Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” is back for its 20th year

The yearly Christmas TV event returns to entertain fans for Christmas 2016

Freeforms 25 Days of Christmas event logo

Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” event logo

Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas,” the biggest television programming event of the holiday season, returned on December 1st for its 20th consecutive year.

The “25 Days of Christmas” TV event features many Christmas-themed movies and specials, with a few exceptions of family movies that aren’t about the holidays, like Frozen and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Each day’s marathon begins in the morning or afternoon and runs until late evening or even midnight.

The excitement began all the way back in October when the official schedule for the movies and specials was released. On Thanksgiving Day, Freeform held the “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas,” which was an all-day marathon of family movies to prepare viewers for the month-long movie marathon to come.
Movie poster for Christmas favorite “Elf”

To cover 25 days, some specials and movies are repeated. Elf, for example, will be played twelve times because of its popularity in the past. Repeated features will also include The Santa Clause, Polar Express, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 

Regardless of the showings in previous years, this year’s event will not be showing some movies, like Home Alone and the sequels to The Santa Clause.

Some sources, like, expressed concern for the television event returning because of the channel’s recent change from ABC Family to Freeform. Thankfully, “25 Days of Christmas” will be returning, just not with the same channel name.

In addition to the classics and fan favorites, the network releases a new original Christmas movie yearly. This year’s movie is called Holiday Joy, which is a comedy that stars Bailee Madison from the Freeform show “The Fosters.”

The entire “25 Days of Christmas” schedule can be found on Freeform’s website, as well as a daily viewing list on the event’s website.


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