Every year, the Christmas season seems to start earlier and earlier.
As soon as the calendar flips to November, the department stores deck the aisles. This is also the time of year when the television landscape begins to look a lot like Christmas.
There are 18 original Christmas movies premiering in November on Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, ION, ABC Family and Hallmark Movie Channel. Eighteen! Mind you, there are many more coming in December — even though there are only 12 days of Christmas!
Of course, there’s a reason for this early Christmas movie frenzy: What better way to promote holiday shopping than with similarly themed programming?
We made a list of the early movies on the schedule, and we checked it twice:
Pete’s Christmas (premieres 7 p.m. Friday, Hallmark): Christmas every day might seem to be a kid’s dream come true, but it gets old fast. Just ask Pete (played by Zachary Gordon). In keeping with our theme of there being too much early Christmas, the holiday movie frenzy begins with Pete experiencing a ruined Christmas again and again, like a Yuletide version of Groundhog Day. Bruce Dern co-stars.
Snow Bride (7 p.m. Nov. 9, Hallmark): A reporter (Katrina Law) sets out to get the scoop when a senator’s son plans a Christmas marriage proposal. But a series of mix-ups puts her in the wedding dress at the political family’s snowy estate, and she becomes part of the story. Patricia Richardson co-stars.
A Country Christmas Story (7 p.m. Nov. 9, Lifetime): A young Appalachian mountain girl (Desiree Ross) pursues her dream of becoming a country star, a journey that takes her to the stage at Dollywood in a singing competition. Cast includes Dolly Parton, Brian McKnight and Megyn Price.
A Very Merry Mix-Up (7 p.m. Nov. 10, Hallmark): Alicia Witt plays a future bride who flies ahead of her fiance to meet his side of the family, the Mitchums. After losing her luggage and her phone, another mix-up has her hooking up with the wrong family of Mitchums and falling for a new man.
The Christmas Ornament (7 p.m. Nov. 16, Hallmark): A recent widow (Kellie Martin) is struggling with her loss as Christmas nears. Then she meets a handsome Christmas shop owner (Cameron Mathison) and is torn between preserving the memory of her husband and moving on.
Twelve Trees of Christmas (7 p.m. Nov. 16, Lifetime): A local librarian (Lindy Booth) is ecstatic over celebrating the holiday season until she learns that a real estate developer plans to demolish the library. So she rallies the neighbors to help save the building with a tree decorating contest.
Catch a Christmas Star (7 p.m. Nov. 17, Hallmark): A 10-year-old girl hatches a scheme to get her widowed father (Steve Byers) back together with his former high school sweetheart, now a pop music superstar (Shannon Elizabeth). But the glaring spotlight could put the clamps on her plan.
Window Wonderland (7 p.m. Nov. 23, Hallmark): Two professional department store window dressers (Chyler Leigh and Paul Campbell) vie for the same job at a big-time Manhattan store. They’ve got nothing in common, except for an undeniable romantic spark. Naomi Judd co-stars.
Kristin’s Christmas Past (7 p.m. Nov. 23, Lifetime): A young woman (Shiri Appleby) falls asleep alone on Christmas Eve, only to wake up to discover it’s Christmas morning 1996 with the family from which she is estranged. Cast includes Judd Nelson, Debby Ryan and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Fir Crazy (7 p.m. Nov. 24, Hallmark): A high-powered marketing exec (Sarah Lancaster) finds herself unemployed and forced to run her family’s Christmas tree lot. Then, when her landlord decides he wants the tree lot gone, she needs a holiday miracle. Colin Mochrie co-stars.
Defending Santa (8 p.m., Nov. 24, ION): A ski resort sheriff (Dean Cain) arrests a sleeping Santa in the snowy woods on suspicion of a crime. When Santa is put on trial, the sheriff, a widowed father, begins to fall for Santa’s court-appointed defense attorney. John Savage co-stars.
Christmas With Tucker (8 p.m. Nov. 25, Hallmark Movie Channel): A teenage boy forms a special bond with a neighbor’s dog and learns to be a man by helping his grandparents and farmland community through a series of winter storms. Cast includes James Brolin and Josie Bissett.
Christmas Bounty (6 p.m. Nov. 26, ABC Family): A bounty hunter-turned-teacher (Francia Raisa) must return to her former life when an old enemy is released from jail and vows retribution on her loved ones. She teams up with her ex-beau (wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin) to protect everyone.
My Santa (8 p.m. Nov. 29, ION): A single mom (Samaire Armstrong) loses faith in the magic of Christmas until meeting the local mall’s Santa. She is attracted to Chris (Matthew Lawrence), the guy in the Santa suit. Turns out he’s the son of the “real” Santa, looking for his own Mrs. Claus.
Let It Snow (7 p.m. Nov. 30, Hallmark): A driven Arizona executive (Candace Cameron Bure) summons the Christmas spirit and experiences a budding romance while spending the holiday season in an old-fashioned lodge in Maine owned by her estranged father (Alan Thicke).
Dear Secret Santa (7 p.m. Nov. 30, Lifetime): Tatyana Ali stars as a woman who, after breaking up with her boyfriend, moves back to the house she grew up in, then receives a Christmas card from a secret admirer. Cast includes Jordin Sparks, Bill Cobbs, Della Reese and Ernie Hudson.
The Christmas Spirit (7 p.m. Dec. 1, Hallmark): Nicollette Sheridan is a journalist who becomes the Spirit of Christmas. While spending time in her small town, she is in a car accident that puts her in a coma. But her spirit, very much awake, sets out to save the town from a greedy land developer.
Holiday Road Trip (8 p.m. Dec. 1, ION): A heartbroken pet supply employee (Ashley Scott) and the boss’s son (Patrick Muldoon) are tasked with traveling across the country on a Christmas social media tour for the company’s canine mascot. The two have nothing in common, but fate intervenes.