Some classic holiday specials have aired on TV over the years. But it’s not just television specials like “Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” It includes multiple episodes from various television shows, too.

In fact, some of the most iconic “Christmas” television specials come from television shows. “The Office” has a bundle of holiday episodes, for example, which are watched by millions every year.

Similarly, Seinfeld created its own holiday tradition that is a Christmas alternative “for the rest of us.”

Keeping track of all the top holiday content can be difficult. So we’ve captured some of the top Christmas-themed episodes of television shows out there in one helpful place,

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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’


The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Charlie Brown’s search for the deeper meaning of Christmas in this classic special.

Where to watch: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is available on Apple TV Plus.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’ — ‘Christmas Story’

Season 1, Episode 11 (TV-G)

Mayberry businessman Ben Weaver tries to get arrested after he sees the holiday celebration at Sheriff Andy Taylor’s jail.

Where to watch: “The Andy Griffith Show” is available on Amazon Prime Video.

‘Mr. Bean’ — ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean’

Season 1, Episode 7 (TV-G)

Mr. Bean causes trouble at a department store during his holiday shopping and gets his head stuck in the turkey while preparing Christmas dinner.

Where to watch: “Mr. Bean” is available on Hulu.

‘Seinfeld’ — ‘The Strike’

Season 9, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

This classic episode of “Seinfeld” gave us Festivus, a non-commercial December holiday and Christmas alternative “for the rest of us.”

Where to watch: “Seinfeld” is available on Hulu.

‘Friends’ — ‘The One With the Holiday Armadillo’

Season 7, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

Unable to rent a Santa Claus costume, Ross dresses up as an armadillo in his attempt to make the holiday special for his son, Ben.

Where to watch: “Friends” is available on HBO Max.

‘Gilmore Girls’ — ‘Forgiveness and Stuff’

Season 1, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

Family drama takes a back seat after Richard Gilmore collapses at a Christmas party.

Where to watch: “Gilmore Girls” is available on Netflix.

‘The Office’ — ‘Christmas Party’

Season 2, Episode 10 (TV-14)

Michael turns a Secret Santa gift exchange into a game of “Yankee Swap.”

Where to watch: “The Office” is available on Netflix until Jan. 1, 2021.

‘Community’ — ‘Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas’

Season 2, Episode 11 (TV-PG)

The study group tries to help Abed discover the true meaning of Christmas as he wakes up in a stop-motion animation world.

Where to watch: “Community” is available on Netflix.

‘Parks and Recreation’ — ‘Citizen Knope’

Season 4, Episode 10 (TV-PG)

The Pawnee Parks and Recreation team comes together to plan a Christmas present for Leslie, the ultimate gift giver.

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Where to watch: “Parks and Recreation” is available on Peacock.

‘This Is Us’ — ‘Last Christmas’

Season 1, Episode 10 (TV-14)

After rushing Kate to the hospital with a case of appendicitis on Christmas Eve, the Pearson family runs into a special old friend.

Where to watch: “This Is Us” is available on Hulu.

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