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Your guide to this weekend's holiday TV movies

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THE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Peter H. Stranks

The season of holiday TV movies continues. Here are some options for the weekend of Dec. 12.

Holiday in Handcuffs (Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight ET, ABC Family): This 2007 favorite still holds up. Melissa Joan Hart stars as a struggling artist-waitress whose boyfriend breaks up with her before the holidays. Naturally, she kidnaps a customer (Mario Lopez) and takes him to her family’s remote-but-luxury cabin so she doesn’t disappoint her parents.

Let it Snow (Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight ET, Hallmark): Hallmark’s heavy hitter Candace Cameron-Bure stars as a driven executive out to impress her father (Alan Thicke) by heading to Maine to prepare a proposal on a family-owned lodge he wants to buy and seriously renovate. Repeats at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Fir Crazy (Friday, Dec. 12 at 4 a.m., Hallmark): A 2013 gem, it’s your classic tale of a suddenly unemployed workaholic (Sarah Lancaster) whose family Christmas tree lot is in jeopardy.

Northpole (Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. ET, Hallmark): New for 2014, this one stars Tiffani Thiessen as an investigative reporter (who never uses a tape recorder or takes notes). She has a son who teams with an elf to save Christmas by first trying to save his new town’s curiously canceled tree lighting. Josh Hopkins costars as the boy’s teacher and, spoiler alert, mom’s potential love interest.

The Nine Lives of Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. ET, Hallmark): Our favorite of Hallmark’s 2014 originals to date: Brandon Routh stars as a firefighter who’s afraid of commitment until he rescues a cat, Ambrose, and meets a veterinary student (Kimberly Sustad). Repeats Sunday at noon.

Best Christmas Party Ever (Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET, Hallmark): In this premiere, Torrey DeVitto plays a party planner who’s probably going to lose her promotion to her retiring boss’s hot nephew (Steve Lund)—who she has to train/fall in love with. Repeats Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

The Santa Con (Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. ET, Lifetime): Also a premiere, this one has Barry Watson playing a con man who is ordered by his parole officer to be a department store Santa. Bonus: Melissa Joan Hart plays his sister. Repeats at 12:02 a.m. ET.

12 Men of Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m. ET, Lifetime): From 2009, a city girl (Kristin Chenoweth) loses her PR job and heads to the country where her idea to raise money for the local rescue squad by having the men pose for a sexy calendar doesn’t exactly go over well with one stud (Josh Hopkins again). Repeats at 2:02 a.m. ET.

A Bride for Christmas (Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. ET, Hallmark): Vampire Diaries fans will recognize Arielle Kebbel, who stars in this 2012 offering as a serial runaway bride who doesn’t know the guy she’s falling for made a bet with his friends that he could convince a woman to marry him by Christmas.

The Christmas Parade (Sunday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m ET, Hallmark): Another premiere, 90210‘s AnnaLynne McCord plays a TV entertainment reporter who’s humiliated on-air when her boyfriend is caught canoodling with a starlet. She drives off in a huff and wrecks into a small town judge’s Christmas display in Connecticut. She’s fined and sentenced to 25 hours of community service—helping an earnest local artist and some kids save their art center by building the best float for the annual Christmas parade.