With one week until Christmas, now’s the time to curl up in a blanket and watch Hallmark Christmas movies. The Hallmark Channel, Easton Velocity Channel 166, is running the signature feel-good movies around the clock, with classics mixed with their new offerings. Airing this weekend are:
Saturday, Dec. 19
Picture a Perfect Christmas, 8 a.m.
Sophie Griffith’s (Merritt Patterson) photography career is really taking off, yet she cannot seem to find the same kind of success and fulfillment in her personal life. While visiting her grandmother in Bainbridge Island in Seattle’s Elliott Bay, Sophie agrees to be a temporary nanny to the nine-year-old boy living next door and discovers unlikely romance with the orphan’s uncle-guardian. Realizing that David Murphy (Jon Cor) just might be what’s missing in her life, Sophie must come to terms with her current boyfriend, the biggest assignment of her career, and decide whether she is ready to put her heart on the line.
On the 12th Date of Christmas, 10 a.m.
Spirited game designer Jennifer (Mallory Jansen) is paired up with her more experienced, if less collaborative, colleague Aidan (Tyler Hynes) on a project for the Devonshire Hotel chain’s new hotel in Chicago. It won’t be easy to pull off. Not only does the client have very high standards, Jennifer and Aidan have less than a week to pull together a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.” If their work impresses, they just might win all of the chain’s business. They each also see it as a chance at the head game designer promotion. As Aidan and Jennifer work together on the scavenger hunt, exploring Chicago to come up with clever clues and romantic date ideas, they are surprised to find that their different styles complement each other perfectly, and they start to see each other with a new appreciation. However, when they learn that they both have their hearts set on the same promotion, their growing feelings are put to the test.
Christmas Town, noon
Elementary school teacher Lauren Gabriel (Candace Cameron Bure) decides to leave comfort and familiarity – and her career-only minded boyfriend (Jason Cermak) – for a more family-friendly/white-picket fence lifestyle far away from Boston. En route, her train is unexpectedly delayed in the small, quaint town of Grandon Falls, nicknamed “Christmastown” and a place her late father frequented. When Lauren meets the handsome handy-man Travis (Tim Rozon), his young, sweet foster son Dylan (Jesse Filkow) and searches for a long-lost beloved family heirloom she suspects is hidden in one of the many antique shops, she extends her stay. During the festive and family-focused days leading up to Christmas, not only is she presented with an unexpected opportunity, but contemplates a life-changing decision and realizes that Christmas – and Grandon Falls – has a way of making miracles happen.
Five Star Christmas, 2 p.m.
Lucy Ralston (Bethany Joy Lenz) and her siblings are surprised to find out that their dad has converted the family home to a B&B. Just as the family is getting over the shock, famed travel writer Bea Turner unexpectedly shows up incognito. To make the struggling inn look more successful the Ralston’s pretend to be guests and must maintain the charade for the duration of Bea’s visit. Another guest, Jake (Victor Webster) checks in unexpectedly as well and sparks fly between him and Lucy. As the two grow closer, Lucy feels terrible deceiving him, but it turns out that Jake has a secret of his own.
Christmas Comes Twice, 4 p.m.
Cheryl Jenkins (Tamera Mowry-Housley) is an astrophysicist who works for the National Science Foundation reviewing grant applications for projects, although she’d prefer to be working on a project of her own. Cheryl heads home to spend the holidays with her family and first on the agenda is a visit to the annual Christmas carnival with her sister Trish (Zarrin Darnell-Martin, “Burden of Truth”). While there, Cheryl sees a carousel in the distance and ventures over to take a ride. But when the revolutions wind down and she returns to the carnival to find her sister, Cheryl discovers that — somehow — it’s five years earlier. Cheryl sees this as a chance to change her path by making different choices. As she navigates her way through her visit back in time, Cheryl is able to connect with her beloved science teacher Ms. Nelson (Sheryl Lee Ralph), who was an inspiration to her both in and out of the classroom and had passed away five years before. The time Cheryl spends with Ms. Nelson as well as with her “frenemy” George (Michael Xavier) helps her find a new appreciation for what she’s doing in life and starts to see George in a new light. But when the carousel returns Cheryl to present-day Christmas with lessons learned, will the love she found be waiting for her?
Christmas By Starlight, 6 p.m.
Annie Park (Kimberley Sustad) is a whip-smart lawyer who specializes in child adoptions. When her family’s beloved neighborhood eatery, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition, she vows to put a stop to it. William Holt (Paul Campbell), the free-wheeling heir to the development firm responsible, makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the stringent legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some careless and costly mistakes. Helping get Will’s father off his back for a week seems a small price to pay to save her parents’ beloved café and she agrees. But when Annie oversteps and commits Will’s firm to hosting a lavish Christmas fundraising event at the Starlight, he saddles her with planning it, something she’s never done before. With one misstep after another, Annie’s efforts to pull off the impossible look doomed to fail. The more Annie and Will’s vastly different worlds collide, the more sparks begin to fly. And when push comes to shove, they discover just how similar they really are and without even knowing it, those sparks may have fanned into a flame.
A Christmas Carousel, 8 p.m.
Known for their skill at restoring carousels, Lila (Rachel Boston) and her father Roy (Stuart Hughes) are hired by the royal family of Ancadia to return their Carousel to its original luster as a Christmas present for Prince Whitaker’s (Neal Bledsoe) niece. Although Lila’s first impression of the Prince – or Whit, as he prefers to be called – isn’t the best, she soon sees a different side to him. Whit is overseeing the restoration project and as he and Lila work together they connect over his affinity for the arts. The more time they spend with each other the closer they become and feelings begin to develop. Lila and Whit also help each other realize what path in life their hearts want them to take. When Lila believes Whit’s royal duty is leading him to announce his engagement to someone from nobility at the Christmas Gala, she suddenly decides to return home. But a wish made on the carousel’s wishing horse may prove to be the Christmas magic needed to bring two hearts together.
Sunday, Dec. 20
With Love, Christmas, 8 a.m.
Ad executive Melanie (Emilie Ullerup) is teamed up with uptight coworker Donovan (Aaron O’Connell) to come up with the ultimate Christmas commercial for a new cell phone. To complicate matters, Donovan is also Melanie’s Secret Santa recipient in the annual office gift exchange. Keeping her identity secret, Melanie sends him emails from “Santa” to determine the perfect gift for him. When Donovan mistakenly assumes another co-worker is his Secret Santa, Melanie must work to show Donovan that she’s the only Santa for him.
Christmas at The Plaza, 10 a.m.
During the holiday season in New York, Jessica (Elizabeth Henstridge), an archival historian enmeshed in a declining romantic relationship, is commissioned to create an exhibition honoring the history of Christmas at The Plaza Hotel. There, she meets Nick (Ryan Paevey), a handsome decorator hired to deck out the iconic landmark for Christmas. When The Plaza’s manager, Amanda (Julia Duffy), pairs them together, Jessica and Nick go to work, preparing the exhibition with a little help from the hotel’s charming bellman, Reginald (Bruce Davison). Before long, as they find themselves enjoying a host of holiday traditions, Jessica and Nick also find themselves falling for each other. With Christmas rapidly approaching — and unexpected challenges surrounding the holiday exhibit arising — tensions mount as Jessica must figure out her romantic priorities and decide with whom she’ll ultimately spend Christmas at The Plaza.
Christmas in Vienna, noon
Jess Waters (Sarah Drew) is an accomplished violinist who has lost her passion for music and has been invited to perform at the Vienna Music Hall’s prestigious Christmas Eve concert. Mark Olson (Brennan Elliott) is a diplomat in Vienna and a widowed father of three whose job is constantly keeping them moving. Jess arrives in Vienna two weeks before her show, which gives her time to visit her friend Tori Voigt (Alina Fritsch). Teri is Mark’s cousin and the children’s nanny so when Tori gets a chance to sell her crafts in a Christmas market, she asks for Jess’ help with the children. Although initially hesitant, Jess quickly bonds with the children, helping them grow as they inspire her rediscovery for her love of music. Against the backdrop of Christmas magic and romance, will Jess and Mark find a way to be together?
Christmas Waltz, 2 p.m.
After Avery’s (Lacey Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, handsome and irreverent dance instructor Roman (Will Kemp) persuades her to continue with the 10 dance lessons she’d booked – the first sale of the studio’s resident whiz kid, Nicky (JT Church). As Avery takes lessons with Roman, and sometimes Nicky, she begins to open up and soon the pair seems to move together flawlessly – both on the dance floor and off. Roman helps Avery to take a holiday from perfection and to live in the moment, and in return, she helps guide him on a special business venture. Soon, however, the past threatens to trip up the pair, unless they can remember that the most important lesson in dance and in love is trusting your partner.
A Christmas Carousel, encore 4 p.m.
If I Only Had Christmas, 6 p.m.
Kansas City publicist, Darcy (Candace Cameron Bure) ventures to the Emerald Educational Trust for the job of a lifetime. Helping the vice president, Glen Goodman (Warren Christie), and his team find the knowhow, courage and heart to help a charity in need for Christmas. Darcy and Glen begin to realize they have everything in common. However, Glen’s surprise revelation at the big Christmas gala just may put an end to their promising romance before it has really even started.
Cross Country Christmas, 8 p.m.
Lina (Rachael Leigh Cook) and Max, (Greyston Holt) both from the same small town in Colorado but never friends, are traveling from New York City back home for the holidays. That is, until a storm reroutes their plane. With no flights out, they work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation. The people they meet along the way, and the places they pass through, help them see Christmas – and each other – in a different way.