With the snow coming down and hot cocoa on the stove, is there anything more relaxing than your favorite holiday TV episodes coming on? As kids, Nickelodeon and Disney reigned supreme and they had iconic holiday-themed episodes for our favorite TV shows. Seeing our favorite TV characters celebrate the holidays with us felt as special as the holidays themselves.
Although it's been a couple of years since us '90s kids were kids, we all still remember the very special holiday TV episodes that took over our TVs. From Hey Arnold! to Kennan & Kel, here are 10 of the best-rated episodes, according to IMDb.
10 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS: IT'S CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY! - 7.9
Having fairy godparents was every child's dream. And after Nickelodeon came up with The Fairly Oddparents, kids wanted their own pair of fairy godparents more than anything.
In this special holiday episode called "It's Christmas Every Day!", Timmy pulls the ultimate rookie move and asks his godparents to celebrate Christmas every single day of the year. Instead of being a magical experience filled with wonder and surprise, Santa is working to the bone and getting all the love, which infuriates other holidays. In order to only make Christmas a one-day holiday again, we follow him on his adventure to the North Pole.
9 RUGRATS: THE SANTA EXPERIENCE - 7.9
As kids, there wasn't a Rugrats episode we didn't like. These talking babies went on the most amazing adventures and had such an unbreakable bond. However, their holiday episode "The Santa Experience" came up with a 7.9 rating from IMDb.
In this episode, the kids head to the mall to take pictures with Santa Claus. In a typical Angelica way, she tells Santa everything she wants. When he tells her she's greedy for wanting so much, she pulls off his beard and proves to every child that he's not the real Santa. As you can imagine, the entire family had a lot to talk about throughout the episode.
8 PINKY & THE BRAIN: A PINKY & THE BRAIN CHRISTMAS - 8.5
On Nickelodeon's sister channel, NickToons, we got to watch our favorite mice in Pinky & the Brain. In the episode, "A Pinky & The Brain Christmas," the Brain does everything he can to control the lives of millions and gets Santa to deliver his own doll, Noodle Noggin, to every house in the world. Through Noodle Noggin, the Brain will be able to control the actions of everyone.
As usual, Brain's plan didn't work out when he headed to the North Pole dressed as elves, and when he gets a chance to ready Pinky's Christmas wish list to Santa, he's moved to tears when he realizes he asked for nothing for himself, just happiness for his buddy Brain.
7 ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE: ROCKO'S MODERN CHRISTMAS - 8.1
In Rock's Modern Life, we saw the relationships between Rocko, Heffer, and co. In this special Christmas episode, Rocko is planning a Christmas party but after no one shows up—including his BFFS—he's more than a little confused.
Along the way, Rock's befriends an elf and due to Rocko's holiday cheer, he cheers up the lost elf who felt like they had no cheer to give. Realizing Rock really was a great person, the Elf apologized to Rocko for it was he who told guests not to come. But on Christmas day, it was all a thing of the past because everyone showed up to celebrate.
6 VICTORIOUS: A CHRISTMAS TORI - 8.1
Victorious was on for four seasons and was a huge success. Starring stars like Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande, we saw a new creative side to Nickelodeon.
In this special holiday episode, we see a mix of emotions among the Hollywood Arts students. André has a bad grade while the others are annoyed about their Secret Santa undertaking. To get back in the Christmas spirit, the gang decides to put their whole heart into their Secret Santa gifts and whoever has the worst gift has to endure caroling with Sikowitz. All in all, fans of the show rated it an 8.1.
5 KENAN & KEL: MERRY CHRISTMAS, KENAN - 8.2
After Kenan and Kel hit off on Nickelodeon's All That, they were eventually given their own show. Thankfully, we got a holiday episode out of the series called "Merry Christmas, Kenan."
In the episode, Kel surprises Kenan by telling him the live show will be their Christmas episode and surprises him with winter effects and Christmas happenings to get him in the holiday spirit. Since these two best friends are hilarious and always up to their own shenanigans, this was an episode to remember.
4 BIG TIME RUSH: BIG TIME CHRISTMAS PART ONE - 8.7
The famous foursome of Bigtime Rush had their own show on Nickelodeon, and since they were a boy band, the odds of them creating a holiday album was very high.
In this episode, the group was getting ready to head to Minnesota for Christmas but when they realized they only had a couple of hours to record three songs, they all panicked. We watched them scurry to find guest stars and record different songs in the short amount of time they had. They even sneaked into Miranda Cosgrove's own special! Snoop Dogg made an appearance on the show too, which was a really fun addition fo the show and its viewers and we saw everything turn out the way it was supposed to.
3 DOUG: DOUG'S CHRISTMAS STORY - 8.7
Doug was only on for seven seasons but the show really made an impact on many of its viewers. Since Doug spent a lot of his time inside his own head, viewers connected with the same kind of daydreams and nightmares.
This his holiday-themed episode, we saw the true love between Doug and his friendly dog Porkchop. After Doug's friend Beebe is attacked by a dog near the lake, she thinks it was Porkchop that did it. But we all know Porkchop would never hurt a human being. Doug spends the rest of the snow-filled episode trying to prove to everyone that Porkchop was innocent before he was sentenced to life in the pound.
2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: CHRISTMAS WHO? - 8.8
Fans of SpongeBob SquarePants would tell you that there's no bad episode. SpongeBob is always happy-go-lucky and always finds his footing after a bad day. In "Christmas Who?", we see Sandy Cheeks telling SpongeBob what Christmas is and how big of a deal Santa was. SpongeBob (and the rest of the town) had never heard of Christmas before and decide to celebrate it. But when Santa doesn't show up, everyone is annoyed at SpongeBob for getting their hopes up.
But in a rare occasion, Squidward decides to dress up as Santa, give away all of his possessions for the good of the cause, and make SpongeBob the happiest sponge. By the end of the episode, Santa thanks Squidward for his good deeds.
1 HEY ARNOLD!: ARNOLD'S CHRISTMAS - 9.1
Coming in number one, "Arnold's Christmas" isn't just Hey Arnold!'s best episode, it's one of the network's. Everyone who watched Nickelodeon fell in love with this episode.
With Arnold pulling his neighbor Mr. Hyunh as his Secret Santa, he decides the best gift for him would be to bring his daughter back. You see, Mr. Hyunh had to give his daughter up in the Fall of Saigon in hopes of giving her a better life. Meanwhile, Helga tries her hardest to give Arnold a great gift, which just to happens is the best gift for Mr. Hyunh, too.