Hallmark Channel has announced the following new movies to be aired during the 2012 Christmas season.
The Wishing Tree
Premieres November 11, 2012 at 8:00pm (ET)
Dennis Farnsworth, a young professor, agrees to supervise a group of “orphan” students who have no place to go for the holidays. He brings the students together in a way they never thought imaginable through The Wishing Tree – a Christmas-themed tree decorated with handwritten wishes. The connection and sense of family they draw from one another help Dennis and his students move forward in life and believe again that wishes really do come true.
Stars Callum Seagram Airlie, Erica Cerra, Emmalyn Estrada, Jason Gedrick, Carrie Genzel, Richard Harmon, Angelo Renai
Excited about meeting her upscale and slightly intimidating future mother-in-law, fresh faced Melanie makes the trek to her fiancé’s home for Christmas. Despite the fact that Justin is a workaholic, Melanie is head over heels for him and sees a bright future for them. Melanie’s best friend, thinks she’s is better suited for Dean, Justin’s longtime and dependable assistant. Because Justin is known to choose work over Melanie, Dean often times stands in to accompany Melanie on her “dates.” With a little help from a man named Chris, Melanie and Dean end up stranded in a sleepy, little romantic town called Coventry Falls. Here, it is all about Christmas. Will Chris’ magic be the key to Melanie and Dean’s holiday happiness?
Stars Nikki Hahn, Victoria Gabrielle Platt
It’s Christmas, Carol!
Premieres November 18, 2012
Carol Huffman is one of Chicago’s most successful book publishers and a ruthless businesswoman. During a Christmas Eve party, she is visited by the ghost of her former boss who takes her on a journey through her past, present, and future, showing her the unhappiness she has created by being such a mercenary.
Stars Carrie Fisher, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Carson Kressley, Olivia Cheng, Rebecca Davis
Hitched for the Holidays
Premieres November 25, 2012
Rob Marino and Julie Green are feeling pressure to be in a relationship this holiday season. After finding each other through a dating website, they agree to pose as each other’s special someone. Things get complicated when Rob’s Catholic family and Julie’s Jewish family get involved to help these two make it to the altar. As they double their efforts to keep the charade going through New Year’s Eve, Rob and Julie are more than a little surprised when they discover they’re actually falling in love.
Stars Joseph Lawrence, Emily Hampshire, Marilu Henner, Chris Gauthier
The Christmas Heart
The tight-knit neighbors on Arthur Avenue have proudly been lighting Christmas luminaries for 40 years, but that long-standing tradition is cancelled this year when Matt Norman, a boy in the neighborhood, is hospitalized and desperately needs a heart transplant. A donor is found, and Life Flight quickly gets the heart airborne on Christmas Eve, fighting a winter storm with no time to lose. The neighborhood lights the luminaries in honor of Matt and his family, and their loving exhibition turns out to be the Christmas miracle that saves Matt’s life.
Stars Teri Polo, Paul Essiembre, Tess Harper
A man whose Christmas’ as a child were always filled with disappointment grows up thinking he could do a much better job than Santa – so Santa lets him take over! He uses his newly found powers to try to win back his family. In the vein of Bruce Almighty, but with a Christmas twist.
Jingle & Bell
Jingle the Husky Pup and his buddy Andrew meet some new friends. A girl Andrew’s age, Sofia, and her Husky pup, Bell, have moved from sunny Palm City to Pineville weeks before Christmas. With no friends yet and not knowing what to expect, Sofia and Bell’s world is upside down and it looks like it might be the worst Christmas ever. But with a little help from Jingle and Andrew, Sofia and Bell will soon discover that Christmas joy isn’t about where you are – it’s about who you are with!
Stars Thomas Stroppel, Morgan Elizabeth Cox, Chad Darrow, Ryan Bley, Nathan Dunkin, Croix Kyles, Allison Cohen