You know who decided we needed a little extra magic this year? Mariah Carey, the Queen of Christmas. In a year that keeps on giving for Carey after her incredible memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, she’s gracing her fans with a Christmas special on Apple TV+, the details of which have been kept totally secret — except for a cryptic Carey tweet hinting that Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande could be co-stars. To add to that fabulousness, we have Dolly Parton and Christine Baranski co-starring in a holiday musical special called Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, and more Netflix animated holiday kids specials than you’ll know what to do with. 2020 may not be all roses and sunshine, but this year’s holiday specials are coming in strong to get us through the last of this year — for you and for your kids.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 9, 2020
Along with once-in-a-lifetime gets like Mariah, we have old classic specials to rely on, like a third season of The Great British Baking Show: Holiday and a sequel to beloved Angela’s Christmas, based on the children’s story by Frank McCourt. And if you’re kids are fans of Super Monsters, Captain Underpants, Go! Go! Cory Carson, or Wonderoos, they’re in luck — all those shows are launching holiday-themed specials that will help your kids excited about the spirit of Christmas no matter what else is going on.
Whether you’ve been humming Christmas tunes since September or you’re considering ditching the holiday altogether this year, these specials are the best and easiest way to inject a little holiday spirit into your home, fast. All you have to do from here is pick and click.