25 Days of Christmas

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Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas
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Network The Family Channel (1996–1997)
Fox Family (1998–2000)
ABC Family (2001–2015)
Freeform (2016–present)
ABC (2017–present)
Disney Channel (2017–present)
Disney Junior (2017–present)
Disney XD (2017–present)
Launched December 1, 1996; 21 years ago (1996-12-01)
Country of origin United States
Formerly known as The Family Channel's 25 Days of Christmas (1996-1998)
Fox Family's 25 Days of Christmas (1998–2001)
ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas (2002–2015)
Format Christmas-based films and programming, along with some non-seasonal films
Running time Daily and nightly, annually from December 1 to December 25
Original Language(s) English
Official website Official site

25 Days of Christmas is an annual season of Christmas programming broadcast during the month of December by the U.S. cable network Freeform. The event was first held in 1996, and has been annual fixture of the channel through its various incarnations, including The Family Channel, Fox Family, ABC Family, and Freeform.

The brand covers airings of classic holiday specials (such as Rankin/Bass' works), as well as new Christmas-themed television movies each year; generally few of the network's original series air during the time period, outside of Christmas-themed episodes. Since 2006, the lineup has also included airings of general, family films that Freeform holds rights to, including the Harry Potter film franchise, and other Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures films. Starting in 2007, ABC Family extended the "25" days into November with a Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas block. 25 Days of Christmas programming often attracts major surges in viewership for Freeform, with higher-profile film airings often attracting 3-4 million viewers or more.

For 2017, the brand has been extended to also cover Christmas-related programming and specials across Freeform's parent broadcast network ABC, and sister cable networks Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD.[1]


Original specials

Original movies

Every year since the block started in 1996, at least one new holiday-related TV film has been produced (except in 2002, 2014, and 2015). Starting in 2005, two TV films have been produced. In 2007, three films were created for the block, due to the popularity of the previous year's films.[8]

The Family Channel era: The Family Channel's 25 Days of Christmas

Fox Family era: Fox Family's 25 Days of Christmas

ABC Family era: ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas

Freeform era: Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas

  • 2016 – Holiday Joy
  • 2017 – Angry Angel
  • 2018 – Life-Size 2[12]

Current Christmas specials

The following non-original (originally premiered direct to video, or on some other TV network or cable channel, or as a theatrical featurette) Christmas specials, or Christmas-themed episodes of television programs are presently being featured during 25 Days of Christmas (including Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas) (as of 2017):

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