The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special: how to watch, trailer and everything we know

Pom Klementieff and Dave Bautista in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Pom Klementieff and Dave Bautista in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (Image credit: Jessica Miglio/Marvel)

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy return with their next big screen adventure, their next mission is to spread some Christmas cheer with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The Disney Plus exclusive shows fans just how these Marvel heroes ring in the holidays.

This is another holiday-themed entry for the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Werewolf by Night, which was released ahead of Halloween 2022. Not to mention that the Hawkeye Disney Plus series was set during Christmas. As Marvel continues to expand its offerings on streaming, could these kinds of holiday-themed stories become an annual tradition?

While we'll have to wait and see on that, here is everything that you need to know about The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

How to watch The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is now streaming exclusively on Disney Plus worldwide. That means if you want to celebrate the holidays with the heroes, you need to be a Disney Plus subscriber.

Disney Plus is available as a standalone streaming service, but you also have a few options to bundle it with other streaming platforms. First there is the Disney Bundle, which combines Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu together for one monthly fee. Then there is Hulu with Live TV, which includes Disney Plus as a standard feature.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special trailer

Open the present of The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special by watching the official trailer below, which in addition to featuring your usual Guardians, includes a surprise cameo: 

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special cast

Yes, that is Kevin Bacon appearing as himself in the trailer, as Drax and Mantis want him to be the special gift to help boost Quill's morale.

Outside of Kevin Bacon, the holiday special features all of the Guardians as we last left them in Thor: Love and Thunder, as Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, along with Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper's voice work, are all set to appear in the special. In another surprise, Michael Rooker, who memorably played Yondu in the first two Guardians movies, also pops up.

Missing, however, is Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, who hasn't been with the Guardians since the events of Avengers: Endgame. It's expected that trying to reconnect with her will be part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special plot

We’ve covered the basics of what is to come with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, but here is the official plot:

"The Guardians, who are on a mission to make Christmas unforgettable for Quill, head to Earth in search of the perfect present."

James Gunn, who has written and directed each Guardians of the Galaxy movies, including Vol. 3, wrote and directed The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special as well.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).