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  • 6teen has actually had 3 different Christmas episodes, one each season, even though they never get any older.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series had "A Christmas Cruella". This was one of the only episodes released on video.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has the episode "Holly Jolly Jimmy". In this episode, Jimmy is trying to forever disprove the existence of Santa Claus, coming off as a Grinch to all his friends. After taking Carl & Sheen to the North Pole, coming across Santa's factory, and "breaking Santa" in a crazy experiment gone awry, it is up to Jimmy to take Santa's job of delivering Christmas gifts to the world.
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  • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police has "Christmas, Bloody Christmas", where the Freelance Police team up with Sam's Granny Ruth to contain a prison break on Christmas Eve.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog had a Christmas episode three years after the series finished. Princess Sally even showed up, though she had no lines.
  • Adventure Time had one in "Holly Jolly Secrets", where the gang finds Ice King's video diary. Funny until it goes Wham Episode on you and reveals the Ice King was actually a dude named Simon Petrikov, who was mutated into the Ice King by a magical crown. The tapes then turn into an Apocalyptic Log chronicling his slow descent into madness, and the destruction of his life resulting from this, ending with him begging the viewer to restrain him if becomes so far gone that he's a threat.
  • American Dad! has several with increasingly bizarre premises:
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    • 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, and has to go to trial to rescue his family.
    • 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.
    • Season 9: The Krampus, imprisoned years before by Grandpa Jack, is set free and kidnaps Steve, and Stan and Santa must join forces to rescue him. This was intended for Season 8, but days before it was set to air the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre took place; as the violent climax of this episode was way Too Soon in that light, it was delayed a year.
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  • Animaniacs had 11 of these segments, and if you count Wakko's Wish, 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 A Christmas Carol, 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 Cold Opening that parodies Singin' in the Rain.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force has several Christmas episodes, in one of them, Santa gives them a bunch of eels. Considering what they did to him in an earlier episode, they kinda deserved it. Oddly, though, a couple of these 'Christmas' episodes don't even take place at Christmastime, one made special note that the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future showed up at February, and the episode involving the Body Horror they inflicted on Santa happened, and quoted from the man himself, "in the middle of fucking July!". Equally oddly, despite the episode title, the episode "Star Studded Xmas Spectacular" note  has nothing to do with Christmas at all, instead showing deleted scenes from The Movie.
  • Arthur has the one hour special "Arthur's Perfect Christmas" all about Arthur's goal to have the most perfect Christmas possible for him and everyone he knows. Even when things don't turn out as such in the end, he concludes that it was his best Christmas yet.
  • Atomic Puppet: As a Two Shorts show, it did "Snow Maniac" and "Hero's Holiday". The former has an evil snowman take over Mega City and transforms it into an eternal winterland with a giant snowglobe. The latter is Yet Another Christmas Carol with AP in the role of Scrooge.
  • The Avenger Penguins episode "A Christmas Carol" is a Yet Another Christmas Carol plot with the show's main villain Caractacus P. Doom in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Avenger Penguins convincing Doom to change his ways by pretending to be the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.
  • The Backyardigans episodes "The Secret of Snow" and "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve".
  • Bad Dog has "A Very Berkeley Christmas", which has Berkeley abducting Mall Santas because Little Vic accused them of being "Evil Impostees".
  • Both Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures had Christmas episodes: "Christmas With the Joker" and "Holiday Knights", respectively.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold had one, "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", which included a sadder interpretation of the deaths of Batman's parents.
  • Beat Bugs, which bases its stories around songs by The Beatles, has "Christmas Time Is Here Again", of course, featuring a storyline in which Buzz's Christmas wish is to meet this show's world's equivalent of Santa Claus, the Christmas Beetle.
  • Beavis And Butthead had two Christmas episodes. The first has them alternate between commenting on festive music videos (Run–D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis", Daryl Hall and John Oates' "Jingle Bell Rock", etc.) and shooting the breeze while watching a televised Yule log. The second is a double-length show with their takes on It's a Wonderful Plot and Yet Another Christmas Carol, plus the guys answering viewer mail instead of watching videos.
  • Oddly enough. 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 298th overall episode in the franchise, named the The Feels, is also a Christmas-related episode.
  • The Biker Mice from Mars episode "Chill Zone" took place during Christmas and had the Biker Mice get enraged when Lawrence Limburger's latest scheme indirectly destroys an orphanage.
  • Billy: "Billy and the Christmas Tree" is about Billy imagining he's tiny enough to walk around in a Christmas tree.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • The season 3 episode "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" has the Belchers take in Chet, a deranged man who thinks he's a mannequin brought to life living in a storage unit Bob inherited from his late Uncle. Chet proves to be great at making (and posing in) window displays, but pines to see his long-lost mannequin wife Nadia.
    • Season 4's "Christmas in the Car" has the Belcher family going out to buy a last-minute Christmas tree, only to find themselves terrorized by an antagonized candy-cane truck driver.
    • In season 5, "Father of the Bob" sees the family visit the burger restaurant of Bob's estranged father on Christmas Eve, where Linda tries to get the two to make amends. Meanwhile, the kids raid their grandfather's basement for stuff to make a last-minute present for Bob.
    • Season 6 has "Nice-Capades", where the Belcher kids try to get on the good side of a Mall Santa with an ice skating show.
    • In the season 7 episode "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left", Bob gets entangled in a gingerbread house-building contest with Mr. Fischoeder and his rich friends, while Linda and Teddy take the kids caroling.
    • Season 8 had the two-parter "The Bleakening", where Linda tries to track down the thief who stole the Belcher family's decorations.
    • In the season 9 episode "Better Off Sled", the Belcher kids get into a turf war over their favorite sledding hill, while Bob tries to help Linda with some hand-knitted Christmas presents.
  • In the Bonkers episode "Miracle at the 34th Precinct", Lucky Piquel is pressed into service as a substitute Santa when the real one is injured.
  • Boo Boom! The Long Way Home: Episode 24, which is set on Christmas Eve. Boo-Boom and the animals, a group of German soldiers, and a group of Allied soldiers all end up lost in the same woods, and through sheer coincidence, they run into each other at a cave Boo-Boom and his friends were using as shelter. When they notice Boo-Boom is in a bad condition due to the cold, both groups of soldiers put their differences aside to help him, which leads to all soldiers realizing they are Not So Different. After celebrating Christmas Eve together, they part ways on friendly terms. Meanwhile in a nearby village, Boo-Booms parents help the villagers set up their own Christmas celebration.
  • The Boondocks episode "A Huey Freeman Christmas".
  • Bump in the Night had an hour-long Christmas special called "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy", which had Mr. Bumpy scheme to steal all of Santa's presents for himself before accidentally doing Santa's job for him and learning the value of giving.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command had "Holiday Time", which is about a holiday called "The Holiday" with Santa being from "North Polaris" and Elf-G-Ms.
  • Despite taking place in the summer, Camp Lazlo had "Kamp Kringle" where Santa comes to Camp Kidney for a permanent vacation, so the Bean Scouts have to convince him to get back to work.
  • 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.
  • The ChalkZone episode "When Santas Collide". After thinking that he didn't get the Christmas present he wanted, Rudy escapes into ChalkZone. There, he finds out that there are eight Santas in ChalkZone due to the amount of Santas that kids draw near Christmastime. And after Rudy causes the Santas to get into an accident, he has to take over for one of them and save ChalkZone's version of Christmas, Christ-Hanukkah-Mas. Until the complete series was released in 2014, this was one of the only episodes to be released on DVD.
  • Chowder's "Hey Hey it's Knishmas", which involved Chowder trying to improve Mung Daal's awful Knishmas gingerbread house, which is needed to satisfy Knish Kringle.
  • There are several Classic Disney Shorts 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" (Donald Duck 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 Mickey Mouse'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 Santa Claus, and a black-and-white era Mickey Mouse short, "Mickey's Good Deed", set during the holiday.
  • Class of 3000: The hour-long "Class of 3000 Christmas Special" has Lil' D find out that he's on the naughty list when Eddie invites Santa Claus himself over to spend a day with Tamika. However, the only person not happy to see Santa is Sunny Bridges, who has a grudge against the Big Man of Christmas for a childhood incident. Santa decides to make it up to Sunny by inviting him to be head elf for the holidays, but Lil' D's desire to get off the naughty list for himself causes a disaster that puts Christmas at risk of being cancelled.
  • Parodied in Clone High, where the characters celebrate "Snowflake Day", an all-inclusive holiday themed around pirates and tacos for some reason. The plot sees Joan try to ruin Cleopatra's Snowflake Day party and encounter a surprisingly attractive homeless teenage girl who tries to change her views on the holiday while Abe and Gandhi make a get-rich-quick scheme to get money for a present for Cleopatra.
  • The episode "Operation: NAUGHTY" in Codename: Kids Next Door is... well, unconventional as far as Christmas Episodes go. It features a Christmas-themed X-Men Shout-Out (including an elf named Wintergreen with "claws of solid peppermintium"), a prominent Ship Tease, and comic-book-style narration. When you consider that the show was produced at a New York City animation studio, where tons of independent and experimental filmmakers live and work, it makes sense.
  • Creative Galaxy has this in the first season and is called "Baby Georgia's First Christmas / Christmas Memories." The first installment is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, focusing on Arty helping his baby sister Georgia to have a good first Christmas. The second involves Arty and his friends making a photo book of treasured Christmas memories.
  • The Crumpets sequel Teen Crumpets has a two part Christmas special titled "Joyeux Noël..." and "... et bonne année !" where the gang spend their Christmas vacation in the remote snowy mountains. These episodes are the final episodes in numeric order, but not the last ones to debut (their debut marked the premiere of season 4) and probably not the last in chronological order.
  • The TV adaptation of Curious George has the one hour special "A Very Monkey Christmas" where George and The Man with the Yellow Hat can't decide what to give each other for Christmas, and a friend of George has a very similar problem of not being able to write a new song for Christmas.
  • Danny Phantom had "The Fright Before Christmas" with 85% more rhyming. (And accurate timing!) After establishing that Danny hates Christmas due to family issues, he accidentally destroys the just-finished Christmas poem written by Ghost Writer, who begins Rewriting Reality with a new holiday poem meant to screw over Danny.
  • Dan Vs. has the episode "The Mall Santa" where Dan and Chris get part-time jobs at a mall's Christmas display. It turns out that Dan, despite what you might think, loves Christmas, but swears revenge on the Jerkass Mall Santa for besmirching the holiday.
  • The Darkwing Duck episode "It's a Wonderful Leaf". Green Thumb Super Villain Bushroot turns all the Christmas trees in Saint Canard against their owners.
  • Dexter's Laboratory had "Dexter vs Santa's Claws" in which Dexter tries to prove that Santa isn't real.
  • Donkey Kong Country had an episode focusing on a very similar holiday, the Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights. (Maybe they called it that because the writers were non-denominational.)
  • 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 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.
  • DuckTales (2017) has "Last Christmas!" a Mickey's Christmas Carol send-up that sees Dewey Duck traveling to Christmas Past and finally meeting his Missing Mom Della.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy had two. "Fa-la-la-la Ed", which had Ed celebrating Christmas in July, and "Jingle Jingle Jangle", where Eddy learns what Christmas is supposed to mean. Then he steals all the presents.
  • Evil Con Carne had an episode called "Christmas Con Carne", where Hector Con Carne's Evil Plan was to take over Santa Claus's body and make it so that the presents he was going to deliver would contain mind control devices. In the end, Hector's plan is thwarted by a green-nosed reindeer named Rupert.
  • The Fairly Oddparents 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, A Fairly Odd Christmas.
  • Family Guy 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 Fridge Horror of the Santa mythos; it's pretty dark, even by Family Guy standards, which is unusual for a Christmas Episode. However, it was well-received. The show has since had a couple more.
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 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.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "A Lost Claus", where Mac loses his belief in Santa Claus when he finds out that every Christmas, kids create hundreds of Santa Claus imaginary friends, so Bloo tries to restore Mac's faith in Santa.
  • The Freakazoid! episode "In Arms' Way" takes place at Christmastime. One notable scene has Freakazoid running into his archenemy the Lobe while Christmas shopping, and they try to figure out what they got each other for Christmas. While "The Chip" parts 1 and 2 isn't strictly a Christmas story (it's more about the origin story of Freakazoid), the whole plot started because Dexter got a Pinnacle chip for Christmas.
  • Futurama had three Christmas Episodes, two in the original run, and one in the Uncancelled seasons. In the first "Xmas Story", Fry learns that Christmas in the future is now called Xmas, and there's a robot Santa that judges EVERYONE (except Zoidberg) naughty and tries to kill them. The second, "A Tale of Two Santas" the Planet Express crew try to take down Santa and replace him with the comparatively nicer Bender. The third, the "Futurama Holiday Spectacular", is a Three Shorts anthology episode, with each short depicting the winter holidays in the future - Xmas, Robanukkahnote , and Kwanzaa - with Green Aesops and cameos from Al Gore.
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon episode "Chris Messin' August" was technically a Christmas episode since it involved a bratty kid named Chris Mess impersonating Santa Claus as part of a plan to ruin Christmas, but the episode's title and a line from Terri Cloth in the beginning of the episode indicates that the episode does not take place during Christmas.
  • The Garfield Show has had two - "Caroling Capers" in the first season, and "Home for the Holidays" in the second season.
  • From The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy comes "Billy and Mandy Save Christmas" where Santa Claus (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried for some reason) has been turned into a vampire and Grim, Billy, and Mandy set out to search for the cure.
  • Hanna-Barbera were all over this trope. They produced so many over the years that they became a hallmark for Cartoon Network to air for years.
  • Harvey Beaks's "It's Christmas, You Dorks" is a half-hour No-Dialogue Episode composed of five unrelated segments featuring the cast's various adventures in the winter wonderland. The segments are divided up with stop-motion scenes of Old Man Winter spreading winter about Littlebark Grove. It's also notable for being the last episode to air on Nickelodeon before the series was moved to Nicktoons.
  • Hey Arnold! has a very poignant one: while trying to figure out what to get Mr. Hyunh for Christmas, Arnold learns that he sent his daughter to America during The Vietnam War; he followed years later but was never able to track her down. Arnold and Gerald spend the episode trying to find her for him, and Helga ultimately manages when they fail.
  • I Am Weasel has "Happy Baboon Holidays" where I.R. Baboon's family comes over for Christmas, but Baboon accidentally leaves them out in the cold. When Weasel finds them frozen, he takes the Baboons to his place for the holidays. A very displeased Baboon decides to get revenge on Weasel by preventing Santa from delivering his presents.
  • Invader Zim 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.
  • In the Christmas episode for Ivick Von Salza: The Little Lumberjack, the whole town gets together to watch the public Christmas tree's lighting up. When everyone sees Santa's sleigh in the sky, Malta ends up accidentally bumping into a box of fireworks, causing them to light up. One hits Santa's sleigh, sending it crashing into town. Malta has to make up for it by filling in for Santa's reindeer to help him complete his Christmas run.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures which featured the baddies vs. the heroes who's protecting Santa Claus with the help of his maximum security elves.
  • Johnny Bravo had two: "'Twas the Night", where Johnny knocks out Santa and must take over for him (told entirely in rhyme and narrated by Adam West), and "A Johnny Bravo Christmas", featuring a guest appearance by Donny Osmond.
  • Julius Jr. has the two-parter Worry Bear Finds The Light/Julius Alliday, with honorable mentions of Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. It even includes a special Christmas song, Holiday Lights.
  • InThe Jungle Show, Paul's episode doubles as a Christmas episode.
  • The Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy" was, of course, Christmas-themed. Interestingly, it was the only one-parter episode of the series. Martian Manhunter 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 Wonder Woman in sight (though it is mentioned that they are on watchtower duty... Besides Batman already got three Christmas episodes...)
  • Kaeloo: Episode 69, Episodes 103 and 104 (together forming a Multi-Part Episode) and Episode 105.
  • Kappa Mikey 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 episodes in the series.
  • Kate & Mim-Mim has "A Christmas Wish", in which Kate wishes for her father to be home in time for Christmas.
  • Kim Possible had the Christmas episode "A Very Possible Christmas", complete with a Show Within a Show Christmas special: "The Six Tasks of Snowman Hank", of which Ron and Drakken both turned out to be fans. The episode had the usual action, and also lots of snow-fueled wackiness. And singing. And dancing. And mistletoe.
  • King of the Hill has several:
    • The first was Season 2's "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying," in which Hank goes hysterically blind after accidentally seeing his mother and her boyfriend having sex on the kitchen table.
    • Season 3's "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" was more of a Tear Jerker as it sees Bill's suicidal depression over his wife Lenore leaving him on Christmas years ago, which spirals into him believing he is Lenore.
    • In Season 5's "Twas The Nut Before Christmas", Bill turns his front yard into a Christmas Village, but keeps it and his Santa costume around well after the holidays—and then a slacker moves in to mooch off of him.
    • Season 6 had "The Father, the Son and J.C.," where things come to a head between Hank and his father, who holes himself up in an immigrant family's Habitat for Humanity house while Jimmy Carter tries to make peace between them.
    • Finally, season 9's "Mrs. Wakefield" is about an old woman who used to live in the Hills' home, and keeps trying to break in so that she can die in it. The climax takes place during the family's Christmas party.
  • Krypto the Superdog: "Storybook Holiday and Iguanukkah".
  • League of Super Evil had "The Night Before Chaos-mas", where the titular gang of Harmless Villains steal presents from other, more competent villains, only to encounter Kinder Kreep.
  • Little Princess had the episode "I Want to Be Good", in which the princess tries to be good for Christmas.
  • While a number of Looney Tunes shorts are set in winter, there are next to none that specifically have a Christmas theme — there's one with Sniffles ("Bedtime for Sniffles" from 1940), and one with Tweety and Sylvester ("Gift Wrapped" from 1952), 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).
    • There's also a 1933 Merrie Melodies short called "The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives", which is perhaps most notable today for being featured on RiffTrax. It's use of dated racial caricatures may explain why it's never been released on DVD, but it's in the public domain, so it's easy to find online.
    • The 1940 short Holiday Highlights features a Christmas blackout gag with Santa on his sleigh, but this cartoon parodied all seasons in short segments and wasn't otherwise about Christmas. Later, 1946's Holiday for Shoestrings heaily featured elves helping a shoemaker to classical pieces like "The Nutcracker Suite", but given allusions to the characters wanting to play golf, it clearly wasn't meant to be seasonal.
    • After the 1979 premiere of the Christmas Special Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales, it's three newly produced segments ("Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol", "Freeze Frame", and "The Fright Before Christmas") were chopped up for inclusion in the Saturday morning Looney Tunes series alongside the vintage shorts. This allowed for more of a Christmas-themed episode than they could previously do, but they still couldn't devote a full one hour episode of The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show to the holiday.note  A couple of Christmas episodes even included the Sylvester & Tweety short "Sandy Claws", even though the cartoon was set at the beach and the title was just a pun about having... sandy claws.
    • A British VHS compilation named Christmas Looney Tunes tried to fill the holiday void by including "Gift Wrapped", the 1979 Christmas shorts (except "Freeze Frame"), and 6 wintertime cartoons, though it's relatively obscure today.
    • Various Looney Tunes TV series would later have Christmas episodes, like Taz-Mania ("No Time For Christmas"), The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries ("It Happened One Night Before Christmas" & "Feather Christmas"), Baby Looney Tunes ("Christmas In July"), The Looney Tunes Show ("A Christmas Carol"), and Wabbit ("Tis The Seasoning".)
  • The Loud House: "11 Louds a Leapin'", which shows what the Louds are up to at Christmastime with Lincoln trying to retrieve a sled confiscated by Cranky Neighbour Mr. Grouse, and ending up learning why Mr. Grouse is so bad-tempered on Christmas. In the meantime, the sisters have their own adventures (Lori resists the temptation to open presents, Leni tries to make a good Christmas outfit, Luna tries to come up with a Christmas carol, Luan creating her "12 Puns of Christmas", Lynn and Lucy searching for hidden presents, Lana setting reindeer catchers, and Lola trying to be nice with Lisa scoffing at her). It's also the show's first half-hour episode and we finally get to see Mr. and Mrs. Loud's faces.
  • Madeline had the Madeline's Christmas installment.
  • The Magic Adventures of Mumfie 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.
  • The Magic School Bus has the simply titled "Holiday Special" which has not only a Christmas theme but also Hanukkah & Kwanzaa. The episode is even a musical with several popular Christmas carols re-adapted to fit the episode's lesson of recycling.
  • In The Mask, 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.
  • Max and Ruby Max's Christmas, Grandma's present, Max's Christmas passed and Ruby's Christmas tree and so many other Christmas episodes.
  • Mega Christmas from Mega Babies.
  • The Men in Black: The Series episode "The Black Christmas Syndrome" the agents had to rescue Santa Claus from aliens.
  • The 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 Christmas Special 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 Moral Event Horizon by hocking Toki's presents for cocaine money, getting a handjob from Skwisgaar's mom on national television, and getting Karma Houdinied because Toki suffered Diabolus ex Machina before he could beat up Dr. Rockso.
  • MGM's cartoon studio produced several Christmas-themed shorts:
    • "Peace on Earth" is an Oscar-winning 1939 short that doubles as an antiwar fable released at the onset of World War II. Remade for the Cold War age in 1950 as "Goodwill to Men".
    • An early Tom and Jerry short is called "The Night Before Christmas" and takes place on Christmas Eve (naturally).
    • "One Ham's Family" is a Tex Avery cartoon set at Christmas and centered around a mischievous young pig based on Red Skelton's "Mean Widdle Kid" character.
  • Milly Molly had an episode named "Secret Scarves" where the titular girls knit each other a scarf for Christmas.
  • Milo Murphy's Law has "A Christmas Peril". The central conceit of the show is that the old "everything that can go wrong, will" cliché is a Hereditary Curse, so Hilarity Ensues as the extended Murphy family gets together for the holiday.
  • Miraculous Ladybug's is set between the first and second seasons, and doubles as a Musical Episode. Adrien runs away on Christmas due to issues with his father, and he and Marinette wind up fighting a kindly Mall Santa who gets akumatized.
  • Moral Orel started with one and ended with one. Note that it wasn't supposed to: the first Christmas episode was supposed to be the first season finale.
    • "The Best Christmas Ever" involves Orel believing his brother Shapey to be the second coming of Christ and Clay and Bloberta's marriage going straight to the rocks, culminating in Bloberta demanding a divorce which she never gets.
    • "Honor" has Orel finally finding a good father figure in Coach Daniel Stopframe, who spends time preparing for Christmas with Orel. However, he has to live with the fact that he'll be limping the rest of his life because Clay was a selfish jerk who was too drunk to get the leg that he shot treated. Clay also comes to term with his bisexuality and confesses his love to Daniel, only for him to reject him. Ultimately, the above events don't ruin Christmas for Orel, as he's seen in the Distant Finale celebrating it happily with his childhood sweetheart Christina, their son, their newborn daughter, and their dog.
  • Parodied in My Gym Partner's a Monkey's "Animas" special.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot did "A Robot for All Seasons" where Jenny gets mind controlled by a miserable rich boy to ruin Christmas and ends up fighting Santa Claus one-on-one.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has had a few "Christmas" episodes:
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!. ("Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a Christmas special!")
    • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" in Season 3.
    • And two winter-themed ones in Season 4 — "For Your Ice Only" and "Happy New Year".
  • Pig City has the episode "Christmas Ham", where after the DeBoar house burns down, Mikey invites his cousins to spend Christmas with him and his parents.
  • 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 Santa Claus. At the end of the episode, the family open their gifts, and they all sing Silent Night (but not in English).
  • Pinky and the Brain had a Christmas episode, aptly titled "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas", which won an Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program."
  • The PJs has the episode "How the Super Stoled Christmas" which is a take on the classic story of The Grinch, where Thurgood becomes a repossession man for the projects so he can work up enough money to buy the computer Muriel wants for Christmas.
  • 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 as a Christmas present, and has to save her when Bluto tosses her into the river.
    • Famous Studios did another one in 1955, Mister and Mistletoe, where Bluto dresses as Santa Claus to woo Olive.
    • An Al Brodax-produced short had the Sea Hag kidnapping Santa.
  • There was a book and tape/record set for 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.
  • The Pound Puppies (1980s) episode "Happy Howlidays" took place on Christmas and had Katrina Stoneheart attempt to get the Puppy Pound shut down by hiding the bills from Holly and revealing them to her when it was too late to pay them on time.
  • Pound Puppies (2010): "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve" is a Musical Episode that has the Puppies trying to find a home for a luckless dog named Ralph during the Christmas season, while the Super Secret Pup Club debates the existence of the dog equivalent of Santa Claus, Chris Jingles.
  • The Powerpuff Girls had "'Twas The Fight Before Christmas", in which Princess Morbucks, the show's resident Alpha Bitch, sneaks over to the North Pole and puts herself on Santa's Nice List, while deeming the other kids of Townsville naughty. Naturally, it's up to the girls to remedy this mistake.
  • The Proud Family had a Kwanzaa episode.
  • Glomer takes Punky Brewster and her friends to Santa's workshop in "Christmas In July." Santa was on summer vacation, so naturally the kids make a shamble of things until Big Red returns to make things right.
  • Ren & Stimpy with Ren And Stimpy2x 07 Son Of Stimpy.
  • Ready Jet Go! has a Multi-Part Episode entitled Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, which is also a Musical Episode and a Wham Episode, which focuses on Jet directing a Christmas pageant, while also trying to figure out what the Spirit of Christmas is. At the same time, Mitchell has been tasked by Jet to look for said Spirit, but he wants to become a part of Jet's clique, but doesn't know how to do it. Sean turns out to have an 'amazing singing voice, so he gets to sing the final song in the pageant, but at the last minute, he freezes up in front of everybody. Mitchell then takes over for him, and the entire casts learns an important lesson in friendship.
  • Recess: "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave". While the show is a Saturday Morning Cartoon, 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 One Saturday Morning'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.
  • Rick and Morty has "Anatomy Park", though taking place on Christmas, it mostly involves Rick sending Morty into the body of a homeless man to save his life while Jerry tries to deal with the fact that his mother is in a relationship with another man, something that his father finds no problems with.
  • Robot Chicken has eight and...let's go with a quarter. 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. "The Robot Chicken Christmas Special: X-Mas United" episode was a standalone episode centered on The Nerd traveling to the North Pole out of the belief that Santa Claus was his biological father. The Krampus turned out to be his father instead. Then there's the episode "Lots of Holidays but Don't Worry Christmas is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special" that featured a mishmash of holiday sketches. And after that there's "Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special - Special Edition".
  • Speaking of Nickelodeon, let's not forget "Rocko's Modern Christmas" in Rocko's Modern Life, in which Rocko implements a party the day before Christmas, inviting everyone over. Unfortunately, it doesn't go as planned when Ed Bighead spreads false rumors about the elves that prevents everyone from coming. Luckily, the shy young elf (who Rocko saved from the crocodiles at the mall earlier in the episode) saves the day by realizing that love is the main ingredient to the Christmas cheer, and everyone comes by to Rocko's house on Christmas day, where the party begins.
  • The Rupert episode "Rupert's Christmas Adventure", where Rupert had to recover all of Nutwood's Christmas ornaments after they're stolen by a bunch of pine sprites and his friend Podgy proves he understands the true meaning of Christmas when he is given all the presents by giving them away to the other children.
  • Rugrats had two Christmas episodes, a Passover episode, a Hannukah episode, and a Kwanzaa episode. Top that!
  • The Sealab 2021 episode "Feast of Alvis" parodies the concept with an episode about Murphy putting on a pagent for Alvistide (in honor of a drunk gun-toting Jesus Expy named Alvis) over the objections of Debbie, Quinn and Sparks, because it's offensive to non-Alvians. Word of God is that it was supposed to be a straight Christmas episode, but Executive Meddling forced them to use fictional holidays instead. It makes Murphy look even crazier than usual.
    Murphy: 'Vengeance is mine', quoth Alvis, and then he shot that guy right in the freakin' face!
  • Sheep in the Big City: "Home For the Baa-lidays" has Sheep planning to visit the farm to celebrate Clearance Day, almost ending up as Lisa Rental's Clearance Day present in the process, and as usual trying to avoid General Specific and his goons from the Secret Military Organization.
  • The Simpsons has had several. 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.)
  • Sofia the First's "Holiday In Enchancia" is set at Wassalia.
  • South Park:
    • And who can forget the heartwarming Critter's Christmas Special of South Park fame? It ends on such a special note, all the characters have grown and live happily ever after except for Kyle, who dies of AIDs three weeks later.
    • South Park has done a few Christmas episodes before, most of them featuring Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo.
    • In fact, South Park 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.
  • In Space Goofs, the aliens are trying to drive away Santa Claus.
  • 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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The first was "Christmas Who??", where the sea-creatures 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, only to be thanked by the real Santa in the end.
    • A dozen years later, they made a stop-motion special titled Its A Spongebob Christmas.
    • Another Christmas themed episode "Goons on the Moon" featured the characters encountering Santa on the moon.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: "Stump Day" revolves around Mewni's equivalent winter holiday, where the citizens of Mewni celebrate the Great Stump that provided shelter for the first Mewman settlers one harsh winter. The B-story "Holiday Spellcial" features the spells in Star's wand celebrating Stump Day, and Spider With a Top Hat unwisely inviting "the new guy", the All-Seeing Eye, to the office party.
  • Static Shock had the season 2 episode "Frozen Out", where Static deals with a homeless girl who has ice powers. It's actually quite heartwarming.
  • Steven Universe: "Three Gems and a Baby" counts as one, despite their universe not having a Christmas to speak of, as it aired on the first of December, features heavy snowfall in both the present and past scenes, and has a bizarre take on a Nativity Scene where the Gems bring gifts to a baby Steven, kidnap him in hopes of bringing Rose Quartz back, and ultimately huddle around him and Greg, the latter wrapped in a blue blanket reminiscent of depictions of the Virgin Mary.
  • Superjail! did a Christmas episode starring a Littlest Cancer Patient. It was appropriately horrifying, but - as opposed to 99% of the rest of the show - quite the Tear Jerker at the same time.
  • The Super Mario Bros. cartoons had two: "Koopa Klaus" and "The Night Before Cave Christmas".
  • The live-action portion of The Super Mario Bros Super Show! had a Christmas episode titled "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush".
  • The 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 Santa Claus.
  • Taz-Mania had the episode "No Time For Christmas". Among the highlights were the Ho Yay mistletoe scene, Digeri Dingo showing his soft side near the end and that one crystal teardrop.
  • 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.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine has had a Christmas episode in nearly each of its seasons. The US dub of Series 3's Christmas Episode was turned into a Thanksgiving Episode.
  • The Tick 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 DANCING IN MY HEAD!
  • Timon & Pumbaa has the episode "Don't Be Elfish". While at a mall during Christmastime, Timon and Pumbaa want the new "Vinchenzo 64" video game, but cannot afford it. So Pumbaa decides to get a job as the mall's Santa with Timon posing as an elf. While Pumbaa gets along vey well with the kids visiting them, Timon continuously bosses them around, to the point where one of Santa's elves appears and lets Timon know that he's on the naughty list. Realizing his errors, Timon decides to make up for what he did by doing nice things for people, hoping that he will get on Santa's nice list.
    • The Lion Guard has the episode "Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas". After hearing about Christmas from some other animals and celebrating it personally for a few years, Timon and Pumbaa introduce the holiday to the Pridelands. The Lion Guard has all the other animals help perform the special song "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" in order for a man named "Dandy Claws" to show up and bring everyone presents.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures' "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toon Christmas Special" starred Buster Bunny in the Wonderful Life trope.
  • Despite being shown during late April, the Transformers Animated 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.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man's It's a Wonderful Plot, "Nightmare before Christmas", much like the trope namer, takes place on Christmas Eve and Day.
    • Then there's also "The Moon Knight Before Christmas", in which Spidey and the Moon Knight team up to defend Dr. Strange's house against Mysterio's daughter, Frances Beck, who is out for revenge.
  • Two shorts made by Van Beuren Studios are set around Christmastime:
    • "Opening Night", Cubby Bear's first short. Santa Claus even cameos in the opening.
    • The Little King short "Pals" is set during Christmas Eve, and the reused print of the film was even renamed "Christmas Night".
  • The Venture Bros. had a special 10-minute Christmas short after its first season.
  • Wander over Yonder had "The Gift" and "The Gift II: The Giftening", where Wander and Sylvia travel around the galaxy to give presents to everyone they had encounter in their travels, including Lord Hater. When they get to Hater's ship, Hater and Peepers find all their Watchdogs turning into happy zombies from Wander's gift giving.
  • We Bare Bears:
    • "Christmas Parties" sees the Bears getting invited to spend Christmas Eve with Ranger Tabes, Charlie the Sasquatch, and Chloe's family. They also get an invitation to Nom Nom's big holiday bash, and end up leaving the first three parties early (much to the frustration and disappointment of their friends) so they can attend. Then it turns out the invitation to Nom Nom's party was a mistake, and the cranky koala kicks them out as soon as possible. The guilt-ridden bears spend the rest of the night making amends to their friends.
    • "Perfect Tree" has Chloe and Ice Bear heading out to find the perfect Christmas tree for Chloe's family, while Grizzly and Panda help Mr. and Mrs. Park decorate their house.
    • "Christmas Movies" is about the baby bears living and working in a video store, which the have to defend from a thief disguised as Santa.
  • "Just Like Old Times" from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 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.
  • X-Men: Evolution has "On Angel's Wings", where Scott and Rogue (who has a crush on him) are the only students left at the mansion during the holidays. The plot involves them chasing rumors of an "angel" (guess who) who's been performing miraculous rescues.


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