Sam Haskell presents his holiday calendar for your favorite movies
When the weather starts to turn chilly, holiday movie fans know that it’s almost time to indulge in their favorite films. In 2020, there are many great movies premiering on streaming services and cable channels. These movies range from classic holiday tales to share with the whole family to heartfelt romances.
Sam Haskell has put together this holiday movie calendar to guide you to the top 10 films available to stream or watch on cable this fall. These movies will leave you with a smile on your face and feeling more like celebrating the holidays with joy.
1. Christmas on the Square (Netflix)
Christmas on the Square follows the story of a Scrooge named Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski) and her quest to redevelop her town, Fullerville, as a mall. The townspeople are worried that they will have to leave their homes and that Christmas will be ruined. Fortunately, an angel comes to show Regina the meaning of Christmas and the community.
Sam Haskell executive produced this film with Dolly Parton, the country music star who plays an angel in the movie. Parton also wrote 14 original songs for the film.
Christmas on the Square will be added to Netflix on November 22.
2. Jingle Bell Bride (Hallmark Channel)
In this holiday film, wedding planner Jessica (Julie Gonzalo) needs to travel to Alaska to find a unique flower requested by one of her celebrity clients. Jessica is surprised to find out how much she enjoys a small-town Christmas instead of spending time in the big city. She also meets a local resident (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) who helps her find her special flower and helps her make a romantic connection.
Jingle Bell Bride will premiere on Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas on October 24.
3. Chateau Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
Merritt Patterson stars as a classical pianist named Margot. Margot returns to her lavish family home, Chateau Newhaus, to spend time with her family at Christmas. When Margot comes home, she is surprised to run into her ex, played by Luke Macfarlane. Her ex helps her reconnect with her family and rediscover the joy of Christmas.
Chateau Christmas will be shown on Hallmark Channel starting on October 25.
4. Deliver by Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Molly (Alvina August) is a small-town baker. Josh (Elon Bailey) is a widower who has just moved to town. Molly is fascinated with a client she has never met, and eventually makes the connection that her mysterious client and Josh are one and the same.
Deliver by Christmas debuts on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on October 25.
5. Holidate (Netflix)
Jackson (Luke Bracey) and Sloane (Emma Roberts) hate the holidays. They are tired of the pressure put on them to find a partner and settle down, especially during the holidays. They have an agreement that they will be each other’s plus-one for all of this year’s holiday festivities. Along the way, they find that love and companionship are closer than they may have thought.
Holidate makes its debut on October 28.
6. One Royal Holiday (Hallmark Channel)
Anna (Laura Osnes) offers shelter to a mother and son who are stranded in a blizzard. She discovers that the mother (Victoria Clark) and son (Aaron Tvelt) are actually the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows them how to enjoy a down-to-earth family Christmas and bonds with the Prince as they share special time together.
One Royal Holiday will be on Hallmark Channel starting on October 31.
7. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Netflix)
Forest Whitaker plays a toymaker who discovers an astounding invention just before the holidays. This magical invention may change Christmas and everyone’s lives. This family-friendly romp is produced by John Legend.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey will premiere on Netflix on November 13.
8. The Princess Switch: Switched Again (Netflix)
2018’s successful Netflix film The Princess Switch has gained a sequel this year. In the movie, Vanessa Hudgens plays three identical characters: Duchess Margaret of Montenaro, Stacy, and Fiona. Stacy and Duchess Margaret switched places in The Princess Switch, and they do so again in this sequel. The wrench in the works comes when their third look-alike, Fiona, comes to Montenaro intent on throwing Christmas into chaos.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again will be available this fall on November 19.
9. Christmas Tree Lane (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
Meg, a music store owner played by Alicia Witt, is struggling to save Christmas Tree Lane, a charming shopping district where her store is located. A developer wants to demolish Christmas Tree Lane. Meg connects with Nate (Andrew Walker) but discovers his link to the redevelopment plans.
Christmas Tree Lane will be part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ holiday schedule starting on October 24.
10. The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (Netflix)
In this heartfelt sequel, Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) and Mrs. Claus (Goldie Hawn) team up to help their young friend Kate lose her cynical attitude toward Christmas. The power couple also needs to fight off a meddlesome troublemaker who wants to interfere with the holidays.
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two will magically appear on Netflix on November 25.
Enjoy the holidays with new movies
Netflix and Hallmark have impressive slates of holiday films each year, and this year is no exception. Dozens of great holiday films will debut this fall. Holiday movie lovers should keep a close eye on the calendar to make sure they don’t miss any of their new favorites.