How to watch Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special for free

How to watch Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special
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Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special cheat sheet

Release date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
Free on Apple TV: With 7-day trial
43 minutes
Hamish Hamilton, Roman Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: Not available yet

It's time to watch Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. And the good news is that you can probably watch it for free, provided you know how to properly use your phone's reminders app.

Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year for fans of Ms. Carey, whose song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is legally required to start playing once Thanksgiving is over. And Apple TV Plus is the home for her brand new holiday special, where Mariah saves Christmas.

According to a description from Apple, the special sees the world facing a "holiday cheer crisis," and so Santa enlists the only icon fit for the job: his friend Mariah Carey. Dubbed "The Queen of Christmas," Ms. Carey sets out to make the best Christmas special she can, and gets a gang of famous friends involved. 

Listed guest stars include Misty Copeland, Jermaine Dupri, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Tiffany Haddish, Mykal-Michelle Harris,  Jennifer Hudson and Snoop Dogg. And keeping things all in the family, Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe will also make a special appearance.

Want a taste? Here's a snippet from the special:

And here's everything you need to know to watch Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special for free:

How to watch Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special with a VPN

If you're stuck abroad — in one of the few countries where Apple TV Plus is not available — you will likely run into geo-fenced restrictions on the platforms and services you can use. But with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch On The Rocks and all the other services you already pay for no matter where you are. 

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How to watch Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is live on Apple TV Plus, which has a 7-day free trial. So, just set a reminder for 6 days from when your trial begins, and you'll be in the clear.


Apple TV Plus costs $4.99 per month thereafter, and features excellent programming such as Ted Lasso, Beastie Boys Story and The Morning Show. 

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.