Top 10 Christmas Specials
Wiki Entertainment staff's picks for the top 10 Christmas specials of all time.
Worst Christmas Specials
Wiki Entertainment staff's picks for the worst 10 Christmas specials of all time.
The True Meaning
Read about the true meaning of Christmas, according to Linus van Pelt.
Other Holiday Specials
Visit our sister wiki, the Other Holiday Specials Wiki.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 stop-motion fantasy film, directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. The movie originated as a poem written by Tim Burton in 1982, while he was working as a Disney animator. With the success of Vincent in 1982, Disney started to consider The Nightmare Before Christmas as either a short subject or 30-minute television special. Over the years, Burton's thoughts regularly returned to the project, and in 1990, Burton and Disney made a development deal. The film begins in a magical place called Halloween Town, all of the town's citizens have gathered to celebrate their holiday and success after terrifying the world. However, Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king and most-acclaimed citizen of the town, a de-facto leader, has become tired of this holiday and no longer sees the point of scaring people. The night after the celebration he takes a long walk through the forest with his ghost dog Zero (who has a glowing pumpkin for a nose), where he finds doorways to other holidays. Intrigued by one showing a bright green tree with decorations, Jack opens the door and falls down a hole leading into Christmas Town. Amazed by the snow, color, and wonder he sees, Jack becomes fascinated with Christmas. (more...)
- Stop-motion pioneer Will Vinton died on October 4th at the age of 70. Best known for creating the California Raisins, former Domino's Pizza mascot the Noid, and the current M&M's Spokescandies, he produced and directed the Emmy-winning special A Claymation Christmas Celebration and the 1980 short A Christmas Gift.
- To compete with the Disney channels' 25 Days of Christmas, the AMC network is launching their own month-long marathon of Yuletide programming, which they call Best Christmas Ever. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Polar Express, and the post-1974 Rankin/Bass library (all of which previously aired as part of the 25 Days of Christmas) will be moving to this new programming event, which has also been confirmed to feature the original Miracle on 34th Street, Gremlins, Jingle All the Way, and the DreamWorks Animation Christmas specials.
- Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt, who wrote The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic, is now bringing out a book about the making of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (as well as the 1966 feature film The Daydreamer), coming September 21st.
- Actor/director Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 on September 6th. Known for his leading roles in such films as Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit and for being the original voice of Charlie Barkin from All Dogs Go to Heaven, he also voiced the adult Tommy Tinkerton in The Legend of Frosty the Snowman and Buster in A Magic Christmas.
- Actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson, who played Robbie Rotten on LazyTown and also performed as the Grinch in the Broadway musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! from 2008 to 2015, died at the age of 43 on August 21st.
- Actress/comedian Charlotte Rae died at the age of 92 on August 5th. Best known for her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and its spin-off The Facts of Life (including their Christmas episodes), she was also the voice of Nanny in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and had roles in The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! and Christmas Cottage.
- The Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas, Freeform's annual programming event for late November, is being retitled as Kick-Off to Christmas this year.
Upcoming Video Releases
Popular Christmas Specials
Popular Christmas Movies