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Thursday, October 7, 2021

πŸŽ„ UPtv 2021 Christmas Movie Slate Announcement



UPtv’s Merry Offering is filled with more than 500 hours of Holiday Cheer including a new reality series Small Town Christmas and the return of the ultimate Thanksgiving week Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon, GilMORE the Merrier

ATLANTA – Oct. 7, 2021 – UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, will be celebrating Christmas with nine World Premiere Movies and two Cable Premiere Movies, beginning with a “Royal Christmas Weekend” celebration including the premiere of Royal Christmas Engagement Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET and Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby, the third movie in the Christmas with a Prince franchise, on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. These premieres are part of UPtv’s collection of more than 500 hours of holiday cheer that celebrate family, relationships and the true meaning of Christmas.

“Christmas on UPtv expands every year, and I’m thrilled that in addition to having more premiere movies than ever before as part of our holiday offering, we also have a brand-new series, Small Town Christmas, that focuses on the heart and magic of Christmas celebrations in small towns across the U.S,” said Hector Campos, vice president, content strategy and programming at UPtv. “Our collection of diverse Christmas stories can all be tracked on the My UPtv Movies App for the best viewing experience for Christmas movie-lovers who don’t want to miss any new premieres or airings of their favorite films from over the years.”

The My UPtv Movies app is available for viewers to download and is especially popular around the holidays to track movie viewing. The tracker app allows viewers to learn more about upcoming movies on the network, watch movie previews and request personalized showtime alerts. Viewers can also favorite movie titles to add to a personal collection to easily access them later, set calendar reminders, and request notifications or text messages.

Last year, UPtv’s year-end holiday programming drew 22M viewers1 while Christmas movies wrapped up 2020 ahead of YA up +11% in W2554 delivery and +9% in HHs2.

UPtv’s holiday season programming highlights include the following World Premiere and Cable Premiere Movies, series premiere of Small Town Christmas and GilMORE the Merrier, the ultimate Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon. See local listings for encore broadcasts.



A Royal Christmas Engagement - Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET (Cable Premiere)

Lauren, a hard-working advertising executive, begins to fall for Paul, a consultant she has been paired with to land a big account for the upcoming holiday season. Unbeknownst to Lauren and everyone else, Paul is actually Prince Edward Charles, European royalty in disguise as a commoner.

Stars: Paige Bach, James Nitti, John Schneider

Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby - Sunday, Nov. 7 (World Premiere)

**This is the third movie in the Christmas with a Prince franchise

Happily married and expecting their first child, Princess Tasha and Prince Alec are settling into their lives as royals with lots of love and lots of humor. When it's announced that the Prince must set off on a Royal Tour, Tasha insists on accompanying him, even though she's incredibly pregnant, much to the dismay of the King. Things are going smoothly until a complication forces Tasha into bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Knowing that the baby must officially be born on San Saraze soil, the team must scramble to figure everything out before the royal blessing arrives.

Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Nick Hounslow, Josh Dean, Charles Shaughnessy



A Snowy Christmas - Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Unlucky in love city lawyer Kelly Mitchum returns home to spend Christmas with her family. As she dreams of finding her perfect man, she meets handsome contractor Forrest Newell – and he ticks all the boxes! Now, with her family’s home at risk of demolition, will Forrest be able to help? And will the magic of Christmas be enough to save it?

Stars: Elysia Rotaru, Damon Runyan

Snowed in for Christmas - Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Kaley, a young Au Pair, finds herself unable to return home for the holidays when a snowstorm derails her plans. In spite of her own disappointment, she is determined to teach the girls she watches, alongside their charming Uncle, the magic of Christmas. Will this series of events lead to a perfect Christmas?

Stars: Kayla Wallace, Jeremy Guilbaut



Mistletoe & Molly - Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Waitress and animal lover, Molly Bishop is desperate for a holiday miracle. Broke and needing major car repairs, she's counting on a big career opportunity to come through before the holidays - without using her family's name to get there. But when handsome cafe regular and do-gooder Aiden Ford starts to meddle in her life, Molly will have to figure out if it's too much or just the holiday miracle she needed.

Stars: Eden Broda, Zach Smadu

Christmas on 5th Avenue - Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Eve, A Christmas loving professional wish granter, takes on the task of decorating the high-end condo for a reclusive writer who is spending the holidays out of town. But when the handsome writer turns out to be home for the holidays after all, Eve will have to pull out all her tricks to make him fall in love with Christmas all over again – and maybe find romance along the way.
Stars: Kathryn Davis, Olivier Renaud, Kate Vernon


GilMORE the Merrier ultimate Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon

Monday, November 22 at 10 a.m. ET – Sunday, November 28 at 3 a.m. ET

GilMORE the Merrier, UPtv’s annual seven-day Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon of all 153 episodes plus the four movies, is back and bigger than ever with a promotional campaign that reunites series favorites, Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) and Todd Lowe (Zack Van Gerbig). This year, the actors return to the Warner Bros. Studio lot to relive some of their most memorable moments within the popular series. Appearing at iconic landmarks, including the famous Stars Hollow gazebo and Luke’s Diner, Agena and Lowe share behind-the-scenes stories in exclusive interviews. Their custom vignettes will air during the marathon, along with watch and win trivia questions, special series recaps of all seven seasons, and pop-up trivia sprinkled throughout all four of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life movies.



Christmas Beneath the Stars - Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Christmas blogger and aspiring photographer Hannah Reed just got the assignment of a lifetime; visit a charming town and Christmas wonderland called Christmas World in Alaska which will allow her to photograph the Northern Lights and maybe finally get published in her favorite nature magazine. With her Christmas loving Aunt Lucy in tow, Hannah arrives in Christmas World expecting magic and instead is greeted by a sadly decorated town on its last leg. Desperate to get the photographs she needs, Hannah strikes a deal with the heir apparent of Christmas World in exchange for a locals insight into the best places to photograph the lights. The two set out to turn Christmas World around, but will they find something even more magical along the way?

Stars: Madeline Foley, Steve Belford, Jayne Lewis, Vanessa Smythe, Bill Lake, Kym McKenzie

A Furry Little Christmas - Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

A big-city veterinarian falls for a small-town doctor when he sets out to recreate a New York City Christmas in her Vermont hometown.

Stars: Kristi McKamie, Jonathan Stoddard, Pono Say, Amie Dasher, Teeshay Shah, Theresa Lang

Small Town Christmas: Branson, Mo. - Premieres Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Edition’s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.



Christmas in the Rockies - Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

After her father is hurt in a timber accident, Katie Jolly must enter a lumberjack competition to save her family's business. But when the paramedic who saved her dad's life also joins the contest, a romance sparks just in time for Christmas.

Stars: Kimberly Sue Murray, Stephen Huszar

Fixing Up Christmas - Sunday, Dec.12 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere) Known as a “fixer” for difficult clients, a talented party planner must help a young CEO plan the Christmas party of the year to dazzle the mayor and save his company. Wil the “fixer” fix something more than just the company?

Stars: Natalie Dreyfuss, Marshal Williams

Small Town Christmas: Bethlehem, Pa. - Premieres Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Edition’s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.


Christmas Together - Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET (Cable Premiere)

A woman leaves New York for LA after a break-up and falls in love while renting the guest house of a young father.

Stars: Vivica A Fox, Anna Marie Dobbins, Marc Herrman


Small Town Christmas: Natchitoches, La. - Premieres Sunday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Edition’s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.

Small Town Christmas: Summerville, S.C. - Premieres Friday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Edition’s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.

Source: Nielsen- 1L7, Holiday Programming Reach P2+, 1 min (10/31/20-1/1/2021), 2 L3, Christmas movie TCs (10/31-12/15/2020 vs 10/27-12/25/2019), 21 vs 19 W2554 AA(000) 102 vs 94 HH AA(000).


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How fun to see so many delightful movies airing this Christmas season on UPtv! I'm especially happy to see Christmas in the Rockies, Fixing Up Christmas, and Snowed in for Christmas!

Two movies may be familiar, as they premiered last year on ION - Christmas Together and A Royal Christmas Engagement. This is their cable premiere on UPtv.

I was surprised not see the sequel to Romance in the Wilds - titled: Christmas in the Wilds! Maybe it will be seen somewhere else this Christmas season??? Or, I guess we'll have to purchase the DVD.

It is great to see so many familiar faces, such as: Stephen Huszar (Chesapeake Shores, Cooking Up Love, Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas), Marshall Williams (When Hope Calls, Love Strikes Twice), Kayla Wallace (When Calls the Heart), Jeremy Guilbaut (Christmas Waltz), Kimberly Sue Murray (Love Upstream), Damon Runyan (Magical Christmas Shoes), Kaitlyn Leeb (Heartland, Romance in the Wilds) and more!

Which movie are you looking forward to seeing during UPtv's Merry Movie Christmas event?

Joyous Blessings! Net


  1. These movies all look pretty good. Will have to check them out.


    1. Sabrina, I agree! UPtv's Christmas lineup looks great this year! :)

  2. This is a really good Christmas line-up from UPtv - much more than I was expecting - I think a couple of these movies may have been aired somewhere before.

    Will be interested to see how Kimberley-Sue Murray and Steven Huszar pan out, I didn't think she and Steve Lund were a good match.

    I had been hoping to get this on DVD but Amazon wouldn't send it to my address so this is great.

    Looking forward to seeing Fixing Up Christmas - the trailer looks interesting - in keeping with what seems to be a new policy Reel One Entertainment haven't listed this as being taken up by UP - Florence

    1. If you look at the fourth paragraph from the bottom, they do mention a couple of these movies have previously been on ION.

  3. Will be looking forward to a few of these.


  4. Wow, Up is starting with Summerville, SC for first small town show. That is our sister city. Summerville is beautiful year round but Spring is breathtaking there.The Flower Festival is known nationally. I will be looking forward to this.

    1. kitkat, I am looking forward to this series, too! I recall Candace was going to host something similar to this years ago on the Hallmark Channel. I believe it was pulled on the very day it was set to air and then, we never saw it. I always wondered what happened to it because I loved the concept of visiting small towns across the USA and seeing how they celebrate Christmas.

      I'll look forward to seeing your sister city - Summerville!

  5. Looking forward to the movies!


    1. Misty, Good to hear your take! I'm glad you are looking forward to many of these new Christmas movies on UP, too! :)

  6. I'm looking forward to seeing Small Town Christmas. I really like the idea of featuring a real town with holiday spirit.

    1. Mary, I think it sounds wonderful, too... it sounds warm and festive!

  7. Excited to see Stephen Huszar has a movie.

    1. Me too, kitkat! Plus, since it's an INSP film - we know it will be family friendly! So happy for this news! :)

  8. Wow, Net, you must be overwhelmed and sooooo busy with all these new Christmas movie listings coming out, fast and furiously. THANK YOU for keeping track of all this for us. I'm still hoping Verizon, here in the mid-Atlantic, will reinstate Great American Country after deleting it from their lineup; so far, they've added back in GAC Living and here's hoping they'll add GAC Family just in time for me to watch all the Christmas movies (although, I suppose I could get Hulu or something -- although, I don't even know what that really is.. hah!!)
    Wanted to mention that I saw Amazon now has available last year's movie "The Christmas Doctor". I don't think I saw that anywhere in your lists.
    I'm going to try to sign up for your email list. A year, or so, ago I tried to do it and I couldn't get it to work. I'll try again now, hopefully I do it right this time. :)

    1. Jane, Oh my goodness, YES!!! Just when I think it's going to be a quiet day with no news, all of the sudden a bunch comes out - and all at once, of course! :)

      I sure hope you'll be able to get GAC Family, too, because it looks great! Would love to hear your thoughts on GAC Living when their new programming starts up - since we don't currently have it on DirecTV.

      As for DVDs... I just did an update today and added in "The Christmas Doctor" and "Deliver by Christmas" to my 2021 Christmas DVD list! Good to see those new releases and more are on the way! :)

      Please let me know if you have any difficulty signing up for my new email list. I am paying for this service - so I definitely want to be certain it is working properly.

      Again, so nice to hear from you!
      Blessings on your weekend, Net

    2. The email service is working - yay!

    3. Jane, So good to know my newsletter is working for you! Thank you! :)

  9. Christmas Beneath the Stars was kind of cute despite all the flaws. Low-budget, serious lack of attention to details, awkward, cheesy, some poor acting, the dreaded BIG misunderstanding and the resulting over-the-top melodrama by our heroine, etc., etc. But still, kinda cute if you don't have anything else to watch. Family friendly (there may have been one instance of God's name used in vain?). Not a keeper for me.

  10. Fixing Up Christmas. Kind of cute despite being low-budget and rather unbelievable and quirky. The lead actress, herself, was kind of quirky, but in a refreshing, good way. At first I was not impressed with the lead actor but he sort of grew on me. Not a keeper, but okay for a one-time watch to get some Christmas feels. Family friendly.


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