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A calendar of holiday movies from ION, Lifetime, Hallmark networks

With Thanksgiving now past, the holiday television season is in full swing with at least four networks now unveiling new original Christmas movies. Here, by date, is a list of premieres. Also below is an alphabetical list of new 2017 movies that already have premiered.

NOV. 24

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Finding Santa." A single mother obsessed with Christmas (Jodie Sweetin) finds her only option to replace an injured Santa for a parade is his son (Eric Winter), who dislikes the holiday.

NOV. 25

8 p.m. Lifetime, "Wrapped Up in Christmas." A girl asks Santa to find a boyfriend for her aunt (Tatyana Ali), a mall manager forced to cancel the leases of some stores at the holidays. It will be followed at 10 p.m. with the mini-movie "A Family for the Holidays." The director's cut for "Wrapped up in Christmas" airs at 8 p.m. Nov. 27.

8 p.m. Nov. 25, Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, "The Christmas Train." A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. Dermot Mulroney and Kimberly Williams Paisley star in this adaptation of David Baldacci's best seller about a journalist who meets a variety of characters on an intercontinental train – including his ex-girlfriend. With Danny Glover, Joan Cusack.

 

Michael Rady and Natalie Knepp star in "A Joyous Christmas," premiering on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. (Crown Media United States LLC/Bettina Strauss)

NOV. 26

8 p.m. Lifetime, "A Very Merry Toy Store." The owners of two family businesses (Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez) work together to fight a big-box toy store that threatens them both. 10 p.m. mini-movie, "The Christmas Snowman." The director's cut of "A Very Merry Toy Store" airs at 8 p.m. Dec. 23.

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Switched for Christmas." Candace Cameron Bure plays twins who, envious of each other, swap lives until Christmas Day. With Happy the Dog and Eion Bailey ("Once Upon a Time").

9 p.m. HM&M, "A Joyous Christmas." A successful young woman (Natalie Knepp) learns about the Christmas spirit after a stranger (Bonnie Bedelia) saves her from a near-fatal accident. With Michael Rady.

9 p.m. ION, “Snowmance.” A picky woman (Ashley Newbrough) who prefers the snowmen she makes every year with her best friend over the real thing, meets a man who could be too perfect to be true. With Adam Hurtig and Jesse Hutch.

DEC. 2

8 p.m. Lifetime, "Four Christmases and a Wedding." An event planner (Arielle Kebbel) has a whirlwind romance with a man (Corey Sevier) she then learns is being transferred for his job. 10 p.m. mini-movie: "The Ugly Christmas Sweater." Director's cut of "Four Christmases" will be shown 8 p.m. Dec. 11.

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Christmas in Evergreen." A small-town vet (Ashley Williams) wishes on a special snow globe for a romantic Christmas with her boyfriend, then meets a businessman (Teddy Sears) and his daughter.

9 p.m. Dec.2, HM&M: "Christmas in Angel Falls." An angel (Rachel Boston) tries to help a town -  including the handsome volunteer fire chief (Paul Greene) - regain their Christmas spirit.

The 12 stars of holiday TV movies

DEC. 3

8 p.m. Lifetime, "My Christmas Prince." When a teacher (Alexis Knapp) brings her boyfriend home for Christmas, his real identity will change her life. 10 p.m. mini-movie: "Delivering Christmas." Director's cut of "My Christmas Prince" airs at 8 p.m. Dec. 24.

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Christmas at Holly Lodge." Sent to evaluate an inn for a developer, a man (Jordan Bridges) falls for the innkeeper (Alison Sweeney) and the charming property.

9 p.m. HM&M, "Unbridled Love." A woman trying to turn around her grandfather's ranch has to deal with a Hollywood star who arrives to train for his next film.

9 p.m. ION, "The Spruce & The Pines." Returning home for the holidays where her family runs a Christmas tree lot, a woman falls for the son of a competitor against the wishes of their feuding families. Starring Jonna Walsh, Nick Ballard and Tom Kemp.

DEC. 9

8 p.m. Lifetime, "Christmas in Mississippi." A photographer (Jana Kramer) goes home to help with a holiday show and learns it is being run by her high school sweetheart who broke her heart (Wes Brown). 10 p.m. mini-movie, "The Christmas Trap." Director's cut of "Christmas in Mississippi" airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25.

8 p.m. Hallmark, "The Christmas Shop." The owner of her family's Christmas shop is a lone holdout in a development plan, but agrees to listen to a man's offer if he spends one week working in her store. Starring Ellen Hollman, Steve Campo.

9 p.m. HM&M, "The Christmas Cottage." An interior designer prepares a cottage with a romantic legend for the wedding of her best friend, Ava, but things are complicated by the arrival of Ava's brother. Starring Merritt Patterson, Steve Lund.

9 p.m. ION, “Runaway Christmas Bride.” A runaway bride heads to a resort where she falls for a ski patrol rescuer. Starring Travis Milne, Cindy Busy, Mark Milburn.

DEC. 10

9 p.m. ION. "A Royal Christmas Ball." A bachelor king (Ingo Rademacher) who is dateless for the Christmas ball, tracks down his American college sweetheart (Tara Reid).

Tara Reid, left, stars in the new ION holiday movie, "A Royal Christmas Ball." (ION)

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Christmas  Encore." A struggling actress decides to do one last show before heading home and finds a renewed passion when the theater loses its lease. Starring Maggie Lawson, Brennan Elliott.

DEC. 16

8 p.m. Lifetime, "Snowed Inn Christmas." Two writers (Bethany Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker) with nothing in common volunteer for an assignment in Santa Claus, Indiana where they find themselves working together save an historic inn. 10 p.m. mini-movie, "My Christmas Grandpa." Director's cut of "Snowed Inn Christmas" airs 8 p.m. Dec. 18.

8 pm. Hallmark, "Christmas Connection." Returning a package to a little girl and her dad (Tom Everett Scott), a flight attendant (Brooke Burns) spends time with them after being stranded by a snowstorm.

9 p.m. HM&M, "Karen Kingbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle." The lives of a busy attorney afraid of being hurt, her troubled son and a recent widower intersect in a season of miracles in this adaptation of the best-selling novel. Starring Jill Wagner, Luke McFarlane.

9 p.m. ION,  “A Christmas Cruise." As aspiring novelist (Vivica A. Fox) finds love on a holiday-themed cruise. With Kristoff St. John and Jessica Morris.

The newest Christmas movie starring Vivica A. Fox is "A Christmas Cruise" premiering on ION.

DEC. 17

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Father Christmas." A newly jobless single dad is overloaded when he spends his first Christmas alone with his kids. Starring Jesse Metcalfe.

9 p.m. HM&M, "The Magical Christmas Ornaments." Christmas ornaments from her mom lift the spirits of a divorced woman (Jessica Lowndes) who starts to regain holiday joy while also growing close to her neighbor (Brendan Penny).

DEC. 23

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Christmas Getaway." After a breakup, a travel writer heads to a small town to relax, but is forced to share a cabin with a widower and his family. With Bridget Regan, Travis Van Winkle.

DEC. 25

8 p.m. Hallmark, "When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree." Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing and the community of Hope Valley help a young Mountie find Christmas inspiration.

DEC. 30

8 p.m. Hallmark, "Royal New Years' Eve." Starring Sam Page. Details to be announced.

 

PREVIOUSLY PREMIERED

Here is an alphabetical list of the new holiday films for 2017 that have already premiered. They all have additional showings on their respective networks.

"A Bramble House Christmas," HM&M. David Haydn-Jones plays a man who visits a B&B to learn why his deceased father left a nurse (Autumn Reeser) a large sum of cash.

 "Christmas Festival of Ice," Hallmark. Fighting to save her beloved ice sculpting competition, a lawyer (Taylor Cole) enlists the help of a reluctant artist (Damon Runyan).

"Christmas Homecoming," HM&M. A military widow (Julie Benz) lacking the Christmas spirit rents an apartment to a recuperating Army captain (Michael Shanks).

"Coming Home for Christmas," Hallmark. The new house manager at a Virginia estate (Danica McKellar) is drawn into the feuding Marley family as she plans a final holiday gala. With Neal Bledsoe.

"Christmas in the Air," HM&M. Hallmark favorite Catherine Bell plays a professional organizer who helps a widowed father (Eric Close) get his life together before the holidays.

Alexa PenaVega and her husband, Carlos PenaVega, star in "An Enchanted Christmas"on Hallmark Channel. (Crown Media United States LLC/Fred Hayes)

 "Enchanted Christmas," Hallmark. An interior designer sent to her hometown for a project is surprised to find her former boyfriend and dance partner running a salsa studio. Starring real-life husband-and-wife Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega.

"Engaging Father Christmas," HM&M. Erin Krakow and Niall Matter return in the sequel to the sweet "Finding Father Christmas." Buffalo native Wendy Malick co-stars.

 "A Gift to Remember," Hallmark. After knocking a man unconscious with her bike, a bookstore employee (Ali Liebert) tries to help him regain his memory.

"Marry Me at Christmas," Hallmark. A wedding planner (Rachel Skarsten) is hired by a movie star (Trevor Donovan) to plan his sister's Christmas wedding.

"Miss Christmas," Hallmark. On the hunt for the National Tree, a woman (Brooke D'Orsay) finds the perfect one in a quaint New England town but the land owner (Marc Blucas) refuses to let her cut it down.

 "The Perfect Christmas Present," Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. A professional gift buyer (Sam Page), asked to get his friend's girlfriend a present, finds himself falling in love with her.

"Secretly Santa," Hallmark. A mix-up over a Secret Santa identity has an executive (Emilie Ullerup) trying to show an uptight co-worker (Aaron O'Connell) she's the one for him.

"A Song for Christmas," HM&M. At a tour stop in a small town, a rising country star (Becca Tobin, "Glee") falls for a guitar player (Kevin McGarry) and his family who are in danger of losing their farm.

 "The Sweetest Christmas," Hallmark. A newly single baker (Lacey Chabert) reconnects with her high school sweetheart (Lea Coco) who lets her use his restaurant for a gingerbread baking competition.

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