Christmas Cartoons


As December days tick away, I like to fill them with some of my favorite holiday specials from my childhood. Many of these were stand alone features which aired on holiday evenings throughout the season, while others were simply incorporated into the seasonal rotation of some of my favorite cartoons and kids shows.

Despite this, many can be found on DVD, and I highly recommend you add some of these not only to your holiday rotation, but also your DVD collection!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Not only does this 50th anniversary Charlie Brown DVD have the classic 1965 special, but it also includes the 1992 It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas

This 1981 Christmas special itself doesn't showcase these iconic characters in their Ruby Spears (RS) iterations, but overall, it still does the trick delivering on a classic holiday special, as well as their holiday hit, The Chipmunk Song. Also included are two additional episodes from the Classic RS show themed around the holidays. If you want to go all out, there's also a two-disc version, which includes a CD soundtrack.

Back To The Future The Animated Series: A Dickens Of A Christmas

Not only does this holiday special come as a stand alone DVD, but it can also be seen as part of the first season of the 1991 / 1992 show.

Cabbage Patch Kids First Christmas and The Little Troll Prince: A Christmas Parable

This double feature disc brings you both the 1984 Cabbage Patch special, as well as the 1987 The Little Troll Prince holiday feature.

Care Bears: The Nutcracker

Though it's considered a full length feature, the run time of this Care Bears "film" is actually only a hair over one hour.

Christmas Comes To Pac-Land

You can't purchase this 1982 holiday special on its own, but thankfully, it was included as a bonus on the complete second season DVD for the Saturday morning cartoon.

Claymation Christmas

It's not one of my favorites, but I do appreciate a few segments within this classic holiday special from 1987. An added bonus to this DVD set is that it includes the forgotten Halloween and Easter specials.

Garfield Holiday Celebrations

This great DVD disc contains three classic Garfield holiday specials. Halloween (Garfield's Halloween Adventure - 1985), Thanksgiving (Garfield's Thanksgiving - 1987) and Christmas (A Garfield Christmas - 1987)!

He-Man / She-Ra Christmas Special

It's as cheesy as they come, but an iconic adventure for He-Man and She-Ra focused on our heroes saving Christmas for a pair of children, while also showing that Skeletor can have his heart melted.

Hanna-Barbara Holiday Triple Feature

The title is actually a little misleading. There are more than three holiday specials included on this awesome DVD set, and I'm totally fine with that! These include A Flintstone Christmas Carol (1994), Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982), and both Smurf specials, The Smurf's Christmas Special (1982), and Tis The Season To Be Smurfy (1987).

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

If you watch no other holiday cartoons this season, this 1966 classic is one you can't go wrong with.

Mickey's Christmas Carol

My all time favorite holiday classic, and the one that kicked off my tradition of watching classic holiday cartoons throughout December. What I particularly like about this 30th anniversary edition is that it has the classic shorts that were include in the original 1985 white clam shell VHS edition.

Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

Though it featured a slew of guest stars that kids of 1988 probably had never heard of, this Christmas special has gone on to be a classic of the era.

The Smurfs Holiday Celebration

If you're buying any of these DVD's, and plan on buying the above Hanna-Barbara set, then skip this one. It includes the two Smurf specials noted above, and nothing more.

Ziggy's Gift

Ziggy is an often forgotten about cartoon character, but what better way to reacquaint yourself with him than this 1982 classic?

Most of these can be purchased for five to ten dollars, and if you're not going to grab them now for yourself, there's still time to tell a friend, partner or kids on a tight budget to grab some of these for you. Amazon has most of these readily available with free Prime shipping.

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  1. Wow - that's a lot of cartoon holiday goodness. Have you ever watched Jim Henson's Emmitt Otter Jug band Christmas? It's a Muppet type movie. I've never seen it but heard it was good.

    1. Never heard of that one. Gonna have to check it out.

  2. That's a great list and I have 2 of them lol. Garfield and He-Man!