Science fiction and Christmas aren’t exactly known for going together, but Syfy is making them work brilliantly with this year’s trio of holiday specials for some of the network’s top shows airing Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm. For the second year in a row, Eureka and Warehouse 13 are doing Christmas-themed specials, and this year, Haven is getting in on the fun.

All three are perfect holiday treats, largely because they are easily accessible for everyone. The episodes feature helpful narration and exist outside of the timelines of the series, so even if you’ve never seen a single episode, you can enjoy them.

An Animated Eureka

The best of the three is easily Eureka, which takes a festive turn by having the entire town transformed into an animated wonderland. The characters go through a series of cartoon versions, from CGI and anime to claymation and old school, Warner Brothers-style animation. There are even a few extra styles that are very funny odes to some popular cartoons of past and present. You can also see sninjas (snowmen ninjas), Australian animal expert Taggert as a polar bear and the voices of The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons and Battlestar Galactica‘s Edward James Olmos.

It’s a Wonderful Warehouse

Warehouse 13‘s Christmas episode takes a page out of It’s a Wonderful Life (or more accurately, The Greatest Gift, the short story on which the movie is based). Pete wakes up in a world where he never existed, and while it can work for viewers who’ve never seen the show, those who have will be delighted with a ton of references to past events, characters and artifacts, particularly the return of Roger Rees as villainous (and dead) James MacPherson.

Christmas in Haven

The great thing about Haven is that the show about supernaturally troubled people in a small town in Maine works equally well whether it has a stand-alone episode or one steeped in the show’s fascinating mythology. For Christmas, it’s a brilliant stand-alone episode narrated by town know-it-alls Vince and Dave where Christmas decorations start popping up in the middle of the summer, and Audrey Parker is the only one who thinks that’s strange. People also go missing, but when they’re gone, no one remembers them at all. If that’s not enough, Duke (Eric Balfour) spends the entire episode in a Santa suit.

The trio of Syfy holiday specials begins Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm with Eureka, followed by Warehouse 13 at 9pm and Haven at 10pm.

(Image and videos courtesy of Syfy)

John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.