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[11/07/08 - 02:04 PM]
ABC Family's Annual "25 Days of Christmas" Launches Monday, December 1st with Over 200 Hours of Holiday Programming
The programming stunt includes the premieres of "Snow 2: Brain Freeze," "Christmas in Wonderland" and holiday special "A Miser Brothers' Christmas."

[via press release from ABC Family]

ABC FAMILY'S ANNUAL "25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" LAUNCHES MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST WITH OVER 200 HOURS OF HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Premiere Event Features Mickey Rooney Reprising His Role as Santa in ABC Family's New Original Special "A Miser Brothers' Christmas," Based Upon Characters Originally Appearing in the Rankin-Bass Holiday Classic "The Year Without a Santa Claus" on Saturday, December 13 at 8PM ET/PT

Tom Cavanagh and Ashley Williams Return in the ABC Family Original Movie "Snow 2 Brain Freeze" on Sunday, December 14 at 8PM ET/PT

Patrick Swayze and Carmen Electra Star in "Christmas in Wonderland" on Saturday, December 20 at 8PM ET/PT

Event Also Features the Basic Cable Premieres of the Hit Movies "CARS," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" and "A Garfield Christmas"

Burbank, CA (November 7, 2008) � As the holiday season approaches, ABC Family launches its eleventh year of "25 Days of Christmas" featuring over 200 hours of holidaythemed entertainment for the whole family from December 1- 25. Viewers will celebrate the season with all-new original movies and specials and, of course, the return of Christmas favorites during primetime as well as weekend holiday marathons every Saturday and Sunday. This year, ABC Family proudly presents the new original special, "A Miser Brothers' Christmas," premiering Saturday, December 13 (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT), based upon characters originally appearing in the Rankin-Bass Christmas classic, "The Year Without a Santa Claus." Mickey Rooney returns as the voice of Santa Claus and George S. Irving returns as Heat Miser in a tale of how Santa throws out his back and is unable to deliver gifts for Christmas, threatening to ruin Christmas for children all around the world. This time, it's up to the battling brothers Heat Miser and Snow Miser to come together and help save Christmas. This animated special was produced by Warner Bros. Animation in association with Cuppa Coffee Studios and is presented by Warner Bros. Animation and ABC Family. The script was written by Eddie Guzelian ("Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch").

ABC Family will also premiere the new original holiday movie, "Snow 2 Brain Freeze," on Sunday, December 14 (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT). Tom Cavanagh reprises his role as Nick Snowden, aka Santa, who, in the rush of preparing for his biggest day of the year - Christmas! - loses his memory and forgets who he is! Will Nick remember that he is Santa in time for Christmas? "Snow 2 Brain Freeze" also stars Ashley Williams as Sandy Snowden and Patrick Fabian as Buck, and was written by Rich Burns, directed by Mark Rosman and executive produced by Phil Kruener.

The ABC Family holiday movie "Christmas in Wonderland," starring Patrick Swayze and Carmen Electra, premieres on Saturday, December 20 (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT). With a recent move and tough financial times, the Saunders family is facing a bleak Christmas. With the kids moping around home, Wayne Saunders (Swayze) decides to try and make the best out of the holiday by taking the family to the mall to get much needed Christmas decorations and presents. But when the two youngest kids come across a bag full of money, they believe that their Christmas just got a whole lot brighter. Unfortunately for them, the bag belongs to two bumbling crooks in the middle of a counterfeit heist and if they don't get it back, their boss (Electra) will have their heads. The movie also stars Chris Kattan and Tim Curry. In addition, ABC Family will host the basic cable premieres of "CARS" on Wednesday, December 3 (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT); "A Garfield Christmas" on Tuesday, December 9 (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT); and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" on Friday, December 12 (6:00 - 9:30 PM ET/PT).

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS day-by-day programming highlights also include:

Monday, December 1 (7:00 - 7:30 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) (7:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' THE HOOBER-BLOOB HIGHWAY - ABC Family Premiere The Hoober-Bloob Highway is an imaginary thoroughfare down which newborns are dispatched to the world after having been briefed on the pros and cons of earthbound living by Mr. Hoober-Bloob, chief dispatcher. The scientific apparatus that controls the briefing sessions includes a hometown-selection contraption, a wheel of chance that determines what place the new voyager will call home, and the futureviewing invention that gives not only a preview of what will happen "down there" but also a last minute opportunity to cancel the trip. Hoober-Bloob is assisted by his staff, consisting of Mini-Moons, Bloop- Bleepers, Grew-Grusters, a Plumpf and a Self-Strumming Guitar. (Animated) (8:00 - 10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS He's mean, he's green, and he doesn't like the Yuletide season one bit. Jim Carrey stars as the title character in this live-action adaptation of the classic children's story by Dr. Seuss. High atop Mt. Crumpet, The Grinch observes the residents of Whoville joyously preparing to celebrate Christmas. He decides he's had enough of all this happiness, and conspires to steal Christmas from Whoville! (Live Action) (10:30 PM - 1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - Encore Presentation (Live Action)

Tuesday, December 2 (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him--The Polar Express. When he arrives at the North Pole, Santa Claus offers him any gift he desires. The boy asks only for a bell from the harness of Santa's reindeer. But on the way home, the bell is lost. Christmas morning, the boy finds it under the Christmas tree, and when he shakes it, the bell makes the most beautiful sound he's ever heard. His mother admires the bell, but she laments that it is broken--for only a true believer can hear it ring. Based on the classic Christmas story by Chris Von Allsburg. (Animated) (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS - Encore Presentation

Wednesday, December 3 (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) CARS - Basic Cable Premiere From the acclaimed creators of "TOY STORY," "THE INCREDIBLES," and "FINDING NEMO," comes a high-octane adventure comedy that shows life is about the journey, not the finish line. Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets a snazzy Porsche named Sally (Bonnie Hunt), the wise-cracking tow truck Mater (Larry The Cable Guy), Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there's more to life than trophies and fame. (Animated) (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) CARS - Encore Presentation

Thursday, December 4 (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY From the acclaimed children's book by Roald Dahl comes this magical fantasy about the candy maker and his wacky Wonka factory! The mysterious and reclusive confectioner extraordinaire Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) has secretly hidden five golden tickets somewhere in his candy bars - which are really invitations to join him on a grand tour of the wondrous chocolate factory. The winning children find themselves on a dizzying, yet fantastic voyage, and with the chance for an even grander prize - if they can resist temptation! (Live Action) (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - Encore Presentation

Friday, December 5 (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND An all-star cast lends its talents to this Christmas special shot in "animagic" (stop-motion animated puppetry). 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? This special is narrated by Andy Griffith and features the classic songs "Frosty the Snowman" and "Winter Wonderland." (Animated) (7:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE Based on the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, the family adventure film "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. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and the family he has never had. (Live Action)

Saturday, December 6 (7:30 - 9:30 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY Billy Jackson (Erik von Detten) isn't having a good Christmas, and to top if off, he tells his younger sister (Yvonne Zima) there's no such thing as Santa. If that wasn't bad enough, he has to relive the day over and over again when his sister's wish for Christmas to happen every day comes true. Billy is forced to repeat Christmas Day until he realizes the true meaning of the holiday season. (Live Action) (9:30 - 11:30 AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 3 In the third installment of the "Home Alone" series, Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) has to use his quick wit to fight off the bad guys after a mix up at the airport baggage claim puts him in possession of a remote control car that turns out to be a decoy containing a stolen top secret Air Force microchip. When the bad guys learn that the microchip is in Alex's neighborhood, they start ransacking homes in search of it. When Alex realizes his house is next, he prepares for their visit with a string of creative traps to stop them once and for all. Not only does Alex have to save his family but now it's an issue of national security! (Live Action) (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 4 In the fourth film of the "Home Alone" series, Kevin McCallister (Mike Weinberg) has to save his family from more home invaders. This holiday season, Kevin decides to spend Christmas with his father Peter (Jason Beghe) and his new girlfriend Natalie (Joanna Going) in her multi-million dollar mansion. At the mansion, Kevin spots some uninvited visitors lurking around the premises. He becomes suspicious but Natalie and his father think his imagination is getting the best of him. Kevin sticks to his instincts and decides to prepare for the burglars with a creative set of booby traps. The stakes are raised even higher when Kevin discovers one of the burglars is Marv (French Stewart), a thief he apprehended years ago. In addition to getting his hands on the money hidden in the mansion, Marv is out for revenge. Kevin must use his resources and his wits if he wants to stop Marv and save Christmas! (Live Action) (1:30 - 5:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE - Encore Presentation (5:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) - HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS The Chamber of Secrets has been opened! Harry Potter's adventures continue in this second installment of the "Harry Potter" film series. After a horrid summer with the Dursleys and a harrowing return trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his second year studying the magic arts. But a long-buried secret threatens the school and all its students. Something evil whispers from within the walls - and only Harry can hear it. Now it's up to Harry and his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) to defeat an awakened monster. (Live Action) (9:00 PM - 12:00 AM 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! While on summer break, Harry inadvertently causes some magical mischief while staying with his dreaded Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. Fearing punishment for performing magic in the world of the Muggles, Harry attempts to runaway but is mysteriously rescued from the neighborhood and taken to a friendly inn - by way of a purple tripledecker bus - to spend the remaining weeks of summer. He soon learns the reason for being let off easy by school officials: Sirius Black - a convict from the Prison of Azkaban - is on the loose and after Harry. Once again, it's up to Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) to save the school and the day! (Live Action)

Sunday, December 7 (8:30 - 10:30 AM ET/PT) ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME Based on the bestselling children's books written by Kay Thompson, the title character Eloise (Sofia Vassilieva) is warned not to interfere as the Plaza Hotel prepares for a romantic Christmas Eve wedding. But Eloise can't resist, playing matchmaker to ensure that true love will save the day. (Live Action) (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET/PT) RICHIE RICH'S CHRISTMAS WISH America's richest kid is back with more fantastic toys and incredible adventures. When Richie Rich's nasty cousin Reggie Van Dough causes Richie's sleigh full of orphans' Christmas gifts to run down pedestrians, attack neighborhood homes and fly past the orphanage, Richie (David Gallagher) wishes he was never born. But he gets more than he bargained for when Professor Keanbean (Eugene Levy) invents a wishing machine that magically transports Richie to an alternate universe where Reggie rules with an iron fist, Richie's personal valet Cadbury is a heavy-metal roadie, his robot-servant Irona is a firebreathing cyborg and Richie's loveable dog Dollar is forlorn. Through an action-packed chase and museum heist, Richie and his friends race against time to outwit Reggie and find the wishing machine so Richie can return to reality and save Christmas. (Live Action) (12:30 - 4:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS - (*See Saturday, December 6, for description.) (4:30 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - (*See Saturday, December 6, for description.) (7:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) - HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE It's Harry Potter's fourth term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) look forward to the international Quidditch finals. Harry dreams of spending time with the alluring Cho Chang. He wants to be a normal 14-year-old wizard. But Harry is not normal--even by wizarding standards. This term, for the first time in hundreds of years, a competition will be held between three schools of wizardry, and contestants will be magically chosen for the very dangerous event. Now, as Harry's lightning scar burns, indicating the evil presence of Lord Voldemort, the Goblet of Fire makes its final selection for the competition - Harry Potter. (Live Action)

Monday, December 8 (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Actor Joel Grey narrates this animated holiday special adapted from the famous poem by Clement Moore. A kindly clockmaker, a friendly family of mice, and a sensitive Santa Claus come together in a story where the citizens are afraid that Santa will pass them by because an unsigned letter to the editor of the local paper denounced him as a myth. (Animated) (7:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS Based on the popular children's book series, "Cranberry Christmas" tells the story of a New England stalwart, Mr. Whiskers, and his efforts to keep the local skating bog from the evil clutches of his notoriously mean neighbor Cyrus Grape. With the help of young Maggie and her Granny, it's up to Mr. Whiskers to prove the bog is his own and save Christmas day for all the children of Cranberryport. Barry Manilow wrote two original songs for this holiday special. (Animated) (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) JINGLE ALL THE WAY To make up for missing his son's karate match, Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) promises his son Jamie (Jake Lloyd) anything he wants for Christmas. Unfortunately, like most kids his age, Jamie wants the extremely popular "Turbo Man" action figure and now, on Christmas Eve, Howard realizes he forgot to buy it. Refusing to break his word, Howard goes on a frantic last minute quest to track down the toy action figure, and stops at nothing to get his son the gift that he wants. (Live Action)

Tuesday, December 9 (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS - Basic Cable Premiere In this holiday special, Garfield travels with Jon and Odie to the countryside to celebrate Christmas with Jon's farm family. While there, Odie begins working on a mysterious gift, and Garfield stumbles upon some old love letters to Grandma. On Christmas morning, after it seems that all the presents have been opened, Garfield gives Grandma the letters he found in the barn, which turn out to be written by her late husband. And Garfield finds out that Odie's secret gift is for him! (Animated) (7:30 - 8:00 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) (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) A DENNIS THE MENACE CHRISTMAS Comic mayhem ensues when one of the world's most benevolently mischievous imps takes on a beloved holiday. Trouble follows Dennis Mitchell (Maxwell Perry Cotton) wherever he goes. Despite his good intentions, Dennis seems to always wreak havoc at the expense of his grumpy neighbor Mr. Wilson (Robert Wagner). With the gingerbread cookies baking and the eggnog brewing, everyone in the neighborhood is gearing up for the Christmas season except, that is, Mr. Wilson. Convinced he can get Mr. Wilson in the holiday spirit, Dennis concocts a plan to give him the ultimate gift�the gift of Christmas Spirit. (Live Action)

Wednesday, December 10 (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL - ABC Family Premiere A Disney version of the classic Dickens' tale finds Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge. The animated special's cast of characters also includes Minnie Mouse as Mrs. Cratchit, Goofy as Jacob Marley, Donald Duck as nephew Fred, and Jiminy Cricket as the Ghost of Christmas Past. (Animated) (7:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO - ABC Family Premiere 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) (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN Fred Astaire narrates this tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. In his home village of Sombertown, Kris has started a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children. But when the evil ruler, Burgermeister (Paul Frees), bans toys from the land, Kris is forced to go directly to Mother Nature and ask her for assistance. With the help of magical elves and several special reindeer, Kris overcomes the Burgermeister and delivers toys to children all over the world, earning him the name Santa Claus. (Animated) (9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a new problem: Baby New Year has run away from Father Time and Santa has sent Rudolph after him. The future is riding on Rudolph's success - without a Baby New Year to ring in the next year, December 31st will last forever and thereby eliminate all future Christmases. (Animated) (10:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST Jack Frost, the icy spirit of winter, wants to leave the North Pole and become human for the beautiful snowwoman-turned-human with whom he's fallen in love. Father Winter grants his wish, but not until Jack fights an evil giant and finds a home with a pot of gold. Filmed with stop-motion animated puppets, the special features the classic songs "Me and My Shadow," "The Christmas Song," and many more. (Animated)

Thursday, December 11 (7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS Mrs. Claus narrates this memorable children's classic about the time she almost donned her husband's famous red suit. Disenchanted with the lack of holiday spirit throughout the land, Santa (voiced by Mickey Rooney) decides not to deliver presents and Mrs. Claus and all the elves have to convince him to make his traditional Christmas Eve sleigh ride. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Phyllis McGinley's children's book and filmed using stop-motion animated puppets. The special is filled with Christmas classics including "Here Comes Santa Claus." (Animated) (9:00 - 10:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is out to save Christmas once again in this stop-motion animated holiday musical. 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) (10:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 8, for description.)

Friday, December 12 (6:00 - 9:30 PM ET/PT) THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE - Basic Cable Premiere The magical world of C.S. Lewis' beloved fantasy comes to life in this timeless adventure which follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings�Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell) and Peter (William Moseley)�in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of "hide-and-seek" at the rural estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton). Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the magnificent lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome Jadis' powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from her icy spell forever. (Live Action) (9:30 PM - 1:00 AM ET/PT) THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE - Encore Presentation

Saturday, December 13 (7:00 - 7:30 AM ET/PT) FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND - (*See Friday, December 5, for description.) (7:30 - 8:00 AM ET/PT) THE LEPRECHAUNS' CHRISTMAS GOLD In this Christmas fairy tale, loveable leprechaun Dinty Doyle sets out to find the perfect Christmas tree for his family. After stumbling upon a mysterious island off the coast of Ireland, he takes a beautiful tree home to the land of Wee People. Little does he know the tree is actually a prison cell holding an evil banshee. With her bag of tricks, the banshee escapes from the tree and devises a plan to steal the land's gold and ruin the Wee People's Christmas. With the help of Lord Patrick, King of the Wee People, Dinty must stop the banshee before it's too late. (Animated) (8:00 - 9:00 AM ET/PT) THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS This delightful holiday special tells the story of how Santa Claus was once a mortal who, in his desire to alleviate endless examples of inhumanity to men, began giving gifts to children on Christmas day. His selflessness earned him a reputation as a saint and he was rewarded with immortality so he could continue doing his work, and in the process, fulfilling the Christmas wishes of boys and girls around the world. Based on the story by "Wizard of Oz" creator Frank L. Baum and filmed using animagic (stopmotion animated puppetry). (Animated) (9:00 - 9:30 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY Based on the Christmas song, the "Little Drummer Boy" tells the story of Aaron, a young poor boy who cannot afford to buy a present for baby Jesus and instead plays a special song for him on his drums. Amazingly, baby Jesus seems to understand and gives Aaron a smile of gratitude. This animated classic stars the voices of Greer Garson as "Our Storyteller" and features the singing of the Vienna Boys' Choir. (Animated) (9:30 - 10:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY BOOK II In this sequel to the famous Christmas tale, the drummer boy and a wise man set out in search of a set of pure silver bells to present to the baby Jesus. The bells, made twenty years earlier, have been repossessed by tax collectors and it's up to the little boy to recover them. The special features the Christmas classics "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "The Little Drummer Boy" performed by the Vienna Boys Choir. Filmed using stop-motion animated puppets. (Animated) (10:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO'S CHRISTMAS Carlo Collodi's most famous puppet creation stars in a musical tale that finds the poor lad Pinocchio conned out of money intended for Papa Geppetto's Christmas gift. The Christmas special was filmed using slow-motion animated puppets and features holiday classic songs. (Animated) (11:00 - 11:30 AM ET/PT) THE STORY OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS SNOW When a young shepherd named Lucas is struck by lightening and left blind, a group of nuns take him in to their abbey. Here he begins his journey back to health, drawing strength from the love of the nuns and other children. After being chosen to perform the role of the angel in the Christmas play, snow begins to fall and a small miracle is performed. Angela Lansbury narrates this Christmas classic. (Animated) (11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey" was the name given to the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. Burdened with oversized ears, he was ridiculed and friendless, and soon orphaned when his mother perished in a blinding snowstorm. Leaving home, he traveled south and his life changed forever when he encountered Mary, heavy with child, who desperately needed his help. Nestor carried her across the desert under a guiding star, bringing her to Bethlehem and witnessing the birth of Baby Jesus. Filmed using a technique called animagic (stop-motion animated puppets). (Animated) (12:00 - 12:30 PM ET/PT) A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS - (*See Tuesday, December 9, for description.) (12:30 - 1:00 PM ET/PT) A CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 8, for description.) (1:00 - 2:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (2:00 - 4:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH & FROSTY'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY Rudolph's magical glowing nose is not only helpful at Christmas but also in the heat of summer when Rudolph and his friend, Frosty the Snowman, are called in to rescue a struggling circus at a special July 4th benefit. But big-time trouble comes to their big-top act when Winterbolt appears and is intent on stealing Frosty's magic hat and extinguish Rudolph's legendary nose! This fun-filled fable is a must-see for all seasons, featuring the voices of Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Red Buttons and Shelley Winters. (Animated) (4:00 - 4:30 PM ET/PT) 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 8, for description.) (4:30 - 5:00 PM ET/PT) FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND - (*See Friday, December 5, for description.) (5:00 - 6:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (6:00 - 7:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS - (*See Thursday, December 11, for description.) (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS - ABC Family Original Special Premiere Starring Mickey Rooney, reprising his role as Santa Claus from the holiday classic "The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABC Family's new original special "A Miser Brothers' Christmas" tells the story of how Santa throws out his back, potentially spoiling Christmas for boys and girls all over the world. The story begins when Santa's new chief mechanic, Tinsel, creates a speedy, new high tech sleigh for Christmas. But what Santa doesn't know is that North Wind has secretly sabotaged the sleigh in the hope of taking Santa's place that year. When Santa takes it out for a spin, he gets caught in the crossfire between the feuding Snow Miser and Heat Miser Brothers and the sleigh crashes, causing Santa to hurt his back. North Wind frames the Miser Brothers for Santa's accident, and with Santa stuck in bed, everything falls into place for North Wind to slyly come to the rescue. But much to his chagrin, Mother Nature punishes the Miser Brothers by forcing them to put their differences aside and fill in for Santa. (Animated) (9:00 PM - 12:30 AM ET/PT) THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE - (*See Friday, December 12, for description.)

Sunday, December 14 (7:00 - 8:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (8:00 - 10:00 AM ET/PT) SONS OF MISTLETOE An heiress, Helen Radke (Roma Downey), returns home during the holidays following her father's death to settle his estate, which includes a boys' home established by him over sixty years ago. The home is run by Jimmy (George Newbern), who grew up there, and he must convince Helen not to sell it. If she does, she risks leaving the boys who live there homeless for the holidays. (Live Action) (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET/PT) A CAROL CHRISTMAS This holiday special puts a twist on the classic Dickens' tale, with Tori Spelling cast as a conceited modern-day talk show host who is haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The film also stars William Shatner, Dinah Manoff and Gary Coleman. (Live Action) (12:00 - 2:00 PM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE In the ABC Family holiday movie, a mystical snowglobe transports Angela (Christina Milian), who longs for the perfect Christmas away from her boisterous family, into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. But when the two worlds unexpectedly collide, Angela struggles to reconcile the situation and ultimately has to make a choice about what really defines her perfect Christmas. (Live Action) (2:00 - 4:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY In the ABC Family holiday movie "Santa Baby," 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). Tired of not being recognized for her ideas on modernizing Christmas, Mary flees to the big city, not only leaving home, but also abandoning her loyal local boyfriend, Luke (Ivan Sergei). Four years later, after learning that Santa has fallen ill and is having trouble finishing preparations for Christmas, Mary eagerly returns home to the North Pole to implement her innovative ideas. This year is going to be Mary's Christmas. (Live Action) (4:00 - 6:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in ABC Family's amusing holiday tale of "Holiday in Handcuffs," a story about a modern young woman who has a breakdown at Christmas and desperately kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents. Can she keep her misdeed a secret from her family and convince them that they are a happy couple or will their Christmas be ruined? (Live Action) (6:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW In a reinvention of the Santa Claus myth, this ABC Family holiday movie finds Nick (Tom Cavanagh) reluctantly taking over the family business at the North Pole. As if that wasn't pressure enough, with only three days before the big night, one of Nick's young reindeer, Buddy, is captured and taken to a zoo. In the course of his adventures to rescue the reindeer, Nick touches the lives of those at a boarding house including Sandy (Ashley Williams), and eight-year-old-Hector (Bobb'e Thompson) who lives there with his mom. Nick tries to bring back the spirit of Christmas they lost long ago, and in the process, finds his true love. (Live Action) (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW 2 BRAIN FREEZE - ABC Family Original Movie Premiere Tom Cavanagh reprises his role as Nick Snowden, aka "Santa," in "Snow 2 Brain Freeze." Nick is preparing for his biggest day of the year - Christmas! In the rush of getting his reindeer ready, he jumps through his magic mirror and hits his head upon landing, causing Nick to lose his memory and forget who he is! With just days before Christmas, his wife Sandy (Ashley Williams), is desperate to find her husband and enlists the help of her old boyfriend Buck (Patrick Fabian), who pretends to help but has no true intention of reuniting them. With the help of some new friends, Nick's memory starts to trickle back, but will he remember that he is Santa in time for Christmas? "Snow 2 Brain Freeze" was written by Rich Burns, directed by Mark Rosman and executive produced by Phil Kruener. (Live Action) (10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT) SNOW 2 BRAIN FREEZE - Encore Presentation

Monday, December 15 (7:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS - (*See Thursday, December 11, for description.) (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - (*See Thursday, December 4, for description.)

Tuesday, December 16 (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (7:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (8:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) MARY POPPINS In one of the greatest family classics of all time, two rambunctious children of a practical banker who believes a home should be run as tightly as the bank where he works, come under the care of a magical nanny - Mary Poppins. Stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. (Live Action)

Wednesday, December 17 (7:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS After learning that his best friend's parents are getting a divorce, Justin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) fears the worst when he sees his mother kissing Santa Claus. Justin concludes that the only way to keep Santa away from his mother on Christmas Eve is to be naughty, so he transforms into a holiday problem child. As Christmas nears, Justin fears that Santa will still appear, and when his father is trapped out of town in a snowstorm, Justin is forced to defend his home on Christmas Eve from the Ho-Ho-home wrecker. Justin learns that things aren't always what they seem to be in this holiday special! (Live Action) (9:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW 2 BRAIN FREEZE - (*See Sunday, December 14, for description.)

Thursday, December 18 AN EVENING WITH DR. SEUSS (7:00 - 7:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT - (*See Tuesday, December 9, for description.) (7:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) DR SEUSS' THE LORAX In the Seuss tale, The Lorax "speaks for the trees" in a desperate effort to save his beloved "Truffula" forest from extinction. Arch enemy of the Truffula tree and its ambrosial fruit is the "Once-ler" who covets the trees as the perfect material from which to manufacture his marvelous invention, the "Thneed," defined as "a fine something that all people need!" When the ecological crisis becomes catastrophic, the one tiny surviving hope is a seed placed in the hands of a small boy. (Animated) (8:00 PM - 10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 1, for description.) (10:30 PM - 1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 1, for description.)

Friday, December 19 (7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS - (*See Saturday, December 13, for description.) (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUSE 2 After eight years as the jolly old St. Nick, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has grown to truly love his job as Santa Claus. However, things start to fall apart when an overlooked clause is brought to his attention - he must find a wife or he will lose his job as Santa. (Live Action) (10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUSE 2 - Encore Presentation

Saturday, December 20 (7:00 - 9:00 AM 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) (9:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS Everyone's favorite family is reunited again in this heartwarming holiday special. The Brady kids are all grown up with families of their own. All Carol (Florence Henderson) and Mike (Robert Reed) want this year is to fly their children home this holiday season for a good old fashioned Brady Christmas. But with the kids all dealing with family problems of their own, and Sam leaving Alice for another woman, can the Bradys pull it off? (Live Action) (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS - (*See Wednesday, December 17, for description.) (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW 2 BRAIN FREEZE - (*See Sunday, December 14, for description.) (3:00 - 5:00 PM ET/PT) JINGLE ALL THE WAY - (*See Monday, December 8, for description.) (5:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) is on top of the world. He has a successful career, beautiful women knocking on his door, and a Ferrari to top it all off. Everything changes, however, after an angel (Don Cheadle) masquerading as a homeless man gives him a taste of what his life could have been like if he decided to marry his long-time love Kate (T�a Leoni) instead of letting her go years ago. Jack wakes up on Christmas morning to find himself trapped in a parallel life, now married to Kate with two children, his Ferrari traded for a minivan. At first resistant, Jack soon learns that wealth is not measured by money but by those you love. But just as quickly as his new life is given to him, it's taken away. Now Jack has to take the lessons he has learned and make the changes in his current life before it's too late and he misses out on another chance at happiness. (Live Action) (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN WONDERLAND - ABC Family Original Movie Premiere With a recent move and tough financial times, the Saunders family is facing a bleak Christmas. With the kids moping around home, Wayne Saunders (Patrick Swayze) decides to try and make the best out of the holiday by taking the family to the mall to get much needed Christmas decorations and presents. But when the two youngest kids come across a bag full of money, they believe that their Christmas just got a whole lot brighter. Unfortunately for them, the bag belongs to two bumbling crooks in the middle of a counterfeit heist and if they don't get it back, their boss (Carmen Electra) will have their heads. The movie also stars Chris Kattan and Tim Curry. (Live Action) (10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN WONDERLAND - Encore Presentation

Sunday, December 21 (7:00 - 7:30 AM ET/PT) 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 8, for description.) (7:30 - 8:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (8:30 - 10:00 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS - (*See Thursday, December 11, for description.) (10:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS - (*See Thursday, December 11, for description.) (12:00 - 1:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS - (*See Saturday, December 13, for description.) (1:00 - 3:30 PM ET/PT) THE INCREDIBLES The Academy Award�-winning "THE INCREDIBLES" is an action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes. Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) and his wife Helen (Holly Hunter) used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. (Animated) (3:30 - 6:00 PM ET/PT) CARS - (*See Wednesday, December 3, for description.) (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) THE INCREDIBLES - Encore Presentation (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) CARS - (*See Wednesday, December 3, for description.)

Monday, December 22 (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS - (*See Tuesday, December 2, for description.) (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS - Encore Presentation

Tuesday, December 23 (6:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney star in this holiday classic. Two soldiers (Crosby and Kaye) become a top song-and-dance act following the war, and while on tour, meet and fall in love with a sister-act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen). The four join forces on Christmas Eve to put on a show for the men's former troop commander to help save his Vermont Inn, which is about to go bankrupt due to lack of snow. Will they be able to save the inn and have the white Christmas they all wish for? The special features the song "White Christmas." (Live Action) (9:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT) WHITE CHRISTMAS - Encore Presentation

Wednesday, December 24 (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN WONDERLAND - (*See Saturday, December 20, for description) (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH & FROSTY'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY - (*See Saturday, December 13, for description.) (3:00 - 3:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND - (*See Friday, December 5, for description.) (3:30 - 4:00 PM ET/PT) 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 8, for description.) (4:00 - 5:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (5:00 - 6:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN - (*See Wednesday, December 10, for description.) (6:00 - 7:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS - (*See Thursday, December 11, for description.) (7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS - (*See Saturday, December 13, for description.) (8:00 - 10:30 PM ET/PT) DR SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - (*See Monday, December 1, for description.) (10:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT - (*See Tuesday, December 9, for description.)

Thursday , December 25 (CHRISTMAS) (12:00 - 3:00 PM ET/PT) WHITE CHRISTMAS - (*See Tuesday, December 23, for description.) (3:00 - 6:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN - (*See Saturday, December 20, for description.) (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT) THE INCREDIBLES - (*See Sunday, December 21, for description.) (8:30 - 10:30 PM ET/PT) CARS - (*See Wednesday, December 3, for description.)





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· HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS (ABC FAMILY)
· SNOW (ABC FAMILY)
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