Best Holiday Episodes from your Favorite TV Shows

Looking to get into the Christmas spirit without watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? Well, look no further! Check out these sitcom holiday episodes that are sure to have you spreading holiday cheer! It was tough, but we managed to pick our favorite Friends Christmas episode, plus more.


  • The Office, “A Benihana Christmas”

the office Christmas episode


Okay, this one’s easy. This show never fails to cheer its viewers up, so throw in some holiday shenanigans via Dwight Schrute, and it’s the perfect recipe for getting in the Christmas mood.


  • New Girl, “Christmas Eve Eve”

Jess standing in front of Nick, Cece, Schmidt, and Winston in Christmas pajamas

If you’re not already a regular viewer of New Girl, you need to get on it ASAP. Between awkward girl-next-door Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the likable douchebag Schmidt (Max Greenfield). This show is jam-packed with unique humor and social commentary.

This episode highlights the gift-giving pressures of the holiday season and pokes fun at Christmas traditions, such as Secret Santa.


  • Friends, “The One With The Holiday Armadillo”

Ross dressed as an armadillo in a Friends Christmas episode

If you haven’t watched every episode of friends already, are you even a real person? This episode is all about Ross trying to figure out a creative way to explain Hanukkah to his son, Ben, while still being as entertaining as the man in red himself. This is arguably the best Friends Christmas episode of all.


  • Lost, “The Constant”

Penny from Lost crying on the phone

This is widely regarded as the best episode ever from the series, so it’s definitely a must-watch anyway. But it’s underlying family themes truly make you feel as sentimental as the holidays do themselves. Characters Desmond and Penny finally reconcile on Christmas Eve after years of separation, and their reunion is sure to make your heart burst.


  • How I Met Your Mother, “How Lily Stole Christmas”

Lilly wearing a Christmas hat standing next to Ted

As another classic sitcom, HIMYM is more well known for their Thanksgiving episodes. However, this Christmas episode comes early on in the show when the characters are still establishing themselves, which provides hilarious characterization of our HIMYM friends.


  • South Park, “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo”

Stan in front of a nativity scene

We totally get it if South Park, like, isn’t really your thing. It’s a smart, satirical show, but it is laced with plenty of dumb humor that really turns people off. But they really are a hilarious show, and they’re so popular for a reason. Their Christmas episodes never fail to entertain (and offend) viewers, so check this out if you’re looking for some holiday-induced laughs.


  • Spongebob Squarepants, “Christmas Who?”

spongebob dancing in front of a green background with candy canes

If you spent your whole life wanting to see Patrick’s famous picture of Spongebob at the Christmas party, then look no further than Spongebob’s first Christmas episode ever. It’s hilarious to go back to the earlier seasons of Spongebob, but this episode is truly adorable. It’s all about Spongebob bringing Christmas back to Bikini Bottom, and if you don’t find that entertaining, I’m not sure what will.


  • Lizzie McGuire, “Xtreme Xmas”

Main characters from Lizzie McGuire wearing elf costumes

There’s nothing quite like the lessons taught from old Disney Channel shows like “That’s so Raven” and “Lizzie McGuire.” This episode is all about Lizzie choosing selflessness instead of selfishness. The same choice that many find hard to make when the holiday seasons roll around. However, Lizzie and her friends always seem to make it out okay.

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