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Christmas TV Specials For Kids

Updated on December 30, 2016
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Classic Christmas TV Specials

Christmas TV specials were so popular when I was a child. When these shows came on the television it meant that Christmas was near. It was a holiday tradition to get ready for bed in our pyjamas and then settle around the television and watch these shows.

Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, Charlie Brown are just a few of the Christmas televisions shows I watched faithfully year in and year out as a child. It didn't matter how many times I had seen them they were special each time.

Another favourite was the classic black and white version of the movie "A Christmas Carol". It was a bit of a scary movie for a child, with all those ghosts but I loved it just the same. It made me feel grown up to watch it. Many years have passed but these Christmas shows are timeless and are still enjoyed by children today.

Christmas TV Specials: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic show and one of the best of the Christmas TV specials. This show has been on the air since 1964 and is still aired at Christmas today.

Everyone knows the story of Rudolph who is shunned for being different and then his difference ends up saving Christmas one year and he becomes a hero.

It's the ultimate story with a happy ending. It certainly demonstrates to children that it is okay to be different and in fact it can be pretty awesome!

Full Rudolph Movie here!

Christmas TV Specials: Frosty the Snowman

Every year we enjoy Frosty the Snowman. Frosty has been a Christmas TV special since 1969 almost as long as Rudolf.

In this story Frosty comes alive by wearing a magic hat and a magician, who is the original owner of the hat, tries to get the hat back.

This show contains loads of fun while we root for Frosty to stay with us forever, but sadly winter doesn't last forever. The story of Frosty the Snowman is based on a Gene Autry song from 1950.

Christmas TV Specials: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I loved reading Dr. Seuss books as a child. I even had a subscription to them and hardback Dr. Seuss books were delivered right to our door.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is based on a Dr. Seuss book. Like all Dr. Seuss books, there is a message and a lesson to be learned in the story. "The Grinch" is a story of how Christmas is not just about the frantic shopping and commercialism but means so much more. This Christmas TV special has been seen every year since 1966.

Christmas TV Specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Charlie Brown. In this Christmas special Charlie Brown endeavours to find the true meaning of Christmas and becomes involved in directing a Christmas play.

Charlie and his sidekick Linus go off to find a Christmas tree for the play and end up with a scrawny little tree. With the help of decorations they make the little tree look beautiful.

Charlie Brown is the ultimate children's cartoon, no adults were ever shown and even when they made their "invisible" appearance the lines were a mere "honking" sound interpreted by the kids. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" has been on the air since 1965.

Christmas TV Specials on DVD

These are priceless classics to keep forever, you will never tire of them and they should be passed down for generations. All of the shows are collectibles that have endured the test of time.

These were not available on any medium when I was young so each year I had to wait for them to come on television. Things sure have changed since those days but they are still on TV each year at Christmas. That remains the same, thankfully.

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Christmas TV Specials: A Christmas Carol

Now A Christmas Special for Adults!

This is a great show to watch as family but the younger children may find it a little scary. It may not appeal to all since it is always telecast in it's original black and white. Nevertheless, it is a timeless classic.

A Christmas Carol was originally written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and the classic movie was filmed in 1935. The story of the mean and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge who hated the Christmas season.

We all remember the famous Scrooge opinion of the holiday season - "bah humbug". Scrooge was a well off business man who treated his staff shabbily namely his clerk Bob Crachit. Scrooge is soon turned around by the visits of three ghosts and the story ends happily. Scrooge visits the Crachit family with a new outlook on life. Great story with lessons to be learned.

Classic Dickens on DVD: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge (1935, DVD)
A Christmas Carol: Scrooge (1935, DVD)

This movie is a timeless classic enjoyed today in black and white. I watch the story of Ebenezer Scrooge every Christmas. I started watching it as a child and enjoy the happy ending as well as the scary ghosts! An enduring Christmas tale from Charles Dickens.


Christmas TV Specials for Kids

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I kind of miss the cheesy 70s/80s Christmas specials, you know, where the current hot tv celebrities and musicians would lipsync and perform Christmas classics on cheesy TV sets...!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful article showcasing all the great Christmas programming from the years gone by! I loved them all, great memories! Someday I'll take the time to watch them all again.

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      TamarWrites 5 years ago

      Even though I do not celebrate Christmas, I always loved watching the specials on television. It was something to look forward to!

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      siskiyoucowgirl 5 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for Squidliking my Christmas Cookies lens. I appreciate it a lot! :)

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @PaigSr: Sorry I don't remember that one. If you ever find it let me know.

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      @sharonbellis: No. The animals don't speak in that one. They dance, but not speak.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @PaigSr: The Little Drummer Boy?

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      CottageHomestead 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, LOVED frosty and charlie brown!!!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      There is still one that I am trying to find. It was with a bunch of animals that were able to speak. When they go to anounce the burth of Jesus is when they are unable to speak in nothing but their animal voices / sounds. Any ideas.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      I watched all of these when I was a kid. The Grinch was always my favorite.

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Nice Lens, i remember watching most of this during christmas, it brings back good memories.