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10 Best Lifetime Christmas Movies

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Lifetime Christmas movies all the way! Oh, what fun it is to watch with the whole family in the sleigh. Hey!

One of the most reliable producers of made-for-TV Christmas movies is the Lifetime network. Before we can get excited about the many new Christmas movie programming on Lifetime this season, there's still a great source of Lifetime movies from previous Christmas holidays to sort from, watch, and rank.


Looking for something to do this Christmas season to keep yourself occupied? Try binge-watching all these 10 best Lifetime Christmas movies.

How to watch Lifetime Christmas movies

Several options are available to watch the Lifetime Christmas movies. 

Lifetime Christmas Movies 

Christmas movies are those awesome flicks that capture the holiday spirit! They're usually about joy, family, love, and, of course, Christmas. You know, the ones that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, often set around the festive season with themes of giving, miracles, and spreading cheer.

12 Men Of Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hopkins, Anna Chlumsky (Actors)

12 Men of Christmas (2009)

12 Men of Christmas, starring Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, is the timeless story of a Manhattan lady fleeing the city to start a new life in the Montana countryside. She becomes engaged with a local fundraiser that asks search-and-rescue volunteers to appear half-naked for a holiday-themed calendar.

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“12 Men of Christmas” is obviously fun and entertaining. Get ready to burst your stomach out from laughing at this movie.

A Country Christmas Story
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Megyn Price, Ross McCall, Brian McKnight (Actors)

A Country Christmas Story (2013)

If we're rating Lifetime Christmas movies by actual talent, A Country Christmas Story, starring nobody besides Dolly Parton, has to be at the top of the list.

This one is fantastic for its quality musical performances and, of course, the celebs (it also includes Brian McKnight and Desiree Ross), but it isn't a Christmas picture.

This is about a teen girl from a small Appalachian town who dreams of becoming a country music star, but she would be disobeying her mother's wishes if she pursued her ambitions. It's more about family and music's ability to heal, particularly country music. but can be very much enjoyed in your Christmas binge-watching movie list.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine (Actors)

Jingle Belle (2018)

Another Ali Lifetime Christmas movie has made it to the top! Belle is a Juilliard music student who comes home to write the musical score for her hometown's Christmas pageant.

Of course, she'll run into her ex, Cornelius Smith Jr., while composing for the pageant, whose heart she crushed when she moved to Manhattan to pursue her musical goals.

This type of film is typically predictable, but this was the cherry on top.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sarah Drew, Niall Matter, Michael Gross (Actors)

Christmas Pen Pals (2018)

Hannah is played by Sarah Drew, a dating app developer and all-around digital whiz who, like most Lifetime leading ladies, is terrific at her job but terrible at relationships.

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When she signs up to be an anonymous Christmas pen pal, she has no idea that letter-writing with the prospective love of her life will help her improve her love life. It is, to be sure.

Christmas Lost and Found
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Front Street Pictures Inc. (Director) - Jennifer Notas Shapiro (Writer) - Daniel Boddicker (Producer)

Christmas Lost and Found (2018)

Few Christmas films focus completely on the love between grandchild and grandparent, which is why so many people adore Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) and Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd) when they meet up to spend Christmas in Chicago together.

Both generations developed a deeper appreciation of the Christmas spirit as a result of the loss of family treasures and a Christmas-themed treasure hunt.

A Christmas Winter Song
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ashanti, Stan Shaw, Sashani Nichole (Actors)

A Christmas Winter Song (2019)

A Christmas Winter Song, one of the best Lifetime Christmas movies from last year's list, starring Ashanti as a grieving musician seeking purpose in life after a tragedy.

It's also one of Lifetime's few movies that can truly be classified as a musical!

Merry Liddle Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Thomas Cadrot, Jaime M. Callica, Thalia Campbell (Actors)

Merry Liddle Christmas (2019)

Kelly Rowland wishes you a very Merry Liddle Christmas! The Lifetime film incorporates new original music by Rowland, which was inspired by Destiny's Child singer's own experiences.

Christmas Hotel
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tatyana Ali, Sean Patrick Thomas, Sheryl Lee Ralph (Actors)

The Christmas Hotel (2019)

Reuniting with an ex during an awkward AF moment is usually a good thing in the world of Lifetime Christmas movies. In other words, it leads to revived love. The Christmas Hotel, starring Tatyana Ali, is a classic love story about a second chance at love.

 This movie is very wholesome and very nice to include in your list to watch on Christmas.

Christmas on Ice
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Abigail Klein, Ryan Cooper, Caroline Portu (Actors)

Christmas on Ice (2020)

This movie will awaken the love for skating in your heart as Courtney Bennett (Abigail Klein), a former U.S. figure skating hopeful, runs the city's public skating rink, but she is saddened when the Mayor (Will Lyman) announces its closure.

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Courtney enlists the help of Noah Tremblay (Ryan Cooper), a former professional hockey player and single parent who owns the new indoor skating center, after her attempts to warm the Mayor's Scrooge-like heart fail. Together, they discover more than just the joy of the holidays on the ice.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Candlelight Media Group Inc. (Director) - Brittany Wiscombe (Writer) - Brian Brough (Producer)

A Crafty Christmas Romance (2020)

Get ready to be mind blown and fall in love with this movie as an old copy of A Christmas Carol is discovered among donations for a book drive by Mandy (Nicola Posener), the owner of a craft and hobby store.

A letter to Santa from 70 years ago is included in the book, as well as a precious coin. Mandy enlists the services of Jonah (Bradford B. Johnson), a contractor who discovered and donated the book, to track out the owner of the book, letter, and coin. 

They discover clues along the way that take them closer to the author and each other, but will Mandy be able to return everything to the book owner in time for Christmas and fulfill her own Christmas wish?

People also ask:

How many lifetime Christmas movies are there in 2020?

With 30 all-new films, the cable network will provide its “biggest Christmas movie slate ever,” with several of them going deeper into their dedication to diversity and inclusivity.

How can I watch Christmas Lifetime movies?

Several streaming sites are available to watch the Lifetime Christmas movies in 2020. Many popular streaming alternatives are available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and other supported devices to view Lifetime movies.

What are the new Lifetime Christmas movies for 2023?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about the 2023 “It's a Wonderful Lifetime” schedule, including casting information, premiere dates, and more! New movies every weekend starting November 18:

11/18 Christmas Plus One
11/19 Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees
11/25 Christmas at the Chalet
11/26 Laughing All the Way
12/2 Ladies Of The ‘80s: A Divas Christmas
12/3 Mistletoe Match
12/9 A Cowboy Christmas Romance
12/10 Yes, Chef! Christmas
12/16 The Holiday Proposal Plan
12/16 A Christmas Intern
12/17 Merry Magic Christmas
12/23 Mom’s Christmas Boyfriend

Are Lifetime Christmas movies as good as Hallmark?

While Hallmark continues to deliver love stories and retellings of literary classics such as A Christmas Carol, Lifetime concentrates on stories that involve whole families, highlight more urban and modern couples, question preconceptions and beliefs, and give the holiday season a new meaning.

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