AMC Christmas Classics, Family Film Favorites and The Walking Dead Holiday Special Schedule


Yes, there really will be Christmas despite all of 2020’s best laid plans to ruin everything. Now AMC AND AMC+ have shared their antidote to the annus horribilis of 2020 with the full schedule of Christmas and holiday-centric programming that will make the wrapping up of this regrettable year more tolerable.

Over 800 hours of holiday content is coming your way, starting today.

Even The Walking Dead Holiday Special, for the fans of the graphic novel that imagines a life of chaos in a dystopian future where people band together in smaller groups, some predatory, some constructive and collaborative.  Despite zombie threats and lone wolf nutters, eggnog must still be made.

What has AMC got planned for Christmas?

AMC’s annual Best Christmas Ever programming event returns with a slate of 835 hours of holiday classic films and family favorites airing all day, every day on AMC beginning today through December 25th.

This year, AMC+, the premium streaming bundle, also boasts select holiday film titles and exclusive specials beginning today and rolling out through December.

Exclusives for holiday content

AMC has the exclusive lock on favorites as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, Love Actually, Four Christmases, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ella Enchanted, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack Frost, and Legend of Frosty the Snowman, among many others.  A majority of titles will also be available on-demand on AMC.com and the AMC app.

In addition, AMC+ will bring viewers a series of holiday specials throughout December, including the streaming debut of IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, hosted by Tony Hale.

Home of horror, Shudder’s “Unhappy Holidays” collection of Christmas horrors will run Black Christmas, Rare Exports, and Better Watch Out along with cult classics Christmas Evil and Deadly Games.

A special episode of BBC America’s The Graham Norton Show airs on Christmas Day; and the first-ever The Walking Dead Holiday Special, hosted by Chris Hardwick and featuring favorite cast members, on Sunday, December 13 – an exclusive for the streaming bundle this holiday season.

Films and family favorites included in AMC’s “Best Christmas Ever” include

(*denotes availability on AMC+ as well):

12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue*
All I Want for Christmas*
The American President
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night*
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Christmas in Connecticut (1945 & 1992)
The Christmas Shoes*
A Christmas Story 2
A Dennis The Menace Christmas
Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular
Ella Enchanted*
The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow*
Four Christmases*
Fred Claus*
Free Birds
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland*
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Groundhog Day
Happy Feet*
A Holiday to Remember*
How Murray Saved Christmas
Jack Frost (1979 & 1998)*
Joyful Noise
Legend of Frosty the Snowman
The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus*
The Little Drummer Boy Book II
Love Actually
Love the Coopers*
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper
Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You*
Merry Madagascar
Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood*
A Miracle on Christmas Lake*
Miracles from Heaven*
Nanny McPhee*
Nanny McPhee Returns*
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation*
National Lampoon’s Vacation*
National Lampoon’s European Vacation*
The Nativity Story*
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey*
Pinocchio’s Christmas
Planes, Trains & Automobiles*
The Polar Express*
Richie Rich
Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July*
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year*
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
Snow Day*
The Sons of Mistletoe*
To Grandmother’s House We Go
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas*
Vegas Vacation*
White Christmas
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Wish for Christmas
The Year Without A Santa Claus*
The Great Christmas Light Fight (Seasons 3-6)

AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Mad Men in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before Breaking Bad won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series The Walking Dead is the highest-rated series in cable history. AMC+ is the company’s new premium streaming bundle that boasts Shudder, Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited, which feature content such as Riviera, Creepshow, A Discovery of Witches and Boyhood. Currently available to Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV channels, Comcast Xfinity, DISH and Sling TV customers.

April Neale

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