Growing up can be a drag when you realize that some things will just never be the same. No more waking up to brand new toys under the tree and spending the entire day happy, cheerful, and responsibility-free. But… something that will always remain no matter how old you get is the cartoons! Nickelodeon had some of the best animated Christmas specials ever to air on television. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, you just need a little reminder of the episodes that made Christmas time excitable.
1. Fairly OddParents “Christmas Every Day” (2001)
Airdate: December 12, 2001
As Christmas approaches, which is Timmy’s favorite holiday, he makes the ultimate wish in hopes it will remain Christmas every day. It seemed like the perfect wish for a 10-year-old kid until it wasn’t.
2. SpongeBob Squarepants “Christmas Who?” (2000)
Airdate: December 6, 2000
SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom residents learn the true meaning of Christmas. Well, sorta. It has a catchy musical number that we all know the words to so there’s that!
3. Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas” (1994)
Airdate: December 1, 1994
Rocko tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but when there’s no snow outside and his party invitees are no-shows, it becomes rather difficult.
4. Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (1996)
Airdate: December 14, 1996
Arnold is destined to find the Christmas miracle that Mr. Hyunh is longing for, his long-lost daughter.
5. Rugrats “The Santa Experience” (1992)
Airdate: December 6, 1992
The adults take the babies up to the mountain cabin for a Christmas celebration. Angelica’s devious ways may have earned her a big lump of coal and a spot on Santa’s naughty list.
6. Danny Phantom “The Fright Before Christmas” (2005)
Airdate: December 6, 2005
When it comes to Christmas, Danny isn’t having any of it. When his friends call him out on it, he attempts to destroy anything Christmas-related in Ghost World to relieve his stress, which he soon learns was a mistake.
7. As Told by Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special” (2001)
Airdate: December 10, 2001
When Ginger learns that she is part Jewish, she decides to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem to best friend Dodie, who insists that she is abandoning Christmas.
8. Jimmy Neutron “Holly Jolly Jimmy” (2003)
Airdate: December 8, 2003
After Jimmy tells his friends that he doesn’t believe him Santa, it leads the crew to the North Pole to get answers.
9. Invader Zim “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever” (2002)
Airdate: December 10, 2002
Being amazed at how much power Santa has over humans during Christmas time, Zim creates a Santa suit and pretends to be him to gain control.
10. Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story” (1993)
Airdate: December 12, 1993
Porkchop is accused of attacking Beebe, which puts his life on the line and Doug’s Christmas spirit is in shambles.