Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

"Hearth's Warming Eve" is the first Christmas episode of the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Produced as the eleven episode of the show's second season, it premiered on The Hub on December 17, 2011.


SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.

The Mane Six arrive in Canterlot

The episode starts with a shot of a snowy Ponyville, as the six friends are on a train on their way to Canterlot. Once they arrive, Twilight expresses her delight at Canterlot at this time of year, with Rainbow Dash agreeing and wishing that it could be Hearth's Warming Eve every day. Later, the ponies are seen backstage preparing for the play that Princess Celestia asked them to perform. Fluttershy shows a large amount of stage fright, which is only worsened when Rarity says that there will be hundreds, maybe thousands, of ponies watching the play, prompting her to hide in a box, back to the state that Rarity found her in the first place. The ponies are then called on stage, and the play begins.

The play is about the history of ponykind and how Equestria was formed. Spike, as the play's narrator, explains how life was before the huge storm came. Earth ponies grew food, and in payment for providing weather, the Pegasi were given some of the food. The unicorns also wanted payment for magically raising the sun and moon. This fragile relationship continued until a large blizzard came along, causing a food shortage and destroying it completely.

Without any food, the leaders of each pony tribe met up to discuss what to do. The meeting, however, went poorly, as each of the leaders continued to argue with each other. After the assembly, three ghostly horses called the Windigoes are shown overlooking the earth below from a passage in the clouds. Each of the leaders returns to their second-in-command and explains that the meeting went poorly because the other leaders refused to cooperate. Smart Cookie (Applejack) then tells Chancellor Puddinghead (Pinkie Pie) that they are out of food. Chancellor Puddinghead exclaims that they need to grow food somewhere else, and each leader comes to the conclusion that they must find new land to inhabit.

Commander Hurricane (Rainbow Dash) and Private Pansy (Fluttershy) fly through clouds, while Princess Platinum (Rarity) and Clover the Clever (Twilight) travel through a forest, and Chancellor Puddinghead and Smart Cookie travel across a gem-encrusted mountainside. Each tribe leader finds their ideal land and claims it for their tribe - Commander Hurricane names her land "Pegasopolis", Princess Platinum names her land "Unicornia", and Chancellor Puddinghead names her land "Earth" as a recommendation from Smart Cookie (to replace her original choice of "Dirtville"). However, each tribe has claimed land right next to each other, and more arguments ensue about who gets to own the land. Commander Hurricane calls for a fight to the land, but each of the advisers' votes for everyone to just calm down. Chancellor Puddinghead throws a snowball at Princess Platinum, and then each leader realizes that the blizzard has once again returned.

To escape the blizzard, each pony makes their way to a cave. Once in the cave, they continue to argue over who gets what part of the cave. Once each tribe has marked out which part of the cave they get, they begin to argue over rocks. Due to their constant arguing, the Windigoes return, causing an ice blizzard, which freezes each of the leaders solid. The advisers, however, manage to hold good relations to each other, regardless of the different tribes they hail from. They all joke with each other, exclaiming that the leaders' arguing is what caused all of this, and tell stories and sing, the songs of which became the carols that are still sung in Equestria today.

With their continued display of friendship, Smart Cookie, Clover the Clever and Private Pansy manage to melt the ice surrounding their leaders. In the end, all of the tribes learned that harmony and love to each other can conquer hatred and grief. After the leaders settled their differences, they all finally live in harmony with each other ever since while founding the new land, Equestria. At the end of the play, the cast and audience begin to sing a carol.

Once the play is over, backstage, Twilight thinks about why the Princess chose them to perform the play, coming to the conclusion that they exemplify what good friends are. Unfortunately, a window bursts open, and they all start arguing about who will close the window. However, when they hear the distant wail of a Windigo, Rainbow Dash comes to her senses and closes the window without further argument. The episode ends with a shot of Canterlot with the same magical heart floating above it that broke the blizzard in the cave in the play.

Spoilers end here.



  • Chancellor Puddinghead's line "I am just about to be brilliant!" is a quote from the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain.
  • Unicornia, the name Princess Platinum chooses to name her land, was also the name of the city where the unicorns lived in the My Little Pony G3 special My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow.
  • The story of Hearth's Warming Eve is recited in the Equestrians' flashback in the later ninth and final season episode "The Ending of the End - Part Two" (925).
  • Regarding the Founders' genders:
    • Commander Hurricane, while played by Rainbow Dash, was confirmed to be male in The Journal of the Two Sisters.
    • Clover the Clever was stated to be male in Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship.
    • While Chancellor Puddinghead was seen to be a mare in a book illustration, a slide in "Marks for Effort" shows Puddinghead as a stallion.
  • Twilight's line, "PINKIE!!!" is recycled from "The Ticket Master".
  • Clover the Clever was the student of Star Swirl the Bearded, who was first mentioned in "Luna Eclipsed".
  • The flag of Equestria depicts Celestia and Luna on a yin-yang symbol, which was shown at the beginning of "Friendship is Magic, part 1". However, the play notes that Celestia and Luna were not the rulers at that time.
  • Clover the Clever is based off the Generation 2 stallion, Clever Clover.


  • During "The Heart Carol" at the end, the background ponies in the audience is shown singing with the Mane Six, but in the close-up of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and in the zoom-out of the stage, the background ponies have their mouths closed.


Shout! Factory included the episode on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - The Friendship Express DVD, released on February 28, 2012. It was later included on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Season Two DVD set, released exclusively on on May 14, 2013. Its latest release was on the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic & Littlest Pet Shop: Winter Vacation compilation DVD, released on October 6, 2015.


Voice actor Character
Tara Strong Twilight Sparkle (speaking)
Ashleigh Ball Applejack
Rainbow Dash
Andrea Libman Fluttershy
Pinkie Pie (speaking)
Tabitha St. Germain Rarity (speaking)
Cathy Weseluck Spike
Rebecca Shoichet Twilight Sparkle (singing)
Kazumi Evans Rarity (singing)
Shannon Chan-Kent Pinkie Pie (singing)

Note: Derpy Hooves, Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle appear, but do not have speaking parts.

See also[]

External links[]

WildBrain Spark "Christmas Tree" • "Twinkle's Wish" • A Holly Johnny Christmas • "Christmas" (Yo Gabba Gabba!) • "A Very Awesome Christmas" • Yo Gabba Gabba!: A Very Awesome Live Holiday Show! • "SheZon's Greetings" • Dorg and the Christmas Fairy • "Johnny's Holiday Light Fight" • "Christmas at Malory Towers"
Studio B Productions Snowden: Raggedy Ann & Andy's Adventure • "Joy to Yvon" • "Snow Biz" • The Legend of Frosty the SnowmanTis the Season for RevengeSecret Santa • "Jungle Bells" / "Goat of Christmas Presents" • "Sleighs of Hazard" • "Jingle Cans" • The Side Show Christmas • "Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas" • "Fangs for the Memories" • "Hearth's Warming Eve" • "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Day" • "Christmas Evil" • "Hearthbreakers" • "Charles Dickens" • "A Hearth's Warming Tail" • "Robert Edwin Peary" • "The Hearth's Warming Club" • My Little Pony: Best Gift EverMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Holidays Unwrapped
CINAR / Cookie Jar Entertainment "The Dogs' Christmas" • Madeline's Christmas • "The Real Story of O Christmas Tree" • A Gift of Munsch • "The Night Before Christmas" • "The Perfect Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Present Ever" • "Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson" • "Sally Cat's Christmas Dream" • "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" • "Santa Needs Help" • "All I Want for Christmouse" • "Christmas Star" • "Snowmobile to Panic" • Arthur's Perfect Christmas • "Caillou's Christmas" • Caillou's Holiday MovieGotta Catch Santa ClausThe Velveteen Rabbit • "A Holly Johnny Christmas" • "That's Swellaphant!" • "Caillou’s Perfect Christmas"
DiC Entertainment "Christmas Memories" • "North Pole Cat" • "Xmas Marks the Spot" • "There's No Such Thing as Stego-Claws" • "The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" • "Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll" • "Christmas in July" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • A Christmas Adventure • "Merry Christmas, Super Dave!" • Inspector Gadget Saves ChristmasA Hollywood Hounds Christmas • "Do Not Reboot 'Til Christmas" • "Kilo Is Coming to Town" • "It's a Gorganus Life" • "Madeline at the North Pole" • "Just Like Old Times" • Twas the Night Before BumpyJingle Bell RockSonic Christmas BlastThe Adventures of SnowdenA Christmas Carol • "Holiday on Ice" • "A Gadget Boy Christmas Around the World" • "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" • "Witchmas Carole" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Across the Delaware" • "Berry Merry Christmas" • "Santa Claw" • "The Claw Who Stole Christmas"
Ragdoll Productions "Magical Lights" • "Christmas Tree" • "Making Christmas Cards" • "Crackers" • "Christmas Carols" • "The Perfect Tree"
Decode Entertainment "Santa Sword is Coming to Town" • "Secret Santa" • "Last Day of Christmas" • "A Very Sadie Christmas" • "His Master's Choice" • "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" • "The Nutcracker" • "The Happy Holidays Issue" • "How to Make a Christmas Miracle" • "Lobster Claus is Coming to Town"
Halifax Films "Bob's Broken Sleigh" • "A Wish World Christmas"
Iconix Brand Group A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas Tales • "Berry Merry Christmas" • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Dear Santa Claus" • "Happy First Frost" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Christmas is on Its Way" • "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" • "Berry Merry Melody" • "Lemon's Name in Lights" • "Happiness is the Gift of Giving" • "Mission Unfrostable" • "Happiness Is Holiday Traditions"
FilmFair "Paddington's Christmas" • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping" • "Christmas in Fabuland" • "Huxley Pig's Cinderella"
Nerd Corps Entertainment "A Christmas Wish" • "Monster Machine Christmas" • Lego Friends: Holiday Special • "Happy Sniffmas" • "A Blazing Amazing Christmas"