Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central), Hallmark’s latest Countdown to Christmas movie, Enchanted Christmas, will premiere. It’s a story of a young woman’s return to her hometown, and how it sparks an old flame. The movie stars Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega. (And yes, in case you’re wondering, the two are married in real life. They’ve been married since 2014 and had their first child, Ocean King, in 2016.) After you read all about this movie and watch it, come back and share any comments or questions that you may have about the movie in our comments section below. Take time to let other readers know what you thought and talk about the movie with other viewers.
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The synopsis reads:
Young widow Laura Trudeau (Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. As a project manager she is tasked with renovating a dilapidated lodge in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas Eve. She is stunned to discover it’s the same lodge where she and her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta (Carlos PenaVega) performed each Christmas. While surveying the property Laura comes face-to-face with Ricardo, shocked to discover he is rehearsing the shows grand finale with his new dance partner Taylor. When Taylor has an audition abroad, Laura temporarily steps in and finds herself back in Ricardo’s arms. Feelings begin to resurface in the hope of rekindling their romance just as Taylor returns with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Ricardo. Laura, not wanting to get in the way of his dream, encourages him to go. Now with both the hotel opening and the show in jeopardy Laura is faced with having to make some difficult decisions, both personally and professionally.
The movie stars Alexa PenaVega as Laura Trudeau. She has a long list of film and TV appearances to her name, including Twister, The Bernie Mac Show, ER, Ghost Whisperer, Spy Kids, Sleepover, Odd Girl Out, Walkout, The Pregnancy Project, Destination Wedding, and more.
The movie also stars Carlos PenaVega as Ricardo Archuleta. His other appearances include Big Time Rush, a musical comedy on Nickelodeon. The band the comedy is based on sold out around the globe. He’s also starred in Spare Parts, Grease: Live!, Little Birds, Life Sentence, and more.
The movie also stars:
- Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (Nikki Trudeau – Laura’s daughter) — She’s also appeared on Animal Crackers, America’s Got Talent (at the age of four), and Self/Less.
- Rene Rivera (Manuel Montoya – Laura’s dad) — A native of San Antonio, Rene’s starred on Broadway and off-Broadway, along with General Hospital, The Mentalist, The X-Files, Rizzoli & Isles, NYPD Blue, Carlito’s Way, Bordertown, Disturbia, and more.
- Melanie Nelson (Alicia Lujan)
- Danor Girard (Eddie Larsen)
- Madison Hall (Alicia Lujan)
- Randy Wayne (Scott Jackson — Laura’s colleague and boyfriend)
- Chelsie Hightower (Taylor Walsh)
- Steve Bond (Oliver Williams)
If you miss the movie tonight, you’ll have lots of other times to catch it. The movie will have encores on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. Eastern, Saturday Nov. 18 at 2 p.m., Monday Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday Dec. 2 and 12 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 6 at 12 a.m., and Wednesday Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.
Here are some more photos to get you in the holiday mood: