Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special Airs
It's the wildest holiday ever when some V.I.P.'s (Very Important Persons) stop by to wish Pee-wee a V.M.C. (Very Merry Christmas)! Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon are off the beach and on Pee-wee's floor making Christmas cards, Magic Johnson joins Pee-wee for a wild sleigh ride in the Magic Screen, and Dinah Shore sings the "12 Days (or so) of Christmas!" Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg wish Pee-wee a merry Christmas and a happy new "year." Pee-wee shows Little Richard how to ice skate, and Charo, K.D. Lang, the Del Rubio triplets, and Grace Jones perform fun yuletide carols! However, Pee-wee's got a problem larger than his mounting fruitcake collection when perhaps the M.I.P. (Most Important Person), Santa Claus, drops by to tell him that his Christmas wish list is just too long, and no one else will get presents if he doesn't shorten it! Will he keep the gifts, or will he help Santa deliver?
* Broadcast: 12/21/88
* Secret Word: Year
* Featured Cartoon: Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)
* Joan Rivers is seen on the set of the '80s version of The Hollywood Squares.
* Released on VHS in 1988 and 1996, and on DVD in 2004.
* The special was divided into two shows, and several parts were cut, during Fox Family airings.
* This special originally aired in prime time on a Wednesday night.
* This is the only episode in which the secret word is not revealed in the beginning.
* Episode has a 1988 copyright date.