As the late, great Andy Williams said: it's the most wonderful time of the year. And we're pretty sure he meant "...because it leads to loads of TV specials and Christmas-centric movies".

And as a result, we've rounded up just some of our favourite, greatest comedy moments from festive movies and TV shows, below.

From sitcoms like 'Blackadder', 'Frasier' and 'The Royle Family' to films like 'Scrooged' and 'Bad Santa' - via sketches (Lonely Island, Morecambe and Wise), animation (Peanuts) and puppetry (The Muppets) - kick back, relax and have yourself a quite literally merry little Christmas with these classic clips...

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  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol

    A clip from the 'Blackadder' Christmas Special, broadcast in 1988, in which our hero starts the episode as the nicest man in England, but winds up as the despicable, vile Blackadder we all know and love.

  • Trading Places: Down-and-out Santa

    We're not sure which we like best: the moment Dan Ackroyd takes a piece of salmon out of his coat, or the moment his gun... Well, we won't give it away.

  • Alan Partridge: "And on that bombshell..."

    The finale of the 'Knowing Me, Knowing Yule' Christmas Special, in which everything goes (partridge in a) pear (tree)-shaped...

  • Louie: The Doll

    Call it a modern classic: a clip from season three of Louis CK's sitcom, in which his Christmas gift of a doll for his daughter all goes horribly, horribly wrong.

  • South Park: Cartman Sings 'O Holy Night'

    The only thing funnier than Eric Cartman singing 'O Holy Night'? Eric Cartman getting poked with a cattle prod every time he forgets the words to 'O Holy Night'.

  • Morecambe And Wise... And Andre Previn

    What is there to say about Eric and Ernie's 1971 Christmas Special encounter with Andrew Preview that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing. Well, not without getting the wrong words in the right order.

  • Saturday Night Live: 'Dick In A Box'

    Who knew that Justin Timberlake could a) act (this was pre-The Social Network) or b) be so funny? Not us! <em>(Update: the embedded video has now been disabled - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3cGBYjYNKY" target="_blank">watch it on YouTube.</a>)</em>

  • Elf: Toy testing

    As is always the case with Will Ferrell, a deceptively simple - but quite, quite brilliant - movie moment.

  • The Royle Family: "I've never liked turkey"

    "Crinkley Bottom, my arse!" Ah, yes - Christmas: the one time of the year when most British families resemble the Royles.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    This clip's got Vince Guaraldi's swinging 'O Tannenbaum', Charlie Brown's pathetic little Christmas tree - and Snoopy dancing his heart out on Schroeder's piano. Enjoy a slice of a bittersweet American comedy classic.

  • Father Ted: Lost In The Lingerie Section

    Father Ted, Father Dougal and six other priests take a wrong turn while Christmas shopping and end up lost in the lingerie section of a huge department store. It's what Jesus would have wanted. <a href="http://youtu.be/cqL2bjeLdDo" target="_hplink">Watch the full episode (in high quality) at 4OD</a>

  • Frasier: Miracle On Third Or Fourth Street

    Think you're having a bad Christmas? It couldn't be worse than Fraiser's: rowing with his father, unable to see his son (who's off to Austria for the ultimate 'Sound Of Music' experience), and stuck listening to other miserable people's problems.

  • Scrooged: "It's not lonely at the top!"

    In which Bill Murray's Scrooge-like TV executive isn't just crazy - he's "crazy like a fox"!

  • Tim Minchin: 'Woody Allen Jesus'

    "Short and Jewish and quite political..." The Australian comic's festive tribute to Jesus (and Woody Allen).

  • Bad Santa: Underwear

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry? This clip - starring Billy Bob Thornton as the baddest Santa ever - may not help.

  • French And Saunders: Catherine Zeta Jones's Christmas Message

    The French And Saunders Christmas Specials have always been, well, special. But Dawn's Christmas message from Her Majesty the Queen of Wales was a particular highlight.

  • A Muppet Family Christmas

    We Brits may know and love <em>A Muppet Christmas Carol</em> - but this 1987 American TV special is just as adorable. Get a load of the opening scene, where we're introduced to Fozzie's mother, Emily Bear, who's planning to head to Malibu for Christmas... until The Muppets turn up.

  • Outnumbered: "Your present to us is a goat?"

    The always-brilliant Ramona Marquez poses the question every middle-class present-giver dreads...

  • Only Fools And Horses: Batman And Robin

    Because it's the law to include this clip in any festive TV comedy round-up.

  • The Office Christmas Special

    The Office's two-part Christmas Special doesn't just have laughs - it's got heart. And none more so than in this clip, in which Dawn opens her present from Tim.