Television networks are unveiling holiday-themed content and programming, including classic holiday films, live specials and more.
For example, The CW will once again air the beloved animated classic “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., as well as on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. It also brings back “Silent Night – A Song For The World” on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and again on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.
Discovery Plus will be launching their own first-ever “Holiday Central” hub starting Nov. 1, giving fans access to 85 all-new premieres episodes as well as 450 episodes of season favorites from their portfolio of networks, led by Food Network, HGTV and OWN. On the Food Network, “Holiday Baking Championship” returns Nov. 1 as well as the “Holiday Wars” on Nov. 7. The annual “Christmas Cookie Challenge” will also return Nov. 11. On HGTV, the annual special “White House Christmas 2021” returns on Dec. 12 to go behind the scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Fox Nation has scheduled their own lineup of holiday content, including two new movie titles listed below. Also included in their content launch, scheduled for Nov. 25, is “An Evergreen Christmas,” “A Christmas Star,” “12 Dog Days Till Christmas,” “Angels in the Snow,” “Christmas Comes Home,” “Christmas Mail,” “A Christmas Switch,” “A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale,” “Second Chance Christmas,” “Merry Kissmas,” “How Sarah Got Her Wings,” “Snowmance,” “The Spruces & The Pines,” “12 Pups of Christmas,” “A Christmas Kiss 2,” “Back to Christmas,” “Naughty & Nice” and “Christmas in the Smokies.”
Scripps Networks are celebrating the holiday season with their own programming, including five original films and over 200 hours of holiday content. Additionally, Laff will air a week of primetime holiday movies beginning Dec. 6, and Grit will feature holiday-themed western films on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Read a full list of holiday programming below. (More programming will be added to the list as networks announce titles.)
“You, Me & The Christmas Trees” (Hallmark Channel, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.) — Olivia, an evergreen expert, begins to fall for Jack, a fourth generation Christmas tree farmer, after she agrees to help him figure out the mystery illness striking his firs and threatening his business. Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres and Jason Hervey star.
“Boyfriends of Christmas Past” (Hallmark Channel, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.) — Leading up to Christmas, Lauren is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends and must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend Nate. Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee star.
“Christmas in My Heart” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m.) — Concert violinist Beth tutors the daughter of reclusive country music star Sean to prep her for the holiday concert. Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane and Sheryl Lee Ralph star.
“The Santa Stakeout” (Hallmark Channel, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.) — Police detective Tanya reluctantly partners with Ryan to investigate a string of holiday heists. When they go undercover as newlyweds, their love story begins to feel real. Tamera Mowry-Housley and Paul Campbell star.
“Christmas in Harmony” (Hallmark Channel, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.) — Harmony is tricked into auditioning for a holiday choir directed by her ex, and the two rekindle their sparks. Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams and Basil Wallace star.
“Coyote Creek Christmas” (Hallmark Channel, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.) — A “Christmas Around the World” party helps two people find love at home. Janel Parrish and Ryan Paevey star.
“The Christmas Promise” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Oct. 30 at 10 p.m.) — Nicole learns to deal with grief with the help of her grandfather and a carpenter she hires to renovate the home that was meant for her and her fiancé. Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce and Patrick Duffy star.
“Christmas Sail” (Hallmark Channel, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.) — Liz reconnects with her best friend and tries to give her daughter the perfect Christmas when she returns home to care for her estranged father.
“Meet Your Makers Showdown” (Discovery Plus, Nov. 1) – Actor and “crafting enthusiast” Chrissy Metz joins judges LeAnn Rimes and Mark Montano to determine who will win the title of Maker Champion in this reality crafting competition.
“The Claus Family” (Netflix, Nov. 1) – When his grandfather suddenly falls ill, holiday-hating Jules learns of his family’s magical legacy and realizes he’s the only hope to save Christmas. Starring Jan Decleir, Mo Bakker and Stefaan Degand, “The Claus Family” is directed by Matthias Temmermans and written by Temmermans and Ruben Vandenborre.
“Love Hard” (Netflix, Nov. 5) – Hopeless romantic but perpetually single L.A. journalist Natalie (Nina Dobrev) thinks things are beginning to look up when she swipes right on a dreamy guy from the east coast, Tag (Darren Barnet). “Love Hard” also stars James Saito, Harry Shum Jr., Mikaela Hoover and Heather McMahan. Hernán Jiménez directs and Steven Bello, Brendan Ferguson and Max King executive produced. “Love Hard” is produced by McG and Mary Viola.
“Gingerbread Miracle” (Hallmark, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Merritt Patterson and Jon Ecker, this film chronicles two old friends from high school as they sell an uncle’s Mexican bakery that is famous for its magical gingerbread cookies that grant wishes.
“Open by Christmas” (Hallmark Channel, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.) — Nicky finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer and sets out with her friend Simone to find the author. Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance and Brennan Elliott star.
“A Royal Christmas Engagement” (UPtv, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.) – Hard-working executive Lauren falls for Paul, a consultant she has been paired with to land a big account for the upcoming holiday season, who unbeknownst to Lauren is European royalty in disguise. The film stars Paige Bach, James Nitti and John Schneider.
“Next Stop, Christmas” (Hallmark Channel, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.) — After wondering what her life might have been like if she’d married an ex, Angie finds herself 10 years in the past with a chance to revisit the relationship. Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd star.
“Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m.) — When a family faces loneliness and loss of faith, Mrs. Miracle swoops in to renew their Christmas spirit. Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund and Caroline Rhea star.
“Father Christmas is Back” (Netflix, Nov. 7) – Four feuding sisters get a crash course in family togetherness when the long-lost father shows up for Christmas at their ancestral manor.
“Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby” (UPtv, Nov. 7) – Happily married and expecting their first child, Princess Tasha and Prince Alec are settling into their lives when it’s announced that the Prince must set off on a Royal Tour. This is the third film in the “Christmas with a Prince” franchise and stars Kaitlyn Leeb, Nic Hounslow, Josh Dean and Charles Shaughnessy.
“A Christmas Treasure” (Hallmark Channel, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.) — After opening a 100-year-old time capsule and meeting a charming chef, Lou questions whether she should move to New York after Christmas and further her writing career. Jordin Sparks and Michael Xavier star.
“A Snowy Christmas” (UPtv, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.) – City lawyer Kelly Mitchum returns home to spend Christmas with her family when she meets the perfect man: Forrest Newell, a contractor who may be able to save her family’s home from being demolished. The film stars Elysia Rotaru and Damon Runyan.
“My Christmas Family Tree” (Hallmark, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Aimee Teegard, Andrew Walker and James Tupper, this film chronicles Vanessa who after receiving the results from a DNA test discovers a family she didn’t know existed.
“One December Night” (Hallmark, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m.) – Two music managers must put their history aside to oversee the televised reunion performance of their rock star fathers with a fractured past. This feature stars Peter Gallagher, Bruce Campbell, Eloise Mumford and Brett Dalton.
“Snowed in for Christmas” (UPtv, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.) – Young au pair Kaley finds herself unable to return home for the holidays when a snowstorm derails her plans but remains determined to teach the girls she watches alongside their charming uncle. The film stars Kayla Wallace and Jeremy Guilbaut.
“A Holiday in Harlem” (Hallmark, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.) – After her grandmother turns away her usual gift delivery, executive Jazmin heads to Harlem for a quick visit yet stays longer than intended, taking over the block’s annual Christmas Jamboree. The film stars Olivia Washington, Will Adams and Tina Lifford.
“Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown” (Food Network, Nov. 15) – This new series shines a light on gingerbread-obsessed artisans and their edible creations.
“Big Holiday Food Fight” (OWN, Nov. 16) – This new series showcases home cooks and their treasured family recipes in an effort to win a $5,000 cash prize.
“Christmas Flow” (Netflix, Nov. 17) – An unlikely Christmas romance blossoms between a famous rapper and a tenacious journalist. Both of them attempt to make the relationship work despite their many differences.
“The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star” (Netflix, Nov. 18) – When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s cousin Fiona who teams up with a mysterious man from her past. Vanessa Hudgens reprises her role and also produces alongside Brad Kevoy. Additionally, the film is directed by Mike Rohl and executive produced by Rohl, Katrina Stagner, Steven Berman, Brian Donovan, Andrew Riach, Robin Bernheim Burger, Amanda Phillips and Eric Jarboe.
“Every Time a Bell Rings” (Hallmark Movies Now, Nov. 18) – Starring Erin Cahill, Brittany Ishibashi, Ali Leibert and Wes Brown, this feature follows three sisters who reunite after a long time apart and find one last scavenger hunt planned by their late father.
“Candy Coated Christmas” (Discovery Plus, Nov. 19) – This holiday film stars Molly McCook as Molly Gallant, a Beverly Hills marketing executive whose carefully planned life takes an unexpected turn when she takes a business trip to the picturesque town Peppermint Hollow. The film also stars Aaron O’Connell, John McCook, Lee Garlington, Jae Suh Park, Landry Townsend, Lonzo Liggins, Dia Frampton and Ree Drummond. CHECK TO SEE IF THIS IS ALREADY IN THERE. I THOUGHT WE ADDED THIS YESTERDAY.
“My Lottery Dream Home: David’s Holiday Extravaganza” (HGTV, Nov. 19) – This special premieres with host David Bromstad celebrating the holidays in his new Florida home.
“Table Wars” (HGTV, Nov. 19) – This special holiday episode features host Tamera Mowry-Housley alongside fellow judges Martha Stewart and Chris Hessney, who evaluate winter wonderland tablescapes.
“Blown Away: Christmas” (Netflix, Nov. 19) – Bobby Berk hosts a holiday edition of this glassblowing competition series where five past contestants will return for a series of Christmas-themed challenges. The winner will go home with a $10,000 cash prize and an additional $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. Katherine Gray judges.
“Nantucket Noel” (Hallmark, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.) – Christina learns of a developer who is planning to tear down the wharf that is home to her toy store, but tensions rise as she falls for the developer’s son, Andy. This film stars Trevor Donovan and Sarah Power.
“Mistletoe & Molly” (UPtv, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.) – Waitress and animal lover Molly Bishop is counting on a big career opportunity to come through before the holidays, without using her family’s name to get there. When handsome cafe regular Aiden Ford starts to meddle in her life, Bishop will have to figure out if it’s the holiday miracle she needed. The film stars Eden Broda and Zach Smadu.
“A Christmas Together with You” (Hallmark, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Harry Lennix, Laura Vandervoort and Niall Matter, this film follows Megan and her father-figure Frank on a road trip as they search for his long-lost love.
“Five More Minutes” (Hallmark, Nov. 20 at 10 p.m.) – A woman’s Christmas wish is answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather’s journal turns up and reveals an untold romance. The film stars Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones.
“Christmas on 5th Avenue” (UPtv, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.) – Eve takes on the task of decorating a high-end condo for a reclusive writer who is spending the holidays out of town, but when the handsome writer turns out to be home for the holidays, Eve will have to try to make him fall in love with Christmas all over again. The film stars Kathryn Davis, Olivier Renaud and Kate Vernon.
“A Kiss Before Christmas” (Hallmark, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.) – Ethan wakes up to find his life is completely different. His wife Joyce and his children are gone, but he is now the CEO of his company. To get his life back, he must win over Joyce, and he only has until Christmas Day. This film stars James Denton, Teri Hatcher and Marilu Henner.
“Who is Christmas Eve?” (Bounce, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.) – Inspired by actual events, this holiday film chronicles Eve Simmons who was abandoned as an infant on the steps of a church on Christmas Eve 30 years ago. With the help of her boyfriend Curtis and genealogist Pam Slaton, she attempts to uncover the mystery of her birth. Paige Hurd, Romeo Miller and Julia Harkavy star.
“Christmas Down Under” (ION, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.) – After a fight with her husband, a tightly wound wife follows him to his hometown of Sydney, Australia in hopes of saving their marriage. Paul O-Brien and Justine Kacir star.
“GilMORE the Merrier” (UPtv, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. to Nov. 28 at 3 a.m.) – This annual “Gilmore Girls” marathon features all 153 episodes in addition to the four franchise films, including a promotional campaign that reunites series favorites, Keiko Agena and Todd Lowe. Agena and Lowe will share behind-the-scenes stories in exclusive interviews alongside trivia questions and special series recaps that will air throughout the marathon.
“Waffles + Mochi’s Holiday Feast” (Netflix, Nov. 23) – Waffles and Mochi find themselves in charge of planning a new holiday tradition called Freezie Day.
“Robin Robin” (Netflix, Nov. 24) – A stop-motion holiday musical following Robin, who is raised by a family of mice after her egg rolls into a trash dump. She sets off on a heist to prove herself as a mouse, but begins to learn who she really is.
“A Boy Called Christmas” (Netflix, Nov. 24) – An ordinary young boy Nikolas sets out on an adventure into the north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. The film is adapted from the novel by Matt Haig and features Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman, Zoe Colletti, Stephen Merchant, Joel Fry, Rune Temte with Jim Broadbent and Maggie Smith. Gil Kenan directs, Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin produce.
“Christmas in the Wilds” (Fox Nation, Nov. 25) – Separated by a blizzard, new couple Buck and Jessica take on the wilderness in hopes of spending their first Christmas together. This film stars Kaitlyn Leeb and Victor Zinck Jr.
“Romance in the Wilds” (Fox Nation, Nov. 25) – Amid a deadly wildfire, an unexpected romance emerges between a forest range and a geologist as they attempt to escape unharmed. The film stars Kaitlyn Leeb and Victor Zinck Jr.
“The Nine Kittens of Christmas” (Hallmark, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad and Gregory Harrison, this film follows cat lovers Zachary and Marilee as they are thrown back together at Christmas when they’re tasked with finding homes for a litter of kittens.
“A Castle For Christmas” (Netflix, Nov. 26) – Famed author Sophie Brown (Brooke Shields), travels to Scotland in hopes of buying a small castle but is met with resistance by the owner Duke Myles (Cary Elwes) who is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. This holiday romance is directed by Mary Lambert and produced by Brad Kevoy, with executive producers Shields, Amanda Phillips, Steven R. McGlothen, Steven Berman, Katrina Stagner and Eric Jarboe.
“School of Chocolate” (Netflix, Nov. 26) – Eight pastry and chocolate professionals learn from renowned chocolatier Amaury Guichon throughout eight episodes, and one student will win a prize package including a big career opportunity. Executive producers include Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper, Joanna Vernetti, Jeanne Begley and Andrea Richter. Super Delicious produces.
“Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2021” (The CW, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.) – This holiday special will be hosted by Dean Cain and features some of today’s most famous magicians. This special is from Associated Television International. An encore presentation will air Dec. 22 at 9 p.m.
“Christmas CEO” (Hallmark, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.) – Starring Marisol Nichols and Paul Greene, this holiday film follows a small toy company CEO as she gets an offer to merge with a mega toy company but with the help of her estranged ex-business partner is shown what truly matters.
“An Unexpected Christmas” (Hallmark, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.) – A writer convinces his ex-girlfriend to pose as a couple for Christmas. The film stars Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes.
“Making Spirits Bright” (Hallmark, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.) – Starring Taylor Cole and Carlo Marks, the son and daughter of rival holiday decorating families help mend the decades-old feud, finding romance along the way as they compete in the town’s holiday decorating contest.
“Christmas at Castle Hart” (Hallmark, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.) – Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots and meets Aiden Hart, who eventually hires her to host his castle’s Christmas party. This film stars Lacey Chabert and Stuart Townsend.
“Wellington Paranormal” (The CW, Nov. 27 at 8:30 p.m.) – The comedy series will air a special holiday episode titled “‘Twas the Patrol Before Christmas.” The series was created by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
“Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas” (Hallmark, Nov. 27 at 10 p.m.) – A woman with amnesia catches a ride with her handsome nurse to investigate the newspaper clipping for a Christmas festival that is the only clue to her identity. This film is executive produced by Blake Shelton and stars Jessy Schram and Brendan Penny.
“Elves” (Netflix, Nov. 28) – A family of four travels to a remote island in Denmark, discovering a strongly religious community that lives among fierce elves from the woods. When the daughter brings home throws off the balance by bringing home a baby elf, everyone on the island must fight for survival.
“Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday” (Food Network, Nov. 28) – This new special will have baking experts Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman face off in attempts to make the biggest, boldest cakes that embody iconic holiday moments.
“Christmas in Tahoe” (Hallmark, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.) – Starring Laura Osnes, Kyle Selig, Pat Monahan and George Lopez, this film chronicles talent booker Claire as she asks for help from ex-boyfriend Ryan to help save her family’s hotel Christmas show.
“The Christmas Contest” (Hallmark, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.) – Exes Lara and Ben compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. The city watches them battle and choose what is more important. This film stars Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton and Barbara Niven.
“The Waltons’ Homecoming” (The CW, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.) – Set in the 1933 Depression Era, this new television film is told through the eyes of 17-year-old John Boy as he is expected to support his family but secretly wants to be a writer. However, his life is changed forever when a storm threatens his father’s arrival for Christmas. The film stars Bellamy Young, Logan Shroyer, Ben Lawson and Richard Thomas. It is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive produced by Sam Haskell, “The Waltons’ Homecoming” was written by Jim Strain and directed by Lev L. Spiro. An encore presentation will air Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.
“A Christmas Witness” (ION, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.) – A federal marshal is tasked with protecting a charming mobster until he testifies against his mafia boss two days after Christmas. Arielle Kebbel and Colin Egglesfield star.
“House Hunters Ho Ho Home” (HGTV, Nov. 29) – Real estate agent Albie Mushaney is on a mission to spread holiday cheer by helping clients find their new home in time for the holidays in this holiday special.
“Charlie’s Colorforms City: Snowy Stories” (Netflix, Nov. 30) – In these winter-themed episodes, Charlie and his new friend Yetilda D. Yeti go on new snowy adventures.
“A Chestnut Family Christmas” (OWN, Nov. 30) – This original film features Meagan Holder as a talented pastry chef who works as a live-in cook and maid who accidentally commits to hosting her family for the holidays, forcing her to resort to posing as a wealthy homeowner.
“Beebo Saves Christmas” (The CW, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.) – The animated one-hour special follows Sprinkles, an efficiency-obsessed elf, as he decides that Christmas would run better without Santa Claus. The special features Christ Kattan, Ernie Hudson, Ben Diskin, Kimiko Glenn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Keith Ferguson and Victor Garber. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, “Beebo Saves Christmas” is written by Matt Maala and Kevin Shinick and executive produced by Sam Register, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Phil Klenner, Grainne Godfree, Marc Guggenheim and Keto Shimizu. An encore presentation will air Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.
“World’s Funniest Animals: Christmas” (The CW, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m.) – Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton, the special showcases an array of cute animals in celebration of the holiday season. “World’s Funniest Animals: Christmas” is produced by Associated Television International. An encore presentation will air Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.
“Fruitcake Fraud” (Discovery Plus, Dec. 1) – Following the true story of the embezzlement of $17 million from the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas, “Fruitcake Fraud” unpacks how the crime was solved, though the incident still has residents and investigators scratching their heads in amazement.
“Single All the Way” (Netflix, Dec. 2) – Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re in a relationship, until a blind date with trainer James (Luke Macfarlane) changes everything. The film is directed by Michael Mayer, produced by Joel S. Rice and executive produced by Mayer and Chad Hodge, also featuring Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Robertson, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy.
“Sugar Plum Twist” (Hallmark Movies Now, Dec. 2) – After failing to get the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, aspiring ballerina Vivíana Serrano joins forces with Natalia, a retiree from the New York Ballet, to create a surprise reprise of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy with a Latin twist. This film features Jamie Gray Hyder, Ektor Rivera and Laura Rosguer.
“The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 4” (Netflix, Dec. 3) – Past contestants return in two winter-themed episodes judged by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The special is produced by Love Productions, with executive producers including Letty Kavanagh, Richard McKerrow and Kieran Smith.
“Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas” (Netflix, Dec. 3) – Shaun must save Timmy, who goes missing during a raid to get bigger stockings for the flock. Steve Cox directs and Giles Pilbrow writes based on his story co-written with Mark Burton. Richard Beek produces.
“Eight Gifts of Hanukkah” (Hallmark, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Inbar Lavi and Jake Epstein, this film follows a woman as she journeys to find her secret admirer during Hanukkah.
“Christmas Under the Stars” (UPtv, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.) – Christmas blogger and photographer Hannah Reed receives the assignment to visit a charming town called Christmas World in Alaska which will allow her to photograph the Northern Lights but finds that the magical town is on its last leg. The film stars Madeline Foley, Steve Belford, Jayne Lewis, Vaness Smythe, Bill Lake and Kym McKenzie.
“A Very Bridesmaid” (Hallmark, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Emily Osment and Casey Deidrick, this holiday feature follows the story of Leah as her birthday, Christmas Eve and her brother’s wedding all coincide on the same day.
“Our Christmas Journey” (Hallmark, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m.) – Starring Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, Nik Sanchez and Aloma Wright, this holiday film follows a single mom and her teenage son with autism as they come to a crossroad during Christmas.
“A Furry Little Christmas” (UPtv, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.) – A big-city veterinarian falls for a small-town doctor when he sets out to recreate a New York City Christmas in her Vermont hometown. The film stars Kristi McKamie, Jonathan Stoddard, Pono Say, Amie Dasher, Teeshay Shah and Theresa Lang.
“Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday” (Hallmark, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.) – Two sisters Jennifer and Meg aim to save their favorite theater from being sold with the help of old high school rival Eric as well as the rest of the community. The film stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, Keith Robinson, Susan Yeagley and Kevin Nealon.
“The Christmas Thief” (ION, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.) – Lana Lawton realizes the only way to save her career as a private eye is to solve a string of local burglaries where the main suspect is Santa Claus. The film stars Michelle Borth and Vivica A. Fox.
“Small Town Christmas: Branson, Mo.” (UPtv, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m.) – Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, this series premiere will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own way. The series is hosted and executive produced by Megan Alexander.
“David and the Elves”(Netflix, Dec. 6) – After moving to a big city, David’s parents have been bogged down with work and forgotten the meaning of Christmas. With the help of Albert the Elf, they round up Santa and David’s parents for a journey full of adventures. The film was directed by Álvaro Fernández Armero, with Kiko Martínez for Nadie es perfecto serving as producer.
“Fixer to Fabulous Holiday Surprise” (HGTV, Dec. 7) – Dave and Jenny Mars will gift the Bella Vista Animal Shelter with a very special renovation to get them ready for the busy holiday pet adoption season.
“A Sisterly Christmas” (OWN, Dec. 7) – Following two sisters, one who loves Christmas and the other who does not, this film tells the story of their luxury holiday vacation that is interrupted by the arrival of their childhood rival and snobby socialite, putting their bonds of sisterhood to the test.
“Christmas Around The World” (The CW, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.) – The new special showcases how Christmas is celebrated around the world by highlighting traditions from the ancient to modern day, including Christmas dinners as well. “Christmas Around The World” is hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie and produced by Associated Television International. An encore presentation will air Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.
“Penn & Teller: Merry Fool US” (The CW, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.) – “Penn & Teller: Merry Fool US” will showcase the magic duo Penn and Teller joined by host Alyson Hannigan to kick off the holiday season. This special features magicians and costumes as well as a Christmas trophy. “Penn & Teller: Merry Fool US” is created and produced by 1/17 Productions, and Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder, Penn Jillette and Teller executive produce.
“A Dickens of a Holiday!” (Hallmark, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.) – To make the 100th anniversary of her hometown’s Victorian festival a success, Cassie invites movie star and former high school classmate Jake to play Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” The film stars Kristoffer Polaha and Brooke D’Orsay.
“Christmas in the Rockies” (UPtv, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.) – After her father is hurt in a timber accident, Katie Jolly must enter a lumberjack competition to save her family’s business. When the paramedic who saved her dad’s life also joins the contest, a romance sparks just in time for Christmas. The film stars Kimberly Sue Marray and Stephen Huszar.
“A Royal Queens Christmas” (Hallmark, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Megan Park and Julian Morris, this holiday feature chronicles a prince as he finds his way to Queens when a local woman enlists his help with a children’s Christmas show.
“A New Lease on Christmas” (ION, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.) – A single real estate agent falls for a coffee shop owner, only to discover that the job she just took requires her to evict him from his shop. The film stars Claire Coffee and George Stults.
“A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love” (Hallmark, Dec. 11 at 10 p.m.) – Home for the holidays and no job on the horizon, Joy takes up a volunteer opportunity to build a new home for a family at Christmas and meets Eric, as they embark on a journey of coincidences and begin to believe in destiny.
“Fixing Up Christmas” (UPtv, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.) – A talented party planner must help a young CEO plan the Christmas party of the year with hopes of dazzling the mayor and saving the company. The film stars Natalie Dreyfuss and Marshal Williams.
“Sister Swap: Christmas in the City” (Hallmark, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.) – Starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Keith Robinson and Kevin Nealon, this film follows Meg as she offers to help her sister Jennifer’s restaurant prepare for a local competition, possibly finding unexpected romance with Joe, the restaurant manager, along the way.
“Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2021” (The CW, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m.) – This holiday special will countdown the 12 best holiday commercials ever, one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Hosted by Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner, the special will also feature other great commercials from both the U.S. and abroad. Executive producers are Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton; JUMA Entertainment produced. An encore presentation will air Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.
“Small Town Christmas: Bethlehem, Pa.” (UPtv, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m.) – Hosted by Megan Alexander, this episode of the premiere series will take place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year” (Netflix, Dec. 14) – All of StarBeam’s greatest enemies team up on New Year’s Eve, so Zoey must train her cousin Zane to be the family’s next superhero.
“A Christmas Stray” (OWN, Dec. 14) – A corporate executive played by Andra Fuller finds himself stranded in a small mountain town on Christmas Eve, unable to shake the stray dog who ran him off the road. The film also stars Rhyon Nicole Brown who plays a local veterinarian who is in need of some Christmas magic herself.
“iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021” (The CW, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.) – This 90-minute holiday music event will celebrate the season with performances by the year’s most popular recording artists. An encore presentation will air Dec. 25 at 8 p.m.
“Dogs of the Year 2021” (The CW, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.) – This holiday special will feature and highlight the best dog stories of 2021, celebrating dogs that achieve the nearly impossible. Hosted by Kevin Frazier, the special is produced by JUMA Entertainment and is executive produced Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton. An encore presentation will air Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.
“A California Christmas: City Lights”(Netflix, Dec. 16) – It’s been a year since Callie and Joseph fell in love, and they’ve been happy running their dairy farm and winery — until businesses and family obligations call him back to the city and threaten to derail their romance. The film is directed by Shaun Piccinino, with Ali Afshar, Daniel Aspromonte, Lauren Swickard and Josh Swickard serving as producers.
“The 89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” (The CW, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.) – This year’s annual parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. The special is presented and produced by Associated Television International.
“Holmes For The Holidays” (HGTV, Dec. 18) – Contractor Mikes Holmes and his children Sherry and Michael battle it out in a friend Christmas competition to see who can create the most over-the-top light displays, ice sculptures and gingerbread houses.
“The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls” (Hallmark, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.) – The Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas house. This feature stars Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennet, Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams and Brad Harder.
“Christmas for Keeps” (Hallmark, Dec. 18 at 10 p.m.) – Starring Ashley Newbrough, Ryan Rottman, Christa B. Allen and Marielle Scott, this film follows a close-knit group of childhood friends that returns home after 10 years to take part in the celebration of life of their beloved high school teacher.
“Home Town: Ben’s Holiday Workshop” (HGTV, Dec. 19) – Master woodworker Ben Napier will welcome Captain Sig and Mandy Hansen from “Deadliest Catch” as well as Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker Boss to his workshop to make special wood creations just in time for Christmas.
“Christmas Together” (UPtv, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.) – A woman leaves New York for Los Angeles after a break-up and falls in love while renting the guest house of a young father. The film stars Vivica A. Fox, Anna Marie Dobbins and Marc Herrman.
“Tis the Season to be Merry” (Hallmark, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.) – Looking for a fresh angle to her book on relationships, Merry heads to Vermont to find a new perspective and Christmas cheer with aid worker Chris. This film stars Rachel Leigh Cook, Travis Van Winkle and Karen Malina White.
“Small Town Christmas: Natchitoches, La.” (UPtv, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.) – Hosted by Megan Alexander, this episode of the premiere series will take place in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
“Grumpy Christmas” (Netflix, Dec. 22) – Don Servando and his “extended hippie family” travel to the beach to spend Christmas with Alma’s aunt, Doña Alicia, a demanding older woman who becomes Don’s ultimate nemesis. When his position in the family is challenged, Don tries to prove to his family that Alicia is only looking out for herself — even if that means ruining Christmas. The film is directed by Raúl Martínez with Gerardo Gatica and Alberto Müffelmann serving as producers.
“1000 Miles From Christmas” / “1000 kms de la Navidad” (Netflix, Dec. 24) – A comedy that tells the story of Raúl (Tamar Novas), a 30-something who has suffered all the misfortunes of his life during Christmas time which results to him hating all things Christmas. After spending the holidays on the beach every year, Raúl’s boss makes him attend a business trip to audit a “Turrones de Valverde” factory, the most typical Christmas sweet in a town that lives for and loves Christmas. The film is directed by Álvaro Fernández Armero, with Kiko Martínez serving as producer.
“Small Town Christmas: Summerville, S.C.” (UPtv, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.) – Hosted by Megan Alexander, this episode of the premiere series will take place in Summerville, South Carolina.
“Popstar’s Best of 2021” (The CW, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m.) – This special will count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends of 2021 based on polls from Popstar Magazine. “Popstar’s Best of 2021” will be hosted by Elizabeth Stanton and is presented by Associated Television International.
“A Naija Christmas” (Netflix, Coming in December) – Three sons race to fulfill their mother’s wish to bring home wives for Christmas, while she battles to plan a Christmas celebration she will always be remembered for. The film is directed by Kunle Afolayan, with Golden Effects Pictures producing.