Where to Watch 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' And Other 'Peanuts' Holiday Specials

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So what if you've seen A Charlie Brown Christmas 5,000 times already? Nostalgia for the damn thing never fades. Between its multiple award wins and the fact that it was responsible for the demise of the aluminum artificial Christmas tree industry, the Peanuts holiday special is forever, firmly (and wisely) entrenched in the Christmastime consciousness.

Wanna see Linus' inspirational holiday speech yet again this holiday season? The shift to streaming has changed how you might watch the special -- earlier this year, Apple TV+ reached a deal to become the official home of old and new Peanuts series and specials -- but there are still multiple ways to make sure you get your slightly melancholy but still funny holiday fix. Here's how to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown without breaking a sweat.

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Where can you watch A Charlie Brown Christmas on live TV?

When Apple TV+ first announced its Peanuts deal, there was criticism that the special wouldn't be airing on traditional TV and would become a streaming exclusive. (For years, the specials aired on ABC.) On November 18, it was announced that Apple TV+ had reached an agreement to air the specials on PBS. A Charlie Brown Christmas will air ad free on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm EST/6:30 pm CT.

Where can you stream A Charlie Brown Christmas

If you miss it on PBS, you can also stream the Peanuts special on Apple TV+ starting on December 4th and it will be available for free from December 11 through December 13. And if all else fails (read: if you don't have those subscriptions), there's always the option to buy the special ($9.99 for SD, $12.99 for HD) on iTunes.

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Where can you watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on live TV?

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air ad free on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 pm EST/6:30 pm CT.

Where can you stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?

Can't catch it on PBS? A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on November 18. It will be available for free from November 25 through November 27.

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Where can you stream It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?

It might be November, but maybe you're still in a Halloween mood. No judgement here. Luckily, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown became available on Apple TV+ back when the deal was first announced in October. So, if you have an Apple TV+ subscription, you can run through the whole trilogy in an afternoon if you want to. 

Where can you listen to the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Vince Guaraldi Trio's classic piano jazz album is available for listening on Spotify. If you can't catch the actual special this year, loop the record during your holiday travels. Become Charlie Brown.

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