Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special: All about 2020’s show

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas 2020 special date, time, channel

Strictly Come Dancing will air a brand new Christmas special for 2020 tonight – here’s all you need to know.


The usual Strictly Christmas special has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Instead, the BBC has revealed an alternative countdown show to air this year.

Strictly: The Christmas Countdown will reveal the 25 most memorable dances of all time voted for by the viewers.

The BBC say: “From the perfect 40’s, the trophy-winning routines, dances that have made us laugh, and perhaps some that are remembered for other reasons – this show will have it all.

“Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, join the judges and professional dancers as they count down to see which will be voted the most memorable Strictly dance of all time.”

The new Christmas special will kick off with a brand new Christmas themed group number from the show’s professionals.


There will also be a number of guest appearances from former contestants.

When is the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special on TV?

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on TV on BBC One at 4:45PM on Christmas Day – Friday, 25 December.

You’ll also be able to watch online and catch up after the show airs via BBC iPlayer here.

The special follows Strictly Come Dancing’s main series which concluded last Saturday night.

Names taking part in the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing competition included Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh, EastEnders’ actress Maisie Smith, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and Olympian Nicola Adams.

They were joined by The Wanted’s Max George, actress Caroline Quentin, ex American Footballer and sports pundit Jason Bell and TV Presenter & Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers.


Concluding this year’s cast were singer HRVY, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, former MP Jacqui Smith and comic & musician Bill Bailey.

You can catch up on the series in full online via BBC iPlayer.