It's Only September, but Here Are the Christmas Movies You Should Be Excited About This Year

It’s been a rough year, but Christmas movie fans, the time has come. New 2020 Christmas movies are on the way, and they’re starting as soon as October. Hallmark and Lifetime don’t mess around! It’s time for snow, Santa, and Melissa Joan Hart as a “holiday romances” podcaster. Sure, Lifetime. Sure.

It’s also time for more diversity and inclusion. Lifetime is releasing its first romance focused on a gay couple this year, as well as its first movie about a Chinese-American family. Hallmark has also said it will begin to feature LGBTQ+ characters. And Kristen Stewart will star in a rom-com about a lesbian couple set during the holidays. So much good stuff, you guys!!

There’s a lot to look forward to, so read on to find out more about 12 new Christmas movies coming this year.

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Christmas lovers who also love Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s relationship (a very specific subset of people), this one’s very much for you. In 2018, Netflix released The Christmas Chronicles, in which Russell stars as Santa Claus and his real-life partner Hawn makes a cameo as Mrs. Claus. In this year’s sequel, she takes her rightful place as co-star.

Release date: On Netflix November 25

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

This year, Netflix will also offer Jingle Jangle. (Not to be confused with the drug in Riverdale.) The holiday musical stars Forest Whitaker as a toymaker named Jeronicus Jangle and Keegan-Michael Key as his assistant, along with Anika Noni Rose, Hugh Bonneville, and Phylicia Rashad.

Release date: On Netflix, date TBD

Happiest Season

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis will star in Happiest Season, which is about a woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend at a holiday party, but finds out that she hasn’t come out to her family yet. The cast also includes Dan Levy, Allison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Steenburgen, and Victor Garber.

Release date: Tentatively hitting theaters November 25

Christmas Waltz

Lacey “Gretchen Wieners” Chabert is about to star in her ninth Hallmark Christmas movie. Christmas Waltz is about a woman (Chabert) whose Christmas wedding is “unexpectedly canceled.” That’s when a dance instructor (Will Kemp) helps her “rebuild her dreams.” That’s vague, but methinks she’s not going to marry her original fiancé.

Release date: On Hallmark, date TBD

Robin Robin

Robin Robin is a stop-motion animated holiday special that will be released on Netflix this year. It’s about a bird raised by a family of mice, who tries to prove that she can fit in.

Release date: On Netflix, date TBD

The Christmas Setup

Lifetime is known for releasing a ton of Christmas movies each year, and for 2020, the network has already announced a whopping 30 films. This includes Lifetime’s first Christmas original focused on an LGBTQ+ romance. The Christmas Setup involves a mom (Fran Drescher) setting up her son (Ben Lewis) with the guy (Blake Lee) he had a crush on in high school.

Release date: On Lifetime December 12

A Sugar & Spice Holiday

Lifetime will also release its first Christmas movie featuring a Chinese-American family, called A Sugar & Spice Holiday. This one is about a woman (Jacky Lai) who is guilted into entering a gingerbread house competition after the death of her grandmother, who was a baker. (Sure!) But, of course, she has a romantic reconnection with an old friend (Tony Giroux) along the way.

Release date: On Lifetime December 13

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Remember the Netflix Christmas movie where Vanessa Hudgens played not one, but two characters? Well, it’s getting a sequel, and this time, there’s three Vanessas Hudgens roles. She’ll return as Duchess Margaret and Stacy, but also play a “party girl” named Fiona.

Release date: On Netflix, date TBD

Dear Christmas

Another Lifetime movie regular Melissa Joan Hart will star in Dear Christmas, about a woman who hosts a podcast about “holiday romances,” but hasn’t had one of her own. Until she heads back to her hometown and falls for a firefighter (Jason Priestly). Of course!

Release date: On Lifetime November 27

Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding

Lifetime’s selection this year will also include a sequel to last year’s Merry Liddle Christmas. In Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding, Kelly Rowland and Thomas Cadrot return, and this time their characters are planning their destination wedding amid family drama.

Release date: On Lifetime November 28

Christmas on the Square

Netflix is expected to release a Dolly Parton Christmas movie titled Christmas on the Square this year, but details are pretty hard to come by. According to the film’s IMDb page, it’s about a “Scrooge of a woman” who “plans to sell her small town, regardless of the consequences to the people who live there.” Christine Baranski and Treat Williams will co-star, with Debbie Allen directing.

Release date: On Netflix, date TBD

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special

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