Stream some classic Christmas cartoons and specials from the 1940s to 1980s

Watch stop-motion curiosities, puppet shows and Clarabell skits with our batch of vintage Christmas shorts.

Each week, on our cartoons page, we open up the vault and present animated gems from the past to stream for free. This being Christmas week, we got in the ho-ho-holiday spirit and pulled out some vintage live action and cartoon specials from Santa's sack. Because watching television specials is as much a part of Christmas as cookies and carols. 

Perhaps you remember watching these as a child. Here are some fun shorts to watch with the whole family or for a solo trip down memory lane.

A Christmas Dream (1949) Dolls and other toys come to life in this nifty stop-motion animation, which was originally made in Czechoslovakia, but presented by an American Mr. Claus for our audiences.

The Elf and Mr. Little (1953) Choir boys controlled by string sing in this puppet show.

Howdy Doody's Christmas (1951) Speaking of puppets, the most famous of them all hosts this Christmas short, but it's the clown Clarabell who steals the show.

The Little Christmas Burro (1978) Lorne Greene narrates this tale that comes loaded with songs.

The Little Lamb (1955) This Nativity tale features an uncredited Maureen O'Sullivan, better known as Tarzan's Jane and mom of Mia Farrow.

The Night Before Christmas (1946) The traditional poem is staged with a mix of film and animation.

A Present for Santa Claus (1947) A boy and a girl leave some hot beverages for Santa, who sniffs them out.

Santa in Animal Land (1948) Animal puppets seek out puppet Santa to find out why he doesn't deliver presents to them.

Santa's Pocket Watch (1980) William Rushton narrates this cartoon.

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