The 20 Best Lifetime Christmas Movies of All Time, Ranked in Order From Merry to Merriest

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‘Tis the season for Christmas movies! Even though Lifetime is giving us hundreds of hours of holiday entertainment this year (psst, take a look at their 2021 movie schedule), there’s something magical about revisiting their most popular releases from Christmases past. I, a self-proclaimed Lifetime Christmas movie superfan, am all for it: New or old, these festive rom-coms and heartfelt dramas all have a way of getting me into the spirit well before Santa makes his way down my chimney. They’re full of all the classic made-for-Christmas movie tropes — the city girl heading home for a renewed faith in the holiday, the long-lost lovers meeting up after years apart, the distant relatives who leave an estate behind in their will (casual) and so on. And while some may harp on the clichés, millions, like me, find comfort in knowing that at one point or another, each and every movie will tick all the boxes and more importantly, end with a happily ever after (a kiss under the mistletoe, perhaps?).

So, you know what to do: Break out the eggnog, grab a spot on the couch and work your way through this highly subjective list of 20 of the very best Lifetime Christmas movies of all time — some from years ago, others released during last year’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime.”

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Christmas á la Mode

Emily (Katie Leclerc) stepped in to run her late father’s dairy farm when her family needed her most, but now that the business has fallen on hard times, she needs some help in return. Together with her sister and business partner, they create a viral ice cream flavor, aptly named Christmas á la Mode — but will it bring enough business to make a difference?



The Road Home for Christmas

When two rival musicians end up without Christmas Eve gigs, they take it upon themselves to find their own, leading them to their respective hometowns. As they journey home, they encounter one roadblock (literally and figuratively) after the next, but hey, at least it gives them more time to make music together.



A Sweet Christmas Romance

Holly (Adelaide Kane) knows her way around the kitchen as a food stylist, but she isn’t much of a baker. That is, until a local bakery owner hosts a baking competition, promising to turn over her keys to the winner. And yes, there’s also a rivalry-turned-romance, hence the title.



Christmas Unwrapped

Ambitious reporter Charity (Amber Stevens West) is always up for the chase, so being assigned to write a feature story on the town’s so-called Santa Claus feels too, well, ordinary. Within hours of meeting the self-professed St. Nick, she learns there’s more than meets the eye — and perhaps, his Christmas magic will rub off on her.



The Christmas Pact

When they were kids, Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) planted a Christmas tree as a way to show their commitment to one another. Flash-forward to today, the tree is barren, a symbol of their fizzling friendship.



Christmas in Mississippi

Holly (Jana Kramer) returns home to take photos at the town’s holiday light show, the first in five years after a devastating hurricane. When she arrives, she learns that her ex-boyfriend is in charge, dimming its overall sparkle (or so we think).



A Sugar and Spice Holiday

Suzie (Jacky Lai) decides that the best way to honor her late grandmother is by entering the local gingerbread house competition. One catch: She has to track down her grandmother’s recipes and somehow go from novice baker to expert in a matter of days.



A Twist of Christmas

Two single parents, Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and Ryan (Brendon Zub), accidentally mix up their bags of toys at a busy toy store just days before Christmas. Fearing that they’ve ruined Christmas for their kids, the two come together to try to make the most of the day — and maybe just maybe, they’ll fall for each other in the process.



Every Other Holiday

Ever since their separation, Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers) have rotated who gets to spend Christmas with their daughters. This year, their daughters request to celebrate together as a family— yep, both mom and dad — forcing them to put aside their differences for the sake of Christmas.



Christmas 9 to 5

Reporter Jennifer (Tiya Sircar) isn’t afraid to go after the bad guys, but this holiday, she’s assigned with her toughest story yet: finding the true meaning of Christmas. To do so, she goes undercover at a department store during their busiest time of year, Black Friday through Christmas Eve.



Christmas Contract

Jolie (Hilarie Burton) is all set and ready to go home until she learns that her ex-boyfriend will be showing off his new girlfriend at their town’s festivities. Her solution: She convinces her best friend’s brother to come with her — at a cost.



Always and Forever Christmas

Lucy (Lexi Lawson) never took enough time to appreciate her grandfather’s year-round Christmas shop, Forever Christmas. But when she returns home to tie up loose ends before they sell the space to a trendy athleisure brand, she starts to see its holiday magic with new eyes.



Christmas Pen Pals

Hannah (Sarah Drew) loves love, so much so that she created a dating app to help others find their one and only. Even with all of her expertise, she still struggles to find love of her own … until she signs up for her hometown’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service.



A Very Vintage Christmas

Dodie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) has made a living out of caring for other people’s most prized possessions. Days before Christmas, she finds a mysterious box full of handwritten love letters, so she does everything in her power to track down its rightful owner.



The Spirit of Christmas

When Kate (Jen Lilley) heads to Vermont, she only has one thing on her mind: landing her much-earned promotion after she successfully brokers the sale of the historic inn. Upon her arrival, she meets Daniel, a handsome man (we mean, ghost) who haunts the inn she’s trying to sell.



The Christmas Setup

Leave it to mom (Fran Drescher) to meddle in her kid’s love life. She arranges an adorable meet-cute between her son Hugo (Ben Lewis) and his high school crush, Patrick (Blake Lee). But everything takes a turn when job promotions and potential moves test their blossoming love — nothing that mom can’t fix, yeah?



A Christmas Wish

It’s a Ponchatoula tradition to slip a handwritten wish in the wooden wishing box — and Faith (Hilarie Burton) isn’t certain that it actually works until she meets her dream guy a day after wishing for true love. To her surprise, she realizes that Mr.Right actually came in her life to point her to the guy who’s been there all along.



A Welcome Home Christmas

True to tradition, Chloe (Jana Kramer) volunteers at the town’s Army toy drive in the days leading up to Christmas. While volunteering, she meets Michael (Brandon Quinn), a vet who recently returned home, who shows her just how meaningful her work really is.



Merry Liddle Christmas

Meet Jacqui (Kelly Rowland) and Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) at the very start of their love story. And while the budding romance is a welcome surprise, it’s her family’s never-ending drama that really…

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