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'Tis the season

1 of 16 Warner Home Video


Which seasonal special can't be skipped? These are the must-watch holiday classics to catch each year ...

2 of 16 CBS

15. Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

This special event about Chewbacca trying to get home to his Wookiee family for a "Life Day" is notoriously ... not that great. However, a repeated annual viewing is necessary for any Star Wars die-hard.

3 of 16 Viacom

14. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

A young orphan, angered by the loss of his family, plays his drum for the Magi to save his injured lamb. He also learns to accept human kindness again in the process.

4 of 16 Warner Bros. Home Video

13. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

Based on the 1823 poem, this special focuses on a town that must change Santa's mind after he is offended by an insulting, anonymous letter in the town's newspaper. Even Santa Claus has haters.

5 of 16 Paramount Home Video

12. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

As Ebenezer Scrooge, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo is haunted by three spirits until he learns to open his heart. It's a sweet special, though not the most memorable take on the classic tale.

6 of 16 Warner Bros. Television

11. Jack Frost (1979)

Jack Frost becomes human and falls in love in this Rankin/Bass stop motion special which is narrated by a groundhog. It doubles as both a holiday favorite and technically covers Groundhog Day too.

7 of 16 NBC

10. The Smurfs' Christmas Special (1982)

Gargamel is no help at all as the Smurfs seek to help two children in trouble in this "smurftastic" holiday special.

8 of 16 The Jim Henson Company

9. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

Fozzie Bear and his Muppet buddies head to his mother's farm for the holidays in one of the few Muppet productions to feature a crossover between The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and Muppet Babies.

9 of 16 Fox Home Video

8. A Garfield Christmas (1987)

Based on the popular comic strip, lasagna-loving, cynical cat Garfield bonds with Jon's grandmother during the holidays.

10 of 16 Warner Bros.

7. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

Who can forget those Snow Miser and Heat Miser songs? This stop motion animated special shows Mrs. Claus and Santa's elves convincing a dejected Santa Claus not to skip Christmas.

11 of 16 Walt Disney Home Video

6. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

Scrooge McDuck takes on his namesake of Ebenezer Scrooge in this Disney adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale.

12 of 16 Viacom

5. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970)

The life story of Kris Kringle, who later becomes Santa Claus, is revealed in this backstory tale about a young Kris delivering gifts to the gloomy city of Sombertown.

13 of 16 Time-Life Video

4. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Frosty the Snowman and a little girl must escape a greedy magician who is after the magical hat that brought the snowman to life.

14 of 16 Warner Bros. Television

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The grumpy Grinch attempts to ruin Christmas for the Whos of Whoville and learns to love in the process. Just try to watch his heart grow without tearing up.

15 of 16 Warner Home Video

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Charlie Brown learns the true meaning of Christmas in this classic holiday special. Linus' speeches are sure to get you in the spirit.

16 of 16 Time-Life Video

1. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Rudolph is a true underdog story. This misfit reindeer takes on the haters (including Santa Claus!) and shows them his weird, glowing nose is actually a good thing.