Holiday Season Overload? ’25 Days of Christmas’ Expands to ABC, Disney Channel

Programming event launches Dec. 1

ELF – ABC FamilyÕs Ò25 Days of Christmas,Ó cableÕs biggest programming event of the year, returns with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1 Ð 25, viewers can ring in the holidays with holiday specials, classic holiday movies, and returning favorites. (Warner Bros.) WILL FERRELL, FAIZON LOVE

25 Days of Christmas” is about to spread a lot more cheer.

The annual programming event, featuring a variety of holiday-themed specials, movies and TV episodes, will expand this year from Freeform to all of the Disney/ABC Television Group networks, including ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. The programs begin Dec. 1.

On ABC, this means new seasons of home-decoration competition series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and cooking series “The Great American Baking Show.”

The network will also air holiday episodes of “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Mayor,” “The Middle” and “Speechless.” Returning specials include “Shrek the Halls,” “The Toy Story That Time Forgot,” “Disney Prep and Landing,” “Disney Prep and Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!”

Freeform will focus on Christmas films, running such favorites as “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “The Polar Express.” It will also launch the original Christmas movie “Angry Angel,” starring Brenda Song and Jason Biggs.

Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney will feature special holiday-themed programming including episodes of hit series “Stuck in the Middle,” “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Sofia the First.”

“’25 Days of Christmas’ is the holiday event our viewers look forward to all year long. This year there is more for everyone: more original shows, more fun and laughter, more opportunities to take part in this beloved holiday tradition,” said Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood. “We hope everyone joins in the fun as Disney ABC spreads holiday cheer across all of our channels and platforms for audiences everywhere.”