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The Best Family-Friendly Holiday Episodes of 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...to cuddle up and watch TV as a family.

Olivia Armstrong

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AppleTV+

The busiest season calls for some much-needed down time. So put the wrapping paper aside (those presents can wait) and kick back with the merriest episodes, holiday specials, and seasonal collections of the year, streaming now on a screen near you!

Go, Dog, Go: “Snow Dog Snow”

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Netflix

Christmas must have come early, because new episodes of Go, Dog, Go are here! This season kicks off with a holiday adventure for the ages: It’s Sniffsmas Eve and Sandra Paws has crashed her sleigh. Ruh-roh. Just when things are looking a little unlucky for the town of Pawston, Tag, Scooch, and the rest of their canine cohorts band together to save the holiday — and remind us all what Sniffsmas is all about (Spoiler alert: It’s dogs. Sniffsmas is always about dogs).

Watch the trailer, or stream it on Netflix.

"Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne"

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AppleTV+

When her grandmother is unable to visit for the holidays, Lucy channels her disappointment into throwing the most extravagant New Year’s party the Peanuts gang has ever seen. But even independent go-getter Lucy can’t do it alone. So Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Patty, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts pitch in so they can celebrate together, like the true family they are.

Watch the trailer or stream it on AppleTV+ or Hulu

Blue’s Clues & You: “Blue’s Snowy Day Surprise”

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Nick Jr.

Blue has a special surprise for Josh and all of her friends in this snowy installment of the long-running animated classic. Featuring a musical number with none other than Mo Snow, the Blue’s Clues crew is excited for everything winter weather has in store, especially if it means indulging in one of their favorite pastimes: Making snow angels!

Stream on Hulu

"Disney Holiday Magic Quest"

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Disney+

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, Disney Channel rounded up its stars to take part in a special holiday adventure in the park! It's part game show, part scavenger hunt as players spend the night in Magic Kingdom (jealous!) and compete in festive challenges that involve your favorite attractions. And if you have a houseful of insatiable Disney devotees, check out the Happy Holidays Collection. It’s jam-packed with specials, movies, and episodes that are sure to keep everyone entertained.

Stream on Disney+

Ted Lasso: “The Missing Christmas Mustache”

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AppleTV+

In this short animated treat from the hit comedy, Coach Ted Lasso loses his famous mustache right before he’s scheduled to FaceTime with his son, Henry. Where has it gone off to? Why did it disappear? The world may never know, but it’s no match for Team Richmond, who's determined to make sure Ted has the best Christmas ever—with or without facial hair.

Watch the trailer or stream it on Apple TV+ and YouTube

"SpongeBob’s Road to Christmas"

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Nickelodeon

Nothing excites SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star more than the holidays. Think about it: Opposite Day, Leif Erikson Day, Valentine’s Day — all bring them unbridled joy that they’re compelled to share with the rest of Bikini Bottom. But getting to travel to the North Pole for Christmas?! And bestowing a gift upon Santa Claus himself? It’s a holiday adventure to remember for our beloved underwater critters and they want everyone along for the ride.

Stream it on Nick.com

"Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas"

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Netflix, Aardman Animations

All Shaun wants for Christmas is a bigger stocking. But time is running out before Santa comes to town and Shaun needs help! Cue his barnyard buddies as they try to channel the magic of their reindeer peers and fly a sleigh to save the day. This is a holiday episode we know ewe will want to watch over and over.

Watch the trailer or stream it on Netflix

"Teen Titans Go! To the Holidays"

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Cartoon Network, DC

No one celebrates the holidays quite like Robin and the Teen Titans crew — even when they end up on the Naughty List. HBO Max has rounded up all Teen Titans Go! holiday episodes in one, binge-worthy seasonal collection, so you can watch the Titans try to outwit Santa, attempt to save Christmas, and try to break their bad luck streak on New Year’s Eve.

Stream it on HBO Max

"The Great British Baking Show: Holidays"

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Netflix

Whip out the whipped cream, the eggnog, and the confectioner’s sugar, because judges Paul and Prue are back under the tent for two very special holiday bake-offs: “The Great Christmas Baking Show” and “The Great New Year Baking Show.” Watch contestants of seasons past batter it out for the coveted cake plate and the title of Top Baker.

Watch the trailer or stream it on Netflix

"Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues"

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AppleTV+

Get ready to put this one on repeat for the remainder of the season. Because The Queen of Christmas is back with a brand-new holiday sing-along special that’s nothing short of dazzling, dahling. The glitz, the glamour, the yuletide cheer... It’s official: All we want for Christmas is more Mariah Carey. 

Watch the trailer or stream it on AppleTV+

Bob’s Burgers: “Gene’s Christmas Break”

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FOX

While the adults busy themselves with a neighborhood-wide Secret Santa exchange (what could Teddy possibly get Mort?!); Gene is busy belting out Christmas jingles from Bob’s old record collection: namely, Percy McTinsel-bud’s Tinsel Machine. Only catch is the record is extremely rare, so when Gene accidentally breaks it in half, the Belchers get creative to re-record tunes such as “Space Reindeer” and “Elves Are People Too.”

Stream it on Hulu. 

Hawkeye: “So This Is Christmas?”

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Marvel | Disney

If you haven’t streamed Hawkeye yet, the sixth and final installment of the Marvel mini-series might contain a spoiler or two about the justice our heroes Clint and Kate have been trying to serve all season. But it made the list because Hawkeye gave us the action-packed holiday adventure we didn’t know we needed. When Hawkeye and his protégé get intel that could crack their case wide open, they turn New York topsy-turvy to try and save the city (and knock over the Rockefeller Center tree in the process, oops!).

Stream on Disney+