All the Friends Christmas episodes to make your way through (again) this festive period

The Friends Christmas episodes we can't get enough of, no matter how many times we've watched them...

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How many Friends Christmas episodes have you made your way through so far this year? We'll be the first to admit that we've already started our annual watch, straight after completing the Friends Halloween episodes and Friends Thanksgiving episodes, and frankly, it's like they get better and better each year.

While not everything on the hit sitcom has aged well, the festive episodes have been the ultimate treat every Christmas for the past two decades and this year is no different. We've been making our way through all the greats: from Season 6's 'The One With the Routine', where Ross and Monica reenact a childhood dance routine on TV show Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve (arguably one of the best episodes ever made) to 'The One With All the Candy' in season 7, when Ross gets Phoebe the bike she never had. There really is no show that does Christmas quite like Friends

So to celebrate that, and officially mark the countdown to December 25th (we can't wait to get into our advent calendars), we've listed all of our favorite Friends festive installments in no particular order because frankly, it's just too hard to pick. 

Happy watching! 

The best Christmas Friends episodes to watch during the holiday season

'The One Where Rachel Quits' (Season 3, Episode 10)

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In this episode, Rachel quits her waitressing job at Central Perk after Gunther tells her she has to train again even though she's been working there for a while. She then freaks out about unemployment and how she'll ever get another job again with her very limited resume. Meanwhile, Ross accidentally breaks a little Girl Scout's and end up helping her sell cookies door to door so she can win a trip to space camp. Elsewhere, Joey has a job selling Christmas trees which upsets Phoebe, but the gang ultimate bind together to cheer her up. 

'The One With the Holiday Armadillo' (Season 7, Episode 10)

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Here, Ross is desperate to get his son Ben excited about Hanukkah when all he seems to love and care about is Christmas. When the custom shop runs out of Santa suits, he decided to use the opportunity to teach Ben about the Festival of Lights instead by dressing up as an armadillo. Meanwhile, Chandler makes a fool of himself at a fancy restaurant with Monica as he repeatedly tried (and fails) to bribe the waiter when they are refused a table. Oh, and Phoebe is on a mission to put Rachel off living with Joey to come back and live with her. 

'The One With the Inappropriate Sister' (Season 5, Episode 10)

Things get pretty weird for the gang in this episode when Rachel's boyfriend Danny's sister comes to town and it comes very clear that the two are a little too close. This is also the episode where Joey, Chandler and Ross are all living together while Ross is 'on sabbatical'. He uses his time off to help Joey write a script, which frustrates Chandler who thinks Ross is being way too overbearing. 

'The One With Christmas in Tulsa' (Season 9, Episode 10)

This episode is all about the throwbacks. The gang reminisces on the good 'ol days with flashbacks from past episodes shown throughout. However, the highlight comes at the end when Chandler, who has been in Tulsa working with his colleagues on Christmas, quits his job and makes it home in time to celebrate with Monica and his friends. It's all very wholesome. 

'The One With All the Candy' (Season 7, Episode 9)

This episode will make you feel all the festive warmth. When Phoebe reveals that she never had a bike as a kid and therefore doesn't know how to ride one, Ross takes it upon himself to surprise her with one and teach her himself. Adorable, we know! The rest of the episode basically consists of Monica frantically making Christmas candy, which would explain our sudden cravings...

'The One With Ross’s Step Forward' (Season 8, Episode 11)

Ross is completely freaking out in this episode because his girlfriend Mona wants to do a joint Christmas card despite them dating casually, which is hilarious. While there are highlights in this episode, its major downfall is that it marks the beginning of that dreaded storyline. The one we wish we never had to endure and frankly still feels wrong when we say it out loud—you guessed it, the Rachel and Joey relationship storyline. You can probably we're not big fans...

Sagal Mohammed
Sagal Mohammed

Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.