Jack Wagner as Bill on When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas

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Hallmark’s annual Christmas Day special in its fifth year, Home for Christmas.

Soaps.com readers will be delighted to learn that When Calls The Heart: Home for Christmas, starring General Hospital alum Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones; Bold and Beautiful’s Nick Marone) will air on The Hallmark Channel at 8:00 PM on Christmas Day, December 25. In this year’s special, surrounded by her Hope Valley family, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) finds herself excited to celebrate Christmas with her son Little Jack, as well as his first birthday on Christmas Eve. However the holiday season isn’t without its challenges for Elizabeth. She’s missing Jack Sr. (Daniel Lissing) as she tries to create a Christmas for her son that’s as special as the ones she experienced growing up, and as wonderful as the ones she had imagined she would share with his father. Two newcomers to Hope Valley, Constable Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry) and Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally), the new saloon owner also complicate things and both have made their attraction to Elizabeth increasingly clear. Elizabeth is drawn into a crisis involving Nathan’s niece, Allie (Jaeda Lily Miller), when he’s faced with a life-altering decision. Meanwhile, Lucas puts on a show for Elizabeth and the entire town, transforming Main Street into a magical German Christmas Festival. Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Lee (Kavan Smith) are there to support Elizabeth at every turn, as they obsess over their own challenge to come up with the perfect Christmas present for Little Jack. In contrast, Bill (Jack Wagner) knows exactly what he intends to give his godson, but misplaces the gift causing him much anxiety. Then, Carson (Paul Greene) and Faith (Andrea Brooks) get their signals crossed as they try to spend their first Christmas together as a couple. Faith arrives back in Hope Valley to surprise Carson, only to discover that he’s taken the train to be with her. Carson’s journey home turns complicated by a series of misadventures.

This is the fifth When Calls The Heart Christmas special. Each year the special serves as a sneak peek of the coming season. The seventh season is expected to begin airing in February 2020. This sixth season ended with Elizabeth’s sister arriving for the christening of baby Jack Jr. and Jesse (Aren Buchholz) proposed to Clara (Eva Bourne) at the Hope Valley Founder’s Day Festival dance. During the ladies’ choice dance, Elizabeth picked Lucas to dance, leaving Nathan walking away heartbroken that Elizabeth had finally chosen between the two suitors. You can watch a sneak peek of season 7, which begins in February 2020, in the video below, and view 28 photos from the upcoming Christmas special, then take note of the dates for other premieres in Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas line-up.

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