"Heatwave Holiday" is a Christmas-themed segment from the seventeenth episode of the animated series Garfield and Friends, and the second Christmas television production based on the comic strip Garfield.


It is the middle of the hottest day of July, and everyone's roasting in the heat. In an attempt to get cool, Garfield decides the best way to handle it is to use Jon's freezer to create a blizzard in the backyard. When Jon catches sight of this, Garfield then suggests to him that they also put up their Christmas decorations - by thinking it's December and decorating like it is, they can psychologically beat the heat.

However, as people see the decorated house, they become confused, thinking that Christmas has apparently already come. Out of that odd spirit, more and more people decorate their houses until, soon, the entire town is in the holiday spirit, befuddling Jon, Garfield, and Odie. However, everyone's holiday spirit is stopped when a newscast reveals that, indeed, it isn't Christmas.

That night, Garfield is awakened from his sleep by the sound of jingling bells. He goes to the living room, sees a familiar figure there, and points out to him that it actually isn't Christmas, and apologizes for the inconvenience. Garfield goes back to bed, saying, "You'd think of all people, he would know," as we hear a familiar laugh in the distance outside.


The episode containing the short was included on the Garfield and Friends: Volume 1 DVD set, released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2004. It was made available again on the Garfield and Friends: Season 2 DVD set, released by Skiprope (through PBS Distribution) on November 5, 2019.


Voice actor Character
Lorenzo Music Garfield
Thom Huge Jon Arbuckle
Gregg Berger Odie

External links

Christmas Specials Based on Comic Strips
Peanuts A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas TalesI Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is on Its Way" • "Christmas is Coming"
Garfield A Garfield Christmas Special • "Heatwave Holiday" • "Caroling Capers" • "Home for the Holidays"
Popeye Seasin's Greetinks!Mister and Mistletoe • "Spinach Greetings"
Dennis the Menace "The Christmas Story" • "The Christmas Horse" • "The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree" • A Dennis the Menace Christmas
Other comic strips PalsThe Captain's Christmas • "Hazel's Christmas Shopping" • "A Christmas Tale" • "Krazy's Krismas" • "It's Better To Give" • "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" (1965) • A Family Circus ChristmasZiggy's GiftThe Bestest Present • "North Pole Cat" • A Wish For Wings That WorkA Christmas AngelLittle Orphan Annie's A Very Animated Christmas • "Rupert's Christmas Adventure" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" (1998) • "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" • "A Huey Freeman Christmas"
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