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9 New Queer Holiday TV Classics

Keepin' the Yuletide gay!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman are just some of the holiday specials you see on TV every holiday season, but they are decades old. If you are looking for some new Christmas classics—especially ones featuring queer characters—then check out our roundup below as we highlight new episodes of television we are sure will become holiday classics in the years to come.

  1. Will & Grace, “A Gay Ole Christmas”

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    Last season’s episode, “A Gay Ole Christmas,” showed the fab foursome traveling back in time to experience Christmas in New York in the early 20th century. A New York where Karen is poor and Will and Grace are married?!

    Where to watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

  2. Pose, “Giving and Receiving”  

    The third episode of Pose’s first season is all about the holidays as the House of Evangelista prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together as a new family. The episode, written by Janet Mock and Our Lady J, also features the girls getting ready for the annual Snow Ball, and a final scene featuring a Christmas dinner that will warm any ice cold heart.

    Where to watch: Netflixy

  3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, “A Midwinter’s Tale”

    Netflix

    The surprise special is set during the Church of Night’s celebration of the winter solstice. Sabrina and her family gather around the Yule fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. While also playing host to some unexpected party guests.

    Where to watch: Netflix

  4. Schitt’s Creek Christmas Special

    Pop TV

    The Rose family ring in the holidays with a traditional family Christmas party like they used to have before they arrived in their new hometown—but since this is Schitt’s Creek, the celebration does not go according to plan.

    Where to watch: Netflix

  5. At Home With Amy Sedaris, “Amy’s Not-So Holiday Special”

    This episode has everything you need from a holiday special: Christmas Carol ghosts, a snowman song and dance, Cole Escola, a musical number with Jane Krakowski and… Neil Patrick Harris killed by a demonically possessed nutcracker? Leave it to Sedaris to host a Christmas party this kooky.

    Where to watch: TruTV.com, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

  6. Please Like Me, “Trifle”  

    The Australian traumedy ended its third season with an episode set during an awkward Christmas morning meal where everyone’s life is falling apart. If you haven’t gotten around to watching Please Like Me yet, the holiday break is the perfect time to binge the delightful series.

    Where to watch: Hulu

  7. RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular

    Former contestants Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique, and Trixie Mattel will return to the Drag Race stage to compete for the title of America’s first Drag Race Xmas Queen.

    The eight queens will compete in holiday-themed challenges, wear fa la la la la-filled fashions, and dance in musical numbers choreographed by Todrick Hall. The queens will also lip-sync to songs from RuPaul’s new album, Christmas Party.

    Where to watch: VH1.com

  8. The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show

    The country music queen is coming for Mariah Carey’s crown, stuffing our stockings with her new Amazon Prime holiday special. The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show not only stars our fave Golden Hour gal, she also invites along some of our fave out celebs like Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, and Troye Sivan. Leave it to Kacey to keep the Yuletide gay.

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

  9. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, “Two Doors Down”

    Netflix

    “Two Doors Down,” the final episode from Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, is notable not just because it is the series’ holiday episode, but also because its plot centers on a gay couple, Tyler (Andy Mientus) and Cole (Michael J. Willett), as well as Tyler’s conservative Southern family, to whom he isn’t out. The episode takes place on New Year’s Eve, and we couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than with Dolly Parton, herself.

    Where to watch: Netflix

I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was "just the cutest thing ever."
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