Freeform (ABC Family) Kickoff to Christmas

Freeform / ABC Family Kickoff to Christmas

Originally began in 2007 as the “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” on the ABC Family channel. This block of special programming includes holiday films, but many scheduled movie are not Christmas related. On May 15, 2018, Freeform announced that the Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas would be renamed Kickoff to Christmas for the 2018 season. Freeform’s annual “Kickoff to Christmas” has not yet been announced for the year 2021. 

Kickoff to Christmas on Freeform 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Date/times are subject to change (all times shown in Eastern)
**Page last updated on 11/02/21

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(as of 23-02-2020 17:25:41 UTC - Details)
(as of 23-02-2020 17:25:41 UTC - Details)
(as of 23-02-2020 17:25:41 UTC - Details)


  • SGO says:

    I believe that Lifetime started the whole Christmas Movie season. I also believe there is an affiliation between Lifetime and Hallmark. My question is why aren’t some of the earlier movies that were aired on Lifetime never seen?
    I’ve gotten to the point where we watch the new movies and then watch movies we own on DVD to get more of a variety of movies. Just as annoying as (the stations who will remain anonymous) that air the same movie for 24+ hours, it is just as annoying to see the same movies over and over again during the holiday season when there are so many other movies that are not aired at all. I think some type of balanced programming is needed.

  • Dolores Rafferty says:

    Why don’t you show any of the “older” movies. My favorite is A Dog Named Christmas….and Christmas with Tucker, Christmas in Conway……and many many more…..haven’t seen them in years……please show these movies…

  • What I have found in all of the TV channels for the past 4 or 5 yrs. is that each channel will show their newest productions of the yr. during daytime & early evening hrs. Then they will show the Christmas movies that people have stated as “their favorites” at any time between midnight to 6 or 7 the next a.m. In the beginning, I thought I was just imagining this practice but by the end of the 2nd yr., I noticed the obvious pattern. I no longer watch any of the current yr. (2018) Christmas movies on any channel. I personally find that the writing & producing of the earlier movies to be of a higher type & more of a “good feeling” & appropriate comic quality than the newer ones.

    My opinion.

    Rita M. Gorman

  • Alice says:

    I also would like to see some of the old Christmas movies that make you feel good about the season. There seems to be way too much degradation of the holiday with nasty/crude/stupid movies, that are repeated so many times during the season. Why not have more diversity?????

  • Fran Shoemaker says:

    Why do you air the new movies 300 times before Christmas until I am sick of them? Where are the older ones that I loved. My favorite was always the Season for Miracles which seems to be thrown away as do a lot of the older sometimes better movies. There is so much time before Christmas and two channels that you should be able to show a lot of the older movies along with the new ones. Very disappointed!!

    Fran Shoemaker

  • Cassandra says:

    I love Christmas movies, but what happen to fantasy movies about Santa Claus, miracles, not just movies about people falling in love during the holidays. I like Freedom much more than Hallmark Channel that one kiss @ the end of this movies drive me freaking crazy. I want more and more people of color we do Christmas also, not just white people. I would also like to see more Christmas cartoons old and new kids really like this( I mean me really). Thanks

  • joe says:

    Why is there no MISER BROTHERS CHRISTMAS on any schedules this year?

  • Tracey says:

    I’m disappointed that so many in countdown and 25 days of Christmas are not entirely Christmas and you don’t play any of the older ABC Family original Christmas movies. Always love Three days, Christmas List, etc.

  • San says:

    When will The Christmas Wish with Debbie Reynolds and Neil P. Harris air? Have not seen movie in years.

    • J says:

      Are you talking about The Christmas Shoes? I think that was on last year — but it isn’t one that is played multiple times. Maybe I’m thinking of a different movie. Good luck!

  • Kati Liptrap says:

    Really need to show ‘Three Days’ again this year

  • Wren Marshall says:

    I see that How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be back on again in 2017. My family was very disappointed that it was not on in 2016. Will this be the Ron Howard ( Live Action ) version like what was aired in 2014 and 2015? That one is the best, because it has all the deleted scenes that the 2000 version does not. ABC Family was the only one to have this movie.

  • Mrs. Collins says:

    Why is Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer not in either list to be aired? The countdown to 25 days of Christmas or 25 days of Christmas? That is one of mine and my 2 daughters favorite Christmas specials we look forward to seeing every year.

  • Amanda says:

    Why does “25 Days of Christmas” begin in November and actually only last for 13 days? Is it just me or does that seem odd?

  • Patrick says:

    Why do you not play both versions of DR. Soose’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

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