The Simpsons Christmas Episodes in Order: Springfield’s festive offerings, whenever December rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about what festive films and shows will help get you in the spirit. During the course of its 33 seasons, The Simpsons has aired 20 Christmas episodes. In addition to the above, The Simpsons also starred in a Christmas-themed short on “The Tracey Ullman Show” known for producing a series of shorts featuring the Simpson family.
The Simpsons is the longest-running scripted show in television history, exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. This is an animated sitcom about the antics of a dysfunctional family. Homer is the oafish unhealthy beer loving father, Marge is the hardworking homemaker wife, Bart is the perpetual ten-year-old underachiever (and proud of it), Lisa is the unappreciated eight-year-old genius, and Maggie is the cute, pacifier loving silent infant.
Not having watched some classic Simpsons Christmas episodes is like not celebrating Christmas at all. So if you want to find all the The Simpsons Christmas Episodes in Order (and you should), here’s a simple guide.
All The Simpsons Christmas Episodes in Order to Watch
1. “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire” (Season 1, Episode 1)
While the Simpsons are Christmas shopping, Bart sneaks off and gets a tattoo. Marge soon discovers this and uses the family’s Christmas savings to get it removed. Meanwhile, Homer discovers that he will not be getting a Christmas bonus from Mr. Burns and thus the family has no money to buy Christmas presents. He decides to keep their financial troubles a secret and get a job as a department store Santa, but later discovers that the job does not pay enough. Desperate for a miracle, Homer and Bart go to the dog track on Christmas Eve in hopes of earning some money. He bets it all on a long shot named Santa’s Little Helper, who loses. Angry that he lost, the dog’s owner disowns him. Homer lets Bart keep him. Later, Homer attempts to come clean to everyone, but Bart exclaims that they have a dog and everyone happily welcomes the newest member of the Simpson family.
2. “Marge Be Not Proud” (Season 7, Episode 11)
Bart attempts to shoplift a popular video game at the local Try-N-Save but is caught by the security guard. As a result, the security guard forbids Bart from coming back to his store forever and threatens him to spend Christmas in juvie if he return to his store. Bart manages to stop Homer and Marge from finding out, but is later dismayed when he finds out that the entire family is going to Try-N-Save for the family’s Christmas photo. Bart is discovered by the security guard, who shows Homer and Marge the security footage of Bart stealing the game. Marge becomes distant and punishes Bart by banning him from family activities for his misdemeanour. Bart fears he has lost his mother’s love, and decides he must regain it so he visits the Try-N-Save, and returns with a bulge in his coat. Marge confronts him, believing he was shoplifting again. She finds Bart has hidden a picture of himself bought as a Christmas present for Marge. Marge is overjoyed, and in gratitude for receiving her Christmas gift, she gives Bart his.
3. “Miracle On Evergreen Terrace” (Season 9, Episode 10)
On Christmas morning, Bart wakes up earlier than the rest of the family and goes to open his presents. After playing with a remote control firetruck, Bart accidentally starts a fire, causing the plastic Christmas tree and the presents to melt. Bart hides the melted mess, but when the rest of the Simpson family wakes up, Bart reports to the family that there had been a robber. The news media soon reports this, and the community rallies to their aid and donates $15,000, which Homer spends on a car he soon crashes. However, Bart soon tells the truth to his family; that there never was a robber. The community soon finds out, and demands their money back. Marge decides to go on Jeopardy! to make the money back, but does not succeed. When the family comes back home, they find that the town has looted their entire house of everything except a washcloth.
4. “Grift Of The Magi” (Season 11, Episode 9)
Principal Skinner hires Fat Tony’s construction company to build wheelchair ramps for the school. These ramps promptly break down, forcing Skinner to close down Springfield Elementary. However, a toy company led by Jim Hope takes over the school; in school, the children are only taught to provide marketing schemes and suggestions. Soon, a new toy called Funzo that mysteriously resembles the children’s ideas is invented. After a brief showdown Gary Coleman and the Funzo, things return to normal as Burns decides to fund the school after a visit from the three Christmas spirits.
5. “Skinner’s Sense Of Snow” (Season 12, Episode 8)
In the Christmas episode for this year, Bart and Lisa, along with their main recurring classmates, get snowed in at the school due to a freak blizzard. Principal Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie are the only adults around, due to all of the other school staff and faculty being at some “emergency caucus” (they’re at a ski lodge). To keep the students in line, Principal Skinner must employ his skills as a drill sergeant. However, this strategy is ineffective because Bart and the other students decide to lead a rebellion.
6. “She Of Little Faith” (Season 13, Episode 6)
In the episode, Bart orders a model rocket and Homer builds and tries to launch it. With help from some nerds and a hamster named Nibbles, a new rocket is built and launched, but results in the church being destroyed. The church looks to rebuild and Montgomery Burns offers his help, but only if he can run the church like a business. The over commercialization of the rebuilt church puts Lisa off; she leaves it for good in search of a new place to worship. She finds Lenny, Carl and Richard Gere at a Buddhist temple. Richard gives her some information about Buddhism and she converts. The family tries to use Christmas as a means to bring Lisa back to Christianity. Realizing what they are doing runs to the temple but learns from Richard that Buddhism allows for the tolerance of other beliefs. So as Homer puts it, she can “pay lip service” to Christianity while remaining a Buddhist.
7. “Tis The Fifteenth Season” (Season 15, Episode 7)
In the episode, Mr. Burns gives power plant workers $5 cafeteria vouchers as Christmas bonuses. Mr. Burns gives Homer a “candy card” featuring a “current baseballer” Homer trades his entire register for Joe DiMaggio’s rookie card. With their windfall, the Simpsons shop at the Springfield Heights Promenade. Homer spends the last of his money on a talking astrolabe for himself and can’t afford a Christmas tree for the family. Marge and the kids are disappointed by what he bought. Homer watches “Mr. McGrew’s Christmas Carol” and is inspired to be good and unselfish. Homer’s good deeds make Ned Flanders jealous. Ned gives everyone in Springfield a Christmas present to hurt Homer’s reputation. Homer wants to outdo Flanders, but Lisa advises him to take everyone’s gifts. Homer and SLH steal everyone’s presents (like the Grinch). Homer is attacked in Springfield. Ned tries to save Homer, but a “star” saves them both and they return the gifts. The town sings “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” after Moe’s failed suicide attempt.
8. “Simpsons Christmas Stories” (Season 17, Episode 9)
When Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders are unable to deliver the Christmas sermon, Homer steps in and tells the story of the birth of the baby Jesus (Bart), King Harod’s (Mr. Burns’) attempt to have the baby killed and the creation of the first Christmas tree.
Grandpa tells Bart and Lisa about his and his brother’s World War II service in the Pacific. Cyrus’ plane is lost in battle, and Abe and Mr. Burns crash land theirs. Burns shoots Santa Claus while waiting for rescue at Christmas. Abe and Burns rebuild Santa’s sleigh (only for Burns to later steal.) Santa promises to return for a second rescue, but never does. After Abe finishes his story, Santa takes him to Tahiti to see his brother.
Superintendent Chalmers calls Springfield Elementary’s “Nutcracker” performance “the worst ever.” When it’s revealed that you don’t have to pay for music rights, Springfield residents go about their usual Christmas activities to music from “The Nutcracker,” including a sequence where Moe tries to kill himself and Homer (as usual) tries to get Marge her present at the last minute.
9. “Kill Gil, Volumes I & II” (Season 18, Episode 9)
At Christmas time, when Gil loses his job on Christmas Eve after giving away the present for his boss’s daughter, the Simpsons take him in. However, he soon takes advantage of their generosity and moves in, with Marge unable to throw him out. Meanwhile, Homer is stalked and harassed by a Grinch-like character he fought at an ice show. The title of this episode is a reference to Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2. Elvis Stojko guest stars as himself.
10. “The Fight Before Christmas” (Season 22, Episode 8)
In this four-part Christmas episode (set up similar to season 17’s “Simpsons Christmas Stories”). In the first segment, Bart travels to the North Pole and sets out to get Santa into giving him the dirt bike he has wished for every year. In the second one, set during World War II, Lisa has to cope with the absence of her mother who has been deployed as a soldier overseas. Martha Stewart arrives at the Simpsons’ home in the third dream segment, helping Marge save the family’s Christmas. Finally, in the last segment the entire family has become puppet characters in a theater show that also stars Katy Perry.
11. “Holidays Of Future Passed” (Season 23, Episode 9)
The latest “look-into-the-future” episode is set thirty years into the future, when Bart and Lisa take their children with them to Homer and Marge’s house over Christmas, while a pregnant Maggie goes into labor. Bart has divorced his wife, Jenda, and is struggling to become a better father for his two boys, while Lisa has trouble connecting with her rebellious teenage daughter, Zia. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening made a minor uncredited cameo appearance as a sports commentator shouting “goal!” during a soccer game.
12. “White Christmas Blues” (Season 25, Episode 8)
In the episode, Due to global warming, there is no snow anywhere in the world for Christmas, except in Springfield (due to a mixture of toxic gasses from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and the ongoing fire at the Springfield Tire Dump). The town residents, at Mayor Quimby’s urging, decide to exploit the wave of tourists from around the world who will flock into Springfield for a White Christmas. Marge, wanting to get in on the action, converts the family home into a Bed & Breakfast. However Marge, and all of the Springfieldians, soon have second thoughts.
13. “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” (Season 26, Episode 9)
In the thirteenth Christmas episode of the show, It looks like Homer won’t be home for Christmas after he stays too long at Moe’s Tavern on Christmas Eve and an irate Marge tells him not to return to their house. So depressed, Homer takes a lonely walk through Springfield instead of being with his family, who go out to find him when Moe confesses it was his fault.
14. “The Nightmare After Krustmas” (Season 28, Episode 10)
Krusty keeps Christmas Kosher at the Simpsons. Even Millhouse could have made that. Krusty and his daughter spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, with church attendance plummeting, Rev. Lovejoy seeks converts, and a frightening Christmas toy spooks Maggie. “The Nightmare After Krustmas” is a holiday gift wrapped in family tragedy, the loss of a sense of humor from a young shiksa.
15. “Gone Boy” (Season 29, Episode 9)
Winter is ruined for Springfield, While out with Homer in a remote forest, Bart accidentally falls into an abandoned missile silo. When all of the poorly executed searches for Bart fail, the local media wrongly reports him dead. When Sideshow Bob hears of this, he becomes distraught since he wanted to kill Bart himself. However while trapped in the silo, Bart manages to call his mother on an old phone he manages to get working again for a brief moment. When Bob hears Bart is still alive, he sets out to hunt Bart down and finish him once and for all.
16. “Tis The 30th Season” (Season 30, Episode 10)
The Simpsons wish a Merry Christmas and a DC new year as they celebrate Black Friday in ‘Tis the 30th Season. A desperate and determined Marge plans to save Christmas after a failed Black Friday shopping spree, while Homer and the kids surprise her with a trip to a Florida resort.
17. “Bobby, It’s Cold Outside” (Season 31, Episode 10)
The Simpsons family celebrates Christmas with an extra helping of Sideshow Bob. Bart becomes suspicious when he discovers that Sideshow Bob has been hired to play Santa at a local Christmas-themed amusement park at the same time that parcels are being stolen from the front porches of Springfield’s citizens.
18. “The Way Of The Dog” (Season 31, Episode 22)
Season 31 of The Simpsons concludes with Bart receiving one of those pet-themed Christmas presents. This is reasonable given that they made a Halloween special for the holiday. In this episode, Santa’s Little Helper bites matriarch Marge, causing the family to reflect on the difficult life that the dog led prior to being adopted by the family and they end up reuniting him with his mother to avoid having to euthanize him. The episode is dedicated in memory of Little Richard, who previously appeared in the episode “Special Edna” and had died on May 9, 2020. It also includes footage from the series premiere “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.
19. “A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas” (Season 32, Episode 10)
The Simpsons gifts us with a very effective holiday movie parody. Aspiring Heartmark Channel film producer Mary Tannenbaum is sent to Springfield to help sort out problems with a Christmas movie being filmed there during Summer. Mary stays with the Simpsons where Heartmark fan Marge assertively tries to befriend her, Homer tries to profit from the film, Lisa follows Mary with her own camera to film a behind-the-scenes documentary and Bart becomes bitter when he has to give up his room for film crew. Meanwhile, Mary forms an odd rapport with Seymour Skinner after the two make a deal so that her film doesn’t interfere with his Lettuce and Tomato Festival.
20. “Manger Things” (Season 32, Episode 16)
The Simpsons stuffs a second Christmas episode down the chimney in “Manger Things.” It is a Christmas story of failing and redemption, like every other yuletide tale. During Christmas, Bart finds an ornament featuring Todd Flanders on it, prompting Homer and Marge to proceed telling the kids a flashback event from 6 years prior about the Flanders family’s past and a secret room within the Simpson household.
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