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Lifetime Is Releasing 35 New Movies This Holiday Season — Here Are Ones Not to Miss​

Because it is 'a wonderful Lifetime' of the year

spinner image Brandon Quinn and Jana Kramer star in the film A Welcome Home Christmas
Brandon Quinn and Jana Kramer star in "A Welcome Home Christmas."

The Lifetime Network’s holiday movies have become something of a tradition, and this year the channel is releasing a record 35 new films, featuring stars from Reba McEntire to Smokey Robinson to Marie Osmond. The network's 2021 “It's a Wonderful Lifetime” features a new holiday movie every night through Christmas. The films will be available to stream on Lifetime's website after their premieres, and you can check out the full schedule here. So grab a cup of cocoa and find some comfort and joy in these romantic stories.

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A Fiancé for Christmas

Sawyer (Amanda Payton) feels like she’s been single forever when she decides to make a fake wedding registry, hoping that a shopping spree will provide some relief. But when her town discovers the registry, the residents throw her a surprise shower. Too embarrassed to correct them, she finds a faux fiancé (Adam Gregory) to deflect questions during holiday celebrations, gaining a very excited mother-in-law-to-be (Marie Osmond) in the process. The longer the pair pretend, the more it seems like their acting may become reality.

Watch it: A Fiancé for Christmas airs on Lifetime, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET

Holiday in Santa Fe

Tony (Mario Lopez) and Magdalena (Aimee Garcia) help their dad (Emeraude Toubia) run Casa de Milagro, a family business that sells holiday ornaments and decorations designed by their matriarch, Milagro, and inspired by Mexican Christmas traditions. When Milagro passes unexpectedly, the family must rally behind their Santa Fe store as an executive from one of the country’s biggest holiday decor and greeting card companies seeks to acquire the business — and sparks fly between Tony and the exec.

Watch it: Holiday in Santa Fe airs on Lifetime, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET

Don’t Miss This: Want more reasons to cozy in this month? Our critics have scoured the other streaming platforms for this season's most endearing holiday films and where to watch them. Get the whole list here: The Best Family Christmas Movies to Watch This Year

Blending Christmas

Emma (Haylie Duff) loves spending the holidays at the Hacienda de la Sierra resort, and her boyfriend, Liam (Aaron O’Connell), is planning a proposal there, with both of their families — played by six former Brady Bunch cast members — in attendance. But when the families come together, they soon begin arguing over every detail, to the point where Emma and Liam begin to doubt their relationship. Days before Christmas, the families are forced to unite to bring the couple back together.

Watch it: Blending Christmas, airs on Lifetime, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. ET

Mistletoe in Montana

Melissa Joan Hart stars as the owner of Paradise Ranch, where coddled urbanites can get a taste of life in the saddle. She hasn’t been the luckiest in love, but her fortune changes when a single dad (Duane Henry) and his two kids come to stay for Christmas week.

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Watch it: Mistletoe in Montana airs on Lifetime, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET

Under the Christmas Tree

A Christmas-tree whisperer (Tattiawna Jones) finds the perfect tree for the governor of Maine’s holiday celebration, but it’s rooted in the backyard of a marketing executive (Elise Bauman). While the two clash over the tree at first, they begin to get swept up in the spirit of the season, with the help of some Christmas fairy dust from a local pastry chef (Ricki Lake).

Watch it: Under the Christmas Tree airs on Lifetime, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. ET

Candy Cane Candidate

After a devastating city council campaign loss, Julia (Jacky Lai) returns home for the holidays, planning to drown her sorrows in cookies and eggnog. But when the mayor resigns, her town holds an emergency election and she finds herself on the campaign trail again — running against her old high school rival (Jake Epstein). Their competition softens when they find themselves planning a toy drive together and begin seeing each other in a new light.

Watch it: Candy Cane Candidate airs on Lifetime, Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ET

Baking Spirits Bright

Mira (Rekha Sharma), the daughter of fruitcake-company owners, still takes pride in her family’s business, even though their once-booming holiday sales are on the decline. When the family hires a high-powered marketing executive (Dion Johnstone) to help the company out of its holiday rut, Mira has to fight to preserve the spirit of the business she loves so much.

Watch it: Baking Spirits Bright

Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune

When the daughter of a divorced musical duo (Reba McEntire and John Schneider) asks them to reunite for a Christmas charity concert, the musicians begin harmonizing onstage and off. Believe it or not, this is McEntire’s first Christmas movie, and she not only stars and executive produces but also contributes an original holiday song.

Watch it: Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune

Miracle in Motor City

Tia Mowry stars as Amber Dupont, who takes over her church’s annual Christmas pageant and gets in over her head when she unwittingly promises that it will include a performance by Smokey Robinson. Her best friends secretly enlist a former sweetheart (Mark Taylor) to help, and the two reconnect as they try to get the Motown legend onboard for an unforgettable pageant.

Watch it: Miracle in Motor City

Don’t Miss This: Do you know that a Christmas song is also the best-selling single of all time? But is it “White Christmas” or “Jingle Bell Rock"? Hop over to our holly, jolly Christmas Music Quiz to test your knowledge and challenge your friends: How Well Do You Know Your Christmas Carols?

My Favorite Christmas Melody

Real life Grammy-winning singer Mya plays a singer-songwriter who feels stuck writing dull advertising jingles. When she returns home for the holidays, the high school music teacher (Sun Francks) enlists her help to rescue the school’s arts program. Along the way, she rediscovers her voice and the confidence to follow her dreams and to pursue new love.

Watch it: My Favorite Christmas Melody

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