STIR UP THE LAST BIT OF HOLIDAY MAGIC WITH FREEFORM’S ‘MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE’ PROGRAMMING EVENT, BEGINNING MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, AND ENDING SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
Featuring Fan Favorite Films Culminating with a Harry Potter Weekend Plus, a Sneak Preview of the First Episode of Freeform’s Upcoming New Sci-Fi Saga ‘Beyond’
Just because the stockings are empty and the presents are all unwrapped doesn’t mean the celebrating is over before the New Year begins. So, put off the resolutions and invite your friends over for Freeform’s “Moments to Celebrate” programming event, kicking off with plenty of fan favorite films and leading up to a magical Harry Potter weekend. Plus, a special sneak preview of the first episode of Freeform’s upcoming new sci-fi saga, “Beyond,” all starting Monday, December 26, and continuing through Sunday, January 1, 2017.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 26
(7:30 – 9:30 a.m. EST) GNOMEO & JULIET
Garden gnomes Gnomeo (voice of James McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt) have many obstacles to overcome on their path to true love as they are caught up in a feud between their warring families. With plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? “Gnomeo & Juliet” repeats at 12:00 a.m. EST.
(12:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST) HAPPY FEET
In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, you’re nobody unless you can sing – which is unfortunate for Mumble (Elijah Wood), who can’t sing a note. “Happy Feet” repeats on Tuesday, December 27, at 7:00 a.m. EST.
(2:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST) HAPPY FEET TWO
Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s guts and grit as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny krill to giant elephant seals – to put things right. “Happy Feet Two” repeats on Tuesday, December 27, at 11:00 a.m. EST.
(4:30 – 7:00 p.m. EST) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
From the acclaimed children’s book by Roald Dahl comes this magical fantasy about the candy maker and his wacky Wonka factory! The mysterious and reclusive confectioner extraordinaire Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) has secretly hidden five golden tickets somewhere in his candy bars – which are really invitations to join him on a grand tour of the wondrous chocolate factory. The winning children find themselves on a dizzying, yet fantastic voyage, and with the chance for an even grander prize – if they can resist temptation! “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” repeats on Tuesday, December 27, at 2:30 p.m. EST.
(7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes – a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds. “How to Train Your Dragon” repeats on Tuesday, December 27, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
(9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST) SHREK FOREVER AFTER
It started with a loveable ogre…who befriended a talking donkey…and rescued a beautiful princess. Longing for the days when he was a “real ogre,” Shrek signs a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back…but turns his world upside down in the process. Donkey suddenly can’t remember his best friend; Fiona is now a tough warrior princess; and Puss in Boots is one fat cat! Together, they have just 24 hours to reverse the contract and restore happily FOREVER after to close the final chapter. “Shrek Forever After” repeats on Tuesday, December 27, at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Tuesday, December 27
(1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
In this beloved animated movie, Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman and Chris Sarandon), Halloweentown’s Pumpkin King, is obsessed with bringing Christmas under his control and enlists his loyal townspeople to help him become a substitute Santa and create a “new and improved” version of the holiday. Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” repeats on Wednesday, December 28, at 11:00 a.m. EST.
(9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST) DESPICABLE ME
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences and flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home, is a vast secret hideout belonging to Gru (Steve Carell), a dastardly villain who, along with the help of his many little minions, is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world: he’s going to steal the moon! But his plans are foiled the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. This smash hit boasts a stellar all-star vocal cast that includes Julie Andrews, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Danny McBride, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and more. “Despicable Me” repeats on Wednesday, December 28, at 6:30 p.m. EST.
(12:00 – 2:00 a.m. EST) A CINDERELLA STORY: IF THE SHOE FITS
If a dream is a wish your heart makes, then auto mechanic Tessa Golding’s (Sofia Carson) wish is to be a singer and dancer. When her fame-hungry stepmother (Meg Tilly) and stepsisters (Amy Louise Wilson and Jazzara Jaslyn) drag her to a swank resort so the sisters can audition for pop star Reed West’s upcoming musical, Tessa decides to disguise herself and turn into Bella Snow: British singing sensation! She wins the role, but can she juggle playing two different people, her spoiled family’s demands and her budding friendship with Reed all at the same time? With a heart that big and the talent to back it up, anything is possible if you just dream it. “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits” repeats on Wednesday, December 28, at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Wednesday, December 28
(7:30 – 9:30 a.m. EST) THE SMURFS
In their race to escape the malevolent wizard Gargamel, the little blue forest dwellers find themselves suddenly transported to Central Park. Now stuck in a world populated by towering giants, the Smurfs must find a way to elude Gargamel, while getting back to the village they call home.
(2:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST) FREAKY FRIDAY (2003)
Strict mother Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her wild daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) swap bodies after opening mysterious fortune cookies. The two must fight to figure out how to switch back, while pretending to be the other. “Freaky Friday” repeats on Thursday, December 29, at 11:30 a.m. EST.
(4:30 – 6:30 p.m. EST) TOOTH FAIRY
Dwayne Johnson is “The Tooth Fairy,” also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their teeth. When Derek discourages a youngster’s hopes, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite wings, magic wand and frilly tutu. “Tooth Fairy” repeats on Thursday, December 29, at 3:30 p.m. EST.
(8:30 – 11:00 p.m. EST) NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., yet something incredible is stirring. Former night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet in which history truly comes alive. In this second installment of the Night at the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world’s largest museum. Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which suddenly have a mind of their own. ”Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” repeats on Thursday, December 29, at 5:30 p.m. EST.
(12:00 – 2:00 a.m. EST) MATILDA
Matilda (Mara Wilson) is an extraordinary girl, a child of wondrous intelligence. Unfortunately, her neglectful parents, Harry and Zinnia Wormwood (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), are too wrapped up in their own little lives to care or even notice that their daughter is a budding genius. ”Matilda” repeats on Thursday, December 29, at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Thursday, December 29
(7:00 – 9:30 a.m. EST) THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
An inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim – and their small town of Stanleyville – learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.
(8:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
Climb aboard as legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and young sword maker Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) join forces to rescue a governor’s daughter (Kiera Knightley) from a band of bloodthirsty, undead pirates. ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” repeats on Friday, December 30, at 12:30 p.m. EST.
(12:00 – 2:00 a.m. EST) THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
A wizard (Nicolas Cage) trains a reluctant protégé (Jay Baruchel) in the art of magic to help him protect Manhattan from a powerful adversary (Alfred Molina). ”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” repeats on Friday, December 30, at 7:00 a.m. EST.
Friday, December 30
(3:30 – 7:00 p.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
Based on J.K. Rowling’s popular novels about the boy who lived, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” introduces fans to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and family he has never had. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” repeats on Saturday, December 31, at 7:00 a.m. EST.
(7:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
After a long summer with the horrid Dursleys, Harry Potter is thwarted in his attempts to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year. Harry’s only transportation option is a magical flying car, but unfortunately it crashes into a valuable (and clearly vexed) Whomping Willow. Still, all this seems like a day in the park compared to what awaits Harry within the haunted halls of Hogwarts. Chilling, malevolent voices whisper from the walls only to Harry, and it seems certain that his classmate Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) is out to get him. Soon it’s not just Harry who is worried about survival, as dreadful things begin to happen at the school. The mysteriously gleaming foot-high words on the wall proclaim: “The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the Heir, Beware.” But what exactly does it all mean? Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) risk their own lives to solve this 50-year-old, potentially deadly mystery. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” repeats on Saturday, December 31, at 10:30 a.m. EST.
(12:00 – 2:00 a.m. EST) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
This family musical fantasy tells the story of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). Determined to find someone worthy of a dream-of-a-lifetime jackpot, Wonka hides five golden tickets inside five candy bars, with the winners receiving a trip through his factory and enough candy to last, well, forever. Poor but honest Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) is thrilled when he finds a ticket and chooses his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson) to visit the factory with him. But when Wonka’s rival Slugworth (Gunter Meisner) offers Charlie a lot of money in exchange for the Everlasting Gobstopper sample, Charlie makes a heartwarming decision that earns him Wonka’s admiration and trust.
Saturday, December 31
(2:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Harry, Ron and Hermione return for a third term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But Harry’s fate looks bleak when the infamous Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who was convicted of killing 13 people with a single curse, escapes from prison. The only clue to where Sirius is headed: The Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep “He’s at Hogwarts … He’s at Hogwarts.” Even within the walls of his magical school, Harry may not be safe from a convicted killer. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” repeats on Sunday, January 1, at 7:00 a.m. EST.
(5:30 – 9:00 p.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
It’s Harry Potter’s fourth term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Harry, Ron and Hermione look forward to the international Quidditch finals. Harry dreams of spending time with the alluring Cho Chang. He wants to be a normal 14-year-old wizard . . . But Harry is not normal–even by wizarding standards. This term, for the first time in hundreds of years, a competition will be held between three schools of wizardry, and contestants will be magically chosen for the very dangerous event. Now, as Harry’s lightning scar burns, indicating the evil presence of Lord Voldemort, the Goblet of Fire makes its final selection for the competition – Harry Potter. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” repeats on Sunday, January 1, at 10:10 a.m. EST.
(9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
Harry returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year and faces a growing danger that may be more than a match for his strengthening powers as a wizard. While Death Eaters emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort wreak havoc in both the Muggle and Wizarding worlds, Harry suspects new dangers lie within Hogwarts. Dumbledore, racing to prepare Harry for a battle that he knows is fast approaching, brings him on a perilous mission to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses. Meanwhile, the students face a different adversary as teenage hormones rage: Harry’s friendship with Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) grows into something deeper; Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave) lavishes her affections on Ron while Hermione simmers with jealousy; and a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” repeats on Sunday, January 1, at 1:50 p.m. EST.
(12:30 – 2:00 a.m. EST) TOM FELTON MEETS THE SUPERFANS
The documentary gives a unique insight into the world of superfans and celebrity, from the perspective of one of Britain’s brightest and biggest young stars, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films). This special dissects the unique relationships between the famous and their followers, where thousands of superfans meet the “real” people behind their favorite shows. Tom also talks candidly with celebrity friends including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and JK Rowling, who reveal their own surreal experiences with fans.
Sunday, January 1
(5:30 – 9:00 p.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE
In the first part of the seventh and final adventure, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction — the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale — the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “The Boy Who Lived.” No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.
(9:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST) BEYOND – SNEAK PREVIEW OF PILOT EPISODE
“Beyond” is Freeform’s new a sci-fi saga about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those lost years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him? The series premieres on Freeform on January 2 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
(10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. EST) HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART TWO
The motion picture event of the generation comes to a close in the second part of the final chapter in the monumental Harry Potter series. The boy wizard’s adventure concludes with the climactic final battle between “The Boy Who Lived” and Lord Voldemort. Making their final stand upon the ramparts of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry, Ron and Hermione face their greatest foe and make the ultimate sacrifice.