I love holiday movies and family entertainment. Many of my favorite movies are Christmas movies. From The Grinch the movie to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas animated version, to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to A Very Pink Christmas ABC Family has it all.
From December 1 – 25, you can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites. This year, “25 Days of Christmas” will feature the world premiere of the ABC Family original holiday movie, “12 Dates of Christmas,” starring Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “The Butterfly Effect”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”). Premiering Sunday, December 11 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), “12 Dates of Christmas” follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past.
Just the first day alone looks quite entertaining.
Thursday, December 1
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
Charles Dickens’s famous story is retold with Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Uncle Scrooge as Ebenezer Scrooge, Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost, and Donald as nephew Fred. (Animated)
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO
In this Christmas classic, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet rush to get Christopher Robin’s letter to Santa before it’s too late. With many obstacles before them, they learn the true meaning of Christmas. (Animated)
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. (Live Action)
December 2nd belongs to Dr. Seuss
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE
This half-hour special is hosted by The Cat in the Hat, who introduces three of Dr. Seuss’ popular stories: “The Sneetches,” “The Zax” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” (Animated)
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX
In this Seuss tale, The Lorax “speaks for the trees” in a desperate effort to save his beloved “Truffula” forest from extinction. (Animated)
(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT
“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” tells the story of the adventure of two youngsters, housebound on a rainy day, whose boredom is shattered by a visit from the magical, mischievous Cat and his helpmates, Thing One and Thing Two. (Animated)
(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT
The Cat in the Hat must find a way to get to Grinch’s soft spot in order to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch! (Animated)
(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Jim Carrey stars as the title character in this live-action adaptation of the classic children’s story by Dr. Seuss. (Live Action)
December 3rd belongs to Harry Potter
(7:00-10:30 AM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
Based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. (Live Action)
(10:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
In the second installment of the “Harry Potter” film series, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a long-buried secret threatens the school and all its students. (Live Action)
(2:30–5:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
The magic and excitement are back with Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends as they prepare for their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! But danger lurks in the form of Sirius Black – a convict from the Prison of Azkaban – who is on the loose and after Harry. (Live Action)
(5:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
It’s Harry Potter’s fourth term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and, for the first time in hundreds of years, a competition will be held between three schools of wizardry, with contestants magically chosen by the Goblet of Fire for the very dangerous event. (Live Action)
(9:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
A summer has passed since Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) encounter with Lord Voldemort, and now, with the entire wizard community in peril, the future of magic may depend on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Live Action)
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