With the holiday season officially upon us, so comes the opportunity to revisit our most treasured Christmas traditions, including the once-a-year pleasure of indulging in a Santa’s sleigh-full of Christmas entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. This year, VisionTV will premiere 4 new Christmas movies to get you in the spirit just in time for the holidays.
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 12am ET/9pm PT
Against the backdrop of Christmas in Southern California comes Christmas Princess, a heart-warming story inspired by true events about one brave high school girl who overcomes her difficult past to become one of the elite princesses in the world-renowned royal court of the Tournament of Rose Parade. Starring Nicole Muñoz, Rosa Blasi and Zak Santiago (2017).
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 12am ET/9pm PT
Ambitious young workaholic Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) discovers the real meaning of love and loyalty when crisis hits the family business. Mary’s father, Santa suffers a health scare prompting Mary returns home with her big city ways and her executive assistant on hand to revolutionize Santa’s workshop. But as the Elves refuse to come round to Mary’s ideas, and Mary’s boyfriend put together a scheme to turn Santa’s village into a giant North Pole Palace shopping Mall, Mary must above all protect the family secret and take on the responsibility of her father and deliver Christmas presents to the entire world (2006).
Monday, Dec. 17 at 12am ET/9pm PT
A stranded holiday traveler arrives unexpectedly at Jennifer Cullen’s house looking for a place to stay. Before he leaves, he’ll find a place in her heart. Jennifer Cullen is an intensely driven executive and single Mom so devoted to her job that she barely has time for her son Brian, let alone Christmas. This year, her Uncle Ralph is coming for the holidays. But when Ralph arrives with a passenger he met on the plane, it throws a wrench into Jennifer’s meticulously orchestrated plans. Morgan Derby is an adventurer and free-spirit whose connecting flight has been grounded by snow. Jennifer agrees to put him up until the weather clears. But as Christmas nears, their destinies call. The perfect holiday treat, this heartwarming romantic comedy stars Brooke Burns, Warren Christie and Henry Winkler (2008).
Monday, Dec. 24 at 12am ET/9pm PT
Calvin Carter (Steven Weber) is a successful business executive who has it all, but neglects those closest to him. On Christmas Eve, all that changes when the sign on his office building falls on him. He awakens in a hospital bed, attended by Angie (Molly Shannon), an angel in the guise of a nurse, who informs him know he has twelve days—that is, twelve chances—to get his act together and achieve the “perfect” Christmas Eve, else there will be dire consequences (2004).
And here’s one that we premiered last year that deserves an honourable mention to add to your Christmas viewing list this year.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 12am ET/9pm PT
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 12am ET/9pm PT
Young doctor Nathan Andrews goes back to his hometown after losing a teenager on the operating table. While coaching a youth basketball league, he befriends single mother Meghan and her ill son, Charlie. Based on a novel by Donna VanLiere. Starring Neil Patrick Harris and Rebecca Gayheart (2005).
The enduring popularity of Christmas movies is very much evident in this top ten list of the most successful holiday movies of all time. Is your favourite in there?
1. Home Alone (1990): $285 million
2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): $260 million
3. The Polar Express (2004): $186 million
4. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018): $184 million
5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992): $173 million
6. Elf (2003): $173 million
7. The Santa Clause (1994): $144 million
8. The Santa Clause 2 (2002): $139 million
9. A Christmas Carol (2009): $137 million
10. Four Christmases (2008): $120 million
You can also catch other favourites including Blizzard, Crazy for Christmas, Flight of the Reindeer, November Christmas, Road to Christmas, Secret Santa, Silent Night, and The Man Who Saved Christmas.