Just in time for the holidays, there are lots of goodies in store for you this month, and not all of them come wrapped in a box! There's a nice big present for Lord of the Rings fans familiar with the book that started it all, The Hobbit. Part 1, An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters December 14. A week later, a 3D version of the animated Monsters, Inc. will be released to get you reacquainted with Sulley and Mike before Monsters University comes out in June 2013.
But you don’t have to leave home to find plenty of cool entertainment options.
ABC Family celebrates the 25 Days of Christmas with some of the most popular holiday movies like Elf, The Polar Express, The Santa Clause, and A Christmas Carol, to name a few, all airing multiple times. See abcfamily.com/25days for the complete schedule.
Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally and Jessie celebrate the New Year early with an hour-long crossover episode featuring three new songs, premiering December 7 at 8 p.m. Laugh along with hilarious holiday-themed videos when America’s Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular airs December 16 at 7 p.m. And if you love the Muppets, mark your calendar for two CW specials: A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa airs December 11 at 9 p.m., and It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie airs December 18 at 8 p.m.
If animation is your bag, you’ve got choices galore! On CBS, animated specials include Frosty the
Snowman, Frosty Returns, and The Flight Before Christmas, all airing December 8 starting at 8 p.m., and Yes, Virginia and The Elf on the Shelf, airing back to back on December 14 beginning at 9 p.m. A new special from the creators of How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury premieres on Fox December 17, 8 p.m., followed by Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas at 8:30 (both repeating at the same time December 28), followed by Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown at 9. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol airs on NBC December 22 at 8 p.m., The Happy Elf on the CW December 21, 8 p.m. followed by Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer at 9. Also on the CW, there is the animated musical Christmas is Here Again, December 24 at 8 p.m., followed by Second Star to the Left at 9:30. Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice will be shown back to back on ABC December 9, 22, and 24 at 8 and 8:30 p.m.
Want more? ABC will also run the classic Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town December 11 at 8 p.m., I Want a Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown! December 20 at 8 p.m., A Chipmunk Christmas December 22 at 8:30 p.m., Shrek The Halls December 24 at 8:30 p.m., and two helpings of the Grinch on Christmas Day: the animated special at 8 p.m., and the live action Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 8:30.
On December 31, ring in the New Year with some of your favorite artists when Ryan Seacrest hosts and Taylor Swift, Neon Trees, One Republic, and Carly Rae Jepsen perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 starting at 10 p.m.
—Gerri, STACKS Writer