‘A Very Murray Christmas’ is real and it’s coming to Netflix this December

14 Oct 2015

A Very Murray Christmas hits Netflix on 4 December. Photo via Netflix

Fans of Bill Murray and Christmas greetings featuring the man himself can rejoce as Netflix gets set for a star-studded Christmas special.

Seeing as Halloween is still weeks away, it’s early to be trotting these out, but Bill Murray Christmas greetings are the best.

Just look.

This year, Netflix is taking it to the next level with A Very Murray Christmas, a Christmas special of old dressed up for a 2015 audience.

The online streaming network has just announced the one-off celeb-filled spectacular, coming as an early gift to Netflix subscribers worldwide on 4 December.

A Very Murray Christmas is written by Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola and Mitch Glazer and directed by Coppola, who previously directed Murray in Lost In Translation.

The show takes on the tried-and-tested ‘show within a show’ format and follows Murray, as himself, in the stressful run-up to a Christmas variety show he worries no one will be able to attend due to a terrible snowstorm in New York City.

No doubt, as Christmas tales are wont to go, good fortune will fall upon the host and the guests will pile in for a all-singing, all-dancing night of merriment. (Or should I say, Murrayment?)

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Amy Poehler is among the stars on the guest list for A Very Murray Christmas. Photo via Netflix

The guest list does not disappoint, either, with George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, the band Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus and more set to join in the Netflix Noel.

Netflix first teased A Very Murray Christmas in May, getting fans excited for Christmas even as summer had just begun.

If Netflix pulls it off as well as it hopes, we could have another Christmas staple to add to the annual watch list, along with Home Alone 2, The Muppets Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and – a Murray favourite – Scrooged.

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Spoiler alert: it looks like it all works out for A Very Murray Christmas. Photo via Netflix

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.