• Backstage Season Finale, The Next Step Season 4 Winter Finale and a Special Presentation of Lost & Found Music Studios
  • Movie Premieres Every Friday and Saturday Night Including Hank Zipzer and the Christmas Catastrophe, Get Santa, The Flight Before Christmas, Santa’s Apprentice and Scoot and Kassie’s Christmas Adventure
  • Weekday Holiday Movie Marathons from December 19 – 25
  • Post-Christmas Mash-Up Filled with Series Marathons and Movies
  • Holiday Programming on the Family Channel App and Family OnDemand

Toronto, 30 November 2016 – It’s time to hang your stockings and trim the tree as holiday programming arrives on Family Channel beginning December 2. Filled with holly jolly goodness, December’s programming lineup includes the season finale of Backstage, the winter finale of The Next Step and a special presentation of Lost & Found Music Studios. Viewers are also in for a festive treat with movie premieres and holiday-themed episodes of their favourite series all month long. Plus, with tons of cool programming available on The Family Channel App and Family OnDemand, it’s snow wonder Family Channel is the holiday destination of choice.

Hank Zipzer and the Christmas Catastrophe premieres December 17.
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December on Family Channel is filled with happy endings and new beginnings as two fan-favourite series wrap up and one returns with a special presentation. Viewers won’t want to miss the season finale of Backstage on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT which sees Keaton students performing at the school’s open house, or the winter finale of The Next Step on Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, where Alfie and Riley go on their first date. Immediately following the A-Troupe drama, viewers can get a peek at what lies ahead for Leia and Maggie’s girl band, and Luke’s beloved van, in a brand new episode of Lost and Found Music Studios at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The series officially returns to Family Channel on Friday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT.

On Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT the festivities begin with the network premiere of Get Santa, followed by the classic holiday flick, Home Alone 3 at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. The merriment continues throughout the month with seasonal programming beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT every Saturday and Sunday and festive movies on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Premiere titles include:

  • Get Santa – Friday, December 2: After crashing his sleigh, Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent, Bridget Jones franchise) asks a father and his son for help rounding up his reindeer so he can return home to the North Pole.
  • The Flight Before Christmas – Friday, December 9: A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo must learn to overcome his fear so he can fly to the North Pole and save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.
  • Santa’s Apprentice – Saturday, December 10: When the time for him to retire draws near, Santa Claus selects and trains a young orphan boy to become his successor.
  • Scoot and Kassie’s Christmas Adventure – Friday, December 16: Kassie, her friends and her dog Scoot, organize a holiday fundraiser but must protect the cash from some sneaky crooks in order to save Christmas.
  • Hank Zipzer and the Christmas Catastrophe – Saturday, December 17: Featuring series stars Henry Winkler and Nick James, the Zipzer family is preparing for a new baby and the holidays, but Hank sets a Christmas catastrophe in motion that sees him skate into disaster as he tries to keep spirits bright.

There’s no place like Family Channel for the holidays and from December 19 to 25, the network is decking the halls with Christmas movies from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET/PT daily. Whether viewers watch their favourite holiday flicks all by their elf, or with family and friends, they won’t want to miss out on movies such as: Elf, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Home Alone 3 and Bob’s Broken Sleigh.

The fun continues from December 26 to January 6 with a post-Christmas mash up of daily marathons beginning at 9 a.m. ET/PT followed by movies at 12 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can wrap up the holiday season with favourite episodes from The Next Step, Backstage, Lost & Found Music Studios, Gilmore Girls and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. Movies titles include: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Legally Blonde, Men in Black and Spy Kids.

Beginning December 16, viewers can dash through the snow all the way to Family.ca to enter “Family’s Big Give Contest,” for the chance to win a cool winter vacation. There are two grand prizes: a trip for four to Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC; and a round trip to Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, ON. Site visitors can also check out holiday-themed games and activities.

Throughout December, The Family Channel App will be decked out with holiday episodes and movies, with new episodes added regularly. For those on the go, the Download to Go feature allows users to download programming to watch later without a Wi-Fi connection – perfect for long trips in the car! Select episodes and movies from Family’s lineup will also be available on Family OnDemand beginning December 2. For a complete holiday schedule, please visit Family.ca.   
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About DHX Television
DHX Television is comprised of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.


For additional information, please contact:

Joanna Landsberg
Publicist, DHX Television