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Nostalgic Christmas Specials You Can’t Miss


Growing up, TV Christmas specials were a highlight of the season. They were innocent, cheesy, and oh-so-spectacular. Honestly, who could resist the holiday stylings of the Osmonds or the Carpenters?

Whether it was Donnie & Marie or Karen & Richard, or whether it was Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, or Andy Williams, watching those variety shows always helped make the Christmas season merry and bright.

And how awesome is it that they can be found on YouTube?

Although Christmas variety shows are no longer the huge audience draw as they were in the ’70s, folks like Blake Shelton and Michael Bublé have manged in recent years to create family-friendly, music-driven Christmas shows. They are still a fun way to spend your time on a cold, December night.

So if you’re thinking you need a dose of Christmas nostalgia, look no further. Here’s my list of the best holiday variety show specials that are sure to make you feel festive, happy, and ready to sing along with your favorite songs of the season.

The Carpenters at Christmas – 1977 

Dean Martin Christmas Show – 1968

Donny & Marie Osmond Christmas Show – 1976

Johnny Cash & Family Christmas Show – 1977

The Andy Williams Christmas Show (The Best of)

Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas – 1977

The Bob Hope Christmas Show – 1985

The Perry Como Christmas Show – 1974

Osmond Family Christmas Show – 1980

Michael Bublé Home for Christmas – 2011

Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (Clip) – 2012

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Let us know: What were your favorite Christmas variety shows?

steveSteve is a lawyer, writer, and the lucky father of three amazing boys. Here at The Nostalgia Diaries, his goal is to help readers focus on the important things, and wants everyone to celebrate the past to create better days today.

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20 thoughts on “Nostalgic Christmas Specials You Can’t Miss

  1. I haven’t seen any of these! I had to click on the Johnny Cash one, because…. Johnny <3 Thank you so much for sharing these! Hope you are enjoying the season!! XOXO

  2. What a great roundup! These bring back so many memories. There are also many I haven’t seen. 🙂

  3. I wonder if there is a Celtic Woman Christmas special. There has to be. I’ve dreamed of one, with Kesha, Jennifer Lawrence and me in it. (Was that out loud?)

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