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2018 Holiday Movie Season Preview: Second Weekend in December 

2018 Holiday Movie Season Preview: Second Weekend in December
Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States LLC
Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States LLC

This weekend, we have new Christmas movie arrivals from Freeform, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Mysteries & Movies, ION, and Lifetime. Warm up the DVRs, y’all! Here’s a sneak peek of your holiday viewing options.

Photo Credit: Lifetime

Christmas Lost and Found — Friday, December 7th at 8 pm/7c (Lifetime)

After years of missing family gatherings, New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) is off to Chicago to spend Christmas with her grandma, Frances (Diane Ladd). Excited that her granddaughter is finally home for the holidays, Frances decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments.

When Whitney mistakenly throws them out, Frances must stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about. Lisa Durupt also co-stars. Our exclusive interview with her is here.

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Homegrown Christmas — Saturday, December 8th at 8 pm/7c (Hallmark Channel)

Maddie (Lori Loughlin) sells her New York-based shoe business and returns to her home town for Christmas, where she faces a cool reception from her sister and her former beau Carter (Victor Webster). Just as Maddie and Carter admit their love never diminished, an unexpected career opportunity may draw her back to New York. Our exclusive interview with Webster is here.

Photo Credit: Lifetime

Santa’s Boots — Saturday, December 8th at 8 pm/7c (Lifetime)

When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting the same as any other year, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets Nick (Noah Mills), who has been hired to play Santa. Their undeniable chemistry and charisma draw in big crowds, until suddenly, Nick disappears. As Christmas day inches closer, Holly scrambles to find him.

Photo Credit: ION Television

Rent-an-Elf — Saturday, December 8th at 8 pm/7c (ION)

Type-A personality, Ava (Kim Shaw), owns “Rent-an-Elf,” a business in which she sets up memorable Christmases for busy families. This year, she’s hired by the newly single Liam (Sean Patrick Thomas) and falls for him and his adorable son, Nathan.

Just as Ava thinks she’s found her match, Liam’s ex-wife returns, wanting to patch things up. Ava decides to put Liam and Nathan’s happiness above her own, determined to give them the best Christmas ever, and maybe even hope for a Christmas miracle or two.

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Memories of Christmas — Saturday, December 8th at 9 pm/8c (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Financial dealmaker Noelle (Christina Milian) returns to her home town to sell her childhood home and attend the annual Gala established by her late Christmas-obsessed mother. As the town braces for the sale of the lodge where the Gala is held, Noelle makes the deal of a lifetime–all while finding unexpected holiday joy and love. Mark Taylor co-stars. Click here for a preview.

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Welcome to Christmas — Sunday, December 9th at 8 pm/7c (Hallmark Channel)

Sheriff Gage McBride (Eric Mabius) and the residents of tiny Christmas, Colorado work to convince resort developer Madison Lane (Jennifer Finnigan) to build her company’s newest resort nearby in the hopes it will revitalize the struggling town. Workaholic Madison finds herself falling for the charming town and the widowed sheriff and his family. Our exclusive interview with Finnigan is here.

Photo Credit: ION Television

A Snow White Christmas — Sunday, December 9th at 8 pm/7c (ION)

In this spin on the classic fairy tale, Blanca Snow (Michelle Randolph) begrudgingly plans to spend Christmas with her stepmother, Victoria (Carolyn Hennesy) in an attempt to fulfill her late father’s wishes and create new memories as a family. Victoria has own ulterior motives to hang onto her late husband’s fortune, which go sideways when the designer she hires to renovate the house, Lucas Prince (Colt Prattes), falls in love with Blanca.

A bout of amnesia triggered by Victoria lands Blanca in a new setting with seven quirky friends and another love interest, Hunter (Liam McNeil). Soon she has to sort out her identity, her suitors, and her loyalty to her father’s legacy.

Photo Credit: Lifetime

A Christmas in Tennessee — Sunday, December 9th at 8 pm/7c (Lifetime)

Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), her daughter, Olivia, and mother, Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening.

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Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas — Sunday, December 9th at 9 pm/8c (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Just before Christmas, as a flight is cancelled, Cara (Megan Park) gains a travel partner in Heath (The Arrangement‘s Josh Henderson), a country singer who doesn’t acknowledge his fame. They grow close over a shared reticence to celebrate the holidays after experiencing hard losses.

When misunderstandings complicate things, it might take a Christmas miracle for them to find harmony. The film is based on the song, “Time for Me to Come Home,” by Blake Shelton, which was based on the book by Shelton’s mom, Dorothy Shackleford, and Travis Thrasher.

No Sleep ‘Til Christmas — Monday, December 10th at 9 pm/8c (Freeform)

Photo Credit: John Medland/Freeform

Real-life couple Odette and Dave Annable play insomniacs who have the ultimate meet cute turned romcom. Lizzie is a high-end event planner planning her wedding to Josh (Charles Michael Davis). When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave Annable), a low-key bartender who’s just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover they can only fall asleep while next to each other, which is exactly as complicated as you think.

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