Freeform’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ Will Feature Some Of Your Favorite Holiday Cartoons
It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us. When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 1, 2019, Freeform switched its programming to an all-Christmas schedule. While this is not the first time Freeform has rolled out the red carpet for Christmas, the 2019 season is especially exciting because of some new, cartoon additions to the schedule. That’s right, you’ll be able to see all of your favorite holiday cartoons this year. So, what flicks made the cut?
Stop-motion animation will make an appearance in the event
For fans of stop-motion animation, there will be plenty of time to spy some on Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas. Little Drummer Boy kicked off the first day of the event on Dec. 1. If you missed its premiere, there are plenty more opportunities to see the film. It will air again on the 6th, 21st, 22nd, and the 24th of the month.
A stop motion version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer will also fill out the expansive holiday schedule. In the flick, Rudolph embarks on a mission to figure out exactly who he is. Along for the ride is Hermie, the misfit elf. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, will premiere on Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm. It will also air on the 7th, 20th, 21st, 24th, and 25th of the month. Its final showing will be on Christmas day at 2:40 pm, according to Revelist.
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town, a 1970s stop-motion animation produced using Animagic will air on the channel several times throughout the event, too. While the wizardry seen in the TV special might seem a bit corny now, in 1970, it was a highly-technical endeavor. There was some star power behind the special, too. Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn all voiced characters for the special. You can relive the magic on Dec. 20, Dec. 21 and Dec. 24 on Freeform.
A Charlie Brown classic is missing from the lineup
Avid Peanuts fan might notice something is missing from this year’s 25 Days of Christmas lineup. A Charlie Brown Christmas is surprisingly absent from the programming sheet. Instead of playing on Freeform, ABC will be airing the Christmas classic on Dec. 5, followed by Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales. Unfortunately for major Peanuts fans, it is the only time it will be airing on traditional TV this season, and it’s not available for streaming.
Instead of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Freeform will be premiering Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown. The decision is a bit of a strange one, actually. The 30-minute special finds Charlie and the gang at summer camp, so it doesn’t feel particularly holiday-appropriate. While Charlie and the group won’t be making a vast Christmas appearance, several other old favorites will. Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and The Simpsons will all fill out the 25 Days of Christmas schedule.
Kevin McCallister will show up on the screen, though
The 25 Days of Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some non-animated holiday favorites. There is no shortage of great holiday flicks to watch, either. This year, Freeform is focusing its efforts on the holiday classic, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 will also air during the event.
Freeform will also premiere two original holiday flicks during the event. Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas focuses on a couple who have a great first date, but then one partner gets ghosted when their date dies on the way home. The made for TV movie airs on Dec.4 and will be available on the Freefrom streaming app throughout the month. The channel will also carry Same Time, Next Christmas, an ABC original staring Lea Michelle.