Best Christmas shows 2022: The 14 best TV shows to watch

From Call the Midwife to Strictly Dancing, there are plenty of festive TV shows to enjoy this year

Christmas is right around the corner and there’s no better way to get in a festive mood than by watching some of the latest holiday specials from your favorite TV show.

This year features a schedule packed with several TV series that are also dropping their final seasons over the holiday period.

To help you choose what to watch, we’ve reviewed a plethora of TV shows and holiday specials that will be released this year and picked the best of the bunch.

Here are the 14 best Christmas TV specials you can watch this holiday season.

Happy Valley – BBC One

Although it’s not a Christmas series, Happy Valley is back for a third season after a long hiatus. Sarah Lancashire will return as Sergeant Catherine Cawood for the last time, with fans excited to see what happens in this crime thriller.

Happy Valley will launch on BBC One on New Year’s Day.

Happy Valley will return to our screens after six years (Photo: BBC/Lookout Point/Matt Square)

Motherland – BBC One

Motherland will be back on our screens for the first ever Christmas special. Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) is assigned to host a chaotic Christmas dinner at the house, while Amanda (Lucy Bunch) is having an awkward day with Johnny (Terry Minot) and his new wife, Tamara (Louise Delamere). Joanna Lumley is also on hand to make a special guest appearance.

You can watch the Motherland Christmas Special on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in December.

Inside No. 9 Christmas Special – BBC Two

The dark comedy Inside No. 9 returns for a Christmas special. The one-off episode will see Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street) and Simon Callow (The Rebel) as two camp guests who spend the night in a haunted church on Christmas Eve.

You can watch Inside No.9 Christmas Special on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this December.

Emily in Paris Season 3 – Netflix

Another non-Christmas series, Netflix will release Season 3 of Emily in Paris on December 21st. The latest addition will follow from the season 2 cliffhanger finale and is perfect for binge-watching during the holiday break.

Emily in Paris will be released on Netflix on December 21, 2022.

Bad Education Christmas Special – BBC Three

Bad Education is back with a one-off Christmas special. It’s been ten years since the series first aired, as the show is set to return with a fourth season in 2023.

You can watch the Bad Education Christmas special on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer this December.

Santa Claus – Disney +

Disney has remade this Christmas classic into an all-new series. Scott Calvin (The Santa Clause) is back as Saint Nick himself in this one-off show that follows the entire family as they prepare for the holiday season.

The Santa Clauses is available to watch on Disney+ now.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing may end soon, but fear not die-hard fans, this year’s Christmas show has been confirmed. A new crop of celebrities will be taking to the dance floor with rumored contestants like Rosie Ramsay and Ricky Haywood-Williams.

You can watch the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this holiday season.

Strictly Come Dancing Special Christmas 2021 (Image: BBC/Jay Levy)

Contact the Christmas Midwife Special – BBC One

It wouldn’t be a slate of Christmas specials without calling the midwife, every year the series brings us a new festive episode on Christmas Day and this year will be no different.

You can watch the Call The Midwife Christmas special on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this December.

The Witcher: Blood Origin – Netflix

Another not-so-celebratory series that drops during the holidays, a prequel to The Witcher launches on Christmas Day leaving your Boxing Day plans in order.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will be released on Netflix on Christmas Day.

Christmas with Mary Berry and her friends – BBC One

Nobody gives festive gifts like Mary Berry, learn from one of the Christmas greats in this one-off special.

You can watch Christmas With Mary Berry Andriends on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in December.

Death in Heaven Christmas Special – BBC One

Death in Heaven confirmed their second Christmas special. This holiday season, the Caribbean drama will return to our screens with yet another murder mystery.

You can watch The Death In Paradise Christmas Special on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in December.

The Greatest Snowman – Channel 4

Hosted by Sue Perkins, curl up in front of the fire and watch celebrities battle it out to build the ultimate snowman.

You can watch The Greatest Snowman on Channel 4 this December.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse – BBC One

Something for kids, this lively animation tells the story of Charlie McCheese’s novel and features a star-studded cast including the voices of Idris Elba (Tennant), Tom Hollander (The White Lotus), Gabrielle Breen (Hereditary) and Judd Cord Nicol (The Lost Sock).

You can watch The Boy, The Mole, Theox and The Horse on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in December.

The Boy, The Mole, Theox and The Horse will be shown on BBC One over the festive season (Image: BBC/None More Productions)

MasterChef Christmas Special – BBC One

Get ready to cook up a feast with not one, but two MasterChef specials this holiday season. John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back and will be joined by other famous celebrities including Kitty Scott-Claus, Megan McKenna and AJ Pritchard.

You can watch the MasterChef Christmas Special on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this December.