The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

Movie Summary

An orphan shepherd boy plays his drum for the baby Jesus and makes the animals dance.

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2022 Dates, Times, and Channels

12/03/22 – 1:30am on Freeform
12/03/22 – 7:00am on Freeform
12/13/22 – 8:30am on Freeform
12/16/22 – 9:00am on Freeform
12/17/22 – 7:00am on Freeform

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on the Freeform Channel. For a complete schedule of dates and times, please click here.

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Cast Includes

José Ferrer (Ben Haramed), Paul Frees (Aaron’s father the Magi), June Foray (Aaron’s Mother), Ted Eccles (Aaron), Greer Garson (Our Storyteller)

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28 thoughts on “The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

  • December 16, 2022 at 9:24 AM

    I looked on freeform this morning (12/16/22) all I saw was home alone it wasn’t showing

  • December 8, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    Below I asked why everyone is alleging that “The Little Drummer Boy” isn’t shown as often as other Christmas specials because the non-religious and/or non-Christians object to its religious message. I asked if there was any evidence of this.

    After I asked, I decided to look into it myself. And the only information I found was that Arabs have objected to it because they think it gives a racist view of Arabs. They believe that it gives a view of Arabs as “money-grubbing, fat, ugly, hook-nosed kidnappers.” Nothing to do with Christianity or the special’s religious message.

    So if you’re going to complain, complain about the correct thing.

  • December 20, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    Freeform originally ABC Family and The Family Channel still airs this special but now it is basically chopped down to less than 20 minutes due to commercials, they edited the flashback of Aaron’s parents death scene short and the song The Goose is Hanging High! Also this special isn’t given enough air time like Rudolph Frosty and Santa Claus is Coming to Town which air constantly on that channel and are aired uncut! What a shame

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