Hallmark just got some major competition in the Christmas film department: NBC's streaming service, Peacock, just announced its plans to air the first-ever Days of our Lives holiday movie!
Called Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas, the holly and jolly project will follow legacy DAYS character Will Horton (Chandler Massey) as he writes a screenplay before his Christmas Eve deadline. Using everyone's feel-good holiday movie tropes, he creates a festive story based on his family and friends in Salem -- but with several twists and turns viewers will never see coming.
Recently returned DAYS star Eileen Davidson (Kristen DiMera/Susan Banks) was the first to reveal Peacock's festive film plans when she made a surprise appearance during a special event last night that was tied to the streaming service's release of its new series, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (now streaming).
The upcoming DAYS holiday movie is Peacock's latest special offering to fans of the NBC soap opera. It previously released a five-part mini-series called Beyond Salem that starred several existing DAYS cast members and included special guest-star appearances by beloved former cast members, including Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera, and Charles Shaughnessy as Shane Donovan.
Additional details about Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas have yet to be released, so keep checking back to Soap Central for updates as they come. In the meantime, fans can look forward to the film's premiere on Thursday, December 16, only on Peacock.
In addition to its DAYS Christmas movie, Peacock will also be premiering an original holiday film called The Housewives of the North Pole, starring Kyle Richards and Betsy Brandt. Part of the Real Housewives franchise, that film will begin streaming on Thursday, December 9.
UPDATE (November 22): The holiday elves at Peacock have dropped a fun treat regarding the upcoming Days of our Lives holiday film, A Very Salem Christmas: the festive project, which is set to begin streaming on December 16, will see Alison Sweeney return as Sami Brady!
In addition to Sweeney and the previously announced news that Chandler Massey will be featured as Will Horton, Peacock reveals that several other DAYS cast members will be featured in the film. They include Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson, Jackée Harry, Drake Hogestyn, Camila Banus, Ari Zucker, Raven Bowens, Eric Martsolf, Billy Flynn, Paul Telfer, Lindsay Arnold, Lucas Adams, Carson Boatman, Greg Rikaart, Dan Feuerriegel, Zach Tinker, and Blake Berris.
What do you think about Days of our Lives releasing a Christmas film on Peacock? What are your thoughts on the premise of A Very Salem Christmas? Which stars of the NBC soap opera do you hope are featured in the holly and jolly DAYS film? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.