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.
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.
“A Christmas in the Smoky Mountain” with Dolly Parton
In addition to its many partnerships with Netflix, A Smoky Mountain Christmas is considered by many fans of the icon to be one of his most beloved cinematic moments. Directed by Henry Winkler, it starred Parton and Lee Majors and originally aired on ABC on December 14, 1986. The film is described as a fantasy in which “a country and western singer on a trip through the mountains of Tennessee runs into a reclusive lumberjack and a witch”. “Seven orphans and a country singer [will need] a Christmas miracle to keep them together, ”says the slogan of the popular 35-year-old film.
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“Trail of Robin Hood” with Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers and many of the biggest stars of mid-20th century Western cinema join the “King of the Cowboys” horse, Trigger, “The Smartest Horse in the West” in this 1950 film. involves a retired actor who grows Christmas trees for sale, allowing every family to have one. A tree trading company tries to oust Holt from business, but the country music icon – as usual – saves the day.
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“Find Christmas” with JT Hodges
On the wave of three consecutive singles from his self-titled debut album to the top 60 of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles charts, performer JT Hodges brought his acting skills to the Hallmark Channel in 2013. The result was Find Christmas, a movie in which a loving New York publicist travels to a budding musician’s cottage in North Carolina to find a vacation getaway. Oddly enough, Hodges still makes occasional appearances via Hallmark, both tied to his film and music career.
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“A Christmas Carol from Nashville” by Hallmark
Hallmark Channel 2020-released A Christmas Carol in Nashville, features country icons and emerging artists including Wynonna Judd, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans and RaeLynn. Wynonna plays the recently deceased mentor of a businesswoman who sends her to see the Spirit of Christmas Past (Kix Brooks) and Spirit of the Christmas Present (Brad Paisley’s wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley). If you’re looking for a celebrity cavalcade to spend the holiday season with, look no further.
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“Christmas in Graceland” with Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler’s country career, the American Idol’s fifth season in the Top 10, took her to Hallmark’s holiday screens via Christmas in Graceland, filmed in Memphis in 2018. The plot of the film involves an executive from midwestern company traveling to western Tennessee to work with one of the city’s oldest family banks. However, she reunites with her long-lost flame, Clay, a local music promoter looking for love.
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