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The Best Holiday Episodes On 'Parks and Recreation'

Updated October 1, 2020 653 votes 288 voters 75.3k views9 items

Party with Pawnee, and enjoy the best Parks and Recreation holiday episodes. Whether you're looking for Christmas episodes or Halloween specials, this list of Parks and Rec holiday-themed episodes includes favorites, like "Galentine's Day" and "Ron and Diane."

Vote up the best holiday episodes, and see how they rank among the funniest Parks and Rec episodes of all time.

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    Meet n Greet

    HALLOWEEN

    Memorable Quotes:

    Leslie: Look, I don't like to throw around the word "butthead" too often. If you call everybody a butthead then it kinda loses its impact. But I can say without hesitation that Tom is being a real d*ck.

    Ron: No home is complete without a proper toolbox. Here's April and Andy's: A hammer, a half eaten pretzel, a baseball card, some cartridge that says Sonic and Hedgehog, a scissor half, a flashlight filled with jellybeans.

    Andy and April host a Halloween bash at their house. Tom emcees an event for Leslie's campaign. Andy and April receive an unusual wedding present from Ron and Ann....
    • Original Airing: Oct 27 2011
    • Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 5
    • Series: Parks and Recreation
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    Halloween Surprise

    HALLOWEEN

    Memorable Quotes:

    Andy: [talking into tape recorder] 7:34 p.m. Man dressed as a nerd. Female dressed as... crazy witch.
    Man: Neither of us is in costume.
    Andy: Case closed. Candy please.

    Leslie: The Pawnee municipal employee health care plan is kinda crappy.  One time I sprained my wrist, and our insurance claimed that having a wrist was a pre-existing condition.

    Andy: I’m applying to the police academy soon, and the manual says I have to work on my observation skills.  So…tree, leaves, night, sky, hand, Andy’s hand. Pfft.  What else you got?

    A new job offer for Ben causes Leslie to contemplates their future. Meanwhile, Ron and Andy take Diane's girls out trick-or-treating, and Tom searches for a new business idea....  more
    • Original Airing: Oct 25 2012
    • Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 5
    • Series: Parks and Recreation
    63
    18
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    Ron and Diane

    CHRISTMAS

    Memorable Quotes:

    Andy: I'm allergic to sushi. Every time I eat more than 80 sushis, I barf.

    Leslie: By Swanson standards, we're close. I know when your birthday is.
    Ron: So does Baskin-Robbins.

    Tom: It's cold outside, and I can't wear mittens cause they're unflattering to my hands.

    Ron, Diane, and Leslie attend a wood working awards dinner after one of Ron's handcrafted chairs is nominated, but the happy occasion is threatened by the arrival of Tammy II. Meanwhile, Jerry hosts a holiday party at his home with his wife, and some of his friends are shocked to find they were not invited....
    • Original Airing: Dec 06 2012
    • Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 9
    • Series: Parks and Recreation
    86
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    CHRISTMAS

    Memorable Quotes:

    Leslie: [Logo on her Parks Committee of Pawnee t-shirt] PCP - makes it fun

    Ron: Every year, I give Leslie the same present I give everyone: a crisp 20 dollar bill. And every year, she gets me something thoughtful and personal. It makes me furious. This year, she outdid herself.
    [Presses a clicker that closes both of his office doors at once]
    Ron: She had it installed over the weekend. It's so...
    [starts crying]
    Ron: it's so beautiful.

    Unable to get work done from inside the Parks Department, Leslie forms a citizen action group and fights from the outside. Meanwhile, everyone in the office brainstorms ideas for what to get Leslie for Christmas....  more
    • Original Airing: Dec 08 2011
    • Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 10
    • Series: Parks and Recreation
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