As if you needed one more reason to begin the countdown to the holidays.
If you spend all year looking forward to those wonderful 25 days before Christmas, you have even more reason to celebrate the return of Freeform’s holiday content this year.
The network, previously known as ABC Family, isn’t the only channel that will be hosting the beloved ‘25 Days of Christmas’ programming this year. Responding to the popularity of the annual programming, the Disney|ABC Television Group announced that the fan-favorite holiday special will expand to air across all of their networks this year, including Freeform, ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior.
These channels will host holiday-themed television episodes and movies throughout the month of December in the lead-up to Christmas, allowing viewers a larger selection of festive programming than ever before.
“‘25 Days of Christmas’ is the holiday event our viewers look forward to all year long. This year, there is more for everyone: more original shows, more fun and laughter, more opportunities to take part in this beloved holiday tradition,” Ben Sherwood, president of Disney|ABC Television Group said in a statement. “We hope everyone joins in the fun as Disney|ABC spreads holiday cheer across all of our channels and platforms for audiences everywhere.”
While Freeform will continue to host holiday classics like “Elf, The Santa Clause” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” the network will also feature original Christmas movie debuts and a few Disney specials, like “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” which originally aired on ABC, and “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” a holiday special that will show viewers how the holidays are brought to life across Disney Destinations.
ABC will debut new reality competitions tied to the holidays, like “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” in which families compete to transform their homes into the “ultimate festive wonderland” and “the Great American Baking Show.” The channel will also air frequent holiday episodes of their most popular shows.
Additionally, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney will all premiere holiday-themed episodes of some of their most popular programs, will present a Disney Channel holiday celebration telecast from the Disney Parks, and will debut a new “Lion King” film, titled “The Lion Guard: Timon and Pumbaa’s Christmas.”
All in all, Disney and ABC are giving us a lot more reasons to look forward to the holiday season. Celebratory hot chocolate, anyone?