'Virgin River' has holiday episodes coming in November 2023.

Virgin River Sets Release Date For Two New Holiday-Themed Episodes

And there’s a whole lot to unpack!

by Jen McGuire and Kaitlin Kimont
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If ever there was a show tailor-made for holiday episodes, it’s definitely Virgin River. The coziest of cozy romance series on Netflix feels like a sort of ode to every picturesque holiday you can imagine. The setting of the series, filmed in British Columbia, Canada, is beautiful. The townsfolk love to wear sweaters and drink tea and sit by fires, both indoors and outdoors. So why has there not yet been a holiday episode? I guess because they were waiting for Season 5 to do a big blowout, and we are absolutely here for it. Here’s everything you need to know.

Note: Spoilers for Virgin River Season 5, Part 1 are ahead!

Two Virgin River holiday episodes are premiering on Nov. 30.

Mere weeks after Season 5 of Virgin River drops on Netflix on Sept. 7, not just one but two holiday-themed episodes of the series will air on Nov. 30. Just in time for the full on holiday season. Details about the holiday episodes are pretty scarce at this point, but a teaser released on Netflix at the end of Season 5 hints at what drama will unfold.

What will the Virgin River holiday episodes be about?

In Season 5, we learn that Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) sadly suffers a miscarriage, losing the baby girl she was expecting with her fiancé Jack (Martin Henderson). And Charmaine (Lauren Hammersley) is most definitely still pregnant with twins, much as she has been for the past four seasons, and Jack is not the father. In the Season 5 finale, we learn that local gang leader Calvin is actually the father of her twins. Doc (Tim Matheson) is now losing his vision more rapidly due to macular degeneration, Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale) tells her new love interest and Doc’s long-lost grandson Denny (Kai Bradbury) that she might be pregnant. Brie (Zibby Allen) and Brady (Ben Hollingsworth) break up. And Preacher (John Middleton) has fallen for Kaia (Kandyse McClure) a wildland firefighter going through a divorce.

The biggest cliffhanger, however, was revealed at the end of Episode 10 as the show jumps ahead to the holiday season and Mel is on the phone with her sister, Joey (Jenny Cooper). We learn that Joey and her family are going to join Mel and Jack in Virgin River for Christmas. During their convo, Joey tells Mel “don’t freak out” before she reveals she found love letters between their late mother and a man from Virgin River, who she believes could be Mel’s father.

In a teaser for the holiday episodes that plays at the end of Virgin River Season 5, Mel is on a mission to find her biological father and turns out, he’s still in Virgin River. (TBD on his identity though.) We also see that the town is gearing up for an intense Christmas tree decorating competition, Lizzie is feeling stressed about becoming a mother, and Charmaine is finally in labor with the twins and Mel helps with the delivery. Whew, there’s a lot to unpack in these two episodes.

The holiday episodes may offset a whole lot of Virgin River drama, or create more.

The two holiday episodes of Virgin River dropping on Nov. 30 are going to have a lot of heavy lifting to do in the holiday cheer department, considering the rest of the season was full of all sorts of drama and heartbreak. But don’t hold your breath, Erin Cardillo, a producer and writer on Virgin River, told Netflix’s Tudum that “there’ll be a lot more questions and a lot more cliff-hangers in Season 5.”

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