ABC Family will air its eleventh year of “25 Days of Christmas,” featuring over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment, from Dec. 1 to 25, officials said Friday.
The network will air new original movies and specials and returning Christmas favorites during primetime as well as weekend holiday marathons every Saturday and Sunday.
This year, ABC Family presents the new original special, A Miser Brothers’Christmas,premiering Dec. 13, based on 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.
ABC Family will also premiere the new original holiday movie, Snow 2 Brain Freeze, Dec. 14. 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! 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 Dec. 20. 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 Dec. 3; A Garfield Christmas Dec. 9 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Dec. 12.