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Where to Watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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With all the streaming services scooping up your favorite Christmas movies and offering them exclusively on their platform, you may be wondering where to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other holiday classics this season. We’ve got you covered. We recently explained how to watch A Christmas Story Christmas this year, and we’re excited to share everything we know about where to watch this beloved holiday favorite in 2022.

This stop-motion classic has aired on television since 1964 and is the longest running TV holiday special in the U.S. It’s based on a song by Johnny Marks of the same name which was inspired by a poem written by Robert L. May. If you don’t know the story, it follows a shiny-nosed reindeer named Rudolph as he handles being snubbed by his friends in the Reindeer Games and meets other misfits on his Christmasy journey to find acceptance. It’s a family-friendly, heartwarming story with lovable characters and memorable songs.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been shown on CBS since 1972, and we’re happy to say the tradition continues! Keep reading to find out when you can catch the Christmas special in 2022.


Where to watch Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on TV.

Mom and kid watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on an iPad

If you were lucky enough to catch the first showing of Rudy on CBS on Nov. 29, then your holiday season is off to a great start! If you missed it, don’t fret! You’ll be able to watch everyone’s favorite glowy-nosed deer again on CBS this year. Catch it on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. Better still, Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns both air immediately after for a fun and festive Saturday night lineup.

In addition, cable subscribers who get Freeform have several opportunities to watch the beloved reindeer this year. If you get the Freeform channel, tune in at the times listed below to catch a showing.

  • Dec. 3 at 9:15 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 4 at 5:35 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 24 at 5:45 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. ET


Can you stream Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

Unfortunately, no streaming services have the rights to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, so streaming on-demand isn’t a possibility at this time. Not even on CBS through Paramount Plus.

There’s also no option to rent this video on streaming services at this time. You can buy the movie to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes, or YouTube for $9.99.

You can also buy The Original Christmas Specials Collection with five holiday Christmas classics on DVD ($19.96, Amazon) featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, and Cricket on the Hearth.



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