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The Best Christmas in July Moments from The Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon and company never fail to get us in the holiday spirit — even in the dog days of summer. 

By Samantha Vincenty

The weather outside is frightful...frightfully sweltering, that is — because summer's officially in full swing. And while it's a bit too hot to dig out our ugly snowflake sweaters, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is here to present you with something seasonal: a roundup of the show's most magical holiday moments. 

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Yes, it's Christmas in July on The Tonight Show! We're revisiting the cheeriest and most festive songs, sketches, and games from episodes past, dating back to Fallon's very first year behind the desk as Host in 2014. Given that his love for Christmas music has been evident since his days as a Saturday Night Live cast member, it's no surprise that Fallon — with help from Tonight Show house band The Roots —really knows how to make merry in December. 

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No need to wait 'til winter to unwrap this gift. Check out the most memorable and star-studded holiday moments from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, below — including an appearance from the Christmas queen herself, Mariah Carey

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"Wonderful Christmastime" a cappella with Paul McCartney

Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney and "Sing" Cast Perform "Wonderful Christmastime" (A Cappella)

Dressed in Santa hats and earmuffs, Fallon and The Roots sang a sweet a cappella version of Paul McCartney's Christmas classic "Wonderful Christmastime" — with the former Beatle himself, no less.

What's more, they were joined by the talented cast of the animated film Sing: Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Tori Kelly, and Seth MacFarlane.

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Nick Offerman recaps "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Nick Offerman is as known for his distinctive voice as he is for his iconic role as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. His deep tones were put to perfect use when The Tonight Show asked him to narrate a very special "casual" version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Niall Horan reads the classic in seven different accents

Several years later, musician and The Voice Coach Niall Horan got in on the tradition, this time reading the Christmas poem in various accents. 

One Direction sing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

Jimmy Fallon, One Direction & The Roots: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (Classroom Instruments)

Fallon celebrated his first Christmas season on The Tonight Show with the then-five members of One Direction — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne — in 2014. They performed a "Classroom Instruments" version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with The Roots.

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"The Naughty List" with Mariah Carey

The Naughty List with Mariah Carey

Wearing a red suit that would make Santa proud, Mariah Carey joins Fallon for a "sleepover" sketch in which she reads the many reasons why he's on the naughty list in 2022.

"Mad Lib Theater" with Chris Pratt

After taking us back to our childhoods with a good ol' fashioned game of Mad Libs, Chris Pratt acts out the result of his own word choices in a hilarious holiday version of "Mad Lib Theater" that finds Pratt playing Santa to Fallon's elf (who can't stop laughing). 

Hungry for more Christmas in July content? You're in luck! Starting July 10, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is playing  encores of fans’ favorite Fallon festive moments. All week at 11:35/10:35c on NBC,  the show will re-broadcast popular seasonal segments, including the beloved "12 Days of Christmas Sweaters," "Tonight Show Stocking Stuffers," "Elvis on the Shelvis ft. Austin Butler," and more! Don't miss it! See the full lineup, below: 

  • Monday, July 10: Guests include Selena Gomez, Sebastian Maniscalco, and musical guest beabadoobee. (originally aired December 5, 2022)
  • Tuesday, July 11: Guests include Adam Sandler, Greta Gerwig, Dane Cook and musical guest Babyface Ray. (originally aired December 1, 2022)
  • Wednesday, July 12: Guests include Steve Martin & Martin Short, H.E.R., Mary McCartney and musical guest Adam Blackstone ft. Mary Mary, Inayah & The BBE Big Band. (originally aired December 8, 2022)
  • Thursday, July 13: Guests include Miley Cyrus, Jesse Williams and comedian Mary Mack. (originally aired December 9, 2022)
  • Friday, July 14: Guests include James Corden, Jenna Ortega and comedian Mike Feeney. (originally aired December 16, 2022)