ABC’s apparently in the mood to start spreading cheer, announcing its year-end holiday programming lineup. The network’s set air dates for special holiday-themed episodes of The Goldbergs, black-ish and General Hospital, as well as the return of The Great Christmas Light Fight.
ABC’s holiday programming begins in earnest on Thanksgiving with Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Toy Story That Time Forgot, and The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration. The holiday fun will finish up with Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration arriving on Christmas.
ABC’s Holiday Programming:
- THURSDAY, NOV. 26 (THANKSGIVING)
8:00-8:30 p.m. “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Toy Story That Time Forgot”
9:00-11:00 p.m. “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” – *new
- FRIDAY, NOV. 27
8:00-9:01 p.m. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”
- SUNDAY, NOV. 29
7:00-7:30 p.m. “Disney Prep & Landing”
7:30-8:00 p.m. “Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice”
- MONDAY, NOV. 30
2:00-3:00 p.m. “General Hospital” (check local listings) – *new holiday-themed episode
8:00-9:00 p.m. “The Disney Holiday Singalong” – *new
9:00-10:00 p.m. “CMA Country Christmas” – *new
- WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs” – *new holiday-themed episode
9:30-10:00 p.m. “black-ish” – *new holiday-themed episode
- WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Great Christmas Light Fight” – *season premiere
- WEDNESDAY, DEC 16
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Great Christmas Light Fight”
- FRIDAY, DEC. 18
8:30-9:01 p.m. “Shrek the Halls”
- SUNDAY, DEC. 20
7:00-11:00 p.m. “The Sound of Music”
- WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23
2:00-3:00 p.m. “General Hospital” (check local listings) – *new holiday-themed episode
9:00-11:00 p.m. “The Great Christmas Light Fight” – *season finale
- THURSDAY, DEC. 24
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Greatest Showman” – *network broadcast premiere
- FRIDAY, DEC. 25
10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration”
THURSDAY, NOV. 26 (THANKSGIVING)
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – In Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”
Toy Story That Time Forgot – Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television, Toy Story That Time Forgot, features everyone’s favorite characters from the Toy Story films. During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang finds themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie the triceratops if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration – Kicking off the holiday season on ABC for its fifth consecutive year, this magical celebration on Thanksgiving night features a look back on spectacular celebrity musical performances among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment.
FRIDAY, NOV. 27
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions, Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others.
SUNDAY, NOV. 29
Disney Prep & Landing – Walt Disney Animation Studios brings you a half-hour holiday special tale of an elite unit of elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a merry Christmas for all?
Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice – The yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue. With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel.
MONDAY, NOV. 30
General Hospital – Chasing tradition and relishing in the fact that she has unusually unfettered access to the Quartermaine kitchen, Olivia strives to create the perfect traditional Thanksgiving feast for the family and their guests. Meanwhile, Sam and Carly’s mutual contempt fades to an unlikely moment of friendship as they discuss the paths their lives have taken supporting those they love. Brando gives Sasha the support she needs, while Ava wonders if her aspirations of having a happy family can be salvaged. Monica reminds everyone just how much they have to be thankful for in the face of the challenges they’ve encountered, and the arrival of an unexpected guest proves to be the pleasant surprise everyone needs to experience the joy of the holiday.
The Disney Holiday Singalong – Returning for a third iteration, The Disney Holiday Singalong will feature more music and magic just in time for the holidays. The one-hour festive musical event will feature star-studded performances, animated on-screen lyrics, more favorite Disney melodies and classic holiday songs.
CMA Country Christmas returns for its 11th year. Filmed in Nashville, the special features some of country music’s most beloved artists coming together for an intimate night full of holiday classics. Host and performers will be announced at a later date.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
The Goldbergs – “Hanukkah On The Seas” – Pop-Pop surprises the family with an ill-advised winter cruise to Canada. Meanwhile, Erica stirs up holiday trouble at home on an all-new Hanukkah-themed episode.
black-ish – “Compton Around the Christmas Tree” – Dre realizes he’s out of touch with his roots after Junior claims he’s turned into a “valley dad,” so he takes the family to his hometown of Compton. Meanwhile, Bow tries to teach Jack and Diane about the spirit of giving by having them volunteer in Compton for Christmas on black-ish.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9
The Great Christmas Light Fight – Season Premiere – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as ABC’s tree-mendously popular decorating competition series, The Great Christmas Light Fight, takes over Wednesdays in December as it returns for its eighth season with back-to-back episodes. America’s brightest houses bring joy to the world with the help of celebrity judges – lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. All isn’t always calm, but all is definitely bright as the Christmas classic takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation.
This holiday season, we will once again see four fantastic families face off in each one-hour episode and compete to win $50,000 should they “sleigh” the competition. Taking Christmas decorating to another level, the Heavyweights special will return for its third year featuring a first-ever parade of one-of-a-kind sparkling floats and a mile-long drive-through with over a million synchronized lights, to name a few, that viewers will never forget.
FRIDAY, DEC. 18
“Shrek the Halls” – DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour of entertainment starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends, features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer – except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. (8:30-9:01 p.m.)
SUNDAY, DEC. 20
The Sound of Music – ABC will air the Rodgers & Hammerstein cinematic treasure The Sound of Music. Celebrate the Oscar®-winning classic with popular favorites “Edelweiss,” ”My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and “The Sound of Music.”
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23
General Hospital – As holiday celebrations begin in Port Charles, Carly and Jason return to Sonny’s house to find that in her absence Michael and Joss have stepped up and added all the finishing traditional touches for a beautiful multigenerational family Christmas at home. The holidays make various losses felt in new ways, and Maxie looks to honor someone who can’t be with them. Consequences from past decisions are coming to bear – and several of our PC residents hope for the best but fear the worst. However, the holidays also provide opportunities for heart-to-heart talks, forgiveness, unexpected connections and long-awaited reunions.
THURSDAY, DEC. 24
The Greatest Showman – Network Broadcast Premiere – An original musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman. Barnum was a visionary who rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.
FRIDAY, DEC. 25
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration – Disney’s annual Christmas celebration airs Christmas morning on ABC and features heartwarming stories and amazing celebrity performances.