McDonald’s giving away free food with app deals Monday through Christmas Eve featuring Santa, Rudolph, more

McDonald’s giving away free food with app deals Monday through Christmas Eve featuring Santa, Rudolph, more

McDonald’s is going festive – and free – for its next celebrity collaborations.

Following special meals with musicians Travis Scott and J Balvin, the fast-food chain announced Thursday that it will feature iconic holiday characters and their favorite menu items starting Monday. (And yes, the McRib barbecue sandwich, which returned last week with much fanfare, is still being served.)


For 11 days through Christmas Eve, McDonald’s will give away the character of the day’s favorite item for free through its app with a minimum $1 purchase.

Characters include Frosty the Snowman whose favorite item is a McFlurry, Buddy the Elf who likes syrupy Hotcakes best, the Grinch and Seinfeld’s Frank Costanza with a Festivus freebie on Dec. 23.

“These beloved holiday characters are the latest icons to have their favorite menu items featured at participating restaurants nationwide,” McDonald’s said in a news release, adding daily in-app deals will celebrate the go-to orders of characters from classic holiday movies like Christmas Vacation, Gremlins as well as Die Hard, which it emphasizes “is a holiday movie.”

McDonald's is giving away free food leading up to Christmas. On Dec. 24, Santa is the featured iconic holiday character and free cookies are the daily deal.

The daily deals end Christmas Eve with free Chocolate Chip Cookies in honor of Santa. The company says this day’s deal is the only that doesn’t require a $1 purchase.

“After a year like 2020, I think we could all use some extra cheer this season,” McDonald’s U.S. Chief Marketing Officer Morgan Flatley said in a statement.

The freebies will be available at participating locations and each is valid one time per day. More details will be available on the app.

McDonald’s free Daily Deals calendar

Starting Monday and through Christmas Eve, McDonald’s will feature a different holiday character each day and give away their go-to order for free with a $1 minimum purchase on its mobile app. The Christmas Eve deal doesn’t require a purchase.


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