Choose Your Own Holiday TV Movie Adventure |


Choose Your Own Holiday TV Movie Adventure

O holy night sweats! There are about 30 new original holiday TV movies coming your way. To prevent you from overstuffing yourself with seasonal cheer, we sorted through this year's bountiful batch to create a handy survival guide. Turns out there are only so many variations on the all's-swell-that-ends-swell Christmas tale. Let the festivities (and trendspotting) begin!

Enjoy Festive Furry Friends?
Buckle up for Holiday Road Trip (Ion, Dec. 1), in which a pet-supply-store employee (Ashley Scott) embarks on a cross-country drive with the boss’ son (Patrick Muldoon) to bring the company’s Jack Russell terrier mascot, Scoots (The Artist’s Uggie), to a parade. In Christmas With Tucker (Hallmark Movie Channel, Dec. 6), a teen living with his grandparents (one played by James Brolin) befriends his alcoholic neighbor’s golden retriever, who might play hero in addition to fetch.

Care For Some Singing That’s Not Caroling?
A Country Christmas Story (Lifetime, check listings) follows an aspiring country star who enters a competition hosted by Dolly Parton and reunites with her dad (Brian McKnight). In Finding Christmas (Hallmark, Dec. 15), a golden-piped handyman (country crooner JT Hodges) swaps homes for the holidays with an NYC ad exec. And don’t forget to Catch a Christmas Star (Hallmark, Dec. 1), in which a pop singer (Shannon Elizabeth) reconnects with her first beau thanks to his helpful daughter. Did we mention that the guy is a widower? In holiday TV movies, the widower always gets the girl.

Want To See Someone Wake Up In An Alternate Universe Married To An Ex?
We’ll take that as a yes! In A Snow Globe Christmas (Lifetime, Dec. 14), a jaded network exec (Alicia Witt) knocks herself out while trying to smash a snow globe, only to be transported inside it and learn she’s still married to her former spouse (Donald Faison). Over in Holidaze (ABC Family, Dec. 8), a workaholic suit (Jennie Garth) returns home to build a discount store against the wishes of the townsfolk. After a spill on the ice, she awakens to find herself married to their leader…her high school sweetheart. Sorry, folks — it’s not Dylan. Or Brandon.

Hoping To See Haylie Duff Mix Business WIth Romance?
That’s an oddly specific request, but good news: We’ve got not one but two movies for you! Duff stars as an appraiser who has to choose between a client and her longtime suitor in Christmas Belle (Ion, Dec. 8). And in Hats Off to Christmas! (Hallmark, Dec. 14), she plays a widowed mom/hat-shop manager who finds an unexpected connection with her boss’ son, whom she has to train for the job that she coveted. A doff of the cap to Duff for this double dose.

Wish To Watch People Deck The Halls… Among Other Locations?
A tree-decorating contest may help a librarian stop her library’s demolition in The Twelve Trees of Christmas (Lifetime, Dec. 2). In Window Wonderland (Hallmark, Dec. 6), a type A woman and a laid-back man vie for a job by creating seasonal storefront displays. Meanwhile, in Christmas in Conway (ABC, Dec. 1), when a husband (Andy Garcia) tries to give his ailing wife (Mary-Louise Parker) a romantic holiday by installing a Ferris wheel in their yard, a neighbor who has entered her garden in a Christmas showcase contest aims to foil his plan. Hey, at least it’s not a roller coaster.

Like It When Things Get Saved?
In addition to the library-rescuing in Twelve Trees, a down-and-out single woman has to protect her family’s tree lot from a greedy landlord in Fir Crazy (Hallmark, Nov. 28). The stakes may be even higher in The Christmas Spirit (Hallmark, Dec. 1): A journalist (Nicollette Sheridan) tries to safeguard her town from a land developer, but a car accident puts both of them in comas, leaving their souls to duke it out. Because sometimes to get in the Christmas spirit, you need to become one.