While the weather outside is frightful, Bravo’s December lineup proves to be delightful! All month long Bravo rejoices in the holiday spirit with a selection of holiday movies beginning Saturday, Dec. 1 and festive movie marathons, beginning Saturday, Dec. 22. As snowflakes fall, viewers keep warm with Bravo premieres ELF, LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS, 3 HOLIDAY TAILS, HOLIDAY SPINas well as Hallmark movies BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS and A CHRISTMAS SONG. Then, on Christmas Day, families can sip on hot coco and enjoy moviesCHEAPER BY THE DOZEN and SHREK followed by two days of romantic comedies. Finally, fireworks light the sky as crowds ring in the New Year with marathons of fan-favourites DALLAS, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE MENTALIST,SAVING HOPE, and WHITE COLLAR.
Complete chronological holiday programming is as follows. All programming is subject to change (visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times):
Saturday, Dec. 1
6 p.m. ET – STOLEN MIRACLE (2001)
In this Canadian film, Karen (Marnie McPhail, JOJO’S CIRCUS) and Phil’s (Hugh Thompson, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter) first male child is stolen by a false nurse on Christmas Eve. A determined policewoman (Nova Scotia-native Leslie Hope, JUDGING AMY) follows all the clues in order to find the baby before it’s too late. Encores on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.
Sunday, Dec. 2
11 a.m. ET – JACK FROST (1998)
Jack Frost (Michael Keaton, Batman Returns), is a musician who works too much, leaving little time for his wife Gabby (Kelly Preston, Casino Jack) and son Charlie (Joseph Cross, Milk). Feeling guilty for missing his son’s hockey practice, he decides to forego his big audition to spend Christmas with his family. While driving home, Jack dies in a tragic auto accident. The following Christmas, Charlie builds a snowman and decorates it with his father’s old clothes. When he plays his father’s harmonica, Jack Frost returns home in the body of the snowman. Encores on Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. ET and 2 a.m. ET.
6 p.m. ET – BORROWED HEARTS (1997)
In this Canadian film, Sam Field (Toronto-native Eric McCormack, PERCEPTION) is a single, powerful businessman who is about to close the biggest deal of his career with industrialist Javier Del Campo (Hector Elizondo, LAST MAN STANDING), a self-proclaimed family man. To impress Javier during his holiday visit, Sam convinces single mom Kathleen (Roma Downey, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL) and her daughter to pose as his family for cash Kathleen desperately needs. With a little Christmas magic, Sam learns to open his heart to the best gifts of all: love and family. Encores on Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET.
8 p.m. ET – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
One of the most popular films of all-time and a perennial holiday favourite, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE follows an angel who helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman George (Jimmy Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), contemplating suicide, by showing him what life would have been like if he never existed. Encores on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. ET and 1 a.m. ET.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
9 p.m. ET – LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS (2012) – *Bravo Premiere*
A heartwarming Christmas romance about love, loss, and hope, LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS follows two unlucky and unlikely people Heather (Shantel Vansanten, ONE TREE HILL) and Bobby (Rob Mayes, 90210). Despite their contrasting personalities, they end up falling in love at Christmas. But can they overcome the issues of their past and present in order to build a future together? Encores onDec.16 at 4 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
9 p.m. ET – 3 HOLIDAY TAILS (2011) – *Bravo Premiere*
Rod (Bruce Davison, X-MEN) and Katherine Wright (Alley Mills, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) are enjoying their retirement in Florida – or so they’re telling each other. Actually, Rod’s been bored with nothing to do, and Katherine misses her kids back home, especially with Christmas right around the corner. At least they’ve made friends with their new neighbour Lisa (Julie Gonzalo, DALLAS), who’s a golden retriever fan like them. Rod and Katherine’s dog, Jake takes off during a walk with Lisa and interrupts a wedding proposal. Lisa is mortified to discover the proposer is none other than her lifelong-friend-turned-boyfriend-turned-ex, David (K.C. Clyde, Something New). Encores on Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. ET.
Friday, Dec. 7
10 pm. ET – A MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS (2011)
In the one-hour variety special, multi-Grammy® and JUNO award-winning artist Michael Buble performs classic holiday songs with Canadian music phenomenon Justin Bieber, country singer, Kelly Pickler and more. Encores on Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET.
Saturday, Dec. 8
6 p.m. ET – THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS (2011)
In this Canadian film, everyone is losing faith in Santa (Toronto-raised George Buza, X-Men), as he’s being sued for ruining Christmas. Young lawyer, Michael Sherman (Dean Cain, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) takes Santa on as his client to defend him against wealthy businessman Braxton Bennett (Barry Flatman, THE KENNEDYS). When it comes out that the lawsuit is all for Braxton’s own financial gain, Michael helps save Christmas and finds love along the way. Encores on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET, Dec. 23 at 8 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET and 12 a.m. ET.
Sunday, Dec. 9
6 p.m. ET – CHRISTMAS MAGIC (2011)
In this Canadian film, Carrie Bishop (Ontario-native Lindy Booth, OCTOBER ROAD) suffers from a severe car accident and is put on “Angel Duty” as her last task on Earth before she can “pass over” to Heaven. She must help and guide a young restaurant owner (Paul McGillion, STARGATE: ATLANTIS), who is depressed because his restaurant is weeks away from shutting its doors. However, along the way, she learns a lot more about herself – more so than when she was actually alive. Encores on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ET.
8 p.m. ET – HOLIDAY SPIN (2012) – *Bravo Premiere*
In this Canadian film, Ruben (Ralph Macchio, Hitchcock) stars as a former dance champion sidelined years ago by an injury. When his estranged son Blake (Garrett Clayton, SHAKE IT UP) comes to live with him, he enlists his help in preparing for the “Holiday Spin,” a ballroom dance contest which takes place every Christmas Eve.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
9 p.m. ET – A CHRISTMAS KISS (2011) – *Bravo Premiere*
A CHRISTMAS KISS is a modern day fairytale about Wendy Walton (Laura Breckenridge, GOSSIP GIRL), a well-known designer and Adam Hugher (BC-native Brendan Fehr, Adopting Terror), a wealthy philanthropist who fall in love. However, Wendy’s boss, Priscilla Hall (Elisabeth Rohm, THE CLIENT LIST) makes it difficult for the two to be together. Encores on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. ET, Dec. 24 at 12 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. ET and 4 a.m. ET.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
9 p.m. ET – COME DANCE WITH ME (2012) – *Bravo Premiere*
This romantic, Canadian movie follows Jack Kesman (Andrew McCarthy, LIPSTICK JUNGLE), a financial planner who decides to take dance lessons to impress his girlfriend (Stephanie Mills, GOOD GOD, TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND), who also happens to be his boss’s daughter. However, after a few lessons with his kind-hearted dance instructor, Christine (Ontario-native Michelle Nolden, SAVING HOPE), the two develop a strong connection, causing Jack to have a change of heart. Encores on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. ET and 3:30 a.m. ET.
Saturday, Dec. 15
6 p.m. ET – MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN (2011)
In this Canadian film, Santa Claus, (Ontario-native Mairtin O’Carrigan, Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser) loses his holiday spirit. Mrs. Claus (Teddey Moore, THE KENNEDYS), comes up with a master plan to help him recapture his bliss in the one place she knows the spirit of Christmas must still exist: New York City. Encores on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET, Dec. 23 at 6 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET.
9 p.m. ET – ELF (2003) – *Bravo Premiere*
Buddy (Will Farrell, Anchorman) was a baby in an orphanage who was stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa (Edward Asner, SHOULD’VE BEEN ROMEO) allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs (James Caan, For The Love of Money). Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Encores on Dec. 23 at 12 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. ET and 4 a.m. ET.
Sunday, Dec. 16
6 p.m. ET – BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS (2012) – *Bravo Premiere*
In this Canadian film, a pair of feuding colleagues Kyle (Casper Van Dien, WATCH OVER ME) and Jenna (Ottawa-native Rachel Wilson, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) are thrown together after their siblings, Jim (Toronto-native Noah Cappe, THE DATING GUY) and Trisha (BC-native Natale Lisinska, INSECURITY) fall in love. They have to learn to get along in time for their nephew’s birth on Christmas. Realizing Jim and Trisha have major money troubles, Kyle and Jenna band together to help and end up on a snowy New York adventure that proves miracles really do happen at Christmas. Encores on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. ET, Dec. 24 at 6 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET.
8 p.m. ET – A GOLDEN CHRISTMAS (2009) – *Bravo Premiere*
Jessica (Andrea Roth, RINGER) is a federal lawyer who returns to her parent’s home for Christmas. When she discovers that the house where she grew up was sold to a stranger, Jessica looks for ways to buy it back again. She tries to get Michael (Nicholas Brendon, CRIMINAL MINDS), the new owner arrested, but she also doesn’t remember who he really is. Encores on Dec. 24 at 8 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET and 12 a.m. ET.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
9 p.m. ET – WE’VE GOT CHRISTMAS MAIL (2010) – *Bravo Premiere*
In this holiday romantic comedy, a mysterious woman Kristi North (Ashley Scott, JERICHO) who works at the Post Office answering Santa’s mail captures the heart of a disillusioned postal carrier Matt Sanders (A.J Buckley, CSI: NY). Encores onDec. 22 at 9 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
9 p.m. ET – THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE (2012) – *Bravo Premiere*
Inspired by real life events in McBride, B.C., THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE, cowboy-outfitter Matt Davidson (Aidan Quinn, ELEMENTARY) has decided to sell his family ranch and find work in the city. His daughter, Nicki (Alberta-native Mackenzie Porter, A Killer Among Us), who dreams of being a guide with her dad, is shocked and angry. It’s late December when two starving horses are discovered high up on the Rockies trapped in a prison of snow more than 30 miles from any road. After seeing the spirit in their eye, Nicki commits to getting them off the mountain – somehow. With no other options, she picks up a shovel and starts to dig out the mile long path of deep snow, inspiring her father, family and an entire community to pitch in.
Friday, Dec. 21
9 p.m. ET – A CHRISTMAS SONG (2012) – *Bravo Premiere*
In this Canadian film, budget cuts force the merger of two New York City high schools. Music teachers, Diana Deason (Newfoundland-native Natasha Henstridge, THE SECRET CIRCLE), and Ken Stoddard (Toronto-native Gabriel Hogan, HEARTLAND) aim to compete in the largest, televised Christmas Carol competition that will determine the fate of the school’s music program and the teachers’ jobs. Encores on Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. ET and 2 a.m. ET.
Saturday, Dec. 22
3:30 p.m. ET – SHREK THE HALLS (2007)
It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek (Ontario-native Mike Myers, Austin Powers). For the sake of Fiona (Cameron Diaz, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. Encores at 12:30 a.m. ET and 5:30 a.m. ET.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
2 p.m. ET – CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (2003)
The Bakers, a family of 12, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker (Steve Martin, The Pink Panther) gets his dream job to coach his alma mater’s football team. Meanwhile, his wife Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt, THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW) also gets her dream of getting her book published. While she’s away promoting the book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in order while at the same time coaching his football team, as the once happy family starts falling apart.
4 p.m. ET – CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 (2005) – *Bravo Premiere*
Tom Baker (Steve Martin, The Pink Panther) and Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt, THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW) return as heads of the Baker family who, while on vacation, find themselves in competition with a rival family of eight children, headed by Jimmy Murtaugh (Canadian Eugene Levy, American Reunion).
6 p.m. ET – SHREK (2001)
Shrek (Ontario-native Mike Myers, Austin Powers), a green ogre who enjoys a life of solitude lives in a far away swamp and is suddenly invaded by a hoard of fairy tale characters all refugees of their homes who have been shunned by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow, DEXTER). Shrek decides to offer Lord Farquaad a deal – he will rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz, There’s Something About Mary), who is intended to be Farquaad’s bride.
8 p.m. ET – SHREK 2 (2004)
Shrek (Ontario-native Mike Myers, Austin Powers) has rescued Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), got married, and now must meet the parents. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey (Eddie Murphy, A Thousand Words) set off to meet Fiona’s mother, the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders, ABSOLUTLEY FABULOUS) and father, the King (John Cleese, God Loves Caviar). Prince Charming (Rupert Everett, PARADE’S END) returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona.
10 p.m. ET – IT’S COMPLICATED (2009)
During exes’ Jake (Alec Baldwin, 30 ROCK) and Jane’s (Meryl Streep, Hope Springs) son’s college graduation, they hook up again, despite the fact that Jake is now married to a much younger woman Agness Adler (Lake Bell, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL). Jane also finds herself drawn to Adam (Steve Martin, The Pink Panther), a smitten architect. Encores on Dec. 26 at 7:30 a.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET.
12:25 a.m. ET – AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)
AS GOOD AS IT GETS follows the lives of a single mother, Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt, What Women Want), a misanthropic author, Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson, The Departed), and a gay artist, Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear, MODERN FAMILY). All three are complete opposites who form a friendship despite their differences. Encores on Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, Dec. 26
8 p.m. ET – YOU’VE GOT MAIL (1998)
Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan, In The Land of Women) owner of a little bookstore for children’s books, starts having an online romance with a mystery man. Suddenly, her business gets endangered by the opening of Fox Books discount store just around the corner. She meets Joe Fox (Tom Hanks, The Da Vinci Code) son of the owner, and soon gets annoyed by his arrogant way of managing business matters. Although getting advice by her anonymous e-mail-pal, she has to close down her store. But Joe Fox’s life suddenly gets out of control when he learns that his anonymous e-mail-pal is nobody other than Kathleen Kelly. Encores on Dec. 27 at 7 a.m. ET and 4:30 p.m. ET.
10:30 p.m. ET – SERENDIPITY (2001)
The classic romantic comedy tells the story of two strangers, Jonathon Trager (John Cusack, 2012) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale, Total Recall) who cross paths. Jonathon and Sara are already in relationships but decide to spend a romantic evening in New York City together.
Thursday, Dec. 27
7 p.m. ET – KATE AND LEOPOLD (2001)
Kate (Meg Ryan, In The Land of Women) lives in New York in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart (Liev Schreiber, Salt) lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time. He goes back to the 19th Century and takes pictures of the place. Leopold (Hugh Jackman, X-Men Trilogy) a man living in the 1870s – is puzzled by Stuart’s tiny camera, follows him back through the gap, and they both ended up in the present day. Encores at 1:30 a.m. ET.
9:30 p.m. ET – TWO WEEKS NOTICE (2002)
George Wade, (Hugh Grant, Did You Hear About the Morgans?) an immature but wealthy real estate tycoon learns the ropes from his devoted lawyer, Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). When Lucy decides she is fed-up with babysitting her immature boss, she leaves George to fend for himself.
11:30 p.m. ET – THE MONEY PIT (1996)
Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks, The Da Vinci Code) and Anna Crowley (Shelley Long, The Wedding Chapel) have to start looking for a new house but there’s not much they can afford! This soon changes when they meet a lonely old con artist who sells them a beautiful mansion at a ridiculously low price. Only there’s a catch. The second they move into the house it falls apart, starting with the stairway collapsing to the bathtub falling through the floor to eventually the chimney falling into the house! Finally, they have to renovate the house before the frame collapses but the renovations also prove to be a disaster.
Monday, Dec. 31
8 a.m. – ABOUT A BOY (2002)
Twelve year old Marcus Brewer (Nicholas Hoult, X-Men: First Class) lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer (Toni Collette, Hitchcock). Marcus is perceived different from most kids and is the target of bullying. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman (Hugh Grant, Did You Hear About The Morgans?) is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish needs.
10 a.m. – FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994)
A committed bachelor, Charles (Hugh Grant, Did You Hear About the Morgans?) must consider the notion that he may have discovered love over the course of five social occasions. Encores at 7 p.m. ET and 4:30 a.m. ET.
12:30 p.m. – NOTTING HILL (1999)
William Thacker (Hugh Grant, Did You Hear About the Morgans?) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans, Neverland). William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts, Mirror Mirror), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States. A relationship soon blossoms while the whole world watches. Encores at 9:30 p.m. ET.
3 p.m. – MYSTIC PIZZA (1988)
Sisters Kat (Annabeth Gish, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) and Daisy (Julia Roberts, Mirror Mirror) work along with Jojo (Lili Taylor, SIX FEET UNDER) at the pizza parlour in Mystic, Connecticut. Kat, shortly off to Yale, finds herself drawn to a local architect she is babysitting for, while her more tear-away sister starts dating a guy from the money side of the tracks. Encores on at 12 a.m. ET.