25 Days of Christmas is an annual season of Christmas programming broadcast during the month of December by the U.S. cable network Freeform. The event was first held in 1996, and has been annual fixture of the channel through its various incarnations, including The Family Channel, Fox Family, ABC Family, and Freeform. The brand covers airings of classic holiday specials as well as new Christmas-themed television movies each year; generally few of the network’s original series air during the time period, outside of Christmas-themed episodes. In 2006, the lineup has also included airings of general, family films that Freeform holds rights to, including the Harry Potter film franchise until January 2018, and other Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures films. In 2007, the block was extended to November with a Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas block. 25 Days of Christmas programming often attracts major surges in viewership for Freeform, with higher-profile film airings often attracting 3-4 million viewers or more. In November 2017, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and ABC aired holiday programming through Christmas Day. However, it is currently unknown if the 25 Days of Christmas will extend to FX, FXX and FXM once The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox goes through.For most of the block’s run, the Rankin/Bass Productions library of Christmas specials (excluding the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman specials, both of which remain on CBS on a separate license) served as the centerpiece of the 25 Days of Christmas. Freeform lost the rights to the Rankin/Bass library to AMC in 2018 but still airs Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Little Drummer Boy
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