When Is ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Airing on TV in 2018?

For anyone overwhelmed by holiday season madness, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a welcome antidote. The 1965 TV special tackles weighty topics like the commercialization of the holiday, feelings of seasonal depression and loneliness, and the real meaning of the Christmas season with grace and good humor. Is it any wonder that the 30-minute cartoon has a bona fide Christmas classic, beloved by kids and adults alike?

If you’ve spent the last 12 months wondering when you’ll next be able to see Charlie Brown’s sad little tree and Snoopy’s over-the-top Christmas decorations, your wait is over. Here’s when A Charlie Brown Christmas is airing on TV in 2018.

A Charlie Brown Christmas air date

This year’s first broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 8/7c on ABC as part of the network’s 25 Days of Christmas lineup. The original special directed by Bill Melendez will be followed by Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales.

If you miss the December 6 broadcast, don’t panic. ABC will show the animated feature again on Thursday, December 20 at 8/7c.

On Friday, December 21, ABC will air I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown at 8/7c. This special first aired on ABC in 2003. On Thursday, December 27, you can catch Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, also at 8/7c on ABC.

Can you stream A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Unfortunately, A Charlie Brown Christmas isn’t available on Netflix or for free streaming with Amazon Prime. But you can buy a digital copy on Amazon, iTunes, for $12.99. It’s $9.99 on Google Play and Vudu.

The special is also available on DVD. It’s $7 on Amazon and can be found for a similar price at Target and Walmart. If you love all the Peanuts holiday cartoons, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, get the Peanuts Holiday Collection, a box set with the three most popular specials. It’s $24.99 at both Walmart and Amazon.

Other favorite Christmas specials


Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town | Rankin/Bass Productions/ABC

In addition to A Charlie Brown Christmas, TV networks will be opening up their vaults and airing many other vintage Christmas specials from the 1960s and 1970s. Here’s when some of your favorites will be on TV.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Forget the 2000 live-action movie from with Jim Carrey or the new animated version. Purists know the 1966 animated special featuring the voice of Boris Karloff is the best adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic story. It airs on Friday, November 23 at 8/7c on NBC and again on Christmas Day at the same time.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: In an all-digital era, there’s something charming about the stop-motion animation of this perennially popular 1964 Christmas special from Rankin/Bass. It’s on CBS on Tuesday, November 27 at 8/7c and again at the same time on Saturday, December 8.

Frosty the Snowman: The 1969 animated special features the voice of Jimmy Durante as Frosty. It airs Friday, November 23 at 8/7c on CBS. It’s followed by Frosty Returns. Frosty airs again at 9/8c on Saturday, December 8.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town: Another Rankin/Bass production, this special is on ABC on Friday, November 23 at 8/7c.

The Year Without a Santa Claus: The 1974 stop-motion special airs at 5:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. on AMC on Saturday, December 1.

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