Disney Junior is kicking off the holiday season from December 3 as the channel becomes home to festive specials and seasonal programming.
Throughout the month, Disney Junior gifts viewers with Snow Day Saturdays, featuring new holiday-themed episodes of their favourite family series.
The December 25 schedule is filled with back-to-back festive episodes with Happy Holiday Marathons beginning on December 26. The seasonal jubilee continues online at DisneyJunior.ca where youngsters and their families can send out their own holiday greetings.
Special Snow Day Saturdays debut each Saturday morning leading up to Christmas from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m, ET. A new holiday-themed episode will premiere each weekend, along with the special movie premiere of Snow Buddies on December 3. Descriptions of the new episodes and film are as follows:
· Jake and the Never Land Pirates – Dec. 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET
“It’s a Winter Never Land/Hook on Ice”: Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew presents and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day.
· Snow Buddies – Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. ET
In this feature film, a group of talking puppies venture to the Arctic and team up with new friends in a thrilling dogsled race across Alaska.
· Stella and Sam – Dec. 10 at 9:00 a.m. ET
“Sam’s Fort”: Sam builds a snow fort and it becomes a shelter for wild animals.
· Handy Manny – Dec. 17 at 9:00 a.m. ET
“Snow Problem”: In a new half-hour special, Manny and the tools get separated from each other on the way to fix a broken ski lift. Manny must set out to rescue the tools and save their winter ski vacation.
· Imagination Movers – Dec. 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET
“A Little Elf Esteem”: The Movers help Carol, a young elf-in-training, learn everything she needs to know to earn her elf bells in time to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
These festive episodes, along with a dozen more, will be available all month long via the Holiday Playlist on Disney Junior OnDemand.
Disney Junior sees a flurry of seasonal programming after Christmas as well when Happy Holiday Marathons drift onto the network. From December 26 through January 6, weekday afternoons will feature marathons of Disney Junior favourites from 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET. Included in the lineup is Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso, Stella and Sam and Strawberry Shortcake. As part of the Strawberry Shortcake marathon, viewers will see the season two premiere on Friday, December 30 at 4:00 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the movie Strawberry Shortcake: Sky’s The Limit.
DisneyJunior.ca is also making spirits bright this winter offering seasonal online games and activities for viewers. Beginning November 28 until January 8, families can create e-cards for their friends and loved ones to help spread the holiday cheer. E-cards designed prior to December 12 will be entered in a contest for the chance to be shown on air from December 19 – 25.