Yogi Bear is a character who stars in cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera. Originally introduced as a starring character on The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958, he is an anthropomorphic bear who lives in Jellystone Park and does not like to conform to the park's rules, rejecting berries in favor of snatching the visitors' picnic baskets. Yogi's popularity led to him starring in his own show in 1961, and he has since appeared in many other Hanna-Barbera shows and TV specials.
Being a bear, Yogi does not usually celebrate the winter holidays because he usually hibernates during wintertime. However, he has managed to star in at least three Christmas specials made long after his original series ended.
Appearances in Christmas specials
Yogi's first starring role in a Christmas special in chronological order was the made-for-TV movie Yogi's First Christmas. In it, he and Boo Boo are unexpectedly awakened from their hibernation in the middle of December and, in their attempt to investigate the noise, are made waiters at the Jellystone Lodge. When Yogi finds out that he and Boo Boo awoke in time for Christmas, he decides to stay awake through the holiday so he can experience it, as he has always slept through it before (hence the movie's title). Over the course of the lodge's annual Christmas carnival, Yogi serendipitously pulls off several heroic or astounding feats, despite his constantly drifting off to sleep due to his natural instincts. As a result, he is promoted all the way up to being the hotel's manager for the duration of its Christmas party and is even stated to be made the director for next year's carnival.
In Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, produced two years later, Yogi and Boo Boo sneak out of Jellystone Park to spend Christmas with Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, and the rest of their friends in the city (unaware that their friends were planning to visit them in Jellystone Park). While eluding the city's zookeepers, Yogi and Boo Boo meet a young girl named Judy Jones, who feels constantly neglected by her billionaire father. Yogi and Boo Boo work to make Christmas merrier for Judy and, with help from their friends, eventually reunite Judy with her father.
Other Christmas productions
Before both of his own Christmas specials were made, Yogi and his friends also starred in Casper's First Christmas, a crossover with Casper the Friendly Ghost. In it, Yogi and the gang happen upon the run-down house that happens to be the residence of Casper and his friend Hairy Scary from Casper and the Angels. They decide to spend Christmas there and start decorating the place for the holiday, during which Yogi and Boo Boo cross paths with Casper, whom Yogi thinks is a kid wearing a bedsheet. Later, when Santa Claus visits the house to deliver everyone's presents, he gives Yogi a new hat.