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NOTE: This is YardBarker’s top 25 Chrismas TV Specials list. | Papa DOES NOT endorse all of TV specials listed below

What does the Christmas season usher in? From festive trees and thoughtful gifts to the quintessential TV specials, we’re not referring to mere Christmas episodes of TV series, although those are undoubtedly enjoyable. Our focus is on the elaborate productions known as Christmas television specials. While some may have roots in TV shows, these specials transcend the typical episode, airing under a distinct name and boasting a longer duration. Over the decades of American television, numerous Christmas specials have graced our screens. Here, we present the cream of the crop – the top 25 that have stood out over the years.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: NBC

Frosty the Snowman: CBS

A Charlie Brown Christmas: CBS

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: CBS

Garfield Christmas: CBS

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas: Warner Bros.

A Very Murray Christmas: Netflix

A Christmas Carol: CBS

Olive, the Other Reindeer: FOX

Christmas in Tattertown: Nickelodeon

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: ABC

The Little Drummer Boy: NBC

The Year Without a Santa Claus: ABC

Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too: Disney

Toy Story That Time Forgot: Disney

A Flintstones Christmas: NBC

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas: FOX

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas: CBC

A Muppet Family Christmas: ABC

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All: Comedy Central 

A Pinky and the Brain Christmas: Warner Bros.

Prep & Landing: Disney

Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special: CBS

Shrek the Halls: Dreamworks

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special: Disney

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