The Hallmark star shares his favorite Christmas activity perfect for our smaller scale celebrations.

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Five Star Christmas Victor Webster
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The holidays are going to look very different for everyone this year. Smaller gatherings, outdoor dinners, and visits with Santa will probably be virtual this year. But one constant that never let us down? Hallmark Christmas movies running on our televisions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But the titans of televised holiday cheer have changed things up a bit this year. It’s not just straight sugar (plum) coated rom coms anymore. Of course, the love story is there and the happy-ever-afters are still a must, but the storylines are more inclusive than ever, the casts are larger and have some mighty big names these days from Treat Williams to Wynonna Judd. We are even getting an ensemble comedy from the most joyful network on television this year.

A Five Star Christmas is a fast-paced, funny, tale of mistaken identity meets well intended family holiday fun. Bethany Joy Lenz plays Lucy Ralston who comes home for Christmas only to find her father has turned her childhood home into a bed and breakfast and he’s going to need the help of Lucy, her brother, her sister-in-law, and her grand-parents to help keep the business afloat. But the help comes in the form improvised theater and hilarious capers. Victor Webster plays guest Jake, who may not be exactly who he says he is either.

Much of the action happens in the inn and around the dinner table. And as Webster told Southern Living in a recent phone call, the cast was having as much fun as it looked.

“We all got along great,” Webster said. “There was quite a lot of ad-libbing in this movie. There’s quite a lot of just goofing around.” The Matchmaker Mysteries star admitted that the big family scenes felt natural because basically they were. “A lot of it was just us vibing off of each other as we got to know each other.”

This year, as we begin to celebrate the holidays at home, we may have a smaller group around our own tables, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have the same kind of “vibe” of enjoying the simple things and each other’s company. Webster’s own holiday tradition is one that works perfectly any time for some family fun, but especially this year.

“Family board game night. I love getting together wherever, whichever family I’m with, depending on where I am in the world around Christmastime. I'm not always able to go home to my family so I make the most of it wherever I'm at. But if I'm traveling or I'm home I always try and bring a board game and we just all get together and do that.” He says he goes for games that require full participation from all and allow you to let your hair down and have fun. “I usually get a Pictionary or a Guesstures or something like that that really gets people up and moving around, joking and laughing. And that’s always a good time.”

So, after you have your turkey day feast, grab the loved ones in your house, your best board games, and be sure to tune into Hallmark Channel on Friday, November 27, to watch A Five Star Christmas.