Hey Arnold!

Season 1 Episode 19

Arnold's Christmas

2
Aired Daily 6:30 PM Dec 11, 1996 on Nickelodeon
9.7
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While Helga tries to find the perfect gift for Arnold, Arnold tries to find Mr. Hyunh's long-lost daughter.

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  • Nailed Chrismas

    10
    While other cartoons at the time when Hey Arnold!, most of them choose the easy route, having the main protagonist save Christmas and/or assist Santa. But Hey Arnold! does something that might be ordinary but extraordinary well done. Having Helga trying to see what Christmas really is and giving a great gift to Arnold, she goes through a road of truth, while Arnold tries to give Mr. Hyunh a unique and grateful gift, bringing Mr. Hyunh back with her daughter who has been separated more than 20 years ago. Both Arnold and Helga go on a ordinary adventure trying to figure. While Arnold just needed one item to make a Mister in looking for Hyunh's daughter, he fails, like real life. But Helga has the item and she show one of the best sacrifice someone at that age can give, helping Arnold at the cost of her interest. Soon the show ends with the Father and Daughter reunited, something that won't win but Arnold's and the reunion with his lost parents. Helga outside, smiles sincerely and sweetly says "Merry Christmas, Arnold".

    Craig, again a Genius, nails what Christmas in real life means.moreless
  • Best Christmas Special Ever

    10
    I loved this episode because it was sad and had funny moments too. Mr. Hyunh was Arnold's Secret Santa and he was sad during this time of year. Arnold wanted to cheer him up by finding his missing daughter who he had to give away for her own protection during a war in his country. Arnold would do anything to find his daughter. Meanwhile, Helga trying to find the perfect present for Arnold and it was difficult for her to find one. I cried in this episode and it shows the true meaning of Christmas. Also it's one of the few cartoons that doesn't have to do with Santa Claus. This is my favorite Christmas special ever.moreless
  • The perfect Christmas episode that has become a classic!

    10
    I watch this episode every Christmas because it is so touching. It sends a perfect message about generosity and compassion during the holiday season. Arnold is chosen as Mr. Hyunh's Secret Santa, and all that Mr. Hyunh wants is to be reunited with his long lost daughter. Arnold and Gerald find a man who works for the government that has the power to find the missing daughter, but he will only help them if they buy all of the items on his Christmas list, including an impossible-to-find pair of snowboots. Helga transforms from being selfish about Christmas to giving up her time and the snowboots her parents gave her as a loving gesture for Arnold. I tear up every time I watch this. A MUST-SEE! :)moreless
  • SO Sad

    10
    Arnold tries to find Mr. Hyunh's long lost daughter for Christmas, because he is his Secret Santa. There is one person who can help but he has Arnold and Gerald go shopping for his daughter, and when they can not get everything, he decides he can't help them find the daughter. In the end she is discovered because Helga helped find the last item the man's daughter wanted, by giving him her pair of boots.



    A classic. Simply a classic. I love it, it is a great heartwarming family classic all will love. Final grade is easily an A+. Classicmoreless
  • Christmas review 4#

    10
    Another Christmas review,and it's one episode of Hey Arnold,that is just perfect,and really sad. The episode is about Arnold,who plays secret santa,and gets to get a gift of Mr Huhn. However,this is when the episode starts to become tearjerking. It turns out,in his original home,he once had a daughter who he loved,but a war came to his home,and for her own good,he had to give her to the army. It was sad to see that happen. Arnold decides to get his daughter back,but to do that,he has to do last minute christmas shopping for a man. (Forgot his name) He has to get a brand of snow boots,but nobody has a pair of them,and what's sad is the fact that he cannot get the daughter. Helga however,recieves the boots,but she finds Arnold's list for that man. And she wants to have the guy spend the night to track down Mr. Huhn's daughter. And to end with a very happy ending,they soon find the daughter,and at to make it even sadder,Helga's last line was just so touching. Overall,another great Christmas special really well done.moreless
Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Mr. Simmons/Lila's Dad (1997+)

Francesca Smith

Francesca Smith

Helga G. Pataki/Camp Fire Lass/Gloria/Sheena

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Arnold's Grandma/Miss Slovak/Arnold's Mother

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

Ernie

Christopher Castile

Christopher Castile

Eugene (First episodes)

Sam Gifaldi

Sam Gifaldi

Sid/Robert/Billy

Hiep Thi Le

Hiep Thi Le

Mai

Guest Star

Vincent Schiavelli

Vincent Schiavelli

Mr. Bailey

Guest Star

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Arnold's Grandpa (Phil)/Sheena's Uncle Earl/The Jolly Olly Ice Cream Man/Dr. Murray Steiglitz/Nick Vermicelli

Recurring Role

John Mariano

John Mariano

Vic/Morrie

Recurring Role

Craig Bartlett

Craig Bartlett

Brainy/Abner/Nashville Ned/Arnold's Father/Mr. Packenham/Many More

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