Lifetime is gearing up for the beginning of the network’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” Christmas campaign, and along with 28 brand new holiday films, one special is reuniting the beloved cast of The Facts of Life!
It has been confirmed that Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn, and Kim Fields will all take part in You Light Up My Christmas which airs on December 1.
The holiday movie’s executive producer and star Kim Fields — who describes these cast members as her “sisters” — is the one who invited her fellow child actresses to get on board.
It’s been amazing to work together again and have the ladies’ input on their characters from their wardrobe to names, as well as provide fun inside jokes for fans,” Fields told PEOPLE. “I also had the production name the ice-skating rink in the movie after our dear friend, Charlotte Rae, who passed away last year (and played Edna Garrett on both The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes). We truly are a family so it was great to work together on something new!”
According to PEOPLE, You Light Up My Christmas is inspired by true events, and tells the story of Emma (Fields), who returns to her hometown, built around her family’s pioneer Christmas factory, two weeks before Christmas. She returns only to find that the once festive town isn’t so festive anymore, so she reunites with her former flame (Adrian Holmes) to bring the holiday cheer and spirit back to the town.
Lifetime’s annual all-day holiday programming event — “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” — begins on Oct. 25 and continues through Dec. 25 and features a record-breaking 28 new holiday-themed movies, check out all the details on the new lineup here!