Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

"How the Griffin Stole Christmas" is the sixth Christmas episode of the FOX animated series Family Guy, aired as the ninth episode of the show's fifteenth season (though it is actually the sixth one produced for the season). The title is a reference to Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


When Christmas comes around Quahog, the Griffins, after watching How David Lynch Stole Christmas, decide to go sledding instead of attending church. Mayor Adam West, at first, bans sledding from Quahog. After a fight with Peter, he renounces the decision. When sledding, the Griffins do so on the dining room table, except for Lois who protests that it has been in her family for generations. The Griffins, however, go sledding on it while wearing go-pro cameras, but they get injured when hitting the bottom and subsequently destroy it. When going to the mall to replace the table, Chris wants to sit on Santa's lap despite the fact that he is in high school. Upon seeing the long line, Peter complains to a mall patron who reveals that their current mall Santa is a drunk. Seeing how Peter looks, the patron decides to hire him as a substitute.

Meanwhile, Stewie discovers that Brain has been crashing office Christmas parties for free alcohol and is about to attend one. When attending a party, he tries to impress a girl, but it fails. Stewie arrives to survey how Brian is failing at his malingering, but decides to stay at seeing the free food. During Christmas parties they attend at the printer company Printex, Stewie makes a stir that pleases the employees and the employer who gives him a job.

After one of his shifts ends, Peter goes to purchase a burrito, but the cashier gives it to him for free, making Peter discover that he can have his way at the mall as Santa. He decides to stay until Christmas, much to Lois' skepticism. Peter begins using his disguise as Santa to gain leverage against other people, like a meter maid and a music conductor, and getting spaghetti at a strip club called the Fuzzy Clam while intoxicated. When he passes out after exiting there, he wakes up and meets the actual Santa who is angry at him for abusing Santa's name and making him look like a jerk. Peter brushes him off and takes some of the spaghetti home for dinner, but Santa decides to put a strike on Peter as he quotes "You better watch out."

Santa starts by sending some forged texts to Joe Swanson by going with him to Build-a-Bear Workshop. Peter counteracts by replacing one of Santa's reindeer with a real reindeer, but it backfires when the elf with Santa cuts the real reindeer loose and it falls through the Griffins' roof and onto their dinner table. The next day, Peter receives a box containing Meg's farts and calls Glenn Quagmire, Cleveland Brown, and Joe Swanson over. When Peter looks into it, something happens to Peter's face.

At Printex, Stewie discovers that his riot has gotten a woman fired when he checked to see if her Internet is slow. He soon realizes that working in an office is not all great, so he decides to spread some holiday cheer by giving out some $11,000 checks to the other employees before resigning from the office.

Outside the Drunken Clam, Peter sees Santa's sleigh and decides to hijack it. As Peter writes "Wash Me" on the dirty part, he discovers too later that it was a trap as Santa strangles him with his belt. He withdraws when Peter agrees to stop wearing the suit. After Peter apologizes, Santa gives him a Penthouse magazine he found in the woods when he was 12 years old. When Peter commented that he must've been a terrible Santa portrayer, Santa states that someone else was worse than him, showing a magazine with Bill Cosby dressed as Santa on the cover. Santa then leaves and as Peter waves goodbye to him. He narrates that he forgot about that Christmas as a result of a drunken hangover that took his family to restrain him.




  • This was the last Christmas-related production for Adam West. He was passed away almost 6 months later and was dedicated in front of the June 18, 2017 rerun of "The Dating Game" and in the season 17 episode "Adam West High". Later in the series, Wild West has followed his footsteps to take over the mayor's position.


Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Seth MacFarlane Peter Griffin
Brian Griffin
Stewie Griffin
Glenn Quagmire
Santa Claus
Alex Borstein Lois Griffin
Seth Green Chris Griffin
Mila Kunis Meg Griffin
Mike Henry Cleveland Brown
Ava Acres Girl
Max Charles Kid
Ralph Garman
David Goodman
Christine Lakin Woman at party
David Lynch Self
Kate McKinnon Farmer's date
Ty Simpkins Little Drummer Boy
Alec Sulkin Jesus Christ
Ursula Taherian Gina Devereaux
Fred Tatasciore Quahog Concert Hall announcer
Josh Robert Thompson
Jennifer Tilly Bonnie Swanson
John Viener
Patrick Warburton Joe Swanson
Adam West Mayor Adam West

External links[]

20th Century
Miracle on 34th Street (1955 remake) (1973 remake) (1994 remake) • Die HardDie Hard 2Home AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkGeorge Balanchine's The NutcrackerTrapped in ParadiseJingle All the WayHome Alone 4The Family StoneDeck the Halls12 Men of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistJingle All the Way 2Home Sweet Home Alone
Television episodes and specials
20th Television
M*A*S*H "Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve"
Tracey Ullman "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip"
The X Files "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas"
Malcolm in the Middle "Christmas" • "Christmas Trees" • "Pearl Harbor" • "Hal's Christmas Gift
Bones "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "The Goop on the Girl"
How I Met Your Mother "How Lily Stole Christmas" • "Little Minnesota" • "False Positive" • "Symphony of Illumination" • "The Over-Correction" • "The Final Page, Part 1" • "The Final Page, Part 2"
Glee "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "Glee, Actually" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
New Girl "The 23rd" • "Santa" • "LAXmas" • "Christmas Eve Eve"
The Mindy Project "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Christmas Party Sex Trap" • "Christmas" • "When Mindy Met Danny"
Last Man Standing "Last Christmas Standing" • "Putting a Hit on Christmas" • "Elfie" • "Wedding Planning" • "Gift of the Wise Man"
Other shows "Christmas Story" • "The Worst Noel" • "Haus Arrest" • "Amends" • "Blue Christmas" • "A Christmas Story" • "Cookies for Santa" • "In God We Trust" • "Road to Tradition" • "Afternoon Delight" • "Christmas" • "The Glitch That Stole Christmas" • "Secret Santa"
20th Television Animation
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside" • "The Way of The Dog" • "A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas" • "Manger Things" • Feliz Navidad
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Ninety North, Zero West" • "Gifted Me Liberty" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" • "Santa, Schmanta" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Yule. Tide. Repeat." • "The First No L" • "Christmas Crime" • "The Return of the King (of Queens)" • "Family Guy Christmas for Hulu"
Futurama "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • "I Know What You Did Next Xmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled" • "Have Yourself a Maily Linda Christmas" • "Yachty or Nice" • "Gene's Christmas Break" • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "The Nightmare 2 Days Before Christmas"
Other cartoons "Hook's Christmas" • "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other ReindeerIce Age: A Mammoth Christmas • "The War on Grafelnik" • "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard" • "A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special" • "Dip the Halls Adventure" • "Xmas with The Skanks Adventure"