Every Christmas Movie Airing on Lifetime in 2020

Here's every new holiday movie on Lifetime, and when to watch them this season.


To find out which platform these movies are streaming on in Australia, head to flicks.com.au.

In the past several years, Lifetime has staked their claim as a top giver of Christmas movies along with¬†Hallmark and Netflix. The network’s slate of releases are just as cheesy and follow the same formula as nearly every other made-for-TV holiday movie in existence-you know, a bickering pair falls for one another despite their differences, a career woman rallies to save a local institution, or something along those lines-but you can always count on the channel to go great with a cup of eggnog. These are all of the new holiday movies coming to Lifetime this year, either available to stream right now with a cable login on its digital platform, My Lifetime, or airing on TV soon.

**Air times are listed in Eastern Standard Time


Candy Cane Christmas

When to watch: Now; 12pm on December 22
After her neighborhood cancels her favorite tradition of decking out the block as Candy Cane Lane, a woman searches for a new tradition to replace it with… but finds love instead.

A Crafty Christmas Romance

When to watch: Now; 8am on December 22
When the owner of a craft store discovers a donated copy of A Christmas Carol with lost, personal treasures inside, she sets out to find the original owner.

Christmas at the Castle 

When to watch: 8pm on December 23; 12:01am on December 24
Christmas at the Castle might have the most convoluted plot and random character career choices of any of this year’s roster of Lifetime holiday movies. The rom-com follows a woman who works for a fancy perfume company that jet-sets her off to the Scottish Highlands in search of a rare fragrance. In order to get the formula, though, she schemes and poses as a documentary filmmaker to try to lure out the secret from its owner, Alistair McGregor.


The Christmas Aunt

When to watch: Now; 2pm on December 21
A woman returns to her small Tennessee town to look after her niece and nephew while their parents are away, and ends up reconnecting with a childhood friend.

A Christmas Break

When to watch: Now
Yet another feel-good flick about a beloved institution at risk of closure, this one finds a teacher teaming up with a movie star back in his hometown to save the local school that the School Board plans to close before winter break.

The Christmas Edition

When to watch: Now; 10:03pm on December 21; 2:04am on December 22
A journalist relocates to a small town in Alaska where she revives their local newspaper with a series of holiday-themed columns (and falls for the son of the paper’s owner).


Christmas Ever After

When to watch: Now; 12pm on December 23
A romance novelist who spends each Christmas at a cozy B&B finds herself smitten with the new owner.

A Christmas Exchange

When to watch: Now; 12pm on December 24
If you’re a fan of The Holiday, it’s worth checking out A Christmas Exchange, which sounds strikingly similar. It follows a woman who plans on swapping her farmhouse with a London businessman’s apartment, and the romance that unfolds in their correspondence and from staying in each other’s places.

The Christmas High Note

When to watch: 8pm on December 22; 12:01am on December 23; 6pm on 23; 8am on December 25
As a woman responsible for organizing the local Christmas Eve pageant helps a teenager hit the big note in her solo, she also hits it off with the girl’s dad.


The Christmas Listing

When to watch: Now
Two rival realtors are forced to stay at the same cozy holiday inn as they compete for a property nearby.

Christmas on Ice

When to watch: Now; 10am on December 22
A former US figure skating champ who runs a public ice skating rink that’s at risk of closing teams up with a professional hockey player to save it.

Christmas on the Menu

When to watch: Now
A big city chef tries to amp up the menu and presentation at her mother’s new B&B restaurant when she learns a critic who’s given her poor reviews in the past is coming to visit. And not only does she win over his culinary palette, she wins over his heart.


Christmas on the Vine

When to watch: Now; 4pm on December 23
A young marketing exec is called upon by a small winery to help save it as a major wine corporation threatens to take over. This all happens at Christmastime, of course.

The Christmas Setup

When to watch: Now; 6pm on December 25
The Christmas Setup is Lifetime’s first LGBTQ+ holiday movie. The film follows a fancy big city businessman who comes home for the holiday season, only to discover his mother (played by none other than Fran Drescher) has been trying to play matchmaker for him.

Christmas Unwrapped

When to watch: Now
Amber Stevens West stars in this movie, executive produced by Tiffany Haddish, about a reporter who investigates a reputable community member and millionaire who insists that all of the gifts he gives back are from Santa Claus himself.


Christmas on Wheels

When to watch: Now; 4pm on December 25
After discovering her uncle got rid of her mother’s beloved old car that was used to distributed gifts to the community at Christmastime, a young woman fights to get it back.

The Christmas Yule Blog

When to watch: Now; 8am on December 24
A travel writer gets an assignment covering a traditional Christmas parade in a small New Mexico town. Despite not being thrilled about the trip, she finds herself enchanted by not only the holiday spirit but the local high school music teacher.

Dear Christmas

When to watch: Now; 2pm on December 23; 11am on December 26
These days, everyone is a podcaster, even Melissa Joan Hart. Here, she plays one who hosts a show about couples who found love around the holidays, despite never really having her own special love story. That is, until she heads home this holiday season.


Feliz NaviDAD

When to watch: Now; 10:03pm on December 23; 2:04am on December 24
What a title! The family of a widower (played by Mario Lopez) who lost his wife last Christmas is determined to get him back in the dating game and signs him up for a dating app.

Forever Christmas

When to watch: Now; 8am on December 23
Forever Christmas follows a reality TV producer who ends up smitten with the star of her latest series: a charming bachelor who celebrates Christmas year-round.

Homemade Christmas

When to watch: Now; 4pm on December 22
A woman who makes extra cash around the holidays by becoming a personal assistant to help complete last-minute Christmas-related tasks finds herself in the middle of a love triangle when planning a holiday party.


Inn Love by Christmas

When to watch: Now; 10:03pm on December 22; 2:04am on December 23
There can never be enough movies about holiday inns. In this one, a Miami hotel exec returns to her small northern town for the holidays and gets stuck on the local inn for sale.

Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve

When to watch: Now; 10:03 on December 24; 2:04am on December 25
Kyla Pratt is among the stars of this love story about a pair of college sweethearts who call it quits when they get jobs in different cities, but promise to meet again in two years-specifically on Christmas Eve, of course. When the plan fails, fate still brings them together on another Christmas Eve wedding.

Lonestar Christmas

When to watch: Now; 10:03pm on December 25; 2:04am on December 26
There’s no better time of the year to reconnect with estranged relatives than around the holidays. That’s exactly what a single mother does in Lonestar Christmas, taking her children to her distant father’s ranch to reconnect.


Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding

When to watch: Now; 8pm on December 24; 12:01am on December 25
Kelly Rowland is coming back to Lifetime. A sequel to last year’s popular release Merry Liddle Christmas, it follows Rowland’s Jacquie Liddle as she plans her wedding.

People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street

When to watch: Now; 2pm on December 24
Two people bidding against each other for a local storefront-one hoping to open a year-round Christmas shop-butt heads and eventually come together while fighting for the property. Vanessa Lacey is among the stars.

The Santa Squad

When to watch: Now; 6pm on December 22
An out-of-work art teacher gets a job on The Santa Squad around the holidays. No, not literally helping out at the North Pole-the much more realistic job of helping a father lift the spirits of his children by decorating, baking cookies, etc., during the holiday season.


Spotlight on Christmas

When to watch: 8pm on December 21; 10am on December 25
You know what happens when a spunky business woman or writer heads back to her quaint hometown, but what happens when a famous movie star decides to return to her roots? That’s what plays out in Spotlight on Christmas, following an actress’ recent breakup in the spotlight.

A Sugar & Spice Holiday

When to watch: Now; 10am on December 24
To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, a young woman heads back to her small Maine town for the local gingerbread-making competition where she hopes to win big by infusing her design with her Chinese-American heritage.

A Taste of Christmas

When to watch: Now; 10am on December 23
When a woman’s sister believes she won’t be able to open her restaurant on Christmas Eve as planned, she rallies to make sure they can meet the deadline-but that’s not without having to convince the pessimistic (yet charming!) chef.


Too Close for Christmas

When to watch: Now
If there ever was a perfect man to play a Lifetime holiday movie dreamboat, it’d be Chad Michael Murray. The One Tree Hill actor plays the romantic lead in this movie about a woman who plans to spend the holidays with her sister and her new in-laws, and ends up getting close to the brother of the brother-in-law.

A Very Charming Christmas Town

When to watch: Now; 4pm on December 21
Where is the protagonist travel vlogger in this one headed? Ah, yes, A Very Charming Christmas Town! Or, more specifically, a Danish village where she connects with the chocolatier assigned to showing her around.

A Welcome Home Christmas

When to watch: Now; 2pm on December 22
The love story between a volunteer for a local Army-organized toy drive and a veteran she’s paired up with. God bless the troops (and Lifetime).Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Sadie Bell is the entertainment editorial assistant at Thrillist. She’s on Twitter at @mssadiebell.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef,¬†Cuong Nguyen¬†will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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