Homeland Security's Asymmetrical Threats Division has unknowingly targeted Santa Claus for piloting an unidentified aircraft and flouting national sovereignty. Before fully identifying the target, their agent fires a heat-seeking missile into Father Christmas' dash wings. His reindeer rocked, his jingle bells jangled, Santa crashes to earth, where he is rescued by a couple of kids and nursed back to health by their mom. A pair of bumbling secret agents have also homed in on Santa's position, and they are determined to make Kris Kringle pay for their looking bad. The dumb luck duo repeatedly delay Santa, but he never takes his eye off the ticking clock. Christmas is coming and while Nick waits for a sign that his Elf Posse is coming to the rescue, he busies himself doing work-in-trade around town. Bartering his time for batteries, microchips and other materials, Santa magically makes stacks of toys with military precision and stashes them in a secret location. As agents rush in to plunder Santa's ad hoc toy factory, they hear a faint sound: jingle bells. Santa's eyes twinkle and he smiles. Hallmark, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
"An Old-Fashioned Christmas"
International film star and Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Jacqueline Bisset reprises the role of "Isabella Crawford" in "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," the next chronicle in the saga that began with Louisa May Alcott's short story, "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving." The show continues the narrative of Isabella (Bisset) and Tilly (Catherine Steadman) traveling the globe so the wealthy grandmother can teach her talented writer/granddaughter the nuances of character development and refined living.
This Christmas in Ireland, both Isabella and Tilly discover it takes the taste of an occasional turnip to make one truly appreciate the plain potato. Hallmark, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Christina Milian, Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray star in ABC Family's new holiday movie, "Christmas Cupid," premiering during ABC Family's annual 25 Days of Christmas. Milian stars as Sloane Spencer, a high powered Hollywood publicist who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client Caitlin (Ashley Benson). With just days before Christmas, Caitlin takes Sloane on a journey to meet the ghosts of her ex-boyfriends from the past, present and future to try to guide her to true love in a modern day take on the Charles Dickens holiday classic story "A Christmas Carol." Sloane reluctantly embarks on a soul-searching journey to redeem herself, find love, and experience a Christmas she will never forget. Mariah Carey's "Oh Santa" single from her new holiday album, "Merry Christmas II You," will make its television debut as the opening song featured in "Christmas Cupid." Amber Stevens ("Greek") will also be singing a new arrangement of "Deck The Halls." ABC Family, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
"Three Wise Women"
Liz has everything a girl could ever want — a successful career as a doctor and an equally successful fiancé who can't wait to marry her. Yet somehow, things just aren't clicking for Liz as she can't help but remember some past relationships that ultimately let her down. And when she runs into Sean, a dear old friend, at a Christmas party, an impulsive moment under the mistletoe only sends Liz into a bigger spiral of confusion. Lucky for Liz, Tom has a plan to restore her faith in true love. He quickly travels back in time to recruit a younger Liz and then forward in time to find Liz as the more mature Beth only to return to steer present-day Liz from making a big mistake. With guidance from spirits of past and future, Liz suddenly realizes that she might be marrying the wrong man and must make up for past mistakes in time to secure her future with a lifelong love. Hallmark, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.
"Gift of the Magi"
O. Henry's timeless tale of treasures surrendered by loving hearts comes to life in "Gift of the Magi." Marla Sokoloff as Della Young and Mark Webber as her husband Jim are financially strapped newlyweds. Challenged to buy secret gifts for each other, both end up selling their most prized possessions. An amateur photographer, Della focuses her prized, but well-worn, Nikon 35mm camera on reluctant Jim, persuading him to pose with his beloved, but dilapidated '55 Chevy Bel Air convertible. Della longs for a professional zoom lens to take better pictures of the man she loves. Camera-shy Jim sits in the Chevy pretending to drive, but his four-wheel antique has no steering wheel. He can buy parts at the junkyard, but more than anything, Jim is passionate to own the original steering wheel. They both make selfless choices and discover the all-consuming love that comes from giving a lot, while expecting only a little. Hallmark, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
"Battle of the Bulbs"
Daniel Stern ("Home Alone") and Matt Frewer ("Eureka") put the cool in Yule in "Battle of the Bulbs," a film about dueling neighbors whose Christmas decorating rivalry turns outrageous. Bob (Stern) and Stu (Frewer) are former best friends whose relationship went sour over a friendly wager. Though decades have passed, neither man is giving up on the grudge. Imagine Bob's surprise when he discovers his old nemisis is back, has moved into the house across the street, and is taking him on in a competition to win the town's annual Christmas decorating contest. There is no ornament too flimsy, no filament too thin to keep these two warriors from assaulting each other with laser-like illuminations. When Stu's son falls in love with Bob's daughter, the two men find exceeding abundantly in life is much more important than exceeding the maximum wattage. Hallmark, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
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