"A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas"
Phineas hugging Perry
Season: 3
Production code: 317a
Broadcast number: 140
Story by:
Scott Peterson
Written by:
Scott Peterson
Storyboards by:
Derek Thompson
Seth Kearsley
Wendy Grieb
Directed by:
Dan Povenmire
Robert F. Hughes
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
December 2, 2011
Disney XD US Premiere:
December 10, 2011
International Debut:
December 4, 2011 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
Paired with
S'Winter (reruns only)
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 12th annual Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas.

— Narrator

The boys decide to put on a traditional family Christmas special featuring their family, friends and a few very special guests, including Kelly Clarkson.

Episode Summary

Phineas and Ferb are lying under the oak tree in their backyard when Phineas comments that it’s hot and suggests they do something to cool off. When Ferb proposes a visit to Antarctica, Phineas turns it down and decides to host a traditional family-oriented Christmas Special that would be broadcast live on television. Several people come in the screen, mainly dressed and equipped as people would be in a studio and they instantly start preparing for a Christmas Special, pulling in the screen a cardboard background that resembles the inside of a log cabin. Phineas and Ferb are given sweaters that they put on, and fake snow starts to come down from a guy shifting fake snow from the top of the Flynn-Fletcher backyard tree. The 12th Annual Phineas and Ferb Christmas Special (as it's called) sponsored by Wintobreath Toothpaste The Christmas Special stars the Flynn-Fletcher family and their acquaintances and features several unnamed extras. Isabella soon walks in, wearing a white turtleneck sweater, purple leggings, and pink fluffy boots underneath her dress that she wears everyday. Isabella says that her favorite part of the holidays was music and begins singing Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, with backup from Milly, Ginger, and Katie.

Isabella kisses Phineas Snowman

Isabella kissing a Phineas snowman in Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

After Isabella's musical number ends, Candace bursts in to find that Phineas and Ferb were hosting a Christmas Special, Candace, upon noticing that the Christmas Special was live on TV, sets out to bust Phineas and Ferb once again by leaving off stage and goes behind one of the cardboard backgrounds to call Linda who at the moment was shopping in downtown. Candace tells Linda to look at the TV behind her when she realizes that Linda is standing in front of a whole wall of TVs. However, when Linda turns to look at the TV, it switches to the ad of Wintobreath Toothpaste. Linda quickly remembers that they need toothpaste, thanks Candace and ends the phone call, much to Candace's frustration.

Phineas soon comments that Perry was missing. The scene shifts to Perry dropping into his lair where Major Monogram notifies Perry that Carl was being on a Christmas Special as an extra and had no idea what Doofenshmirtz was doing and decides to send Perry in a blind mission against Doofenshmirtz. Perry salutes his boss before running off the screen. The next scene is back in the cabin where Lawrence Fletcher made his appearance. Candace asks her father if the TV special was fine with him to which Lawrence informs her that he got pleased that they are putting on a “traditional” Christmas Special. Zooming out of the picture is Doofenshmirtz wondering what happened and why it seemed to suddenly be Christmas. He wondered where Fall had gone before deciding that he was out of it and decides on the point that he needed to get his “yuletide on and fast” before rushing off-screen.

Next, back in the cabin, Isabella walks up to Phineas who is sitting on the window ledge staring out the window and asks what was wrong. When he answers that Perry hadn't returned to celebrate Christmas yet, Isabella leans back and whispers to Ferb, making sure that Phineas knew that it wasn't actually Christmas. Ferb replies that every Christmas needed a little false drama. Soon afterwards, a knock at the door brings in the famous singer: Kelly Clarkson to where she got asked to sing right away. When she replies that she had nothing ready to sing, Phineas decides to push her to just sit back and relax, saying that they would just have somebody else sing.

Over in Doofenshmirtz's lab, the evil jingle for Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated was Doofenshmirtz singing Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated in the We Wish You A Merry Christmas tune. Perry bursts in, and immediately looks up to find a mistletoe dangling from above, quickly moves aside and goes into a fighting stance. Doofenshmirtz was building his Wrap-inator when he heard Perry come in. Doofenshmirtz traps Perry and admits that Christmas seemed to have snuck up on him and he was behind on his shopping. His solution: The Transport-inator. So he could go on shopping while everybody else was circling around looking for parking spaces. Doofenshmirtz admitted it was more unfair than evil before switching on the Transport-inator which immediately began transporting him to the shopping stores to begin shopping for Christmas.

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Buford singing Good King Wenceslas.

The scene shifts back to the cabin where Phineas asked who was coming down the chimney. It was Baljeet in what was an elf costume. Baljeet said that he broke the fire (it was cardboard). Phineas ignores it and asked Baljeet to sing a song. Baljeet says that it was going be a duet (indicating that somebody else was going singing there). After a second, the walls behind Baljeet got pulled away to show a piano and a pianist. Baljeet immediately started singing Good King Wenceslas. Buford soon bursts in after a single line and says that he was busy rewriting the lyrics. The song went from Good King Wenceslas to all about Buford getting gifts, Baljeet complains that the song is all about Good King Wenceslas and Buford shows that he has background information about King Wenceslas in the song before reverting back to being all about him getting gifts.

Kelly Clarkson stands up at that point and offers to sing after hearing Baljeet and Buford battle back and forth. Phineas goes up and tells her to sit back down and relax. When Kelly Clarkson protested, Phineas gave the excuse that he didn't want to ask her to "work" on Christmas, to which she didn't have a reply. Doofenshmirtz is just about to check out of the store with his shopping when he complains that the store was getting lazy and not putting up its Christmas decorations. That was when Perry hit the reverse switch on the Transport-inator, bringing Doofenshmirtz back to his Evil Lair without his gifts. A small battle ensues where Perry hits the Transport-inator several times with hardened fruit cake. When electrical sparks could be seen coming from it, Perry jumped into the reactivated Transport-inator, which shot him right back to the Flynn-Fletcher Family Christmas.

Phineas is complaining that Perry wasn't there and hadn't returned, but decided to go ahead with opening presents anyway. The first one Phineas picked up wound up being the present where Perry got into from the Transport-inator. After discovering Perry, Phineas and everybody start singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas. After the song is over, the Transport-inator transports the fake Christmas stuff (including everybody except the main members of the show: Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Baljeet, Buford, Candace, and Lawrence) all the way back to Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated where all the Christmas Show stuff (including all the extras) got taken to.

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The whole cast singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Soon afterwards, Linda comes back into the backyard where she said that she got told that they had done Christmas in July. Candace eagerly said that they had a Christmas Special, giving up on busting her brothers realizing the spirit of their idea and saying that it was actually kinda nice. To which she gets a chorus of "Awwww's". Doofenshmirtz complains that the reverse switch only works for Perry the Platypus and not for himself. When Doofenshmirtz realizes who was stepping on his hand, he asks her to sing for him. Instead, they all notice the Transport-inator about ready to explode and they all run out. All except for Doofenshmirtz. As the Transport-inator exploded, Kelly Clarkson escaped from the building in much the same way that Perry the Platypus escapes: via hand-glider. Doofenshmirtz shouted at the end: "Curse you, Perry the Platypus! and to a lesser extent: Kelly Clarkson! Although, I do love her work."


For a full transcript of "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas", click here.


End Credits

A repeat of the second, third and fourth verses of Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow. (during the end credits when broadcast by itself)


A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas title card
The image gallery for "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Hey, aren't you Kelly Clarkson?
Kelly Clarkson: Why yes, yes I am.
Linda: Hey, boys. I heard you were doing Christmas in July.
Candace: Yes, yes they were. was actually really sweet.

Ferb's Line

Isabella: What's wrong, Phineas? You don't look very happy for Christmas Eve.

Phineas: Everyone's come together for the holidays but Perry's still not here.
Isabella: He does know it's not really Christmas, right?

Ferb: Every family Christmas special needs a little forced drama.
Linda: Hey, boys. I heard you were doing Christmas in July.

Candace: Yes, yes they were. And... and... it was actually really sweet.

Everyone: Aw!

(Sings in We Wish You A Merry Christmas)

What'cha doin'?

Isabella: What'cha doin'?
Phineas: Why, it's Isabella!
(during We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
Isabella: Oh, come tell me what'cha doin'?

All my relatives just flew in
From Mexico and Jerusalem

For the holidays.

Hey, where's Perry?

Phineas: Up next is our good friend-- Hey, where is Perry?

Oh, there you are, Perry

Phineas: Hey, look, everybody! It's Perry! We're all together after all. This is the best Christmas ever!

Perry's entrance to his lair

He enters into his lair and Monogram tells him that Carl is acting as an extra in a Christmas special and sends him to stop Doofenshmirtz.

During the passage "We wish you a Perry Christmas" of We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Perry enters the lair when Monogram and Carl end their line. He starts decorating the lair in a Christmas-style, and after the last "We Wish You a Perry Christmas" he makes his chattering sound and gives a little smirk at the camera.

Evil Jingle

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (To the tune "We Wish You A Merry Christmas") Oh Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated. Oh righty tighty, lefty loose-y. Uh, my decorations are almost done.

Memorable Quotes

Candace: What is all this? Arrgh! Fake snow, fake house, and who are all these people?

Isabella: Extras.
Visitor in red outfit: Not me. I got a speaking part. But it's just this line so it's pretty much over now.
Candace: And where did you get those ugly sweaters?

Old Lady: Hey!
Doofenshmirtz: Wait wait. What's going on here? Is it Christmas already? What happened to Fall? I'm totally unprepared.
Visitor in red outfit: I had one line earlier.

Kelly Clarkson: And now you have two!

Visitor in red outfit: Oooh!
Doofenshmirtz: Wait. Aren't you Kelly Clarkson?

Kelly Clarkson: Why yes. Yes I am.
Doofenshmirtz: You're standing on my hand.
Kelly Clarkson: Oh sorry!
Doofenshmirtz: No no. It was a huge honor. Hey, since you're here, you wanna sing a song?
Kelly Clarkson: Uh, you know I would love to. Wait. What's that?
Doofenshmirtz: Oh that's my inator. It's probably just gonna blow up.

Kelly Clarkson: I'm out of here!
Doofenshmirtz: Curse you, Perry the Platypus! And to a lesser extent, Kelly Clarkson - although I do love her work.

Background Information

  • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" features three songs from the Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites album – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow by Isabella, the Buford and Baljeet rendition of Good King Wenscelas, and the entire gang singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
  • This episode is also known as "Phineas and Ferb's Family Christmas Special".
  • This is the first episode that Dan Povenmire directed in Season 3, not counting Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension.
  • Kelly Clarkson is the second American Idol finalist to lend her own voice after Clay Aiken in "Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!", and, so far, the only winner. However, unlike Aiken, Clarkson does not get to sing.
  • This is the only special episode that is the length of a regular episode (10-15 minutes).

Production Information

  • This episode aired as part of Disney Channel's "Fa-la-la-lidays".
  • This episode is not paired with any episode. This makes it the first and only half-length standalone episode of the series.
    • However, when the show started airing on Disney Channel in 2007, all the episodes were half-length and not paired together until "It's About Time!". Also on most reruns on both Disney Channel (US) and Disney XD from 2011 onwards, this episode got paired with "S'Winter".
  • This is the final episode that premiered in 2011.

International Premieres

  • December 4, 2011 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • December 16, 2011 (Family Channel | Disney XD Canada)
  • December 19, 2011 (Disney XD Italy)
  • December 20, 2011 (Disney Channel Asia and Australia | Disney XD Canada)
  • December 21, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • December 23, 2011 (Disney XD Germany and Spain | Disney Channel Portugal)
  • December 24, 2011 (Disney XD Poland and Latin America | Disney Channel Poland and Spain)
  • January 12, 2013 (Disney Channel Russia)


  • Isabella came to the door with Phineas and Ferb to see Kelly Clarkson but after Phineas says "Oh, that's too bad. We'll have a seat, we'll have someone else sing.", she wasn't there.
  • When Major Monogram is singing his part of We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Carl is wearing his Christmas sweater but when it zooms out, Carl is wearing his regular clothes again.
  • During the last line of "Let It Snow", Isabella is wearing mittens with her outfit, but when she forms a "heart" sign over the Phineas silhouette on the window screen, she doesn't have any mittens on, but is wearing them again in the next scene. She could've taken her mittens off to form the "heart" sign. And throughout the song, her outfits change.
  • When Phineas is sad about Perry not being there, there are stockings on the mantle, but in when he is singing in We Wish You A Merry Christmas, he fires stockings on the mantle.
  • When Dr. Doofenshmirtz is checking out from the store after finishing his Christmas shopping but stopped when his Transport-Inator teleports him back to his building, the cashier reports, "Customer Vaporization on Aisle 4," when it happened on a checkout lane. He should have reported "Lane 4" instead.
  • When Baljeet and Buford sing, the piano music is one sheet, but after Buford talks to Baljeet, the piano music is two sheets, and after that the piano music is back to one piece.
  • Isabella says she celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah as stated in the song, but in "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation", she says she only celebrates Hanukkah. Though she may have celebrated it before the other episode.
  • During "Let it Snow", in the close-up of Isabella forming a heart sign over the Phineas silhouette, look real closely at her sleeves. The cuffs aren't those of her sweater, they're those of her mittens. It appears she's wearing her mittens, but the hand part got cut off.
  • When Major Monogram sings sometimes it got written on the Board behind Carl "Marry Christmas" and sometimes "Merry Christmas"
  • During the finale of the song We Wish You A Merry Christmas, the extras' bodies disappeared for 2 frames or so before reappearing.
  • Just before the Transport-inator explodes, the fruitcakes stuck in it are purple.
  • When Phineas tells Isabella that Perry is still not here, the freckles on his head are in black outlines instead.



  • Christmas Specials - This episode appears to parody the concept of the Christmas variety special, a once-common concept for Christmas specials at the time which featured performances and appearances by celebrity guests and musicians.
  • Annoying Orange - Baljeet and Buford seen as icicles on the snow roof is similar to the characters from Annoying Orange.
  • The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy - One of Isabella's relatives (who is seen behind Ferb) is wearing a shirt with the number 42 on it, a reference to The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.




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