Mark Your Calendars! Lifetime Channel's Holiday Movie Lineup Has Arrived

Grant Rindner
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From Oprah Magazine

  • Lifetime has announced the release dates and stars of 30 new Christmas movies for its 2020 holiday schedule.

  • This year's movies will include the network's first-ever LGBTQ+ centered romance, which stars real-life couple Blake Lewis and Ben Lee.

  • Stars of the film's in Lifetime's holiday slate also include Betty White, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez and Melissa Joan Hart, while Tiffany Haddish is executive producing one project.

'Tis (almost) the season to don those fuzzy Santa socks and matching family pajamas and cuddle up for a Christmas movie marathon. Lifetime's 2020 holiday film lineup includes 30 brand new movies to choose from. This year's schedule—which you can read in full below—kicks off at the end of October. The Lifetime Christmas movies will feature performances from Betty White, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez, Jason Priestley, Melissa Joan Hart, and Ali Stoker, along with a movie produced by Tiffany Haddish.

Most notably is The Christmas Set Up, due out on December 12, which will be the first Lifetime holiday movie to focus on an LGBTQ+ romance. LGBTQ+ Christmas releases are becoming increasingly common, though the legacy networks have been slow to catch up. Casting for The Christmas Setup has been announced, and the movie stars real-life married couple Blake Lee, who you may have seen in Mixology and Parks and Rec and Ben Lewis, known for his role on Arrow. It also features Fran Drescher and Ellen Wong.

The Christmas Set Up tells the story of a New York corporate lawyer who returns to Milwaukee for the holidays, as his mother attempts to play matchmaker for him and his high school crush, a successful tech industry member. The film is written by Michael J. Murray, who has penned many other Christmas projects including Christmas Around the Corner and Christmas 9 to 5, both of which were Lifetime releases.

Another noteworthy step Lifetime is taking is releasing A Sugar & Spice Holiday, a film directed by Jennifer Liao that is the network's first holiday movie about a Chinese-American family. Sugar & Spice, which comes out on December 13, focuses on an architect who comes back to her hometown in Maine and winds up being pushed to participate in a local gingerbread house-making competition, teaming up with a high school pal in the process. The film stars Jacky Lai, Tony Giroux, and Tzi Ma.

Tiffany Haddish is producing Christmas Unwrapped, which features a young reporter investigating a prominent local man who claims his holiday gifts are straight from Santa Claus. It's one of the early releases, airing for the first time on October 24.

Below is all the information we have about Lifetime's Christmas movies, including release dates and the cast. So mark your calendars!

Lifetime's Christmas movies 2020 schedule, so far:

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Christmas on Ice
Release: 10/23 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Starring: Abigail Klein, Ryan Cooper, Caroline Portu, Will Lyman, and Meara Mahoney Gross


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Photo credit: Courtesy of Marvista Entertainment - Lifetime

Christmas Unwrapped
Release: 10/24 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Amber Stevens West, Marco Grazzini, and Cheryl Ladd

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Forever Christmas
Release: 10/25 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Chelsea Hobbs, Christopher Russell, Matthew Anderson, and Jill Morrison

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A Crafty Christmas Romance
Release: 10/30 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars : Nicola Posener and Bradford B. Johnson

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Photo credit: Albert Camicioli - Lifetime

Candy Cane Christmas
Release: 10/31 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Beverley Mitchell, Mark Ghanimé, Trudy Weiss, and Benedicte Belizaire

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The Christmas Aunt
Release: 11/1 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Keshia Knight Pulliam and Jarod Joseph

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The Christmas Yule Blog
Release: 11/6 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Sara Canning and Zak Santiago

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A Welcome Home Christmas
Release: 11/7 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Jana Kramer, Brandon Quinn, Tim Reid, Charlene Tilton, and Craig Morgan

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A Very Charming Christmas Town
Release: 11/8 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Natalie Hall, Jon Prescott, Kelley Jakle, Jo Marie Payton, and Tracey E. Bregman

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Photo credit: Ricardo Hubbs - Lifetime

Christmas on the Vine
Release: 11/13 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Julianan Guill, Jon Corr, and Meredith Baxter

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Photo credit: Albert Camicioli - Lifetime

Christmas on Wheels
Release: 11/14 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Tiya Sircar and Michael Xavier


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The Christmas Edition
Release: 11/15 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Carly Hughes, Rob Mayes, Marie Osmond, and Aloma Wright

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A Taste of Christmas
Release: 11/20 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Anni Krueger, Gilles Marini, Nia Vardalos, Andrew Brodeur, and Emma Myers

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Feliz Navi-Dad
Release: 11/21 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Mario Lopez, AnnaLynne McCord, Paulina Chavez, and Marycarmen Lopez

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Photo credit: Albert Camicioli - Lifetime

Homemade Christmas
Release: 11/22 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Michelle Argyris and Travis Nelson

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Dear Christmas
Release: 11/27 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Priestley, Robin Givens, Ed Begley Jr and Faith Prince

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Photo credit: Ryan Plummer - Lifetime

Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding
Release: 11/28 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Debbi Morgan, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jaime M. Callica, Nathan Witte, and Chris Shields

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People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street
Release: 11/29 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Vanessa Lachey, Ryan McPartlin, Patrick Duffy, and Polly Draper

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The Christmas Listing
Release: 11/30 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Lexi Giovagnoli, Travis Burns, Greg Evigan, Rachel O'Connell, Susan Chambers

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Spotlight on Christmas
Release: 12/4 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Tori Anderson, Victor Zinck Jr., Janet Kidder, Lia Franklin, and Andrew McIlroy

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Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve
Release: 12/5 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Kyla Pratt and Brooks Darnell

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Christmas Ever After
Release: 12/6 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Ali Stoker and Daniel DiTomasso

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The Santa Squad
Release: 12/7 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Rebecca Dalton and Aaron Ashmore

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Inn Love by Christmas
Release: 12/11 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Jonna Walsh, Jesse Hutch, Art Hindle, and Jayne Eastwood

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The Christmas Setup
Release: 12/12 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Ben Lewis, Blake Lee, Fran Drescher, Ellen Wong

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Photo credit: Photo by Noah Asanias - Lifetime

A Sugar & Spice Holiday
Release: 12/13 at 8:00 p.m. EST
Stars: Jacky Lai, Tony Giroux, Tzi Ma

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Lonestar Christmas
Release: 12/14 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Stephanie Bennett, Marco Grazzini, Brent Strait, Colleen Wheeler, Lina Renna, Emma Oliver, and BJ Harrison

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Christmas on the Menu
Release: 12/18 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Kim Shaw, Clayton James, Cynthia Gibb, Jesse Kove, Michael Steger, Shanica Knowles

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A Christmas Exchange
Release: 12/18 at 8:00 p.m EST/PST
Stars: Laura Vandervoort and Rainbow Sun Francks


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A Christmas Break
Release: 12/20 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST
Stars: Cindy Sampson and Steve Byers

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