I love Hallmark movies! I mark the passing year with their fun, season-oriented stories and count down the minutes until their next release. I can even list my favorite Hallmark Channel films and actors in less time than it takes to polish off a cup of hot chocolate. Conversations on and off social media have shown me I’m not alone in this, which is why I’m excited to share with you Enchanted Christmas*, one of the new holiday features premiering on the network’s “Countdown to Christmas.”
Young widow, Laura Trudeau (played by Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. Now working as a project manager in LA, she is tasked to renovate a rundown hotel lodge, in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas eve. She is stunned to run into her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta, (Carlos PenaVega) who she discovers is in rehearsals for The Christmas Eve shows grand finale, with his new dance partner Taylor (Chelsie Hightower, “Dancing with the Stars”). When Taylor has an audition abroad, Laura once again finds herself back in Ricardo’s arms. Feelings are rekindled, and with both the hotel opening and the show in jeopardy, Laura has to make some difficult decisions, both personally and professionally.
Interest piqued? Wait till you check out the trailer: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/videos/preview-enchanted-christmas
Does the main character, Laura, look familiar? You might recognize Alexa PenaVega who skyrocketed to fame when she starred in Spy Kids with none other than my fellow-countryman Antonio Banderas. In many ways, I feel like I’ve grown up with Alexa, so I’m thrilled to see her talents now gracing these heart-warming stories. But it gets better! Hallmark is known for romance, right? Well, Alexa co-stars with none other than her real-life husband, Carlos PenaVega. How sweet is that? The couple even recorded one of the songs for the movie.
Enchanted Christmas airs on November 12th on Hallmark Channel at 8:00 pm/7:00 central. Don’t miss it!
*Enchanted Christmas is a Mission Pictures International and Gabriel Productions, LLC production. Cindy Bond and Gene Davis serve as Executive producers. James Wilberger and Jarrod Phillips are producers. Terry Cunningham directed from a script by Rick Garman and Catherine Y. Friday. #HallmarkChannel #EnchantedChristmas #CountdowntoChristmas #Missionpicturesintl