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Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Original illustration by John Leech (1843)

Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.

— Scrooge, at the end of his journey, and nearly his wits

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, also known as the Ghost of Christmas Future, is a character from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Role in the story[]

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the third and final ghost who haunts the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, in order to prompt him to adopt a more caring attitude in life and avoid a horrid afterlife like the Jacob Marley now suffers. Scrooge finds him the most fearsome of the spirits; he appears to Scrooge as a figure entirely muffled in a black hooded robe, except for a single gaunt hand with which he points. Although the character never speaks in the story, Scrooge understands him, usually rough assumptions from his previous experiences and rhetorical questions. The Ghost's general appearance suggests that he may be associated with the Grim Reaper. The Ghost's muteness and undefined features (being always covered by his robe) may also have been intended to represent the uncertainty of the future. Even in satires and parodies of the tale, this spirit nonetheless retains his original look.

The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand....It thrilled [Scrooge] with a vague uncertain horror, to know that behind the dusky shroud there were ghostly eyes intently fixed upon him, while he, though he stretched his own to the utmost, could see nothing but a spectral hand and one great heap of black.

When the Ghost appears, the first thing he shows Scrooge is three wealthy gentlemen making light of a recent death, who remark that it will be a cheap funeral, if anyone comes at all. One businessman said he would go only if lunch is provided, while another said he didn't eat lunch or wear black gloves, so there was no reason for him to appear at this funeral. Next, Scrooge is shown the same dead person's belongings being stolen and sold to a receiver of stolen goods called Old Joe. He also sees a shrouded corpse, which he implores the Ghost not to unmask, and a poor, debtor family rejoicing that someone to whom they owed money is dead. After pleading to the Ghost to see some tenderness connected with death, Scrooge is shown Bob Cratchit and his family mourning Tiny Tim's passing. (In the prior visitation, the Ghost of Christmas Present states that Tiny Tim's illness was not inherently fatal, but implies that the meager income Scrooge provided to Bob Cratchit did not provide funds for proper treatment.) Scrooge is then taken to an unkempt graveyard, where he is shown his own grave, and realizes that the dead man of whom the others spoke ill was himself.

This visit sets up the climax of the novella at the end of this stave. Moved to an emotional connection to humanity and chastened by his own avarice and isolation by the visits of the first two spirits, Scrooge is horrified by the prospect of a lonely death and by implication a subsequent damnation. In desperation, he queries the Ghost:

"Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point," said Scrooge, "answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?"

Still the Spirit pointed downward to the grave by which it stood.

"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!"

And in an epiphany in which he understands the changes that the visits of the three ghosts have wrought in him, Scrooge exclaims: "I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope!...I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"

His transformation complete, Scrooge is ready to re-enter the world of humanity as he does in the story's denouement in the final stage.


Picture Performer Production Year Notes
Ghost of Christmas Future 1910
A Christmas Carol 1910
Ghost of Christmas Future 1938
D'Arcy Corrigan A Christmas Carol 1938
Ghost of Christmas Future 1951
C. Konarski Scrooge 1951
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962
Ghost of Christmas Future
Famous Classic Tales: A Christmas Carol 1969
Ghost of Christmas Future 1970
Paddy Stone Scrooge 1970
Ghost of Christmas Future 1978
The Stingiest Man in Town 1978
A Christmas Carol 1982
Pete as The Ghost of Christmas Future
(voiced by Will Ryan)
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 After showing Scrooge (played by Scrooge McDuck) the grieving Cratchits at Tiny Tim's grave, he brings Scrooge to his own grave and tosses him in there. It should be noted that, in the original vinyl record that inspired the special, the Ghost was portrayed not by Pete, but by Queen Grimhilde from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Ghost of Christmas Future 1984
A Christmas Carol 1984 The Spirit wears black, but responds to Scrooge in the form of an eerie metallic noise sounding similar to the screech of a cemetery's gate when it opens and closes often.
A Jetson Christmas Carol - The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be
The Jetsons: "A Jetson Christmas Carol" 1985 The Ghost at first resembles the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, until its front is shown with all sorts of computer-like buttons and a small screen. Mr. Spacely refers to him as The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be.
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John Grin's Christmas 1986 Christmas Future is interpreted by Geoffrey Holder as a variation on his popular 007 villain Baron Samedi (from Live and Let Die). Dressed in voodoo regalia, Christmas Future comments on how miserly John Grin (Robert Guillaume) has no friends and no future. Christmas Future then shows Grin as guest of honor at his own funeral, with all those he scorned or shunned popping in to tell him what they think of his mistreatments. Laughingly, Christmas Future interjects assorted commentary as befits the proceedings. Aghast, Grin flees the theater...and wakes up in his own bed.
The Real Ghostbusters: "Xmas Marks the Spot"
Simon as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Simon Seville
(voiced by Ross Bagdasarian Jr.)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: "Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll" 1989
Captain Patch as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Captain Patch
(voiced by Ed Gilbert)
Peter Pan and the Pirates: "Hook's Christmas" 1990
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992
Yakko as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Yakko Warner
(voiced by Rob Paulsen)
Animaniacs: "A Christmas Plotz" 1993 The tall, talkative Warner sibling performs an extravagant musical number before showing Thaddeus Plotz his future.
Bluey as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Bluey the Penguin
(voiced by Jimmy Hibbert)
Avenger Penguins: "A Christmas Carol" 1994
(voiced by Frank Welker)
A Flintstones' Christmas Carol 1994 Philo Quartz is cast as the Ghost in the Bedrock Community Theatre production of the play. However, Philo catches the Bedrock Bug before he can perform, so the Flintstones' pet snorkasaurus fills in for him.
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Ebbie 1995 Elizabeth Scrooge's security officer Luther becomes the Ghost.
Coach Buzzcut Christmas Future Coach Buzzcut (voiced by Mike Judge) A Beavis and Butt-head Christmas 1995 Coach Buzzcut plays the role of the Ghost and appears while Beavis is trying to watch a Christmas Carol style porno.
Ghost of Christmas Future 1997
A Christmas Carol 1997
Spot as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Spot Chicken
(voiced by Tara Strong)
101 Dalmatians: "A Christmas Cruella" 1997
Charlie as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Charlie Barkin
(voiced by Steven Weber)
An All Dogs Christmas Carol 1998 Charlie's take on the Ghost is a spoof of The Mask.
Ghost of Christmas Future 1999
A Christmas Carol 1999
Sabrina as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Sabrina Spellman Sabrina: The Animated Series: "Witchmas Carole" 1999
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TV A Diva's Christmas Carol 2000 The Ghost is actually portrayed by a miniature TV showing a future episode of VH1's Behind the Music, about Ebony Scrooge.
Aurora as the Ghost of Christmas Future
(voiced by Gillian Barber)
Adventures from the Book of Virtues: "A Christmas Carol" 2000
Ghost of Christmas Future 2001
Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001
Ghost of Christmas Future 2003
James Cromwell A Carol Christmas 2003 The Ghost is portrayed as a tall, ominous-looking chauffeur.
Ghost of Christmas Future 2004
A Christmas Carol: The Musical 2004 A blind old beggar woman whom Scrooge rebuffs later appears as the Ghost.
Bloo as the Ghost of Christmas Future
(voiced by Keith Ferguson)
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "A Lost Claus" 2005 Bloo poses as a scary-looking futuristic robot (possibly a parody of Terminator). Wielding lasers guns, he tells Mr. Herriman that his stinginess will make future Christmases "dark, very scary, robots, and no presents".
Jude as Ghost of Xmas Future
Jude Lizowski
(voiced by Christian Potenza)
6teen: "In a Retail Wonderland..." 2005
Taz as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Tasmanian Devil
(voiced by Jim Cummings)
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas 2006
Instantánea 4 (10-12-2016 17-32)
Voiced by
Dan Green
Kappa Mikey: "A Christmas Mikey" 2006
Walrus as Ghost of Christmas Future
Voiced by
Keith Wickham
A Christmas Carol 2006
Ghost of Christmas Future 2008
Voiced by
Gwyneth Walsh
Barbie in a Christmas Carol 2008
Carol-disneyscreencaps com-7246
Voiced by
Jim Carrey
Disney's A Christmas Carol 2009 The Ghost is depicted as a shadow which has the ability to come out from the wall to a black physical form and can shrink Scrooge and chase him as a giant shadow carriage driver. Much like in Mickey's Christmas Carol, the Ghost tosses Scrooge into his grave atop the fires of Hell.
Smurf Of Christmas Future
Hefty Smurf
(voiced by Gary Basaraba)
The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol 2011 Hefty wears a short-sleeved robe with a hood similar to the way the Ghost was dresses, and black Smurf pants.
Instantánea 3 (19-12-2012 20-12)
(voiced by Daneboe)
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: "Orange Carol" 2012
Jenny La CQ: "Christmas in the CQ"
Phoebe Thunderman The Thundermans: "Winter Thunderland" 2014 The third and final ghost to appear as part of Max's dream, appearing after Max steals Christmas from his family and shows the horrifying vision of the evil-turned Thundermans if he doesn't fix his mistake. She dresses in a silver robe, and has a goth-like appearance and personality.
Sawyer as the 'Future' Ghost
Sawyer Camp Lakebottom: "Smells Like the Holidays" 2016 The "future" gassy ghost comes to McGee as Sawyer. He shows McGee the future, where McGee horrifyingly reveals a dust-covered flag for Camp Lakebottom (similar to how Scrooge uncovers his future gravestone) in a large crater. Sawyer claims McGee's actions made Squirt hold his gas so hard, it evolved into a catastrophic "fart-pocolypse" that ended civilization as they knew it. This makes McGee promise not to blame anyone else for his farts again.
Princess Luna
(voiced by Tabitha St. Germain, singing voice by Aloma Steele)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: "A Hearth's Warming Tail" Princess Luna plays a character similar to the Ghost, which is named the Spirit of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come.
(voiced by John Hasler (UK)/Joseph May (US))
Thomas & Friends: "Diesel's Ghostly Christmas" Thomas is covered in rubbish to make himself look like the hooded figure.
Ghost of Christmas Future (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo)
Dr. Buggly
(voiced by Roger Craig Smith)
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: "Scroogey Doo" 2017 The Ghost brings Velma Dinkley to a graveyard in the year 1903 (60 years in the future). There, she sees the future (elderly) versions of her friends, still solving mysteries, but is horrified when the monster they catch is revealed to be her own future self, who sought revenge against the gang for wasting her life with mysteries while others got credit for her ideas (such as the airplane, which the Wright Brothers invented in 1903). She promises to change, but she then realizes what's really going on and before the Ghost can visit Scrooge, she and the gang surprise and trap him. He's revealed to be Dr. Bugly, Scrooge's doctor who has been wrongly diagnosing him with nonsensical diseases to rip off his money. He tried to expand his patient list by getting Scrooge to care for (and spend his money on) other people's problems, so he posed as the ghosts to spook Scrooge into redemption and Velma out of mystery-solving (since she, as the brains, threatened his plans the most) using hypnosis.
Man Who Invented Christmas Future Ghost
unknown The Man Who Invented Christmas The Ghost first appears when Dickens, Scrooge, and the other characters are outside the book shop, wondering about whether Dickens will succeed with his book. The Ghost appears from a priest statue in the town. When he points, Dickens and the others follow it to the vision of Tiny Tim's death.
Buttercup 2016 Christmas Future
(voiced by Natalie Palamides)
The Powerpuff Girls: "You're a Good Man, Mojo Jojo" Buttercup plays the role of the Ghost but she is half bionic.
Henry Lewis A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
Hal as the Ghost of Chrstmas Future
(voiced by Bobby Moynihan)
Nature Cat: "A Nature Carol" 2019
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Demi Vampirina: "A Gargoyle Carol"
Ghost of Christmas Future 2019
Jason Flemyng (Episode #3) A Christmas Carol
Lucy as the Ghost of Christmas Future
Lucy Loud
(voiced by Jessica DiCicco)
The Loud House: "A Flipmas Carol" 2020
Ghost of Christmas Future Spirited
Loren Woods (body)
Tracy Morgan (voice)
Spirited 2022
Ghost of Christmas Future 2022
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
Humans Ebenezer ScroogeBob CratchitMrs. CratchitTimothy "Tiny Tim" CratchitBelinda CratchitMartha CratchitPeter CratchitFredBelleMr. FezziwigFan
Ghost Jacob MarleyThe Ghost of Christmas PastThe Ghost of Christmas PresentThe Ghost of Christmas Yet to ComeIgnorance and Want