Nothing makes us feel as festive as the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. Here are some of the best bits from past shows – prepare to feel very Christmassy indeed!

1. Champ Jill Halfpenny thrills us again, 2008

EastEnders star Jill Halfpenny, 42, and dance partner Darren Bennett first won the festive Glitterball prize in 2004, and again in 2008 with a seasonal smooth to My Favourite Things.

2. Alesha Dixon gets her Beyonce on, 2008

Strictly 2007 winner and Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon, 39, was back for the Christmas special in 2008. She didn’t win, but she wowed us all over again with her cooler- than-cool cha-cha-cha to Crazy In Love by Beyoncé.

3. Ali Bastian wows with her waltz, 2009

Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian, 35, was full of Christmas cheer when she and her partner Brian Fortuna performed their Viennese waltz. Ali got fans in a Viennese whirl with her stunning show.

4. John Barrowman takes a sleigh ride, 2010

It was the turn of Desperate Housewives star John Barrowman to dazzle on the dance floor. The showman, 50, put his dancing shoes to work with his quickstep to Sleigh Ride.

5. Charlie Brooks makes us feel festive, 2011

She’s used to being mean Janine on EastEnders, but there was nothing but love for Charlie Brooks’ jazzy jive. Performing Santa Claus is Coming to Town, the mother-of-one, 36, blew the viewers away with her moves.

6. Louis Smith scores a festive 40, 2014

Louis ‘twinkle-toes’ Smith, 28, achieved perfection during the 2014 Christmas Strictly special, scoring a festive 40 from the judges for his quickstep to Jingle Bells with Aliona Vianni.

7. Gleb and Anita Rani get raunchy, 2015

Who can forget hunky dancer Gleb Savchenko, 34, who lit up the dance floor with Anita Rani? His sultry moves throughout December put us all in the mood for a hot tango under the mistletoe.

8. Melvin Odoom wins at the second time of trying, 2016

He may have been the first contestant to leave 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing, but DJ Melvin Odoom, 37, went on to win the show’s Christmas special that same year with Janette Manrara.

Words: Sarah Tetter