ABC Family's 25 Days Of Christmas 2013 Schedule Announced

By Kelly West 2013-10-15 19:18:42 discussion comments
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It's October, which means, it's Christmas time? Ok, not really, but we are at the point where talk of the holidays will start to sneak up on us. ABC Family is gearing up for their annual 25 Days of Christmas event, which traditionally begins December 1 and runs every day up to Christmas with a slew of holiday programming. That includes classic holiday films -- both animated and live-action -- and some original movies. This year, that includes Holidaze, a 25 Days of Christmas Original Movie that will star Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison.

Set to debut Sunday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, Holidaze stars Garth as Melody Gerard, a high powered corporate workaholic for a retail conglomerate whose boss sends her to her sleepy hometown for the holidays, where she's tasked to convince the reluctant townspeople to let them build a new discount store there. Mathison plays Melody's childhood sweetheart Carter McClure. He and Melody's family aren't on board with what she's trying to do. And that's where things take a (sort of) It's a Wonderful Life turn as Melody slips and falls and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and she and Carter are married. There's the twist! Something tells me she'll come out of this ordeal with a new perspective. And we'll come out of it with warm and cozy holiday cheer… hopefully.

This year's 25 Days of Christmas line-up includes Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the live-action Jim Carrey one), The Polar Express, Disney's A Christmas Carol, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause and all three Toy Story movies. Ok, Toy Story's not Christmas, but neither was Harry Potter and those films have been on the line-up in the past. Not this year though.

Here's the full schedule.
DAY ONE – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS: Kelsey Grammer narrates three charming Christmas tales with a Mickey Mouse twist, including the Christmas classic The Gift of the Magi, starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Animated)

(8:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS: Mickey and friends return to tell five more tales of holiday spirit and Christmas cheer. (Animated)

(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BUDDIES: Take a fantastic journey with your beloved Buddies to the magical world of the North Pole! Join Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha, and Mudbud in a touching twist on a Christmas classic. When Puppy Paws, the feisty son of Santa Paws, forgets the true meaning of the season, it’s up to the Buddies to remind him that Christmas is not about what you get; it’s about what you give. (Live Action)

(12:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN: Workaholic Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) was happy to spend the holidays alone. But after a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jack wakes up on Christmas Day with the family he never realized he always wanted. (Live Action)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL: The classic tale of a miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts who attempt to help him change his life and embrace the holidays. (Animated)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS: The Academy Award®-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for the inspiring tale of a young boy and the magical train he boards to the North Pole. Based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. (Animated)

(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: Jim Carrey stars as the title character who tries to ruin Christmas for all the Whos of Whoville in this live-action adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss children’s story. (Live Action)

Encore Presentation (9:30 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT)

DAY TWO –MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

(6:00–6:30 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)

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL: Charles Dickens’ 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)

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979): Pardon-Me-Pete the Groundhog tells the story of how Jack Frost briefly became human and helped a knight win his lady love. (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 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)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE: Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos as Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin, aka Santa, as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short)—whose chilling Santa-envy has him trying to take over the “big guy’s” holiday. (Live Action)

Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

DAY THREE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE: See Monday, December 2 for description (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) SCROOGED: A comedic take on Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol.” A television executive (Bill Murray) who exploits the holidays in order to boost ratings, is haunted by three ghosts. (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION: The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue as America’s most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever.” But life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold’s fire. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS: In this ABC Family original movie starring Kristin Davis, an angel interrupts destiny to give love 72-hours for a second chance. (Live Action)

DAY FOUR – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) SCROOGED: See Tuesday, December 3 for description (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION: See Tuesday, December 3 for description (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS: ABC Family Premiere. Steve (Matthew Broderick) gets into an increasingly absurd war with his new neighbor Buddy (Danny DeVito), when Buddy decides to decorate his home with enough Christmas lights to be seen from space.

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS: The Brady family reunites for Christmas and prays for a holiday miracle when Mike Brady (Robert Reed) is involved in an accident. (Live Action)

DAY FIVE – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR: Santa sends Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to find Baby New Year, who has run away from Father Time. (Animated)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS: See Sunday, December 1 for description (Live Action) Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL: The classic Dickens’ tale as performed by the Muppets. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is horrible to everyone around him, including his much put upon employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog). Scrooge is made to see the error of his ways when he’s visited by three ghost—and lots of Muppets. (Live Action)

DAY SIX – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND: Everyone’s favorite snowman, Frosty, plans to marry, but not if the evil Jack Frost can help it. Can the children save Frosty from being frozen lifeless and get him to the church on time? (Animated)

(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL: See Thursday, December 5 for description. (Live Action)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: See Sunday, December 1 for description. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER: Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. (Live Action)

DAY SEVEN – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS: When the Evil Toy Taker steals all of Santa’s toys, Rudolph and his friends–the misfit toys–set out to get them back before the world’s children wake up to empty stockings on Christmas morning. (Animated)

(8:30–10:30 AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST: Still upset from his family’s recent move, Finn (Christian Martyn) is not happy about spending the holidays in a new house. But when neighborhood thieves target his house, Finn springs into action to defend his home and save his family’s Christmas! Also starring Ed Asner, Malcolm McDowell and Debi Mazar. (Live Action)

(10:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) PRANCER: See Friday, December 6 for description. (Live Action)

(12:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: All Ethan (Ethan Embry) and his younger sister Hallie (Thora Birch) want for Christmas is for their parents to get back together. Before that can happen, however, the children need to find a way to get rid of Tony, a businessman who is romantically pursuing their mother. The children concoct a scheme to make their holiday wish come true–and with the help of mice, an ice-cream truck, a few telephone calls and the magic of Santa–their plan might just work!  (Live Action)

(2:30–4:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL: See Sunday, December 1 for description. (Animated)

(4:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: See Sunday, December 1 for description. (Live Action)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE: See Monday, December 2 for description. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE: See Monday, December 2for description. (Live Action)

(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS: See Wednesday, December 4 for description. (Live Action)

DAY EIGHT – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979): See Monday, December 2 for description. (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CUPID: In this ABC Family original movie, Christina Milian stars as high powered Hollywood publicist, Sloane, who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client, Caitlin (“Pretty Little Liars’” Ashley Benson), in a modern day take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story of A Christmas Carol. (Live Action)

(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE: In the ABC Family original movie, a mystical snow globe transports Angela (Christina Milian), who longs for the perfect Christmas away from her boisterous family, into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY: In this ABC Family original holiday movie, Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly driven business executive whose great success is acknowledged by everyone but her father, who just happens to be Santa Claus (George Wendt). (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE: In this ABC Family original movie, Jenny McCarthy reprises her role as Mary Class, Santa’s daughter, who is faced with a decision when her father decides to leave her in charge of the family business.  Also starring Paul Sorvino and Dean McDermott. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS: Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the ABC Family original holiday movie 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. (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES: In the ABC Family original holiday musical, Holly (Tia Mowry) is devastated when she is turned down for a spot in the Christmas singing group The Snow Belles. So she forms her own group, the Mistle-Tones, and challenges her rival Marci (Tori Spelling) and The Snow Belles to a Christmas Eve sing-off.  (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAZE—ABC Family Original Movie Premiere: High powered executive Melody Gerard (Jennie Garth) returns to her sleepy hometown to try and convince everyone to let her company build a giant new discount store. But she’s unexpectedly met with resistance by the townspeople—led by her childhood sweetheart, Carter (Matheson). Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never took the job and is married to Carter.

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS: Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in ABC Family’s original holiday tale about a desperate young woman who kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents at Christmas to prove how well she’s doing with her life. (Live Action)

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