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What to Watch on Saturday: Hallmark Christmas movie penned by a local author – plus ‘Rudolph’

Merritt Patterson, left, and Steve Lund in “The Christmas Cottage” on the Hallmark Channel.
Merritt Patterson, left, and Steve Lund in “The Christmas Cottage” on the Hallmark Channel. Crown Media

The Christmas Cottage (8 p.m., Hallmark) – In this movie, based on the novel by Wake Forest romance writer Samantha Chase, a cynical interior designer decorates a honeymoon cottage for her best friend – and gets snowed in with the bride-to-be’s sexy brother, who also happens to be her old flame.

Christmas in Mississippi (8 p.m., Lifetime) – Holly returns to her hometown to help with a light show and must work with her high school sweetheart.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which debuted in 1964, is the longest-running holiday special in television history. CBS

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., CBS) – It’s him. The reindeer with the shiny nose guides Santa’s sleigh through a bad storm on Christmas Eve in this beloved 1964 classic.

Christmas Encore (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – A struggling actress finds a renewed passion for her work when she’s cast in a modern, off-Broadway take on “A Christmas Carol.”

Frosty the Snowman (9 p.m., CBS) – The 1969 animated story of a snowman who came to life one day. Narrated by Jimmy Durante.

Runaway Christmas Bride (9 p.m., ION) – A runaway bride hides out at a winter resort, where she meets a charming ski patrol rescuer.

Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart star in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Universal

It’s a Wonderful Life (9 p.m., USA) – In this Frank Capra classic, a suicidal man ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve sees his life in a new light thanks to his guardian angel. It stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

Frosty Returns (9:30 p.m., CBS) – A 1995 sequel to “Frosty the Snowman” involves a snow-removal spray that threatens magic. John Goodman voices Frosty and it’s narrated by Jonathan Winters.

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) - James Franco hosts, with musical guest SZA.

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