ABC Has Added This Christmas Classic To Its App For Free

Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas has been packed with several Christmas classics, but fans noticed that there was one classic title completely missing from the list of holiday offerings by the channel; A Charlie Brown Christmas. Instead of showcasing the holiday classic, Freeform opted to swap the holiday classic out in favor of Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, a summer-themed animated offering. Understandably, Peanuts fans were extremely disappointed. If you happened to miss the only showing of the holiday classic on TV this year, you aren’t going to miss out entirely; ABC is offering the holiday classic on their streaming platform for free.

What is A Charlie Brown Christmas About

We have debated the merits of Christmas movies for years. While movie buffs are busy discussing whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie, there is one holiday classic that can not, for any reason, be denied the classic Christmas movie distinction, and it’s not a movie at all. Noone in the world could ever deny that A Charlie Brown Christmas isn’t a holiday classic, but do you know the background of this yearly tradition?

According to The Daily Beast, the holiday classic was created as a television special in 1965. It has aired every year ever since, and 55-years after its debut, it’s still the perfect holiday movie. Charlie Brown, ever the animated hero, is feeling a bit blue during the holiday season. To lift his spirits, Charlie heads to a tree lot and gets himself a Christmas tree, but it’s a pretty sad looking offering, mocked by all his friends. None of it helps to lift his somber mood. Eventually, everyone pulls it together in the end, thanks to Linus’ dramatic reading of the Gospel According to Luke.

Where can I watch A Charlie Brown Christmas?

If you missed the only two showings of the holiday classic this year, don’t despair, ABC has you covered. The TV special aired on Dec. 5 with an encore presentation on Dec. 17, but individuals with cable television can watch the special at their leisure on the ABC app or through ABC’s website. To access the content, however, you’ll need to sign in with your cable TV provider.

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

If you are a cord-cutter, you aren’t entirely out of luck, explains Decider. Individuals who subscribe to Playstation Vue, AT&T TV Now and YouTube TV can also access the ABC stream of the special. Those who subscribe to Hulu + Live TV can also check out A Charlie Brown Christmas. Netflix subscribers and traditional Hulu subscribers are out of luck, though. The special won’t be available on either service during the holiday season.

What Christmas classics can you watch on Netflix?

While A Charlie Brown Christmas is not currently available on Netflix, there are plenty of other holiday options to queue up over the next several days. Netflix is now offering Christmas with the Kranks, The Grinch and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Netflix is also offering up several originals during the holiday season, too.

Merry Happy Whatever, for example, is a Netflix Original series that follows the lives of one amazingly close family as they navigate the changing holiday season. The eight-episode series is currently trending on the streaming network. It is currently in its inaugural season.