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Holiday 2022: Christmas specials to watch this festive season

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By Marissa Chin

PHOTO: Jessica Miglio, 2022 Marvel
Holiday 2022: Christmas specials to watch this festive season

Christmas is not just a time to be excited for gift exchanges and festive feasts, but to also look forward to some feel-good holiday films and shorts. Indeed, when one thinks about Christmas, classics from Home Alone to Love Actually pop up in mind. Rather than tuning in to these popular holiday films this year, we’ve gleaned six recent and contemporary Christmas specials that will hit you in the feels this festive season. So, snuggle up under your blankets with a warm peppermint tea, and watch Christmas come alive on your screen.



Where: AppleTV+

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Octavia Spencer, Patrick Page, Aimee Carrero

The Charles Dickens Christmas classic gets a modern (and dare we say, funnier?) revamp! Meet Clint Briggs, the ultimate scrooge who tests the patients of every Christmas ghost—until the Ghost of Christmas Present decides to take it upon himself to do the job. For the first time, witness A Christmas Carol, told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious and heartwarming musical comedy with original songs by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). Catch the Deadpool actor burst out into song and dance in his first on-screen musical! 

Watch here.



Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Maya Rudolph 

Whilst not a total Christmas movie per se, Disenchanted is on the list because of its fairytale premise. From magic spells to vibrant costumes (and talking animals), you will be taken back to nostalgic childhood memories of watching fantastical adventures, which is what Christmas is also all about. Follow Giselle and Robert as they discover what happily ever after truly means.

Watch here.


Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

When: 25 November 2022 

Where: Disney+ Hotstar 

Starring: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldaña, Vin Diesel

The Guardians are back for another adventure, and this time, they’re coming to Earth! Determined to make their leader Peter Quill feel better after the tragedy of the Infinity saga, the troupe of aliens decides to head to Quill’s home in search of the perfect Christmas present—Kevin Bacon. 

Watch here.


Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock

Where: AppleTV+

Here’s another fun-loving holiday special to jam with your little ones this Christmas. Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and new Fraggle friends as they fill the Night of the Lights with songs and cheer. Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is the highly anticipated reboot of the beloved classic series Fraggle Rock and will see the group of friends on an adventure of magic and music.

Watch here.


Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

When: 2 December 2022

Where: Netflix

Truly a muse for the Christmas season, Charles Dickens’ timeless tale will be taking another form this year in Netflix’s animated film. Selfish miser Ebenezer Scrooge only has one night left to face his past and build a better future before time runs out. Will he be able to change his ways and come out a better person? Follow along in this supernatural, time-travelling musical adaptation, featuring reimagined songs from two-time Academy Award winner Leslie Bricusse OBE.


Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To All!

When: 20 December 2022

Where: Paramount+

Nothing says Christmas like the Queen herself, Mariah Carey. Arguably the representative song of the festival holiday, All I Want For Christmas defines Christmas for many around the world. Now, you will be able to watch Carey perform the iconic song and her other festive hits in her only Christmas concert this year! The singer announced that she will be performing in a two-hour Christmas-themed concert special, titled Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To All on 13 December. The concert will be available to stream on 20 December.

Head to Paramount+ for more information.


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