Best Holiday TV Specials

Help kids get into the spirit of the season with a fun fall or wintry adventure! From Halloween through the New Year, it's a perfect time of year to cozy up with a sentimental classic or find a brand new family fave. Many of these specials play regularly on cable TV throughout the season or are available to stream or rent from a variety of platforms. For more ways to get into the holiday spirit, check out our lists of Quirky Holiday MoviesBest Holiday Movies, and Holiday Books for Kids.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Poster Image
The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1965)
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Frosty the Snowman Movie Poster Image
Classic Christmas TV special is sing-along fun.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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Jingle All the Way Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming holiday tale has strong marketing tie-ins.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star Movie Poster Image
Sweet sequel's friendly messages outshine product tie-ins.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie Poster Image
Old-school, heartwarming classic for all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
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Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too TV Poster Image
Silly old bear's sweet holiday tale will delight families.
Network: Freeform
(2011)
(1991)
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1966)
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The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story Movie Poster Image
Popular book inspires delightful holiday movie for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors TV Poster Image
OK celebration of Holi holiday has some cheeky characters.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Movie Poster Image
Kermit and friends deliver a cheery holiday tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale TV Poster Image
Sweet GCI adaptation has some nervous moments for tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Toy Story That Time Forgot Movie Poster Image
Delightful franchise add-on has happy messages, some peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Yes, Virginia Movie Poster Image
Sweet holiday tale inspires with messages of goodwill.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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Albert Movie Poster Image
Spunky tree's adventures are filled with festive messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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An Arthur Thanksgiving TV Poster Image
Arthur celebrates community in charming holiday special.
Network: PBS Kids
(2020)
(2020)
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Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday TV Poster Image
Feel-good story celebrates joy, inclusivity of the season.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Movie Poster Image
Animated version of much-loved tale invites younger viewers.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Movie Poster Image
Early Muppet TV special with warmth, tunes, critters.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2001)
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hoops&yoyo Ruin Christmas Movie Poster Image
Hallmark stars bring the funny to sweet holiday special.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Kung Fu Panda Holiday Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming seasonal tale celebrates family bonds.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Once Upon a Snowman TV Poster Image
Mild scares don't dampen joys of darling origin story.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Prep & Landing Movie Poster Image
Clever holiday story is merry fun for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Movie Poster Image
Funny Christmas tale has feel-good themes for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas Movie Poster Image
Zoologist brothers spread merriment in rescue mission.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Lego Star Wars Holiday Special TV Poster Image
Delightful special is a gift for Star Wars fans, families.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Shrek the Halls Movie Poster Image
Christmas in the swamp is great family fun.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Trolls Holiday Movie Poster Image
Holiday-themed show will give Trolls fans the warm fuzzies.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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A Fairly Odd Christmas Movie Poster Image
Series-inspired TV movie is worry-free holiday fun for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Disney Channel Halloween House Party TV Poster Image
Seasonal sketch comedy series is fun watch-together fare.
Network: Disney Channel
(2020)
(2020)
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DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays Movie Poster Image
Sweet, silly holiday special will make young kids giggle.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! Movie Poster Image
Funny, feel-good tale makes the holiday merry for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square Movie Poster Image
Holiday musical includes mature themes, promotes faith.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Mistle-Tones Movie Poster Image
Festive music accents sweet story that has bullying themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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