A Very Merry Christmas Specials List

by I_stateyourname | created - 15 Sep 2014 | updated - 15 Oct 2018 | Public

For the 12 days of Christmas.

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1. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Votes: 30,885 | Gross: $30.00M

2. A Wish for Wings That Work (1991 TV Short)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly.

Director: Skip Jones | Stars: Michael Bell, Joe Alaskey, John Byner, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 827

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 29,762

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 30,125 | Gross: $17.19M

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 193,874 | Gross: $260.04M

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 42,693

7. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 14,354

8. Frosty Returns (1992 TV Short)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Short, Family

The continuing exploits of the famous snowman as he goes up against a more powerful force which threatens all of Christmas.

Directors: Evert Brown, Bill Melendez | Stars: Jonathan Winters, Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin, Brian Doyle-Murray

Votes: 2,870

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 24,549

10. One Magic Christmas (1985)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill

Votes: 2,956 | Gross: $13.68M

11. Mrs. Santa Claus (1996 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus (Dame Angela Lansbury) takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the multicultural ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Michael Jeter, Terrence Mann, Lynsey Bartilson

Votes: 823

12. Nutcracker (1986)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Hugh Duncan Bigney Mitchell, Vanessa Sharp, Patricia Barker, Wade Walthall

Votes: 828 | Gross: $0.78M

13. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald

Votes: 2,072 | Gross: $1.78M

14. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 146,238 | Gross: $71.32M

15. Goof Troop Christmas (1992 TV Short)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Goofy and Max celebrate Christmas.

Stars: Nancy Cartwright, Jim Cummings, Bill Farmer, Dana Hill

Votes: 121

16. Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991 TV Short)

26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa and forgets to add what Pooh wanted for Christmas, Pooh tries to get the letter back, and subsequently redeliver the letter to the North Pole.

Director: Jamie Mitchell | Stars: Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler, Michael Gough

Votes: 1,131

17. 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

18. For Better or for Worse: A Christmas Angel (1992 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family

From the popular comic strip comes a Christmas special. Elizabeth struggles with being the middle child. Join the family through some life lessons.

Director: Sebastian Grunstra | Stars: Abby Hagyard, Terrence Scammell, Vik Sahay, Lianne Picard-Poirier

Votes: 40

19. For Better or for Worse: The Bestest Present (1985 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family

The Patterson family learns the true meaning of Christmas when Lizzie loses her stuffed bunny.

Director: Sebastian Grunstra | Stars: Billy Van, Abby Hagyard, W.H. Stevens Jr., Scott Binkley

Votes: 44

20. Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas (1991 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family

A little boy is taken by the Sand Man to Santa's workshop, only to discover that it has been taken over and industrialized by an evil robot.

Director: Chris Delaney | Stars: Long John Baldry, Zachary Bennett, Frank Mackay, Michael Fawkes

Votes: 27

21. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 207,033 | Gross: $173.40M

22. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 440,170 | Gross: $285.76M

23. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 376,065

24. Prep & Landing (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers | Stars: Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke, Mason Vale Cotton, David DeLuise

Votes: 2,418

25. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 126,597 | Gross: $20.61M

26. Once Upon a Christmas (2000 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Santa is discouraged by a lack of Christmas spirit and wants to quit, but his daughter, Kristin, begs for one more chance to prove to him that there is hope for the world.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: John Dye, Kathy Ireland, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Liz Torres

Votes: 810

27. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004 Video)

G | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Directors: Carole Holliday, Matthew O'Callaghan, Theresa Cullen | Stars: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings

Votes: 3,697

28. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999 Video)

Not Rated | 66 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mickey and his friends star in 3 heartwarming stories of Christmas past.

Directors: Jun Falkenstein, Alex Mann, Bradley Raymond, Toby Shelton, Bill Speers | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor, Tony Anselmo

Votes: 6,106

29. Twice Upon a Christmas (2001 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When the North Pole faces destruction at the hands of Santa Claus' malicious daughter, her long-lost sister must travel home and save Christmas.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: John Dye, Kathy Ireland, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Wayne Thomas Yorke

Votes: 594

30. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, The Great Gonzo, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 45,585 | Gross: $27.28M

31. A Walt Disney Christmas (1982 Video)

46 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

This collection of six short films is an animated Christmas card from Disney.

Stars: Frances Langford, Buddy Clark, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 233

32. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 7,430

33. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 90,575 | Gross: $144.83M

34. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (2000 Video)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A human orphan raised by the Faire Folke becomes the benefactor of all human children.

Director: Glen Hill | Stars: Robby Benson, Dixie Carter, Hal Holbrook, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 420

35. The Snowman (1982 TV Short)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Dianne Jackson | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith

Votes: 11,873

36. Father Christmas (1991 TV Short)

G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Father Christmas on vacation and on the job.

Director: Dave Unwin | Star: Mel Smith

Votes: 1,567

37. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
Episode: Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Matilda Ziegler, C.J. Allen, Owen Brenman

Votes: 1,737

38. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010 TV Short)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Po is to host the annual winter holiday feast and he struggles to meet his friends' expectations.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen

Votes: 5,013

39. A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.

Directors: Phil Roman, George Singer | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Pat Carroll

Votes: 2,465

40. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 11,321

41. A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008 TV Special)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy

Join Stephen Colbert and his friends--Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Feist, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart --for a yuletide evening of song, dance and nog-induced dementia.

Director: Jim Hoskinson | Stars: Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Rich Dahm, Leslie Feist

Votes: 850

42. The Real Story of O Christmas Tree (1991 Video)

25 min | Short

In this childrens video a little girl asks a little pine tree to stay green through the winter to remind people of spring. The little tree must disobey King Winter to stay green. He gets ... See full summary »

Stars: Debbie Harry, Jason Ritter, John Ritter

Votes: 20

43. Hooves of Fire (1999 TV Short)

29 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa's crack sleigh team.

Director: Richard Starzak | Stars: Robbie Williams, Ardal O'Hanlon, Paul Whitehouse, Jane Horrocks

Votes: 1,032

44. Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

Some time has passed since the race in "Robbie The Reindeer" and the group of reindeers have set up a tourist business offering guided tours. When an accident occurs on one such tour Robbie... See full summary »

Director: Peter Peake | Stars: Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks, Steve Coogan, Paul Whitehouse

Votes: 559

45. Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Robbie's wedding day is interrupted by an intergalactic attack.

Director: Donnie Anderson | Stars: Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks, Gillian Anderson, Keira Knightley

Votes: 220

46. The Town Santa Forgot (1993 TV Short)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Short, Family