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The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

Movie Summary

An orphan drummer boy named Aaron, who hates humanity, finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men en route to Bethlehem.

The Little Drummer Boy was originally released in Canada on the CTV Television Network December 19, 1968. The Rankin/Bass TV special made its American release on NBC December 23, 1968.

Where can I watch The Little Drummer Boy online?

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When will The Little Drummer Boy air on TV in 2024?

Not airing this week

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on Freeform. For a complete schedule of dates and times, view the 25 Days of Christmas schedule.

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Cast Includes

José Ferrer (Ben Haramed), Paul Frees (Aaron’s father the Magi), June Foray (Aaron’s Mother), Ted Eccles (Aaron), Greer Garson (Our Storyteller)

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28 thoughts on “The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

  • Georgetta Allen

    I looked on freeform this morning (12/16/22) all I saw was home alone it wasn’t showing

  • Janice Robinson

    Below I asked why everyone is alleging that “The Little Drummer Boy” isn’t shown as often as other Christmas specials because the non-religious and/or non-Christians object to its religious message. I asked if there was any evidence of this.

    After I asked, I decided to look into it myself. And the only information I found was that Arabs have objected to it because they think it gives a racist view of Arabs. They believe that it gives a view of Arabs as “money-grubbing, fat, ugly, hook-nosed kidnappers.” Nothing to do with Christianity or the special’s religious message.

    So if you’re going to complain, complain about the correct thing.

  • Freeform originally ABC Family and The Family Channel still airs this special but now it is basically chopped down to less than 20 minutes due to commercials, they edited the flashback of Aaron’s parents death scene short and the song The Goose is Hanging High! Also this special isn’t given enough air time like Rudolph Frosty and Santa Claus is Coming to Town which air constantly on that channel and are aired uncut! What a shame


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