Every year the TV networks (and streaming services) flood the airwaves with new Christmas specials. This year we got Netflix’s BoJack Horseman Christmas Special, the likeable ABC special Toy Story That Time Forgot and NBC’s Elf Buddy’s Musical Christmas. Some of these specials will go on to find a niche in the cultural memory while others are more disposable.

One thing is for certain: the family specials that have made this list have been around forever, touching multiple generations of children along the way. And while they might nab some competition from the Toy Story gang and more, you’ll usually be able to find these enduring classics on TV around the holidays year in and year out. Without further ado, here are the 5 greatest family Christmas specials of all time.

Frosty Snowman
5. Frosty The Snowman
Frosty The Snowman is a Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin classic—names that will come up more than once on this list. But Frosty The Snowman is especially memorable, since it doesn’t use the stop-motion animation the Rankin/Bass company was known for. The 1969 special gives us a window into a very special schoolday, when the children come together to build a living snowman but trouble arises when a magician nearly spoils the day. The movie is distinctly sixties, but its message is still resonant and its story is still fun, today.

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