Country music and Christmas go hand in hand like milk and cookies. Some of the genre’s biggest stars have stepped up this year and joined a slew of heartwarming holiday flicks. Not to be overlooked, there are also decades of country music Christmas movies to dust off during the holiday season. Here’s a recap of upcoming country Christmas movies along with a few favorites over the years.
“Christmas in Tune” with Reba McEntire and John Schneider
McEntire and Schneider, best known for playing Bo Duke in the hit TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” co-starring in the new Lifetime Christmas movie “Christmas In Tune” which debuts at 8/7 p.m. Friday on Lifetime.
In the film, Georgia, the character of McEntire, and Joe of Schneider are a couple and estranged singing duo who come together to play their daughter Belle’s (played by Candice King) Christmas charity concert. True to the Christmas spirit, the characters reunite – on and off the stage – at the end of the wellness holiday movie.
Watch the trailer for “Christmas in Tune” here.
“Five more minutes” produced by Scotty McCreery
McCreery’s sentimental hit “Five More Minutes” is the inspiration for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries TV movie “Five More Minutes” which will have multiple covers on the network as part of their Miracles of Christmas celebration.
“Five More Minutes” was written by Nikki Deloach and Megan McNulty and stars Deloach and David Haydn-Jones. In the film, a woman’s Christmas wish is granted when her late grandfather’s diary appears and reveals a secret romance.
“They own the Christmas season,” McCreery says of Hallmark. “We’ve been in talks with them for some time. They heard the song and loved the song, and wanted to find a way to make it into a movie. It’s a cool way; they adopt the theme of the grandfather, so began “Five More Minutes”.
Watch the trailer for “Five More Minutes” here.
Watch it on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 11 p.m. Saturday, 1 a.m. December 3, 11 p.m. December 9, 1 p.m. December 12, 7 p.m. December 18, or 9 p.m. December 24. (All times are central.)
“The Holiday Fix-Up” with Jana Kramer
Kramer plays Sam, an interior designer, who returns home during the holidays to help renovate the Bell Harbor Inn. She is paired with Coop, played by Ryan McPartlin, as an entrepreneur. But the couple have a story. Coop has broken his heart before and he never got over it.
Kristian Bush of Sugarland co-wrote and joined Kramer for a song “Second Chances” on the soundtrack.
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Watch a trailer here.
“The Holiday Fix Up” will premiere at 7 p.m. on December 11 on Lifetime.
“Paper Angels” with Jimmy Wayne
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree inspired Wayne to write his song “Paper Angels”. The song inspired a book and a movie, starring Matthew Settle and Josie Bissett. In the film, an abused woman takes her children and leaves her alcoholic husband and moves to another city. There, they meet another family facing their own difficulties.
“I read the script and knew about the paper angels race with the Salvation Army,” Settle told the Tennessean. “My father being a pastor, it’s similar to what we did growing up. How touching. I think giving never gets old.
Watch the movie for free here.
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the Square” with Dolly Parton
With her holiday TV series “Coat of Many Colors”, Dolly Parton is the queen of Christmas country music. In the 1980s, she starred in “A Smoky Mountain Christmas” alongside Lee Majors. But his most recent Christmas business is for Netflix. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the Square” stars Parton as an angel trying to unfreeze a woman (Christine Jane Baranski) and restore holiday cheer to a small town.
The film is now available on Netflix.
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