Top 50 Best-ish Christmas Specials

 

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I promised it was coming and here it is… the BFG best Christmas specials list. I’ll be honest… Some of these are not really the BEST specials. So, let’s call it, “The BFG Every-Christmas-special-I-have-on-my-shelf List”…

I’m even going to help you out and mark the ones that are watch-every-year-and-give-them-your-full-attention-because-they-are-loaded-with-highly-entertaining-cinematic-gold with a “+” and the ones that are pop-’em-in-while-you’re-decorating-the-tree-because-you’re-not-going-to-pay-attention-anyway specials will be marked with a “-,” not because they’re bad but rather because they’re just not as good as the others. Here we go, in chronological order…

  1. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962) –
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) +
  3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) +
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) +
  5. The Little Drummer Boy (1968) –
  6. Frosty the Snowman (1969) +
  7. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970) +
  8. A Very Merry Cricket (1973) –
  9. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) +
  10. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) –
  11. Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (1974) –
  12. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976) –
  13. Silent Night, Holy Night (1976) –
  14. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976)* +
  15. Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1977) –
  16. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977) –
  17. Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas (1978) –
  18. The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) –
  19. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) –
  20. The Small One (1978) +
  21. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979) –
  22. The First Christmas (1979) –
  23. Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980) –
  24. Mr. Krueger’s Christmas (1980) –
  25. Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold (1981) –
  26. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981) +
  27. Ziggy’s Gift (1982) +
  28. The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982) –
  29. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983) +
  30. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) +
  31. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986)* +
  32. A Garfield Christmas (1987) +
  33. ‘Tis the Season to Be Smurfy (1987) –
  34. Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988) +
  35. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989) +
  36. Frosty Returns (1992) –
  37. Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992) –
  38. A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994) –
  39. A Pinky & The Brain Christmas (1995) –
  40. VeggieTales: The Toy That Saved Christmas (1996) +
  41. The Simpsons: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (1997) –
  42. Animaniacs: Helloooo Holidays (1999) +
  43. A Walt Disney Christmas (1999) –
  44. The Simpsons: Grift of the Magi (1999) –
  45. VeggieTales: The Star of Christmas (2002) –
  46. The Happy Elf (2005) +
  47. The Very First Noel (2006) +
  48. Prep & Landing (2009) +
  49. VeggieTales: Saint Nicolas (2009) +
  50. The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (2011) –

*I know, I know! These are New Year’s specials!

I’m pretty satisfied with my collection of Christmas specials. But there are still a few I’m keeping my eye out for. Titles like A Claymation Christmas Special (1987) and Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999). And each year, I tend to discover some new gem I had missed over the last decades. This year was Prep & Landing. A delightful Disney special about elf teams preparing houses for Santa.

So, now that you’ve started you Christmas movie viewing using BFG’s helpful holiday list (found here), you can use this Christmas specials list to add to the festivities!

What are YOUR favorite specials? Lemme know below!

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2 thoughts on “Top 50 Best-ish Christmas Specials

  1. I like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ziggy, Charlie Brown, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Toy that Saved Christmas, and the clockmaker Night Before Christmas one.

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