30+ Classic Christmas Cartoons You Can Watch on YouTube

Every year, I so look forward to watching classic Christmas cartoons while the snow is falling, snuggling under a thick, puffy blanket with some hot chocolate and marshmallows, and just relaxing for a few hours straight.

Some of my fondest memories of Christmas are of when we would gather as a family to watch all the amazing Christmas shows that were on the television.

Holy mackerel! I haven't seen some of these cartoons in decades, and now I can watch them on YouTube! So many awesome Christmas specials, so little time!

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Nowadays, when I watch any of these Christmas specials, it instantly takes me back to that time. I admit, the TV is actually a poor place to connect, but for some reason it just makes me feel all warm and happy when I think about these fun classic Christmas cartoons that I grew up with.

My husband was not as fortunate as I was. 😉 He was born in a country south of the equator where Santa arrived in island shorts and sunglasses because, you know, summer. He has only seen a couple of classic Christmas cartoons!

30+ Classic Christmas Cartoons You Can Watch on YouTube

I cannot let my husband go on living like this any longer! 😉 For his sake, I’ve gathered all the best classic Christmas cartoons I could find and we are going to watch several of them this Christmas season!

We don’t have cable, Netflix, Hulu, or any of those subscription services all you cool cats are using these days, but we do have YouTube, and it’s a gold mine when it comes to finding classic Christmas cartoons! Since I spent so much time searching for these shows, I thought I would share them with you here.

The Christmas cartoons on this list are from the early 1930s until the early 1990s. Grab your grandma and other relatives, turn on one of these classics, and be prepared for some serious nostalgia!


Mickey’s Orphans | 1931

Santa’s Workshop | 1932

Mickey’s Good Deed | 1932

The Night before Christmas | 1933

Broken Toys | 1935

The Cookie Carnival | 1935

On Ice | 1935

Alias St. Nick | 1935


The Art of Skiing | 1941 No longer available 🙁

Donald’s Snow Fight | 1942

Toy Tinkers | 1949


Corn Chips | 1951

Gift Wrapped | 1952 No longer available 🙁

Once Upon a Wintertime | 1954


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | 1964

A Charlie Brown Christmas | 1965  Not the entire show, but you can buy it through Amazon*

How the Grinch Stole Christmas | 1966  Not the entire show, but you can buy it through Amazon*

Frosty the Snowman | 1969


Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town | 1970  Not the entire show, but you can buy it through Amazon*

‘Twas the Night before Christmas | 1974

The Year Without a Santa Claus | 1974

A Cosmic Christmas | 1977

Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas | 1977

Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey | 1977 Not the entire show

The Small One | 1978

Jack Frost | 1979 No longer available 🙁


The Snowman | 1982

Mickey’s Christmas Carol | 1984

A Garfield Christmas Special | 1987

A Muppet Family Christmas | 1987


A Wish for Wings That Work | 1991

It’s Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown | 1992

What is your favorite classic Christmas cartoon?

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  1. I was JUST thinking of which movies I can show my kids for the holiday season, Charlee! Thanks for the recommendations. I might borrow these from the library.
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    • Glad I posted it today, then! Have fun watching them with your kids! I have tried to put Christmas shows on hold at the library, and I never know the right time to do it. I either have to get the movie way before Christmas or my turn finally comes sometime in March or April! Ha! I think our library system needs more Christmas movies, especially the popular ones!

  2. Jules33 says:

    Really enjoyed your list!!! I actually watched The Snowman today and was hoping to find some more! I will watch some with my sweetheart baby Veronica! Thanks for doing the work!

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