Christmas/Seasonal/Winter Movies, Specials, and Shows

by tctill | created - 14 Dec 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

All of the Christmas/New Year's Eve/Thanksgiving/winter-themed films (plus some movies that technically aren't "holiday" movies but might be set during the holidays, include memorable holiday scenes and/or be enjoyed by many around the holiday season) as well as TV specials and TV show episodes that I can recall seeing at least once at some point in my life!

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1. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A story that follows Kate, a young woman who after a horrible blind date on Christmas Eve, wakes up to find she is re-living that same day and date all over again.

Director: James Hayman | Stars: Laura Miyata, Vijay Mehta, Amy Smart, Audrey Dwyer

Votes: 4,946

2. 90210 (2008–2013)
Episode: Winter Wonderland (2009)

TV-14 | 41 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The annual winter dance at the Beverly Hills Beach Club is approaching. Navid thinks Jasper was the one who pushed him down the stairs and asks Adrianna to help him prove it. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

Director: David Warren | Stars: Rob Estes, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

Votes: 119

3. 90210 (2008–2013)
Episode: Holiday Madness (2010)

TV-14 | 41 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Adrianna rents a mansion and decides to throw a housewarming party complete with an ice skating rink and elves. All is great in Adrianna's world until Victor decides to reveal Adrianna's ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Smith | Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Ryan Eggold

Votes: 113

4. 90210 (2008–2013)
Episode: Smoked Turkey (2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dixon tries to pursue a relationship with a resistant Adrianna, while Ivy and Raj's arguing takes a toll on their relationship. Liam plans a holiday dinner for the gang, and an unexpected ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Levine | Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup

Votes: 97

5. 90210 (2008–2013)
Episode: O Holly Night (2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Naomi is asked by her new party planner boss Rachel to oversee her arch-nemesis Holly's birthday party, while Annie breaks into Jeremy's apartment in a desperate attempt to get the proof she needs to keep her inheritance.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup

Votes: 105

6. 90210 (2008–2013)
Episode: The Things We Do for Love (2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

With Max unemployed, Alec returns and offers to help him form a new computer company. Naomi attempts to persuade Bryce to rehire Max at his company after she takes over ownership, but she ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup

Votes: 88

7. The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955–1957)
Episode: The Orphans' Christmas (1957)

Adventure, Family

It's Christmas time, but Jim Hawkins, an orphan himself, is too depressed to participate in the holiday festivities. He's just met the children living in Miss Willoughby's orphanage, where ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor, Billy Kay

Votes: 45

8. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: The Busy Christmas (1956)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ozzie volunteers for so many Christmas committees that he has little time to do his Christmas shopping, hang the Christmas lights or buy a Christmas tree.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 33

9. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: Christmas Tree Lot (1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

David and Rick decide to earn some extra cash to buy Christmas presents by opening up a Christmas tree lot, but soon discover that being a small-time entrepreneurs is a lot more involved than they had realized.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 28

10. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Episode: Girl in the Emporium (1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ricky and Wally notice a pretty sales clerk in a store and try to get jobs for the Christmas shopping rush in the same department.

Director: Ozzie Nelson | Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 20

11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)
Episode: The Christmas Goose (1957)

TV-PG | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When Matilda, a young boy's beloved pet goose, is sentenced to be plucked, stuffed, and cooked as the Christmas dinner for the new lord of the manor, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck conspire to create a Christmas miracle.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Richard Greene, Alexander Gauge, Jon Whiteley, Jack Watling

Votes: 28

12. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: Oh, Tannerbaum (1986)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

It's Christmastime. Unfortunately ALF chops the Christmas tree into firewood before anyone notices. The Tanners then have two tasks: to teach ALF all about Christmas and find a new Christmas tree.

Director: Rick Gough | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 212

13. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1 (1987)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

The Tanners decide to spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods but ALF soon gets lost.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 298

14. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2 (1987)

TV-G | 21 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

ALF is still in the hospital with Tiffany and Mr. Foley. He convinces Tiffany to help him get back to the Tanners, but changes his mind when he hears about Tiffany's condition.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 257

15. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: Turkey in the Straw: Part 1 (1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

ALF already ate the Thanksgiving turkey - raw. Willie fails to find a new one, so Raquel invites the Tanners over. A storm arrives as does the neighborhood bum ("a homeless person"), since ALF has been leaving food and clothes for him.

Director: Nick Havinga | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 153

16. ALF (1986–1990)
Episode: Turkey in the Straw: Part 2 (1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Pete has called the Alien Task Force. He has been told to keep ALF occupied until Sergeant Fox and his men arrive to capture him. Dead or alive. Will Pete sell ALF out after he's talked with him for a while? Will he?

Director: Nick Havinga | Stars: Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory

Votes: 154

17. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Back for Christmas (1956)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Before leaving on a trip to America, a man kills his wife and buries her in the basement. Once in the United States. he receives correspondence tipping him off that the murder will undoubtedly be exposed.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, John Williams, Isobel Elsom, Arthur Gould-Porter

Votes: 643

18. Aliens First Christmas (1991 TV Short)

Not Rated | 23 min | Animation, Short, Family

The Peoples family are the first humans on to move to the strange planet of Zolonia, and life has been strained, but never more so than on Christmas Eve.

Directors: Russ Harris, G. Brian Reynolds | Stars: G. Brian Reynolds, Brett Sears, Rachel Rutledge, Will Gould

Votes: 36

19. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
Episode: Santa '85 (1985)

Not Rated | 25 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Kris Kringle's Christmas is rudely interrupted when he lands in the clink with a bunch of bogus Santas after tripping a home burglar alarm. The cynical sheriff doesn't believe his story, so... See full summary »

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Douglas Seale, Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Marvin J. McIntyre

Votes: 270

20. An Old Box (1975)

9 min | Short, Animation

During Christmastime, a bum discovers a magical box.

Director: Paul Driessen

Votes: 124

21. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Episode: Christmas Story (1960)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family

Crotchety old businessman Ben Weaver wants moonshiner Sam Muggins locked up for Christmas but, after seeing the holiday spirit in Andy's jail, he tries to be arrested himself.

Director: Bob Sweeney | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 426

22. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Annie (1999)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A little orphan girl catches the attention of a kind man named Mr. Warbucks, who wants to adopt her, but the cruel, strict orphanage owner has a scheme to keep Annie - and her reward money.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Alan Cumming, Audra McDonald

Votes: 4,808

23. The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 151,847 | Gross: $18.60M

24. The Art of Skiing (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing". The equipment is, of course, of the era. ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts | Stars: George Johnson, John McLeish, Hannes Schroll

Votes: 1,090

25. March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's Bogeymen are set on Toyland.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 5,778

26. Babes in Toyland (1960)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

55 Metascore

All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding. But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses.

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

Votes: 3,199 | Gross: $10.22M

27. Babes in Toyland (1986 TV Movie)

G | 140 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young girl wakes up in the realm of Toyland, where she teams up with her family and friends to overthrow the evil villain, Barnaby.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 2,785

28. The Baby-Sitters Club (1990– )
Episode: Baby-sitters Special Christmas (1990)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

The Baby-Sitters' holiday party promises to be the best ever! But why isn't Stacey sharing in all of the fun?

Director: Lynn Hamrick | Stars: Meghan Andrews, Melissa Chasse, Avriel Hillman, Meghan Lahey

Votes: 12

29. Babycakes (1989 TV Movie)

M | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Grace, an overweight girl, spends her Christmas trying to start up a romance with a guy who controls the subway she boards for work each day.

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Ricki Lake, Craig Sheffer, Nada Despotovich, Paul Benedict

Votes: 771

30. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

68 Metascore

Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 262,136 | Gross: $162.83M

31. The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994 TV Short)

22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Two teddy bears attempt to save Christmas for two children.

Director: Allen Foster | Stars: Charlie Adler, Mary Kay Bergman, Pam Dawber, Brad Garrett

Votes: 70

32. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | 126 min | Drama

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan

Votes: 6,704 | Gross: $21.30M

33. Benji's Very Own Christmas Story (1978 TV Short)

Unrated | 25 min | Family, Short

While on a publicity tour in Switzerland, Benji, Cindy Smith, and Patsy Garrett convince Kris Kringle that his place on Christmas Eve is delivering presents to all "his" families all over the world.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Ron Moody, Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith, Benji

Votes: 216

34. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983 TV Movie)

48 min | Comedy, Family

A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Loretta Swit, Jackson Davies, Anthony Holland, David Alexander

Votes: 602

35. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Episode: Home for Christmas (1962)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy, Family

Jed, Ellie May, Jethro and Granny take their first plane flight back home for Christmas to visit cousin Pearl, who is busy cooking up a feast to win Mr. Brewster's unwilling heart.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 99

36. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Episode: Christmas at the Clampetts (1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Mr. Drysdale's idea for Christmas presents are ones only fit for coastal California, like diving suits and a boat, and a television set, which Granny thinks is some kind of fancy washing machine.

Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 69

37. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: A Walsh Family Christmas (1991)

TV-PG | 68 min | Drama, Romance

Steve arrives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and tracks down his grandfather, Al Brown, a diner owner. Al explains that his daughter gave up Steve because she was very young and wanted him to ... See full summary »

Director: Darren Star | Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering

Votes: 153

38. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: The Kindness of Strangers (1992)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama, Romance

A rainy Thanksgiving brings uneasy get togetherness when Brandon brings over Jack Canner, the homeless man he tried to help out the previous summer, after Nikki leaves town to visit her ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering

Votes: 107

39. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: It's a Totally Happening Life (1992)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Two guardian angels, Clarence and Miriam, watch the gang's Christmas holiday doings which include: the recovered Andrea and Brandon consider becoming intimate after Jay breaks up with ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering

Votes: 141

40. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: Radar Love (1993)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Romance

After mistaking a woman at a rural filling station for his former girlfriend, Emily Valentine, Brandon decides to visit Emily's home in Marin County north of San Francisco. He learns that ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering

Votes: 105

41. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: Somewhere in the World It's Christmas (1993)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Romance

The Walshes trip to Hawai'i doesn't go as planned when their plane is turned around due to technical problems. A woman claiming to be Jack McKay's mistress shows up on Dylan's doorstep with... See full summary »

Director: Bradley M. Gross | Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering

Votes: 95

42. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: Christmas Comes This Time Each Year (1994)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Romance

Donna's snobbish mother, Felice, puts Ray's feelings for her daughter to a test by offering him money to stop seeing her, while Ray's alcoholic, chain-smoking, redneck mother, LuAnn, goes ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris

Votes: 92

43. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: Breast Side Up (1995)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Romance

Donna invites NFL quarterback Steve Young over at Casa Walsh for Thanksgiving, one of two surprises she plans for Joe's birthday on that same day. But Donna later learns that she and Joe ... See full summary »

Director: David Semel | Stars: Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green

Votes: 79

44. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: Angels We Have Heard on High (1995)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Romance

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