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The Holiday season is upon us and while Santa is yet to come down the chimney, celebrations have already begun—albeit within the COVID context. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions have recently been tightened in some states—Mississippi, Louisiana, Kansas, Maryland, and others. But, there are others like Kentucky which have witnessed ease in the restrictive regime starting December 14. While the likes of Florida and Tennessee have been lucky to experience a partial lifting of the limiting COVID codes.

Normally, this is the time of the year when shopping is in full swing, malls are packed to the brim, and carolers make rounds bringing joy to all with the gift of their voice. But, Christmas 2020 is bound to make you think about how to celebrate in other ways. After all, has not the pandemic made it an absolute necessity to learn new ways of doing things? With public places like restaurants and businesses instructed to reduce capacity, in most cases down to 50%, it may be prudent to shop online for the most part. And, devise ways to partake in the excitement of the occasion while staying indoors—speaking of which the tradition of watching the 25 Days of Christmas movie marathon can be a great idea.

No Holiday season is complete without evenings spent in the comfort of your TV lounge with the family watching the best of Christmas movies. This is what you can look back on, and reminiscence with fondness. Who would want to miss that?

Well, this year too you shall get your fill!

Annual Christmas programming on the Freeform channel is free for all. And, whether you’re a cord-cutter or a cable TV subscriber, watching it won’t be a problem—as long as you have the channel in your lineup. But, some people do get confused about how they can view it. So, if you count yourself amongst them, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to help you get into the holiday spirit and watch your movies. So, let’s get to it.  

The Freeform Channel

Launched on April 29, 1977, Freeform has seen major transformation over the years.

Starting as CBN Satellite Service (1977–1981), it was then renamed CBN Cable Network (1981–1988), followed by more rebranding as The CBN Family Channel (1988–1990), The Family Channel (1990–1998), and Fox Family Channel (1998–2001). But, it is perhaps best remembered as the ABC Family, having spent 15 years under the name (2001—2016). With the latest rebranding endeavor, its name changed yet again in 2016—this time to Freeform. Looking at how many times the network has been rebranded, you’d think they’d give a make-over to 25 Days of Christmas programming block too, but given its popularity that has not happened, nor does it appear likely. Their annual season of Christmas programming broadcast during the month of December has remained a constant since 1996—when it was first held.

Over the years Freeform has become cable TV staple. And, has had people adjusting their schedule to get their daily dose of Christmas themed movies and shows. So, missing out on 25 Days of Christmas is out of question for millions of viewers. This is precisely why all major TV service providers carry the network in their lineup—and not just cable or satellite providers, but the newer streaming platforms too.

Here is a list of popular nationwide cable and satellite TV providers, as well as IPTV and streaming services that offer the Freeform channel in their lineup. If you’re on any of their plans you shouldn’t have trouble watching the best of Christmas video content. But, in case you happen to be looking for a subscription option and would like to make the most out of what is yet to be aired on 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform, read on before you make your pick.

Which TV or Streaming Services Offer Freeform?


Cable TV Services

Satellite & IPTV Services

Streaming Services

·         Charter Spectrum™

·         Cox Communications

·         Optimum

·         Suddenlink

·         RCN

·         Xfinity


·         AT&T TV

·         DIRECTV

·         DISH


·         fuboTV

·         Sling TV

·         Hulu Live TV

·         AT&T TV NOW

·         YouTube TV

·         Vidgo

For more details Visit Spectrum Channel lineup

The Best Cable Option for Watching 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform
Charter Spectrum™

The best part is Spectrum is available in 40 states. And, widespread availability means there are more chances it’d be on offer in your area. Just make sure to confirm with Spectrum Sales at 855-423-0918.

Other Cable Options

If you find your location is usually at the short end when it comes to these things, you can conduct a very comfortable search by your ZIP code here. Or call at 1-855-349-9328 and speak to a professional who can help you with narrowing down your choice of available providers and service plans.

Remember, cable TV plans are usually more cost-effective when you bundle services. There is hardly a household in this time and age that does not need a fast internet connection. And, there is nothing better than getting a value-packed cable internet and TV bundle, which looks after your digital needs, and brings you discounted rates on one or both services—not to forget cuts the hassle of dealing with more than one vendor and gives you one bill every month.

Whether you see the Xfinity Digital Extra with 140 channels as a perfect fit for your entertainment needs or the Cox Contour TV with its choice of 140 local and popular networks. And, whether your pick boils down to RCN Signature TV, Optimum Core TV, or Suddenlink Value TV. Each way rest assured, the channel lineup would feature the popular Freeform network—for you and the family to maximize Christmas fervor the traditional way!   

The Best Satellite Option for Watching 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform

Sure, Spectrum and Xfinity have pretty widespread coverage, but the coaxial cable line network does have its limitations due to the nature of infrastructure required to deliver service. Providing service in remote rural areas is not a profitable option for the cable TV industry. On the other hand, satellite TV suffers no such qualms. No matter where you are, as long as you have a clear view of the southern sky, you’ll be able to access TV entertainment—and enjoy the 25 days of Christmas movie marathon.

Both top satellite TV providers in the U.S. offer Freeform in their channel lineup—DIRECTV and DISH. Albeit, the competition between the two is fierce, DIRECTV comes out on the top in more than one way.

The DIRECTV starter plan i.e. ENTERTAINMENT offers more than 185 channels of which 85 are in HD. And, as you move up the tier ladder, you get more variety of networks in the DIRECTV Channel Lineup. Each plan comes with a limited-time subscription to premium networks like HBO Max™, SHOWTIME® STARZ®, EPIX®, and Cinemax®. While the top tier PREMIER™ includes premium networks without an additional cost. From lifestyle to family and kids entertainment, and news to sports networks, there is something for everyone in the family to watch.

With all the other features such as—the DIRECTV app which lets you stream 25 Days of Christmas on the go, and does not eat on your AT&T Wireless data wherever you can catch the signal, the FREE GENIE HD DVR which saves you from missing out on your Freeform Christmas favorites, and up to 65,000 on-demand titles—DIRECTV plans come packed with value, starting at $64.99.

The downside is that DIRECTV prices increase after the first 12 months. And if that is something you’d prefer not to deal with, DISH could have a plan for you. DISH also comes with a 2-year contract but gives you a 2-year price guarantee. It’s cheaper too. If however, you are into sports, DISH gets beaten by DIRECTV.  

Again, we’d recommend you call 1-855-941-2541 and speak to a DIRECTV representative. This will help you compare your options with pro advice.

The Cheapest Streaming Option for Watching 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform

Sling TV

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly TV option, and already have a satisfactory high-speed internet connection to your name, you can opt for Christmas vacation streaming with Sling TV. You don’t have to wait for installation or deal with cable boxes. And, you can get a Sling TV basic plan for $30 a month.

Sling TV Orange offers access to 30 channels. And, includes a good number of American favorites like Freeform, the Disney Channel, Comedy Central, AMC, HGTV, etc. If you want more, you can upgrade to their Orange Blue plan. It gets you to access to more than 50 channels for just $45 a month. Isn’t that great? However, if it is only Freeform you’re interested in, then Sling TV Orange Plan will suit you just fine—especially given its mix of popular entertainment and sports networks.

Of course, there are other platforms that carry Freeform. And, you’ll be able to enjoy 25 Days of Christmas with them too, but they cost a bit more. Depending on your everyday usage you may however find them more than worth the tag.  

The Freeform App

Cable TV offers many more channels that streaming services find it difficult to beat. On the other hand, streaming platforms have flexibility and convenience to their credit. With that said, most cable providers now bring great ease to your TV watching regime with the induction of modern tech. So, if you want the traditional charm of cable TV combined with the modern ease of streaming your favorites, you may as well pick any of the cable or satellite TV choices we have talked about.

When you’re subscribed to any of these TV services, you can download the Freeform app and log in using your cable TV provider credentials to access the content. The app is compatible with most devices, iOS, or Android. You can download it to the Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV. So, you should have no trouble watching the remaining of the 25 Days of Christmas.

Have a Look at the 25 Days of Christmas schedule 2020 until Christmas Arrives!

December 15, 2020

10:30am – The Magic Snowflake

12:00pm – Jingle All the Way 2

2:00pm – Christmas with the Kranks

4:05pm – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

5:45pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

8:25pm – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

10:30pm – Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

12:00am – Jingle All the Way 2

December 16, 2020

11:30am – Christmas with the Kranks

1:35pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

4:15pm – The Santa Clause

6:25pm – The Santa Clause 2

8:55pm – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

12:00am – Black Nativity

December 17, 2020

7:00am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

10:30am – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

1:00pm – The Holiday

4:00pm – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:00pm – Home Alone

8:30pm – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12:00am – Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve

December 18, 2020

7:00am – Holiday in Handcuffs

9:05am – The Holiday

12:15pm – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

2:20pm – The Santa Clause

4:25pm – The Santa Clause 2

6:55pm – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

9:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) (Freeform Premiere)

11:00pm – The Star (2017)

1:00am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

December 19, 2020

7:00am – Kung Fu Panda Holiday

7:30am – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

8:00am – The Star (2017)

10:05am – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

11:45am – Home Alone

2:15pm – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

4:55pm – Frosty the Snowman

5:30pm – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6:35pm – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

8:40pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

11:20pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

December 20, 2020

7:00am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

9:30am – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

12:10pm – Jingle All the Way 2

2:20pm – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

3:25pm – Frosty the Snowman

4:00pm – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

5:05pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:45pm – Home Alone

10:15pm – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12:55am – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

December 21, 2020

10:30am – Jingle All the Way 2

12:30pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

3:00pm – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

4:30pm – The Santa Clause

6:30pm – The Santa Clause 2

9:00pm – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

12:00am – Christmas with the Kranks

December 22, 2020

7:00am – Santa’s Apprentice

8:30am – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

11:00am – The Perfect Holiday

1:00pm – Christmas with the Kranks

3:05pm – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

5:10pm – Home Alone

7:40pm – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

10:20pm – The Night Before (Freeform Premiere)

12:30am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

December 23, 2020

7:30am – Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

9:30am – The Mistle-tones

11:30am – Holiday in Handcuffs

1:30pm – The Santa Clause

3:35pm – The Santa Clause 2

6:05pm – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

8:10pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

10:50pm – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

11:55pm – Prancer Returns

December 24, 2020

7:00am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

10:30am – Prancer Returns

12:30pm – Home Alone

3:00pm – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

5:35p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

8:15pm – Frosty the Snowman

8:50pm – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

9:55pm – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

12:00am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

December 25, 2020

7:00am – The Simpsons (Christmas episodes)

10:30am – The Santa Clause

12:30pm – The Santa Clause 2

2:30pm – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

4:30pm – Frosty the Snowman

5:00pm – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:00pm – Home Alone

8:30pm – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12:00am – Matilda

Final Words

There are so many ways to watch 25 Days of Christmas. And, now you know them all! So, what do you think? Which plan will you go for?

The budget-friendly Sling TV Orange plan is perfect for light watching. But, if you prefer a wider variety of channels going for cable TV or satellite TV is your best option. Spectrum and DIRECTV are great TV providers to consider. In case you feel confused, you can always give us a call at 1-855-349-9328 and we’ll try to help you any way we can. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to watch 25 Days of Christmas without cable?

If you don’t have a cable TV plan you can subscribe to one of the following streaming services and get access to 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform: Sling TV, YouTube TV Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV NOW, and Vidgo. Satellite TV services DIRECTV and DISH also offer Freeform in their lineup so those too could work for you.

Is the Freeform app account free?

Well, you won’t have to pay any additional fee to use the app, but you must be subscribed to TV plans that offer Freeform in order to access content via the app. The login details it requires are the same as your provider login details.

What was Freeform named before?

Freeform was known as the ABC Family channel between 2001 and 2016 before it was named Freeform.