The best can’t-miss Christmas specials

Shelby DeHaven, ‘Doah Managing Editor
December 4, 2013

With the countdown to Christmas officially beginning, it is time to pull out the favorite children Christmas specials. We all know which ones they are. The movies that we vow not to miss when ABC Family plays them. And as much as I love Harry Potter, they are not a Christmas movies. Here are five of the can’t-miss Christmas specials:


“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966) 

This is a story that truly shows how a town lost the true meaning of Christmas and how it only takes one person, no matter how big or small, to get the feeling back. Thanks to little Cindy Lou Who, the grumpy old Grinch gets welcomes back into Whoville and the whole town lives happily ever after. If you take the time to watch “The Grinch” get old animated television cartoon version rather than the live action one starring Jim Carry and Taylor Momsen.


“Polar Express” (2004)

This movie has captured the hearts of many viewers both young and old. The story follows the adventures of a young boy who questions his belief in Santa Clause. We follow his journey on a special train up to the North Pole where he discovers wonders beyond any of our wildest dreams. This animated film stars that voice of Tom Hanks in six different roles including the hero boy and Santa. In addition to the moving story line, the music is something that has become increasingly popular. Who can forget the track “Believe” by Josh Groban.


“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983)

What better way to hear the “A Christmas Carol” than from the mouth of mice? Disney’s adaptation portrays the same story as Charles Dickens but with the ever popular Mickey Mouse and crew.


“Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer” (1964)

One of the most popular classics in the Christmas world is definitely a movie to not miss. We all know the story of how Rudolph gets bullied by all the other reindeer because of his shiny nose but in the end, his difference helps save to save Christmas. This is one classic that never gets old.


“Santa Claus is coming to Town” (1970)

This Claymation T.V. movie tells the story of how Kris Kringle became Santa Claus. A local mailman tells the story of how Kris had to overcome the opposition of both the Burgermeister and an evil winter in order to deliver toys to children.  No matter how long this movie is around it will also make the Christmas countdown.



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