THUNDER BAY – ENTERTAINMENT – A huge part of the Christmas Holiday season are the many holiday specials on television. There are countless shows that the whole family will enjoy.
YTV‘s workshop has put the final touches on its Merry 6mas gift to kids and families throughout Canada! Every day in December at 6 p.m. ET/PT, viewers can enjoy classic holiday specials and movies including It’s a SpongeBob Christmas, Home Alone, Elf, It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. While school’s out YTV will be the #1 place to cozy up at home for the holidays—from December 21 to December 25, the channel will treat audiences to a yuletide bounty of back-to-back seasonal specials and movies all day long. Additionally, viewers on the go will also be able to see a curated playlist of seasonal favourites on the YTVGo app. Visit http://www.ytv.com/blog/merry-6mas-schedule to see the entire Merry 6mas calendar.
“YTV has built a December schedule chock full of the best holiday programming that includes timeless classics and never-before-seen festive episodes that make YTV the destination for families to enjoy the season together,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids.
A slew of Nickelodeon stars will come together in Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special, a brand-new holiday variety show. The hour-long fest features the casts of The Thundermans, Bella and the Bulldogs, Henry Danger, 100 Things to Do Before High School and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn along with musical performances and comedy sketches. The special airs on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
A special holiday edition of Make it Pop featuring XO-IQ’s new Christmas single, “All The Love” will air on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. After playing what might be their final XO-IQ concert ever, best friends Sun Hi, Corki, Jodi, and Caleb are ready for their winter break. When a massive blizzard threatens to trap them at school the girls worry they’ll never make it home, but a mysterious new boy, Linc, helps everyone find the true meaning of the holidays. Leading up to the holiday special, YTV will air Make it Pop mini-marathons with back-to-back episodes airing on Wednesday, December 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, December 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.
YTV.com will extend the channel’s holiday spirit by giving audiences festive games, blogs, quizzes and videos all month long, including a chance to submit their own pictures of holiday scenes. From December 13 to December 25, the best pictures will be posted on YTV.com. YTV will also text a daily piece of trivia about the 6 p.m. programming to viewers who opt in by texting Merry6mas to 393939.*
Merry 6mas Programming Highlights:
IT’S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! (2012)
Plankton vows to get his Christmas wish – the Krabby Patty formula – by turning everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake. The “soon to be classic” special features John Goodman as Santa Claus and marks Nickelodeon’s first full-length stop-motion animated feature. It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! airs Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m., Friday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 16 at 4 p.m., Saturday, December 19 at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 22 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 23 at 8 a.m. and 1:50 p.m., Thursday, December 24 at 8 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. and 2:35 Friday, December 25 at 7:25 a.m. and 2:35 p.m.
HOME ALONE (1990)
The first instalment of the Home Alone movie franchise turns 25 this year and YTV has scheduled multiple times to see the movie and its sequels. When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home. Home Alone airs Saturday, December 5 at 6 p.m. ET/PT, 12 a.m., Sunday, December 6 at 3:45 p.m. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York airs Sunday, December 6 at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. And don’t miss YTV’s complete Home Alone marathon featuring all four Home Alone movies airing on Sunday, December 20 from 10:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT.
ABOMINABLE CHRISTMAS (2012)
After two Abominable Snowkids are chased from their mountain hideaway, they are forced to spend Christmas with the most feared animal of them all: humans. Despite their mischief, they learn the meaning of Christmas as they help the family learn the importance of each other. Abominable Christmas airs Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m., Monday, December 21 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Wednesday, December 23 at 3 p.m.
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT (2014)
The story takes place after a Christmas holiday when Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Trixie and the rest of the toy crew find themselves trapped in unusual territory with a group of new and delusional action figures. Together they must find their way back to their child’s bedroom and to safety. Toy Story That Time Forgot airs Friday, December 11 at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 24 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Friday, December 25 at 9:05 a.m.
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)
Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns. Arthur Christmas airs on Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m.(r) 12 a.m., Wednesday, December 23 at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 24 at 12 a.m. and December 24 at 9 a.m.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. following I Want A Dog For Christmas (2003) at 6 p.m.
OLIVE, THE OTHER REINDEER (1999)
The beloved special starring the voice of Drew Barrymore returns to YTV this holiday season. When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa’s flight off the ground and save Christmas.After mis-hearing a radio broadcast about Santa canceling his Christmas trip due to an injured reindeer, Olive the dog decides to travel to the North Pole and volunteer to be a replacement. Unfortunately, Olive must deal with an evil postman who’s tired of handling all the extra Christmas mail. Will Martini the penguin be able to help Olive realize her dream? Olive, the Other Reindeer airs on Friday, December 18 at 6 p.m., Saturday December 19 at 12 p.m., Thursday, December 24 at 8:30 p.m. and Friday, December 25 at 1 p.m.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS (2004)
Finally alone for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) and Walt Scheel (M. Emmet Walsh), who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit. Christmas with the Kranks airs Saturday, December 19 at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m.
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (1969) and FROSTY RETURNS (1992)
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat. In Frosty Returns, The adventures of the famous snowman continue as he goes up against a more powerful force, which threatens all of Christmas. Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns air on Thursday, December 24 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Friday, December 25 at 7:50 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 9:55 a.m.