The romance between Ali Liebert’s Darcy and Peter Porte’s Aiden in 2017’s “A Gift to Remember” was only just the beginning of their love story. Chapter two arrives with the premiere of Hallmark Channel’s new Countdown to Christmas movie, “Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2,” on Sunday.

The 2019 sequel sees Liebert — who also stars in Lifetime’s upcoming holiday movie, “A Storybook Christmas” —and Porte reprising their characters from the first Hallmark flick and follows the couple as they celebrate Christmas one year after they first met.

“A year after Darcy (Liebert) ran into Aiden (Porte) on her bicycle their love is stronger than ever, and she’s happy he’s coming over to decorate her tree,” the synopsis begins. “But Darcy’s mood changes when Aiden finds a box marked ‘Christmas Village.’ Finally, she reveals the box holds tiny carved buildings of her mother’s hometown that her dad made every Christmas. A testament to her parents’ love, the carvings make Darcy miss them even more. Meanwhile, Darcy and Aiden’s neighbor Mrs. Henley (Tina Lifford), has her hands full with her nephew, whose parents are serving overseas. Fortunately, Bailey, Aiden’s dog, cheers up the boy, who also helps Aiden create Darcy’s surprise Christmas gift – a tiny wooden replica of her hometown, complete with the Rec Center where she played and the house where she grew up.”

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Ali Liebert and Peter Porte return for Hallmark’s “A Gift to Remember” sequel. Crown Media / David Astorga

The synopsis continues: “But Aiden’s gift will soon mean even more to Darcy, who has just learned her beloved Rec Center is closing. Trying to get the Society for Historic Preservation to declare the building a historic landmark, Darcy is also hoping her Christmas present to Aiden will stand up to whatever he’s been working on. Her gift – a first edition, signed copy of Aiden’s favorite book, Patricia Highsmith’s Found in the Street – does seem perfect, especially since she did find him in the street, albeit under her bicycle! Still Aiden’s replica of Darcy’s hometown will be a gift to remember, especially when he reveals another big surprise.”

“Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2” was directed by Kevin Fair and written by Topher Payne, both of whom worked on the first movie, and is based on Melissa Hill’s book, “A Gift to Remember.”

The cast also features Dominic Mariche (Marcus), Abby Ross (Carrie), Edwin Perez (Matthew), Aurelio DiNunzio (Luigi), Benjamin Wilkinson (David Pierce), Andrew Dunbar (Pat), Alex Kliner (Alan), Anna Hagan (Susan), Vivian Lanko (Astrid), Marko Hohlbein (Walter), Stefania Indelicato (Glenda), Paula Giroday (Mary), Stacy Fair (Sheryl), Ramon Terrell (Sam), Susie Lee (Carolyn), Keisha Hanes (Vanessa), Juliana Wimbles (Jenny) and Holly Hougham (Karen).

Catch the premiere of “Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2” on Hallmark Channel on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST.