Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More

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Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Chip and Company! Disney has shared their entire programming schedule for the 2021 Holiday Season across The Walt Disney Company. Here is a comprehensive list below and be sure to tune in for these exciting holiday titles:

Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More
Photo Credit: ABC

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ABC will host new holiday-themed episodes of your favorite shows, including Shark Tank (Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT), America’s Funniest Home Videos (Sunday, December 12, at 7 p.m. ET/PT), Supermarket Sweep (Sunday, December 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), Station 19 (Thursday, December 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT), Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday, December 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), and General Hospital (Tuesday, December 21, Wednesday, December 22, at 2 p.m. ET/PT, and Thursday, December 30, at 2 p.m. ET/PT).

ABC will also be rebroadcasting classic, beloved films and specials such as The Sound of Music (Sunday, December 19, at 7 p.m. ET/PT), Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Thursday, December 23, at 8 p.m. ET/PT), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure(Friday, December 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT), Shrek the Halls (Friday, December 24, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT), Prep & Landing (Friday, December 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice (Friday, December 24, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT), and The Wonderful World of Disney: Frozen (Monday, December 27, at 8 pm. ET/PT), as well as two original specials: A Very Boy Band Holiday (Thursday, December 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT) and CMA Country Christmas (Thursday, December 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT).

Tune in to ABC for the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade on Saturday, December 25, at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. PT, which will be hosted by Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, and Ariana DeBose! Afterward, ABC and ESPN will combine to nationally televise all five NBA Christmas Day games—spanning 13 consecutive hours of live event coverage!

The NBA Christmas Day schedule is as follows:

  • 12 p.m. ET: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks (ESPN, ESPN App)
  • 2:30 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (ABC, ESPN App)
  • 5 p.m. ET: (Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns (ABC, ESPN App)
  • 8 p.m. ET: Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ABC, ESPN, ESPN App)
  • 10:30 p.m. ET: Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz (ESPN, ESPN App)

Join the party and ring in the New Year with ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 (Friday, December 31, at 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More
Photo Credit: Disney Junior

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Disney Channel and Disney Junior

Disney Channel will be rebroadcasting the Disney Channel Original Movie Christmas… Again?!, starring Scarlett Estevez, and the Disney Junior special Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, as well as a holiday-themed episode of Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends! Other episodes, series, and specials are available in the DisneyNOW app, such as Disney Holiday Magic QuestHolidays Unwrapped, and LEGO® Star Wars: Celebrate the Season.


A new edition of the fan-favorite Yule Log video titled: Arendelle Castle Yule Log: Cut Paper Edition will be premiering on December 17, with additional holiday titles now streaming such as Babes in Toyland, Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special, GodmotheredHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday SpecialHome Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Home Sweet Home AloneI’ll Be Home for Christmas, LEGO® Star Wars Holiday Special, Noelle, Once Upon a SnowmanPuppy for Hanukkah, and TimBurton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Enjoy various Christmas-themed episodes of The Simpsons, as well as Christmas-, Hanukkah-, and Kwanza-themed episodes from beloved shows such as Even StevensGirl Meets WorldK.C. UndercoverKim PossiblePhineas and FerbThe Proud FamilySonny with a ChanceThe Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and That’s So Raven.

Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More
Photo Credit: Disney+

Related: ‘Encanto’ Will Be Coming to Disney+ Just in Time for Christmas


With Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas underway, check out the complete schedule to find out when your favorite episodes, films, and specials—including Arthur ChristmasBlack NativityCall Me ClausDecorating Disney: Holiday MagicFamily GuyFrosty the SnowmanHoliday in HandcuffsHome AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkHome Alone 5: The Holiday HeistJingle All the WayJingle All the Way 2Love ActuallyMickey’s Once Upon a ChristmasThe Night BeforeOffice Christmas PartyPrancer ReturnsThe Preacher’s WifeRudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe SimpsonsSnowglobeTim Burton’s The Nightmare Before ChristmasToy Story That Time Forgot, and Unaccompanied Minors—will be airing.

FX Networks

Get ready for FX’s 12 Days of Christmas by checking your local listings to find out when titles such as AbominableAlmost ChristmasDaddy’s HomeDaddy’s Home 2Dr. Seuss’ the GrinchHome AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasKrampusThe Lion KingOffice Christmas PartySingThe Santa ClauseThe Santa Clause 2The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The Secret Life of PetsThe Secret Life of Pets 2Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3Toy Story 4and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas will be airing. *Please note some titles may not be suitable for younger viewers.

Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More
Photo Credit: Hulu

Related: Stream New and Holiday favorites on Disney+ this Christmas Season


Enjoy four episodes of Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: Holiday Edition, which highlight unique traditions through the lens of different immigrant cultures and cities, like Korean New Year in Los Angeles and Cuban Christmas in Miami. Hulu also debuted two animated holiday specials this year—A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special (for adult viewers) and Madagascar: A Little Wild Holiday Goose Chase (for the whole family)—in addition to unwrapping an original unscripted limited series, Candified: Home for the Holidays, in which candy queen Jackie Sorkin and her team of candy artists design, glue, melt, and shape hundreds of thousands of sweet pieces to bring fun, festive fantasies to life.

Hulu is also home to some of the holiday specials and series that aired on ABC this year, from CMA Country Christmas and The Great Christmas Light Fight to A Very Boy Band Holiday. Of course, Hulu also has a vast library of merry movies to stream this holiday season, including Blippi and the Holiday Snow GlobeA Christmas Carol (1984), A Christmas Carol (2019), Cupid for ChristmasDear Santa (2020), Happiest SeasonThe HolidayJingle All the WayThe Jinx & Dela Holiday SpecialThe Man Who Invented ChristmasTrolls Holiday in Harmony, and A Very Brady Christmas, among many others.

Nat Geo WILD

It’s the holiday season, which means spending time with loved ones, the exchanging of gifts—and Nat Geo WILD’s annual present to fans of The Incredible Dr. Pol! The “12 Days of Pol” marathon will premiere on Monday, December 20, and air through New Year’s Day.

*All programming subject to change at any time and without notice to subscribers

Full 2021 Holiday Programming Schedule for Disney+, ABC, Freeform, ESPN, and More
Photo Credit: Disney Parks

Which titles will you be tuning in for this Holiday season? What are some of your go-to movies and specials this time of year? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. All of us here at Chip and Co. wish you and your loved ones a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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