Back in 2016, I wrote up a post giving my reviews of all the Christmas and winter Scooby-Doo episodes. However, I never specifically ranked them from least favorite to favorite, so I thought it might be fun to revisit those reviews and rank each of the episodes! I'm just going to stick with the Christmas episodes for this ranking, and I'll save the winter ones for next week! :)
5. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
I honestly love all of these episodes so much that it's hard to choose one. When I think of Christmas episodes, this one is the least memorable of the five here, but it's by all means still very good. I thought the Sinister Snowman was a really cool villain, especially his ability to shapeshift! The ending with Santa is also very heartwarming.
4. Scary Christmas
The comedy in this episode is top notch. Fred continually bringing the gang back to the "Big Sad Eyes Orphanage" was really random and hilarious. It was interesting how this episode's Daphneism allowed us to get to know her on a little more personal level too, since we discover her insecurities with having her birthday overshadowed by Christmas. Fred's fixation on not wanting to solve the pterodactyl mystery because it isn't Christmas related is also hilarious. Definitely a must-add to any holiday special marathon!
3. Scroogey Doo
Before this episode came out, I'd wanted a Scooby-Doo episode that parodies A Christmas Carol for years. The story just fits so well with the Scooby-Doo formula. On top of that, A Flintstone Christmas Carol is one of my favorite Christmas specials of all time, so I always wanted a Scooby-Doo version of the story. I know we kind of got that with The Nutcracker Scoob, but I was really happy when Jon Colton Barry announced that he'd be doing a Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! adaptation of the Dickens tale. I really like how JCB and Tom Konkle wrote this story, where in addition to Scrooge being visited by the three ghosts, there is sort of a mystery around why Scrooge is the way he is, and why these ghosts are really visiting him. I thought they incorporated the style and absurdist nature of Be Cool very well into this classic story. Fred's grudge against raccoons and Scrooge worrying what would happen if he got menopause were my personal favorite jokes of the episode haha.
2. A Scooby-Doo Christmas
This is such a classic episode and it was very close to being my favorite Christmas special. The Headless Snowman is a very creative villain. The ending is also super cute with Shaggy and Scooby giving each other presents.
1. The Nutcracker Scoob
Since I was a kid, this was always my favorite Scooby-Doo Christmas special. When I was younger, I remember when Cartoon Network used to play this every Christmas and I would always enjoy sitting down to watch it. Even though it's not a full-on adaption of A Christmas Carol, I love how this episode is kind of an amalgamation of that and The Nutcracker. That scene of Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy dressing up as elves is absolutely adorable. However, I think the most adorable scene of the episode is Snowball dancing at the end of the episode lol. I really liked the villain as well; they were very cool-looking!
I hope you enjoyed reading these rankings. If you want to share your rankings for the Scooby-Doo Christmas episodes in the comments, I would love to see them!
12/6/2022 12:30:17 pm
What a list of episodes. I like all of them, but #1 is still obvious to me, one of the best WNSD episodes imo.
12/6/2022 04:01:23 pm
Yeah, it was hard not to pick "A Scooby-Doo Christmas" because I absolutely love that episode. Honestly, I think nostalgia is mainly what caused "The Nutcracker Scoob" to edge it out on my list.
12/6/2022 02:52:30 pm
I always assumed the orphanage mentions in Scary Christmas are a reference to Fred's involvement with the Children's Home in The Nutcracker Scoob.
12/6/2022 04:01:41 pm
I'd never made that connection before, but that's such a cool way to think of it!
12/6/2022 06:24:26 pm
This is actually a really good set of episodes overall
12/7/2022 09:59:24 am
The WNSD Valentine's Day and Halloween specials are my favorites too, even though I love the Christmas special. I had the Christmas episode in my top 10 for the series for the longest time, but it was recently knocked out by "Mummy Scares Best."
12/7/2022 05:54:46 am
Scooby Doo Haunted Holidays:
12/7/2022 10:16:28 am
I agree this special had a dark tone. I love the Sinister Snowman as the villain and his backstory was genuinely quite creepy. The scene where the fake Santa got attacked was definitely very intense. I guessed the culprit right away. The ending where the real Santa showed up was very heartwarming. I noticed that similarity from The New Scooby-Doo Movies too. I think that's a reference to "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair."
12/7/2022 05:56:11 am
12/7/2022 10:18:27 am
I love this Christmas special! That reminded me a lot of Marcie too. I thought the pterodactyl was a good villain. Fred's obsession with solving a Christmas mystery and the Big Sad Eyes Orphanage was funny. The epiphany stuff was amusing too.
12/7/2022 06:32:34 am
5. Scroogey Doo
12/7/2022 10:19:00 am
Nice to see "The Nutcracker Scoob" at the top :)
12/9/2022 04:27:59 am
Nostalgia. I remember that episode being prominent on VHS as a kid. Love it. Also interesting fact: Although being referred to as Scroogey Doo, the book at the opening and closing of the episode is titled "Scroogie Doo"
12/9/2022 09:48:05 am
Yeah, same for me on the nostalgia.
12/9/2022 10:16:44 am
Good point, could well be, just seemed a little strange is all.
12/7/2022 07:03:25 am
12/7/2022 10:24:23 am
It was great to finally get an episode focusing around A Christmas Carol! The opening with Jacob Marley's ghost was funny. I also found it amusing how Scrooge couldn't think of obvious words. I really liked that twist of the ghosts looking scarier after they gave their message too. That was a super interesting twist! It was neat that Velma was the one focused on in this episode.
12/7/2022 09:01:11 am
1. A Scooby Doo christmas
12/7/2022 10:00:55 am
Nice list! Personally I like both of the Be Cool episodes, particularly "Scroogey Doo." I can definitely understand that specific type of humor doesn't work for everyone, though.
12/7/2022 09:38:33 am
I haven’t seen any of these recently enough except for A Nutcracker Scoob to rank them. However, I did grow up with Nutcracker Scoob and A Scooby-Doo Christmas so I do love both for certain. And then I honestly discuss Scroogey Doo with my non-Scooby fan friends a lot when trying to convince them to watch Be Cool and Scooby in general, so that may be my current favorite.
12/7/2022 10:02:09 am
Glad to meet a fellow appreciator of "Scroogey Doo!" :) I think the episode was a really well-done parody of A Christmas Carol and definitely has a broad appeal and I loved the comedy in the episode.
12/7/2022 10:28:47 am
Hey Wildwind what do you think about my comment on Scroogey Doo?
12/7/2022 10:29:26 am
Oh wait never mine I see the comment my bad.
12/8/2022 10:19:37 am
I think the town name of “Rockwellville” in ‘Scary Christmas’ was intended to be reminiscent of painter Norman Rockwell.
12/8/2022 07:10:50 pm
I think you're right. In retrospect I think I was misremembering a comment made by someone when the background paintings were released. I remember someone on the ScoobyAddicts forum had said the background paintings for Rockwellville seemed based off of a small town near them that has a large Christmas celebration. I was thinking when I wrote the post that it was an actual town named Rockwellville, but I'm remembering now that it was some other small town that they didn't use the actual name for. I can't seem to find the post now, so I'm not sure what the post I was remembering is.
12/10/2022 06:33:43 am
Now that I've watched all the specials, coincidentally 3 of them I only just first watched this week, I can now do this list:
12/10/2022 08:49:08 am
Love the Christmas username!
12/10/2022 10:01:57 am
Completely agree with you, also i meant to put 'instant' instead of well, 'instead' at no. 2 and i accidentally put two 2s, i know it's not really that big of a deal but that paragraph may have been confusing to read
12/10/2022 10:44:27 am
No worries, I wasn't confused :)
12/10/2022 05:30:33 pm
this is an interesting ranking! the nutcracker scoob is such a great christmas special in my opinion. now im considering rewatching it before christmas this month
12/10/2022 06:00:23 pm
Thank you! Agreed, I feel like "The Nutcracker Scoob" is quite underrated. I was glad to see a few people in the comments said it was their favorite too!
12/10/2022 06:07:22 pm
of course! :D
12/10/2022 09:34:22 pm
A Scooby-Doo Christmas (Great)
12/11/2022 09:07:49 am
Great list! I'd definitely recommend watching "The Nutcracker Scoob" if you ever get a chance, I think it's a great episode!
12/10/2022 10:26:42 pm
You better watch out
12/11/2022 09:08:32 am
Very nice song! :)
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12/11/2022 06:09:25 am
Will the ranking be celebrities Mystery Inc should solve the next cases with?
12/12/2022 06:34:08 pm
5. Scary Christmas
12/13/2022 06:12:31 am
Great list! Not all that dissimilar from mine. Merry Christmas!
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