Christmas might not be until December, but some networks are slapping on their mittens and gearing up for the holiday season as early as October.
Families often find themselves gathered around the TV binging some of Hallmark or Lifetime’s latest winter holiday-themed films, and this year is no exception. With people around the country encouraged to stay indoors and avoid crowded locations, Variety breaks down a list of feel-good movies to tune into this year.
As part of Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday movie slate, the channel will premiere 30 original TV movies beginning Oct. 23 and running through mid-December. In its efforts to diversify the stories it showcases, Lifetime said it worked with GLAAD and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) for its first-ever LGBTQ-led film “The Christmas Setup” and “A Sugar & Spice Holiday” centering on an Asian American family.
Hallmark also has about 40 films slated to debut, and HBO Max is releasing a special program later this year, featuring performances by Carrie Underwood for her new holiday album, “The Gift.”
Though Freeform does not plan to release any new holiday-themed originals, the network will begin its “Kickoff To Christmas” lineup starting Nov. 1. “Christmas with the Kranks,” “Frozen” and other Christmas projects will air as part of the schedule, as will the Freeform premiere of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”
The CW’s slate kicks off with the premiere of 2000’s one-hour animated special “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” Nov. 27. In addition to airing holiday classics and family favorites, the network announced brand-new specials for the festive season.
CBS also plans to run various holiday classics, starting with a Nov. 27 airing of “Frosty the Snowman.” Also scheduled are two “Robbie the Reindeer” specials, “The Story of Santa Claus” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
AMC will exclusively offer “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “The Polar Express” and more this year, while its streaming platforms included in AMC Plus will also have holiday-based content. These are set to include “Black Christmas” and “Christmas Evil,” among others.
Meanwhile, ABC announced a holiday slate which includes various annual specials, as well as classics like “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”
More films will be added to the list as networks announce them. But for now, read the full list of holiday movies, in order by air date, below.
“Christmas on Ice” (Oct. 23, Lifetime) – Abigail Klein and Ryan Cooper star in the film about a former figure skating hopeful and a former professional hockey player who work to stop the Mayor (Will Lyman) from closing the skating rink. It is written and directed by John Stimpson.
“Christmas Unwrapped” (Oct. 24, Lifetime) – A reporter named Charity (Amber Stevens West) investigates a man named Erik Gallagher (Marco Grazzini) in the film executive produced by Tiffany Haddish. Charity shows interest in Erik’s claims that the gifts he gives were provided by Santa Claus.
“Jingle Bell Bride” (Oct. 24, Hallmark) – Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe Jr. star in the film about a wedding planner tracking down a special flower in Alaska for her clients. She soon connects to the small town she’s visiting and the man who helps her.
“Christmas Tree Lane” (Oct. 24, Hallmark) – Alicia Witt plays Meg, a music store owner leading an effort to protect a shopping area named Christmas Tree Lane from being destroyed for a new project. The situation gets complicated when she learns that the man she likes (Andrew Walker) has connections with the developer.
“Forever Christmas” (Oct. 25, Lifetime) – A reality TV producer (Chelsea Hobbs) works on a show about a man (Christopher Russell) who celebrates Christmas every day of the year, slowly falling for the subject of her new project. The script is written by Gary Goldstein, and the film is directed by Christie Will Wolf.
“Chateau Christmas” (Oct. 25, Hallmark) – A pianist named Margot (Merritt Patterson) reunites with her ex (Luke Macfarlane) when she visits her family for the holidays. During the trip, she finds her musical passion again.
“Deliver by Christmas” (Oct. 25, Hallmark) – Eion Bailey is a widower named Josh who brings his son to a new town when they move. He stars alongside Alvina August, who plays a bakery owner named Molly. The plot centers around their connection, but Molly is also falling for a client she has yet to meet in person.
“Holidate” (Oct. 28, Netflix) – Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) meet on Christmas and become each other’s date for every festive occasion during the holiday season. As the year of celebrations come to a close, they learn to love everything they hated about the holidays.
“A Crafty Christmas Romance” (Oct. 30, Lifetime) – The investigation into a valuable coin and a letter from Santa left in an old copy of “A Christmas Carol” drives the film’s plot — and the romance between characters Mandy (Nicola Posener) and Jonah (Bradford B. Johnson).
“Candy Cane Christmas” (Oct. 31, Lifetime) – When a neighborhood usually filled with Christmas decorations decides not to put on their annual Candy Cane Lane, a disappointed Phoebe (Beverley Mitchell) searches for new traditions. In the film directed by Adrian Langley and written by Emily Golden, Mitchell’s character falls for a man played by Mark Ghanimé.
“Christmas with the Darlings” (Oct. 31, Hallmark) – The film stars Katrina Law and Carlo Marks as an assistant and her boss’ brother. The two come together when Law’s character offers to help the brother of her boss care for his nieces and nephew during the Christmas season.
“Cranberry Christmas” (Oct. 31, Hallmark) – Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres star as a separated couple who must pretend their marriage is perfectly fine to promote their business and their town’s Christmas festival on national television.
“Überweihnachten” (November, Netflix) – In this three-part Christmas mini-series starring Luke Mockridge, Bastian arrives home for Christmas only to find out that his brother is dating his ex-girlfriend. The brothers bicker through the holidays until they uncover a family secret.
“The Christmas Aunt” (Nov. 1, Lifetime) – Childhood best friends reconnect when Rebecca Miller (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns to their hometown to care for her niece and nephew. She revives the kids’ Christmas faith while growing a newfound view of best friend Drew (Jarod Joseph) in the process.
“One Royal Holiday” (Nov. 1, Hallmark) – During a heavy blizzard, a woman (Laura Osnes) offers shelter to a mother and son (Victoria Clark and Aaron Tveit), only to discover they are the Royal Family of Galwick. She shows the prince her traditional Christmas celebrations as he learns to be true to himself.
“Holly & Ivy” (Nov. 1, Hallmark) – Starring Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Jeremy Jordan (“Supergirl”) and Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale”), the film tells the story of Melody (Parrish) who promises her neighbor Nina (Nichols) that she will look after her children Holly and Ivy following the return of her illness. To do so, she has to renovate her home with the help of contractor Adam (Jordan).
“A Very Country Christmas Homecoming” (Nov. 1, UPtv) – Bea Santos and Greyston Holt reprise their roles as Jeannette and Zane in the third movie in the “A Very Country Christmas” franchise. The film follows the couple’s struggles to plan Christmas together after Jeannette’s former father-in-law makes an appearance following their return from the honeymoon.
“Operation Christmas Drop” (Nov. 5, Netflix) – Congressional aide Erica Miller forgoes her family Christmas gathering to travel across the Pacific at her boss’ request. On a mission to defund an Air Force base, Erica clashes with her guide Captain Andrew Jantz.
“The Christmas Yule Blog” (Nov. 6, Lifetime) – A social media travel writer (Sara Canning) meets a music teacher (Zak Santiago) while covering a holiday parade in New Mexico. She falls in love with more than just Christmas as the teacher shows her different traditions from her own.
“A Welcome Home Christmas” (Nov. 7, Lifetime) – Jana Kramer and Brandon Quinn lead the film, which follows a woman paired with an Army veteran to promote an Army toy drive ahead of the Officer’s Christmas Ball. The movie, directed by Brian Herzlinger and written by T. Booker James, will also air again on Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.
“Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater” (Nov. 7, Hallmark) – Single mother Maggie (Ashley Williams) is alone during the holiday season until Lucas (Niall Matter), an unexpected houseguest, crashes into her life. Through their growing bond, they learn how to get through Christmas.
“The Christmas Ring” (Nov. 7, Hallmark) – A reporter (Nazneen Contractor) takes interest in an old engagement ring and searches for the story behind it. The original owner’s grandson (David Alpay) helps her uncover his grandparents’ legacy.
“A Very Charming Christmas Town” (Nov. 8, Lifetime) – For a holiday vlog, Aubrey Lang (Natalie Hall) goes to the “Most Christmassy Town in the USA” and meets the man assigned to show her around, a chocolate shop owner named Sawyer Larsen (Jon Prescott). Its executive producers are Vanessa Shapiro and Lars Lindstrom.
“On the 12th Date of Christmas” (Nov. 8, Hallmark) – Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes play two game designers with seemingly opposing personalities. The two team up, however, to formulate a romantic “12 Days of Christmas” scavenger hunt through the city.
“The Christmas Bow” (Nov. 8, Hallmark) – A violinist (Lucia Micarelli) suffers an accident that forces her to temporarily put her goals to the side. Her family friend (Michael Rady) helps her with the healing process as she also finds love during the Christmas season.
“A Ring For Christmas” (Nov. 8, UPtv)- Liliana Tandon stars as Angie Moore, a wealthy woman who gets cut off from her family’s money shortly before Christmas. She discovers that a trust fund has been set aside for her to inherit upon getting married, soon setting her mind on finding a man to wed.
“Dash & Lily” (Nov. 10, Netflix) – In the series based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s book “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares,” Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams and desires in a notebook they share at all locations across New York City and learn they have more in common than they expected.
“Christmas on the Vine” (Nov. 13, Lifetime) – A young marketing executive (Julianna Guill) cultivates a relationship with her client (Jon Corr), the owner of a winery, while working to bring Christmas spirit and local wine back to his town.
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Nov. 13, Netflix) – The musical follows toymaker Jeronicus Jangle, portrayed by Forest Whitaker, whose trusted apprentice steals his creation. His granddaughter must heal old wounds to honor the work of her family.
“Christmas on Wheels” (Nov. 14, Lifetime) – In the film directed by Marita Grabiak, Ashley (Tiya Sircar) finds out her uncle sold her mother’s vintage convertible and recruits her uncle’s attorney (Michael Xavier) to help her reclaim and restore it.
“Christmas in Vienna” (Nov. 14, Hallmark) – A concert violinist (Sarah Drew) indifferent to her craft travels to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds new inspiration and romance. The film also stars Brennan Elliott (“Crossword Mysteries”).
“Meet Me at Christmas” (working title) (Nov. 14, Hallmark) – Catherine Bell plays the mother of a groom and Mark Deklin stars as the uncle of the bride. They must work together to plan their relatives’ wedding after the original wedding planner quits.
“The Christmas Edition” (Nov. 15, Lifetime) – Carly Hughes stars as a journalist who gets the chance to run a newspaper in Alaska, jump-starting both the paper’s profits and her budding romance with the former owner’s son, played by Rob Mayes.
“A Timeless Christmas” (Nov. 15, Hallmark) – Charles Whitley (Ryan Paevey) journeys more than a century in the future to 2020 where he encounters Megan Turner (Erin Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a modern Christmas.
“The Christmas Doctor” (Nov. 15, Hallmark) – Holly Robinson Peete stars as Alicia Wright, a doctor working an assignment away from home. Adrian Holmes plays a man tracking her down to share important revelations with her before Christmas.
“Mistletoe Magic” (Nov. 15, UPtv) – Harper (Jessica Sipos) makes the mistake of donating her family’s cherished mistletoe to charity and asks Luke (Stephen Huszar), an old friend and current thrift store owner, to help her get it back. Along the way, Harper discovers the Christmas magic she used to doubt.
“Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas” (Nov. 18, Netflix) – Benjamin Bradley, better known as Mr. Christmas, is a veteran interior designer with an obsession of the holidays. Bradley takes you behind the scenes, sharing his tips and tricks for holiday decorations.
“The Princess Switch: Switched Again” (Nov. 19, Netflix) – “The Princess Switch” is back. Duchess Margaret inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a patch with her boyfriend Kevin. Princess Stacy of Belgravia must get these star-crossed lovers back together.
“A Taste of Christmas” (Nov. 20, Lifetime) – An optimistic Natalie (Anni Krueger) convinces a pessimistic chef named Stefano (Gilles Marini) to help her open her sister Francesca’s (Nia Vardalos) Italian restaurant in time for its original Christmas Eve launch. The movie is executive produced by Omar Roma.
“Alien Xmas” (Nov. 20, Netflix) – A pack of kleptomaniac aliens are on a mission to steal Earth’s gravity to take over the planet. The spirit of Christmas and a small alien named X are the only hopes to save the world.
“Holiday Crafters Gone Wild” (Nov. 20, HGTV) – Author Jay Manuel hosts the two-hour competition special, which features four craft teams aiming to beat their opponents for the title of ultimate holiday craft champion. Designer Kim Myles and party planner Michael Russo will judge on the show.
“Feliz NaviDAD” (Nov. 21, Lifetime) – Mario Lopez stars in and executive produces the film, which centers on a single father who is also a high school principal. His daughter (Paulina Chavez) and sister (Marycarmen Lopez) match him with a musician (AnnaLynne McCord) to bring back his joy. Mark Schulman also executive produces the movie.
“A Nashville Christmas Carol” (Nov. 21, Hallmark) – Workaholic TV producer Vivienne Wake (Jessy Schram), who never lets her personal life interfere with work, is set to accept a job in Los Angeles when the return of her childhood sweetheart Gavin Chase (Wes Brown), who is managing her Christmas special’s headliner (Sara Evans), prompts a visit from her deceased mentor Marilyn (Wynonna Judd). Marilyn, who warns Vivienne of a dark future, enlists the help of the Spirit of Christmas Past (Kix Brooks) and Spirit of Christmas Present (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) to help Vivienne take control of her life. The movie also stars singer-songwriter RaeLynn.
“A Little Christmas Charm” (working title) (Nov. 21, Hallmark) – A charm bracelet becomes the object of interest in this upcoming film. A jewelry designer (Ashley Greene) and an investigative reporter (Brendan Penny) team up to find the owner of the lost bracelet with the goal of returning it before Christmas.
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” (Nov. 22, Netflix) – Dolly Parton plays an angel that visits Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski), a bitter woman who owns the town of Fullerville. Through the angel, Regina learns to let kindness and the Christmas spirit back into her heart. The musical film also includes 14 songs by Parton, including from her upcoming album “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
“Homemade Christmas” (Nov. 22, Lifetime) – Michelle Argyris plays the lead, a woman who serves as a freelance assistant around the holidays. Her latest task for a Christmas party forced her to choose between two men. It also stars Travis Nelson.
“The Christmas House” (Nov. 22, Hallmark) – Parents Phylis (Sharon Lawrence) and Bill (Treat Williams) summon their grown sons, TV star Mike (Robert Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Jonathan Bennett), home for the holiday season in hopes of bringing the family together and working through personal issues. While Mike reconnects with his high school sweetheart Andi (Ana Ayora), Brandon and his husband Jake (Brad Harder) impatiently await a call about the adoption of their first child.
“The Angel Tree” (Nov. 22, Hallmark) – Wishes placed upon an “Angel Tree” are being granted by an unknown person. A writer (Jill Wagner) takes it upon herself to find the true identity of the generous spirit, connecting with her old friend (Lucas Bryant) in the process.
“Dashing Home for Christmas” – A series of unexpected problems lead Emily Nichols (Paniz Zade) to work with Simon Allein (Adrian Spencer) to find her way home during the Christmas season. Their conflicting personalities soon soften as they get to know and understand each other.
“A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (Nov. 24, Hallmark) – A woman (Rochelle Aytes) working on the town’s annual Christmas celebration attempts to sway a man named Kevin (Mark Taylor) to offer up his spruce tree as a decoration for the event.
“Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday” (Nov. 24, Netflix) – Huttsgalor villagers are celebrating its favorite winter festival, but the event is taken over by a group of ice-breathing dragons.
“A Bright and Merry Christmas” (Nov. 25, Hallmark) – Two competing television hosts (Alison Sweeney and Marc Blucas) are sent to cover a small festive town during the holiday season. While they pretend to tolerate each other to keep up appearances, they quickly grow closer together.
“Santa’s Wild Home” (Nov. 25, PBS) – As part of the longstanding documentary series, “Nature,” the episode will delve into Lapland, Finland — the fabled residence of Santa Claus — and explore its wildlife, which includes brown bears, reindeer and wolverines.
“The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” (Nov. 25, Netflix) – After two years since Kate and Teddy Pierce saved Christmas, everything has changed. The siblings now live with their mom’s new boyfriend and his son. They must navigate this new family dynamic over the Christmas holiday.
“Five Star Christmas” (working title) (Nov. 26, Hallmark) – Bethany Joy Lenz plays Liza, a woman who enlists her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s bed and breakfast. The group works to hopefully impress an incognito travel critic (Victor Webster), but Liza soon falls for him.
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (Nov. 26, ABC) – The fifth annual special takes place on the night of Thanksgiving and offers viewers a glimpse into Disney holiday celebrations of old.
“Dear Christmas” (Nov. 27, Lifetime) – Melissa Joan Hart plays the host of a popular podcast about holiday romances, although she’s never experienced one herself. Before the promotional tour for her new book, she journeys back home to her family where she begins to cultivate an unexpected romance with a local firefighter (Jason Priestley).
“Christmas by Starlight” (Nov. 27, Hallmark) – Annie (Kimberley Sustad), a lawyer hoping to save her family’s restaurant from demolition, forms an unlikely partnership with the heir to the development company William (Paul Campbell) slated to tear down the cafe. If she agrees to pretend to be the legal counsel for his father, who made poor decisions for the firm, the cafe will be spared.
“A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas” (Nov. 27, Netflix) – The animated special follows a car named Cory and his family as they care for a snow plow that crashed in their yard. Realizing the snow plow looks just like Santa, Cory helps him remember who he is.
“Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” (Nov. 27, Netflix) – Debbie Allen and her annual “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” production are documented in this Shondaland project. It follows her team of young dancers as they prepare for the performance.
“Sugar Rush Christmas: Season 2” (Nov. 27, Netflix) – The holiday themed companion series to “Sugar Rush” features new sets of bakers who create holiday-themed treats against each other. Each round includes a challenge that must be completed before time is up.
“Biggest Little Christmas Showdown” (Nov. 27, HGTV) – Though not a special or a movie, this holiday series will feature a competition between contestants aiming to craft the best miniature Christmas houses. It is hosted by James Monroe Iglehart.
“Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding” (Nov. 28, Lifetime) – A sequel to last year’s “Merry Liddle Christmas,” the film follows Jacquie Liddle (Kelly Rowland) as she and Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) attempt to plan a perfect destination wedding amid family chaos and wedding planner drama.
“Christmas Waltz” (Nov. 28, Hallmark) – Avery (Lacey Chabert) copes with the cancellation of her Christmas wedding with the help of a dance instructor (Will Kemp), who helps rebuild her fairytale dreams.
“USS Christmas” (Nov. 28, Hallmark) – Jen Lilley stars as a Norfolk newspaper reporter who takes a Tiger Cruise during the Christmas season. The ship holds an attractive naval officer (Trevor Donovan) and its archive room holds a captivating mystery, both of which catch the reporter’s attention.
“People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street” (Nov. 29, Lifetime) – When Amelia Lewis (Vanessa Lachey) and Vic Manning (Ryan McPartlin) find themselves competing for the same property, they attempt to gain favor with the seller (Patrick Duffy) by taking over his responsibilities for the annual “Battle of the Main Street” holiday competition.
“If I Only Had Christmas” (Nov. 29, Hallmark) – The upcoming film stars “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure and Warren Christie. Bure plays a publicist who works alongside a business owner (Christie) to help his team bring aid to a charity in need during the holiday season.
“Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday!” (Nov. 29, Netflix) – The Wonderoos learn that the winter season includes a diverse group of holidays celebrated by different cultures. Poppy sets up a holiday party for Sully in the special episode.
“The Christmas Listing” (Nov. 30, Lifetime) – While vying for a badly needed listing, a tense realty owner who has lost her holiday cheer (Lexi Giovagnoli) and her business competitor (Travis Burns) find they have more in common than they thought.
“The Disney Holiday Singalong” (Nov. 30, ABC) – The one-hour event features performances and classic Disney holiday songs for audiences to sing along with. There will be lyrics offered on-screen, and performers will be announced closer to the air date.
“CMA Country Christmas” (Nov. 30, ABC) – The Nashville-based special, now on its 11th year, will bring artists together for a night of performances. The artists will be singing holiday classics.
“Home For Christmas: Season 2” (December, Netflix) – The Norwegian romantic comedy series returns to answer the question left on viewers’ minds at the end of season 1: who was at the door? The series stars Ida Elise Broch as a young woman who hopes to find a boyfriend in time to impress her parents on Christmas.
“How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding” (December, Netflix) – In the mini-series, Busisiwe Lurayi plays Tumi Sello, a woman who reunites with her family for Christmas only to end up preemptively ruining her younger sister’s wedding. The show follows her attempts to save the celebration she accidentally destroyed before it’s too late.
“Angela’s Christmas Wish” (Dec. 1, Netflix) – Based on characters created by author Frank McCourt, the film weaves a follow-up tale for “Angela’s Christmas.” In the 2020 release, a young Angela works to bring her family together in time for the holidays.
“The Holiday Movies That Made Us” (Dec. 1, Netflix) – The upcoming documentary will take a closer look at “Elf” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Using interviews with cast and crew members, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, it will show viewers more about the two Christmas movies that generations flock to each year.
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (Dec. 2, NBC) – Celebrate the holiday season with festive performances from Kelly Clarkson, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire, Brett Eldredge, Jimmy Fallon, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Dan + Shay, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, and more. Throughout the evening, viewers will be prompted to donate to Red Nose Day in support of families facing food insecurity.
“Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday” (Dec. 3, Netflix) – Blunderberry Day is a special holiday to the town of Blunderburg, but Barry the Berry Bear fails to deliver the Blunderberry Cakes that traditionally mark the Blunderberry Day Eve celebration. Chico Bon Bon (Robbie Daymond) and the Fix-It Force must work to save the holiday.
“Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem / Just Another Christmas” (Dec. 3, Netflix) – After a Christmas Eve injury, Jorge (Leandro Hassum) finds himself awake one year later on Christmas Eve again. He now wakes up Christmas Eve every year with no memory of the past 364 days, forced to deal with the consequences of what took place in the time he can’t remember.
“Too Close for Christmas” (Dec. 4, Lifetime) – When Hayley (Jessica Lowndes) accepts an invitation to spend Christmas with her sister’s new in-laws, she doesn’t expect Luke (Chad Michael Murray), her brother-in-law’s brother, to show up unexpectedly. While Hayley still holds a grudge against Luke for ending her last relationship, she gradually realizes she might have been too quick to judge him.
“Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas” (Dec. 4, Netflix) – George (Ramone Hamilton) and Harold (Jay Gragnani) reinvent Christmas into “Blissmas” by traveling back in time and giving suggestions to Santa. They recommend tree-bots instead of Christmas trees, capes instead of sweaters and laser shows instead decorative bows. But when they return to the present, they realize they must fix the new holiday they’ve created.
“The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 3” (Dec. 4, Netflix) – In the third holiday-based edition of “The Great British Baking Show,” a cast of eight bakers will return to create seasonally focused treats in hopes of winning the holiday crown.
“The Holiday Christmas Parade Greatest Moments” (Dec. 4, The CW) – Presented and produced by Associated Television International, relive the magic of the greatest moments of past holiday Christmas parades.
“Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve” – (Dec. 5, Lifetime) – After a plan to meet again in two years on Christmas Eve falls through for two college sweethearts, Corinne (Kyla Pratt) and Rob (Brooks Darnell), the pair suddenly reconnects when they are both hired to coordinate a wedding just in time for the holiday.
“Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing” (Dec. 5, Hallmark) – The fourth sequel to the “Christmas in Evergreen” movies, the film is about Michelle’s (Holly Robinson Peete) upcoming wedding and Hannah’s (Rukiya Bernard) questionable future with Elliot (Antonio Cayonne). The movie, which traces the launch of the new Evergreen museum, also stars Colin Lawrence (“Riverdale”) and Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”).
“Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas” (Dec. 5, Hallmark) – An inn, owned by Ben (Stephen Huszar), invites five different people to celebrate the holidays. Sarah (Lacey Chabert) works with the owner to uncover the mysterious reasons for the group’s invitation and learn what the connection is between the guests.
“Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas” (Dec. 5, Netflix) – A train named Mandy Mail is tasked with getting late letters to Santa ahead of Christmas. Soon after, a storm hits that requires all of the Tracksville trains to help Santa deliver his presents on time.
“Christmas Ever After” (Dec. 6, Lifetime) – Tony winner Ali Stroker plays a well-known romance novelist Izzi who is facing an upcoming deadline and a case of writer’s block. While at her favorite holiday destination spot, she meets owner Matt (Daniel di Tomasso), who resembles a handsome protagonist from one of her novels, and inspiration strikes.
“Christmas She Wrote” (Dec. 6, Hallmark) – A romance writer (Danica McKellar) loses her column during the Christmas season and heads home to be with her family. But she is soon surprised when the man who cancelled her column (Dylan Neal) drops in to ask her to rejoin the publication.
“A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances” (Dec. 6, Hallmark) – The third sequel to “A Godwink Christmas,” the movie features Pat (Sam Page) who moves to Hawaii with his sons. Through a series of happenstances, or Godwinks, he ends up stuck in traffic next to Margie (Brooke D’Orsay), his high school sweetheart.
“Christmas on the Range” (Dec. 6, UPtv) – A woman (Erin Cahill) attempting to save her family’s ranch falls for a man (Nicholas Gonzalez) who happens to be the son of her family’s rival, the same man hoping to put them out of business.
“A Holly Dolly Christmas” (Dec. 6, CBS) – Dolly Parton will perform songs from her “A Holly Dolly Christmas” album, as well as various holiday classics. The singer will also share faith-based stories about the Christmas season.
“The Santa Squad” (Dec. 7, Lifetime) – Allie (Rebecca Dalton), an unemployed art teacher, accepts a job with the Santa Squad to help wealthy widower Gordon (Aaron Ashmore) and his two daughters lift their holiday spirits.
“Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers” (Dec. 8, Netflix) – Sami (Diana Kaarina), Zane (Rukiya Bernard), Rocky (Asia Mattu) and Olive (Elicia Mackenzie)cause an accident to occur at Santa’s workshop after a field trip on GrrBus, but the older Super Monsters come to their aid.
“Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas” (Dec. 9, Netflix) – Ashley Garcia (Paulina Chávez) gets a visit from the near future after she hits her head during a Christmas gathering. Tad (Conor Husting), Brooke (Bella Podaras), Stick (Reed Horstmann) and her tío (Jencarlos Canela) all appear in the future she sees.
“The Big Show Show: Christmas” (Dec. 9, Netflix) – Starring WWE wrestler Big Show, the special features a plot about winning a Christmas competition. Allison Munn, who plays his wife Cassey Wight, takes over after Big Show is injured, while the children bond over a scavenger hunt.
“Greatest Holiday Commercial Countdown” (Dec. 9, The CW) – Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight return to host the countdown event for this year, which features 12 commercials for the 12 days of Christmas, as well as other commercials that capture the holiday season spirit.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical!” (Dec. 9, NBC) – Matthew Morrison will star as the Grinch in the two-hour musical production of the holiday classic set to air from the Troubadour Theatre in London. The production will feature book and lyrics by Tim Mason and music by Mel Marvin.
“Silent Night — A Song for the World” (Dec. 10, The CW) – Based on the true story behind the creation of the world’s most well-known Christmas song, the drama features Hugh Bonneville as narrator and musical recordings in different languages by artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Randy Jackson, Katherine McPhee, Shelea Frazier, Anggun, Josh Groban and more.
“Inn Love by Christmas” (Dec. 11, Lifetime) – When Mandy Leeds (Jonna Walsh), a successful corporate figure in the hotel industry, travels back home per her grandmother’s (Jayne Eastwood) request and to acquire a local inn for sale, she runs into her high school rival Lucas Menzino (Jesse Hutch) who is eyeing the same property.
“A Trash Truck Christmas” (Dec. 11, Netflix) – From the upcoming children’s show “Trash Truck,” six-year-old Hank and his friend the trash truck — aptly named Trash Truck — help Santa save Christmas together.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special” (Dec. 11, Disney Plus) – The cast of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” will perform their favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s songs and share their fondest holiday memories. Disney Plus will also share a sneak peek from the upcoming season.
“My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza” (Dec. 11, HGTV) – HGTV designer David Bromstad will show fans how to fix up their homes for the holidays with a Christmas tree, outdoor lighting and other decorations.
“The Christmas Setup” (Dec. 12, Lifetime) – When New York lawyer Hugo (Ben Lewis) heads back home to spend the holidays with his family, his mother Kate (Fran Drescher) plays matchmaker, arranging to set him up with his high school friend and crush Patrick (Blake Lee). As Hugo is up for a promotion requiring a move to London, he has to choose his next steps.
“Cross Country Christmas” (Dec. 12, Hallmark) – Lina and Max (Rachael Leigh Cook and Greyston Holt) are former classmates who both intend to go home for Christmas. A storm forces the two to work together and find ways to return home using any mode of transportation necessary.
“A Glenbrooke Christmas” (Dec. 12, Hallmark) – As Christmas approaches, heiress Jessica Morgan (Autumn Reeser) retreats to the small town of Glenbrooke for what may be her last enjoyable, relaxed holiday season. While there, she meets a charming fireman (Antonio Cupo).
“A Sugar & Spice Holiday” (Dec. 13, Lifetime) – Up-and-coming architect Suzie (Jacky Lai) returns to her small hometown following the loss of her grandmother, a renowned baker in the community. Guilted by her parents Pete (Tzi Ma) and Mimi (Lillian Lim) into following in her grandmother’s footsteps by entering a gingerbread house competition, she teams up with her former high school friend Billy (Tony Giroux) to find the perfect recipe and love.
“Christmas Comes Twice” (Dec. 13, Hallmark) – Emily (Tamera Mowry-Housley) is a newscaster who still cares about a man (Michael Xavier) from her past who got away. A carousel ride magically returns her to a carnival five years in the past, allowing her to have a second chance at love.
“Christmas Homecoming” (working title) (Dec. 13, Hallmark) – Kate (Taylor Cole) and Kevin (Steve Lund) embark on an unforgettable romantic Christmas adventure when a puzzling key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps.
“The Walking Dead Holiday Special” (Dec. 13, AMC Plus) – In the series’ first-ever holiday program, Chris Hardwick will be joined by various cast members from the hit series, exclusively as part of AMC’s streaming bundle.
“Dashing in December” (Dec. 13, Paramount Network) – A New York City financier (Peter Porte) hopes to convince his mother (Andie MacDowell) to sell the family ranch and its accompanying Winter Wonderland attraction. In the process, he meets a ranch hand (Juan Pablo Di Pace) and learns to appreciate the holiday season.
“Lonestar Christmas” (Dec. 14, Lifetime) – Erin (Stephanie Bennett), a single mom, takes her daughters to spend the holidays in Texas with her estranged father when she finds romance with local restaurateur Mateo (Marco Grazzini) and forgiveness for the past.
“Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir” (working title) (Dec. 14, PBS) – The 17th annual holiday special features Tony Award-winning actor and singer Kelli O’Hara and Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas alongside the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square.
“Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas With Vanessa Williams” (Dec. 15, PBS) – The American Pops Orchestra, in collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, will present an evening celebration of the iconic holiday album. The hour-long performance will be hosted by vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton, Dave Detwiler and Morgan James.
“Christmas on the Menu” (Dec. 18, Lifetime) – Celebrated chef Josie Jennings (Kim Shaw) returns home from the city to spend the holidays with her mother (Cynthia Gibb), who has just opened a new restaurant. Famed food critic Tanner Rhodes (Clayton James), who has previously given Joosie harsh reviews, visits to review the restaurant, finding a blossoming romance with her in the process.
“You’ll Be Home for Christmas” (Dec. 18, HGTV) – In this special, Oregon-based real estate agent Albie Mushaney will help first-time homebuyers find their forever home in time for the holidays. He will join new homeowners on decorating their forever homes for Christmas.
“A Creepshow Holiday Special” (Dec. 18, Shudder) – Anna Camp and Adam Pally star in the hour-long holiday special that chronicles an anxious man who fears he is a murderer looking for answers in an unusual support group.
“A Christmas Exchange” (Dec. 19, Lifetime) – When two polar opposites, quaint farmhouse owner Molly Cooper (Laura Vandervoort) and London financier Patrick Kingston (Rainbow Sun Francks), swap houses for the holiday season, sparks fly as they get to know each other through email and text conversations.
“Christmas Carousel” (Dec. 19, Hallmark) – The Royal Family of Marcadia hires Lila (Rachel Boston) to fix a carousel and have it completed by Christmas. Lila works with the prince (Neal Bledsoe) to accomplish her task in time.
“Swept Up by Christmas” (working title) (Dec. 19, Hallmark) – The process of downsizing an estate before Christmas leads to conflict between an antique seller and a cleaner. As they filter through the house’s many treasures, they also connect the home’s owner to memories of Christmases in the past.
“A Christmas Break” (Dec. 20, Lifetime) – A school teacher (Cindy Sampson) decides to plan a special Christmas for her students as the school will be closing. In her quest, she enlists the help of a Hollywood actor (Steve Byers) who has returned home to reconnect with his roots.
“Love, Lights, Hanukkah!” (Dec. 20, Hallmark) – Mia Kirshner stars as Christina, a restaurant owner whose DNA test reveals her to be of Jewish descent. The information leads her to connect with a new family and find romance over eight nights. Ben Savage and Marilu Henner also star in the film.
“Project Christmas Wish” (Dec. 20, Hallmark) – When Lucy, a longtime Santa figure for her small-town community, grants a little girl’s holiday dream for a Christmas like she’s had with her mother, she finds her own wishes come to fruition.
“Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event” (Dec. 20, CBS) – Country stars and couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will celebrate the holiday season in a one-hour concert special. Following up on the success of their previous concert special in April, Brooks and Yearwood will perform live from their home recording studio, Studio G.
“Spotlight on Christmas” (Dec. 21, Lifetime) – After actor Olivia O’Hara (Tori Anderson) is dumped two weeks before Christmas, she returns home to avoid the press fallout, reconnecting with her family, encountering the charming Casey Rawlins (Victor Zinck Jr.) and taking ownership over her life.
“The Christmas High Note” (Dec. 22, Lifetime) – After being stood up by her partner Brad (William McNamara), Rachel (Jamie Luner) meets Michael (Johnny Messner) and his teenage daughter Sophia (Madeline Grace). While coaching Sophia’s singing for the Christmas Eve pageant, Rachel discovers a new interest in Michael.
“Christmas at the Castle” (Dec. 23, Lifetime) – When Blaire Henderson (Brooke Burfitt), a perfume expert from New York, is sent to remote Scotland to find a rare fragrance, she meets the dashing license owner Alistair McGregor, a stubborn aristocrat who won’t sell the scent. Posing as a documentary filmmaker in order to learn the secret formula, Blaire and Alistair soon find themselves in a flowering romance.
“My Sweet Holiday” (Dec. 25, Lifetime) – When Sadie’s (Malone Thomas) boyfriend cancels their holiday plans, she decides to spend Christmas with her parents, arriving only to find out they’ve sold the beloved family chocolate store to a stranger who knows nothing about chocolate. While planning a retirement party for her parents and teaching the new owner about confectionary, she unexpectedly encounters romance.
“Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020)” (Dec. 25, PBS) – Following the series’ events, the East Londoner midwives are looking for a traditional holiday celebration in 1965, but nothing goes according to plan. The special features a hospital trip, unsolicited subscription gift and a surprise reunion.
“Surprising Santa Claus” (Dec. 25, HGTV) – “Good Morning America” contributor and “Flea Market Flip” host Lara Spencer will join a team of designers, contractors and volunteers for two surprise home renovations in Indiana.
“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration” (Dec. 25, ABC) – The yearly Christmas event, airing at 10 am ET/PT, includes a host of performances and Christmas-themed stories for families to enjoy on the holiday.
“United In Song: A Celebration of America’s Resilience” (Dec. 31, PBS) – As part of a national PBS broadcast for New Year’s Eve, the performances, filmed at Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, aim to bring the country together amid the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest against racial injustice.
“My Gift” (HBO Max) – Carrie Underwood will perform a holiday special alongside an orchestra and choir, playing songs from her Christmas album, “My Gift.” The special also celebrates the artist’s faith and spiritual aspects of Christmas.
“Elf Pets: Santa’s Reindeer Rescue” (Netflix) – When Santa’s test flights ahead of Christmas face difficulties, it’s up to the Elf on the Shelf Scout Elves and Elf Pets Reindeer to help Santa’s team find a solution.
“Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale” (Netflix) – Scout Elf Newsey Noel (Leslie Bellair) joins a little boy, some other Scout Elves and Arctic Fox Elf Pets to investigate just how Santa manages to travel the world in one night.
“Disney Holiday Magic Quest” (Dec. 4, Disney Channel) – The special, virtually hosted by Raven-Symoné, brings Disney World fans inside the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort after dark. It stars “Zombies 2” cast members Milo Manheim, Kylee Russell, Ariel Martin and Pearce Joza.
“Challenge Accepted! Disney Channel’s Epic Holiday Showdown” (Dec. 4, Disney Channel) – During the hourlong event, the network’s stars compete to save the holidays from Ebenezer Scrooge.
“Disney Channel Holiday House Party” (Dec. 11, Disney Channel) – In this event hosted by Miranda May, Disney Channel’s ensemble of comedic actors will perform a collection of sketches.
“Top Elf” (Nov. 19, Nickelodeon) – In the second season of the network’s holiday-themed competition series, Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven contestants to compete in challenges for a chance to win the title of top elf and a cash prize of $25,000 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.
“The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular” (Nov. 28, Nickelodeon) – This hourlong variety show special hosted by Lex Lumpkin will feature performances from JoJo Siwa, That Girl Lay Lay and Ne-Yo, along with guest appearances by Gabriel Iglesias, Jay Pharoah, Tisha Campbell, Trevor Noah and Young Dylan.