Hallmark Channel have revealed the premiere date of one of their two queer Christmas movies – Friends & Family Christmas.
Dani (González) is an aspiring artist, who recently moved to New York to pursue a career. She can’t wait to celebrate Christmas week with her circle of artist friends. Together, they’re putting on several fundraising events for their artists lab, which leaves Dani too busy to go home for the holidays. When her Christmas-crazy parents surprise her with a visit, in hopes of reliving all the Christmas traditions she grew up with, Dani finds herself torn. Her parents try to fix her up with their friend’s daughter Amelia (Liebert). Amelia is a hard-driven lawyer, whose father is just as eager for her to find love.
In order to appease both of their parents and help Amelia impress partners at her firm, Dani and Amelia decide to pretend the setup worked and to fake a relationship for the holidays. With each date, their connection begins to feel more real. However, when an opportunity opens up for Dani, things fall apart before either admits that the romance has become genuine. With help from her family and her friends, Dani decides to do something big to prove her feelings and win Amelia back!
Diversity At Hallmark
Friends & Family Christmas stars Humberly González and Ali Liebert. Liebert is a queer actor who has previously received backlash for playing one of the first queer leads on a Hallmark movie. You can take a look at an interview with the Bomb Girls star here where she talks about that. This came under the leadership of Wanya Lucas following the same sex commercial scandal at the network.
Meyer Shwarzstein, Nicole Guenthard, Anne Wheeler and Ali Liebert are executive producers. Charles Cooper serves as producer. Anne Wheeler directed from a script by Gary Goldstein and Tracy Andreen.
Friends & Family Christmas premieres on Sunday 17 December at 8pm ET/PT. The movie is part of the Countdown to Christmas season of programming.