ABC Family will kick off the holiday season with 36 days of festive, family-friendly programming starting with the “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” from November 20 – 30, 2011, and then “25 Days of Christmas” from December 1 – 25, 2011. The highly-anticipated annual programming event will include all-new original Christmas-themed movies, as well as the return of holiday favorites. On-air and online, viewers can enjoy the best time of the year with “25 Days of Christmas” exclusives, such as an original theme song and video from hit country music artists, The Band Perry; two holly, jolly sweepstakes; and many other very merry digital treats.
“‘25 Days of Christmas’ is a beloved tradition at ABC Family, with programming that gives viewers opportunity to celebrate the season,” said Tom Zappala, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Scheduling. “From our original holiday-themed movies to the premiere of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ plus returning favorites like ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ we hope viewers will get into the spirit and count down the days with ABC Family.”
This year, “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” will feature the ABC Family original movie premiere of “Desperately Seeking Santa” on Sunday, November 27 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT). Laura Vandervoort (“V,” “Smallville”) stars as an ambitious young marketing executive who dreams up the ticket to Christmas sales: a sexy Santa contest. Teenage girls and their moms flock to her mall when the gorgeous winner of the contest becomes a local hero, sending sales through the roof. She counted on this new Santa to win her a promotion – not win her heart, complicate her life and question everything she ever wanted. In addition, ABC Family is proud to bring the wooftastic holiday movie “The Search for Santa Paws” to television for the first time on Monday, November 21 (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
“25 Days of Christmas” is the biggest cable programming event of the year, and ABC Family delivers the gift of holiday cheer with the world premiere of the original movie, “12 Dates of Christmas,” starring Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “The Butterfly Effect”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”). Premiering Sunday, December 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), “12 Dates of Christmas” follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past.
“25 Days of Christmas” also brings the basic cable premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Sunday, December 4, 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT), which headlines the network’s annual “Harry Potter” movie marathon running on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. The marathon also includes the first five installments of the “Harry Potter” film franchise.
Viewers can also ring in the holidays with the television premiere of the Pink Panther animated short “A Very Pink Christmas,” on Wednesday, December 7 (6:00 – 6:30 PM ET/PT) and the network premiere broadcasts of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” on Wednesday, December 7 (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT), and Disney∙Pixar’s “Up” on Friday, December 16 (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Triple platinum artists, The Band Perry, who are currently nominated for three AMA and a total of five CMA Awards, have written and recorded an original holiday song for “25 Days of Christmas” and will shoot a music video for the song, which will be part of the network’s on-air and online campaign. Viewers will get an exclusive 60-second sneak peek of the music video during the November 20 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT) airing of “Holiday in Handcuffs,” and the entire video will be available immediately afterward online at ABCFamily.com/25Days.
Online will get into the holiday spirit at ABCFamily.com/WheresBuddy beginning November 18, when the popular “Where’s Buddy?” Game and Sweepstakes* returns with an all-new hunt for ABC Family’s own Buddy the Elf.
Then, beginning December 1st, deck the halls with the $25,000 grand prize for ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” Sweepstakes** at ABCFamily.com/25DaysSweeps. Visitors to ABCFamily.com/25Days can also revel in an abundance of holiday themed goodies, including:
The 25 Days of Christmas Countdown Calendar that delivers a daily dose of holiday spirit in the form of custom videos, sneak peeks, recipes, music, coupons, and more!
A favorite from last year, the holiday themed ticker will be back on the homepage displaying visitors’ messages to friends and family
Wildly popular games like Jigscene video jigsaw puzzles, Double Exposure and Merry Match Up
Holiday e-cards that can be customized and sent to friends and family
Smartphone users will be able to ring in the holidays with free Christmas music featured in “12 Dates of Christmas”
Fans can get more information online at:
Twitter hashtag: #25DaysofChristmas
- ABC Family’s ‘Desperately Seeking Santa’ to Premiere November 27th (chipandco.com)
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