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” will begin again in November 2020.

Kickoff to Christmas on Freeform will begin November 1st 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Date/times are subject to change (all times shown in Eastern)
**Page last updated on 11/19/20

Sunday, November 1, 2020

  • 8:30am – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • 11:05am – Jingle All the Way 2
  • 1:05pm – Deck the Halls (2006)
  • 3:10pm – The Game Plan
  • 5:50pm – Matilda
  • 7:55pm – Coco (Disney-Pixar)x
  • 10:25pm – Frozen (Disney Animated)

Monday, November 2, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

  • 12:00pm – The Hunger Games
  • 3:00pm – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • 6:30pm – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • 9:00pm – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

  • 3:00am – Stealing Christmas
  • 11:30am – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • 2:00pm – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
  • 5:00pm – Brave
  • 7:00pm – Frozen (Disney Animated)
  • 9:30pm – Moana

Thursday, November 5, 2020

  • 4:00am – Jingle All the Way 2
  • 10:30am – The Simpsons
  • 5:00pm – Shrek
  • 7:00pm – Hercules (Disney Animated)
  • 9:00pm – Inside Out (Disney-Pixar)
  • 12:00am – Early Man

Friday, November 6, 2020

Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • 4:00am – The Simpsons
  • 8:00am – Boxtrolls
  • 10:00am – Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
  • 12:00pm – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • 2:05pm – Prancer Returns
  • 4:10pm – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • 6:15pm – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Freeform Premiere
  • 8:20pm – Minions – Freeform Premiere
  • 9:25pm – Despicable Me 3 – Freeform Premiere

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

  • 12:00pm – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
  • 2:00pm – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
  • 4:30pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • 7:00pm – The Princess and the Frog
  • 9:00pm – Shrek
  • 12:00am – Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  • 11:30am – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • 2:05pm – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (Disney Animated)
  • 4:10pm – Chicken Little (Disney Animated)
  • 6:15pm – Shrek
  • 8:20pm – The Incredibles
  • 12:00am – A Cinderella Story

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

  • 12:30pm – A Cinderella Story
  • 2:30pm – The Game Plan
  • 5:00pm – Tarzan
  • 7:00pm – A Bug’s Life
  • 9:00pm – Wreck-It Ralph
  • 12:00am – A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits

Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • 12:00pm – The Preacher’s Wife
  • 2:30pm – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • 4:30pm – Christopher Robin
  • 7:00pm – Tangled
  • 9:00pm – Mulan

Friday, November 13, 2020

  • 1:00pm – Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2
  • 3:00pm – Mary Poppins
  • 6:00pm – The Parent Trap (1998)
  • 9:00pm – The Secret Life of Pets – Freeform Premiere
  • 12:00am – The Simpsons

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

  • 11:30am – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • 3:00pm – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • 5:30pm – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
  • 8:30pm – Pitch Perfect
  • 12:00am – The Mistle-tones

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • 10:30am – Holiday in Handcuffs
  • 12:30pm – The Preacher’s Wife
  • 3:30pm – The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • 6:00pm – Cinderella
  • 8:30am – Pitch Perfect
  • 12:00am – The Perfect Holiday

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • 12:00pm – Turkey Drop
  • 2:00pm – A Cinderella Story
  • 4:00pm – The Princess Bride
  • 6:30pm – Shrek
  • 8:30pm – Zootopia
  • 12:00am – A Very Merry Muppet Movie – Freeform Premiere

Friday, November 20, 2020

  • 10:30am – Prancer Returns
  • 12:35pm – Matilda
  • 2:40pm – Shrek
  • 4:45pm – Hercules (Disney Animated)
  • 6:50pm – Minions
  • 8:55pm – Despicable Me 3
  • 12:00am – The Simpsons

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

  • 11:00am – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • 1:40pm – The Princess Bride
  • 4:10pm – The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • 6:50pm – Inside Out (Disney-Pixar)
  • 8:55pm – The Secret Life of Pets
  • 12:00am – The Simpsons

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

  • 10:30am – Deck the Halls (2006)
  • 12:30pm – Matilda
  • 2:30pm – The Goonies
  • 5:00pm – The Secret Life of Pets
  • 7:00pm – Monsters, Inc.
  • 9:00pm – The Lion King
  • 12:00am – Prancer Returns

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

  • 10:30am – Prancer Returns
  • 12:30pm – The Goonies
  • 3:00pm – Christmas with the Kranks
  • 5:00pm – Penguins of Madagascar – Freeform Premiere
  • 7:00pm – The Little Mermaid
  • 9:00pm – Tangled (Disney Animated)
  • 12:00am – The Simpsons

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

  • 10:30am – Matilda
  • 12:30pm – Jingle All The Way 2
  • 2:30pm – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (Disney Animated)
  • 4:30pm – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 6:00pm – Ratatouille (Disney-Pixar)
  • 8:30pm – Zootopia (Disney Animated)
  • 12:00am – The Simpsons

Saturday, November 28, 2020

  • 7:00am – Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
  • 9:00am – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • 11:05am – The Simpsons
  • 11:35am – Deck the Halls (2006)
  • 1:40pm – The Parent Trap (1998)
  • 4:50pm – Cinderella (2015) (Live Action)
  • 7:20pm – Moana” (Disney Animated)
  • 9:50pm – Beauty and the Beast (1991) (Disney Animated)
  • 11:55pm – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Freeform Premiere

Sunday, November 29, 2020

  • 7:00am – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • 9:10am – Christmas with the Kranks
  • 11:20am – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • 1:25pm – Matilda
  • 3:30pm – Cinderella (2015) (Live Action)
  • 6:00pm – The Incredibles (Disney-Pixar)
  • 8:40pm – Incredibles 2 (Disney-Pixar) – Freeform Premiere
  • 11:20pm – The Goonies

Monday, November 30, 2020

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20 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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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