Lifetime knows that there’s no such thing as too much holiday cheer. Here’s proof: In the days leading up to Santa’s arrival, Lifetime is airing 35 brand-new Christmas movies a.k.a. their “largest holiday movie slate ever.”
In previous years, Lifetime kicked off their “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” programming in October (similar to Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas”), but this year, they’re reserving the festive fun for November and December. Lifetime’s Christmas movies will kick off on November 12 with An Ice Wine Christmas, starring Roselyn Sanchez and Lyriq Bent. From then on, they’ll air a new movie on Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m., but once Thanksgiving hits, they’ll take things up a notch and premiere a new movie every single night from November 26 through December 25. That’s right, for the first time ever, Lifetime is airing 30 new movies in 30 days.
True to tradition, all of this year’s movies are packed with heart, heartthrobs and holiday activities galore. Prepare to see so many of your Lifetime favorites (Mario Lopez, Melissa Joan Hart and Tia Mowry, to name a few) with a handful of new faces (new to Lifetime, at least), including country music superstar Reba McEntire.
So, sit back, relax and scroll through this list to get a glimpse of what’s to come. (Spoiler alert: It’s going to be amazing.)
Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” 2021 Movie Schedule
All movies air at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Friday, November 12
An Ice Wine Christmas, starring Roselyn Sanchez and Lyriq Bent
Leading sommelier Camila (Roselyn Sanchez) returns home to help her family-run business prepare for the annual Ice Wine Christmas Festival.
Saturday, November 13
A Picture Perfect Holiday, starring Tatyana Ali, Henderson Wade and Dina Meyer
A scheduling mishap forces Gaby (Tatyana Ali) and Sean (Henderson Wade) to share the same rental at the annual Christmas Photography Retreat. Eventually, they learn that this mix-up may have been the biggest blessing in disguise.
Friday, November 19
Dancing Through the Snow, starring AnnaLynne McCord, Colin Lawrence and Bianca Lawrence
A video of Michael (Colin Lawrence) and his daughter dancing goes viral, making him one of the Internet’s most eligible bachelors. That’s great and all, but Michael only has his eyes set on one person: his daughter’s ballet teacher, Olivia (AnnaLynne McCord).
Saturday, November 20
You Make It Feel Like Christmas, starring Mary Antonini, Michael Xavier, Stephanie Sy and Alex Poch-Goldin
To her father’s dismay, Emma (Mary Antonini) opts to skip out on her family’s holiday celebrations to focus on work, but her ex-boyfriend’s return home from active military duty may be the one thing that changes her mind.
Sunday, November 21
Baking Spirits Bright, starring Rekha Sharma, Dion Johnstone, Aadila Dosani, Praneet Akilla, Manoj Sood and Nimet Kanji
Fruitcake may not be as popular as it once was, but Mira (Rekha Sharma) isn’t giving up hope about the future of her family’s fruitcake business. In fact, she promises her parents that she’ll do whatever it takes to keep their dream alive, no matter who (a high-powered marketing executive, for example) tries to get in her way.
Friday, November 26
Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune, starring Reba McEntire, John Schneider, Candice King and Justin David
A former couple and country duo agree to perform in their daughter’s Christmas concert and it doesn’t take long for them to fall right back into rhythm.
Saturday, November 27
Merry Liddle Christmas Baby, starring Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jamie M. Callica and Nathan Witte
The Liddles are back! This time around, they’re spending the holidays getting ready for the arrival of their first baby.
Sunday, November 28
Miracle in Motor City, starring Tia Mowry, Mark Taylor and Smokey Robinson
Amber (Tia Mowry) puts herself in compromising situation after promising everyone that she’ll be able to book Smokey Robinson for the church’s annual Christmas pageant. Her friends convince Amber’s ex-boyfriend to help her track down Smokey — and well, things go even better than planned.
Monday, November 29
Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion, starring Michelle Argyris, Alonzo B. Slater and Asia’h Epperson
Event planner Amy (Michelle Argyris) is hired by an up-and-coming singer (Asia’h Epperson) to throw a huge bash for her family over the holidays.
Tuesday, November 30
Saying Yes to Christmas, starring Erika Prevost and Romaine Waite
A magical Christmas wish forces June (Erika Prevost) to say “yes” to everything, including meeting up with an old love, Blake (Romaine Waite). They pick up right where they left off, causing June to question if she should leave her career in the city for a hometown romance.
Wednesday, December 1
Match Made in Mistletoe, starring Natalie Lisinska and Damon Runyan
Emily (Natalie Lisinska) is the expert when it comes to interior design, but the ambassador (Damon Runyan) she’s working for has some different ideas about the decorations for the holiday charity ball.
Thursday, December 2
A Christmas Village Romance, starring Jake Epstein, Jeni Ross and Oliver Renaud
Upon learning that Maple Creek is struggling to stay afloat, popular romance novelist Diana (Jeni Ross) sponsors the village’s gala and calls on her fans for support. It’s not all business, though: She starts to fall for the village’s blacksmith and local historian (Jake Epstein), which becomes incredibly complicated when her longtime crush (Oliver Renaud) shows up.
Friday, December 3
A Christmas Dance Reunion, starring Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman
As children, Lucy (Monique Coleman) and Barrett (Corbin Blue) would dance together at the Winterleigh Resort’s annual Christmas Dance. Since the resort is celebrating their last Christmas season before shutting down for good, Lucy wonders if she should revisit her past and give Barrett a call.
Saturday, December 4
Kirk Franklin’s A Christmas Gospel, starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Kirk Franklin
Just weeks before Christmas, Olivia (Demetria McKinney) takes the lead pastor position at a new church. Once she’s able to get past her nerves, she learns that she’s exactly where she’s meant to be.
Sunday, December 5
My Favorite Christmas Melody, starring Mya and Rainbow Sun Francks
Along the way, aspiring singer-songwriter Abby (Mya) set aside her big dreams to make a living, but a new opportunity at her local high school opens her eyes to new possibilities.
Monday, December 6
Secretly Santa, starring Alicia Dea Josipovic and Travis Nelson
Miranda (Alicia Dea Josipovic) and Paul (Travis Nelson) are rivals, but a twist of fate during a costumed Santa crawl may inspire them to see the other person in a whole new light.
Tuesday, December 7
Christmas Movie Magic, starring Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley
Entertainment writer Alli (Holly Deaveaux) heads to a small town to learn more about the classic Christmas movie that was filmed there. It turns out to be a bigger story than she realized — and luckily, she can lean on the town’s local theater owner (Drew Seeley) for help.
Wednesday, December 8
Christmas With a Crown, starring Marcus Rosner and Lisa Durupt
While visiting her hometown, Cassie (Lisa Durupt) meets a handsome stranger, Nicolas (Marcus Rosner). As the two start to work together on her family’s holiday festival, she learns that he’s — wait for it — a prince in disguise.
Thursday, December 9
A Fiancé for Christmas, starring Marie Osmond, Amanda Payton and Adam Gregory
The always-single Sawyer (Amanda Payton) creates a fake wedding registry, hoping that a priceless shopping spree can cure her holiday blues. Some people discover the registry and believe it’s real, so Sawyer finds a fake fiancé who is willing to go along with the lie. Along the way, however, their made-up love becomes the real deal.
Friday, December 10
Holiday in Santa Fe, starring Mario Lopez, Emeraude Troubia, Aimee Garcia and Gia Lopez
Milagro is the heart of Casa de Milargo, a family-owned business that specializes in holiday decor. When she unexpectedly passes away, her son (Mario Lopez) and daughter (Aimee Garcia) are left to pick up the pieces, questioning if they should carry on their mother’s legacy or sell her business entirely.
Saturday, December 11
The Holiday Fix Up, starring Jana Kramer, Ryan McPartlin and Maria Menounos
Sam (Jana Kramer) and Coop (Ryan McPartlin) have a complicated history, which is put on display for all to see when they’re asked to restore The Bell Harbor Inn together.
Sunday, December 12
People Presents: Blending Christmas, starring Haylie Duff and Aaron O’Connell
Emma (Haylie Duff) and Liam’s (Aaron O’Connell) families come together for a surprise proposal, but sure enough, everyone else makes this special moment about them. The drama upsets the couple, ultimately taking a toll on their relationship.
Monday, December 13
Maps and Mistletoe, starring Humberly Gonzalez and Ronnie Row
Tasked with designing a novelty treasure map of the North Pole, Emilia (Humberly Gonzalez) turns to Drew (Ronnie Rowe), a North Pole explorer, for assistance.
Tuesday, December 14
Ghosts of Christmas Past, starring Annie Clark and Dan Jeannotte
Ellie’s (Annie Clark) ghosting tendencies are finally starting to catch up with her. A fortune teller urges her to make amends with the men she’s left on red if she wants to find true love. The catch: She has to track down all the men before the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve.
Wednesday, December 15
The Enchanted Christmas Cake, starring Erica Durance and Robin Dunne
Gwen (Erica Durance) can’t figure out why her grandmother’s Enchanted Christmas Cake doesn’t taste as magical as she remembered. Then she bumps into a chef, who just so happens to be in town to shoot a holiday special, and figures out exactly what the cake — and her life — is missing.
Thursday, December 16
Christmas by Chance, starring Winny Clarke and Jacob Blair
Chance (Winny Clarke) is hired by William (Jacob Blair), a wealthy entrepreneur, to organize the perfect proposal for his girlfriend, Leyla (Celse Desjardins). As Chance gets to know Leyla, he finds that she isn’t ready for marriage — and now it’s up to him to break the news to William.
Friday, December 17
Mistletoe in Montana, starring Melissa Joan Hart, Duane Henry and Jamey Sheridan
There’s nothing quite like Christmas at Paradise Ranch. In search of an off-the-grid adventure that his kids will enjoy, Mark (Duane Henry) ends up booking a week at the ranch and gets way more than he bargained for.
Saturday, December 18
Toying With the Holidays, starring Chad Michael Murray and Cindy Busby
Danielle (Cindy Busby) is excited to show her young son all the things that make her hometown special around the holidays — the North Pole Express train, especially. Once she gets home, she realizes that the train’s magic has worn off … unless Kevin (Chad Michael Murray), a model train enthusiast, can restore it.
Sunday, December 19
Under the Christmas Tree, starring Elise Bauman, Tattiawna Jones and Ricki Lake
While on the hunt for the perfect tree for the governor’s holiday celebration, Charlie (Tattiawna Jones) winds up in Alma’s (Elise Bauman) backyard. Things start out rather icy, but as Christmas nears, the two women start to fall for one another.
Monday, December 20
Candy Cane Candidate, starring Jacky Lai and Jake Epstein
After facing a heartbreaking city council loss, Julia (Jacky Lai) returns home for some much-needed R&R. Shortly after her arrival, she runs into her old high school rival (Jack Epstein) and goes right back to her old ways.
Tuesday, December 21
The Christmas Ball, starring Deidre Mullins, Nick Hendrix and Caroline Langshire
Clare (Deidre Mullins) spends the holidays with her Aunt Bridget in England. While there, she digs into her family’s history and learns that they used to host Christmas Regency Balls at the manor. In an effort to preserve the family manor, they decide to throw a ball.
Wednesday, December 22
It Takes a Christmas Village, starring Brooke Nevins, Corey Sevier and Alli Chung
Mayor Alex Foster (Brooke Nevin) has his heart set on throwing the town’s Christmas market in the historic mill owned by Darcy’s (Corey Sevier) family. The problem: Darcy isn’t a fan of, well, anyone, but perhaps, Alex is the one to change that once and for all.
Thursday, December 23
Rebuilding a Dream Christmas, starring Meggan Kaiser, Zane Stephens and Bryson JonSteele
When Abbey (Meggan Kaiser) receives news that she inherited her grandmother’s Victorian home, she returns home to oversee repairs before selling it. That is, until she starts to fall for the repairman and his adorable eight-year-old son.
Friday, December 24
Hot Chocolate Holiday, starring Aubrey Reynolds and Jonny Swenson
Colette’s (Aubrey Reynolds) knows hot chocolate better than anybody — except for Marcus, the new dessert shop owner, apparently. When he starts serving a drink that’s nearly identical to her own, she sets on a mission to bring him down.
Saturday, December 25
Writing Around the Christmas Tree, starring Krystal Joy Brown and Curtis Hamilton
Mikaela (Krystal Joy Brown), a successful romance novelist, doesn’t practice what she preaches — until a fellow writer at her Christmas treat shows her that the love stories she writes can be more than merely works of fiction.
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