The most heartwarming, silly holiday movies you need to see right now

Find the right movie for you and your small-town love.
November 19, 2021 4:53 p.m. EST

The time has triumphantly come for our favourite part of the holiday season. No, not the snow, not the tree, not the presents, not the kisses under the mistletoe (well, mostly) but the cutesy, corny holiday movies we unabashedly love. You know the ones – they’re all kind of impossible to differentiate from each other but easily fill you will joy and delight as their stars fall in love forever and ever in the glow of the Christmas snow. Who doesn't love a seasonal romance that probably reeks of cinnamon?

And this month, CTV has a whole new slate of 17 new features (stream some of them online for free now on the CTV holiday hub), with 10 made-in-Canada productions and tons of familiar holiday faces like Chad Michael Murray, Roselyn Sanchez, Jake Epstein, Luke Macfarlane and, um, Reba McEntire, no big deal. You'll be swooning and singing along for the next eight weeks and, possibly, dreaming of running into your high-school rival back in Barrie, Ont. where you're destined to find love where you least expected it. Seriously, let these movies guide you.

If that sounds up your alley, we've broken down all 17 soon-to-be TV classics, so you can find the one that will have your heart beating a little faster this holiday season.

The ones that will get you through if you just had a divorce and relocated to a small town where you now have to somehow work alongside your high-school ex

Christmas Is You, Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET

Imagine if you had one job: go home for the holidays and convince your ex to sign with your boss's music label. And if you didn't accomplish it, you'd have to start looking for another job. Now let's add a few more layers to that: you once turned down a proposal from said ex, and you have secret dreams of being a singer, too. So much to handle, so little time. Will one be able to squeeze in love?

Candy Cane Candidate, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ET

When a politician heads home for the holidays after she loses her campaign for city council, things prove to be a lot less relaxing when she runs into an old high-school classmate and the two find themselves facing off in a local emergency election. Impossible! But also, pour it down our throats.

The ones that will hit the spot if you just did a 23andMe test and discovered you've got royalty in your veins and your crush is a legit prince

Much Ado About Christmas, Nov. 14, 8 p.m. ET

A modern-day, sparkly take on Shakespeare's classic, this one follows a woman who, in an attempt to fall in love, lies about the fact she is the town heiress. Cause that's super embarrassing and not at all relatable. Now, if you're thinking that won't end well, don't forget: this is a holiday movie! Everything ends well!

Royally Wrapped Up For Christmas, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET

Let's say you head up a charity, and one day you're called to visit the royal family at their kingdom to interview for a promotion – which would totally happen IRL – and the prince just happens to be there and is a bit of a looker. Suddenly you've got to choose between a glam new job or royalty. We've all been there, god knows.

Jingle Bell Princess, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. ET

Ever fall in love with a commoner? Well, it sounds charming for Princess Amelia, who finds herself stranded in a small town after her royal jet has to stop for repairs and then flies off without her (someone upgrade that security team ASAP). Devastated to miss Christmas at the kingdom, Amelia finds more fun elsewhere when she begins to befriend – and lock eyes – with the pretty locals. 

The ones for the Scrooge who loves to say she hates Christmas but has a secret and absolutely unmentionable crush on Santa, yikes

Christmas Lovers Anonymous, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. ET

A noted Christmas hater has a very big secret: she likes to celebrate the holiday on the down low, in an online community for Xmas buffs where she finds what could be love – if she's only willing to be honest. Very tough, brutal call. What will she choose?!

The ones for those who've stopped singing because they've long lost the spirit of Christmas but are bound to rediscover it when their family reunites on the first snowfall of the year

Christmas In My Heart, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET

When a concert violinist decides to tutor the daughter of a reclusive country star to help her prepare for the holiday concert, the power of music creates a magical bond. But actually, can we get a miniseries spin-off, please?

Reba McEntire's Christmas In Tune, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET

A couple and former musical duo reunite after their daughter insists they join her to participate in a Christmas charity concert and, guess what, sparks fly all over again. With Reba McEntire playing one-half of that couple, we'd say she'll have everyone in love with her the moment she starts singing.

The ones for those who have a tendency to fall in love with their childhood rival but remain in denial all the while bumping into them every three hours in a town where there seems to only be a population of two

Christmas Time Is Here, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. ET. 

A local realtor notices her grandmother's watch is suddenly working again after two decades, and has a feeling it's guiding her to her true love. How might a watch do such a thing? Doesn't matter! Because she begins to suspect a corporate big wig looking to build a massive resort in her small town is playing games with her and is behind it all. Too bad he's handsome.

Under The Christmas Tree, Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ET

When Charlie finds the perfect tree for the governor's holiday event and it happens to be in Alma's backyard, things start to get heated. But soon enough, the town's Christmas fairy dust (from the town's pâtissière extraordinaire, Ricki Lake) finds the two women and sparks begin to fly in Lifetime's first lesbian holiday flick. Sounds like a case of trespassing – on the heart (so sorry)!

The ones that will have you teaming up with your next-door neighbour to combine forces and put together the ultimate holiday menu in time to join the annual local bake-off, even though you know nothing compares to your strawberry strudel – even their kisses

An Ice Wine Christmas, Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET

When a top-grade wine sommelier goes home for the annual Ice Wine Christmas Festival, she learns that the local winery may be closing down soon and finds her choosing between her big-shot career and home. Who will make the decision easier? Hm.

Sweet Navidad, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET

Two unlikely pastry chefs find themselves forced to work together to pull off the menu for a major holiday event. Will this kitchen fire be a romantic or greasy one?

The ones for the workaholic who loves to burn the midnight oil at the expense of a love life until, of course, her local barista adds a little extra cinnamon to her coffee for no extra charge and they lock eyes

A Chance For Christmas, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. ET

A social media influencer is trapped reliving Christmas Eve until she can decide whether earning more views and likes is a bigger priority than earning real-life love. Rude, but ok.

A Christmas Star, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. ET

An astronomer hell-bent on finding life beyond earth travels to a small town to investigate. There, she stumbles into a widower who also has a keen eye and is eager to help her in her research. Let's just hope he doesn't get in the way. Or let's hope he does?

My Angel's Christmas List, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. ET

There is no ER doc who isn't just constantly busy and highly caffeinated, struggling to balance her work and love life. Fortunately, this one's about to spot Chad Michael Murray during a twinkly snowfall so all will be well. Unless of course, she watched A Cinderella Story.

The ones for those who have only ever felt love thanks to their furry companion but discover more when said furry companion falls in love with the local (hot) doctor's furry companion – what a coincidence!

A Unicorn For Christmas, Dec. 15, 9 p.m. ET

Listen, no kid is thrilled at the prospect of moving from the big city to a small town – most especially a gal named Izzy, whose family has taken over a farm, where she finds a pretty pony she believes is a magical unicorn, and who the greedy fair owner soon sets his eyes on. Will Izzy be able to protect her pet? (Odds are likely.)

A Furry Little Christmas, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET

A big-city vet falls for a small-town doctor when he brings a classic city Christmas to her hometown. I mean, really, at that point, just head straight to City Hall.

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