The Great British Bake Off Christmas special 2022 — air date, celebrity bakers and all we know

Noel Fielding in a striped shirt, Matt Lucas in a green shirt, Paul Hollywood in a pale green shirt and Prue Leith in a colourful jumper sit in the tent next to a Christmas tree in The Great British Bake Off Christmas special 2022.
The Great British Bake Off - Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith welcome some familiar faces to the tent for the festive season. (Image credit: Mark Bourdillon/C4)

The Great British Bake Off Christmas special 2022 and a New Year special are heading to Channel 4. 

After Syabira Yusoff was crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2022 last month, TV’s most famous tent has now been decked out with tinsel and baubles to welcome a group of brave celebrities who will whip up some Christmas classics for judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith. Meanwhile, at New Year, four former contestants will nervously prove their baking mettle again.

The show’s hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will oversee proceedings once more, but for Lucas it will be his swansong on the show as he recently announced his departure.

Judge Paul Hollywood said of the celebrity bakers: "It was a pleasure working with them. Miquita has talent and I'm a fan of Tony’s, what a lovely man. Gaby was charming, Claire was epic — I grew up watching Brookside — and Terry can talk, but he can walk the walk! The standard of baking was spectacular. I was shocked at how good everything was. It could’ve rivaled the main tent."

Here’s everything you need to know about The Great British Bake Off Christmas special 2022 and New Year special…

The Great British Bake Off Christmas special 2022 and New Year special — when do they air?

The Great Christmas Bake Off airs on Christmas Eve — Saturday, December 24 — at 8.25pm on Channel 4. 

The Great New Year Bake Off airs on New Year’s Day — Sunday, January 1 — at 7.40pm on Channel 4. Both episodes will also be available on All4. 

The specials will air at a later date in the US on Netflix, where the series is known as The Great British Baking Show.

Which celebrities are in The Great Christmas Bake Off special 2022?

Claire Sweeney, Miquita Oliver, Terry Christian, Sir Tony Robinson and Gaby Roslin wearing green aprons sit in front of a Christmas tree in the tent for The Great British Bake Off Christmas Special.

Claire Sweeney, Miquita Oliver, Terry Christian, Sir Tony Robinson and Gaby Roslin celebrate Channel 4's 40th anniversary by competing in The Great British Bake Off's Christmas Special. (Image credit: Mark Bourdillon/C4)

The episode marks Channel 4’s 40th anniversary and features five famous faces from the channel’s history — The Word’s Terry Christian, The Big Breakfast’s Gaby Roslin, Time Team’s Sir Tony Robinson, Popworld’s Miquita Oliver and Brookside’s Claire Sweeney.

Terry said of taking part in the show: "It was tenser than a penalty shoot-out. My worst moment was wishing I’d practised!"

Gaby added: "My mouth went dry and I kept giggling. I’ve never baked a cake or used a mixer."

Who is in the tent for The Great New Year Bake Off?

Lottie Bedlow, Manon Lagrève, Antony Amourdoux and Chigs Parmar in green aprons sit on stools in the tent for The Great British Bake Off New Year special.

Former contestants Lottie Bedlow, Manon Lagrève, Antony Amourdoux and Chigs Parmar are back to bake again in the New Year Special of The Great British Bake Off. (Image credit: Mark Bourdillon/C4)

At New Year, four contestants who took part in The Great British Bake Off in previous years will wend their way back into the tent — Antony Amourdoux from series nine in 2018, Lottie Bedlow from The Great British Bake Off 2020, Manon Lagrève from series nine in 2018 and Chigs Parmar, who was a finalist in The Great British Bake Off 2021.

Despite Chigs having already competed in the show before, he was still nervous to return to the Bake Off tent, saying: "I was nervous as I felt that they would expect more from me this time as I was more experienced!"

Is there a trailer?

Not yet but we will pop one up here when it is released.

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.


Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.


Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.


In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.