'USS Christmas': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the Hallmark mystery movie

The movie is all about holidaying on a cruise and solving a mysterious love story that happened on ship fifty years back

                            'USS Christmas': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the Hallmark mystery movie

Hallmark is back with a mystery to solve this Christmas. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is coming up with ‘USS Christmas’, a film that is replete with a curiosity awakening story, spirited festivity vibe, and charming characters. The movie will be a part of the network's annual ‘Miracles of Christmas’ programming event – 'your home for the holiday'. And indeed the movie is all about holidaying on a cruise and solving a mysterious love story that happened on ship fifty years back. The movie’s puzzling yet all engaging plot makes it a sure shot entry into our bucket list of charming holiday movies. Before we head to watch it, here’s all we need to know about the movie.

Release date

‘USS Christmas’ releases November 28 at 10 pm ET on Hallmark Channel.


The official synopsis of the movie reads, “It’s Christmastime in Norfolk, Virginia. Maddie Johnson (Lilley) is a reporter for the Norfolk Register who grew up in a military family. Maddie, her sister Lieutenant Amelia Breslan (Stefanie Butler), and her mother Elizabeth (Barbara Niven) are about to embark on a holiday Tiger Cruise. Once aboard the ship, Maddie bumps into Lieutenant Billy Jenkins (Donovan), a fighter pilot she met at a Navy Christmas gala a few days earlier. He’s focused with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. In the ship’s archive room, Maddie stumbles across an old journal from a sailor who fell in love on a Tiger Cruise over 50 years ago. As she sets out to track down the owner of the journal to see how the story ended, she’s forced to confront some of her own fears about military life.”


Jen Lilley as Maddie

Jen Lilley attends the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards Gala at Avalon Theater on January 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Jen Lilley has tasted success on both silver and the small screen with acclaimed works like the Academy Award-winning film ‘The Artist’, the iconic daytime television series ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘General Hospital’. The multifaceted personality who has worked as an actress, singer, and philanthropist has come across numerous roles in her career. The actress is not new to Hallmark, her earlier credits include ‘Yes, I Do’, ‘Harvest Love’, ‘Eat, Play, Love’, ‘A Dash of Love’, ‘Mingle All the Way’, ‘Winter Love Story’, ‘Paris, Wine & Romance’ and ‘Love Unleashed’. Lilley has also garnered fame in the field of music and embraced philanthropy. The actress launched her first original single, ‘King of Hearts’ in the fall of 2018, with 100% of her initial proceeds going to Project Orphans to ensure life-saving heart surgery for a boy named John. 
Trevor Donovan as Billy

Trevor Donovan arrives at the RFK Ripple of Hope Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on December 12, 2019 in New York City.(Getty Images)


Trevor Donovan was born in Mammoth Lakes, California where he grew up engaged in sports like skiing and snowboarding. Apart from being active and excelling in sports, he has been a true renaissance man. The actor is able to play guitar, sing and he has a bachelor's degree in graphic design. He is prominently known for works like ‘90210’, ‘Texas Rising’, ‘J.L. Family Ranch’ and Hallmark Channel’s ‘Marry Me at Christmas’.The actor is also an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and actively involved in volunteering with Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

Barbara Niven as Elizabeth 

Barbara Niven attends Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2019 Winter TCA Tour at Tournament House on February 09, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)

Barbara is a multi-talented personality as she is an actress, producer, and speaker. She has an impressive career having featured in over 100 films and 2500 television and radio commercials. The revered personality has also served for over three years on the National Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild.The actress is not new to Hallmark, she has appeared in the superhit Hallmark Channel primetime series ‘Chesapeake Shores’ and is soon to star in another of Hallmark films ‘Christmas in Evergreen’. Some of her other credits include Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original ‘Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For,’ Murder She Baked’ and Hallmark Channel Original Series ‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove’.


Director: Steven R Monroe
The director of ‘USS Christmas’ is Steven R Monroe who belongs to a family that has a legacy in the entertainment industry. The director embarked on a direction career at the age of 20 and fulfilled his dream of direction by 30. Monroe has been in direction of music videos, commercials, documentaries, feature films, series, and television movies. He has worked across varied formats and genres ranging from horror to family, thriller to rom-com. His directed works have found a place on esteemed networks like SyFy, Lifetime, and Hallmark. Some of his directing credits include ‘Complacent’, ‘MoniKa, ‘The Exorcism Of Molly Hartley’, UP TV original dramatic series, ‘Ties That Bind’ to name some.


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