See Lifetime's 35-Movie Holiday Slate Starring Reba McEntire, Jana Kramer, Tia Mowry and More
It's never too early to start making holiday plans — and Lifetime's about to keep you very, very busy.
PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that the 2021 slate of "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" films features a whopping 35 holiday movies, with stars including Reba McEntire, Smokey Robinson, Marie Osmond, Jana Kramer, Tia Mowry, Melissa Joan Hart, Kelly Rowland, Chad Michael Murray, Mario Lopez and so many more. And, of course, they'll also feature mistletoe, good cheer, and hot cocoa connoisseurs.
The festivities kick off with a preview, hosted by Mowry, on Nov. 7, to give fans a taste of the network's mountains of merriment to come. Then, the first movie of the season, An Ice Wine Christmas, launches on Nov. 12. New movies will then air on Fridays and Saturdays until Thanksgiving, when things kick into high gear with 30 new original movies premiering in 30 days.
Below, you'll find the full slate of holiday offerings — all 35 new Lifetime movies, the stars, and the network's official descriptions.
An Ice Wine Christmas, starring Roselyn Sánchez and Lyriq Bent: One of Philadelphia's top wine sommeliers, Camila (Sánchez) goes home to the magical vineyards of Evergreen, New York, to take part in the town's annual Ice Wine Christmas Festival and harvest. While there, Camila spends time with her mother Sunny (Maria delMar) and sister Beth (AnnaMaria Demara), who manages the local winery for Camila's former ice wine mentor, Henry (Richard Fitzpatrick). But Camila discovers changes are coming as Henry plans to retire, scaling down the Christmas Festival. Beth also recently hired wine specialist Declan (Bent) who plans to take the operation to full-year production. Believing in the importance of preserving the magic of 'Christmas in a bottle,' Camila shares with Declan her passion for Christmas and what an authentic ice wine harvest can bring. (Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
A Picture Perfect Holiday, starring Tatyana Ali, Henderson Wade and Dina Meyer: Fashion photographer Gaby Jones (Ali) is eager to make a name for herself and finally gets her chance when she lands a coveted job at a magazine. Encouraged by an editor (Meyer) to attend the annual Christmas Photography Retreat in the small town of Pine Falls to ramp up her skills, Gaby reluctantly signs up despite not being a huge fan of the holidays. When she arrives, she learns her rental has been double-booked with wildlife photographer, Sean (Wade) but soon discovers there's more to a photo than what you see through the lens. As the two fall for each other, their life choices start to get in the way and the two must decide if they're willing to take a risk in order to share a picture-perfect holiday together. (Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Dancing Through the Snow, starring AnnaLynne McCord, Colin Lawrence and Bianca Lawrence: Michael Foster (Colin Lawrence) is a firefighter and devoted single father to 8- year-old Lily (Bianca Lawrence), an aspiring ballerina. After a video goes viral of Michael and Lily doing an adorable ballet routine, Michael becomes the most eligible bachelor, as women everywhere want to date this adorable Dad. However, the only woman Michael has eyes for is Lily's ballet teacher, Olivia (McCord). Will Michael be able to dance his way into Olivia's heart? (Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
You Make It Feel Like Christmas, starring Mary Antonini, Michael Xavier, Stephanie Sy and Alex Poch-Goldin: Emma (Antonini) is a talented designer who finds herself too busy to return home for the holidays after her work catches the eye of design guru Kate Marguiles (Sy), much to her father, Tom's (Poch-Goldin) dismay. When her ex-boyfriend and childhood best friend Aaron (Xavier) returns home after active military duty, he makes it his mission to get her home to celebrate their Christmas traditions. (Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Baking Spirits Bright, starring Rekha Sharma, Dion Johnstone, Aadila Dosani, Praneet Akilla, Manoj Sood and Nimet Kanji: Mira Varma (Sharma) takes pride in her family's business of making fruitcakes, despite the decline in its popularity of once being America's most-gifted holiday confection. When Mira's parents decide to hire Brady Phillips (Dion Johnstone) and his high-powered marketing company to boost sales for the holidays, Mira must fight to hold onto the heart of the company she loves so much. (Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune, starring Reba McEntire, John Schneider, Candice King and Justin David: Years after their personal and professional breakup, the singing duo of Georgia (McEntire) and Joe Winter (Schneider) agree to reunite after their daughter, Belle (King), asks them to participate in a Christmas Charity concert, only to find themselves getting back in tune on stage and off. (Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Merry Liddle Christmas Baby, starring Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jaime M. Callica and Nathan Witte: This holiday, the Liddles have much to be merry about! Jacquie Liddle (Rowland) and her husband Tyler (Cadrot) are preparing for the arrival of their first baby. Meanwhile, Jacquie's sister Treena (Williams) and her husband Julian (Callica) are thinking about adopting a baby themselves, and spirited, fashionista sister Kiara's (Webb) relationship with Chris (Witte) is heating up. With Jacquie's family expanding in ways she could never have expected, the Liddles are headed for a crazy Christmas filled with merry mayhem and lots of love and laughter. (Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Miracle in Motor City, starring Tia Mowry, Mark Taylor and Smokey Robinson: Amber Dupont (Mowry) bites off more than she can chew when she takes charge of her church's annual Christmas pageant and inadvertently promises to deliver a special performance by Motown Legend Smokey Robinson. When her best friends secretly enlist Amber's former flame Eddie (Taylor) to help, the pair reconnects in a quest to find Smokey and convince him to appear. With the clock ticking, family, friends, and superstar Smokey Robinson come together to stage the most special pageant yet. (Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion, starring Michelle Argyris, Alonzo B. Slater and Asia'h Epperson: Event planner Amy (Argyris) helps rising singer Tiffanie Christmas (Epperson) plan her holiday family reunion. Along the way Amy must navigate some challenging family dynamics, especially amongst Tiffanie's aunts as well as her own growing feelings for Tiffanie's cousin, Calvin (Slater). Will she be able to pull off an amazing Christmas family reunion? Vanessa Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Catherine Haena Kim co-star. (Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Saying Yes to Christmas, starring Erika Prevost and Romaine Waite: A magical Christmas wish makes a career-obsessed June (Prevost) say "Yes" to every invitation while she's home for the holidays. But when an old flame, Blake (Waite) joins her hectic schedule of Christmas activities, past feelings are reignited. June must choose between saying yes to her career and life in the city or to her heart in her hometown. (Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Match Made in Mistletoe, starring Natalie Lisinska and Damon Runyan: When talented interior designer Emily Barnes (Lisinska) is hired by a foreign embassy in DC to decorate for their annual holiday charity ball, the newly appointed ambassador Magnus Andersson's (Runyan) "minimalist" approach creates a roadblock between them. As Emily's undeniable love for the holiday season begins to thaw his heart, an unexpected romance begins between the two. (Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
A Christmas Village Romance, starring Jake Epstein, Jeni Ross and Oliver Renaud: When romance novelist Diana (Ross) learns that Maple Creek, a charming pioneer village, is struggling to stay afloat, she uses her notoriety to help generate interest in the town by sponsoring a Christmas gala. Diana rallies her family and friends to pitch in, but she's challenged at every turn by the village blacksmith and town historian, Carter (Epstein). Sparks fly as the two must work together to save the village in time for Christmas. But when her gorgeous cover model and secret crush, Greg (Renaud), surprises Diana the night before the big Christmas gala, she's torn on who to choose and must take a page out of her novels to figure out her true happily ever after. (Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
A Christmas Dance Reunion, starring Monique Coleman, Corbin Bleu and Kim Roberts: Successful attorney Lucy Mortimer (Coleman), along with her mother Virginia (Roberts) returns to the Winterleigh Resort to help celebrate the hotel's final Christmas season. Once there, Lucy is reunited with the owner's nephew and her childhood Christmas Dance partner, Barrett Brewster (Bleu). Though the resort has fallen on hard times and has stopped most holiday events, Lucy leads the charge in recreating the beloved Christmas traditions, including the popular Christmas Dance, to bring together new families and new hope to the resort. Now, Lucy must decide if she's willing to take a risk on love and partner up once more with Barrett for what could be the last Christmas Dance. (Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas, starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Kirk Franklin: When Olivia (McKinney), a young assistant pastor, gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, she's fearful she can't manage the transition, including getting the choir ready to open the town's annual Winter Jamboree. Banding together with her new congregation, Olivia discovers a new home for herself, and even finds a little Christmas romance along the way! Featuring a special appearance and songs written and arranged by Kirk Franklin. (Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
My Favorite Christmas Melody, starring Mýa & Rainbow Sun Francks: Once a promising singer-songwriter, Abby (Mýa) now finds herself writing uninspired jingles for commercials. As she heads home for the holidays, she's enlisted by the local high school music teacher to help save the school arts program. In the process, Abby rediscovers her voice and regains the confidence to go after her dreams — and lets the possibility of love in too. (Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Secretly Santa, starring Alicia Dea Josipovoc and Travis Nelson: Miranda (Josipovic) and Paul (Nelson) are business rivals who accidentally meet at a costumed Santa crawl and spend a romantic evening together without learning each other's identities. As their anonymous romance continues online, their businesses merge, forcing them into an unwanted partnership. As they clash while working together on a holiday gift-giving app, their hearts must reconcile their online love when unexpected feelings develop for one another. (Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Christmas Movie Magic, starring Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley: When entertainment writer Alli Blakeman (Deveaux) is assigned a story covering the anniversary of a classic Christmas movie in the small town where it was filmed, she agrees on the condition that it could lead to a big promotion. When she meets a local theatre owner Brad (Seeley), they unravel the mysterious origins of the movie's signature song and Alli learns that movie magic isn't always just on-screen. (Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Christmas with a Crown, starring Marcus Rosner and Lisa Durupt: After Cassie (Durupt) returns to her hometown to revive her family's traditional Christmas festival, she meets a dashing stranger, Nicolas (Rosner), who's volunteered to help organize the event. Sparks begin to fly between them, but little does she know that he's really a prince in disguise, longing to find the true spirit of the holidays. It will take a Christmas miracle of royal proportions for their hearts to meet as one. (Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
A Fiancé for Christmas, starring Marie Osmond, Amanda Peyton and Adam Gregory: Perpetually single Sawyer (Payton) makes a fake wedding registry, hoping a shopping spree with a scan gun will be the ultimate retail therapy. But when the registry is discovered and the whole town throws her a surprise bridal shower, she's too embarrassed to tell the truth. Instead, she finds a fake fiancé to help her navigate through the lies and holiday festivities. However, as real feelings develop between Sawyer and her fake fiancé, they may turn into the real deal after all. (Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Holiday in Santa Fe, starring Mario Lopez, Emeraude Taubia, Aimee Garcia and Gia Lopez (Mario's 11-year-old daughter!): Casa de Milagro is a family-owned business that makes holiday ornaments and décor, inspired by Mexican Christmas traditions. Their award-winning designs, created by matriarch Milagro Ortega, are highly sought after each holiday season. Siblings Tony (Mario Lopez) and Magdalena (Garcia), with help from their dad (Efrain Figueroa), run the shop in Santa Fe, but when their beloved Milagro unexpectedly passes, the family struggles to find its heart. With Milagro gone, Belinda Sawyer (Toubia), an executive at one of the largest greeting card and holiday décor chains, sees an opportunity to acquire the company. When sparks fly between Belinda and Tony, Belinda realizes there is more to Casa de Milagro than meets the eye. (Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
The Holiday Fix Up, starring Jana Kramer, Ryan McPartlin and Maria Menounos: When Sam (Kramer), the designer behind a popular home renovation show, returns to her hometown during the holidays to help renovate the Bell Harbor Inn, she gets paired with Coop (McPartlin) as her lead contractor. The only problem: he's the guy who broke her heart and she's the one who got away. Sparks fly as they work closely to get the renovations done in time for the inn's annual Christmas Eve Harborfest. Will they be able to fix the mistakes of their past to build a future together? (Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
PEOPLE Presents: Blending Christmas, starring Haylie Duff, Aaron O'Connell and a whole bunch of Brady Bunch alums: The Hacienda de la Sierra is Emma's (Duff) favorite place to spend the holiday season and her boyfriend Liam (O'Connell) has been secretly planning to propose to her there, surrounded by both their families. Emma is delighted when she arrives to find the whole family bunch there. Of course, no holiday gathering is complete without drama, and soon the families are bickering over every detail! The added stress from trying to blend the two families eventually takes a toll on Emma and Liam, who start questioning their own relationship. Now just days before Christmas, the two families realize that they're going to have to work together in order to reunite Emma and Liam! Blending Christmas also stars Beth Broderick, Christopher Knight, Greg Evigan, Mike Lookinland, Barry Williams, Susan Olsen, Robbie Rist, Telma Hopkins and Jennifer Elise Cox. (Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Maps and Mistletoe, starring Humberly González and Ronnie Row: Emilia Martin (González), a cartographer of school maps, has plans for a cozy Christmas at home until her boss has a last-minute project for her, designing a novelty treasure map of the North Pole. Emilia decides to seek out the expertise of North Pole explorer Drew Campbell (Rowe), who reluctantly agrees to help her. As the two work closely, they discover more than either of them ever expected. (Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Ghosts of Christmas Past, starring Annie Clark and Dan Jeannotte: Ellie (Clark), a serial "ghoster" on dating apps, is told by a fortune teller that she must resolve her past and make amends with all of those she ghosted before Christmas, or she is destined to never find true love! Over the course of one week, she takes it upon herself to track down all the men she ghosted before the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve and discovers love in the process. (Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
The Enchanted Christmas Cake, starring Erica Durance and Robin Dunne: After recently losing her grandmother, Gwen (Durance) is struggling to run their bakery, regain the Christmas spirit, and figure out her grandmother's magical recipe for the town's legendary Enchanted Christmas Cake. So, when a high-end chef comes to town to film a Christmas special, Gwen reluctantly agrees to help the producer Gavin (Dunne) prepare for the shoot to help support the bakery. As sparks fly, will she discover that Gavin is the secret ingredient she was missing all along? (Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Christmas by Chance, starring Winny Clarke and Jacob Blair: Chance Charleswood (Clarke) owns a struggling gift shop called "By Chance Gifts." As the Christmas shopping season approaches, Chance is hired by William Richards (Blair), a wealthy and popular entrepreneur, to help him organize the perfect proposal for his girlfriend Leyla Brooks (Celeste Desjardins). When Chance needs to get closer to Leyla to find out what she likes, they devise a plan to have her attend their Christmas party as an old friend of the family. Chance and William continue to spend more time together with the hopes of devising the perfect proposal, but Leyla does not seem to be ready for marriage and each plan seems to fall apart. As Chance and William get to know each other more they begin to bring out the best in one another and are able to find their true selves along the way. (Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Mistletoe in Montana, starring Melissa Joan Hart, Duane Henry and Jamey Sheridan: Welcome to Paradise Ranch, where city slickers get to be cowboys and cowgirls. Merry (Hart), who owns the ranch has been unlucky in love, but that's about to change when a single father, Mark (Henry), and his two kids book the ranch for Christmas week. Adventure is on the menu, the holiday spirit is everywhere, and love is in the air. (Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Toying with the Holidays, starring Chad Michael Murray and Cindy Busby: Workaholic designer Danielle (Busby) returns to her hometown of Holly Pines for the holidays with her young son Paul with hopes to introduce him to some beloved holiday traditions, in particular the town's North Pole Express train. Once home, she discovers that the North Pole Express has been sidelined. Determined to help, Danielle reconnects with her former high school classmate Kevin (Murray), now a hobbyist and model train enthusiast himself. Together, Danielle and Kevin attempt to pull off a Christmas miracle that would get the old North Pole Express running--and quite possibly give Danielle many reasons, one of them romantic, to consider staying in Holly Pines for good... (Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Under the Christmas Tree, starring Elise Bauman, Tattiawna Jones and Ricki Lake: Marketing whiz Alma Beltran (Bauman) and Christmas tree whisperer Charlie Freemont (Jones) cross paths when Charlie finds the perfect tree for the Maine Governor's Holiday Celebration — right in Alma's back yard. While they initially spar, romantic sparks soon begin to fly between the two women as the enchanting tree and some Christmas fairy dust from the town's pâtissière extraordinaire (Lake) bring out the best in them and spark each other to take leaps of faith and fight for love and Christmas magic. (Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Candy Cane Candidate, starring Jacky Lai and Jake Epstein: Natural-born leader, Julia (Lai), returns to her hometown of North Falls for Christmas to drown her sorrows in eggnog, cookies, and Yuletide after her recent political campaign for city council ended in a landslide loss. It's the perfect place for Julia's holiday escape — until she realizes coming home means running into her old high school rival, Parker (Epstein), the arrogant know-it-all who beat her in a race for senior class president. When the North Falls mayor resigns, the town holds an emergency election, and Julia and Parker find themselves once again facing off. But as Julia and Parker campaign their way through the Christmas season and plan a toy drive together, Julia begins to see a different side of Parker, and the ice between them slowly begins to thaw. As their political race comes to a head, Julia and Parker discover winning isn't everything. (Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
The Christmas Ball, starring Deidre Mullins, Nick Hendrix and Caroline Langrishe: When lead ballerina Clare Fitzgerald (Mullins) is let go before the Christmas season's Nutcracker, she's beyond devastated and jumps at the opportunity to visit her Aunt Bridget (Langrishe) in England during the holidays. Once there, she meets Liam (Hendrix), a local professor and historian who is helping Aunt Bridget preserve the family manor. Clare discovers that Christmas Regency balls were once held at the manor, prompting Aunt Bridget to propose they hold a ball as part of Liam's presentation to the preservation society. As Clare and Liam work together, the two also waltz into a new romance. (Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
It Takes a Christmas Village, starring Brooke Nevin, Corey Sevier and Alli Chung: In order to make the town's Christmas market a reality, Mayor Alex Foster (Nevin) must convince the reclusive Darcy Hawkins (Sevier) to loan out his family's historic mill, which is no easy task thanks to a long-running family feud. But as Alex slowly chips away at Darcy's frosty exterior, their feelings grow beyond the interest of the town, leading this unlikely duo to the prospect of love. (Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Rebuilding a Dream Christmas, starring Meggan Kaiser, Zane Stephens and Bryson JonSteele: Successful real estate broker Abbey (Kaiser) is forced back to her hometown to repair a Victorian house she inherited from her grandmother. She decides to sell the house and hires single dad Josh (Stephens) to help with the repairs. Working together brings up memories from her past and as her relationship with Josh and his eight-year-old son Noah (JonSteele) grows, Abbey finds her calling and makes a home for herself. (Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Hot Chocolate Holiday, starring Aubrey Reynolds and Jonny Swenson: Colette (Reynolds) runs a coffee shop that is known for her secret and famous hot chocolate. When Marcus (Swenson), a new dessert shop owner, starts to draw in Colette's customers with his very own specialty hot chocolate that tastes exactly like the recipe from her beloved grandmother, she is determined to expose him. But as she gets to know Marcus, sparks fly between the cocoa connoisseurs. (Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Writing Around the Christmas Tree, starring Krystal Joy Brown and Curtis Hamilton: Mikaela (Brown), a successful romance novelist who has had bad luck in love, visits a quaint bed and breakfast for a Christmas writer's retreat near a snowy lake town each year. Upon arriving, she meets dashing writer, Levi (Hamilton) who soon convinces Mikaela that she shouldn't be writing about love if she doesn't allow herself to get out and actually experience it. (Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)
It's a Wonderful Lifetime Holiday Movie Preview, hosted by Tia Mowry, previewing Lifetime's 2021 Christmas movies, will be available on VOD beginning Oct. 24 and will premiere on Lifetime Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. ET/PT. In addition to sneak peeks and cast interviews, Mowry will share a special holiday treat or cocktail recipe to go with each movie.
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