Soap stars warm the heart in Hallmark holiday films; see the complete scheduling list

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:02:30 PM

Hallmark has released its full Countdown to Christmas and Miracles of Christmas schedules, both of which are filled to the brim with heartwarming films featuring soap stars like Alison Sweeney, Ryan Paevey, Jen Lilley, Erin Cahill, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Ashley Williams, and Sam Page.

Sweater weather is coming, and we all know what that means: Hallmark will soon be filling the airwaves with heartwarming holiday films that bring so much joy, it feels like being a kid at Christmas.

This year's slate includes a bevy of films in the Countdown to Christmas lineup, which will be shown on the Hallmark Channel, as well as in the Miracles of Christmas lineup, which will be shown on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Both of the holly and jolly lineups feature films that star soap opera favorites, including a groundbreaking (for Hallmark) LGBT film with Jonathan Bennett (ex-J.R. Chandler, All My Children).

"Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever. This year's movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast," Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming, said in a statement. "Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions -- a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year."

Keep reading for a complete list of every Hallmark Countdown to Christmas and Miracles of Christmas film that features a soap opera star this year, including the films' airdates and synopses.

Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas Schedule (all movies premiere at 9PM ET)

Saturday, November 7: Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater

Stars: Ashley Williams (ex-Danielle Andropoulos, As the World Turns) and Niall Matter

Summary: Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together, they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond.

Sunday, November 15: A Timeless Christmas

Stars: Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West, General Hospital) and Erin Cahill (ex-Cassandra, GH)

Summary: Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020, where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st century Christmas.

Sunday, November 22: The Christmas House

Stars: Robert Buckley, Jonathan Bennett (ex-J.R. Chandler, AMC), Ana Ayora, Treat Williams, Sharon Lawrence, and Brad Harder

Summary: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams) have summoned their two grown sons -- TV star Mike (Buckley) and Brandon (Bennett) -- home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband, Jake (Harder), make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.

Wednesday, November 25: A Bright and Merry Christmas

Stars: Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady, Days of our Lives) and Marc Blucas

Summary: Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there's more to each other than they thought.

Thursday, November 26: Five Star Christmas (working title)

Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Michelle Bauer, Guiding Light) and Victor Webster

Summary: After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father's new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster) but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.

Saturday, December 5: Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, Colin Lawrence, Rukiya Bernard, Antonio Cayonne, and Barbara Niven (ex-Liz Coleman, OLTL)

Summary: As Michelle's (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Miracles of Christmas Schedule (all movies premiere at 9PM ET)

Saturday, October 24: Christmas Tree Lane

Stars: Alicia Witt, Andrew Walker, Drake Hogestyn (John Black, DAYS), and Briana Price

Summary: Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she's thrown when she learns of his surprising tie to the developer. For more about this film, check out Soap Central's previous story about Hogestyn joining the cast here.

Saturday, November 14: Meet Me at Christmas (working title)

Stars: Catherine Bell and Mark Deklin (ex-Joe, Guiding Light)

Summary: When Joan's (Bell) son's wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride's uncle. As they work alongside each other, they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.

Saturday, November 28: USS Christmas

Stars: Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa Donovan, DAYS), Trevor Donovan (ex-Jeremy Horton, DAYS), and Barbara Niven (ex-Liz Coleman, OLTL)

Summary: Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime, where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship's archive room.

Saturday, December 5: Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas

Stars: Lacey Chabert (ex-Bianca Montgomery, AMC) and Stephen Huszar

Summary: Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever. Executive produced by Blake Shelton.

Sunday, December 6: A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances

Stars: Brooke D'Orsay and Sam Page (ex-Trey Shepard, AMC)

Summary: After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D'Orsay), at Christmas.

What do you think about the Hallmark holiday films that star soap opera actors this year? Which of the Christmas films are you most looking forward to watching? We want to hear from you -- so drop your comments in the Comments section below, tweet about it on Twitter, share it on Facebook, or chat about it on our Message Boards.

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