As Peter looks forward to enjoying the holidays at home, he finds that Lois expects him to participate in a number of other activities including visiting a homeless shelter and spending Christmas with her parents. When he complains, she decides to leave him at home alone and takes the kids with her. While watching a Patrick Swayze film, he falls asleep and awakens to find Swayze as his guide in order to help him find his Christmas spirit.
They visit his past where he spent a happy Christmas with his mom and peek in on several of the citizens of Quahog celebrating Christmas in the present. But in Peter's future, he finds he has died and is forced to exist only as an aged Brian's dog farts. He rushes to the Pewterschmidts to be with the family, but joins Patrick in a final dance to close out the episode.
- This was the last episode of the series to feature Carrie Fisher's character, Angela. Coinciding with the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which came out the following weekend, her character died offscreen after this episode.
|Seth MacFarlane||Peter Griffin|
|Alex Borstein||Lois Griffin|
|Seth Green||Chris Griffin|
|Mila Kunis||Meg Griffin|
|Mike Henry||Cleveland Brown|
|Ava Acres||Opie's Daughter|
|Steve Callaghan||Man #3|
|Max Charles||Opie's Son|
|Phil LaMarr||Ollie Williams|
|David Mazouz||Peter's Co-worker|
|Jay Pharoah||Kanye Canes|
|Kevin Michael Richardson||Peabo Bryson|
|Don Swayze||Patrick Swayze|
|John Viener||TV Announcer|
|Patrick Warburton||Joe Swanson|
- Family Guy Wiki: Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas
- "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" at the Internet Movie Database