AMC and AMC Plus are bringing back annual holiday programming celebration, “Best Christmas Ever,” with more than 62 titles and more than 622 hours of fare running from November 27 through December 25.
The event includes classics, such as Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas, and more modern fare like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Four Christmases, The Polar Express, Fred Claus and Elf.
The event kicks off November 27 with two movies, Love Actually and Christmas with the Kranks.
On December 2, AMC Plus will premiere original holiday film Christmas with the Campbells, which will also launch its theatrical run that day. The movie stars Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Justin Long (He’s Not That Into You), Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live), Joanna Garcia Swisher, Julia Duffy and George Wendt and it was produced by Vince Vaughn.
AMC and AMC Plus will also air and stream two other original holiday theatricals during the season: Shudder slasher Christmas Bloody Christmas, which opens in theaters and on AMC Plus on December 9 and Shudder thriller The Apology, starring Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), on December 16.
Holiday romance Saving Christmas Spirit arrives on AMC Plus on December 23 and last year’s top AMC Plus exclusive film premiere Silent Night will also be available to stream.
Mini programming events within the month include a “Christmas Magic Marathon” on November 28, featuring The First Christmas Snow, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.
“Candy-Coated Christmas” on November 29 includes four films starring the late, great John Candy: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck, and Spaceballs. Bill Murray takes over on November 30 with Ghostbusters, Ghostbuster II, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day.
“Naughty or Nice Weekend” runs December 3 through December 4 and features Elf, Four Christmases, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Fred Claus, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Nanny McPhee, Nanny McPhee Returns, Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure, White Christmas, To Grandmother’s House We Go, Jack Frost (1979), and Dennis the Menace Christmas.
The “Merry 80’s Marathon” on December 10 includes National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Great Outdoors, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, The Karated Kid, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
That’s followed by “Santa We Know Him!” on December 11 featuring Elf, The Polar Express, The Year Without Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th Street, and Fred Klaus.
On the following weekend, AMC will program “What the Elf?!” December 17 featuring Elf, Fred Claus, and The Polar Express, while it brings “Holiday Hijinks” on December 18 with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Christmas with the Kranks, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
Finally, the event will conclude with the “Best Christmas Marathon” on December 24 and December 25 featuring holiday favortes Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Four Christmases, The Polar Express, Fred Claus, Christmas with the Kranks and White Christmas.