One day before Hallmark Channel kicks off its competing slate of holiday-themed movies, Lifetime is set to launch its own annual Christmas celebration, and it features familiar faces from such series as Beverly Hills 90210, Chuck, The Good Place, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Saved by the Bell, to name just a few.
Lifetime’s October highlights include Christmas Unwrapped (starring Greek alum Amber Stevens West) and Candy Cane Christmas (starring 7th Heaven‘s Beverly Mitchell).
Come November, you can see Cosby Show vet Keshia Knight Pulliam as The Christmas Aunt, sing Feliz NaviDAD with Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez, and spend a Dear Christmas with 90210‘s Jason Priestley and Sabrina‘s Melissa Joan Hart. You can also RSVP for a Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding, the network’s first-ever sequel headlined by Kelly Rowland (of Destiny’s Child fame).
In December, Lifetime will air the feel-good LGBTQ holiday romance The Christmas Setup, featuring real-life marrieds Ben Lewis (Arrow) and Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation). Also on tap is A Sugar & Spice Holiday, the network’s first movie centered on an Asian-American family and featuring an Asian director, writer, casting director and cast; Jacky Lai (V-Wars), Tony Giroux (Motherland: Fort Salem) and Tzi Ma (Wu Assassins) star.
All told, you can look forward to 34 original movies over the next two months. Combined with Hallmark Channel and Netflix’s varied offerings, you have 100 original films, TV shows and specials to choose from in 2020.
Scroll down for the complete “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” schedule, then hit the comments and tell us which of the following festive flicks you’ll be watching..
CHRISTMAS ON ICE
CAST: Abigail Klein, Ryan Cooper, Caroline Portu, Will Lyman, Meara Mahoney Gross
PREMISE: Courtney Bennett (Klein), a former US figure skating hopeful, runs the city’s public skating rink but when the Mayor (Lyman) announces its closing, Courtney is heartbroken but determined to save it. After Courtney’s attempts to warm the Mayor’s Scrooge-like heart fail, she enlists the help of Noah Tremblay (Cooper), a former professional hockey player and single dad, who owns the new indoor skating center, to help her, and together they find more than just the spirit of holidays on the ice.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Oct. 23 (8/7c)
CAST: Amber Stevens West, Marco Grazzini, Cheryl Ladd
PREMISE: From executive producer Tiffany Haddish, Christmas Unwrapped follows Charity (West), an ambitious reporter, who learns the true meaning of Christmas when she investigates Erik Gallagher (Grazzini), a beloved member of the town who insists all the gifts he provides are from none-other than Santa himself.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (8/7c)
CAST: Chelsea Hobbs, Christopher Russell, Matthew Anderson, Jill Morrison
PREMISE: When workaholic reality-TV producer Sophie (Chelsea Hobbs) starts working on a holiday-season show about Will (Christopher Russell), a wildly sexy guy who celebrates Christmas every day of the year, she finds herself falling for her mysterious, unlikely new star, renewing her long-lost faith in Christmas in the process.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (8/7c)
A CRAFTY CHRISTMAS ROMANCE
CAST: Nicola Posener, Bradford B. Johnson
PREMISE: Mandy (Nicola Posener), the owner of a crafts store, discovers an old copy of A Christmas Carol among donations for a book drive. Inside the book is a letter to Santa from 70 years ago, along with a valuable coin. Mandy sets out to find the owner of the book, letter and coin with the help of Jonah (Bradford B. Johnson), a contractor who first came upon and donated the book. Along the way, they find clues that lead them closer to the author… and to each other. But can Mandy return everything to the book owner in time for Christmas and make her own holiday wish come true?
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Oct. 30 (8/7c)
CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS
CAST: Beverley Mitchell, Mark Ghanimé, Trudy Weiss, Benedicte Belizaire
PREMISE: Since childhood, Candy Cane Lane has been Phoebe’s (Beverley Mitchell) favorite Christmas tradition of an entire neighborhood decorated for the holidays. This Christmas, however, the neighborhood decides to skip the decorations, crushing her spirits. As Phoebe is searching for a new tradition to cheer her up, she realizes that it’s not the traditions we cherish, but the people we spend them with. While preparing for her new tradition, Phoebe stumbles upon the final thing her Christmas was missing: love!
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (8/7c)
THE CHRISTMAS AUNT
CAST: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jarod Joseph
PREMISE: When Rebecca Miller (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns home to Tennessee two weeks before Christmas to take care of her niece and nephew while their parents are away, the last thing she expects is to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Drew (Jarod Joseph). As she attempts to revive the kids’ Christmas spirit, she rediscovers her favorite childhood activity: 12 Days of Christmas — something she always did with Drew. As the kids’ faith in the holiday grows, Rebecca and Drew’s friendship returns, and she starts looking at Drew in a whole new light.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (8/7c)
THE CHRISTMAS YULE BLOG
CAST: Sara Canning, Zak Santiago
PREMISE: Caroline Williams (Canning), a well-known travel blogger, is given the assignment to cover a hundred-year-old Christmas parade in the small town of Carte de Amor, New Mexico. Not excited about the gig, Caroline goes anyway and meets a high school music teacher, Oscar Ortiz (Santiago), who introduces her to a side of Christmas that she has never seen, with different traditions and meanings. In the 12 days before Christmas, Caroline falls in love with Christmas all over again and finds true love for herself.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 6 (8/7c)
A WELCOME HOME CHRISTMAS
CAST: Jana Kramer, Brandon Quinn, Tim Reid, Charlene Tilton, Craig Morgan
PREMISE: Chloe (Kramer) has always supported various military organizations, including the town’s Army toy drive for Christmas. This year, she is paired up with Michael (Quinn), a vet who recently returned home, and together they recruit other veterans and active military personnel to help the cause. As the community gears up for the Officers’ Christmas Ball, where all the kids will meet Santa Claus and receive their gifts, Michael and Chloe begin to realize the greatest gift this season has been each other’s company.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (8/7c)
A VERY CHARMING CHRISTMAS TOWN
CAST: Natalie Hall, Jon Prescott, Kelley Jakle, Jo Marie Payton, Tracey E. Bregman
PREMISE: City girl and travel and lifestyle blogger, Aubrey Lang (Natalie Hall), goes to the little town of Solvang for her next holiday vlog piece after it’s voted Most Christmassy Town in the USA. She soon meets Sawyer Larsen (Jon Prescott), a local community coordinator and chocolate shop owner assigned to show her around the small town. At first, the unlikely pairing is at odds but soon start to fall for each other amidst the twinkling lights of the romantic little Danish village.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (8/7c)
CHRISTMAS ON THE VINE
CAST: Julianna Guill, Jon Corr, Meredith Baxter
PREMISE: Brooke (Julianna Guill), a young marketing executive, goes back to her hometown excited to relive her Christmas memories, while helping a struggling family-owned winery. Her marketing assignment involves an unlikely partnership with Tyler (Jon Corr), the charismatic, yet stubborn owner of the winery. Brooke quickly learns that the town’s Christmas spirit has disappeared due to a wine conglomerate buying out all of the local wineries. Determined to bring Christmas back to the town, Brooke and Tyler work together and discover they share more than a love for wine.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 13 (8/7c)
CHRISTMAS ON WHEELS
CAST: Tiya Sircar, Michael Xavier
PREMISE: Ashley (Tiya Sircar) returns to her small hometown to care of her uncle who recently broke his ankle. When she learns that he has sold her Mom’s vintage red convertible, a car that holds many wonderful Christmas memories for Ashley, she is disappointed. But with the help of Duncan (Michael Xavier), her uncle’s attorney, Ashley is reunited with the car and restores it to its former glory, and fills it up with gifts for the community – just as her mother used to do. As she reconnects with happy Christmas memories, she feels torn about her plans to return to the big city and what she may be leaving behind.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (8/7c)
THE CHRISTMAS EDITION
CAST: Carly Hughes, Rob Mayes, Marie Osmond, Aloma Wright
PREMISE: It’s Christmas time and Jackie (Carly Hughes), an up-and- coming journalist, finds that her life is at a crossroads until she finds an unexpected opportunity – to run a small-town newspaper in Alaska. Jackie decides to give it a try and relocates to the small picture-perfect small town. Using a series of Christmas articles, she’s able to quickly return the newspaper to profitability, and soon falls in love… both with her new home and the handsome son of the paper’s former owner. However, when her old boss announces plans to take over the paper for herself, Jackie will need a Christmas miracle to save it.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (8/7c)
A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS
CAST: Anni Krueger, Gilles Marini, Nia Vardalos, Andrew Brodeur, Emma Myers
PREMISE: When Natalie (Anni Krueger) learns her cousin Francesca (Nia Vardalos) must cancel the Christmas Eve opening of her new Italian restaurant, Natalie’s heart goes out to all of the guests who were planning on attending. Since no one should be alone on Christmas, Natalie decides to make the opening happen any way she can. However, the attractive but pessimistic Chef Stefano (Gilles Marini) believes it’s impossible – there are only three days until Christmas! But Natalie insists that problems are just opportunities in disguise and soon she convinces Stefano that they can do it. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves working side-by-side. With Stefano’s help Natalie learns that cooking, like Christmas, isn’t about perfection…it’s about sharing it with the ones you love.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 20 (8/7c)
CAST: Mario Lopez, AnnaLynne McCord, Paulina Chavez, Marycarmen Lopez
PREMISE: David Morales (Mario Lopez), an Arizona high school principal and single dad, has lost the holiday spirit after also losing his wife a few years ago during the Christmas season. Now, David will do anything to avoid Christmas so he moonlights as a delivery driver during the holidays. But this year David’s 14-year-old daughter, Noel (Paulina Chavez), and his live-in sister, Marissa (Marycarmen Lopez), are determined to bring the yuletide spirit back to the family and, with a little luck, also help David find love again via online dating. So when Sophie (AnnaLynne McCord), a witty musician and customer on David’s delivery route, swipes right on him, something magical happens between them. Directed by Melissa Joan Hart.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (8/7c)
CAST: Michelle Argyris, Travis Nelson
PREMISE: Every year, Megan (Michelle Argyris), an ambitious young woman uses the weeks leading up to Christmas to become the ultimate holiday freelance assistant for hire, helping with any Christmas related tasks for extra income. But when the opportunity arrives to save a Christmas party and dazzle her crush, she must choose between the man of her aspirations and Mr. Right.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (8/7c)
CAST: Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Priestley, Robin Givens, Ed Begley Jr., Faith Prince, Nicky Whelan; With Cameos by Jamie & Doug Hehner, Hilarie Burton, Antwon Tanner
PREMISE: Natalie Morgan (Melissa Joan Hart) is the host of a popular podcast, Holiday Love, which shares true stories of holiday romance with its listeners. While to the outside world and her listeners everywhere see Natalie is an expert on romance, she’s never truly experienced a romance of her own. As Natalie prepares to embark on a promotional tour for her new book, she stops back home to spend Christmas with her family where she unexpectedly begins to experience her own holiday romance as sparks ignite with local firefighter, Jack (Jason Priestley).
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27 (8/7c)
MERRY LIDDLE CHRISTMAS WEDDING
CAST: Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Debbi Morgan, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jaime M. Callica, Nathan Witte, Chris Shields
PREMISE: Lifetime’s first-ever Christmas sequel to last year’s hit movie, Merry Liddle Christmas, Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding once again follows Jacquie Liddle (Kelly Rowland), as she and Tyler try to plan their perfect destination Christmas wedding. Naturally, Jacquie’s plans go awry when her boisterous family intervenes in her planning and her snooty wedding planner quits in protest. While nothing goes as initially planned, Jacquie and Tyler get a Christmas wedding more memorable than they could have ever dreamed.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (8/7c)
ONCE UPON A MAIN STREET
CAST: Vanessa Lachey, Ryan McPartlin, Patrick Duffy, Polly Draper
PREMISE: Amelia Lewis (Vanessa Lachey) is super excited when she buys an available storefront, planning to open a year-round Christmas shop. But her celebration comes to a screeching halt when she discovers that Vic Manning (Ryan McPartlin) has also bid on the property. Amelia and Vic have the same idea, get to the seller—Elder Dubois (Patrick Duffy) in the next town—and convince him to sell his space to them. Despite the holidays, Elder is down in the dumps. It’s the first Christmas without his wife, and he’s in no mood to chair the decoration committee for the “Battle of the Main Street” yearly holiday competition with the neighboring town. Hoping to win favor with Elder, Amelia and Vic volunteer to take over his duties. After continually bickering and trying to one-up each other, the two combatants learn to work together and even get the merchants on Main Street to put aside their differences for the greater good. Everyone, including Amelia and Vic, realize that compromise is the key that leads to a happy—and romantic—ending.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 29 (8/7c)
THE CHRISTMAS LISTING
CAST: Lexi Giovagnoli, Travis Burns, Greg Evigan, Rachel O’Connell, Susan Chambers
PREMISE: Julia Rogers (Lexi Giovagnoli) is an uptight, hardworking realty owner who has lost her Christmas spirit. She will have to spend five days at a Christmas Inn with her business competitor, Chad Everest (Travis Burns), in order to win over the badly needed listing of the Erickson Farmstead. While competing to win the listing, Julia and Chad discover that they have more in common than they thought.
PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Nov. 30 (8/7c)
TOO CLOSE FOR CHRISTMAS
CAST: Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes
PREMISE: When Hayley (Lowndes) accepts an invitation to spend Christmas with her sister’s new in-laws, her seemingly perfect holiday takes a turn when Luke (Murray), Hayley’s brother-in-law’s brother, unexpectedly shows up. Still harboring a grudge against Luke for ending her last relationship, Hayley reluctantly spends time with Luke and slowly realizes she may have been too quick a judge on Luke.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 4 (8/7c)
LET'S MEET AGAIN ON CHRISTMAS EVE
CAST: Kyla Pratt, Brooks Darnell
PREMISE: When college sweethearts, Corinne (Kyla Pratt) and Rob (Brooks Darnell), get opportunities on opposite sides of the world, they decide to part ways and meet again in two years on Christmas Eve to see if they are really meant to be. However, when one shows up and the other doesn’t, the fate of their romance seems to have reached the end. Many years later the two end up bumping into one another when they are both hired to help bring together a Christmas Eve wedding. With many questions left unanswered, they are about to embark on a journey filled with romance and magic, just in time for Christmas Eve.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (8/7c)
CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER
CAST: Ali Stroker, Daniel di Tomasso
PREMISE: Popular romance novelist Izzi Simmons (Tony® winner Ali Stroker) spends every Christmas at her favorite snowy bed & breakfast, but this year, she’s faced with an impending deadline and a severe case of writer’s block. Luckily, inspiration strikes in the unlikely form of the B&B’s new owner Matt (Daniel di Tomasso), who bears an uncanny resemblance to the handsome hero from Izzi’s novels. As both partake in the lodge’s annual itinerary of Christmas activities, Izzi’s writer’s block is cured and the first pages of her and Matt’s own love story may just be beginning.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (8/7c)
THE SANTA SQUAD
CAST: Rebecca Dalton, Aaron Ashmore
PREMISE: Allie (Rebecca Dalton), an out of work art teacher, has to accept a job with the Santa Squad to help wealthy widower Gordon (Aaron Ashmore) and his two precious daughters rediscover the magic of Christmas. As Allie is lifting the holiday spirits of the family with Christmas decorations, cookies and shopping, her kindness is rewarded with the most unexpected of gifts: love!
PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Dec. 7 (8/7c)
INN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Jonna Walsh, Jesse Hutch, Art Hindle, Jayne Eastwood
PREMISE: Mandy Leeds (Jonna Walsh), a successful young woman living in Miami, is climbing her way up the corporate ladder in the hotel industry. Though she doesn’t get back to her small northern hometown much, this year her Gram (Jayne Eastwood) is able to finally convince her to come home for Christmas. Mandy has another reason too – the quaint local inn is for sale, and she wants to acquire it for her company. With her eyes on the prize, Mandy travels back home but on her way there, she runs into Lucas Menzino (Jesse Hutch) — her high school rival — who also has his eye on the inn as well.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 11 (8/7c)
THE CHRISTMAS SETUP
CAST: Ben Lewis, Blake Lee, Fran Drescher, Ellen Wong, Chad Connell
PREMISE: The Christmas Setup follows the story of New York lawyer Hugo (Ben Lewis) who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Ellen Wong) to spend the holidays with his brother Aiden (Chad Connell) and his mom Kate (Fran Drescher), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Blake Lee), Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (8/7c)
A SUGAR & SPICE HOLIDAY
CAST: Jacky Lai, Tony Giroux, Tzi Ma
PREMISE: The movie A Sugar & Spice Holiday follows Suzie (Jacky Lai), a rising young architect, who returns to her small hometown in Maine for Christmas where her Chinese-American parents, Pete (Tzi Ma) and Mimi (Lillian Lim), run the local Lobster Bar. Following the loss of her beloved grandmother who was a legendary baker in their community, Suzie is guilted into following in her grandmother’s footsteps by entering the local gingerbread house competition. Teaming up with an old high school friend Billy (Tony Giroux), who grew up to be a catch, Suzie must find the right recipes and mix of sugar and spice infused with her cultural traditions to win the competition and perhaps find some love in the process.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (8/7c)
CAST: Stephanie Bennett, Marco Grazzini, Brent Strait, Colleen Wheeler, Lina Renna, Emma Oliver, BJ Harrison
PREMISE: When a single mom Erin (Stephanie Bennett) takes her daughters to spend Christmas with her estranged dad on his Texas ranch, she unexpectedly falls in love with local restaurateur Mateo (Marco Grazzini) while learning to forgive her father for the past.
PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Dec. 14 (8/7c)
CHRISTMAS ON THE MENU
CAST: Kim Shaw, Clayton James, Cynthia Gibb, Jesse Kove, Michael Steger, Shanica Knowles
PREMISE: Josie Jennings (Kim Shaw) a celebrated, romantic, 35-year old chef in the city heads home to spend the holidays at the quaint, magical bed and breakfast where she grew up, and where her mother Shannon (Cynthia Gibb) has just opened a new restaurant. Famous food critic Tanner Rhodes (Clayton James), who has given Josie harsh reviews in the past, comes to town to review the new restaurant and Josie’s Christmas Cuisine. As the holidays unfold, Josie and Tanner get to know each other better, and a romance soon begins to blossom but will Tanner find a way to right his wrongs, write a rave review for the bistro’s delicious cuisine, and win Josie’s heart by Christmas Eve?
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 18 (8/7c)
A CHRISTMAS EXCHANGE (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Laura Vandervoort, Rainbow Sun Francks
PREMISE: The holiday season has started and Molly Cooper (Laura Vandervoort) is looking for joy. Finally living her childhood dream, Molly swaps her quaint farmhouse for London Financier Patrick Kingston’s (Rainbow Sun Francks) posh apartment. Through the ups and downs of her new life in London and searching for romance, Molly begins to look forward to all communication with Patrick. Likewise, Patrick finds Molly’s warm emails and texts charming and compelling. Sparks fly between them as they get to know each other as they live in each other’s spaces.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (8/7c)
A CHRISTMAS BREAK
CAST: Cindy Sampson, Steve Byers
PREMISE: School teacher Addison Tate (Cindy Sampson) wants this Christmas to be special for her kids especially since the School Board has decided that it will be the last as the school will be closing. When Addison meets Danny (Steve Byers), a Hollywood actor home to reconnect with his roots, on a Christmas tree lot, sparks fly, uniting the two to save the school from closing right before Christmas Eve.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (8/7c)
SPOTLIGHT ON CHRISTMAS
CAST: Tori Anderson, Victor Zinck Jr., Janet Kidder, Lia Franklin, Andrew McIlroy
PREMISE: Dumped two weeks before Christmas, actress Olivia O’Hara (Tori Anderson) secretly returns to her tiny hometown to hide out, eat cookies and avoid the press. What she doesn’t expect is to be faced with the family she left behind, meeting a charming new guy Casey Rawlins (Victor Zinck Jr.), and a noisy reporter following her every move. Completely overwhelmed, Olivia contemplates running away from her life once again but with a new found confidence and freedom, Olivia bravely steps up to take the starring role in her own life, realizing that home is where the heart is and that she deserves to be loved for exactly who she really is.
PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Dec. 21 (8/7c)
THE CHRISTMAS HIGH NOTE
CAST: Jamie Luner, Johnny Messner, William McNamara, Kassandra Clementi, Madeline Grace
PREMISE: After being stood up by her partner Brad (McNamara), Rachel (Luner) soon meets Michael (Messner) and his teenage daughter, Sophia. During Christmas Eve pageant rehearsals, Sophia finds herself challenged to hit the high note in her solo of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Rachel offers to coach Sophia’s performance and discovers a new interest in Michael.
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 22 (8/7c)
CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE
CAST: Brooke Burfitt, Dan Jeannotte, Geraldine Somerville, Nicholas Farrell
PREMISE: This Christmas, Blaire Henderson (Burfitt), a perfume expert from New York, is sent to remote Scotland to find a rare fragrance, The Heart of the Highlands. But when she arrives, she finds the dashing license owner, Alistair McGregor (Jeannotte) is a stubborn aristocrat who won’t sell. Thinking on her feet, she poses as a documentary filmmaker to learn the secret formula. The more time they spend together, the more sparks fly. With the scent of romance in the air, will Blaire find love where she least expected?
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 23 (8/7c)
MY SWEET HOLIDAY
CAST: Malone Thomas, Jason Burkey
PREMISE: When Sadie’s (Thomas) boyfriend cancels their holiday plans, she decides to spend Christmas with her parents back in her hometown, only to find out they’ve sold the family’s beloved chocolate store to a stranger who knows nothing about chocolate. Begrudgingly, her father convinces her that she’d be the obvious choice to help teach the new owner everything she knows about chocolate. In the middle of planning the perfect retirement party for her parents, she discovers that not everything has to be perfect. And sometimes, when you least expect it, you find love.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 25 (8/7c)