly less christmas focused ones around them.) are more than slight christmas related tryings.
** ShugoCharaParty also had a ShugoCharaPucchiPucchi 2-parter. The first was Yoru getting snow from Santa, the other is about a Christmas Cake.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' has one of these.
* In later volumes of the "Happy Happy Clover" Anime and Manga by Tatsuyama Sayuri, the main characters Clover and Mallow discover the story of Santa Claus. But their school teacher, named "Professor Hoot" takes the book away from them and doesn't allow them to read the rest of it. Since he told them that the whole Santa story was for "Grown-Ups". But Clover tells about Santa Clause to Kale's baby brothers, which he would later find out and start ripping the letters to shreds. Clover and her friends then decided to deliver their Christmas gifts to Kale's brothers much to their amusement on Christmas morning. Near the end of the story, Clover and her friends wake up and see presents laying around them home wondering if Santa actually did visit them on Christmas Eve.
* Episode 11 of ''Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa'' starts with a Christmas Market[[note]]The premise is located in a Japanese town which looks more like a German one[[/note]], and the main bulk of the plot has the girls and the side characters working at Rabbit House to serve customers during this time of year. Cocoa also secretly gives Chino a present while she's sleeping, but then falls asleep next to her, though Chino appreciates the thoughts behind the gift.
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* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers UK'' featured several Christmas issues:
** In "Christmas Breaker", Optimus Prime got dressed in a Santa suit and Circuit Breaker didn't kill Jazz due to Christmas Yeah.
** In "The Gift", Buster helps Jetfire to appreciate his Earth heritage as a Christmas gift.
** In "Stargazing", a kid tries to have Starscream do good deeds due to the Christmas spirit. At the end, Starscream still doesn't care for others, but he wishes the kid Merry Christmas.
** In "Cold Comfort and Joy", while Optimus blames himself for the war reaching Earth, [[LetsYouAndHimFight a misunderstanding causes the Powermasters to fight the Wreckers]].
** In "The Greatest Gift of All", Optimus uses the last shard of the Creation Matrix to restore the environment of an area damaged by a battle, as a gift to Earth.
** While issue 302 didn't include any UK-original comic story, it included a short NoFourthWall text story of Dreadwind having YetAnotherChristmasCarol which convinces him to leave the letters page..
* TheDCU and MarvelUniverse Holiday Specials, featuring Christmas with various superheroes.
** A particularly good one that takes place out of continuity has Superman attempting to visiting an upset child dressed up like a Santa Claus-verison of himself. Batman shows up and chides Superman for acting childish and making himself look silly, which tarnishes his reputation as an icon for good. Superman reluctantly agrees ditches the costume, but still decides to leave all the gifts he was going to bring for the kid. But as he enters his house, the first thing he sees is Batman dressed up as Bat-Santa... he actually just wanted to hog all the glory for himself. Supes gets pretty pissed [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and proceeds to smash Batman's face in]].
* Marvel had at least six featuring ThePunisher. Frank Castle dressing as Santa to gun down mafiosi? Two years in a row? CrazyAwesome!
** Marvel even did a story once where a little blind boy who was kidnapped by bad guys on Christmas Eve gets rescued by Comicbook/GhostRider and is convinced for the rest of his life that he was saved by Santa Claus.
** And another time DoctorDoom took the mantle of Santa Claus.
* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' comics had a Christmas special. [[http://www.clivebarker.com/html/visions/bib/comics/hell/hell22.htm Seriously]].
* A ''GreenLantern'' storyline had Larfleeze (an Orange Lantern who represents avarice) discovering Christmas and attempting to celebrate it. HilarityEnsues. It ends with a bit of a TearJerker, however...
* The ''HackSlash'' bonus story ''Slashing Through the Snow'', featuring a wannabee slasher named Rudolph. Despite the name, he was a BadSanta. Also, it was done in [[http://www.boomvavavoom.com/image/hack/HackXmas.jpg chibi-style]].
* Against all odds, SinCity had a Christmas one-shot called ''Silent Night''. Outside of the title and the funny pin-ups in the back, the comic simply looks as if it takes place on a snowy night.
* Comicbook/{{Hitman}} #22: The Santa Contract. Tommy and Nat are hired to kill a radioactive murderer in a stolen Santa suit on Christmas eve. The [[CrowningMomentOfFunny best part]] is the rhyming narration InTheStyleOf "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
-->'' "Word!" Said his homie, "I got my nine! Now let's go bust a cap in that nuclear swine!" So they took their nine 'mils and a big forty four, and a hand grenade Tommy'd been keeping in store, and enough ammunition to fight a small war. And went off to inform vile Bob of the score.''
* For a few years, ''{{Superman}}'' would do a Christmas issue where the hero answers some letters that pile up in the Metropolis post office.
* ''TheBeano'' often has a bumper issues for Christmas usually being on sale for two or three weeks rather than the usual week. The christmas issue would also often feature long stories involving all the current Beano characters. Which is unusual seeing as the Beano is an AnthologyComic.
* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' had "Little Peter's Christmas" and "The Smurfs Christmas" as its comic book stories.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has "A Calvin and Hobbes Christmas!".
** ''Christmas with Calvin and Hobbes'' is this for Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}} at large.
* The ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ElsewhereFic ''FanFic/BoyScoutsOneHalf'' has Part 13: ''[[{{YesVirginia}} Yes, Virginia]], [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife It's a Wonderful Life]] With 192, Though I Wouldn't Call It [[{{Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife}} Christmas in Heaven]]''.
** The [[{{SpinOff}} spin-off]] series ''Perspectives'' has two in a row. The first interweaves with the events of ''Boy Scouts ½, part 13'', but from the perspective of the spin-off's main characters. The second follows later that evening, and is YetAnotherChristmasCarol.
* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' has "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer" as its original Christmas Episode story, featuring [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer a certain reindeer with a shiny nose]].
* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare Of Steel]]'' had a side story that acted as a Christmas Episode; Rainbow suits up and finds a ship caught in the middle of a storm. She destroys the storm, and then carries the ship into port, all so a father doesn't have to break his promise to his daughter that he'd be home for Hearth's Warming.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sherrilyn Kenyon's ''TheDarkHunters'' series includes a short story based on a character named Gallagher experiencing his first Christmas as a Dark Hunter.
* ''WarAndPeace'' has a ChristmasEpisode in the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Christmas festivities of the Rostov family]], during which Nikolai Rostov [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in Badass during a hunting trip]].
* Creator/HPLovecraft managed to work his own unique version of a ChristmasEpisode into the CthulhuMythos with a short story called "The Festival", set in a picturesque New England town during the Yule season. This being Lovecraft, expect {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and terrors aplenty.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' has ''The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle'', a story about a stolen gemstone, a man down on his luck, a Christmas goose and forgiveness.
* The ''Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith'' universe includes two Christmas themed short stories (''When Slay Bells Ring'' and ''The Celery and the Ivy''), written as free downloads for the fanbase.
* One of Jean de Brunhoff's ''{{Babar}}'' books, ''Babar et le Père Noël'' (''Babar and Santa Claus'').
* Charlotte [=MacLeod=]'s ''Rest You Merry'' is set during the Christmas celebrations in Balaclava County.
* Tim Dorsey's series about Serge Storms has one novel set during Christmas, ''When Elves Attack''. Serge is determined to win a Christmas decorating contest, using (among other things) a tree stuck halfway through his front door. [[spoiler: He does win.]]
* Agatha Christie wrote ''Literature/HerculePoirot's Christmas,'' later adapted into an episode of the [[Series/{{Poirot}} David Suchet series]].
* TheLaundrySeries has "Overtime," where Bob - due to being laid up after a mission gone wrong - has failed to fill out his request for holiday leave on time, and ends up doing security detail at the Laundry over break. Given [[CthulhuMythos the setting]], he really doesn't want to deal with anything crawling down the chimney...
* Many ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' books are about holidays. Christmas itself is particularly popular, having at least five fairies devoted to it.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Both the Sci-Fi series {{Eureka}} and {{Warehouse 13}} have had at least two christmas special episodes (one per season in Warehouse 13's case).
* ''{{Smallville}}'': ''Lexmas''. The title probably already tipped you off. It is centered on Lex's "prefect" dream in which he is married with Lana, with a young boy and expecting a girl, and Clark is with Chloe. He gives up the senator race but wins the Humanitarian award of the year, and is on excellent terms with everyone except Lionel, but who cares? [[spoiler:[[TearJerker At least, not until the dreaded]] DreamApocalypse...]]
** ''Gemini'' also takes place around Christmas, but the festival tones are much less prevalent. [[spoiler:[[TwistedChristmas Other than the bit with the secret Santa putting a bomb in Chloe's handbag...]]]]
* ANTFarm had an episode entitled [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Santa's Little Helpers]] during which Principal Skidmore had a [[Literature/AChristmasCarol change of heart after being visited by three ghosts.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The revival made a point of having the first three Christmas Episodes -- [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] -- e a strong part of the show's continuity, following directly on from the previous series' finale. Following this was the stand-alone [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] (which is split in two parts, airing on Christmas and New Year's Day). The first four, and the sixth, [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] are ''very'' Christmassy. On the other hand, "The End of Time" is the final story before a complete change in production team and [[TheNthDoctor lead actor]]; aside from the lack of Christmas elements besides the time period, it starts with premonitions of darkness and [[FromBadToWorse rapidly gets bleaker]], eventually rolling down into WhamEpisode territory.
** The revival's first Christmas episode was three episodes into series one, featuring Charles Dickens and a swarm of body-jacking alien "ghosts". Not quite YetAnotherChristmasCarol, but plenty of references.
** Episode 7 of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Dalek's Master Plan"]], which was broadcast on Christmas Day, had the First Doctor BreakTheFourthWall and wish everyone at home a happy Christmas. The logic back then was that no-one would watch telly on Christmas Day. (This mentality changed, with the 2000s and 2010s Christmas specials having some of the show's highest ratings.) Unfortunately, however, this logic lead to the episode never being copied or offered for overseas sale; consequently, when the original videotape was wiped, the episode became Doctor Who's only MissingEpisode that we know for certain can never be recovered.
** During the Creator/RussellTDavies run of the show, the specials took a note from soap operas and tended to have high body counts and bittersweet endings. Since Creator/StevenMoffat took over, they've been much LighterAndSofter and EverybodyLives, at least onscreen.
** During one, there was some {{Lampshading}} by the {{Genre Savvy}} citizens of London where they evacuated the city on Christmas due to the invasions that occurred over the previous few years.
* As mentioned above, the UK version of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' ended with a special two-part Christmas episode. The show's follow-up ''Extras'' also finished with a feature-length Christmas episode.
* ''Series/ICarly'': The [[SarcasmMode imaginatively named]] ''iChristmas''. Complete with ''ItsAWonderfulLife''-based plot and ShoutOut to ''{{Peanuts}}''.
* ''TheRoyleFamily'' had a Christmas Episode after its second season which saw Denise giving birth prematurely. The series finished with its next Christmas Episode, though it did come back for a one-off (non-seasonal) special episode six years later and a seasonal one in 2008.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' had three Christmas episodes; the first was a typical ''how''dunnit, but the next two both introduced Creek's new companions.
* For three years (1995-1997), ''OneFootInTheGrave'' became a series of nothing ''but'' Christmas Episodes. A concluding series was broadcast in 2000.
* Over the past several years, Wrestling/{{WWE}} has produced a Christmas episode of one of their main shows (either ''Raw'' or ''Smackdown''), in the form of a Christmas-themed wrestling show for the troops in the Middle East.
* Like ''OneFootInTheGrave'', there was a period when ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' consisted entirely of Christmas Episodes, in this case between 1991 and 1996 (with a three-parter intended to be the finale). The series later had three more Christmas Episodes from 2001 to 2003.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** The first season episode "Beyond the Sea" begins with Scully's parents visiting her during the festive season.
** The two-parter "Christmas Carol"/"Emily" in which Scully discovers that her stolen ova has been used to create a child while away at her brother's house for Christmas.
** Only this show would set a Christmas episode ("How the Ghosts Stole Christmas") in a HauntedHouse and only [[AgentMulder Mulder]] would think staking out said haunted house is a good way to spend Christmas Eve. However, many might identify with [[AgentScully Scully's]] take on shopping just before Christmas: "If I'd heard 'Silent Night' one more time, I was going to start taking hostages." It's important to note that said house was haunted due to a lover's murder/suicide pact and that said ghosts get our two favourite FBI agents to re-enact said pact. All to the soundtrack of Frank Sinatra's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Christmas episode ''A Very Supernatural Christmas'' has Evil Santa, sacrifices to gods (and what says Christmas more than watching someone's fingernail be torn off?) and a surprisingly effective ending. Sniff. And a tree decorated with air fresheners and fishing flies.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': "In Excelsis Deo", "Noel", "Bartlet for America", "Holy Night", "Abu el Banat".
** [[TearJerker/TheWestWing I can only hope, sir.]]
* Curiously, ''Series/{{Mash}}'' had more Christmas Episodes than there were Christmases during the Korean War.
* ''{{Casualty}}'' and its spin-off ''HolbyCity'' (set on the wards of the same hospital) sometimes celebrate Christmas with a {{Crossover}} in which a major disaster requires the entire hospital staff. ''{{Casualty}}'' occasional threw in wholly unexplained supernatural elements (a superstore Santa implied to be the real Santa in one case).
* ''Series/LazyTown'' featured a Christmas episode in its first season. Robbie Rotten even dressed up as Santa as part of his plot to get rid of Sportacus that week. He pulls a Grinch on the kids by stealing their presents, but then gives them back when he realises they have a present for him, and has dinner with the rest of the characters.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had a Christmas episode in its third and fourth season, as well as a "Video special" named Alpha's Magical Christmas. While WordOfGod establishes the Season 4 episode, "A Season to Remember," as canon, the other two are in the CanonDiscontinuity pile.
** Word of god? More like FlipFlopOfGod. A Season to Remember shows Kat and Tommy married, but Kat was nowhere to be seen during Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder, thus implying that they'd split up.
* ''SuperSentai'', PR's parent shows, does Christmas episodes far more frequently due to the difference in airing dates. Both franchises tend towards AnAssKickingChristmas.
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' has had a Christmas episode in nearly each of its seasons.
** The US dub of Series 3's Christmas Episode was turned into a ThanksgivingEpisode.
* ''Master Blasters'' ran a Christmas episode in March of 2008.
* ''MorkAndMindy'' had a Christmas episode in the first season, appropriately titled "Mork's First Christmas" . Notably, there was no report to Orson at the end, and the ending credits ran over footage of Mork sneaking downstairs on Christmas Eve to wait for Santa.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has had a Christmas Episode in every season except the first one. The second one was creatively titled "Christmas Special". The others are "Ludachristmas", "Secret Santa", and "Christmas Attack Zone".
* ''{{Psych}}'' and ''Series/{{Monk}}'' have done Christmas specials, British-style one-offs in between seasons.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Christmas Episodes are well-known for being downers but ''Merry Little Christmas'' takes the fricking cake. Wilson has just betrayed House to Tritter and gets hated by everyone for it, he and Cuddy try and force House to take the deal (rehab instead of jail) by making him detox and as for House himself? Well, he detoxes nastily, cuts his arm to avoid the pain in his leg, steals a dead patient's drugs, leaves an answer message for his parents in what can be argued as a suicide note, overdoses on his pills by drinking a ton of alcohol, gets left by Wilson in a pool of his own vomit and when he's [[BreakTheHaughty broken enough to come crawling back to Tritter]], Tritter removes the deal anyway. Good times.
* ''TheBobNewhartShow'' had one in every season of its run. (Conversely, ''{{Newhart}}'' only had one.)
* ''StElsewhere'' actually [[AnyoneCanDie killed off Santa Claus]] in its Christmas episode. Just to bring it home, the episode's called "Santa Claus is Dead."
* ''DiffrentStrokes'' had two, the first of which was also a ClipShow (in the show's very first season!).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' did this once, with the Season Three episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E10Amends Amends]]". Aside from the first appearance of the First Evil (which later became the BigBad of Season Seven), it also brought two couples back together - Willow/Oz and Buffy/Angel.
** The week before, "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish The Wish]]" played out like another ''It's a Wonderful Life'' story, until it was derailed midway through with the wisher getting killed. [[spoiler: As the victim was Cordelia, she got better at the end.]]
** "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody The Body]]" showed the Scoobies celebrating Christmas for the last time in the show.
** "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E10BringOnTheNight Bring on the Night]]" took place around the Christmas season, with Buffy noting this could be the last one anyone has.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' didn't really have special Christmas episodes, just ones that due to continuity took place around Christmas time and therefore mentioned it (but sometimes New Year's Eve instead.) Their "big deal" episodes apart from season finales tended to be {{Thanksgiving Episode}}s.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had several notable Christmas episodes. The first season episode "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street" dealt with Doctor Crane's hilariously depressing first Christmas totally alone, only to end on a sweet, uplifting note about [[RousseauWasRight the common good of humanity]]. The fifth season episode "Perspectives on Christmas" is considered one of the series' best, and in season 7, [[spoiler:Daphne's romantic feelings for Niles secretly bloomed]] in the Christmas episode, having [[spoiler: found out about Niles's long-standing feelings for her in the previous episode.]]
* ''Series/TheCloser'' had a Season 3 Christmas-themed episode, "Next of Kin", which aired in December well after the end of the regular season as a two-hour special.
** In season 6, they had another two-parter; "Living Proof". Both the season 3 and the season 6 Christmas Episodes had somewhat humorous story lines when it came to the main cast, but were very much downers regarding the actual cases of the episodes.
** In season 7, there was "You Have the Right to Remain Jolly", which was a single episode, aired as a part of the regular season, and was ''much'' lighter in tone than the previous Christmas Episodes.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had two: My Own Personal Jesus (season 1), and My Best Day (season 4).
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had two: ''SantaClausConquersTheMartians'', and ''Film/SantaClaus''.
** The former had inventions in the invention exchange including the Easy Bake Foundry, Mr. Mashed Potato Head, and Patrick Swayze's Roadhouse Board Game.
*** And the classic song "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas".
* ''SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' had one. [[spoiler:Kilokhan manages to brain fry the team using Christmas lights, Malcom and Jennifer help save the day, Kilokhan is defeated, and everyone promptly has their memories of the experience erased by the end.]]
* ''DesigningWomen'' had one which centered around Mary Jo's son being determined to catch Santa Claus in the act, so Suzanne hired a mall Santa to enter Mary Jo's house (''and gave him the key''). Big surprise -- he robbed Mary Jo blind.
* The American version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1aVIyPRA9U Christmas Episode]], complete with massive LampshadeHanging from Drew about how they didn't even bother decorating, and just stuck Christmas-y things into the games.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', given its [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subject matter]] had to do a Christmas episode at some point, and they did in the third season.
** And, of course, being ''Supernatural'', it featured some hilariously sick humor involving Christmas cookies, speculation on Santa being evil, Christmas rituals involving torture and blood sacrifice (some of which they ''showed''!), and overall depicted the characters' childhoods as criminally neglected and their current lives as near-suicidally depressing. Merry Christmas!
* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' had three: two to bridge the gap during the hiatus and one to close out the series.
* ''{{Blackadder}}'' had the parody ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol'', in which the Victorian Ebeneezer Blackadder, "the kindest man in England" had a [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol series of visions of the past and future]] that convinced him to turn evil.
* ''TopGear'''s overseas specials tend to be {{Christmas Episode}}s.
* ''{{QI}}'' has had a Christmas episode in every series ''except'' series C.
* The British version of ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had an extra long Christmas special in series 2 with six performers instead of four (Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, Tony Slattery, Sandi Toksvig, Greg Proops, and Mike McShane).
* ''{{Reba}}'' has one of these.
* ''Series/YesMinister'' had precisely one Christmas Special, an hour-long episode after the end of the third series entitled "Party Games". Interestingly, it manages to be a WhamEpisode and yet not rely on any kind of continuity whatsoever. Sir Arnold retires, leaving Sir Humphrey to become Cabinet Secretary. Shortly afterward, the [[InvisiblePresident the Prime Minister]] retires as well his rival, the Home Secretary, having provided him the perfect excuse to [[KickedUpstairs kick him Upstairs]]. Through machinations and an utterly hilarious speech about sausages, Jim Hacker becomes Prime Minister, with Sir Humphrey as his chief Civil Service liaison. And Bernard? Well, the Prime Minister needs a Principal Private Secretary, too. In short, the episode manages to change everything and absolutely nothing about the show (which was rechristened ''Yes, '''Prime''' Minister'' for its remaining two series).
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' had "Night of the Meek".
** "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" and "The Changing of the Guard" are sort of Christmas Episodes, as well.
* Perhaps the most famous UK Christmas Episodes were those of the ''MorecambeAndWise Show'' by TheBBC from the 1970s, which broke many viewership records, including the 1977 edition, which was watched by 28 million people - ''over of half the UK population''. (However, it ''wasn't'' the most watched show of the night it was on, as Mike Yarwood's airing before it got a touch more viewers.)
* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' had a classic episode where the Alan Brady Show writers all performed on a holiday variety show.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Too Many Christmas Trees" has Steed and Emma at a Christmas party at the estate of a Dickens-obsessed publisher.
* An early ''GreenAcres'' episode has Oliver anxious for an old-fashioned Christmas in his new country home - he finds that 'traditional' in Hooterville means (literal) AluminumChristmasTrees.
* ''RutlandWeekendTelevision'' had a Christmas show where guest star George Harrison was determined to play a pirate, although there was no pirate sketch in the schedule.
* Lampshaded in the title of an episode of ''TheWeirdAlShow'' named "The Obligatory Holiday Episode", though the episode was about the characters celebrating all holidays at once, not just Christmas.
* ''{{Glee}}'' has a Christmas episode in every season except the first. Special mention goes to Season 5, which takes place during the spring. The Christmas episode was presented as being a "lost" episode from the previous season.
* RaisingHope: "Toy Story".
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': "The Ho Ho Ho Job" sees the team called in to save the reputation of a mall Santa who was framed for drinking on the job as part of a larger scheme.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' did a Christmas special in which Abed hallucinates everyone being stop-motion animated. And they all go on a magical journey through Winter Wonderland.
** Season 1 had Shirley insisting Jeff not get into a fight with a bully when she's planning a Christmas party, but ends up in a full-on brawl with everyone else.
** Season 3 parodied ''{{Glee}}'' with the study group getting assimilated one by one into the Christmas pageant - they end the show watching the InspectorSpacetime Christmas special.
** Season 4 had the group trying to talk the history professor into a better grade at Jeff's Christmas party, but things spiral out of control.
* ''TheVicarOfDibley'', being set in a church, naturally had a few. These were originally major parts of the show's continuity, as Alice [[AwayInAManger gave birth to her baby as part of the nativity scene]]. Once the show ended, the actors would get together again every year to do a special ChristmasEpisode for charity.
* ''Series/TheBill'' had so many it was difficult to count. All would generally involve Reg Hollis being sent on a menial shopping task by a higher up (so he could then turn up caked in snow) while female members of the relief try to get hardened cynics like Sgt Boyden to get into the true spirit of the season.
* ''Series/{{ALF}}'' also had two. The first was a wacky, zany romp for a new Christmas tree after Alf mistakenly chopped up the Tanner's first for firewood. It ends with Alf getting to see snow for the first time. The second surprisingly [[TearJerker was not happy AT ALL.]] After destroying the Tanner's best laid Christmas plans (par for the course for Alf), he [[spoiler: befriends Tiffany (an eight year old IllGirl in the hospital with a terminal illness who "won't live to see another Christmas"), delivers a child (and talks the mother into naming her newborn daughter after Tiffany), and stops the hospital Santa from committing suicide.]] To top it all off, [[spoiler: Tiffany ''is'' based on (and named after) an actual child who died that year and the episode is dedicated to her.]]
* ''TalkinBoutYourGeneration'' had one that aired on Christmas Eve and was (what else?) Christmas-themed.
* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' has its detractors, and Creator/GeorgeLucas [[CanonDiscontinuity has disowned it]], but it's universally regarded as [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the best Life Day Special featuring Wookiee porn, a musical number by Bea Arthur, and a crossdressing Harvey Korman]], and no one can ever take that away.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' did the "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot It's a Bundyful Life]]" thing, with Creator/SamKinison as Al's guardian angel.
** Additionally, there was "You Better Watch Out" (with a parachuting Mall Santa falling to his death in the Bundys' backyard), "Christmas" (Al working multiple jobs to buy gifts), "The Worst Noel", and "God Help Ye Merry Bundymen".
* ''Series{{Seinfeld}}'' had several, the most famous being "The Strike", in which the Costanzas celebrate the holiday of Festivus.
* ''{{Victorious}}'' has "A Christmas Tori", where the group has to give Secret Santa gifts, and Tori attempts to help Andre after he gets a bad grade on his Christmas song.
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'' has "Big Time Christmas", which features the eponymous group attempting to rush to meet a deadline and record some holiday songs so they can get home for Christmas. It features special appearances from MirandaCosgrove and SnoopDogg.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has had a few, including the murder of Santa and one where the entire team was trapped in the lab for the holiday.
* ''HomeImprovement'' had one every season.
* ''BeverlyHills90210'' has some every few seasons.
* ''Series/BeingErica'' had one as the last episode of season 3. The main character, ''Jewish'' Erica Strange, tries to get into the Christmas spirit [[spoiler: to cheer up Adam]] and learns it isn't all glamorous like on TV.
* ''RoundTheTwist'' Season 1 has a very Australian version of this trope, including a spoof on the whole Santa myth.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' had several, including "Santa's Little Helper" from season 1, "Easy Street" from season 4, "A Very Topanga Christmas" from season 5, and "Santa's Little Helpers" from season 6.
* ''That70sShow'' had 8 Christmas episodes, one for every season. Which is a little weird considering the show was [[FridgeLogic supposed to take place over a 4-year time span.]]
* ''{{Rentaghost}}'' gave us "Rentasanta", the episode that introduced Dobbin the Pantomime Horse.
* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' had "The Christmas Show", which doubles as a meta example because it deals with Matt Albie's efforts to put together a ChristmasEpisode of the eponymous ShowWithinAShow.
* ''TheMonkees'' has "The Christmas Show", featuring the kid who played [[TheMunsters Eddie Munster]].
* ''JustShootMe'' had a memorable Christmas Special, "[[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas How the Finch Stole Christmas]]", which featured Finch starring in a ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' parody, complete with Creator/DrSeuss[=-style=] narration. Meanwhile, Elliot starred in a subplot based on ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' and Nina starred in a YesVirginia inspired subplot.
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' has the episode "The River of Stars", which was inspired by the real life Christmas Day truce in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.
* Given its somewhat elastic definitions of history, ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' has what may be the only live-action Christmas episode in which the word "Christmas" is never mentioned ([[CaptainObvious for obvious reasons]]) - "A Solstice Carol."
* ''TheManFromUNCLE'' had Solo and Kuryakin trying to keep an Eastern European Premier from being assassinated in "The Jingle Bells Affair."
* "During the course of its series' run, ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' was on the air for six consecutive Decembers. However, "The Great Santa Clause Chase" was the series' only holiday-themed show." (David Hofstede, in the unofficial companion book for the series)
* ''ThatGirl'' had at least two Christmas episodes. "''Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid''", where Ann Marie brings Donald on a flashback to her time as a boarding school teacher with a little boy who can't go home for Christmas, and "'''Twas the Night Before Christmas, You're Under Arrest''", where Ann buys theater tickets from a scalper as a present to the Baumans' and unsuspectingly gives that scalper too much information. When Donald tells her that scalpers try to use this info to break into apartments, she panics and talks her beau into hiding their presents, only to be accused of being burglars themselves.
* "[[Series/FraggleRock The Bells Of Fraggle Rock]]"
* ''{{SCTV}}'' had two Christmas episodes.
* ''PerfectStrangers'' had at least two. First, the pair are trying to make it to Larry's parents' house. Another had [[JerkAss Mr. Gorpley]] invited to a party by Balki to the other guests' displeasure. Both times, Balki reminds people of the true spirit of the holiday.
* FamilyMatters had seven of them.
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' had a couple, the most well-known probably being the story of the boy who 'stole' the statue of the child Jesus from the nativity scene at church to give him the first ride in the red wagon he finally got. The story was done three times: on the radio, in the 50s version of the series, and in the '60s remake.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' did one as well.
* So did ''Series/StarskyAndHutch''.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' had five of these, once per season following the fourth (save the show's sixth season) and with the common sight of Harm visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial [[spoiler: his father was shot down on Christmas Eve 1969]]. One episode did air on Christmas Day 1997 (season 3), but had nothing to do with Christmas.
** Season 4, "Jaggle Bells"
** Season 5, "Ghosts of Christmas Past"
** Season 7, "Answered Prayers"
** Season 8, "All Ye Faithful"
** Season 9, "A Merry Little Christmas"
* Episode #115 of ''TakeshisCastle'' was this, espically in the Comedy skits of said episode.
* {{How I Met Your Mother}} has 3 Christmas episodes.
** "How Lily Stole Chistmas" in season 2
** "False Positive" in season 6 (although the main plot point is Marshall and Lily trying to get pregnant, not Christmas)
** "Symphony of Illumination" in season 7 (the A-plot isn't Christmas-centered, but the B-plot involved Marshall trying to set up an elaborate light display)
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}: Hercule Poirot's Christmas''.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' featured at least one episode set around Christmas.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had one each season, apart from the sixth:
** Season 1 - Salem gets kidnapped by a mean little boy and Sabrina has to come up with a plan to rescue him.
** Season 2 - Sabrina ends up injuring Santa Claus (a distant relation actually) and has to replace him for the night.
** Season 3 - Sabrina accidentally erases Christmas from the world and has 24 hours to fix things.
** Season 4 - Sabrina must help Mr Kraft rediscover the spirit of Christmas.
** Season 5 - Sabrina spends Christmas with Morgan and her family while Hilda and Zelda have Roxie over.
** Season 6 - Sabrina, Morgan and Roxie go to Florida and run into Roxie's mother out of prison.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' had "Horrible Christmas," featuring among other things the WWI Christmas Day truce, weird Victorian holiday cards and the decidedly uninspiring truth behind various favourite carols. Very frustratingly for many fans, it's the one episode that apparently can't be found on YouTube.
* ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' is slated to have one with every future series (and had one with its first).
* Somehow, ''Series/TheChase'' had one, with it taking place during ITV's Text Santa telethon. It was a CelebrityEdition with the Chasers dressed like traditional Panto villains (The giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, Captain Hook, etc).
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' had three:
** "Chuck Vs. the Crown Vic" wasn't Christmas centered, but did have a minor subplot of the Buy More crew getting ready to celebrate their annual Christmas... sorry, ''[[InsistentTerminology Holiday]]'' party.l
** "Chuck Vs. Santa Claus" had the Buy More getting held hostage by a criminal in what was an episode-long ShoutOut to ''Film/DieHard''.
** "Chuck Vs. the Santa Suit" concluded the first arc of the show's final season, where Chuck finally discovered who was trying to shut his business down the entire time: [[spoiler: Daniel Shaw.]]
* Since 2007 ''Series/SchlagDenRaab'' has one at the end of the season, and often one of the games is Kerzen Anzünden.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/TheBeatles sent a flexi-disc Christmas record to members of their fan club every year from 1963 to 1969. The records included Christmas songs, jokes, messages to Beatles fans, and general goofiness. In 1970, a compilation album, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles%27_Christmas_Album The Beatles' Christmas Album]]'' was released.
* TheBangles also made Christmas tapes for their fan club in the '80s, "inspired by - okay, a blatant ripoff of" (said TheBangles' Vicki Peterson) the Beatles recordings. They later released ''Holiday in Bangleonia'', a limited-edition CD with both a re-release of their 1983 recording and a new one for 2004. The Bangles revived the tradition in 2009 with an annual holiday podcast.
* The first song released by Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks was "The Chipmunk Song", aka "Christmas Don't Be Late".
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[[folder:Radio]]
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Fit the Seventh]] of [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy ''The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'']] was commissioned by the BBC as one of these, but ended up having absolutely nothing to do with Christmas as Creator/DouglasAdams simply couldn't think of an idea. (Seeing as it was still advertised as a Christmas special, this may well be a subversion.) It was, instead, used as a way of tying the first two phases together--and, as a result, which one it's actually attached to is rather vague. The LP and CD of the Secondary Phase opens with Fit the Seventh, clearing up the confusion.
* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' had two Christmas SomethingCompletelyDifferent {{Parody Episode}}s; ''I'm Sorry I Haven't Literature/AChristmasCarol'' and ''Humph in [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]]'', which somehow managed to work all the usual silly games into an almost coherent storyline. (Replacing the [[{{Calvinball}} Caucus Race]] with [[{{Calvinball}} Mornington Crescent]] was inspired.)
** This was a continuation of the annual ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' panto, which ran slightly longer than ISIRTA itself.
* ''TheBurkissWay'' had three episodes over its run that were broadcast around Christmas and could be considered Christmas episodes:
** The second episode of series two, entitled "Lesson 8: Plan Christmas Schedules The Burkiss Way", which mocked the space-filling rubbish that gets shown on TV at Christmas;
** The sixth episode of series three, entitled "Special Christmas Show", which starts with an announcement that it cannot be opened before Christmas;
** And the final episode of series five, broadcast on the 26th of December but entitled "Eric Pode of Croydon's Easter Special". It contains nothing about Christmas, but does have a man being diagnosed with Terminal Hogmany.
* ''The First Nighter'', which ran on Creator/{{NBC}} radio from 1929 to 1953, first broadcast a Christmas episode titled "Little Town of Bethlehem" in 1937. By popular demand, they performed the episode every year until their last Christmas episode in 1952. The 1945 installment can be heard [[http://www.oldradioworld.com/media/The%20First%20Nighter%20Program%20Oh%20Little%20Town%20of%20Bethleham.mp3 here]].
* The episode od ''Radio/TheNowShow'' closest to Christmas has a jingle-bells theme tune and a Christmas theme. In 2010, they did a topical-news {{pantomime}}.
* 2011 had ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz Panto'', in which Sandi Toksvig went on a magical quest to Radio 4 Land to find the missing pips. Representatives of nearly every show on R4 contributed, from the ''Gardener's Question Time'' panel as the magic beans, to the villain of the peice being [[spoiler: Graham Seed, supposedly bitter about the death of his ''Radio/TheArchers'' character, Nigel]].
* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' had one on a plane, obviously, in the 2010 episode "Molokai". Featuring an impromptu seven-minute celebration on the flight deck, with turkey made from bits of a chicken sandwich and a green umbrella in lieu of a tree.
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* ''Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space'' suggests the GM runs a scenario outside the normal campaign during the holiday season, wink wink. The game is obviously based of the adventures of a certain [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lord...]]
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[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* During the holidays, ''TheHauntedMansion'' at DisneyThemeParks gets turned into ''The Haunted Mansion Holiday'', with a ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' theme.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' had a Christmas-themed MissionPackSequel named ''Xmas Lemmings''.
* Freezeezy Peak in ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' where the bear and bird get to play Santa and decorate and "be the star" on the Christmas tree.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3'' had a unique code that made all the bonus levels Christmas-themed. After finding the Cheat menu, type in MERRY and suddenly the bonus levels will have Christmas music replacing the normal music, Christmas ornaments instead of stars, and presents instead of green bananas.
* The Snowflake Mountain world in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' level of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* A more literal example would be the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice: Season Two'' premiere ''Ice Station Santa''.
* The final episode of Season 2 of ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesGrimm'' featured Grimm doing his thing to ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' had a downloadable Christmas add-on with a seasonal side quest and costumes.
* ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' has a special Christmas "demo", as well as a full Christmas-themed episode.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzyNB1Jyjqw This]] VideoGame/{{Touhou}} FanVid gives [[TykeBomb Flandre]] a chance to celebrate Christmas.
* Mission twelve of ''EliteBeatAgents'' is set at Christmas, and upon completion, has the text "Merry Christmas" in festive red and green. [[spoiler: it's also [[MoodWhiplash highly]] [[TearJerker depressing.]]]]
** Related to this is the third bonus level of the second ''{{Ouendan}}'' game, where a guy sends a text message to his girlfriend on Christmas excusing his lateness, and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of said text message has to reach its destination. [[spoiler: Comparing it to the above will probably cause ''extremely'' severe MoodWhiplash.]]
* ''Christmas Nights'' is a special "demo" of ''NightsIntoDreams'' with unlockable material not found in the main game proper.
* ''{{Gex}} 3: Deep Cover Gecko'' had a Christmas-based level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' have this. In ''3'' the cultural differences are even explained nicely to the International audiences. So yes, Christmas Eve is usually spent with your LoveInterest.
* PuttPutt has a TieInNovel[=/=]AudioAdaptation known as ''Putt-Putt's Night Before Christmas''.
* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' received a free DLC on the Dreamcast that added snow and a christmas tree to Station Square.
* Many games also offer [[DownloadableContent seasonal downloads]], or have [[EasterEgg bonus content]] if you play near to [[HolidayMode Christmas time.]]
* Chapter 3 of ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' is set around Christmas (with one mission actually being titled 'Christmas is Here'). The UpdatedRerelease includes a number of extra Christmas missions at the beginning of the chapter.
* ''VideoGame/AngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'' has the level "Blizzard of Balls", a disturbing level with parts including battling with a snowman and a reindeer and then the Nerd exacting his revenge on Santa for the years of crappy games every Christmas by killing him and going on a downhill ski with his body.
* The DLC for ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'' took place in winter and during the monsters "yeti festival". Yes the kids where still dressed up for Halloween, why do you ask?
** As an added bonus if you play the game on Christmas Day (or you know, just change the clock) you unlock an achievement.\

* ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'' has a bonus episode called "[=SigCorp=] - Holiday special", which takes place at the main characters' office during a Christmas party.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* "Pimp Lando's Non-Denominational Holiday Special" in the ''WebAnimation/PimpLando'' series, which is also a Hanukkah Episode, a Kwanzaa episode, and a Ramadan episode, though the episode really has little to do with any of these holidays.
* [[InheritedIlliteracyTitle “Da Amazin OT Cristmats Advenchr”]] in ''WebAnimation/DaAmazinOTAdvenchr''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''IrregularWebcomic'' regularly has Cthulhu-related Christmas comics (frequently parodies of Christmas carols).
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' had a very funny Christmas special which only showed prime numbered panels, making it sort of a Noodle Incident.
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has played it very straight, first with a group shot of the [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071225.html family celebrating the holiday,]] and then with a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081223.html winter landscape]] under a [[StarOfBethlehem starry sky.]]
* ''VGCats'' has several, but the most recent one is [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=290 really]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming touching]]
* TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic: [[http://tropeoverdosed.pcriot.com/?p=45 "Happy Birthday Jesus!"]]
* ''GameDestroyers'' has had two Christmas strips, one in [[http://www.gamedestroyers.net/396 2008]] and one in [[http://www.gamedestroyers.net/688 2009]].
* ''Webcomic/LifeOfMaid'' has three Christmas specials as well, in [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=86927&pool_id=81 2009]], in [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=534042&pool_id=81 2010]], and in [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=743937&pool_id=81 2011]].
* {{Rhapsodies}} has a story arc each year with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kevin]] dreaming he's been shanghaied into helping with Santa's Christmas rush.
* Despite being about subterranean dragons, [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Dragon_city Dragon City]] does this annually.
** Though, it was explained that Christianity spread to dragons when American dragons started trading with certain Americans.
* Done annually in WebComic/{{Jix}} and often involve the Ambis (aliens) getting confused by human traditions.
* DustpitFollies took a break from the main story to present a version of TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' absolutely loves playing this in combination with WebcomicTime. After over two years of the comic's run it's still April 13 2009, [[TheHero John's]] 13th birthday, but the two Christmas periods which have passed since ''Homestuck'' started featured John and [[TheChick Jade]] [[ItemCrafting alchemising]] new items en masse, with [[{{Lampshading}} lampshades]] abounding. Jade, having never seen a [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas white Christmas]] and now being on a SlippySlideyIceWorld, was determined to make it as Christmassy as possible, and so on Dave's advice alchemised and decked the halls with [[SweetBroAndHellaJeff a kringlefucker and a conksuck boot]].
-->[[http://mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=002969 So much sweet loot]]. You'd almost think it was simultaneously your birthday, AND Christmas or something. \\
Of course you know that is ridiculous and could never conceivably happen.
** Speaking of ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'', it sees its own Christmas episode [[ChristmasInJuly in May]]. The comic's Christmas update is the HalloweenEpisode.
* ''FarOutThere'' takes Christmas [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1030260/a-far-out-there-christmas-god-bless-us-every-one/ very]], [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1071134/another-far-out-there-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year/ very]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1090316/christmas-2010-merry-christmas/ seriously]]. Come December, the comic shifts from updating twice a week to updating daily to squeeze in as many Christmas comics as possible.
* ''MyMilkToof'' had an arc about the ickle and Lardee finding their Christmas presents, ickle tried to take a look at his but decides to tape it back shut and Lardee unwraps his altogether.
* ''NerfNow'' had two ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' Christmas episodes -- [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/227 the first]] with BLU team Engie-tan making a little [[labelnote:mistake]] -- she forgot to turn off something that reacts to ''red clothes''[[/labelnote]], and [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/439 another]] with her next Christmas gift.
* ''Webcomic/VirtualShackles'': A three-part Christmas comic was made that involved Santa, videogames, light cycles, and Farmville.
* Webcomic/ThePackrat celebrates Christmas 2005 his own way: [[http://www.umop.com/art/packrat_kb007.jpg with a shining, blinking Buchla modular synth as a Christmas tree]].
* ''{{Thornsaddle}}'' ran a [[http://thornsaddle.com/comics/41 twelve-part Christmas story]] in December 2011 called "A Thornsaddle Christmas Mystery" in which a mysterious figure manipulates one of the students. The creators intend "Christmas Mystery" to become an annual tradition.
* ''Webcomic/ZombieAndMummy'' [[http://www.zombie-and-mummy.org/celebrate/christmas.html Celebrate Christmas]].
* [[http://www.wordwearycomic.com/2012/12/christmas-comics.html The secret life of Santa]] is revealed in ''TheWordWeary'' Christmas comic.
* ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'' had a rather elaborate [[http://www.pennyblackfeather.co.uk/?webcomic_post=on-the-first-day-of-christmas-my-true-love-sent-to-me Twelve Days of Christmas]] reinterpretation for Christmas 2012, replacing the gifts traditionally mentioned in the song with items/animals/Eldritch abominations related to the comic's themes.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* "The Most Wonderful TIME of the Year" is a NoFourthWall musical short/Christmas card from ''WebVideo/TheTimeGuys''.
* ''TheAnnoyingOrange'' has at least one Christmas video every year:
** 2009: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlyFs9f1gYA Sandy Claus]]''
** 2010: ''[[http://assets.behance.net/swf/player.swf?controlbar=over&file=http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles3/143436/projects/916687/f1fbc64920fc25cb133d9b1c2e1f3dac.flv&skin=http://assets.behance.net/swf/modieus.swf&height=288&width=512ℑ=http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles3/143436/projects/916687/f1fbc64920fc25cb133d9b1c2e1f3dac-0000.png Nokia wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Flamin' Good New Year!]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAmKx7e_dzI Wishful Thinking]]''
** 2011: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw0qYP5PD-s Annoying Orange - Xmas Card Xplosion!!]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb96OH5T0dQ Annoying Orange - Orange vs. Frosty]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQnqyMOQmlA Annoying Orange - Marshmallow's Christmas Sock]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_sSLDXRi80 Annoying Orange - Nutcracker]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JANqU_BKDW0 Annoying Orange - Dizzy Hanukkah]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekkgAyuvPw Annoying Orange - Ding-A-Ling]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do343ZQ3vK0 Annoying Orange - Ginger Man]]'', and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3BVzcqvW5s Annoying Orange - Midget Rudolph]]''
* ''{{Fred}}'' has had a few.
** 2007: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTetkt6mnek Fred on Christmas]]''
** 2009: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWCidnkhPtQ Christmas Cash]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPVNvJoljD0 Christmas is Creepy]]''.
* TheFlyingCloud: "Episode 51: The Flying Cloud Christmas Special"
* ''The DysFUNctional Christmas'' is a Christmas spin-off for ''{{The DysFUNctional Pirates}}'', complete with parodies of Christmas movies and specials, all of the randomness of ''{{The DysFUNctional Pirates}}'', and at least one reference to ''{{Inception}}'' in every chapter.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has plenty, although for some odd reason [[YouMeanXMas Free Country, USA celebrates Decemberween instead of Christmas]], where [[HonestJohnsDealership Bubs]] serves Santa duties as the enigmatic [[PaperThinDisguise Decemberween Thnikkaman]]. In 2008's ''A Death-Defying Decemberween'', Homestar announces he's going to sled down the Steep Deep, not so much a hill as a straight drop, and Strong Bad catches him trying to bury a mattress at the base of the hill. Being Strong Bad, he removes the mattress, [[spoiler: only for Homestar to make a perfect landing anyway: turns out the mattress was full of hammers, broken glass and candy canes sucked into points, and Homestar was ''trying'' to maim himself to keep from having to visit [[GranolaGirl Marzipan's parents]]]]. Another notable one is the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Sweet Cuppin' Cakes]]'' Decemberween special, [[WordSaladTitle "Cactus Coffee and the No Tell Motel"]] (part of 2004's ''Decemberween In July''), which declares that the true meaning of Decemberween involves Eh! Steve's mouth exploding the universe and little blond guys doing tiny, tiny dances.
* ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has "Twas the Dark Knight Before Christmas".
* The first season of ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' had one, "Christmas Surprise."
* ''WebVideo/LookAVlog'' has one in Ep. 3.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' had 6 of them. 3 of them focus on Wisdom Tree's games based off of Literature/TheBible, one had ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' homage ([[spoiler:with footage of James at ages 8 and 11]]), one focused on the NES version of Winter Games, and one was a parody of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' ''LOVES'' Christmas, and has reviews Christmas specials and movies every December, all month long.
* A side story of ''TrintonChronicles'' featured Christmas themes (although it is called [[CallARabbitASmeerp Yule]]) and took place both in the [[TimeTravel past and present]] of the story. The current story takes place during the actual month of December and features decorations and the similar themes of Christmas.
* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' did a whole series of Christmas stories, all for Christmas 2006 (when the stories take place). A couple of them even came out at Christmas time, one year or another.
* HappyTreeFriends had two, in which the characters sing Christmas songs.
* ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'' had one that was called "Very Inappropriate" for good reason. Let's just say Nazis got shot, and there was a tree star that got involved in an AssShove.
* ''MyJungleBookYourYear'' has "A Very Furi Christmas".
* ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' had "A Blair Witch Hangover". The happiness of the episode could be described in one line:
-->'''Quinn''': Christ, this is depressing. And I'm Irish! I'm going to watch ''Angela's Ashes'' so I can remember what it feels like to laugh again.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}'': Edd, Matt, Tom and Tord (until 2008) had almost an Eddsworld Christmas Special or a Zanta Claws every year. Also the short "Xmas Day" and "Snowgre".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' had a Christmas episode three years after the series finished. [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Princess Sally]] even showed up, though she had no lines.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' had a special 10-minute Christmas short after its first season.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' celebrated Christmas in four different specials, despite living well before the inception of the holiday or any of the holidays Christmas is based on... or, for that matter, before the year Christ was supposedly born.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' had a Christmas episode, aptly titled "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas," which won an Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program."
** ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'' also had one titled "Yule Be Sorry", where [[ItsAWonderfulPlot Brain wishes he never met Pinky and then has a bad dream about still living in the lab but Elmyra is still torturing him]]. Needless to say, it's nowhere as good as its predecessor.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' featured a full half-hour Christmas episode in the form of "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever." (Thankfully, is still referred to as "Christmas" for most of the episode.) Once the series was canceled, it wound up acting as a sort of series finale.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Comfort and Joy" was, of course, Christmas-themed. Interestingly, it was the only one-parter episode of the series. MartianManhunter spends Christmas with the Kents, Hawkgirl & Green Lantern go to a bar in another planet, and The Flash fights The Ultra-Humanite (who stops, once given the opportunity to give Christmas gifts to orphans...). No Batman and WonderWoman in sight (though it is mentioned that they are on watchtower duty... Besides Batman already got three Christmas episodes...)
* Both ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''The New Batman Adventures'' had Christmas episodes: "Christmas With the Joker" and "Holiday Knights", respectively.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' had one as well, "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", which included a sadder interpretation of the deaths of Batman's parents.
* Despite being shown during late April, the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode "Human Error" occurred during Christmas. Sari introduces the Autobots to Christmas, the Autobots indulge in the Christmas spirit, presents are exchanged and oilnog is drunk... and then it starts getting weird.
* Oddly enough. ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' managed to have a Christmas episode despite the series occurring over the course of ''summer vacation''. It involves magic, a Christmas-themed amusement park, and the main character's grandfather being mistaken for Santa Claus. In decades past, year-round "Santa Claus" themed tourist traps were not unheard of. A couple are still operating today. This might have been a nod to that.
* The episode "Operation: NAUGHTY" in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' is... well, ''unconventional'' as far as Christmas Episodes go. It features a Christmas-themed ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' ShoutOut (including an elf named Wintergreen with "claws of solid peppermintium"), a prominent ShipTease, and [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent comic-book-style narration.]] When you consider that the show was produced at a UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity animation studio, where ''tons'' of independent and experimental filmmakers live and work, it makes sense.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had the Christmas episode "A Very Possible Christmas", complete with a ShowWithinAShow Christmas special: "The Six Tasks of Snowman Hank", of which Ron and Drakken both turned out to be fans. The episode had [[AnAssKickingChristmas the usual action]], and also lots of snow-fueled wackiness. And singing. And dancing. And [[TonightSomeoneKisses mistletoe]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had "The Fright Before Christmas" with 85% more rhyming. (And accurate timing!)
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' which featured the baddies vs. the heroes who's protecting Santa Claus with the help of his maximum security elves.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has had ''several''. [[ComicBookTime Considering that the cast never gets any older]], this gets a bit weird.
** Their very first episode, not counting their segments on ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' (one of which had a Christmas theme), was a Christmas episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." (It was the first to air, but not the first produced.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "It's a Wonderful Leaf". GreenThumb SuperVillain Bushroot turns all the Christmas trees in Saint Canard against their owners.
* There are several ClassicDisneyShorts set during Christmas (or just winter) that have frequently been repackaged for television and video compilations over the years. They may take place during the happiest of holidays, but there are few warm feelings to be found...
** "Donald's Snow Fight" (WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck sings "Jingle Bells" and ends up in an epic snowball war against his nephews)
** "Toy Tinkers" (Donald faces off with Chip 'n' Dale over the presents under the tree)
** "Pluto's Christmas Tree" (Chip 'n' Dale wind up in MickeyMouse's house when he chops down their tree for trimming -- and Pluto isn't happy with the "invaders")
** There were also two Silly Symphonies shorts featuring SantaClaus, and a black-and-white era Mickey Mouse short, "Mickey's Good Deed", set during the holiday.
* There are next to no LooneyTunes with a Christmas theme - one with Sniffles, and one with Tweety and Sylvester and that's it for the classic characters. Occasionally someone would be dressed as Santa Claus, but only to fool someone else (and never anytime near Christmas).
* ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' has "A Christmas Mikey", which takes 3 of the most parodied holiday stories in the English language and twists them around into one sequel-of-sorts to the show's pilot! Produced as the season finale, it's regarded as among the best episode in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had a Christmas episode where Timmy wishes for it to be Christmas everyday. Unfortunately, the other holidays aren't too happy about this...
** They got a new one for season six, "Merry Wishmas".
** There's also the second live-action film, ''AFairlyOddChristmas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' has one where a husband and wife are in the kids' clubhouse, taking shelter from a snowstorm...and the wife is about to give birth. Very Biblical.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' started with one [[BookEnds and ended with one.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has one where Scott and Rogue (who [[EverybodyKnewAlready has a crush on him]]) are the [[ParentalAbandonment only students left at the mansion]] during the holidays. The plot involves them chasing rumors of an "angel" who's been performing miraculous rescues.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had two Christmas episodes, a Passover episode, a Hannukah episode, and a Kwanzaa episode. Top that!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had a Christmas episode early in its second season, and its second only appeared 7 seasons later! The second, ''Road to the North Pole'', explores the FridgeHorror of the Santa mythos. It was pretty dark, even by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' standards, which is unusual for a ChristmasEpisode. However, it was well-received. The third, "Christmas Guy" in the 12th season, [[spoiler:ends up fixing the death of Brian Griffin which had happened two weeks earlier.]]
* And who can forget the heartwarming Critter's Christmas Special of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fame? It ends on such a special note, all the characters have grown and live happily ever after [[spoiler: except for Kyle, who dies of [=AIDs=] three weeks later.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has done a few Christmas episodes before, most of them featuring Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo.
** In fact, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' itself was based on a Christmas-themed animated short made by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone called "Jesus vs. Frosty". Years after its creation a Fox executive saw the short and commissioned another one called "Jesus vs. Santa" which became popular on the internet and was the impetus to the creation of the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' had "WesternAnimation/ChristmasWho?" where they find out what Christmas is, and start to expect Santa, who never came. Squidward (who realized his mistake of ruining Spongebob's Christmas) then covers up for the dude by giving all his possessions, [[Heartwarming/SpongeBobSquarePants only to be thanked by the real Santa in the end.]]
** A dozen years later, they made a stop-motion special titled ''WesternAnimation/ItsASpongebobChristmas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''' "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toon Christmas Special" starred Buster Bunny in the WonderfulLife trope.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' cartoons had two: "Koopa Klaus" and "The Night Before Cave Christmas".
** Also, the live-action portion of ''TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' had a Christmas episode titled "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush".
* ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' had an episode focusing on [[YouMeanXmas a very similar holiday]], the Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights. (Maybe they called it that because the writers were non-denominational.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' did a Christmas episode starring a LittlestCancerPatient. It was appropriately horrifying, but - as opposed to 99% of the rest of the show - quite the TearJerker at the same time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' had the episode "No Time For Christmas". Among the highlights were the HoYay mistletoe scene, Digeri Dingo showing his soft side near the end and that one crystal teardrop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' had a Kwanzaa episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' has actually had 3 different Christmas episodes, one each season, even though they never get any older.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbChristmasVacation''. ("Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a Christmas special!")
** "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" in Season 3.
* ''{{The Spectacular Spider-Man}}'' season 2 episode "Reinforcement" takes place during the last couple of days leading up to Christmas, with the episode ending with Peter and Aunt May opening their gifts on Christmas morning.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "Jolly Molly Christmas" has Baloo and friends going on a quest to make it snow in Cape Suzette on Christmas day--and thus restore Rebecca's daughter Molly's faith in SantaClaus.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' episode "Miracle at the 34th Precinct", Lucky Piquel is pressed into service as a substitue Santa when the real one is injured.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', Edge City has arrested everyone dressed as Santa Claus because criminals tend to dress like him. Unfortunately, Edge PD do not realise that they've arrested the real Santa.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' episode "Dethmas" had Toki getting into the Christmas spirit and trying to get the others into it, Dethklok's moms coming over and forcing their sons to spend time with them, Murderface and Knubbler hosting a ChristmasSpecial that ended up being funded by the Christian Church (which Nathan was ''not'' amused about), and to top it all off, Dr. Rockso crosses the MoralEventHorizon by hocking Toki's presents for cocaine money, getting a handjob from Skwisgaar's mom ''on national television'', and getting {{Karma Houdini}}ed because Toki suffered DiabolusExMachina before he could beat up Dr. Rockso.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had him reuniting Mr. Hyun with his long lost daughter, who had escaped during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* In ''SpaceGoofs'', the aliens are trying to drive away Santa Claus.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'', [[{{Interquel}} where they're human now but talking about the Christmas where they weren't]]:
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''': "Yes, please recount to us the event that '''we are all present for'''!"
* Pictured above is the ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] Christmas Special''.
* "Just Like Old Times" from ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Carmen steals the ill Chief of ACME leading Zack and Ivy to do an invert of the usual routine plays out.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'' has a Christmas episode from Season 2 titled "Pingu's Family Celebrates Christmas" takes place during Christmas Eve at the South Pole. Well, uh......no, it doesn't feature SantaClaus. At the end of the episode, the family open their gifts, and they all sing ''Silent Night'' (but not in English).
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' had two Christmas episodes -- one had them alternate between commenting on a variety of Christmas music videos and shooting the breeze while watching a televised Yule log, and the other was a double-length show with their takes on the standard WonderfulLife and YetAnotherChristmasCarol plots.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' animated series had an episode where the agents had to rescue Santa Claus from aliens.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had two. The {{Nickelodeon}} one, "Doug's Christmas Story", which featured what seemed to be a good Christmas gone wrong, with Porkchop taken to the pound and then court after injuring Beebe (he was actually trying to save her). Also [[WhamEpisode the darkest episode of the series]]. The Disney one, "Doug's Secret Christmas", involved Doug's baby sister being born, and was aired in primetime on ABC as opposed to Saturday morning.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has several with increasingly bizarre premises.
** Season 2: Stan travels back in time to "fix" Christmas, only to have to do it for real when he messes up the past.
** Season 3: Stan dies and goes to the afterlife.
** Season 5: The Rapture, followed by Armageddon.
** Season 6: Steve accidentally kills Santa, who is revived and declares bloody murder on the Smiths.
** Season 7: Stan has to kill Hayley and Jeff's new adopted son, who turns out to be the Anti-Christ.
** "Minstrel Krampus" was supposed to air in Season 8, but was pulled when the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders happened days before it was set to air, since it involves both TheKrampus ''and'' gun violence. One has to wonder how wild this one really is if Fox was willing to delay it a whole year...
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has six. The first featured Christmas related skits from past episodes while the "Half-Assed Christmas Special", "Dear Consumer" (AKA, the "Full-Assed Christmas Special"), "DP Christmas Special", "ATM Christmas Special", and the "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" feature new ones.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave". While the show is a SaturdayMorningCartoon, it was originally considered for primetime on Christmas Day 1998. However, due to the timeslot being pre-empted, ABC had no choice but to show the episode on OneSaturdayMorning's broadcast on December 26...the day AFTER Christmas. The special was later released on DVD and video with some more episodes and linking material in 2001 as ''Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street''.
* ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' had "A Christmas Cruella". This was one of the only episodes released on video.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has one with [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve "Hearth's Warming Eve"]] (albeit [[YouMeanXmas not by name]]). [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp "Winter Wrap-Up"]] was similarly winter-themed, even airing on Christmas Eve 2010, but was not about Christmas or any similar holiday so much as the transition from winter to spring.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had one were the gang finds Ice King's video diary. Funny until it goes WhamEpisode on you and reveals the [[TheReveal Ice King was actually]] [[spoiler: a dude named Simon Petrikov, who was [[TheCorruption mutated into the Ice King]] by a [[ArtifactOfDoom magical crown]]. The tapes then [[MoodWhiplash turn into]] an ApocalypticLog chronicling his [[SanitySlippage slow descent into madness]], and the destruction of his life resulting from this, ending with him [[TragicMonster begging the viewer to restrain him if becomes so far gone that he's a threat.]]]]
** [[http://youtu.be/lZtBDn1lW00 Just watch it.]] [[TearJerker Try NOT to cry.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had 11 of these segments, and if you count TheMovie, it's twelve, with the first being a Night Before Christmas parody, the second about Chicken Boo being a department store Santa Claus, the third being one of three Wakkorotti episodes, the fourth about a toy store (but it was in the Christmas episode, so it might as well count), the fifth being a parody of Literature/AChristmasCarol, the sixth being a retelling of the nativity story, the seventh being a Nutcracker parody, the eighth named Noel, the ninth about a Christmas tree, the tenth is a 12 Days Of Christmas parody, and the eleveth being Slippin' On The Ice, a ColdOpening that parodies SinginInTheRain.
* There was a book and tape/record set for ''WesternAnimation/{{Popples}}'' titled "A Nutcracker Christmas". The episode that actually aired closest to Christmas for the TV show was about the Popples having an olympics ceremony.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Holiday Time]]", which is about [[YouMeanXMas a holiday called "The Holiday"]] with [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Santa being from "North Polaris"]] and [[PunnyName Elf-G-Ms]].
* So far two of the ''{{Franchise/Barbie}}'' films take place on Christmas: ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'', ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAPerfectChristmas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had "'Twas The Fight Before Christmas."
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' had 1984's "A Nutcracker Scoob," 2002's "A Scooby-Doo Christmas" (a.k.a. "Ho Ho Horrors"), and 2012's DirectToVideo special ''Haunted Holidays''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' had "Baby's First Christmas" and "The Magic Sack Of Mr. Nicholas".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has had two - "Caroling Capers" in the first season, and "Home for the Holidays" in the second season.
* [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 The 2003 Ninja Turtles cartoon]] has one titled "The Christmas Aliens", with its story adapted from a one-shot comic book starring Michaelangelo. It even premiered on Christmas Day.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' had two. "Fa-la-la-la Ed," which had Ed celebrating Christmas in July, and "Jingle Jingle Jangle," where [[TrueMeaningofChristmas Eddy learns what Christmas is supposed to mean.]] [[SubvertedTrope Then he steals all the presents.]]
* The ''ChalkZone'' episode "When Santas Collide". Rudy over reacts whenhe heard his dad has a "Santa Suite".
* ''CatDog'': In "A Very CatDog Christmas," Cat sells himself and Dog to Rancid Rabbit's niece so he can have the expensive gift he wants for Christmas. Santa (who was really disillusioned with the Christmas spirit at this point) is so outraged that he cancels Christmas, and when Nearburg hears about it, everyone is out to get CatDog. In the end, though, CatDog manages to set things right and even get the Greasers to not beat them up for once.
* ''JohnnyBravo'' had two: "'Twas the Night," where Johnny knocks out Santa and must take over for him (told entirely in rhyme and narrated by AdamWest), and "A Johnny Bravo Christmas," featuring a guest appearance by Donny Osmond.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' had an episode, "The Tick Loves Santa!" where the title character was traumatized when he seemingly led to the death of Kris Kringle (actually a crook who stole a costume from a charity bell-ringer). The other heroes try to convince him that Santa isn't real, but he still can't bring himself to fight the revived imposter and his evil duplicates. In the end, it takes the ''real'' Santa Claus to convince the Tick that he needs to get over his issues and put the evil imposter in his place. Also includes this gem:
-->''Arthur:'' Tick, I don't know. Maybe they're plums dipped in sugar, maybe they're made ''out'' of sugar... I just don't know, I never had one.
-->''Tick:'' But they're ''dancing'', Arthur... they're '''[[LargeHam DANCING IN MY HEAD]]!'''
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'''s "Holiday In Enchancia" is set at [[YouMeanXmas Wassalia]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' had "Mumfie's White Christmas'', which was set two days before Christmas. It chronicled around Mumfie trying to ask the North Wind for snow for his skating party. It also was the only episode of Mumfie that aired on Saturday Morning on Fox Kids, and it won its timeslot.
* ''{{ComicStrip/Popeye}}'': One of the earliest entries in the series was a Christmas episode, ''Seasin's Greetinks'', where Popeye gives Olives a pair of ice skates and has to save her when Bluto tosses her into the river.
** FamousStudios did another one in 1955, ''Mister and Mistletoe'', where Bluto dresses as Santa Claus to woo Olive.
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce Christmas Truces]] of World Wars I and II: proof that this sort of thing actually happens [[TruthInTelevision real life]]. For many units the war literally went on pause so troops from both sides could venture out into No Man's Land. Some simply called a truce to bury their fallen comrades, while some units actually mingled, exchanged gifts, and ''sang carols'' together. There are even accounts of friendly games of football between opposing units. Unsurprisingly, just like many Christmas Specials, the fight was right back on the next day [[StatusQuoIsGod as if nothing had happened]].
** Actually, some units in WWI refused to fight for not insignificant amounts of times and were forced to resume the conflict by their officers. Meaning, in a proverbial sense, that although many soldiers wanted the Christmas Special to last forever, or at least not to be shoved off into the land of NegativeContinuity, but the truce got ScrewedByTheNetwork and future instances of this breaking out in the subsequent years were forcibly cancelled due to ExecutiveMeddling.
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