Holiday Movies to Watch Before Christmas Arrives!

A still image from the movie Hot Chocolate Holiday.

Christmas is finally here! Whether you’re planning to spend the day with your family or enjoying a quieter holiday season, Philo has all the cheer to make the day feel merry and bright no matter your style. As always, we’ve got you covered with what to watch and where and when. Check out all the great holiday programming from Hallmark, Lifetime, AMC, GAC Family, UPtv, OWN and VH1.

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Thursday, December 23rd

Rebuilding a Dream Christmas

Starring: Meggan Kaiser, Zane Stephens, Bryson JonSteele

Lifetime, 8pm ET

The plot: Successful real estate broker Abbey (Kaiser) is forced back to her hometown to repair a Victorian house she inherited from her grandmother. She decides to sell the house and hires single dad Josh (Stephens) to help with the repairs. Working together brings up memories from her past and as her relationship with Josh and his 8-year-old son, Noah (JonSteele), grows, Abbey finds her calling and makes a home for herself.

Friday, December 24th

Hot Chocolate Holiday

Starring: Aubrey Reynolds, Jonny Swenson

Lifetime, 8pm ET

The plot: Colette (Reynolds) runs a coffee shop that is known for her secret hot chocolate. When Marcus (Swenson), a new dessert shop owner, starts to draw in Colette’s customers with his very own specialty hot chocolate that tastes exactly like the recipe from her beloved grandmother, she is determined to expose him. But as she gets to know Marcus, sparks fly between the cocoa connoisseurs.

Saturday, December 25th

Writing Around the Christmas Tree

Starring: Krystal Joy Brown, Curtis Hamilton

Lifetime, 8pm ET

The plot: Mikaela (Brown) a successful romance novelist who has had bad luck in love, visits a quaint bed and breakfast for a Christmas writers retreat near a snowy lake town each year. Upon arriving, she meets dashing writer Levi (Hamilton), who soon convinces Mikaela that she shouldn’t be writing about love if she doesn’t allow herself to get.

Looking for more holiday classics?

Check out movies like:

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The plot: When Santa Claus removes the citizens of a small town from his delivery itinerary after an insulting letter in the newspaper, a clockmaker and his family endeavor to regain his favor.

The Polar Express

The plot: Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The plot: As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

And more!

*Photo Courtesy of Lifetime Network. “Hot Chocolate Holiday” premieres December 24th at 8pm ET.

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