The special was announced to air on ABC in late 2017. Emmy award-winning directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton are set to direct the project, while Roy Conli (Big Hero 6) is set to produce.
Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were too busy to helm the music for the project, but were directly involved in the choosing of the songwriting duo Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel. Four original songs were composed for the special.
On the first holiday season following Elsa's coronation, the story centers around Olaf's first experience with the holidays. Anna and Elsa have no true understanding of the holidays or seasonal tradition due to their enforced isolation over the years. This prompts Olaf to journey off into Arendelle in search of a holiday tradition for his family to share. Sven also joins the journey as Olaf's "partner-in-crime".
- This will be the first animated Frozen project not to be directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, produced by Peter Del Vecho, or to feature music written by the Lopez couple.
- Some of Kristoff's backstory will be explored in the special.