This year, Lifetime’s annual TV event: It’s a Wonderful Lifetime, includes 26 brand-new Lifetime Christmas movies for the 2022 holiday season. Lifetime has become an integral part of the holiday movie tradition – along with the Hallmark channel, Netflix, and GAC.
On Lifetime’s complete lineup, you’ll find heartwarming romances and family films with exciting casts and adorable descriptions.
HOW TO WATCH LIFETIME CHRISTMAS MOVIES FOR 2022
The holiday films will be available to watch live on the Lifetime Channel, the Lifetime app, and On Demand. You can also use streaming services like the frndly TV streaming app.
Or if only a couple of the movies interest you, you can rent/buy them on Amazon Prime Video after the movie premieres.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME SNEAK PEEK
After watching that exciting sneak peek, let’s look at the Christmas movie schedule.
LIFETIME CHRISTMAS MOVIES – THE 2022 SCHEDULE
#1 MERRY SWISSMAS
Premiere Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 (This one is now available to stream, rent/buy digitally.)
Cast: Jodie Sweetin, Tim Rozon (Schitt’s Creek)
Alex (Jodie Sweetin) has wonderful memories of Christmas with her best friend Beth (Mikaela Lily Davies), until Beth started dating Alex’s ex, Jesse (David Pinard).
Because she has missed the last few Christmases with family due to her demanding job as an architect, Alex is excited to spend the holidays with her mother Caroline (Jane Wheeler), who is opening an inn in Switzerland.
Much to her dismay, she learns that Jesse and Beth are also visiting for the Inns’ opening. When Alex meets Liam (Tim Rozon), a single father and the manager of her mother’s inn, Liam attempts to show her all the Christmas traditions and culture of Switzerland and helps Alex open herself up to love and forgiveness this holiday season.
Why You Should Watch: Full House fans will want to watch this escapist holiday romance, plus, it takes place in Switzerland!
Content Note: TV-PG
#2 WELL SUITED FOR CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022 (This one is now available to stream, rent/buy digitally.)
Cast: Mercedes de la Zerda, Franco Lo Presti
Fashion designer Rachel Rocca (Mercedes de la Zerda) lands a spot in a design competition to create a tuxedo for one of the city’s most eligible bachelors, Brett Stone (Franco Lo Presti), for a Christmas charity gala.
As Rachel begins to unthread his well-spun public image, she discovers the true reason behind his Christmas charity, and find themselves falling in love.
Why You Should Watch: This one is for all the fashion lovers out there!
Content Note: TV-PG
#3 CHRISTMAS ON MISTLETOE LAKE
Premiere Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 8/7c
Cast: Genelle Williams (Family Law, Warehouse 13), Corey Sevier (Cedar Cove), Hattie Kragten, and Robin Dunne
Every Christmas, Reilly Shore picks a random spot on the map to take an adventurous trip. This year, that destination is the quaint hamlet of Mistletoe Lake.
As she arrives, Reilly discovers that the town’s lone bed & breakfast is full due to the town’s annual Christmas Harbor Festival.
When twelve-year-old Emma invites Reilly to stay on her dad’s boat, she learns that Emma’s dad Raymond Mitchell is selling his boat and can’t participate in the festival.
Saddened, Emma enlists Reilly’s help to convince Raymond to enter into the festival so they can have one last perfect Christmas on Mistletoe Lake.
Why You Should Watch: Robin Dunne of Sanctuary fame writes and directs this Christmas rom-com!
Content Note: TV-PG
#4 THE DOG DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Friday, November 11, 2022, at 8/7c
Cast: Georgia Flood (Anzac Girls) and Ezekiel Simat
While visiting her family during Christmastime, Annie Blake decides to help three stray dogs get adopted before heading back into her career working for a global non-profit.
But when she runs into local veterinarian, Dylan Hawkes, her old high school debate partner, they team up to save an animal rescue.
Ultimately, Annie discovers that finding love, and making a difference in the world, can happen right at home.
Why You Should Watch: You can’t get much more adorable than rescuing stray dogs with the help of a handsome veterinarian!
#5 REINDEER GAMES HOMECOMING
Premiere Date: Saturday, November 12 at 8/7c
Cast: Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Brian Sills
MacKenzie Graves is a brilliant, competitive, crossword puzzle loving Biology teacher in Vermont who recently lost her father, beloved fire chief and the heart of the town’s holiday fundraising tradition “The Reindeer Games.”
Every year since his death, she competes with her dad’s former team, a group of colorful retired firefighters, to win the Games and keep his tradition alive.
The holiday however, her world is rocked when fading Hollywood star, and Mac’s high school crush, Chase Weston, comes home for Christmas to visit his pregnant sister and nephew and is begrudgingly roped into participating in the Games.
When the opportunity to compete against her former mega crush arises, Mac is determined to show him up and win the Kris Kringle Cup at all costs.
As the competition heats up, so does the spark between Mac and Chase, and Chase soon finds himself eager to not only win the games, but also win her heart as well.
Why You Should Watch: Grey’s Anatomy fans will recognize the TV couple, April and Matthew (played by Drew and Bruening), reuniting for this Christmas romance movie, and it’s always fun to see actors reunite onscreen!
Sarah Drew also wrote and executive produced the film.
See our complete review of Reindeer Games Homecoming for more.
Content Note: TV-PG
#6 SIX DEGREES OF SANTA
Premiere Date: Sunday, November 13 at 8/7c
Cast: Kathryn Davis, Steve Lund, R. Austin Ball
Christmas enthusiast and single mom Harper has created a program, Six Degrees of Santa, in which anonymous “Santas” give a gift and set of instructions to be passed along, temporarily enjoyed, and re-gifted, indefinitely.
Her goal is to create a Christmas experience that’s real-life, magical, and unexpected. When Harper’s own gift lands in the hands of a leading internet entrepreneur, Jason, he’s convinced that the original Santa might be his soulmate.
He seeks out Harper, as the architect of the program, to help him track down this mystery woman.
Why You Should Watch: Watch this one for pure escapist, romantic fun!
#7 SWEET NAVIDAD
Premiere Date: Thursday, November 17 at 8/7c
Cast: Camila Banus, Mark Hapka, Melissa Marty, Harrison Grant, Terri Hoyos, and David Fumero
Lovable pastry chef Carmen dreams of opening her own Puerto Rican-influenced bakery. When hotel owner Victor Flores discovers Carmen’s talents, he invites her to apply for a position as pastry chef for his hotel’s holiday gala.
Knowing other applicants will have culinary-school backgrounds, as opposed to her homegrown skills, Carmen reluctantly applies.
When she is accepted, she’s paired with chef Jax to curate the perfect holiday menu. But the two do not mix well.
Carmen is messy and cooks from the heart; Jax is a perfectionist fixated on technique. As they race against the clock to assemble their intricate holiday menu, sparks fly, and they realize they might have more to learn from one another than they initially thought.
Why You Should Watch: The enemies-to-lovers trope in holiday romance films is often an entertaining choice. Plus, there will be lots of comforting, beautiful-looking pastries onscreen!
#8 A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS HARMONY
Premiere Date: Friday, November 18 at 8/7c
Cast: Brooke Elliott, Brandon Quinn, and Danny Pintauro
Before Chrissy Kessler’s (Brooke Elliott) meteoric rise to fame, the country music superstar was just a small-town girl with dreams of the big time.
Now, with her record sales on a rapid decline, Chrissy is strong-armed by an unrelenting record executive to return to the hometown she left behind to perform a live Christmas concert.
Accompanying her on this journey is her longtime supportive assistant Eugene (Danny Pintauro). Luke Covington’s (Brandon Quinn) quiet life is suddenly disrupted when he runs into Chrissy, his ex-girlfriend and former country music duo partner, who disappeared on him to pursue her solo career all those years ago.
After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help.
Why You Should Watch: See the stars of Sweet Magnolias (Elliott and Quinn) reunite for this Christmas romance full of country music! Brooke Elliot stars in, and executive produces the movie.
#9 SANTA BOOTCAMP
Premiere Date: Saturday, November 19 at 8/7c
Cast: Emily Kinney, Patrick Cassidy, Rita Moreno, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Justin Gaston, John Schuck, Deanne Bray, and Zyra Singleton
When event planner, Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney), is hired by mall magnate, Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy) to stage the ultimate Christmas Gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and inspiration she will need to make the evening a success.
While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and find romance along the way.
Why You Should Watch: Melissa Joan Hart directs this holiday film starring the legendary EGOT winner, Rita Moreno!
For fun behind-the-scenes information, check out Melissa Joan Hart’s podcast, What Women Binge, when Rita Moreno guests. Moreno shares lots of juicy Old Hollywood stories too!
#10 A SHOW-STOPPING CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Sunday, November 20 at 8/7c
Cast: Jamie Perez, Thomas McDonell, Maureen Keiller, and Caroline Portu
Riley Burdett is the artistic director of the Onota Theatre in Western Massachusetts. When Regina, the Scrooge-like owner of the theatre, breaks the news that she’s preparing to sell the property before the holiday performance, Riley must call upon the ghosts of Regina’s past, present, and future to change her mind.
Meanwhile, a big TV star, Sam Palmer, has moved to the area to escape the craziness of Hollywood. Riley casts him as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and his star power, his cleverness, and his budding love for Riley helps her save the theatre…and steal her heart during this very special Christmastime.
Why You Should Watch: A Show-Stopping Christmas brings an enjoyable, romantic twist to the A Christmas Carol tale.
#11 BAKING ALL THE WAY
Premiere Date: Thursday, November 24 at 8/7c
Cast: Cory Lee, Yannick Bisson, Colin Mochrie, Jayne Eastwood, and Debra McGrath
Julia Wilson (Cory Lee), an accomplished pastry chef from Chicago, heads to a small town bakery famous for their gingerbread to complete her Christmas cookbook.
There she finds herself at odds with Kris Thompson (Yannick Bisson), the bakery’s charming but private owner, who is ambivalent about sharing his secret recipe.
Why You Should Watch: It’s another escapist romance with delicious baked goods thrown in for good measure! Yannick Bisson, the star of this and the excellent Murdoch Mysteries series, also directs.
#12 STEPPIN’ INTO THE HOLIDAY
Premiere Date: Friday, November 25 at 8/7c
Cast: Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer, Terri Hoyos, Carla Jimenez, Enzo Rodriguez, Stefanie Black, Courtney Mazza, Cheri Oteri, Mario Cantone, and Alicia Haymer
Former Broadway star Billy Holiday (Mario Lopez) returns to his hometown for Christmas after being abruptly fired as the host-producer-judge of the hit TV series “Celebrity Dance Off.”
While there, he encounters Rae (Jana Kramer), the charismatic owner of the local dance studio, where Billy’s 12-year-old nephew is her standout student. This Christmas, Rae is planning a dance recital fundraiser with the goal of taking her students to see a Broadway show in New York City.
Billy volunteers to help Rae with the recital by reviving the town’s traditional Christmas Eve show, which was once a showcase for local talent.
With Billy’s knack for producing and Rae’s knowledge of all things local, their collaboration clicks and romantic sparks start flying!
Cheri Oteri stars as Dallas, Billy’s high-powered, fast-talking, Hollywood agent. Dallas scrambles to find Billy work after he is fired by his boss, Wayne, played by Mario Cantone, a network executive who is equal parts charming and ruthless!
Courtney Lopez, Mario’s real-life wife, also appears in the film as Joanna, the charismatic host of “Celebrity Dance Off,” who is tapped to replace Billy (her former fling) as executive producer and head judge after his popularity hits the skids.
Why You Should Watch:
Jana Kramer from One Tree Hill and Mario Lopez from Saved by the Bell star in this holiday flick! They both executive produced the movie too. Plus, it’s a great choice if you’re a dance lover.
And using Billy Holiday as a fictional name? Perfect!
#13 THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS EVE
Premiere Date: Saturday, November 26 at 8/7c
Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Spencer Grammer
The 12 Days of Christmas Eve is the story of Brian Conway (Kelsey Grammer), a successful businessman whose relationships with those around him have really suffered.
While this Christmas season has been the most successful for his business, he’s divorced, his relationship with his daughter Michelle (Spencer Grammer) is strained and he doesn’t have a meaningful connection with his only granddaughter.
After Brian gets into a car accident on Christmas Eve, Santa gives him twelve chances to re-do the day and repair the relationships in his life to find the true meaning of Christmas.
For Brian, these twelve days are a journey of self-realization about life, love and happiness as he attempts to right the wrongs of his life in pursuit of the Christmas spirit.
Why You Should Watch: Kelsey Grammer stars with his daughter, Spencer, in this family Christmas movie.
#14 A CHRISTMAS SPARK
Premiere Date: Sunday, November 27 at 8/7c
Cast: Jane Seymour and Joe Lando
Recently widowed Molly (Seymour) has lost her zest for life and given up on ever finding love again. But when she decides to visit her daughter for Christmas she has no idea what holiday magic is in store for her.
A former drama teacher, Molly reluctantly takes on the job of directing the town’s Christmas pageant and soon finds herself falling for her leading man, Hank (Lando), the town’s most eligible bachelor.
As Molly and the irrepressible Hank fall in love, she rediscovers her inner free spirit and finds a new lease on life.
And when the star of the pageant loses her voice moments before the show, it will be up to Molly to step into the spotlight and shine brightly for the first time in her life.
Why You Should Watch: Dr. Quinn fans rejoice! See the onscreen reunion between Jane Seymour and Joe Lando in this Lifetime Christmas romance movie. Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton executive produces.
#15 SERVING UP THE HOLIDAYS
Premiere Date: Thursday, December 1 at 8/7c
Cast: Britt Irvin, Zach Roerig
Scarlett (Britt Irvin) is an incredible chef and co-owner of an upscale restaurant. But every year, her too-sophisticated and unique holiday dishes never sell because they are not considered festive enough.
To shake things up this year, her best friend and co-owner buys her a ticket to a holiday cooking getaway in a beautiful villa where Scarlett will re-learn festive cooking from the bottom up, maybe find love with a handsome rival chef from her past (Zach Roerig), and regain the Christmas spirit her food-and her life-truly needs.
Why You Should Watch: Britt Irvin from Chesapeake Shores and Zach Roerig from The Vampire Diaries star.
#16 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Friday, December 2 at 8/7c
Cast: Valery Ortiz, Brandon Quinn, Nicole Bilderback, and Sarah Jane Morris
Bridget Torres (Valery Ortiz) is a prominent national news weather forecaster who comes to the magical, wintry town of Leavenworth, Washington, where Christmas traditions prevail each holiday season.
This year, Bridget has been asked by her network to announce a special “snow-cast” at the annual Christmas Eve festival and has brought her boss Lisa (Nicole Bilderback) along with her.
Bridget’s plans to shine are foiled when a talk show host from her network arrives to join her for the broadcast. Drake Kincaid (Brandon Quinn), as it turns out, refused to hire Bridget as his co-host for their morning show a year earlier, making tensions high.
The unlikely duo soon finds themselves falling for each other, but when Bridget finally discovers why Drake didn’t hire her, their romance is put to the test.
Why You Should Watch: It has a great cast with an enjoyable premise, not to mention the magical Christmas town! Groundhog Day fans might also like the romantic news weather angle!
#17 A NEW ORLEANS NOEL
Premiere Date: Saturday, December 3 at 8/7c
Cast: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Patti LaBelle, Brad James, Tim Reid
Grace Hill (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Anthony Brown (Brad James) could not be more different. Despite having gone to college to study architecture together, their lives took them on completely separate paths.
However, when they’re both hired to work together on the home of Loretta Brown (Patti LaBelle)—a New Orleans praline icon —the two find themselves working together at Christmas…and butting heads over more than just architecture.
When Anthony and his family discover that Grace will be celebrating Christmas alone, they invite her to take part in their traditions and their celebrations.
Soon, fiercely independent Grace begins to learn the importance of family and community, while modern Anthony learns to embrace tradition and the magic of Christmas. But when Grace is offered a new job far away from New Orleans she’ll have to decide if she’ll leave, or follow her heart.
Tim Reid stars as Marcel Lirette, a handsome, retired friend who moves back to town after years away and catches the eye of Lorretta.
Why You Should Watch: Whoopi Goldberg produced this holiday movie starring Keshia Knight Pulliam and Patti LaBelle! It takes place in a unique Christmas location too.
#18 MERRY TEXTMAS
Premiere Date: Sunday, December 4 at 8/7c
Cast: Ariana Ron Pedrique, Rodrigo Massa
Gaby Diaz (Ariana Ron Pedrique) is an app developer from Austin, Texas, and the last unmarried sibling in her very close and very traditional family.
Every year, the Diaz family gathers at Abuela’s house in Oaxaca, Mexico, a town renowned for its “12 Challenges of Christmas,” which playfully ignites the entire town’s Christmas spirit.
When Gaby accidentally adds Alex Alvarado (Rodrigo Massa), a handsome graphic designer who’s lost touch with his own Mexican roots, to the family group chat, her well-meaning family decides to secretly invite him to join them in Oaxaca for Christmas.
As they begin to play matchmaker for Gaby and Alex, can the Diaz family help Gaby and Alex recognize that each of them is actually the other’s perfect Christmas present?
Why You Should Watch: Interfering family members, matchmaking, and many holiday traditions, make for a fun Christmas movie.
#19 SCENTSATIONAL CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Thursday, December 8 at 8/7c
Cast: Nazneen Contractor, Mykee Selkin
Bright-eyed beauty and perfumer Ellie Reddy (Nanzeen Contractor) is tasked by her boss to create a holiday scent that will impress, so she decides to return to her quaint and festive family home for Christmas to find inspiration.
There she meets handsome yet bookish writer, Logan Osborne (Mykee Selkin), who is staying with her father at the family’s historic property, which includes her mother’s former candle-making cottage.
After finding her father struggling to keep her late mother’s candle business afloat, Ellie and Logan decide to complete the orders and inadvertently bring Christmas cheer back to the town, all while falling in love.
Why You Should Watch: The main male character is a romantic bookish writer. Enough said!
#20 A RECIPE FOR JOY
Premiere Date: Friday, December 9 at 8/7c
Cast: Erin Agostino, Dillon Casey
When ambitious food correspondent, Carly Hayes (Erin Agostino), gets a shot at her own TV show, nothing goes as planned.
She’s sent to Angel Heights to help Grant Quinn (Dillon Casey), a perfectionist, attention-shy chef, reopen his family’s beloved diner and film it as a holiday special pilot for her television show. Thanks to Carly, Grant will not only re-open his restaurant, but most probably his heart too.
Why You Should Watch: It’s another Christmas rom-com perfect for all the foodies out there! Erin Agostino of Murdoch Mysteries and Dillon Casey from Nikita star.
#21 KIRK FRANKLIN’S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Saturday, December 10 at 8/7c
Cast: Naturi Naughton, Lorea Turner, Kirk Franklin, Luke James
Caught in a blizzard on Christmas Eve, estranged mother and daughter Journee (Naturi Naughton) and Nia (Lorea Turner) are forced to take refuge inside a church where a handful of also-trapped parishioners are reeling from the cancellation of their annual holiday concert.
The spirit of the season takes hold as Journee and Nia weather the wintry storm together with the other churchgoers, including handsome youth pastor Adam (Luke James) and a heavenly music teacher (Kirk Franklin), who motivate the mother and daughter to reconcile their differences through music, faith, and love.
With the help from this unlikely yet spirited group of strangers, Journee and Nia band together to help the church salvage not only their holiday traditions, but also their show-stopping Christmas day performance, despite the raging storm outside.
Why You Should Watch: Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin executive produces this family Christmas movie. It has incredible music too!
#22 SINGLE AND READY TO JINGLE
Premiere Date: Sunday, December 11 at 8/7c
Cast: Natasha Wilson
Emma Warner (Natasha Wilson) feels like she lives Christmas year-round. As the SVP of a successful toy company in Chicago, she spends 12 months a year focusing on Christmas, leaving no time for dating…or much of anything else.
By the time the actual holiday rolls around, she has had enough. She asks her assistant and friend Lucy to find a tropical singles resort – somewhere she can find a guy and not think of Christmas.
But due to a booking mix-up, Emma ends up in her worst nightmare – a town devoted to everything Christmas. Will Emma be able to find her joy?
Why You Should Watch: It has a cute setting with a town devoted to Christmas!
#23 RECORD BREAKING CHRISTMAS
Premiere Date: Thursday, December 15 at 8/7c
Cast: Michelle Argyris, Andrew Bushell
Leah Hoffman (Michelle Argyris), an adjudicator for The World Record Bureau, draws the short straw and is forced to travel to a small town just before Christmas to investigate its plans to break multiple holiday world records.
As she falls for the town’s doctor, Devan Bancroft (Andrew Bushell), she discovers that the whole town is in cahoots, and she just may be the person who can help them reach their true Christmas goal.
Why You Should Watch: Fans of small-town charm might like this original Christmas movie!
#24 A CHRISTMAS TO TREASURE
Premiere Date: Friday, December 16 at 8/7c
Cast: Taylor Frey, Kyle Dean Massey
The passing of beloved Ms. Marley reunites six estranged friends for one final hometown holiday treasure hunt. As the search unfolds and fond childhood memories are relived, sparks fly between Austin Craig (Taylor Frey) and his former best friend Everett Matthews (Kyle Dean Massey).
The gang find the hidden treasure before the city has the chance to turn the Marley house into a holiday resort but the blossoming holiday romance between Austin and Everett may turn out to be the greatest Christmastime treasure of all.
Why You Should Watch: A Christmas to Treasure uses the friends-to-lovers trope within a fun holiday setting!
#25 THE HOLIDAY DATING GUIDE
Premiere Date: Saturday, December 17 at 8/7c
Cast: Maria Menounos, Brent Bailey
Dating coach and aspiring author Abigale Slater (Maria Menounos) is close to making her lifelong dream come true. She has completed her first book—a how-to guide for dating in today’s modern world—and is now more than ready to become a published author.
However, after reading the book, her publisher Jack won’t proceed with the deal without knowing that her dating advice actually works.
Before he has a chance to say no, Abigale proposes that she prove the rules work by using them herself and making a man fall for her by Christmas Eve in 12 days.
Although Abigale’s never seen love as a priority for herself, she sets out to find someone who will fall quickly enough to get this book in print.
Things change when Abigale meets Michael Ryan (Brent Bailey), and her single-minded mission takes an unexpected turn.
While following her own advice, and learning to expect the unexpected in the process, Abigale discovers the romance of her dreams.
Why You Should Watch: Brent Bailey from Emma Approved stars! He also wrote the screenplay.
#26 WRAPPED UP IN LOVE
Premiere Date: Sunday, December 18 at 8/7c
Cast: Brittany Bristow, Olivier Renaud
Ashley Mackenzie (Brittany Bristow) has always been the preeminent “Christmas Queen” in town. From making hand-crafted decorations for the office to hosting the town’s annual Christmas sweater competition, she loves everything about the holiday…that is, until she meets her match in Ben Williams (Olivier Renaud).
Ben is the devilishly handsome new guy in town who loves Christmas just as much as she does-and unwittingly begins to steal her thunder.
But as Ashley begins to feel like Ben is taking Christmas away from her, she is reminded of the true spirit of the holiday, and she joins forces with him to make this Christmas even more meaningful.
Why You Should Watch: For more cute escapism coming your way!
Well, that wraps up the list of Lifetime Christmas movies this year! Which new Christmas movies do you plan to check out? Drop a comment below.
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