Lifetime has always taken the holidays seriously, but they’re really upping their game this year with a record 30 movies. And today, October 18, the network is announcing an additional four films from the 26 they had already revealed as part of their “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” programming event. It all begins Friday, October 25, which means one thing: Get ready to never leave the house until New Year’s.
Adding to the excitement is the news that Grammy-winner Ashanti will star in and executive produce A Christmas Winter Song, which premieres on Saturday, December 14. “As a female in this industry it is so important to continue expanding my brand and building an empire not only in music but other ventures as well,” Ashanti tells Glamour. “Being able to be a part of the film world, both in front of and behind the camera, is a blessing.”
In the film, Ashanti plays Clio, a Christmas shop owner who forms a special musical bond with a former jazz singer down on his luck. Having just lost her own father, Clio helps him reconnect with his own daughter and grandchildren, just in time for the town’s annual Christmas concert.
The “Foolish” singer says she’s always had her eye on starring in a holiday movie “because it’s the best feeling to bundle up and snuggle under the covers watching Christmas movies with the fireplace going and decorations all over the house. It’s that special time of year, hanging with family and friends.”
Also this year, Hanukkah will be featured in Lifetime’s Mistletoe & Menorahs (which premieres December 7). It will star Kelley Jakle and Jake Epstein, and the plot goes something like this: “When a determined toy company executive, Christy (Jakle), must learn about Hanukkah in a hurry in order to land a big account, she enlists the help of her co-worker’s friend Jonathan (Epstein), who happens to also be in desperate need of turning his bachelor pad into a Christmas Wonderland to impress his girlfriend’s father. After butting heads, they realize they need each other’s holiday expertise and quickly appreciate one another’s cultures and each other. As they spend more time together, they realize they have more in common and a holiday romance lights up.” Can’t wait.
Then, in a Christmas Love Letter (premiering December 21), relationship advice columnist Amalie (Ashley Newbrough) receives an unsigned love letter and tries to solve the mystery of who sent it. Maybe she’ll find true love in the process? The film also stars Tilky Jones, Chanté Bowser, and Izzy Herbert.
Rounding out the new films is A Date by Christmas Eve on December 22, in which Chelsea, a good-hearted brand strategist for a popular dating app, discovers the app has given her magical powers. (Where’s that when I need it?) She uses her newfound ability to make all the “naughty” people in her life learn how to be good again. Of course, nothing goes as planned; and in a twist reminiscent of The Good Place, a kind neighbor is added to the naughty list, forcing Chelsea to fix things before time runs out. The film stars Vanessa Lengies, Evan Williams, Katherine Bailess, Julie McNiven, and Morgan Fairchild.
Lifetime’s previously announced holiday movies include Kelly Rowland, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Vanessa Lachey, Kim Fields, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Hilarie Burton, Marie Osmond, Marla Sokoloff, Soleil Moon Frye, Tatyana Ali, Tiya Sircar, and more.
This year’s slate will also include a new special, Battle of The Christmas Movie Stars. It premieres on December 21 and will pit some of season’s biggest stars against one another to see who is crowned the king or queen of Lifetime Christmas as they battle it out with holiday-themed challenges.
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