They may not be as widely known as Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies, but these ten are the greatest of Lifetime’s.
Even while the Hallmark Channel’s annual Christmas movie lineup has long been recognized as the most popular in the industry, Lifetime is swiftly catching up. The Lifetime Christmas movies have gained a cult following of their own since they are often more diversified and interesting than their Hallmark equivalents.
Even though they don’t have the Hallmark brand recognition, Lifetime has proven for over a decade that they aren’t just renowned for sleazy true crime and hot love stories. When there’s a meaningful cause for the season, they may make some sweet and soothing movies as well. Here are the ten best Christmas movies that Lifetime has ever made, in no particular order.
1. A Snow Globe Christmas
A Snow Globe Christmas was released in 2013 and follows a common Christmas television movie genre. A lady who has dedicated her life to her career suddenly finds herself reincarnated as a happily married woman thanks to an unknown mystical force. Now she can see what her life would have been like if she’d made a different decision.
Meg (Alicia Witt) wakes up in another world where she is married and has children with Donald Faison’s Ted (Donald Faison), an ex-boyfriend from her past. Amidst all of Meg’s confusion, she realizes she is happier in this “what if?” world than in the real one.
2. All About Christmas Eve
All About Christmas Eve, starring Haylie Duff, premiered in 2012 on Lifetime. Duff plays as Eve Wright, a party planner who is given two incredible opportunities in this film. Either she and her boyfriend, Darren, can continue their relationship, or she can agree to work on a significant project for her company in Los Angeles, across the country.
Like Sliding Doors, we get to see both “what if?” situations come to fruition in real time as Eve tries to balance the seemingly incompatible demands of professional success and emotional fulfillment.
3. Always and Forever Christmas
Lifetime’s 2019 holiday movie schedule included Always and Forever Christmas. When Lucy (Lexi Lawson) returns to her childhood hometown to find her toy store run by her recently departed grandfather, she is shocked to hear that she has inherited the business from her late grandfather. Lucy returns to the toy store and the town with a newfound sense of wonder, and she can’t get enough of it.
Having a hot restaurant owner like Scott (Mark Ghanime) to hang out with gives Lucy even more of a reason to stick around. Carol (Beth Broderick), a woman who may or may not be Mrs. Claus, also contributes to the store’s festive enchantment.
4. My Christmas Inn
My Christmas Inn is the latest in a long line of big city businesswomen who discover that they’ve inherited something valuable from a deceased relative. This film stars Tia Hardrict as Jen, an advertising professional who discovers that she has been left an inn in Alaska by her mother.
As soon as Jen arrives in Alaska, she recognizes that the inn and its neighborhood have a lot of love and color, and she begins to question whether or not she should ever sell it. Of course, there’s also Brian, her aunt’s attorney, whom she falls in love with (Rob Mayes).
5. The Road to Christmas
The primary performers in this following film have been married for nearly 20 years, so it has an extra particular sweetness to it. As played by Gregg’s real-life wife, Jennifer Grey, in the 2006 film The Road to Christmas, Clark Gregg’s charming single father Tom Pullman meets and falls for the stylish photographer Claire Jameson.
Tom and his daughter Hilly are driving across the nation in Tom’s rusted-out old vehicle in order to get to Aspen in time to marry Claire’s charming but ultimately untrustworthy fiancé Lorenzo. Love blossoms in the most unexpected of places when terrible weather and other difficult circumstances bring them together.
6. A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride
A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride premiered on Lifetime in 2008 and is one of the more unusual films on this list. The film follows the lives of wedding planners Roxanne (Garcia) and Rose (Shaver) when mother Rose (Garcia) suddenly decides to marry Jack, a man she had only just met a few days previously in France.
Daughter Roxanne is adamantly opposed to the notion and initially does everything in her power to prevent the wedding from taking place, even teaming up with Charlie, the son of her mother’s fiance, to do so (the late Luke Perry). Eventually, Roxanne sees how much Jack and Rose love one another, and she also has a happy ending when she is reunited with her ex, Dylan. Roxanne’s story ends happily.
7. Jingle Belle
Tatyana Ali, best known for her role on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, plays songwriter Belle in the 2018 film Jingle Belle. Her ex-boyfriend Michael (Cornelius Smith Jr.) and the town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant put her right back in the thick of things as soon as she arrives.
In spite of their differences, Belle and Michael are able to rekindle their romance via their shared love of music and realize just how much they still care for each other. The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam and Tempestt Bledsoe join Ali and Keshia Knight Pulliam in the movie.
8. Wrapped Up In Christmas
Wrapped in a Christmassy blanket of twinkle lights A successful manager of a local mall, Tatyana Ali portrays Heather in the film. Arlene (Jackée Harry), Heather’s supervisor, assigns her the difficult duty of terminating the leases of underperforming stores just in time for Christmas. It’s only a matter of time before she falls head over herself in love with Ryan (Brendan Fehr), the nephew of a store owner whose business is on the verge of being shut down.
Ryan was also playing Mall Santa when her small niece asked Santa give Heather’s workaholic aunt a boyfriend, something she had no idea he was doing. Misunderstandings abound, but Ryan and Heather are reunited in the end. Joseph Marcell, from Fresh Prince, Jasmine Guy, from A Different World, Kim Fields, from The Facts of Life, and Dan Lauria, from The Wonder Years, are also in the casts.
9. Snowed-Inn Christmas
Bethany is a former cast member of One Tree Hill. A Lifetime movie starring Joy Lenz and Hallmark Channel star Andrew Walker is one of her best Christmas movies to appear on the Hallmark Channel in recent years. Snowed-Inn Christmas, which came out in 2017, follows Jenna Lenz and Kevin Walker as they become stranded in the little Indiana town of Santa Claus.
Kevin and Jenna, two rival internet journalists, get into it early and often. Thanks to Chris and Carol Winters, a magical innkeeper couple, these two soon discover that the real reason for the season lies within each other and in rescuing the historic inn from demolition. Chris Winters
10. Dear Secret Santa
A magical, mystical, and even supernatural element may be found in the best Lifetime Christmas movie of all time, which has two traits with many of the other films on this list: Tatyana Ali stars. Jennifer (Ali) returns home to care for her aging father, Ted, in the 2013 film Dear Secret Santa.
Jennifer begins to get letters from a mysterious admirer while at home for the holidays. It isn’t until she discovers the admirer’s name that she makes a startling conclusion. Her neighbor Jack (Lamorne Morris), her lifelong best friend and unrequited love, sends her passionate notes via magic and time travel. Jennifer and Jack are given a second chance because to the power of love and Christmas.