You might think that late October is a little early to start holiday programming, but Lifetime has a lot of movies to fit into the schedule this year. Lifetime is streaming the network’s largest holiday movie slate ever in 2019, and it’s all part of the annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime programming event.
The start date is October 25th and the programming slate continues for two months through Christmas day. This year the company has 28 movies to premiere, and a new holiday special. That gives viewers more than 1000 hours of holiday hits, and if you still feel like a grinch at the end, you’re dead inside and no one can help you. This year’s slate will also include a new special, “Battle of The Christmas Movie Stars,” premiering on December 21st. The new special has stars battling one another for the Christmas crown with holiday-themed challenges.
As we mentioned earlier, there will be thousands of hours of holiday programming, but for now, we will stick with the new movie premieres.
Lifetime is starting the network’s movie premieres with “Sweet Mountain Christmas,” starring Megan Hilty and Marcus Rosner on October 25th. Country music star Laney Blu (Hilty) hasn’t been back to her Tennessee hometown in years. It wasn’t the kindest place to grow up, so when her career skyrocketed at seventeen she was happy to leave it behind. Though she’s set to headline a Christmas concert in NYC, Laney decides to make a quick pit-stop to see her family. When a freak snowstorm hits, she finds herself stranded in the town, and is roped into taking part in a local Christmas concert. As Laney spends more time in her hometown, it becomes less and less like she remembered it. She begins to fall in the love with the people, place and just maybe, a handsome snowplow driver named Robbie (Rosner). When the storm lets up, will Laney head off to NYC or will home be where her heart is?
“Sweet Mountain Christmas” is produced by Brightlight Pictures. Tamara Trexler and Nancy Bennett serve as executive producers.
“The Road Home for Christmas” stars Marla Sokoloff, Rob Mayes, and Marie Osmond, and premieres on October 26th. Two rival musicians, Lindsay (Sokoloff) and Wes (Mayes), who perform in a dueling piano show, suddenly find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve and decide to road trip to their neighboring hometowns together. During the drive, the mismatched pair find themselves surrounded by Santa conventioneers, saving a Christmas nativity play, performing onstage in Nashville with music royalty (Osmond), and braving a massive snowstorm which just may lead them to making sweet music together.
“The Road Home for Christmas” is produced by Hybrid, LLC. Jeff Schenck serves as executive producer.
On October 27th, “No Time Like Christmas” airs, and the movie stars Kyla Pratt, Ed Ruttle, Rachel McLaren and Jim O’Heir. After Emma (Pratt) finds her college boyfriend’s engraved watch at a vintage jewelry shop, her sister Bronwyn (McLaren) believes it is a sign, and decides to secretly play cupid by sending Emma to the same bed and breakfast in Vermont that Fletcher (Ruttle) is staying at one week before Christmas. However, upon arrival, Emma is not only shocked to bump into her first love after all these years, but also his vivacious daughter. Throughout the week, the two fight their feelings for one another as they plan a Christmas Eve show in hopes of saving the local theater.
“No Time Like Christmas” is produced by Howard Braunstein Films.
On November 2nd we have our first Melissa Joan Hart project, “Christmas Reservations.” The movie also stars Ricardo Chavira, Ted McGinley, Michael Gross, and Markie Post. It’s Christmas at the Treeline Ski Resort, where Holly (Hart) is the event coordinator at her family lodge. She plans every event and keeps all the guests happy. But when her college sweetheart, (Chavira) now widowed with two children, checks in, Holly discovers she has her own reservations about life and love.
“Christmas Reservations” is produced by Hartbreak Films and Cineflix International.
On November 3rd, Lexi Lawson, Mark Ghanimé, and Beth Broderick star in “Forever Christmas.” When marketing exec Lucy (Lawson, Hamilton) learns that she’s inherited her grandfather’s year-round Christmas store, “Forever Christmas,” she makes a trip back home to support the store during its final Christmas season before she sells it to a hip athletic leisurewear company. But once she is back in Vermont, she begins to understand why her grandfather’s shop is so special with the help of local diner owner, Scott (Ghanimé, The Bold Type) and the magic of a Christmas stranger from the north (Broderick, Sharp Objects, Sabrina the Teenage Witch).
Executive Producers are Sheri Singer (Death of a Cheerleader) and Howard Braunstein (Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story) with Juliette Hagopian (I am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story) as the producer.
“Radio Christmas” airs on November 9th and stars Keshia Knight Pulliam, Michael Xavier, Tim Reid, and Belinda Montgomery. When her Philadelphia radio station is closed for repairs during the holidays, DJ Kara Porter (Pulliam) is forced to broadcast from the small town of Bethlehem. Desperate to increase her numbers and get promoted outside of Radio Christmas – a year-round Christmas station, Kara seeks to uncover the identity of the town’s Secret Santa, an anonymous benefactor that saved all of Bethlehem’s Christmas festivities. Along the way, she discovers the true meaning of family, community, love and of course, Christmas.
“Radio Christmas” is produced by Howard Braunstein Films.
Adelaide Kane, Greyston Holt, and Loretta Devine star in “A Sweet Christmas” on November 10th. When food stylist Holly (Kane) returns home for Christmas, she learns that Loretta (Devine), the elderly owner of her favorite childhood bakery, is retiring and has started a contest to give the bakery away to whoever can recreate her famous 12 Days of Christmas recipes. Holly enters, despite not being much of cook. When a local baker named Brad (Holt) also enters the contest, the two adversaries end up cooking up something special together for the holidays.
“A Sweet Christmas” is produced by Front Street Productions and Stephanie Germaine Productions.
On November 15th you can stream “Christmas A La Mode,” with Katie Leclerc, Ryan Cooper, Jennifer Ellis, Caroline Keeler, and Kathy Harum. Since her father passed away, Emily (Leclerc) has been running her family’s dairy farm with the help of her mother and best friend. But this Christmas, the farm has fallen on hard times so Emily’s sister, Dorothy (Ellis)–who is part owner with Emily–and her handsome business partner, Charlie (Cooper) – show up with a proposition to sell the farm. Emily comes up with an ingenious plan to buy out her sister’s shares and 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! Still as the Christmas Eve deadline for the buyout approaches, Emily needs a Christmas miracle to save the farm and her father’s legacy in time for a happy Christmas.
“Christmas a la Mode” is produced by Gaumont.
Then we head south, for “Christmas in Louisiana” on November 16th with Jana Kramer, Percy Daggs III, Moira Kelly, Brian McNamara, Dee Wallace, and Barry Bostwick. The Winter Family is Christmas royalty in New Iberia, Louisiana, and Sarah Winter (Kramer), a successful lawyer and former Miss Christmas, is no exception. When she returns home to celebrate the anniversary of the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival with her mother (Kelly) and her grandparents (Wallace and Bostwick), she rediscovers the magic of the season–and a little romance– with her former Mister Christmas, Luke (Daggs III).
“Christmas in Louisiana” is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers.
“Random Acts of Christmas” stars Erin Cahill, Kevin McGarry, Patrick Duffy, and Jaclyn Smith, and airs on November 17th. While uncovering who is behind the random acts of Christmas popping up around her city, investigative journalist, Sydney (Cahill, Hometown Christmas, How I Met Your Mother) meets a competing reporter, Cole (McGarry, When Calls the Heart), who ignites her Christmas spirit and captures her heart, but may not be the man he claims to be. Also stars Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s Angels) and Patrick Duffy (Step by Step).
Produced by Jolly Productions in association with Johnson Production Group.
“Magical Christmas Shoes” airs on November 22nd, and stars Erin Karpluk and Damon Runyan. A pair of magical shoes step into Kayla Hummel’s (Karpluk) holiday season, allowing her to rediscover her Christmas spirit and find love too.
“Magical Christmas Shoes” is produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions.
“Twinkle All the Way” is your holiday hit on November 23rd, and the movie stars Sarah Drew, Ryan McPartlin, and Lesley Ann Warren. To pull off a spectacular Christmas themed wedding at the exclusive Snowview Lodge, wedding planner, Cadence Clark (Drew) – joins forces with Henry Harrison (McPartlin), co-owner of a family-run Christmas decoration and house-lighting company. Cadence and Henry, both single parents of young daughters, grow closer as they contribute to each others’ projects – Cadence with the wedding and Henry with his high-profile client, Mrs. Sutton (Warren), and her annual VIP Christmas Eve party. However, a snow storm threatens to wreak havoc on the wedding. But with help from Henry, family, and some holiday magic, Cadence may just be able to pull off the wedding and perhaps fall in love along the way.
“Twinkle All the Way” is produced by Off Camera Entertainment with Stephanie Slack serving as executive producer.
“Christmas 9 to 5” stars Tiya Sircar and George Wendt and airs on November 24th. Jennifer (Sircar) is a tough crime beat reporter who gets the assignment of her life: to find the true meaning of Christmas. When she goes undercover in a department store as a 9 to 5 sales clerk from Black Friday to Christmas Eve, she finds her true calling and meets the man of her dreams. It’s a Christmas she will never forget.
“Christmas 9 to 5” is produced by MarVista Entertainment with Larry Grimadli and Danielle von Zerneck serving as executive producers.
On November 27th, “A Very Vintage Christmas” airs with Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Jesse Hutch, and Patricia Richardson. The Christmas lights are up and shoppers are flooding the quaint town of Mountain View, including one special store, Very Vintage Antiques. The shop’s owner, Dodie (Mowry-Hardrict), is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, similar to the pieces in her shop. When Dodie finds a hidden box containing an eclectic collection of mementos chronicling a timeless romantic union, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Dodie manages to persuade the handsome new tenant, Edward (Hutch), at the listed address to help her with her search. Will they find the true owner and true love on their adventure?
“A Very Vintage Christmas” is produced by Brightlight Pictures and The Kaufman Company.
Stuff your turkey with “A Christmas Wish,” with Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Megan Park, Cristian de la Fuente, and Pam Grier. Every December in the small town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana a wooden wishing box is placed in the park as a Christmas tradition. People write down their true heart’s desire on a slip of paper and place it in the box in hopes that their wish will be granted. After a night out together, Maddie (Park) encourages her sister Faith (Burton) to put a wish in the box – a wish to experience true love for the first time. Faith and Maddie are surprised the next day when she meets the very handsome and eligible Andrew (de la Fuente). At first, Faith thinks that her Christmas wish has come true. But as Christmas nears, Faith begins to wonder if Andrew is really perfect for her, or if the wish is leading her to her best friend, Wyatt (Hilton).
“A Christmas Wish” is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Also starring Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Bruce MacVittie, Madeleine McGraw, Aidan McGraw, Willie Garson, Colin Fickes, Rhoda Griffis, Barbara Alyn Woods, and Ryan Cabrera.
“Staging Christmas” stars Soleil Moon Frye, George Stults, and Jaleel White and airs on November 29th. Lori (Moon Frye) stages homes for a living and her busiest season is Christmas! Though she normally only stages homes that are for sale, she’s intrigued when a wealthy widower named Elliot (Stults) asks her to stage his home for the holidays to cheer up his daughter, Maddie. As Lori starts remaking Elliott’s home, she finds that Maddie isn’t the only one in desperate need of the Christmas spirit. As Lori spends more and more time with Elliot and Maddie, she starts to feel like part of the family. While she was initially hired to simply stage the perfect Christmas in their house, she ends up creating it for the father and daughter in every way imaginable.
“Staging Christmas” is produced by Hybrid, LLC with Jeff Schenck serving as executive producer.
Kelly Rowland stars in “Merry Little Christmas” on November 30th. Inspired by her own recent Christmas catastrophe, Kelly Rowland plays Jacquie– a successful, super-together single tech entrepreneur whose messy family descends on her gleaming new dream home for the holidays. Christmas traditions collide and family drama ensues as she struggles to keep her house together in time for a glossy video shoot of “the perfect Christmas.” On top of that, the possibility of romance with a new neighbor has Jacquie questioning all her dating rules, so even though this isn’t the Christmas she envisioned, it might just be the most magical one yet.
“Merry Little Christmas” is produced by Kronicle Media and executive produced by Korin D. Williams, Harvey Kahn and Monique Nash. Kelly Rowland and Tim Weatherspoon serve as executive producers for Blue Den Productions.
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If you still need more magical cheer, watch “A Storybook Christmas” on December 6th with Ali Liebert, Jake Epstein, and Habree Larratt. If event planner Celeste Everett (Liebert) is going to save her business and give her niece a happy Christmas season, she is going to need help. When the nanny she hires turns out to be a man (Epstein), Celeste surprisingly realizes she may have also found Christmas love for herself.
“A Storybook Christmas” is produced by Reel One Entertainment.
Corey Sevier and Emily Rose star in “Matchmaker Christmas” on December 7th. As the Christmas party for a book publishing company approaches, editor Maggie volunteers to help her boss Amanda find a date. Matchmaking is a bit of a hobby for Maggie, but she is thrown off her game when Jaxson, her old boyfriend from her college years, shows up at her work—as a newly signed, successful author. Maggie would love to deny she feels anything for him still, but Jaxson isn’t making it easy. She’ll have to face her decisions of the past, along with Amanda eyeing Jaxson, to bring together the perfect matches at Christmas.
“Matchmaker Christmas” is produced by Candlelight Media Group.
“A Doggone Christmas” stars Vanessa Lachey and Christopher Russell and airs on December 7th. When Marla’s (Lachey) dog runs away on Christmas Eve, she must team up with her ex-boyfriend Max (Christopher Russell) to find him. As the pup leads the exes on an all-day-and-night search through their North Carolina hometown, they revisit people, places and things that remind them of the Christmas pasts they spent together.
“A Doggone Christmas” is produced by Lighthouse Pictures. Nancy Bennett and Charles Pugliese serve as executive producers.
Julianna Guill and Corey Sevier star in “Grounded for Christmas” on December 8th. When a winter storm hits Cleveland and grounds flights, the nearby hotels quickly fill up with stranded travelers. Nina (Guill), a pilot, reluctantly agrees to let her arrogant but charming fellow pilot, Brady (Sevier), stay at her nearby parents’ home. But when they discover her family is hosting a tree trimming party that night and that her ex will be there, Brady pretends to be her boyfriend to help her out. When the snowstorm continues, their ruse snowballs as Nina and Brady are stuck attending holiday events together. But as Christmas nears, these two opposites begin to realize the best gift they could ever receive, is perhaps, each other.
“Grounded for Christmas” is produced by MarVista Entertainment. Larry Grimaldi serves as executive producer.
“A Christmas Melody” airs on December 13th, and the movie stars Erica Durance and J.T. Hodges. When aspiring R&B artist Layla (Durance) crosses paths with amateur songwriter Spence (Hodges), she thinks she’s found her shot at finally getting a record deal. But as the holidays approach, the fast-paced, high stakes music business threatens to change their sound and relationship – especially when the label executives begin to see Spence as the real star.
“A Christmas Melody” is produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions.
Kim Fields and Adrian Holmes star in “You Light Up My Christmas” on December 14th. Inspired by true events, Emma (Fields) returns to her hometown built around her family’s pioneer Christmas Light Factory two weeks before Christmas. However upon Emma’s return, she discovers the lights have gone dim in the once festive town, prompting her to reconnect with an old flame to set their hearts and the town ablaze with light again.
“You Light Up My Christmas” is produced by Tim Johnson. Tim Johnson and Kim Fields serve as executive producers.
On December 15th you can watch “Rediscovering Christmas.” Mia is a window dresser in a big city department store, living and breathing Christmas for months to get the store ready for the holidays. But now that the season is actually near, she’s a little burned out on holly, sugarplums and Santas of all shapes and sizes. All she wants is a tropical beach getaway with her sister Sara. But, plans change when Sara begs for Mia’s help putting on the annual Snowflake festival in their home town in Vermont. Just when she thought she was out – Santa pulls her back in!
“Rediscovering Christmas” is produced by Brainstorm Media with Meyer Shwarzstein and Larry Gershman serving as executive producers.
“The Christmas Temp” airs on December 20th. An out of work artist discovers a special Christmas temp agency that matches her with a handful of festive jobs, but falls into a creative rut while juggling holiday preparations and feelings for the agency’s HR manager.
“The Christmas Temp” is produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions.
Tatyana Ali stars in “The Christmas Hotel” on December 21st. Erin (Ali) grew up in the small town of Mt. Holly but always dreamt of living in a big city. Her first job – working the desk at the Mt. Holly Inn – started her on a path to New York where she now works at the prestigious Windsor Hotel. When her boss tells her she will receive a promotion if she can pull off a big project, she is thrilled – until she realizes the project is in her hometown. Erin returns home to discover that the locals don’t appreciate their precious Mt. Holly Inn being bought out by a big corporation. And heading up the charge? Erin’s ex-boyfriend Conner. But when several hotel staff members come down with the flu, Erin is forced to enlist Conner’s help with hotel’s Christmas events. As they two re-establish their relationship, Erin has to figure out if what she really wants is a promotion or to be home again.
“The Christmas Hotel” is produced by Hybrid, LLC with Jeff Schenck serving as executive producer.
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