Linking to Hilary Fortnam's anger over the issue via the Comments section, Hit denies the accusations over it's complete absence.
Any reports that Hit Entertainment, rights owner of Thomas & Friends, has been “writing Christmas out of a new series” are completely inaccurate.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The episode that is being referenced is six years old and was contained in a four episode DVD that was not sold as either a “Christmas” or a “Holiday” themed release.
We take the legacy of The Rev. Awdry’s work very seriously in the creation of all of our new content and work closely with his family to best manage Thomas for future generations of children.
Christmas was, and continues to be, celebrated on the island of Sodor, the home of Thomas & Friends.