Your guide to holiday TV movies airing Thanksgiving weekend
Now that Thanksgiving’s come and gone, fans of holiday TV movies no longer have to hide their DVR recording lists in shame. With Hallmark showing these flicks 24/7 during its Countdown to Christmas (check its full schedule here), and Lifetime in the mood most hours this weekend, may we offer a few suggestions? (Note: ABC Family doesn’t start its 25 Days of Christmas until Monday, Dec. 1, obviously.)
• One Starry Christmas (Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m. ET, Hallmark): This 2014 original finds an aspiring astronomy professor (Sarah Carter) making friends with a cowboy (Damon Runyan) when they become unexpected travel companions over the holidays. She’s on her way to surprise her workaholic boyfriend and parents; he’s on his way to meet his brother for a rodeo. (Spoiler alert: They literally ride off together, on a horse.) Repeats at 4 a.m. ET.
• A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride (Friday, Nov. 28, at noon ET, Lifetime): From 2008, it’s about a wedding planner (Joanna Garcia Swisher) who disapproves of her mother’s whirlwind romance, then probably has one of her own after she meets Luke Perry.
• The Road to Christmas (Friday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. ET, Lifetime): A bride-to-be (Jennifer Grey) is also forced to hitch a ride with a stranger (Grey’s real-life husband, Clark Gregg) to her own wedding in this 2006 flick. We’re guessing he will object.
• A Princess for Christmas (Friday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. ET, Hallmark): We just feel compelled to let Outlander fans know anytime they can catch a glimpse of Sam Heughan—and he’s the best part of this 2011 movie, playing a prince falling for his commoner sister-in-law.
• A Bride for Christmas (Friday, Nov. 28 at 8 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. Repeats Saturday at noon ET.
• The Nine Lives of Christmas (Saturday, Nov. 29 at 12 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET, Hallmark): This is our favorite of Hallmark’s 2014 originals so far. Brandon Routh stars as a firefighter who’s afraid of commitment until he rescues a cat, Ambrose, and meets a veterinary student (Kimberly Sustad). Fun fact: Sustad plays Kebbel’s sister in A Bride for Christmas.
• Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET, Lifetime): As if you care about the plot of this 2014 premiere. Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza gives voice to Grumpy Cat. It repeats three times that night, and again Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
• Christmas Under Wraps (Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET, Hallmark): This 2014 premiere stars Candace Cameron Bure as a woman who’s forced to (gulp) take a head doctor position in the small town of Garland, Alaska. Repeats Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
• Let It Snow (Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET, Hallmark): The night of Candace continues with this 2013 gem in which she plays 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 Sunday at noon ET.
• Northpole (Sunday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. ET, Hallmark): Also 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.
• One Christmas Eve (Sunday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET, Hallmark): In this 2014 premiere, Anne Heche stars as a newly single mom who wants Christmas to be special for her two kids. Surprise: Everything goes wrong, thanks to a puppy. Surprise again: It becomes their best Christmas ever.