McDonald's Makes Favorite Snacks of Beloved Holiday Characters Free for Festive Season

From Buddy the Elf to John McClane, featured menu items inspired by beloved holiday characters will be free with a $1 minimum purchase

McDonald's Holiday McFlurry

The jolly, old man in red is getting some help from the iconic clown in yellow as McDonald’s prepares to dish out free food to celebrate the holiday season.

Each day from December 14 to Christmas Eve, the fast food giant will honor a different holiday character by making their snack of choice free.

“What better way to celebrate and get into the holiday spirit than with free McDonald’s menu favorites for everyone, including Rudolph, the Abominable Snow Monster and yes, even Scrooge,” said Morgan Flatley, the Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald’s U.S.

McDonald's holiday hotcakes
McDonald's Buddy the Elf’s Hotcakes will be featured on December 20

Here’s a list of the holiday treats:

  • December 14: The Griswolds’ Double Cheeseburger
  • December 15: The Abominable Snow Monster’s Big Mac
  • December 16: The Grinch’s Egg McMuffin
  • December 17: John McClane’s McDouble
  • December 18: Rudolph’s Medium Fries
  • December 19: Gizmo’s 6-piece McNuggets
  • December 20: Buddy the Elf’s Hotcakes
  • December 21: Scrooge’s Any Size Hot or Iced Coffee
  • December 22: Frosty the Snowman’s Any Size McFlurry
  • December 23: Frank Costanza and the rest of us’s Apple Fritter, Cinnamon Roll or Blueberry Muffin
  • December 24: Santa Claus’s 2-pack or 3-pack of Chocolate Chip Cookies

But, in order to redeem the daily deals, you have to make a minimum purchase of $1 and use the McDonald’s mobile app. (Though, the chocolate chip cookies on the final day does not require a minimum purchase.)

McDonald's featured menu items for the holidays

“After a year like 2020, I think we could all use some extra cheer this season,” Flatley said.

(And yes, the home of the Golden Arches took a hard stance in its new promotion, declaring, once and for all, that Die Hard is a holiday movie.)

To learn more about the eleven days of giveaways, click here or visit the deals section in the fast food chain’s app.

McDonald's holiday cookies
Santa Claus’s 2-pack or 3-pack of Chocolate Chip Cookies will be featured on December 24

McDonald’s launched its celebrity signature orders this year after a nearly 30-year gap in big name collaborations. Before 2020, the last celebrity tie-in was in 1992 with Michael Jordan’s aptly-named McJordan Special.

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