Lifetime romantic movies 2019

Lifetime romantic movies 2019 DEFAULT
  • 1

    Released: January 26,

    Inspired by a true story, a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem. Camile (Marcia Gay Harden) and Esme (Emily Skeggs) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found slain in her home, and Esme has vanished.

  • 2

    Released: January 19,

    On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Christina Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside.

  • 3

    Released: April 20,

    Based on author and motivational speaker Regina Louise's personal experience navigating the broken system, the film tells the journey of a young African American girl (Angela Fairley) who navigated over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, and the one woman, Jeanne (Ginnifer Goodwin), who believed in her.

  • 4

    Released: February 2,

    In a remake of the cult-classic, is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life slaying of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate.

  • 5

    Released: March 9,

    A young married couple makes a huge mistake by agreeing to participate in a secret swingers' party in their suburban neighborhood, and soon both of them are being targeted by a jealous and homicidal neighbor.

  • 6

    Released: July 27,

    Of all the poor people living in the foothills of the mountains of West Virginia, the Casteel’s were considered the lowest. Yet, the eldest daughter, Heaven Leigh Casteel (Annalise Basso), was still the prettiest and smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes. Heaven encouraged her four younger siblings to cling to their pride and hope for a day that they’d escape their poverty. But when Heaven’s stepmother Sarah runs away, Heaven’s greedy, selfish father Luke (Chris William Martin) develops a scheme to make money… sell his children off one by one.

  • 7

    As Miya (Katie Leclerc) and her fiancé plan their dream wedding they are stalked by an eerie and dangerous veiled bride who is determined that Miya will never walk down the aisle.

  • 8

    Released: March 23,

    Forced to give up her daughter for adoption when she's underage, Laura (Jade Harlow) is thrilled to welcome her now adult daughter Bree (Skyler Wright) back into her life. She quickly discovers that Bree is a sociopath with murderous tendencies and poses a clear and present danger to anyone who threatens to get in her way.

  • 9

    Released: January 13,

    Best friends Katie (Vanessa Walsh) and Jess (Mary Grill) are inseparable and have always had each other's backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship, Katie is unsure of the new perfect man and famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica). She wants to support her friend's newfound happiness but is fiercely protective. Katie's obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose the bestie before it is too late.

  • 10

    Released: March 17,

    After a tough eight years living with her drug addicted mother, ten-year-old Lizzy (Sarah Abbott) is adopted by amazing career woman Juliana (Alicia Leigh Willis) and her boyfriend Greg (Jeff Teravainen). Hoping to help Lizzy learn more about who she is (she never knew her father), Julianna buys Lizzy an online genetics test and they discover that Lizzy is related to a royal German family. Finally feeling truly special for the first time, Lizzy begins to change from the sweet girl Julianna adopted to an entitled, angry child.

  • 11

    Released: May 18,

    After Samantha's (Brooke Newton) mother passes away, her spirits are lifted with the sudden appearance of her long lost Grandmother, Colleen (Robin Riker). All is well until Colleen's dark past reveals itself and Sam is forced to fight for her life.

  • 12

    Released: March 22,

    After her daughter Lacey goes off to a prestigious university, Carol (Lauralee Bell) finds herself with an empty nest and decides to rent out her room.  When Nikki (Virginia Tucker), a local college student answers the ad, it feels like a perfect fit. But Nikki was her daughter’s high school rival, and has come to avenge the future she feels has been stolen from her.  

  • 13

    Released: April 27,

    Amber (Christina B. Allen) and Kyle (Greyson Berry) are ready to move on after a car accident two years ago. But their world turns upside down when Jessica (Sarah Minnich), the other driver who lost her unborn baby in the accident, moves in next door and gets a job with Amber's doctor - all in a plan to seek a cold form of revenge.

  • 14

    Released: February 9,

    Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world.

  • 15

    Released: March 30,

    After Julie's (Hannah Barefoot) husband dies in a car crash, she moves across the country to start fresh with her son Matty and build a closer relationship with her late husband's twin sister, Alison (Andrea Bogart). Little does she know, Alison blames Julie for her brother's death and wants her nephew Matty, a spitting image of her dead twin brother, all to herself.

  • 16

    Released: September 8

    Things are looking up for Becky (Cristine Prosperi), she's finally earned her chance to try out for the cheerleading team and her new boyfriend Rob (David Mez) is a perfect match. But as Rob begins to isolate Becky, things take a turn for the worse.

  • 17

    Released: September 7

    Inspired by true events, the year-old Vicky (Maiara Walsh) takes on a teenage identity and goes back to high school and nothing will stop her from getting her chance at a do-over.

  • 18

    Released: March 16,

    A new mom (Leah Pipes) joins a local mommy group to help her deal with the stress that motherhood is putting on her and her marriage. But she soon learns that membership comes at a price. When a member's husband turns up dead, our new mom is convinced that one of the other moms is responsible. Now she must discover the truth before something happens to her or her family.

  • 19

    Released: September 2

    Naturally-gifted cheerleader Ava (Savannah May) is an instant hit at her new school, but her quick rise in popularity is threatened by the rivalry of cheer captain and Homecoming Queen Katrina, who puts Ava and the other new recruits through a brutal initiation process, leaving Ava to face consequences both at school and at home.

  • 20

    Released: September 15

    Autumn (Kayla Wallace), goes undercover as a cheerleader to expose the cruel cheerleader culture, only to find that her expose is linked to a series of attacks on cheerleaders by a mysterious assailant.

  • 21

    Released: August 3,

    Based on the second book in the Casteel Series, Heaven (Annalise Basso) has finally found the new life she always dreamed of with her newly discovered grandparents. Upon closer inspection, beauty and riches hide sinister secrets Heaven has tried desperately to rid herself of.

  • 22

    Released: August 24,

    Heaven's mother Leigh (Jennifer Laporte) had to escape from Farthinggale Manor and the secrets she harbored. Falling into the arms of Luke, his devotion promised her hope as only Luke (Keenan Tracey) knew her deepest of secrets. Bravely she bore the suspicions of the hill folk, as she tried to grasp the happiness that long eluded her. With a baby girl, Heaven, on the way, she hoped for a chance at happy ever after.

  • 23

    Released: October 5,

    High school teacher Mary Stauffer (Alyson Hannigan) and her eight-year old daughter, Beth (Daphne Hoskins) are held captive for 53 days by an obsessed former student. Based on a true story.

  • 24

    When Sylvie (Justina Machado) and Maggie's (Elisabeth Röhm) daughters befrind each other on a college tour, the two women learn they have a lot in common beyond husbands that travel to work too much and daughters about to leave the nest. They share a secret that may tear both families apart.

  • 25

    Released: September 14

    When college freshman Cassie (Alexandra Beaton) earns a spot on the cheerleading squad, she is overjoyed about the new friendships, status, and access to social events that come along with being on the team. But all is not as it seems when Cassie finds out that members of the team moonlight as escorts with rich alumni, and when things become deadly, Cassie vows that nothing will stop her from exposing the dark world that surrounds her. 

  • 26

    Released: September 28,

    Based on a harrowing true story, when year-old Alex (Addison Holley) revealed she was gay to her devout Mormon parents, they feared so deeply for her soul that they took her from their Southern California home and placed her against her will in a conversion therapy home in Utah. 

  • 27

    Released: September 21,

    Based on the memoir “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, the movie focuses on “a mother (Andrea Roth) who will stop at nothing to get her daughter, India (Jasper Polish), back and exposes the intricate seductive power of the cult leaers and the mental and physical abuse India fell victim to.

  • 28

    Released: October 19,

    Based on the untold true story of the friendship between two of country music’s greatest icons, Patsy Cline (Megan Hilty) and Loretta Lynn (Jessie Mueller).

  • 29

    Released: June 22,

    Despite Alice's (Erika Christensen) best efforts to be the woman of her high school crush's dreams, her husband Joe (Antonio Cupo) can't help but be unfaithful to her. When his indiscretions impact his career, Alice's life is further turned upside down and she finds herself falling for the husband of her best friend.

  • 30

    Released: June 15,

    What begins as a business opportunity soon develops into an emotional affair when mother-of-two Gabby (Alyssa Milano) meets Matt (Zane Holtz). As he ignites a fire and desire within her, Gabby succumbs to his unrelenting attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead.

  • 31

    Released: August 17,

    Heaven's daughter Annie (Lizzy Boys) finds herself orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by Tony Tatterton (Jason Priestley), Annie pines for her lost family, especially for her half-brother Luke (Keenan Tracey). Without the warm glow of Luke's love, she is lost in the shadows of despair and forced into submission by nurse Broadfield. When Annie discovers a cottage hidden in Farthinggale's woods, the mystery of her past deepens.

  • 32

    Released: October 12,

    Caroline (Penelope Ann Miller) and Bethany (Mia Kirshner) break the law in their efforts to get their children into prestigous schools, with the help of Rick Singer (Michael Shanks). Based on true events surrounding Operation Varsity Blues.

  • 33

    Released: August 10,

    Heaven (Annalise Basso) is now happily married and ready to settle back in her hometown. But after a trip to Farthinggale Manor, Heaven is persuaded to stay. Lured by her grandfather to live amidst the wealthy and privileged Heaven seems to have it all until the ghosts of her past rise up once more, threatening her precious new life.

  • 34

    Released: April 20,

    In this movie inspired by a true story, a single father (Barry Watson) has a fractious relationship with his rebellious teenage daughter (Cindy Busby). When a lost letter written to the daughter from her dying mother is miraculously found, everything starts to turn around.

  • 35

    Released: June 01,

    This contemporary adaptation of the Jane Austen classic follows Reverend Bennet (Reginald VelJohnson), a pastor of a prominent southern Baptist church and his wife Mrs. Bennet (Jackée Harry), who is the author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband and less than thrilled that all five of their daughters, including Lizzie (Tiffany Hines), are still single. When the very eligible Will Darcy (Juan Antonio) arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sets her sights on the handsome bachelor for daughter, leading to a modern-day, comedic take on themes familiar to fans of the novel.

  • 36

    Released: July 20

    After the tragic death of her husband, a mother moves her teenage son and daughter to the idyllic town of Purity Falls only to find the rift with her son deepen when he becomes entrapped in the neighborhood maven's nefarious home business.

  • 37

    Released: June 8,

    With her family's shoe company on the verge of collapse, thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli (Kelen Coleman), the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, must to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin - all while juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store,

  • 38

    Released: May 27

    This sequel to Harry & Megan: A Royal Romance continues the love story of newlyweds Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle (Parisa Fitz-Henley) and Prince Harry (Murray Fraser), pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the royal family during their pivotal first year of marriage.  

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    88The Christmas Temp ()

    The next time you’re sitting in your company’s human relations department, try not to fall in love with the head of HR—even if it’s Christmas.

    87Holly's Holiday ()

    Way before Sex and the City, Kim Cattrall starred in Mannequin, in which she played the titular clotheshorse who came to life and fell in love with Andrew McCarthy. (Same.) Holly's Holiday (aka A Perfect Christmas) is a gender-swapped version of that movie with Holly (who, of course, has a Christmasy name) falling for a hunky mannequin named Bo, despite the fact that he has a crazy ex-girlfriend who is also a mannequin. This one's wildly derivative—and how could you ever hope to compete with Mannequin?

    86Finding Mrs. Claus ()

    Few Lifetime movies can boast that they have a bona fide Oscar winner in their cast, but Finding Mrs. Claus has Mira Sorvino playing Mrs. Claus. Turns out her marriage to Santa (played by MadTV's Will Sasso) has hit a bumpy patch, so when she gets a Christmas letter from a lonely little girl, she heads to Las Vegas for a few reindeer games. You may never look at Santa the same way after seeing this movie—and not in the good way.

    8512 Wishes of Christmas ()

    If you're wondering what a Christmas movie made entirely out of clichés would look like, try 12 Wishes of Christmas (alternative title: 12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog). Elisa Donovan plays Maura, a self-centered woman who whose life hits a rough patch. She hires a mysterious life coach (Christmasy name: Noel), who grants her 12 wishes, which she uses for herself until she remembers the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, there's a love interest, too. Casting highlights include many, many dogs, Family Ties star Michael Gross, and Beverly Hills alum Gabrielle Carteris. A great choice if you also know a drinking game involving vapid characters and bad life choices.

    84The Christmas Consultant ()

    The fact that it stars David Hasselhoff should immediately rocket The Christmas Consultant to the top of this list, but for one small fact—it's as depressing as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. The film stars Caroline Rhea and Barclay Hope as busy parents who have to hire a party planner (that's Hasselhoff) to organize their Christmas fête. Soon any semblance of a happy family crumbles (therapy! Bullies! Job loss!) and Hasselhoff does his best to impart some Christmas cheer, even though his own back story is enough to make Tiny Tim cry into his Christmas pudding.

    83Heaven Sent ()

    Nothing warms the heart more than a child angel sent to rekindle the romance between a couple on the verge of divorce. When an "eight-year-old runaway from Heaven" is delivered via UPS, the couple is thrilled to have this little girl in their midst, even though no one can see her except for Ernie Hudson's character—though he's a Ghostbuster, so it almost makes sense. Still, this one's not exactly going to halt your Christmas channel-changing.

    82Christmas on the Bayou ()

    An overworked single mother (Hilarie Burton) leaves NYC to spend Christmas in her small Louisiana hometown. She has to do some work over the holiday, so her family spends the entire week trying to distract her from the evils of technology and prevent her from doing her job. She strangely doesn't see that as annoying, but rather as a valuable way to learn the true meaning of Christmas and just maybe fall in love. Gracing this film with their presence are country crooner Randy Travis, Ed Asner, and Night Court's Markie Post.

    81All I Want for Christmas ()

    Not to be confused with Hallmark's Christmas film of the same name, Lifetime's version features a busy executive who gets a Christmas gift she doesn't really want—the ability to hear everyone's thoughts thanks to a special Christmas pin. (Accessories really can change your life!) She decides to use her newfound power for good, trying to be a better person, finding love, and, naturally, learning the true meaning of Christmas. This film earns extra points for featuring Tom Arnold.

    80Wish Upon a Christmas ()

    Amelia is an efficient corporate shark who is tasked with whipping a failing Christmas ornament factory into shape. She's happy to return to her hometown and see her dad (played by the late Alan Thicke), but her job gets complicated when she discovers her high school sweetheart runs the company. Can you guess whether she will lay off all the workers at the ornament factory or find the true meaning of Christmas and love instead?

    79A Nanny for Christmas ()

    Sometimes you go to interview for a job as an ad executive and wind up getting hired as a nanny. Emmanuelle Vaugier plays the ersatz nanny who, instead of being annoyed at the mistake, simply decides to go along with the job switcheroo. A girl's gotta work, after all. She soon discovers that the children have very strict parents and a lot of rules to follow and, well, if you've seen The Sound of Music, this is pretty much the same thing, but with more Dean Cain.

    78The March Sisters at Christmas ()

    Okay, who let Lifetime near the classic literature? This film updates Louisa May Alcott's beloved Little Women by transporting the four March sisters into modern times. Jo is a ghost tweeter for a teen pop star, Meg is hung up on her ex, Amy had a run-in with the law in Thailand, and they all swap boyfriends like Pokémon cards. The quarreling sisters come together to try to save their family home, but Louisa May's ghost undoubtedly did a spit take when Jo called her sisters "slutsicles." Can we recommend Greta Gerwig's upcoming remake instead?

    77A Country Christmas Story ()

    Terrible parents are not normally where a Christmas movie starts, but here we are. Grace (Desiree Ross) is a talented singer-songwriter stuck between her bitter, divorced parents. The tension reaches its apex when her mother (Megyn Price) kicks her out of the house for playing guitar, because it's a reminder that her father (Brian McKnight) left them to pursue his musical dreams. Luckily, Dolly Parton saves the day (!!) with her talent competition, and music reunites the family. This film is typical Lifetime fare: equal doses of heartwarming and heartbreaking, with some musical interludes thrown in, but it barely qualifies as a Christmas movie—the only mention of the holiday comes in some background props and a brief rendition of "Jingle Bells."

    76Deck the Halls ()

    Lifetime managed to fit both its single-mom trope and Christmasy-named characters into this patently silly riff on Miracle on 34th Street. Holly (Gabrielle Carteris) returns to her hometown with eight-year-old son Ben to work for her father's toy business. When Ben meets their new next-door neighbor, Nick (Steve Bacic), he becomes convinced Nick is actually Santa Claus. He does his best to set up his mom with Santa so they can live happily ever after in the North Pole.

    75A Christmas Angel ()

    Not to be confused with Hallmark's Angel of Christmas, Lifetime's A Christmas Angel is your basic "girl needs a job, ends up working for Santa" story. In the film, Ashley is desperate for work and her affable neighbor, aptly named Nick, offers her work as his assistant. The one rule is that she can't tell anyone that he is a sort of Secret Santa, who spends his days anonymously helping others. Then Ashley meets Will, a nefarious yet handsome journalist desperate for a story. Ashley must do her best to protect Nick's secret—and her own heart.

    74All About Christmas Eve ()

    Haylie Duff stars as Eve, a busy party planner in New York City who has really lousy work-life balance. Her boyfriend wants to take her on a romantic vacation over Christmas, but because she's a party planner, that's her busiest time of year. When a client asks her to throw a huge event in L.A., she has to choose between love and her career—and both play out in Sliding Doors–style parallel action.

    73Comfort and Joy ()

    This film has pretty much the same plot as A Snow Globe Christmas (which ranked higher). Jane, a workaholic advertising executive played by Nancy McKeon, wakes up to find herself a happily married stay-at-home mom to two kids. While it's nice that Lifetime is tackling the working woman vs. stay-at-home mother question that many women face, they don't seem to realize that you can actually work and have children at the same time.

    72A Christmas Reunion ()

    Former Bond girl and Wild Thing Denise Richards stars as Amy, a Madison Avenue executive who returns to her hometown at Christmas in the wake of her aunt’s death. In traditional morbid backstory, Amy was raised by her aunt after her parents died in an accident, and is affected strongly by the loss. But when her tyrannical boss comes calling, Amy considers skipping out on her aunt’s last wish—that Amy and her ex run her bakery and co-host the town’s annual holiday bake-off. Of course, as everyone knows, holiday cookies are a gateway drug to love.

    71A Christmas Wedding Date ()

    The only thing worse than showing up to your best friend's wedding without a date is being forced to relive that wedding over and over again trying to get it right. A Christmas Wedding Date stars TV movie regular Marla Sokoloff as Rebecca, a Wall Street executive who returns to her small hometown for a friend's wedding. A magical Christmas ornament helps her find the true meaning of Christmas and, naturally, true love. Casting highlights include Nashville's Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) and Cheers alum George Wendt.

    70A Very Nutty Christmas ()

    In case you were concerned that Melissa Joan Hart wasn’t getting enough Christmas-related TV roles, here she plays hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (drink for a Christmas name!). While Kate is knee-deep in Christmas cookie orders, she gets unceremoniously dumped by her jerk boyfriend days before Christmas. Thanks to a magic ornament and/or stress-induced psychosis, she awakes to find a handsome soldier in her living room. Turns out that Chip (Lifetime regular Barry Watson) may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, which is reassuring enough that Kate considers falling in love or at least not calling the cops on him.

    69A Very Merry Toy Store ()

    Mario Lopez and Melissa Joan Hart (playing a single mother, natch) are rival toy store owners with complicated family backstories, who have no choice but to join forces to fight the unscrupulous owner of the big box store that arrives in their small Connecticut town. Will these rivals save their stores and Christmas and fight The Man and find love? Have you ever seen a Lifetime movie that doesn’t end like that? While the film loses points for cloying obviousness, it earns points for basically being the A-Team of Lifetime movies, starring Hart and Lopez as well as Sex and the City’s Mario Cantone and Hart’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch co-star Beth Broderick (a.k.a. Aunt Zelda), playing her mom.

    68Becoming Santa ()

    Lifetime remixed one of its own for this film, which is a genders-reversed version of the movie Merry In-Laws. The film features a soon-to-be married couple, one of whom happens to be the lone offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This time, it's the daughter—and whoever marries her must be prepared to step into her father's shoes. As with its predecessor, the best part of the movie is that it features a mini-reunion of a beloved sitcom cast. This time, Family Ties stars Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross play the Clauses.

    67Christmas Around the Corner ()

    This time Claire (American Horror Story’s Alexandra Breckenridge) is the savvy venture capitalist from New York City who heads to an idyllic town in Vermont for the holidays. She quickly falls in love with the quaint Fortenbury Bookstore, but hates the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who mansplains over her ideas to save the store. Of course, in the Lifetime universe, it’s a slippery slope from burning hatred to making heart-eye emojis at each other. Soon enough Claire and Andrew start to fall for each other, until Claire finds out Andrew wants to sell the bookstore. How dare he sell his own business? Luckily, the spirit of Christmas just might change his mind, especially if Claire gives up her Wall Street career and moves to Vermont!

    66Will You Merry Me ()

    You can't deny this one has a great title. Rebecca and Henry are engaged—but can Rebecca's Jewish parents and Henry's Christmas-loving family, the Kringles, find a way to get along, despite differing religious beliefs and holiday traditions? Probably! This corny premise is redeemed by stars Wendie Malick and Cynthia Stevenson, who should star in every Lifetime movie, honestly.

    65A Twist of Christmas ()

    Why have just one single parent who discovers the true meaning of Christmas when you can have two single parents find the true meaning of Christmas together? Busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and single dad lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) hate each other pretty much on sight, which is the surest recipe for love in the Lifetime Christmas kitchen. When a fateful mix-up at a toy store is poised to ruin Christmas for both families, they can’t help but team up to save Christmas—not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process.

    64Christmas Lost and Found ()

    New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (The Good Place’s Tiya Sircar) goes on a literal guilt trip to Chicago to spend Christmas with her Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd). To reward her, Frances decides to give her granddaughter the family ornaments (not a euphemism), but Whitney accidentally throws the box away. Instead of never talking to her again, Grandma Frances devises a Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney about the true meaning of Christmas—and if she happens to find love along the way and move to Chicago and give up her job, even better.

    63Merry In-Laws ()

    The holidays are stressful for Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but having to oversee the manufacturing of toys for all the good boys and girls and making deliveries on a very tight deadline is nothing compared to having to hang out with their son's future wife (a scientist) and her joyless parents. Cheers fans will rejoice at the reunion of Shelley Long and George Wendt, who star as the jolly in-laws.

    62Dear Santa ()

    Dear Santa stars Amy Acker (of Angel and Alias fame) as a rich girl whose parents threaten to cancel her credit cards if she doesn't change her life. Her foolproof plan: Make a little girl's Christmas dream come true by marrying her father. What could possibly go wrong? The icing on this cinematic confection is that it was directed by Beverly Hills star Jason Priestley. Do you really need to know more than that?

    61Love at the Christmas Table ()

    Sam and Kat met at the children's table one Christmas, kick-starting a lifelong friendship that just might turn into romance. The film earns points for sheer quantity of festivities, with the action unfolding over the course of more than a dozen Christmas Eve parties. As for casting highlights, this film includes Gilmore Girls' Luke (Scott Patterson) and not one, but two Dancing With the Stars contestants—Back to the Future's Lea Thompson and Danica McKellar.

    60Christmas in Paradise ()

    We found it—the only Lifetime Christmas movie that takes place on a cruise ship. Two families, led by Colin Ferguson (Eureka) and Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue), want to escape the ghosts of their Christmases past, so they hop on a giant boat to Puerto Rico to spend their holidays in the sun. The two families bond, but it's complicated, especially when his ex-wife shows up.

    59The Flight Before Christmas ()

    If you've ever dreamed of a Family MattersBig Bang Theory mash-up, this is for you. Mayim Bialik gets dumped by her boyfriend a few days before Christmas and decides she may as well spend the holiday with her family. Unfortunately, bad weather diverts her plane and she ends up in Montana, where she's forced to share the town's last hotel room with an incredibly attractive stranger (Ryan McPartlin), who just happens to walk around with a towel casually slung around his waist. Helping to extend this meet-cute into a full-length movie are Family Matters stars Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton.

    58Christmas Love Letter ()

    When an advice columnist finds an unsigned love letter, she's determined to find the sender—who, naturally lives in her hometown. Instead of just posting the note on her town’s Facebook page or alerting a local news outlet looking for a heartwarming holiday story, she goes full Nancy Drew. While she’s looking for love, she also finds a better, different kind of love.

    57The Christmas Gift ()

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg plays a reporter seeking the boy who sent her a memorable Secret Santa gift when they were kids. With the blessing of her editor, she uses all her journalistic skills (e.g., wearing a cocktail dress) to track him down so she can thank him in person for the gift. Then, in a very unprofessional—yet not particularly surprising—move, she falls in love with him. If you want to feel extra good about this movie, it was based on a real-life heartwarming story.

    56The Real St. Nick ()

    This film, set in a psychiatric hospital, clearly owes a debt to Miracle on 34th Street. Kate, a psychiatrist, is rescued by a mysterious man named Nick Claus. She brings him to her hospital, where he sets about filling the patients with Christmas spirit, infuriating the Scrooge-like hospital administrator, and, of course, winning Kate's heart.

    55A Christmas Winter Song ()

    A homeless jazz singer helps a a young musician (Ashanti) rediscover the magic of Christmas after tragedy. This is as close to a musical as these Christmas movies get, so Les Miserables fans should definitely tune in.

    54A Snow Globe Christmas ()

    Alicia Witt plays a jaded TV executive who gets sucked into an antique snow globe. She's okay with that, though, because inside the globe it's always Christmas, she's married to Scrubs star Donald Faison, and she has two cute kids—plus a guardian angel in the form of Christina Milian.

    53Santa’s Boots ()

    It’s easy to imagine this as a Christmas-themed retelling of Kinky Boots, since it involves a family business on the brink of demise, but instead of turning to the world of erotic footwear, the business looks to Santa Claus for a miracle. Megan Hilty plays Holly (drink for a Christmas name!), who is filling in as a Santa’s Helper at her parents’ struggling department store when she commits the ultimate no-no—she falls for her Santa. Then, jolly old Nick turns into the ghost of boyfriends past and disappears, leaving only a boot behind as a clue. Apparently unaware of ghosting as a modern dating phenomenon, Holly goes on the hunt for him, random boot in hand, turning this into a gender-swapped Cinderella.

    52Christmas Stars ()

    Singer Layla and songwriter Spence just want to make beautiful music together, but the music industry is so cutthroat it’s tearing them apart. Those pesky record executives may ruin their chance at fame—and love. Or not!

    51A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride ()

    The title of this one doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but it'll slot right into your comfort viewing schedule. Starring JoAnna Garcia as Roxanne, a wedding planner who sees red flags when her mom gets engaged to a man she hasn't known for very long, it's really two love stories for the price of one. The beloved late Luke Perry pops up here as Roxanne's confusingly hot potential new brother-in-law, but honestly, there's not enough of him in the movie (and that's why it didn't rank higher).

    50Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever ()

    An internet meme becomes a made-for-TV movie thanks to the wonders of basic cable programming. Strangely more fun than you would expect, particularly because Grumpy Cat spends the entire film making fun of Christmas movie clichés while starring in one.

    49Dear Secret Santa ()

    A Ghostbuster (Ernie Hudson), an American Idol (Jordin Sparks), and a Fresh Prince actor star in this Christmas tale inspired by the Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves time-traveling romance The Lake House. Tatyana Ali plays the adorably clumsy Jennifer, who moves back home to care for her aging father and starts getting anonymous letters from a secret admirer, Jack (New Girl's Lamorne Morris). This film has something for everyone: romance, Christmas, and interdimensional wormholes.

    48Hometown Christmas ()

    Not to be confused with Christmas in the Bayou or The Christmas Contract, in this movie, Beverley Mitchell plays Noelle (drink for a Christmas name!) who returns to Louisiana for Christmas with big plans to resurrect her late mom’s favorite Christmas tradition—the town’s live nativity. She would also like to avoid her ex, Nick (One Tree Hill’s Stephen Colletti), while she’s in town, but what kind of Lifetime movie would it be if she didn’t run into him? The former high school sweethearts are forced to hang out because their parents are hanging out, too, and this just might turn into an episode of Dr. Phil, where a mom and her guy get married while the step-kids are dating each other. Oh, and keep an eye out for Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert!

    47Matchmaker Christmas ()

    This is basically Jane Austen’s Emma but given the Lifetime Christmas Movie treatment. In short, it’s perfect, even if the main love interest is someone named "Jaxson."

    46Grounded for Christmas ()

    Next time you’re at the airport and your flight gets cancelled, remember that some of the greatest love stories of our time started in an airport. In this one, a pilot convinces her charming but arrogant co-pilot to pretend to be her boyfriend at a family gathering so she can make her ex jealous. That’s right—for some reason, her family invited her ex to Christmas. Sounds like a good reason to get a new family instead of a fake boyfriend.

    45Christmas in the City ()

    Wendy (Ashley Williams) is a single mom who's going to lose her candy shop if she doesn't raise some fast cash. Instead of turning to Kickstarter, she takes a job in the toy section of a big-city department store at Christmas. When the owner's son takes a shine to her, she must face off against Teanna, a tough-as-nails marketer played by Ashanti. Will Wendy find love and the riches she needs? Well, it is Christmas on Lifetime.

    44Last Chance for Christmas ()

    Hilarie Burton got into Christmas movies on a dare from Paul Rudd, and she has turned that one-off into a career with roles in Christmas on the Bayou, Naughty or Nice, and many more. In this go-round she plays a spunky Alaskan reindeer trainer charged with finding a substitute for Prancer when he injures his hoof. Her character, Annie, is a single mother (of course) who isn't sure she wants her daughter's pet reindeer to go to the North Pole. It's up to Santa's hunky stablehand to convince her otherwise.

    43Rediscovering Christmas ()

    While nearly every Lifetime movie involves rediscovering the magic of Christmas in some form or other, this one makes it the entire plot. The film follows a holiday window dresser who wanted to spend Christmas relaxing on the beach after her busy season, but instead learns the magic of Christmas while attending her quaint Vermont hometown’s Snowflake festival. Lifetime proves that if your town has a holiday festival, you will fall in love.

    42A Gift Wrapped Christmas ()

    Gwen (Meredith Hagner) is a personal shopper with a new client—Charlie (Travis Milne), a workaholic single dad. If you think they might fall in love by the end of the movie, then you have finally watched enough Lifetime movies to know what you're in for. Gwen has no understanding of boundaries, and when she meets Charlie's adorable son, she decides to make it her Christmas mission to bring a little cheer to the family. She not only gets them in the festive spirit, but she also realizes that all she wants for Christmas is them.

    41A Date by Christmas Eve ()

    Just like ’s A Christmas Wedding Date, the title of this film gives away the entire plot. Basically, a brand strategist works to make sure she has a date for the big day, because everyone needs a date to Christmas in the Lifetime world.

    40The Christmas Hotel ()

    Isn’t it awkward when your ex-boyfriend is leading the community protest against your company’s takeover of your hometown's charming inn? Of course, if you watch enough Lifetime movies, you know that awkward encounters eventually lead to love at Christmas. Tatyana Ali stars as the hospitality hustler forced to choose between love and career during the holidays.

    39A Storybook Christmas ()

    Yet another lonely, single event planner is determined to save her business with a Christmas Eve bash to remember. Though her business is on the line, she's hustling to make sure her niece has an amazing Christmas—and thanks to the hot new nanny, they both might get what they want this year.

    38Christmas Unleashed ()

    Vanessa Lachey dusts off her acting chops to play a dog owner whose beloved pooch makes a break for it. She has no choice (none!) but to convince her ex-boyfriend to help her track down the dog. As they race through town on their search, they remember the good times from their past. Someone is going to get a very big treat if these two get back together.

    37Staging Christmas ()

    A wealthy widow wants to cheer up his daughter, so he hires a home stager played by Soleil Moon Frye (a.k.a. Punky Brewster) to decorate the place. This might not seem like the place to argue about the difference between “home stager” and “interior decorator,” but since the plot is completely predictable, maybe it is?

    36The Road Home for Christmas ()

    When two rival musicians find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve, they decide to go on a Christmas road trip, which is a totally normal thing for two people who ostensibly hate each other to do. It quickly turns into an ersatz Planes, Trains and Automobiles as the two try to get to their respective hometowns. All that stands in their way is a Santa convention and a guest appearance from country royalty Marie Osmond.

    35Recipe for a Perfect Christmas ()

    If you've ever wanted to see Christine Baranski reveal her up-to-the-minute tech skills by revealing that she "just bought a book on Amazon dot com," then you're in luck. Baranski plays Lee, who arrives on her restaurant-critic daughter JJ's doorstep after losing her job. Perennial hottie Bobby Cannavale stars as a chef JJ asks to help manage her OTT mom and, voilà! Christmas magic happens.

    34My Christmas Inn ()

    Tia Mowry plays yet another workaholic who thinks she's satisfied with her wildly successful advertising career, but soon realizes there’s more to life thanks to a deceased aunt who leaves her a cozy inn in Alaska. Instead of selling the inn for a profit and returning to her life in San Francisco, she decides to stay after she experiences the town’s Stars Hollow-meets-Northern Exposure Christmas vibe. Of course, the handsome town attorney, Steve (Rob Mayes), doesn’t hurt either.

    33Mistletoe & Menorahs

    When a busy executive (is there any other type?) learns she needs to learn about Hannukah ASAP, she doesn’t just look it up on the internet. She turns to the friend of a friend, who is apparently the only Jew in town. Turns out he needs help, too, so they set up a unimpeachable quid pro quo that may lead to something more if his girlfriend doesn’t derail the plan.

    32Jingle Belle ()

    Belle (played by Lifetime Christmas troupe member Tatyana Ali) followed her musical dreams to Juilliard in New York City, which is amazing. However, everyone in her hometown is treating her like it was a bad choice, because she broke the heart of her high school sweetheart (Scandal’s Cornelius Smith Jr.) when she left him behind. She got into Julliard, people, respect! Belle is lured back to town to write music for the town’s 50th anniversary Christmas pageant, which just so happens to be directed by her ex. While Belle claims she doesn’t “want any messy emotions getting in the way” of their working relationship, is there any doubt she’ll be giving up her New York City dreams for a rekindled flame by the end of the film? While the premise is annoying, the movie also features two Cosby Show alums (Keshia Knight Pulliam and Tempestt Bledsoe).

    31An En Vogue Christmas ()

    Any Christmas movie that ends with an En Vogue concert has to automatically be a top contender. Seriously, they could close It Follows with an En Vogue show, and the resulting film could upstage It's a Wonderful Life as a holiday favorite. This feel-good musical odyssey focuses on a fan (Genelle Williams) who asks the divas to play a benefit concert to save her family's club. And well, who cares: En Vogue concert!

    30Seasons of Love ()

    Taraji P. Henson produced and made a brief appearance in this heartwarming, music-driven movie. Coming along for the ride are Gladys Knight and Method Man, who plays the resident Grinch—an untrustworthy record executive. The drama follows Kyla (LeToya Luckett) and Amir (Cleo Anthony) on their journey to the true meaning of Christmas and, duh, love.

    29No Time Like Christmas ()

    A sister wants to play matchmaker, but instead of just taking over her sibling's Hinge account, she conspires to send her to the picturesque Vermont inn where her ex-boyfriend just happens to be staying. Sisters, amiright?

    28A Very Vintage Christmas ()

    Lifetime regular Tia Mowry owns a vintage store and sees unusual old items every single day, but that doesn’t stop her from finding magic in mementos. When she stumbles upon a mysterious box of trinkets, she sets out on an Amelie-style mission to reunite them with their rightful owners. And if her cute new tenant wants to help her on the adventure, well, that’s just the magic of the season.

    27Christmas 9 to 5 ()

    I was hoping this was a Christmas reboot of the Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton working girl classic 9 to 5,but instead it’s a Lifetime Christmas crime caper. Tough reporter Jennifer goes undercover at a department store and realizes that journalism is lame and she really wants to work in retail. She also meets the man of her dreams, but that’s almost beside the point since she found her true calling.

    26Christmas Pen Pals ()

    Sarah Drew may not be on Grey’s Anatomy anymore, but she already has a new line on her resumé—playing Hannah, a tech genius/dating-app creator who is, funnily enough, bad at love. After getting dumped, she heads home for the holidays, where she runs into her high school boyfriend, as you do in Lifetime movies. Meanwhile, her dad (played by Michael Gross) convinces her to sign up for the anonymous holiday pen pal service (is that a thing?) where the writers’ identities will be revealed on Christmas Eve. If you’ve ever seen You’ve Got Mail you can probably guess where this is going.

    25The Magical Christmas Shoes ()

    Hans Christian Andersen once wrote a horrifying story about a girl given a pair of magical shoes that are so cursed, she ends up begging an executioner to chop them off her legs. This is like that, but instead of making Kayla dance, the magical shoes imbue her with the Christmas spirit and instead of an executioner, she finds love.

    24Twelve Trees of Christmas ()

    This movie stars a Spice Girl, so it's mandatory viewing. Cheri (Lindy Booth) plays a librarian desperate to save her local branch from an evil yet handsome real-estate developer, Tony (Robin Dunne). To raise funds to save the library, she throws a tree-decorating contest and Tony enters with the help of his decorator—Mel B, aka Scary Spice. Will Mel B "Let Love Lead the Way" for Cheri and Tony, or does she "Wannabe" his "Love Thing"?

    23The Santa Con ()

    Melissa Joan Hart both directs and stars in this story of yet another single mom whose adorable son asks Santa to reunite his parents for Christmas. The twist comes in the form of a con man (played by 7th Heaven's Barry Watson) with a heart of gold who discovers the true meaning of Christmas after getting a job as a department store Santa. Familiar faces include Family Matters' Jaleel White, Wendy Williams as a straight-talking pastor, and another Cheers alum, John Ratzenberger.

    22Holiday High School Reunion ()

    Imagine Romy & Michele's High School Reunion with a Christmas backdrop and you'll have a good feel for Holiday High School Reunion. The film stars Rachel Boston as Georgia, a former cheerleader and aspiring fashion designer who's desperate to win back her football player ex-boyfriend, Craig. The movie's most redeeming characteristic is that it's full of Mean Girls references, including the casting of Jonathan Bennett (aka Aaron "October 3rd" Samuels) as Georgia's best friend, Ben. If you want to watch this one immediately, we should tell you that the movie was renamed Christmas Crush, and it's very much worth your time.

    21Christmas in Louisiana ()

    Not to be confused with A Christmas in Tennessee, Christmas on the Bayou or last year’s Hometown Christmas, this film follows a former Miss Christmas as she returns home to Louisiana for the annual Sugarcane Christmas Festival. A pageant queen needs her pageant king, of course, and she soon finds a Mister Christmas to call her own.

    20Random Acts of Christmas ()

    The tough world of investigative journalism becomes the unlikely ground for a love story when two rival reporters trying to get their big scoop meet. Will they crack the case, or will the potentially viral story be sidetracked for love? If the unlikely story of love in the ever-tightening media landscape doesn’t lure you in, your mom will be impressed that both Patrick Duffy and OG Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith guest star.

    19You Light Up My Christmas ()

    This story follows Emma (played by Kim Fields a.k.a. Tootie from The Facts of Life) who returns to her hometown (naturally) and lights up the entire place with the heat of a rekindled old flame and (naturally) the Christmas spirit.

    18A Sweet Christmas Romance ()

    When a local baker retires, she decides that instead of selling her successful business and using the money to retire in Boca, she wants to give the bakery to the person who can follow her recipes the best. Holly (drink for a Christmas name!) and Brad both want to win, but like The Highlander,there can be only one bakery winner. Since Holly can’t cook and Brad doesn’t have a name that sounds like Christmas, they team up—and, well, the title gives away what the real prize is.

    17The Christmas Pact ()

    Not to be confused with The Christmas Contract, this film asks the eternal question: Can best friends fall in love? As anyone who binge-watches Lifetime movies can tell you, the resounding answer is yes! Still, next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) have to stumble on that realization for themselves. They must decide whether to keep the pact they made over a Christmas tree when they were eight years old or make like Fleetwood Mac and go their own ways. Life may have interfered with their friendship, but it’s nothing that a little Christmas magic can’t cure. Brace yourself for tree metaphors! And A Different World’s Jasmine Guy as a mom!


    Opening with a car accident that leaves a young boy motherless, Holiday Spin is designed to be a real tearjerker. The boy, Blake, is forced to go live with his dad, Ruben, played by Ralph Macchio, aka the Karate Kid himself, who is barely keeping his dance studio afloat. The only hope for the studio's survival is the star dancer (and Ruben's soon-to-be stepdaughter), Pia, winning big at the annual dance called—you guessed it—the Holiday Spin. When Pia's partner bails on the competition, guess who has to step in? This movie has everything you could want in a Lifetime flick, including holiday magic, Baywatch's Erika Eleniak, and some slightly creepy stepbrother/stepsister crush action.

    15Kristin's Christmas Past ()

    UnREAL's Shiri Appleby stars as a woman who gets a do-over when she falls asleep alone on Christmas Eve and wakes up on Christmas morning 17 years in the past. It's a Christmas miracle that lets her fix the mistakes of her past, correct her fashion faux pas, and, you know, find love and the true meaning of Christmas. Keep an eye out for Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell and '80s icon Judd Nelson.

    14The Christmas Contract ()

    This film seems like it should be a sequel to Christmas on the Bayou, what with Hilarie Burton once again playing an attractive workaholic fleeing her big city life to her Southern hometown, but instead it’s a One Tree Hill reunion. Look! There’s Clay! And Antwon! And Rachel! And Chris! As well as revisiting your favorite mid-'00s show, there’s a Christmas-themed love story to tell. Burton’s Jolie can’t stand the idea of going back to Louisiana without a boyfriend to rub in the face of her ex, so she takes a page out of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Beforeand whips up a contract with her bestie’s brother, Jack (played by Robert Buckley) to pretend to be her boyfriend. Of course, the contract is just the beginning. (Bonus: Since they had the cast around, Lifetime threw a reunion into the holiday mix, with ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion.)

    13Christmas a La Mode ()

    In what can only be considered an argument for improved farm subsidies, a young dairy farmer struggles to keep her family farm afloat. She’s about to sell off the cows when she comes up with a clever scheme— a holiday ice cream contest. Will one good idea be enough to save a family farm in this economy? Will the hunky business owner buy the cow when he can get the milk for free to make ice cream? Probably! Hoping that realizes the marketing opportunity here and runs some ads during the film.

    12Twinkle All The Way ()

    Sarah Drew left her career as a doctor on Grey’s Anatomy to start a new life as a wedding planner at the Snowview Lodge, which is a downgrade from last year, when she played a tech genius in Christmas Pen Pals. Work brings her in contact with fellow single parent Henry who runs a Christmas decoration company (I mean, someone has to, right?). As they conspire to make the best Christmas Eve wedding party ever, a well-timed snow storm helps them find true Christmas magic.

    11Wishin' and Hopin' ()

    Now for a year-old boy's Christmastime in '60s Connecticut. His adventure begins when a substitute teacher comes up with an outrageous plan to shake up a school's Christmas pageant, ensuring no one in the town will forget it. Based on the Wally Lamb novel, Wishin' and Hopin' has a surprisingly A-list cast, including Molly Ringwald, Chevy Chase, Annabella Sciorra, and SNL's Cheri Oteri.

    10Always and Forever Christmas ()

    Lexi Lawson plays a marketing exec (natch) who inherits her grandfather’s year-round Christmas store in Vermont. Since she doesn’t live in Vermont, she makes the wise decision to sell it for a bunch of cash to an athleisure company. Mrs. Claus, played by Beth Broderick (a.k.a. Aunt Zelda) has her own business ideas, though, and thanks to a little help from Christmas magic and a handsome diner owner who doesn’t mind a cranky customer, it just might be Christmas forever, but not in a Nightmare Before Christmas way.

    9Every Day is Christmas ()

    Did you ever think you’d see Toni Braxton in a Lifetime movie inspired by the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol? It’s a Christmas miracle inside another Christmas miracle! Braxton plays a workaholic money manager who says “Bah humbug” to love. That all changes over the course of one crazy night when the spirit of Christmas takes her on a trip through her romantic past, present, and future, and reminds her that love is the greatest gift of all.

    8Merry Liddle Christmas ()

    Did you like the movie Little? Then you will love Kelly Rowland playing a tech entrepreneur who loves her family, but not enough to let them mess up her gleaming, perfect, brand-new home before a big photoshoot. While a Christmas wish doesn’t turn her “liddle,” she does recapture the magic of Christmas with the help of a new neighbor. The film is inspired by Rowland’s own life and features new music from the Destiny’s Child singer.

    7Sweet Mountain Christmas ()

    Lifetime basically made a Christmas-themed version of a Carrie Underwood biopic. Country star Laney Blu rocketed to fame on a reality show, which took her away from her beloved Smoky Mountain home. When she stops by to make Christmas cookies with her mom, what was supposed to be a whirlwind trip becomes a long stay thanks to a freak snowstorm and a hunky snowplow driver/mayor/architect/ex-boyfriend.

    6A Christmas Wish ()

    In what feels like a sequel to Christmas on the Bayou

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    The Definitive Guide to ’s Deluge of New Christmas Movies

    Photo: Vulture, Disney+ and Universal Pictures

    There are people out there who, every year, complain about “Christmas creep.” They fret about how all of the numbing, consumerist holiday malarkey — store displays and ad campaigns and Starbucks promotions — starts earlier and earlier every fall. To which I say, “Feh!” In this house, the only Christmas creep we choose to acknowledge is Paul Giamatti in Fred Claus.Christmas comes but once a year, and that “once” happens to last for two entire months. Did your landlord turn the heat on in your building? Surprise! It’s Christmas now.

    Two prime offenders of the Christmas-creep agenda are dueling women-focused cable channels, Lifetime and Hallmark, which over the years have ramped up their made-for-TV holiday-romance output to near–Santa’s Workshop levels. This year, Lifetime’s 24/7 Christmas-content schedule is called “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” and will feature 30 new features. Hallmark had so much Christmas content it had to split it over two channels: Hallmark and its sister channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark will also have 24/7 Christmas programming, and both channels combined will feature 40 new Christmas films.

    Then there’s Netflix, which has had some of the least-disposable Christmas content of late with films like The Christmas Switch and A Christmas Prince.And to round out the wintry landscape, there are a couple of theatrical releases and a Disney+ film in the mix. So start your Advent calendar early: Here’s what to watch, and when, sorted by holiday-movie trope.

    Thanksgiving edit:UPtv also has ten new TV movies this holiday season, so in case you scoffed at this list’s mere 81 new Christmas originals, we’re now at

    Let It Snow (Netflix, November 8): This YA Christmas rom-com is based on the book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Laureen Myracle, and it’s packing three teen holiday love stories in one. It’s a mini-anthology! There’s no trailer yet, but the description says, “A snowstorm hits a small town on a cold Christmas Eve, affecting the friendships, love lives and futures of several high school seniors.” Netflix’s No. 1 Teen Kiernan Shipka is one of the several, as is Odeya Rush. Will she play a mean girl like in Lady Bird? A nice girl like in Dumplin’? Actually, this movie looks too cute and frictionless to have a mean character. Also: Joan Cusack stars as, I don’t know, “Adult.”

    Grounded for Christmas (Lifetime, December 8 at 8 p.m.): Not every arrogant but charming pilot can be Rob Lowe. Some have to be named Brady (Corey Sevier) and have a winter storm ground them in Cleveland. Fellow pilot Nina (Julianna Guill) has family in the area, though, and invites Brady to stay with her at her parents’ house. The catch? He has to pretend to be her boyfriend, because her parents are hosting a tree-trimming party and they invited Nina’s ex. Psychopathic!

    Snowbound for Christmas (UPtv, December 15 at 7 p.m.): Rachel works at a company called Education Solutions that makes, um, blueprints, and she gets snowed in with her handsome boss in a luxury Christmas resort in … Tuscany? Did I hear that right? There are sled dogs. And snow! That can’t be right. But I thought they said Tuscany? They definitely say Tuscany. Anyway, Rachel has this habit of wearing little bows around her neck like she’s one of the Aristocats,and living legend Scott Thompson plays a staff member at the resort. You better watch this, you better do it for Scott. The man is Buddy Cole for Christmas’s sake!

    Photo: Hallmark

    A Christmas Love Story, From the Hallmark Hall of Fame (Hallmark, December 7 at 8 p.m.): This is not a drill! Kristin Chenoweth is starring in a Christmas movie! She plays a youth-choir director who falls in love with Scott Wolf, who plays the widowed father of a talented teen singer. Finally, they’re putting the Kristin back in Christmas.

    A Christmas Winter Song (Lifetime, December 14 at 8 p.m.): Ashanti(!!!!!!) stars as Clio, a Christmas-shop owner who befriends Fred (Stan Shaw), a homeless jazz singer. Clio helps Fred reconnect with his daughter and grandkids, “just in time for the town’s annual Christmas concert.” Of all the Christmas concerts in all the Christmas towns in all the holiday movies, we’re sure Ashanti’s will be one of the best.

    Sweet Mountain Christmas (Lifetime, October 25 at 8 p.m.): Well, it’s all downhill from here, folks. How can you possibly beat a Lifetime movie starring the original Bombshell herself, Megan Hilty, as a country star named Laney Blu? This movie takes the “freak snowstorm” route to stranding its too-big-for-her-britches protagonist in her Tennessee hometown. With nowhere to go, she gets roped into performing in the town’s holiday concert, and falls for a — oh my God —hunky snowplow driver (Marcus Rosner). Mr. Plow, indeed! If the cable holiday-movie lineup were a chess game, this would be a very strategic opening gambit.

    The Road Home for Christmas (Lifetime, October 26 at 8 p.m.): The central couple in this one is Lindsay (Marla Sokoloff) and Wes (Rob Mayes), who are rival, dueling pianists! Let that sink in! They go on a road trip, perform with Marie Osmond in Nashville, and — yes — brave a “massive snowstorm.”

    A Merry Christmas Match (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, October 25 at 9 p.m.): In the first all-new original holiday movie of the season, Kyle Dean Massey (of having-played-both-Pippin-and-Fiyero-on-Broadway fame) sweeps antique-shop worker Corey (Ashley Newbrough) off her feet.

    Nostalgic Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, October 31 at 9 p.m.): Infraction A: Find me a lazier Hallmark movie title. “Nostalgic Christmas??” Hon, you can’t just name your movie after two IMDB keywords. And infraction B is that it airs on Halloween! It’s one thing to start airing Christmas movies three weeks into October, but the only Christmas fare that’s acceptable All Hallow’s Eve viewing is crossover event The Nightmare Before Christmas. Or Polar Express, because those dead-eyed mo-cap Tom Hankses are spooky. Anyway, it’s about a woman (Brooke D’Orsay) who is nostalgic at Christmas about her father’s toy store. Fine.

    Always and Forever Christmas (Lifetime, November 3 at 8 p.m.): Sadly, this is not an Alyssa Edwards Christmas movie. Happily, it is a movie about a marketing exec (Lexi Lawson) who plans on selling her grandfather’s year-round Christmas store “to a hip athletic-leisurewear company.” Finally, a Lifetime Original that addresses the absolute epidemic of Athleta and Outdoor Voices locations wiping out this nation’s year-round mom-and-pop Christmas stores. There’s also a hunky local diner owner, Scott (Mark Ghanime), and a magical “Christmas stranger” (is this a thing?) from the North Pole (Beth Broderick).

    Last Christmas (in theaters November 8): Look, few cinematic experiences in this life are as sublime as London-set Christmastime rom-coms with phenomenal soundtracks and Emma Thompson. Rom-coms starring Henry Golding as a romantic lead with Michelle Yeoh going above and beyond in a supporting role come close, though. And then there’s Paul Feig’s latest film, Last Christmas, which has all of the above. Emilia Clarke stars as a disillusioned department-store elf with an angelic voice who meets the too-good-to-be-true Golding in London. Yeoh is her boss, Thompson is her mom, and the supporting cast is rounded out by Patti LuPone, Peter Serafinowicz, and Rob Delaney. On top of it all, the soundtrack is wall-to-wall George Michael and Wham!If you don’t go see this in theaters and do your part to save the endangered species that is the rom-com, I may never forgive you.

    A Sweet Christmas Romance (Lifetime, November 10 at 8 p.m.): Bakery owner Mrs. Rose (Loretta Devine) is retiring, and she’s decided to take estate-law advice from Willy Wonka, Esq.: She’ll host a 12 Days of Christmas contest to see who can re-create her Christmas recipes. Sure! Food stylist Holly (Adelaide Kane) throws her toquein the ring “despite not being much of a cook,” which begs the question: Can Lifetime just name multiple female protagonists across different movies in one year Holly? I get that it’s a very Christmas-y name, but is that allowed? Who cares. Holly competes and falls in love with local hunky baker Brad (Greyston Holt. Greyston. Greyston. Greyston Holt. Now that is a name).

    Christmas Cupcakes (UPtv, November 17 at 7 p.m.): Plucky sisters enter a televised baking competition to save their dad’s Italian bakery. This is wonderful for a number of reasons: (1) The competition itself looks like an uncannily accurate Chopped parody. They nailed the set. (2) Comedy Bang! Bang! and Orphan Black fixture Kristian Bruun is in this, and I like when he gets work. (3) A sweet old man (their dad?) says “holy cannoli!” at one point.

    A Very Vintage Christmas (Lifetime, November 27 at 8 p.m.): Tia Mowry-Hardrict stars without Tamera on a rival network as Very Vintage Antiques shop owner Dodie. When Dodie finds a hidden box full of old mementos from one couple’s “timeless romantic union,” she sets out with hunky new tenant Edward (Jesse Hutch) to find its rightful owners, forging a romantic union of her own.

    Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses (Hallmark, October 26 at 8 p.m.): Wait, you mean to tell me this movie has Christmas wishes and mistletoe kisses? In this climate? Slant rhymes aside, this movie follows single mom Abbey (Jill Wagner), who “takes a risk in following her true passion of interior designing.” So brave! But can she design hunky eligible businessman Nick’s estate in time for Christmas Eve? Matthew Davis plays Nick. He’s Warner from Legally Blonde. That’s huge!

    Merry & Bright (Hallmark, November 2 at 8 p.m.): Kind of like Desk Set if Katherine Hepburn played the middle child on Full House, this one follows Cate (Jodie Sweetin), the CEO of a candy-cane company, who begins to fall for Gabe (Andrew Walker). He’s posing as her arranged suitor but is really a consultant from Empire Corporate Recovery looking to streamline and elevate candy-cane production. Will they save the business? Do you even have to ask?

    Christmas à la Mode (Lifetime, November 15 at 8 p.m.): Emily White (Katie Leclerc) loves running her late father’s deeply unprofitable dairy farm. It’s a real choice to put all your chips on dairy, of all things, in , and it seems like Emily’s sister, Dorothy, realizes this. Dorothy brings in hunky business partner Charlie (Ryan Cooper) to propose they sell the farm, unless Emily can buy it out by Christmas Eve. Her strategy is to “hold an online holiday-ice-cream-flavor contest that goes viral with the help of a key ingredient, Charlie’s amazing apple pie. Christmas à la Mode ice cream is born!” Lifetime. Girl. You need to be doing five fewer things with this movie. It’s somehow so much and so little, all at once.

    Christmas Under the Stars (Hallmark, November 16 at 9 p.m.): Ooh, finally one of those raunchy, racy, 9 p.m. Hallmark Christmas movies. Maybe they regularly pull that kind of thing over on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, but round these parts? Scandal! This one’s about a hotshot finance guy who gets fired at Christmas and takes a job at a Christmas-tree lot. There he meets “Julie, an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope.” With his business savvy and her, um, knowledge of constellations, will they help the kindly widower who owns the lot?

    Christmas at the Plaza (Hallmark, November 29 at 8 p.m.): We looked up December availabilities, and spending Christmas at the Plaza is gonna cost you $ a night, and that’s at the absolute lowest. And besides, there’s already been a TV movie about Christmas at the Plaza: It’s called Eloise at Christmastime and Julie Andrews plays Nanny!

    Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 29 at 9 p.m.): Gosh, Hallmark. Way to come for the artistic integrity of parody novel (aren’t you glad this trend is over?) Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. This Christmas flick transposes Austen’s novel very loosely onto modern-day Chicago, where Edward (Luke Macfarlane) runs a toy company but is generally a grump. Sisters Elinor (now Ella, played by Erin Krakow) and Marianne (Kimberly Sustad) are “Christmas-enthusiast party planners.” At one point in the preview clips, Edward tips his hat and says “M’lady’” and it’s played straight. That’s some Joker-meme-account energy right there.

    You Light Up My Christmas (Lifetime, December 1 at 8 p.m.): Because one movie about a family-owned Christmas-light factory wasn’t enough, You Light Up My Christmas follows Emma (Kim Fields) to her hometown where the holiday lights have gone dim. Inspired by true events, no less.

    A Storybook Christmas (Lifetime, December 6 at 8 p.m.): Event planner and very involved aunt Celeste Everett (Ali Liebert) hires a Christmas nanny (Jake Epstein) who becomes a Christmas boyfriend. If the name Ali Liebert jingles a bell, it’s because she’s also starring in Hallmark’s Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2. 

    The Christmas Temp (Lifetime, December 20 at 8 p.m.): “An out-of-work artist discovers a special Christmas temp agency that matches her with a handful of festive jobs …” Let me stop you right there, Lifetime synopsis. I’ll take it. Perfect. A fantasy. Employment? I’m in. Wait — “… but falls into a creative rut while juggling holiday preparations and feelings for the agency’s HR manager.” No! You were so close, The Christmas Temp! An HR manager violating HR protocol? Mess!

    Two Turtle Doves (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 1 at 9 p.m.): Dr. Sharon Hayes (Nikki DeLoach) “searches for a beloved family heirloom in a small Christmas town.” What is a “Christmas town?” I’ll tell you: It’s a place where a grieving doctor can fall in love with Michael Rady. Kostas! Kostas from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! You’ve seen him in a deep-V, now check him out in a scarf!

    A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 15 at 9 p.m.): Married Christian writers Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt executive-produced this Hallmark movie with Kathie Lee Gifford. It’s a sequel to their movie A Godwink Christmas, which was based on their Godwink book series and brand identity, which is based on a term Rushnell copyrighted, which basically means a coincidence, only, um, godlier. Get it? God winks!

    The Knight Before Christmas (Netflix, November 21): Poor Vanessa Hudgens. Girl can’t celebrate a normal Christmas in peace without some big British disturbance coming along to change her fate. First it was her Parent Trap–style performance in Netflix’s The Christmas Switch, and now it’s happened again in The Knight Before Christmas. The gist: Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens) is a science teacher “who’s disillusioned by love.” Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) is a medieval knight who gets sent by a witch’s curse to present-day Ohio. The rest will probably follow a Kate & Leopold tack, with Sir Cole teaching Brooke that chivalry isn’t dead and that science is a lie and that big, lit-up Christmas trees are for pagans. Brooke will teach Cole how to use a Roku.

    The Magical Christmas Shoes (Lifetime, November 22 at 8 p.m.): Have you ever watched Tiny Fuppets? It’s a web series by Scott Gairdner about a Portuguese rip-off of Muppet Babies. I think it’s meant to parody those disturbingly low-budget straight-to-DVD rip-offs of Pixar movies that used to abound in sales bins to fool and confuse well-meaning grandmothers. Anyway. Everything in the world of Tiny Fuppets is ever so slightly off. Kermit and Miss Piggy are replaced by Kormit and Ms. Woman. The dialogue is stilted and the eyes are dead. The Magical Christmas Shoes sounds like an episode of Tiny Fuppets.

    The Christmas Club (Hallmark, November 27 at 8 p.m.): “Two busy strangers” (not to be confused with Three Busy Debras) fall in love “thanks to fate and Christmas magic” when they “help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings.” The main character’s name is Olivia Bennett (Cameron Mitchell). We think it’s written by algorithm. Hallmark says it’s based on a novel by Barbara Hinske. We think Barbara Hinske must, therefore, be an algorithm.

    A Christmas Wish (Lifetime, November 28 at 8 p.m.) Faith (Hilarie Burton) puts a wish to find true love in her town’s Christmas wishing box and thinks it might have come true when she meets “the very handsome and eligible Andrew” (Cristian de la Fuente). But then she wonders if her Christmas wish was really leading her to her best friend Wyatt (Tyler Hilton) all along. This is set in the “small town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana,” making it a Louisiana Christmas, if not the Louisiana Christmas.

    A Date by Christmas Eve (Lifetime, December 22 at 8 p.m.): “When Chelsea Simms, the good-hearted brand strategist” (I’m listening …) “for the popular dating app The Nice List” (Go on …) “has granted her magical powers —” SAY NO MORE. Black Mirror is absolutely shaking.

    Holiday for Heroes (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 8 at 9 p.m.): Marc Blucas, who once dramatically left Buffy in a helicopter, plays a soldier who exchanges letters for a year with coffee-shop owner Melissa Claire Egan before they I guess meet for realsies on Christmas? Patti Murin plays “Pam!” Can’t wait for this, by which I mean I can’t wait for Patti Murin as “Pam,” specifically. This title is very misleading because there’s only one true “holiday for heroes,” and that’s the Olsen twins’ birthday.

    Write Before Christmas (Hallmark, November 17 at 8 p.m.): Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) is single and sending out Christmas cards to people who matter to her, including “a pop star (Drew Seeley) who was part of the soundtrack of her life.” Considering the open secret that Drew Seeley did the vocals for Zac Efron in the first High School Musical, he was definitely part of the soundtrack of so many of our lives. Chad Michael Murray is second billed, but his role isn’t specified in the promo materials. Guess it’s just another one of those classic Mistletoe Secrets™.

    Christmas Love Letter (Lifetime, December 21 at 6 p.m.): Relationship-advice columnist Amalie Hess (Ashley Newbrough) receives an unsigned love letter and tries to track it down in her hometown. There’s a floofy Westie dog in the promo stills, so, you know, points for that.

    Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2 (Hallmark, November 24 at 8 p.m.): We all have cherished memories of Hallmark TV movie A Gift to Remember 1, starring Peter Porte as mysterious-yet-charming amnesiac Aidan and Ali Liebert as the woman who caused the accident and falls in love with him. No, wait. That was While You Were Sleeping. Whatever! We’ve been on tenterhooks for two years, clamoring for more, but finally, everyone’s favorite franchise is back, baby, now with percent more cherished memories.

    Christmas On My Mind (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, December 19 at 9 p.m.): Cullen vampire clan member Ashley Greene plays Lucy, who wakes up with a wedding dress in hand and no memory of the past two years. She tries to regain her memory with the help of ex-boyfriend Zac, played by Andrew Walker, the same Andrew Walker who plays the candy-cane fixer suit in Merry & Bright. Jackee Harry plays a doctor. Sounds like a wintry 50 First Dates.

    The Mistletoe Secret (Hallmark, November 10 at 8 p.m.): Country-music artist Kellie Pickler plays a woman who convinces a travel writer to profile her hometown, only to be torn between him and his ghostwriter. The “mistletoe secret” in question is either a deep-buried collective trauma shared by the townspeople from their dark past … Or it’s the whole ghostwriter thing.

    That’s Tamera, not Tia Photo: Hallmark

    A Christmas Miracle (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 14 at 9 p.m.): Tamera Mowry-Housley stars without Tia in what is shockingly the first movie about a writer at a lifestyle magazine on this list. When tasked with writing a story about a Christmas miracle, “ever-optimistic single mom Emma Sanderson” decides to make one herself for a lonely street musician. Brooks Darnell plays her office love interest.

    Random Acts of Christmas (Lifetime, November 17 at 8 p.m.): Okay, the name of this one made me laugh out loud. Investigative journalist Sydney (Erin Cahill) and competing reporter Cole (Kevin McGarry) fall in love while sussing out who is behind the “random acts of Christmas” popping up all over town. And they say the rom-com is dead!

    Christmas 9 to 5 (Lifetime, November 24 at 8 p.m.): “Jennifer (Tiya Sircar) is a tough crime-beat reporter who gets the assignment of her life: to find the true meaning of Christmas.” Reader, I laughed out loud.

    Noelle (Disney+, November 12): In what looks to be one of the more promising Disney+ launch-day offerings, Anna Kendrick stars as Santa Claus’s daughter Noelle Kringle, whose brother Nick (Bill Hader) ditches Santa-ing to teach yoga somewhere warm. Oh, and Shirley MacLaine is low-key third-billed as a sassy elf? This looks like a decently cute Christmas movie. Maybe not Elf-level legend status, but it has Bill Hader looking adorable while drinking hot chocolate in a big fluffy Santa coat.

    Klaus (Netflix, November 15): Santa Claus origin story Klaus is Netflix’s first original animated feature, and it looks gorgeous. The film is directed by former Disney animator Sergio Pablos and appears to be a blend between traditional, hand-drawn character design and computer-enabled light and texture effects. Klaus seems like a very smart acquisition for Netflix, considering it’s releasing it right around the time that Disney+ launches. Disney+ has based a lot of its branding on the animation studio’s classics, but the majority of its original programming appears to be live action and not traditional animation. If Klaus is a hit and Netflix continues releasing more original animated features, it can maintain its status as a top-tier family streaming service. That’s a lot of pressure on a grumpy proto-Santa voiced by J.K. Simmons and his delivery-boy assistant voiced by Jason Schwartzman. (This clip gives an extra glimpse into the latter character, whom Schwartzman plays as kind of an Emperor Kuzco.) Netflix is also giving Klaus an awards-qualifying limited release in select theaters on November 8, if you’ve been starved for half-interesting-looking animation since Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. 

    Double Holiday (Hallmark, November 26 at 8 p.m.): When I began compiling this list, I couldn’t find a description for the film on Hallmark’s website, but the movie’s IMDB page listed characters named Sara and Ruth Hoffman, so I imagined that the “double holiday” in question was a nod to the last night of Hanukkah falling on Christmas Eve, forcing an interfaith couple to go to both family celebrations. Well, Hallmark eventually released the plot and I was so close: “Fate has brought Rebecca and her arch-nemesis, Chris, close as they have to throw a holiday party at the office. It so happens that the dates coincide with Hanukkah!” Hallmark, please please please please let me write that other movie for you. It will make my Jewish mother so proud.

    Mistletoe & Menorahs (Lifetime, December 7 at 6 p.m.): It’s a Lifetime Romantic Lead Jake Epstein Double Feature, folks! Epstein plays Jonathan, who is “in desperate need of turning his bachelor pad into a Christmas Wonderland to impress his girlfriend’s father.” But wait: He’s Jewish! Luckily, toy company exec Christy (Kelley Jakle) needs Jonathan to teach her all about Hanukkah to help her land a big account. What’s a Hanukkah account need a toy company for? What’s she gonna do, reinvent the dreidel? (Just saying, cable networks: I’m still available to do punch-up on your Hanukkah scripts.)

    Holiday in the Wild (Netflix, November 1): Kristin Davis plays a Manhattanite whose husband leaves her, forcing her to take their romantic safari second honeymoon all by herself. (It’s a very Trey MacDougal move.) Davis isn’t alone for long, though, once she meets a handsome bush-plane pilot played by Rob Lowe. Together, they save a baby elephant and celebrate Christmas at an elephant orphanage. Hallmark who? Lifetime what? Netflix has those baby elephant dollars.

    Christmas With a Prince: Becoming Royal (UPtv, November 3 at 7 p.m.): Everyone’s favorite non–Vanessa Hudgens, non–Rose McIver royal Christmas heroine Tasha (Kaitlyn Leeb) is back, and this time, she’s engaged to be wed to her Christmas prince! But will the wicked Princess Miranda, who you know is evil because she always sounds like she’s plotting to crush Moose and Squirrel, foil the wedding? Almost certainly not!

    Christmas in Rome (Hallmark, November 30 at 8 p.m.): Whatever Lacey wants, Lacey gets. If Hallmark Channel crown jewel Lacey Chabert wants to film on location in Rome, Hallmark will Film. On. Location. In. Rome. “I kind of feel like Rome plays a character in this movie.” Lacey Chabert said that, about the movie Christmas in Rome. 

    A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (Netflix, December 5): There are generally two kinds of Netflix original films: There are the ones that feel like movie-movies, like the kind you’d log on Letterboxd; these are often, but not always, actual cinematic releases. And then there are the ones that feel undeniably like made-for-TV, direct-to-VOD movies. Even though both types are technically direct-to-streaming, movies like the Christmas Prince saga really lean in to that Hallmark rerun, $5 DVD bin at RiteAid feel. Rose McIver plays Amber, an all-American girl who fell in love with her onetime interview subject, now King of Aldovia, Richard (Ben Lamb). It’s kind of funny how for every major event in Meghan Markle’s life, Netflix has responded accordingly with its blonde alternate-universe Meghan: saw royal weddings for both England and Aldovia, and now in , Queen Amber is having a Royal Christmas Baby. Hopefully, brings us A Christmas Prince: Aldovian Tabloid Lawsuit.

    Christmas in Paris (UPtv, December 8 at 7 p.m.): In the bait and switch of a lifetime, a lot of this movie takes place in Montana, and features people saying things like, “How’s my favorite art director this morning?” Apparently, Montana is a hotbed of activity for major men’s fragrance companies! The art director in question falls in love with a multimillionaire who also appears to be Lumière the candlestick, and he whisks her away to Paris because she shows him a snow globe of it.

    Photo: Hallmark

    Picture a Perfect Christmas (Hallmark, November 9 at 8 p.m.): This is a play on words of “picture-perfect Christmas,” which is close enough to being a real thing, and because the main character — yes — takes pictures. An extreme-sports photographer (Merritt Patterson) goes home to care for her grandmother and ends up engaging in the extremest sport of all: love!

    Merry Happy Whatever (Netflix, November 28): Dennis Quaid and Ashley Tisdale, a meeting of the greats. This Netflix seasonal release isn’t a movie; it’s an eight-episode, holiday-specific anthology series that’s also a multi-cam sitcom. If I were streaming service Disney+, I’d be steamed that I had to go out and find all-new singing teens for that confusing High School Musical reboot while Netflix has Christmas offerings with both Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale.

    Staging Christmas (Lifetime, November 29 at 8 p.m.): Wealthy widower Elliot (George Stults) hires home stager Lori (Soleil Moon Frye) to stage his home, not because he’s putting it on the market but because he wants to cheer up his daughter, Maddie. Because kids love home stagings!

    Radio Christmas (Lifetime, November 9 at 8 p.m.): Kara Porter (Keshia Knight Pulliam) is a radio DJ in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who “seeks to uncover the identity of the town’s Secret Santa, an anonymous benefactor that saved all of Bethlehem’s Christmas festivities.” She’s also falling for a handsome single dad with a cute daughter. Might they be one and the same? Yeah.

    Holiday Rush (Netflix, November 28): Single dad Rashon “Rush” Williams (Romany Malco) loses his radio-DJ gig right around the holidays … just in time for his four spoiled kids to give him their wish lists. His producer and aunt agree to help him buy another station if he and his family can learn to pare back their riche lifestyle. Feels like there’s gotta be an easier way to get a job in radio than buying a whole station, but sure. Whatever works. If Melanie Griffith in Working Girl taught us anything, it’s acquiring radio is a real head-for-business move. La La Anthony guests, because Netflix knows what we want.

    Christmas Scavenger Hunt (Hallmark, November 3 at 8 p.m.): Belinda (Kim Shaw) is teamed up with her ex, Dustin (Kevin McGarry), for her hometown’s Christmas scavenger hunt. From there, we can only hope things take a Belinda Blinkedturn for the steamy.

    Christmas in Louisiana (Lifetime, November 16 at 8 p.m.): Christmas in Louisiana has as rich and deep a mythology as Westeros, with much less bloodshed and much more zydeco holiday music, presumably. So there’s the Winter family, see, and they’re kind of like the Starks of New Iberia, Louisiana. They’re “Christmas royalty.” Daughter and scion to the Winter Family Christmas legacy is Sarah (Jan Kramer), a former Miss Christmas, which Lifetime assures you is a very, very big deal. She returns for the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival and “rediscovers the magic of the season” with her former Mister Christmas, Luke (Percy Daggs III).

    Holiday Hearts (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 21 at 9 p.m.): In a description almost as AutoFill-sounding as Nostalgic Christmas, Holiday Hearts follows Peyton (Ashley Williams) and Ben (Paul Campbell) who have to plan an annual Christmas party, find Christmas spirit, find love, and care for a friend’s daughter.

    Turkey Drop (Freeform, November 23 at 9 p.m.): Freeform’s not like the other girls; she’s different. She’s got a Thanksgiving movie. Olivia Holt plays a freshman who “returns home to her small town for Thanksgiving break and suspects she’s about to get turkey dropped — a.k.a. dumped by her high-school sweetheart.” Cheryl Hines is in this in some capacity!

    Christmas Unleashed (Lifetime, December 7 at 8 p.m.): Marla’s (Vanessa Lachey) dog runs away on Christmas Eve, so her ex-boyfriend Max (Christopher Russell) helps her track him down through their North Carolina town. Spoiler alert: They’ll definitely find the dog and near-definitely rediscover each other.

    Rediscovering Christmas (Lifetime, December 15 at 8 p.m.): Big-city department-store window-dresser Mia (Jessica Lowndes) has just about had it with Christmas, having designed holiday windows for months. She plans on spending Christmas in the tropics, until her sister pulls her into planning their Vermont hometown’s “annual Snowflake festival.” Lifetime really buries the lede in its blurb for this one, because it fails to mention that Jessica Walter co-stars as someone named Mrs. Barrington.

    Rock N’ Roll Christmas (UPtv, November 10 at 7 p.m.):7th Heaven’s own Beverley Mitchell stars in this UPtv original that has nothing to do with the Gary Glitter song of the same name and everything to do with an estranged mother and daughter reuniting to write a hit country Christmas song. Put that in your Joker vape and smoke it!

    A Homecoming for the Holidays (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, December 5 at 9 p.m.): Charlotte (Laura Osnes) is a country singer. Matt (Stephen Huszar) is an ex-soldier. Can I make it any more obvious? She’s working on an album, and together they build a house for a friend. The overlap in Nielsen households that enjoy home-reno shows and Hallmark Christmas movies is probably massive, so this was a shrewd and brilliant call.

    Time for You to Come Home for Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, December 6 at 9 p.m.): The title sounds like something Yule demon Krampus chants before he kills you, but it’s actually just a Blake Shelton joint! He executive-produced ’s Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, based on his song “Time for Me to Come Home” from his Christmas album, Cheers It’s Christmas. This one is about a Christmas dance for military families. That doesn’t make the title any less menacing, though.

    Christmas at Dollywood (Hallmark, December 8 at 8 p.m.): I get that this title made sense for theme-park promotional reasons, but not calling it Holly Dolly Christmas is a huge missed opportunity. Is it just going to be a thinly veiled travelogue for Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival? Oh, definitely. But Dolly Parton’s in it, so we’re all watching it.

    Christmas Stars (Lifetime, December 13 at 8 p.m.): Aspiring R&B singer Layla (Erica Durance) pairs up with amateur songwriter Spence (J.T. Hodges) to try and land a record deal, but the label thinks Spence might be the real star. Also, it’s set at Christmas!

    Our Christmas Love Song (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 22 at 9 p.m.): Country star Melody Jones (Alicia Witt) gets accused of plagiarizing her latest holiday single, which is funny because, like, aren’t all holiday songs roughly riffing on the same four musical motifs? What element of the song did she steal, exactly? Bells? Anyway, she returns home to wait out the media storm with her estranged family … And her old flame (Brendan Hines).

    A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, November 7 at 9 p.m.): Hallmark Channel mainstay Rachael Leigh Cook plays Willow Petersen, who helps her sister plan a wedding at the inn her family once owned. This movie that had a working title of “Christmas Bride.” That’s it. That’s the entry.

    A Christmas Recipe for Romance (UPtv, November 24 at 7 p.m.): UPtv really thinks it can air two Christmas cooking-competition-themed originals back to back and we won’t notice, huh! This time, it’s about a small-town innkeeper who enters the competition to save the inn, and learns cooking technique along the way from a hot, “slightly disgraced” celebrity chef.

    Check Inn to Christmas (Hallmark, November 28 at 8 p.m.): There isn’t a photo of the two leads together on the website, let alone a blurb. I love the unnecessary punnage behind this name, though, because it’s only, like, a semi-spin. “Check In” is already an inn-related term in itself; it’s something one does in an inn. The second n is so, so redundant. It vaguely seems like it’s referencing Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas,” but that’s all I’ve got. If there isn’t a travel-writer B-plot, I’m checking out of this one.

    Christmas Chalet (UPtv, December 1 at 7 p.m.): Uh-oh! A small, charming Christmas town double-booked their Christmas chalet, so three generations of Mitchum women will have to share it with a grinchy, peacoat-wearing author looking for an escape. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

    Same Time, Next Christmas (ABC, December 5 at 9 p.m.): A late entrant into the list, because who knew one of the major networks was making a Christmas TV movie original? Not I! Lea Michele plays Olivia, who spends Christmas every year at a Hawaiian resort (okay, so “charming inn” is a stretch) with her family. At the resort, she runs into the one that got away. There’s a 91 percent chance that the movie’s opening scene is set to Michele’s new Christmas song. Nia Vardalos plays her mom, so we’re sold.

    Christmas Hotel (Lifetime, December 21 at 8 p.m.): Look. Eventually, you run out of plucky leads to name “Holly.” So you make a movie about the “Mt. Holly Inn” in the town of “Mt. Holly.” Erin (Tatyana Ali) is sent by her big-city boss to buy out the beloved inn in her hometown, and the townspeople are none too pleased. Her ex-boyfriend Conner fights her on taking over the hotel, but comes to her aid when the hotel staff come down with the flu and the two of them have to plan the Christmas Hotel’s Christmas events. “Erin has to figure out if what she really wants is a promotion or to be home again.” It’s insane that we’re still doing this.

    Christmas Wedding Runaway (UPtv, December 22 at 7 p.m.):Runaway Bride …at Christmas!

    No Time Like Christmas (Lifetime, October 27 at 8 p.m.): Emma (Kyla Pratt) finds herself staying for the holidays at the same charming B&B as her former flame (Ed Ruttle) and his daughter. Together, they have to put on a holiday show (about a magical watch, hence the title?) to save the local historical theater. Kyla Pratt was the voice of Penny Proud, of the Proud Family Prouds. This alone is reason enough to watch. On top of that, Jim O’Heir, Jerry from Parks and Rec, plays a kindly, mysterious man in a bowler hat.

    Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays (Hallmark, November 23 at 8 p.m.):Hello, Adrian Grenier as a wealthy widower named Owen who falls in love with the nanny to his three children, Harper (Kaitlin Doubleday), while they plan an “Elvis at Christmas” Graceland event! With appearances by Priscilla Presley herself and country singer Chase Bryant, this is an E-ticket Hallmark Christmas movie.

    Christmas Duet (Hallmark, November 25 at 8 p.m.):Nashville’s Chaley Rose and How to Get Away With Murder’s Rome Flynn are Averie and Jesse, a former music duo who reunite at Averie’s Vermont lodge for the annual Yuletide Festival. Will they sing their “famous” duet, “Wouldn’t Be Christmas?” Will they write something new? All we know is … this one also has a travel-writer B-plot.

    Christmas Reservations (Lifetime, November 2 at 8 p.m.): Holly is the event coordinator at the Treeline Ski Resort. She’s also Melissa Joan Hart. When her now-widowed college sweetheart (Ricardo Chavira — Carlos from Desperate Housewives) checks in with his two kids, “Holly discovers she has her own reservations about life and love.” Get it? Christmas Reservations is produced by Hartbreak Films, which of course is Melissa Joan Hart’s impeccably named production company.

    Twinkle All the Way (Lifetime, November 23 at 8 p.m.): Cadence Clark (Sarah Drew) is a wedding planner, planning a wedding at the exclusive Snowview Lodge. Henry Harrison (Ryan McPartlin) is “co-owner of a family-run Christmas decoration and house-lighting company,” who just used up Vulture’s hyphen budget. This movie has it all: adorable daughters and massive snowstorms.

    Matchmaker Christmas (Lifetime, December 14 at 6 p.m.): Not to be confused with Lacey Chabert Hallmark movie Matchmaker Santa, Lifetime’s Matchmaker Christmas follows editor Maggie, who volunteers to find a date to the office holiday party for her boss. She gets distracted on her quest when a new author joins their publishing company … and it’s her ex-fiancé, Jaxson.

    A Christmas Movie Christmas (UPtv, October 27 at 7 p.m.): This Christmas movie is about a fan of Christmas movies named Eve who finds herself transported into a Christmas movie (in this, a Christmas movie) on Christmas Eve. This is both a genius premise and a prime opportunity for me to endorse one of my favorite movies of the decade, Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie,a teen beach movie about teens on a beach who get sucked into a teen beach movie within the teen beach movie.

    Merry Liddle Christmas (Lifetime, November 30 at 8 p.m.): For the first time ever, Kelly Rowland enters the world of television production to bring a true story of “her own recent Christmas catastrophe” to life onscreen. Rowland stars as Jacquie, “a successful, super-together single tech entrepreneur” whose family brings all kinds of mess to her house on Christmas. How will she keep it together in time for “a glossy video shoot of ‘the perfect Christmas’”? It is very brave of Kelly to share this true story of a Christmas catastrophe with audiences — the stakes have never been higher.

    Christmas Town (Hallmark, December 1 at 8 p.m.): Picture this: coral pink nails drumming menacingly on the screen of an iPad Mini second generation, open to Deadline.A full glass of hot milk sits bedside. “Well. Well. Well. Look who they flew to Rome. Rome. Little Miss Lacey thinks she’s queen of the channel now, doesn’t she, Kirk? I’ll show her who really wears the Hallmark crown in this town.” The coral talons clutch the second-gen iPad Mini by its bedazzled case. “Town. That’s it! I’ll have Hallmark build me a whole damn town. A Christmas town!This is how I imagine Candace Cameron Bure reacting to the news of the Lacey Chabert vehicle Christmas in Rome and responding in turn with the Candace Cameron Bure vehicle Christmas Town, about a teacher who leaves Boston to move to a Christmas town and fall in love with Mutt from Schitt’s Creek. 

    Christmas in Montana (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, December 12 at 9 p.m.): Christmas … but make it in Montana.

    Black Christmas (in theaters December 13): It’s written and directed by women. It’s a Blumhouse adaptation of a s Canadian slasher flick. Cary Elwes plays a professor with a tweedy accent. There’s a reenactment of the Mean Girls “Jingle Bell Rock” dance. The tagline is “Slay, girls.” This seems like a fun, spooky reprieve from two months of cable holiday-movie marathoning.

    Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, December 13 at 9 p.m.): Daytime soap star Jen Lilley stars in this, either as a novelist or a fallen angel?

    Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (Hallmark, December 14 at 8 p.m.): Ah yes, the third in the Hallmark Christmas in Evergreen series, after Christmas in Evergreen and Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa. This third installment will feel like goin’ home to see old friends. I presume. For people out there who really like Christmas in Evergreen. Apparently, the Evergreen franchise is inspired by the literal art on Hallmark greeting cards? Did Hallmark Christmas cards really need a film adaptation?

    Holiday Date (Hallmark, December 15 at 8 p.m.): Here’s another one that we don’t know much about, yet. It also has really bad SEO. You know what you get when you google “Holiday Date?” You get Veterans Day. It’s November Now you know.

    A Family Christmas Gift (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, December 2o at 9 p.m.): Hark! Rejoice! Definite Masked Singer contestant Patti LaBelle does Hallmark movies now. We don’t know what this one is about, but we can make informed guesses. Prediction One: There will be pie. Prediction Two: If there’s a Christmas tree in the vicinity, there better be some background singers underneath it.

    It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Hallmark, December 21 at 8 p.m.): As of October 5, they were still in casting. That piping-hot bit of nog is based on a fan interaction on Twitter with its star, Eric Mabius. On October 5, he also saw an otter.

    A Cheerful Christmas (Hallmark, December 22 at 8 p.m.): This one doesn’t have a synopsis. It doesn’t even have a cast. It just has this mood-piece color story on the Hallmark website.

    Baby in a Manger (UPtv, December 24 at 7 p.m.): A hot social worker and a hot cop find a baby in a manger at a Christmas pageant, only it’s not a baby actor and it is the abandoned child of a young, frightened teen who identifies with Mary. Heavy!

    When Calls the Heart Christmas (Hallmark, December 25 at 8 p.m.): This! This is the reason for the season! This is what we’re all going to abandon our various family gatherings for on Christmas itself! It’s the Christmas movie for When Calls the Heart, the Hallmark show that literally edited Lori Loughlin out of its sixth season after the college-admissions scandal! They didn’t kill her character off, so could she make a surprise, special appearance in the Christmas special? Leave your loved ones and tune in on Christmas to find out!

    New Year, New Me (Hallmark, December 28 at 8 p.m.): Do New Year’s movies count? Nope!


    A Definitive Guide to ’s Deluge of New Christmas MoviesSours:

    Why trust us with your precious Lifetime movie recommendations, you ask?

    Because—if we do say so ourselves—we're experts.

    No, really. For better or worse, we've amassed an entire lifetime of, uh, Lifetime viewing, and now, we're making it count. Our "Best Lifetime Movies" list is thorough, complete, and thoughtful in a way that only a true fan's list could be. We've laughed and cried at these films for years, so we can say with certainty that the list has it all: the good, the bad, the Golden Globe-nominated, and the not-exactly-critically-acclaimed. Whether you're already a Lifetime superfan or are hoping to become one this weekend, this is either the "best of" compilation you've been waiting for—or the one never knew you needed.

    So consider this our formal invitation to forget the haters and naysayers and simply do you. Take a look at our top picks, then settle in with a blanket, a few of your favorite snacks, and a box of tissues.

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    The Best Lifetime Movies: Drama

    "Drama" is all but expected in any Lifetime movie, but in terms of really nailing the genre, it's these four films that come to mind.


    The haunting book of the same name is brought to life with the help of a young Kristen Stewart. She plays a high school student named Melinda who refuses to break her silence about an incident that happened to her over the summer, but her classmates aren't having it.

    Gracie's Choice

    Before Kristen Bell was known for her comedic characters, she took a dramatic role in 's Gracie's Choice. The film follows Kristen, who plays year-old Gracie, and her four siblings as she attempts to keep her family from being torn apart.

    The Devil's Arithmetic

    In The Devil's Arithmetic, Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy shine. The heartbreaking but incredibly important movie tells the tale of a modern-day Jewish teenager transported through time to Poland.

    Flowers in the Attic

    No one's ever forgotten 's disturbing book-to-movie transformation of Flowers in the Attic, which centers on the lives of children trapped in an attic by their evil mother. Word to the wise: This one may be a cult classic Lifetime movie, but it's really not for the faint of heart.

    The Best Lifetime Movies: Crime

    When you flip on a Lifetime movie, you usually expect to see one of two things: Christmasor crime. Here, we delve into the latter.

    Death of a Cheerleader

    First up—and it has to be first—is Death of a Cheerleader. It's an altogether unforgettable film in which "popular girl" tropes pair nicely with, you know, murder.

    Lizzie Borden Took An Ax

    We have to give a shout-out to Christina Ricci's star turn in this thrilled. It's every bit as terrifying as the title makes it sound, giving us not one, but multiple murders to freak out about.

    Drew Peterson: Untouchable

    Rob Lowe makes for a pretty menacing murderer in Drew Peterson: Untouchable. We're honestly still not over this one.


    Obsessed makes our list simply because it is the quintessential Lifetime movie. Affair? Stalker? Ominous title? Check, check and check!

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    The Best Lifetime Movies: Romance

    Lifetime romance movies will never let you down, between the tears and the corny lines. These are a few of the ones we return to, again and again.

    William & Kate

    William & Kate tells the oh-so-romantic story of—you guessed it!—Prince William and Kate Middleton. If you're at all interested in the royal family, it'll have you absolutely entranced.

    Love by the 10th Date

    Here's a fun one for the romantic comedy fans out there. Starring Keri Hilson and Kelly Rowland, the movie follows the friends as they try to figure out whether they can really fall in love by that magical (if elusive) 10th date.

    Marry Me

    Marry Me showcases Lucy Liu at her most delightful. More wonderful still is the fact that it has two parts for the most hopeless of romantics among us.

    Sundays at Tiffany's

    Last (but certainly not least), Sundays at Tiffany's gives us a whole slew of movie magic: feel-good romance, a little bit of imagination-gone-wild fantasy, and Alyssa Milano. Just be warned: There are a few scenes in here you won't want your children to see.

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    The Best Lifetime Movies: Biographical

    Art imitates life in the case of our favorite type of Lifetime movie: the "true story" genre. There are really too many to choose from, but if we had to play favorites, we'd go with the following:

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    We can't help but start with 's glorious Georgia O'Keeffe, which will delight both romantics and history buffs.It was nominated for three Golden Globes, after all.

    Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

    Chronicling the real-life love story of our favorite new parents, Harry & Meghan was such a hit when it premiered in that Lifetime ordered a sequel (which is set to debut in May ).

    The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

    This one made us teary in the best way. Simone Biles is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, and on the small screen, her story resonates beautifully.

    Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story

    Have tissues ready for this true-to-life biographical film. Whether or not you're aHarry Potter fan, this is one struggle-to-stardom story you don't want to miss.

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    The Best Lifetime Movies: Christmas

    Lifetime movies and Christmastime go together like trees and tinsel. (And it's okay to admit that you've been known to change the channel over to Hallmark when December rolls around.) But among the Lifetime movies that have kept our attention are the four we've highlighted here.

    The Spirit of Christmas

    Romantics (and Jen Lilley fans) will love her role in 's The Spirit of Christmas.There are ghosts, for goodness' sake!

    12 Men of Christmas

    Broadway's beloved Kristen Chenoweth shines in 's 12 Men of Christmas. The Wicked star's character, E.J., is tasked with persuading 12 men to pose naked for a calendar. We'll just leave it there.

    Recipe for a Perfect Christmas

    More of a foodie than a film buff? You'll love Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, starring Christine Baranski.

    The Road to Christmas

    If you're a Christmas movie maven, you'll want to stick with a laugh-filled classic. We guarantee The Road to Christmas is the movie for you. It even stars Jennifer Grey (from Dirty Dancing)!

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    The Spirit of Christmas


    Recipe for a Perfect Christmas


    The Road to Christmas


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