->''"If this is their idea of Christmas, I ''gotta'' be here for New Year's."''
-->-- '''Argyle''', ''Film/DieHard''

This is one of those fairly rare occurrences when a story takes place at Christmas time or has some heavy Chistmassy elements to it but isn't about peace, good-will to all men, the birth of Christ, Ol' Saint Nick, or any of the usual trappings of a jolly old Christmas tale. In fact, with this trope the holiday setting has no bearing whatsoever on the story in question (except maybe for some added tension that all this chaos is happening when people should be celebrating). In fact, in most of these stories if it wasn't for the occasional appearance of a Christmas tree or some other decorations or music you'd most likely forget it's Christmas at all!

For explosive action in a Christmas-y setting, it's AnAssKickingChristmas. For when it being Christmas ''is'' important, but not in a good way, see TwistedChristmas, CrappyHolidays, or HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday. Contrast DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* The climax of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' takes place on Christmas Eve. This gets mentioned briefly a couple times, but the heroes are far too busy saving the world to hang up their stockings.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' the Battle of Solomon, featuring the iconic Mobile Armor Big Zam, takes place on Christmas Eve, though you could be forgiven for not noticing this.
** Similarly, in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' both Zechs' attempt to blow up the Earth and the Mariemaia Army's insurrection [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz two years later]] both take place around the holiday season.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', the opening of Tex Thompson's secret diary, which reveals the secrets of both Thompson and Dynaman, takes place around Christmas, with Joan Dale interrupting Lance Gallant and Paula Brooks' intimacy to bring the secret to light.
* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', Dale off-handedly notes to Rick that, by counting the days, they've guessed that it is Christmas Eve. Rick angrily tells him not to spread it around, as he doesn't want to disappoint his already traumatized son.
* ''Franchise/XMen'' does this quite a bit. Several issues bring up the holiday but mainly just as background scenery, especially in Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run.
** #98 starts off during Christmas, but any Christmas tropes related to it are quickly forgotten when the Sentinels attack. After that it quickly moves past the holiday by at least a couple days and has the arc move on for a few more issues, ending with the famous moment where Jean is transformed into the Phoenix.
** #119, despite being titled "The Night Before Christmas," only takes place on the day at the very end, and most of it is focused on the team stopping a terrorist in Japan.
** #143, Byrne's final issue, only brings up the holiday early on despite the entire issue actually taking place on Christmas Eve this time. You'd be forgiven for forgetting it with the story focusing on Kitty Pryde[=/=]Spryte trying to survive a demon from another dimension that's invaded the mansion while she's alone.

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' takes place over a two-month period, from November through early January, setting the stage for the State of the Union address and an upcoming election year. There is a scene set in the White House Christmas party (and earlier, Sydney Ellen Wade's mention of Frank Capra prompts a mention of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'') but apart from that it's not really a holiday movie.
* ''Film/TheApartment'' takes place around Christmas and New Year's, but the holidays don't have much to do with the story other than to underscore the emptiness of the characters' lives.
%%* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' probably fits this trope as well.
* ''Film/TheBlackHole'' includes a few sentences in the opening speech about it being Christmas (the novelization mentions special food), and when the Cygnus's lights come on they're described as a "tree lit up on Christmas morning". But then it's not mentioned again. Somewhat justified by being in space, and the majority of it taking place on a ship long out of contact with earthly calendars.
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' is a dark, surreal and bizarre dystopian fantasy set during Christmas:
** In an early scene, we see a little girl who is worried that Santa can't visit them because they have no [[ChimneyEntry chimney]]. Immediately after that, an [[FastRoping alternative method of entering the house]] is used by a SWAT team to arrest the father.
** Sam gets the perfect Christmas present: a decision making machine for business executives! Good to know that your odds of being fired on a whim are a solid 50/50.
* ''Film/ComfortAndJoy'' takes place during Christmastime, but really has nothing at all to do with the holiday. Move the story to any other time of the year and nothing would change... Except perhaps that the audience might not get the "sanity clause" joke.
* ''Film/DieHard'' and ''Film/DieHard2'' would probably be the most famous example of this trope, in that other than a few mentions of the holiday (and quite a few decorations) here and there, it's [[AnAssKickingChristmas all-out action and senseless violence]] in direct juxtaposition to what the season's all about. And, it came out in the middle of July!
-->"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."
** The second one is kind of more blatant about using this trope. That it's the Christmas travel week is almost like an afterthought while [=McClane=] is taking down Colonel Stuart.
** It's actually somewhat justified in the first film. The Christmas holiday is the reason John is visiting his estranged wife in the first place. And the Christmas holiday is why the Nakatomi employees are partying in a mostly empty building.
* ''Film/{{Diner}}'' takes place during the last week of 1959, from Christmas to New Year's Eve, but nothing seems to be made much of it by the characters. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, since the major characters are Jewish and don't celebrate it.
* Much of ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' takes place at Christmastime, but it's not a particularly Christmassy film by any stretch.
* ''Film/EyesWideShut'' takes place during Christmas, as evident by the occasional Christmas tree in the background.
* ''Film/FirstBlood'' is another film where Christmas decorations are visible in several scenes, although no mention of the holiday is ever made by the characters.
** The decorations were put up by the town they were shooting in, but the director decided to leave them in because it did a good job of [[ShowDontTell subtly reminding]] the viewer that Rambo's on the run [[ExposedToTheElements during a very cold time of year in just a wifebeater and jeans]].
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' apparently takes place at Christmas or close to it. The first time we see Popeye Doyle he's working undercover as a sidewalk Santa.
* ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Jesus, happy birthday to you."
* ''Film/{{Go}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve, but the holiday really doesn't figure into its story (or, rather, its [[SimultaneousArcs stories]]).
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' is mostly set on Christmas Eve, but the film is mostly about killing monsters.
* In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' mention is made of Joe Gage wanting to pass the holidays with his mother, and Señor Bob plays (badly) "Silent Night" on the piano. That's it. [[spoiler:And everything "Joe Gage" says during the film is a lie anyway.]]
* ''Film/{{Holiday}}'' presumably begins on Christmas Day, given the two carols sung during the church scene, but none of the characters wish each other "Merry Christmas" or otherwise acknowledge it in any way.
* ''The Holiday'' takes place during the last two weeks of December, but apart from a few brief mentions, Christmas has pretty much nothing to do with the plot.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' has Peter Pan's kids getting kidnapped on what may very well have been Christmas Day. Ouch.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' is set around Christmas, but the holiday has little bearing on the plot. Though it must be admitted that Tony trudging through the middle of nowhere hauling his broken armor would lose something without the snow.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' is unequivocally considered one of the essential "Christmas movies", even though nearly all of it is spent showing HowWeGotHere and what would have happened if George hadn't been born; using the holiday as a FramingDevice really only serves to make things extra warm and fuzzy for the final scene.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' takes place during the Christmas season, a fact that's only made clear in the first couple scenes where there's snow on the ground and Tony Bennett singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in the background. Once the movie shifts to Isla Nublar, there are no further hints of anything Christmas-y.
* The Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is set around Christmas. Notably, Blofeld places an ornament on a Christmas tree during the mandated EvilGloating scene and distributes Christmas gifts containing his Virus Omega dispensers to his brainwashed beauties. Also, the Winter festival scene where Bond and Theresa escape from Blofeld's goons to the tune of "Do You Know Where Christmas Trees Are Born"
* The final act of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/{{King Kong|2005}}'' occurs during the winter, and includes a scene in a park where all of the trees are covered in Christmas lights. No other reference is made to the holiday season.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is set around Christmas, and opens with Harry in New York while it's snowing, trying to steal a toy for his niece. The only real sign of it once the story moves to LA are some decorations and girls in SexySantaDress.
* ''Film/LadyInTheLake'': Set at Christmastime, seemingly for no other reason than to provide an ironic counterpoint to a FilmNoir story of betrayal and murder. A hard-nosed cop gets distracted from his interrogation of Literature/PhilipMarlowe when the cop's daughter calls the office and starts reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas" over the phone. The opening credits are presented as a stack of Christmas cards picked up one at a time, eventually revealing a gun at the bottom. Marlowe interrupts an office Christmas party to accuse the woman organizing the party of murder.
* Similarly, ''Film/LastHoliday'' does include the celebration of New Year's Eve, but isn't too heavily related to the holiday; it has more to do with the celebration of the protagonist's life, which is drawing to a very premature close [[spoiler:(or so she thinks)]].
* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movie takes place at Christmas, as is shown by the tree in Murtaugh's house and the complete destruction of a large stack of eggnog cartons in an action scene. During the climax, the villain shoots a TV playing the Alastair Sim version of ''[[{{Film/Scrooge1951}} A Christmas Carol]]'' and declares, "[[TheGrinch I hate Christmas!]]" Plus, the first scene with Mel Gibson shows a drug dealer using a Christmas tree lot as a front for his real business.
* Most of ''Film/MonOncleAntoine'' takes place over Dec. 23-24, but that has little relevance to the story, except for the increased business coming to Antoine's general store for the holiday.
* ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' was shot during the Christmas season in New York, and lights and trees are visible in a number of the outdoor scenes, but the holidays really don't figure into the narrative at all.
* ''Film/NobodysFool'' starts off around Thanksgiving and goes through Christmas, but we never see any sort of celebration (the closest is when Wacker causes a disturbance on Thanksgiving by running into dining room table [[ItMakesSenseInContext while he's naked]] and knocking down all the food, and Birdie does decorate the bar for Christmas).
* ''Film/TheOdessaFile'' is a political thriller about a German reporter trying to find a former Nazi concentration camp commandant in 1963. The movie opens on November 22, 1963 (the day of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's assassination) with said reporter (Jon Voight) driving through streets lined with Christmas decorations as Perry Como's song "Christmas Dream" plays over the credits.
* ''Pocketful of Miracles'', the 1961 remake of ''Film/LadyForADay,'' takes place at Christmas time, but the only clue to this is the presence of some decorations in the hallway of the fancy hotel where Apple Annie gets her letter.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' is actually set at Christmas time and captain Janek even sets up a Christmas tree. It has nothing to do with the plot and nobody else cares.
* ''Film/TheProposition'' is set at and around Christmas - with a climax at a Christmas Day dinner - but being an extremely violent drama set in colonial Australia, has neither the tone nor the iconography of a Christmas film. This is lampshaded when Emily Watson's character, an English rose transposed to the outback, holds up a piece of white wool and says "Look. Snow." But for plot purposes, Christmas could just as easily have been substituted for "next Sunday".
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' begins on "Friday, December the Eleventh" according to an onscreen graphic during the opening shot, and Christmas decorations can be seen in downtown Phoenix as Janet Leigh's character leaves town. However, no further allusion to the holiday is made although the film's narrative extends later into the month.
** This was a case of SerendipityWritesThePlot, since they didn't notice there were Christmas decorations in their on-location takes until after filming had concluded, and then they just mentioned it was mid-December in the opening to properly compensate.
* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as an armed robber enters into a doughnut shop with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and [[DonutMessWithACop the doughnut shop is full of cops]].
* A few of the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies take place over Christmas. The original and ''V'' both have scenes taking place during the holiday, while Rocky's match with Ivan Drago in ''IV'' takes place on Christmas Day, but other than that it's inconsequential to any movie in the series.
* ''Film/TheSureThing'' features college students during winter break... still partying it up at college and throwing a Tahitian-themed Christmas party.
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. It seems that wherever Condor goes in New York, there is a Salvation Army Christmas Caroling squad nearby.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' ends on Christmas day to set a BrickJoke and a HereWeGoAgain scene at the end, not dealing with usual Christmas tropes beyond a kiss under the mistletoe.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Most of the first ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book takes place on the night of Christmas Eve or before dawn on Christmas Day. The first time this gets mentioned in the story is on the ''last page'' (Not counting the epilogue).
* From the Creator/JaneAusten canon, ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', and ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' all contain scenes which take place over the Christmas season, but it has next to no bearing on any of their plots. The closest it comes is in ''Emma'', in which it's mentioned that the bad weather gives Emma an excuse not to go to church on Christmas after the minister's uncomfortable overtures to her in the carriage a few days prior. To be fair, that's because many trappings of the 'traditional' Christmas are NewerThanTheyThink, and the more raucous old customs of the season wouldn't have been practiced around Austen's carefully brought-up heroines. The one effect it would have had would be that, as now, extended families would come together (especially significant in times when they otherwise might only have contact by letter for months on end.)
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' has an in-universe example with one of Charlotte Johanson's favorite stories. When Charlotte initially reads the story to Stacey, it seems like a story about a lost dog. It isn't until Stacey sees the pictures, virtually all of which contain trees or other decorations, that she realizes it was supposed to be a Christmas story.
* Literature/HarryPotter: Given the fact that each book takes place over the course of one school year, the narrative always at least mentions Christmas in passing.
* Creator/RichardMatheson's horror novel ''Literature/HellHouse'' takes place between December 18 and December 24, but the only mention of the holiday comes in the very last sentence of the story, when one of the characters wishes another a merry Christmas. (The film adaptation ''The Legend of Hell House'' keeps the same datespan, but omits any reference to Christmas at all.)
* The novel version of ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'' takes place during Christmastime. The only serious Christmas related event is a brief mention of Ryan going out to buy presents for his kids.
** The novel version of ''Patriot Games'' has the prisoner transport (And subsequent breakout) of Sean Miller happen on Christmas Day, while Jack and his wife celebrate the holiday in a more traditional manner on the other side of the Atlantic.
* In ''Literature/{{Les Miserables}}'', Jean Valjean first meets his adopted daughter-to-be, little Cosette, on Christmas Eve. This has no bearing on the plot beyond giving him an excuse to give the little girl her first gift, a beautiful doll she's been pining for, as well as symbolic significance of new beginnings and hope (a la the birth of Christ) for them both. The Christmas setting of this sequence is omitted in the stage version of the popular musical adaptation, but restored in the film version.
* In Herman Melville's ''Literature/MobyDick'' the initial launching of the Pequod is done on Christmas as referenced by the fact that the chapter in which it happens is called "Merry Christmas." However, the fact that it is Christmas is mentioned only once within the actual chapter.
* In ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', Lu spends the period between September 1st, 2011 and January 17th, 2012 in England, but never so much as mentions any holidays and barely even mentions [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather the weather]], despite it being [[http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jan/05/december-coldest-uk-month-100-years the coldest in the UK in 100 years]]. Apparently, she is just ''that'' apathetic.
* Christmas is mentioned at least once in Creator/ToniMorrison's ''Literature/SongOfSolomon'', as the time that Milkman Dead decides to break off his relationship with his second cousin Hagar as he finds that it's getting stale and Hagar seems to want something more from him.
* In ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'', the funeral of Christine Taylor's brother Lee takes place around Christmas, as Christine and her friend Dayton Nickles both go to a restaurant in the Montana area that still has its Christmas decorations put up. There's also a brief mention of a Christmas that Ida George [[spoiler:(Christine's adoptive mother)]] has with her family around the time that [[spoiler:her aunt Clara announces she's pregnant.]]
* A major scene in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' is set on Hogswatchnight, but apart from Granny Weatherwax insisting witches are supposed to stay home that night and Nanny Ogg getting round this by holding a huge party at her cottage, none of the other Hogswatch traditions are mentioned. This could be EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, since Hogswatchnight didn't really gain its YouMeanXmas form until the references in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' and ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' some years later.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/ColdCase'': In "Sabotage", getting scammed after buying a defective shower radio is the straw that breaks the camel's back for the episode's villain and sends him in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge. It's also during Christmas, but that has no bearing on the plot.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: Part 1 was broadcast on Christmas (and the second on New Year's). Unlike all of the previous Christmas specials, which had been quite Christmassy, this one barely even mentions it. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]:
-->'''Naismith:''' Ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is cancelled!
** Likewise [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]] three years later, following two ''even more Christmassy'' Christmas specials. To the point that [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki's]] synopsis doesn't even ''mention'' that it's set on Christmas Eve, because it's totally irrelevant.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"]] sets a new record for "least-Christmassy Christmas special", as only the opening scene, where eight-year-old Grant meets the Doctor and [[SuperEmpowering accidentally gets superpowers]], is set at Christmastime. The rest of it appears to take place in the spring or summer, about twenty years later.
* ''Peter Pan Live'', unlike its source material, finds the Darling nursery decorated for Christmas, but the decorations aren't acknowledged. It's especially weird in this case, because, also unlike in the source material, there isn't a section of Neverland which represents the season of winter.
* The ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "Are There Any More Out There Like You?" takes place at Christmas time to ironically drive home that the protagonist's family is falling apart.
* An early ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' episode has Beaver losing his barbershop money and getting Wally to cut his hair in an attempt to keep his parents from finding out. At the very end of the episode, we see the Beav wearing an angel costume and singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at a school pageant...after no prior mention of Christmas in the whole episode!
* During the season 4 ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Constant" the characters only find out it's Christmas Eve when they spot the date on a calendar, being too busy with much more important things.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'''s Christmas episodes tended to be tellingly named and heavily decorated and feature a carol here and there, but the actual plots could have belonged to any episode -- in contrast to the {{Anvilicious}} Thanksgiving storylines (a boatload of Chinese refugees seeking freedom to practice Christianity in the U.S.; representatives from a Native tribe staging a sit-in in the White House to protest the government's treatment of their issues).
* The sixth episode of ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' takes place during Christmas, but the holiday is only occasionally mentioned. This example is completely justified, as the men are a little too preoccupied fighting in the Battle of the Bulge to do any celebrating.

[[folder: Music ]]
* The only Christmassy thing about the Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood song "The Power of Love" is the music video, which depicts the story of the Nativity.
* Although it takes place on Christmas Eve, Music/ThePogues' "Fairytale of New York" is actually not about celebrating Christmas at all. It is more about the eroding of dreams and the people you've come to hate (but are stuck with). The British keep voting it "Best Christmas Song" in various polls. Something about being stuck with family resonates with us, we think.
* "Breathe Again" by Music/TheReignOfKindo is about a man who chases down and brutally murders a thief who broke in and robbed his house on Christmas Eve. Add in some LyricalDissonance due to such dark lyrics set to a slow, jazzy melody, and this might be in the running for darkest Christmas song ever.
* The Wham! song "Last Christmas", apart from the title and some jingle bells, has nothing to do with the holiday. You could have substituted "Last Arbor Day" if you could have gotten some trees to rattle together properly.

[[folder: Religion ]]
* Strangely used in all places in Literature/TheBible itself. Though in its case, it's the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which in [[Literature/TheFourGospels the gospel of John]] is mentioned as the Feast of Dedication, which Jesus and the Jews celebrate, but is eclipsed by Jesus having another discussion with the Jews about His being the Messiah.

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* The first and second acts of ''Opera/LaBoheme'' take place on Christmas Eve. This has no bearing on the plot apart from adding a cold, wintery atmosphere to Act I and a festive atmosphere to the street scenes of Act II.
* ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'', oh so very much.
-->'''Henry II:''' What shall we hang... the holly, or each other?
* The entire first act of ''La Boheme'''s contemporary musical adaptation ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve and into the early hours of Christmas morning. The second act starts a week later on New Year's Eve and plays out over the course of the year, with the finale once again on Christmas Eve. As in ''Boheme'' aside from it needing to be winter to set up Mimi and Roger's meeting (her heat went out), the holiday doesn't play into the plot very much.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''{{VideoGame/AMY}}'', despite the fact that the game takes place on Christmas Eve, there's no snow and no other reference to the holiday beyond the conversation between the train conductor and Lana (who subsequently gives Amy the digital drawing pad as a present) at the beginning of the game.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' takes place over Christmas Eve (and eventually crosses over into day once it goes past midnight) but aside from seeing decorations in the scenery and Alfred bringing up Christmas dinner at a few points, it doesn't play too much into things.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} Bayonetta 2]]'' happens during Christmas eve. [[BadassSanta Rodin]] dresses up for the season as Santa.
* ''VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins'' has a level set in a mega-store which is decrepit and abandoned. From the décor and the faint ghostly music you can hear playing, it's evident that the store closed down one Christmas. This is arguably one of the most atmospheric levels of the game largely due to the out of place Xmas setting.
* The PC adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Darkstone}}'' has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. It therefore remains unexplained how SantaClaus ends up in the world of the game and must be rescued from one of the higher-level dungeons.
* Though ''Videogame/TheFiremen'' takes place on Christmas day, outside of your partner's complaining and occasional Christmas trees or other decorations around the building it has no real effect on the plot.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', we can see that Lynne has Christmas decorations in her apartment, and there are other hints scattered about, but no one ever comments on it.
* The prologue of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' takes place sometime around Christmas (as evidenced by a Christmas tree and several decorations), while the protagonists are robbing a rural bank blind. This is justified in that a near-deserted bank during the holidays would make crowd control vastly easier.
* Both Kyle Hyde games are set around this general period. ''VideoGame/HotelDuskRoom215'' is set on the evening of December 28, 1979 and the sequel ''VideoGame/LastWindow'' covers the period of December 18-26, 1980. Other than a PetTheDog moment in ''Hotel Dusk'' and the Christmas Tree in the corner of Lucky's Café in ''Last Window'', it doesn't play much of a role at all in terms of the overall story. However, the Christmas presents Kyle receives in ''Last Window'' prove essential for advancing the story.
* One DungeonTown in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' seems to have been in the midst of celebrating Christmas when the Shroobs invaded. If nothing else, it provides for some MoodDissonance.
* In ''VideoGame/NancyDrew: Sea of Darkness'', there are wreaths and colored light strings hanging up in the small Icelandic fishing village where Nancy is investigating a disappearance. Neither Nancy nor anyone else mentions them, and some notes Nancy sorts through suggest in passing that it's actually early January when she arrives: Icelanders just tend to leave their holiday decorations up until Epiphany, in part because it's so gloomy there in mid-winter that any excuse to brighten the long nights is a relief.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' is a great example of getting to watch the good people of Manhattan celebrate Xmas 1996 through spontaneous combustion and mass melting.
* The fourth case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' begins on Christmas Day. The characters themselves don't make much notice of this until partially into the case, where it finally hits them that everything that's happening is happening on Christmas.
* ''VideoGame/RabbidsGoHome'' takes place in late November and early December, according to the dates on the security-cam footage. It's used as the basis for a SurpriseSantaEncounter, and one [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Level.]] However, most of the work is not ''exceptionally'' Christmassy.
* ''Raw Danger'' is a sequel to ''VideoGame/DisasterReport'' which is all about a city flooding and the peoples attempt to escape alive. The Xmas themes are pretty heavy with stores around the city all playing xmas music and decorations being all over the place, plus at the start of the game you are working as a waiter at a big fancy party that has a costumed santa clause walking around entertaining the guests. Other than cosmetic themes though the fact its Christmas seems to be purely incidental.
* The only indication that ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' takes place on December is the billboards and stock Christmas music that plays in the downtown street scene. Later on, you find one of your contacts disguised in a Santa costume.
** Creator/HideoKojima also did this in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', possibly as a reference to ''Snatcher'', or perhaps to make [[SpaceStation Beyond Coast's]] perpetual summer more surreal to the American characters.
** [[AllThereInTheManual According to the manual of]] ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', the events of the game take place between the 24th and 25th of December, 1999. There's little reference to this other than the name of [[MeaningfulName Holly White]] and her asking Snake to take her out to Christmas dinner.
* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' begins with the main character being kidnapped on Christmas Eve, and although he isn't sure how long he's been asleep when he finally comes to during the Nonary Game, he generally believes it to be Christmas Day. A few conversations take note of this, but the game isn't Christmas-themed.
* The first two games in the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series take place in December of 2005 and 2006 respectively. You have to look pretty hard to see it but there are a few decorations and one or two stores play Xmas tunes. "[[AmazingFreakingGrace Amazing Grace]]" plays over the credits of the first game, while "Silent Night" plays over the credits of the second. The third and fourth games avert this tradition, but it returns in the fifth game which takes place around Christmas of 2012, with several Christmas decorations and songs being played throughout. Saejima even gets to beat up some thugs while wearing a Santa suit (and can even crush them with a Christmas tree).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BadDays'' has an episode in which ComicBook/NickFury and Franchise/TheAvengers spend Christmas Eve bowling together. Aside from the facts that this premiered on Christmas Eve, and the bowling alley has Christmas decorations adorning it, this didn't relate too strongly to the holiday.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' has an episode where Louie complains about the fact the group is spending Christmas on an expedition to climb Mount Neverrest instead of at Scrooge's mansion waiting for Santa. Scrooge tells him that Santa won't visit the mansion anyway thanks to a NoodleIncident that Scrooge was involved in. Aside from this exchange, the holiday isn't mentioned or seen at all.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E14ButtersVeryOwnEpisode Butters' Very Own Episode]]" had a Christmas greeting play on Linda's car radio at one point. Other than that, it's just a run-of-the-mill episode of the show.