TV's 12 Greatest and Gayest Holiday Specials

By: Christopher Harrity

For some of us, the overly sincere tone of the holidays gets a bit much. That's when we turn to YouTube. For each of the 12 days of Christmas, we've assembled the most incredibly campy Christmas TV shows ever aired. Click through to sample these small screen gems and see if your favorite made our list.


12. Judy Garland Christmas Special (1963)

Come back here if ever the holiday snark starts making you feel too bitchy. This is the gold standard. Judy, Liza, Lorna, and Joey all get in on the act. Jack Jones and Mel Tormé help with needed smarm. Plus, we've found the full, hourlong version. This is pretty awesome — if you can take off your bitter goggles.


11. Home For Christmas, Dolly Parton (1990)

Nothing says the birth of Jesus like giant breasts and huge hair. Dolly is flawless here, but who knew 1990 was so '80s? What a wealth of embellished prairie dresses. And Dolly's hair is not the biggest on the show; take a look at the amazing blowbacks on her male band members.