The Best Christmas TV Specials for Kids

Posted on: December 10th, 2019 by

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To say we love Christmas specials in our house would be an understatement. It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without the classics and even the new additions, like Disney’s Prep and Landing from a few years ago. With so many shows and networks airing holiday specials, it can be hard to keep track of when to catch your favorites. That’s why we’ve done the searching for you and put them all here in one place in our The Best Christmas TV Special for Kids with their TV schedule. Some of the complete network holiday show schedules haven’t been posted yet, so check back for updates and additions. Please remember that all dates and times are subject to change, at the networks’ discretion.

 

The Best Christmas TV Specials for Kids

 

Don’t miss our 20 Holiday Movies for Family Movie Night article!

 

The Best Christmas TV Specials for Kids

Classic Christmas Movies for Kids that are playing on TV

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

A 1983 featurette starring Mickey as Bob Cratchit is one of several cartoons with Yule themes, including “Pluto’s Christmas Tree” (1952), “Donald’s Snow Fight” (1942) and “The Art of Skiing” (1941).

Showtimes of Mickey’s Christmas Carol

  • None as of yet.

You can also watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol anytime with these networks and service providers

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Stop-motion tale about Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloweentown, where the residents’ life work is to scare humans. After getting a glimpse of life in Christmastown, however, he schemes to kidnap Santa Claus and celebrate a very different Christmas.

Showtimes of The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:40 PM on Freeform
  • Friday, Dec. 6 at 3:40 PM on Freeform
  • Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3:25 PM on Freeform
  • Monday, Dec. 16 at 1:05 PM on Freeform
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:20 PM on Freeform
  • Friday, Dec. 20 at 3 PM on Freeform

You can also watch The Nightmare Before Christmas anytime with these networks and service providers

 

Christmas With the Kranks

When their daughter goes away for the holidays, a suburban couple decide to skip Christmas altogether. Based on John Grisham’s novel “Skipping Christmas.” Chris Columbus, who directed “Home Alone,” produced and penned the script.

Showtimes of Christmas With the Kranks

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5 PM and 11 PM on AMC
  • Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 PM on AMC
  • Monday, Dec 2. at 7 PM on AMC
  • Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 PM on AMC
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 PM on AMC
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8 PMon AMC
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4 PM and 10:15 PM on AMC

You can also watch Christmas With the Kranks anytime with these networks and service providers

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A family host their dysfunctional relatives for the holiday as the dad contends with spontaneously combusting Christmas lights and temperamental trees while anticipating the arrival of his annual bonus.

Showtimes of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

  • Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6 PM and 8:15 PM on AMC
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8 PM and 10:15 PM on AMC
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 PM and 10:15 PM on AMC
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8 PM on AMC
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 at 5:45 PM on AMC
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 PM and 9:15 PM on AMC
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8 PM on AMC
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 5:45 PM on AMC
  • Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 PM on AMC
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 PM on AMC
  • Monday, Dec. 23 at 8 PM and 10:15 PM on AMC
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9 PM on AMC

You can also watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation anytime with these networks and service providers

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

In the Emmy and Peabody-winning animated cartoon from 1965, the gang mounts a holiday pageant as Charlie Brown bemoans Yuletide commercialism. Also: a new set of animated “Peanuts” vignettes, based on previously published strips. Voices…Charlie Brown: Peter Robbins. Lucy: Tracy Stratford. Linus: Christopher Shea.

Showtimes of A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 PM on ABC

You can also watch A Charlie Brown Christmas anytime with these networks and service providers

 

Gaylord National Hotel ICE! Charlie Brown Christmas

We recently saw the Peanuts gang at the ICE! exhibit at Gaylord National Hotel. Photo Credit Gaylord National Hotel

 

Shrek The Halls

Showtimes of Shrek The Halls

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 9:30 PM on ABC

You can also watch Shrek The Halls anytime with these networks and service providers

 

Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Animated tale about a donkey whose ears only bring him ridicule and unhappiness—until he helps Mary and Joseph arrive safely in Bethlehem. Voices by Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro and Paul Fries.

Showtimes of Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

  • Saturday, November 30th, 9:00 AM on AMC

You can also watch Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey anytime with these networks and service providers

  • Coming soon.

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Showtimes of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 version)

  • Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9 PM on Freeform
  • Monday, Dec. 2 at 6:20 PM on Freeform
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8:20 PM on Freeform
  • Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:20 PM on Freeform
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8:20 PM on Freeform
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5:20 PM on Freeform
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:15 PM on Freeform
  • Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:05 PM on Freeform
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8:20 PM on Freeform
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 at 4:40 PM on Freeform
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9:15 PM on Freeform
  • Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4:40 PM on Freeform
  • Monday, Dec. 23 at 9:20 PM on Freeform
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 5:40 PM on Freeform
  • Wednesday Dec. 25 at 8:30 PM on NBC

 

Showtimes of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 version)

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8 PM on NBC
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 8 PM on NBC

You can also watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas anytime with these networks and service providers

 

Grinch Elf on the Shelf

Our Elf brought a new friend to town | Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

 

Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too

Showtimes of Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too

  • Not playing this year

You can also watch Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too anytime with these networks and service providers

 

I Love Lucy Christmas Special — The Christmas Episode
The Ricardos and Mertzes decorate Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminisce about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky. Then Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League lead to a bet with their husbands over which sex—the men or the women—had it harder living in a bygone era.

Showtimes of I Love Lucy’s Christmas Special

  • Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 PM on CBS

 

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Showtimes of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

  • Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8 PM on ABC

You can also watch Olaf’s Frozen Adventure anytime with these networks and service providers

 

Disney Prep & Landing

Showtimes of Disney Prep & Landing

  • Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 PM

 

Showtimes of Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice

  • Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8:30 PM on ABC

You can also watch Disney Prep & Landing anytime with these networks and service providers

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Frank Capra’s classic stars Oscar nominee James Stewart as George Bailey, a decent small-town banker who learns what life would have been like if he’d never been born after he unwittingly becomes involved in a mistaken case of bank fraud, which threatens his spirit and tests his will to live until a wise angel compels him to see how his presence has made an incredible impact on the people of Bedford Falls.

Showtimes of It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 PM
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8 PM

You can also watch It’s a Wonderful Life anytime with these networks and service providers

 

How To Train Your Dragon Homecoming

  • When it becomes clear that the new generation of Vikings doesn’t remember the bond between dragon and human, Hiccup makes a plan to celebrate dragons with a grand holiday pageant. This heartwarming idea leads to a series of hilarious and exciting events, but no matter the circumstance, everyone in New Berk – young and old alike – is reminded that dragons and humans are forever bonded.

Showtimes of How To Train Your Dragon Homecoming

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 8:30 PM on NBC

You can also watch How To Train Your Dragon Homecoming anytime with these networks and service providers

 

Your Kids’ Favorite Shows with Christmas TV Specials for Kids

Double Dare 

Tis the season on Double Dare, with a series of special themed challenges in the first-ever Holiday Week Tournament. The tournament will seeAlly Brooke, Duff Goldman, Tiffany Haddish, Shaun White team up with their fans for a festive face-off, competing to become the week’s champion.

Showtimes of Double Dare Holiday Special

  • Friday, Nov. 29, 8:30 PM on Nickelodeon
  • Friday, Dec. 6, 8 PM on Nickelodeon
  • Friday, Dec. 13, 8 PM on Nickelodeon
  • Friday, Dec. 20, 8 PM on Nickelodeon

 

LEGO City Adventures “Police Navidad”

It’s Christmas Eve and Officer Duke DeTain is the only cop on patrol without a partner.

Showtimes of LEGO City Adventures Holiday Special

  • Saturday, Nov. 30, 11:30 AM on Nickelodeon

 

Ryan’s Mystery Playdate “Ryan’s Merry Playdate” (30-minute special) 

With the help of festive friends, Ryan must deck the halls with 12 challenge victories to prepare for the hopeful arrival of the big red guy himself.

Showtimes of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate Holiday Special

  • Friday Dec. 6, 11 AM

 

Doc McStuffins – Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Doc McStuffins

Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” on Disney Junior. (DISNEY JUNIOR)
DOC, STUFFY, SANTA, TOBIAS, LAMBIE

 

Coop & Cami Ask The World – Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Learn more about the Coop & Cami Ask The World cast in this story, Disney’s Coop and Cami Ask the World Stars Share Their Favorite Things

 

DAKOTA LOTUS, ALBERT TSAI, PAXTON BOOTH, OLIVIA SANABIA, RUBY ROSE TURNER, REECE CADDELL

COOP & CAMI ASK THE WORLD – “Would You Wrather Get a Moose Angry” – The kids work together to try and make Jenna’s wish of a classic Wrather Christmas come true but a major snowstorm and a disgruntled moose disrupt their Holiday. This episode of “Coop & Cami Ask The World” airs Friday, December 7 (8:30 P.M. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. (Disney Channel/Eric McCandless)
DAKOTA LOTUS, ALBERT TSAI, PAXTON BOOTH, OLIVIA SANABIA, RUBY ROSE TURNER, REECE CADDELL

 

Fancy Nancy – Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Fancy Nancy on Disney Junior

 

Puppy Dog Pals — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Teen Titans Go! — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

 

Muppet Babies — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

 

PJ Masks — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

The Cat in the Hat – Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

SpongeBob SquarePants — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Peppa Pig — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Bunk’d — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Henry Danger — Holiday Punch

A new species of moth is eating all the Christmas trees in Swellview, so Captain Man and Kid Danger head over to Neighborville to buy more. On the way back, they’re attacked by shady tree dealers and have to fight to save Christmas.

Showtimes of Henry Danger’s Holiday Special

  • Saturday, Nov. 30, 8 PM on Nickelodeon

 

Stuck in the Middle — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Phineas and Ferb Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Paw Patrol — Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Curious George: Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Thomas & Friends – Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Let’s Go Luna Holiday Special

No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Arthur’s Holiday Special
No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

Wild Kratts: Holiday Special
No holiday special has been announced for this year.

 

More Christmas TV Specials that will Appeal to Kids

The Great Christmas Light Fight

Season 7 of The Great Christmas Light Fight showcases the wildest and most spectacular Christmas displays in America. In each one-hour episode, four families from all around the country decorate their homes to the extreme in the hopes of winning the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season. This season, as the temperature cools down, the competition heats up when families invite us inside their homes to witness their fantastic Christmas décor for the very first time. In addition to all of the stunning inside/outside displays, the first-ever “Heavyweights” episodes showcase light shows that have grown too large for any home.

Showtimes of The Great Christmas Light Fight

  • Watch The Great Christmas Light Fight Mondays at 8|7c on The ABC Television Network or streaming or on demand. Starts December 2.

Learn more about The Great Christmas Light Fight and Carter Oosterhouse, judge and host in our story, 3 Fun Ways to See Christmas Lights.

 

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas with a total of $300,000 in prizes ($50,000 per episode) up for grabs. (ABC/Donald Rager)

 

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

Showtimes of Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

  • December 25, 10 AM on ABC

 

What Christmas specials will you be watching with your kids?

 

 

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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