When it's time to get in the holiday spirit, there's nothing quite like sitting down to enjoy some Christmas anime. Anime that's perfect for Christmas can put anyone in the holly jolly spirit or even just serve as a festive backdrop while you open presents. Even after Christmas has come and gone, these anime will still be there to keep you as festive as ever.
It’s hard to think of an anime that is packed with more holiday spirit than Tokyo Godfathers. This heartwarming and hilarious anime follows three homeless friends who find something rather unusual as they are out rummaging through the trash on Christmas Eve—a baby. They give the child a meaningful name, Kiyoko, and attempt to find her mother. It’s a good deed that takes them on an unbelievable journey - perfect for the holiday season or anytime you're looking for a heartfelt tale.
Lucky Star (Episode 11)
If you like your Christmas anime with a cuteness overload, look no further. The holiday-themed episode of Lucky Star is just downright adorable and a lot of fun. It’s a great alternative if you would prefer to get your holiday cheer without a ton of heavy emotions.
Itsudatte My Santa!
If anyone can make a good Christmas anime series, it’s Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu. The anime has a storyline you would expect from most holiday movies but delivered with all the quirk and emotion you would expect from a great anime. The protagonist, named Santa, was born on Christmas Eve but actually hates the holiday. That is, until he comes across a young woman who seems determined to get this grumpy Santa in the holiday spirit.
Toradora (Episode 19)
Toradora follows a group of friends whose love lives create one tricky web of relationships. The anime as a whole is not holiday themed, but the “Christmas Eve Festival” episode will take your emotions on a serious ride. It’s where the series really sees a lot of things reach a boiling point, so be prepared for some tears along with your laughs for this one.