Chesapeake Shores star Stephen Huszar headlines new Hallmark movie

Chesapeake Shores star Stephen Huszar headlines new Hallmark movie

Stephen Huszar will star in the new Hallmark movie Navigating Christmas. The film, which also stars Chelsea Hobbs and Everett Andres, will premiere as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas lineup.

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In Navigating Christmas, Chelsea Hobbs plays Melanie, a woman facing her first Christmas alone following her divorce.

But when her ex-husband cancels the snowboarding trip he planned for their teenage son, Jason, Melanie scrambles to plan a last-minute trip to cheer him up. The best she can do is a stay in a charming lighthouse on St. Nicholas Island, complete with lore about guiding good ol’ St. Nick himself on Christmas Eve.

The soggy ferry ride to the island gives the trip a rocky start but it gets worse when they arrive at the lighthouse to discover it looks nothing like the photos. When she comes face to face with the lighthouse owner at the local café, she’s dismayed to see that he’s the smug ferry passenger she met on the way over.

It turns out that Peter (played by Stephen Huszar), grew up in the lighthouse. He informs Melanie that her stay is an immersive experience, complete with duties that include decorating it for the holidays so it will be ready for the Christmas festival. Though Peter is not a fan of Christmas, he helps Melanie and teaches her son how to communicate in Morse code using the lighthouse light.

The three grow close over the holidays, and Peter struggles with whether to share a secret about the lighthouse.

Katie Cassidy and Stephen Huszar on the set of A Royal Christmas Crush, one of four new Hallmark movies that will premiere in July. (Image: Instagram/@katiecassidy)

About the cast

Chelsea Hobbs has starred in two series for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. She played Jackie Shawl in the Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries and Jenny Taylor in A Ruby Herring Mystery: Her Last Breath. She has also starred in the Hallmark movies The Holiday Sitter (2022) and Dream Moms (2023).

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Stephen Huszar

Stephen Huszar has appeared on the TV shows Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, The Flash, iZombie, and Letterkenny.

He played Jake Killian in the Ruby Herring Mysteries series on Hallmark. In 2021, he joined the cast of the Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores. He has starred in the Hallmark movies Time After Time (2011), Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Bone to Pick (2015), Magical Christmas Ornaments (2017), Return to Christmas Creek (2018), My One & Only (2019), A Homecoming for the Holidays (2019), Time For Us to Come Home for Christmas (2020), Undercover Holiday (2022), and Love in Glacier National (2023).

Navigating Christmas will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Friday, November 17 at 8/7c.

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