Almost every television show known to man has a Christmas episode and the horror and science fiction genres are no different. Their episodes might be a little…different. But they are Christmas episodes nonetheless. So I thought I’d hunt down some of them for you to enjoy!
Tales from the Darkside
Seasons of Belief features a pair of parents who tell their kids a Christmas story that becomes a bit realer than they imagined.
This is, um, a very special Christmas episode that isn’t readily describable. But it’s the Darkside so I don’t think things would end.
The Twilight Zone
Oh Rod, you old softie. I also just recently realized that this is one of the few Santa stories that actually have the “eight tiny reindeer” instead of the larger kind like most Santa movies.
Some characters find themselves in a hole they cannot escape. Although, given what’s going on, eventually they will be taken out. So. Happy ending?
On Christmas Eve a college professor learns that he’s being retired and decides on a drastic course of action. Some former students come to help him improve his outlook.
Scully receives a call leading to what may be her sister’s daughter. Or someone closer.
Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner guest star in this episode as Mulder invites Scully to explore a house on Christmas Eve.
I’m sure there are many, many more that I’ve missed so if you know of any others, please, let me know! I always think that Christmas in the horror and sci-fi areas is always handled oddly. As you can see from the list there’s a variety of different methods used. Tales from the Darkside puts their own, unusual take on it with monsters and demons. Serling’s Twilight Zone definitely has a very fantastical take. Serious yet with a bit of hope in the bleak darkness. In The X-Files Christmas is almost an afterthought. The Christmas episodes could literally be placed at any other time of the year. We all know that Mulder is a joyless, lonely bastard who’s only form of companionship is Scully (but only if Scully’s attention is exclusively on him) so it’s not hard to believe that he’d want to lure her to a haunted house when she’s got other stuff to do.
I hope everyone has a good winter break and Happy Holidays!
GracieKat was the first co-host of Sci-Fi & Scary, Lilyn’s partner-in-crime, and sub-head of the Kali Krew. She reviews horror books, movies, and games for the site. She also does a weekly Focus on the Frightful feature, and is the site list-maker. She is also in control of the Sci-Fi & Scary podcast which will relaunch soon.