It’s that time of year again… Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, when they start playing holiday movies 24/7 and have new movie premiers every weekend! I know a lot of people think it’s way too early to be watching holiday movies, but I feel like there’s nothing wrong with getting started early.
This year, Hallmark is celebrating big time because it’s their 10th anniversary, so there’s more movie premiers than ever! Here are the new movies this year, along with their premier dates.
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
Premieres Saturday, October 26 8pm/7c
The movie centers around Abbey, a single mom who takes a risk in following her true passion of interior designing. She is hired by a local businessman, Nick, to decorate his estate by Christmas Eve. With the deadline in sight, Abbey must navigate her working relationship with Nick in hopes that this is just the start to a successful new career.
Merry & Bright
Premieres Saturday, November 2 8pm/7c
The story begins when Cate, CEO of the Merry & Bright Candy Cane Company, meets Gabe during the busy Christmas season. She assumes Gabe is the suitor her well-meaning mother is trying to set her up with when in reality, he works for Empire Corporate Recovery, which has been hired to take a closer look at Merry & Bright’s operation and find ways to make the company more profitable. As Cate and Gabe begin to work together, they find ways to elevate the business and find that they have more in common than savvy business sense.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Premieres Sunday, November 3 8pm/7c
When Belinda heads back to her hometown for the holidays, things get complicated when she is forced to team up with her ex, Dustin, at the town’s annual Christmas scavenger hunt.
Picture a Perfect Christmas
Premieres Saturday, November 9 8pm/7c
The movie centers around an extreme sports photographer who returns home for the holiday to look after her grandmother and ends up lending a helping hand to a neighbor who needs assistance watching his nephew.
The Mistletoe Secret
Premieres Sunday, November 10 8pm/7c
When Aria convinces a famous travel writer to do a feature story on her beloved hometown, it looks like the town’s tourism drop is about to be reversed. However, when the travel guru and his ghostwriter both show up, Aria is torn between the two.
Christmas Under the Stars
Premieres Saturday, November 16 9pm/8c
When Nick, a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted widower. There, he meets Julie, an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others. When he learns that Julie and the tree lot owner are facing hard times, Nick strives to end their troubles in time for them all to share a Christmas under the stars.
Write Before Christmas
Premieres Sunday, November 17 8pm/7c
The movie centers around a recently single Jessica, who sends Christmas cards to people who have impacted her life — the aunt, who raised her, her younger brother in the military, a popstar, who was part of the soundtrack of her life, the music teacher who inspired her, and the best friend who always tells the truth.
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
Premieres Saturday, November 23 8pm/7c
World-traveler Harper returns to Memphis for the holidays and nannies for wealthy widower Owen while awaiting news about a job overseas. As they grow close, Harper encourages Owen to break out of his routine and spend more time with his children, while Owen encourages Harper to have confidence. Harper and Owen prepare for a joint event at Graceland featuring a fundraiser for Owen’s company and an Elvis at Christmas exhibit Harper is producing. They develop feelings for each other, Harper realizes how much she enjoys living near family and must decide if her home for the holidays will be her forever home.
Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2
Premieres Sunday, November 24 8pm/7c
A Christmas Duet
Premieres Monday, November 25 8pm/7c
Well-loved music duo Averie and Jesse, famous for their duet “Wouldn’t Be Christmas,” haven’t played together since they went their separate ways years ago. Averie gave up music and opened a beautiful lodge in a snowy Vermont town – while Jesse still tours, struggling to find the same kind of success they had as a duo. When fate brings them together over the holidays at Averie’s lodge just in time for the annual Yuletide Festival, can the magic of Christmas help reunite them once again? The movie also stars fan-favorite Teryl Rothery, who plays a travel writer visiting Averie’s lodge.
The Christmas Club
Premieres Wednesday, November 27 8pm/7c
Two busy strangers, Olivia Bennett and Edward Taylor, meet when they help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings. Thanks to fate and Christmas magic, they also find something they were both missing: true love. Based on the novel by Barbara Hinske.
Premieres Tuesday, November 26 8pm/7c
Check Inn to Christmas
Premieres Thursday, November 28 8pm/7c
Christmas at the Plaza
Premieres Friday, November 29 8pm/7c
Christmas in Rome
Premieres Saturday, November 30 8pm/7c
Lacey Chabert plays an independent-minded American tour guide named Angela, who is fired from her job in Rome just before Christmas. She crosses paths with an American executive named Oliver, who wants to buy a high-end Italian ceramics company. Oliver hires Angela to be his tour guide around the Eternal City, as the owner of the ceramics company won’t sell it to him until he learns “the heart and soul of Rome.” But is there another heart and soul that he may win?
Premieres Sunday, December 1 8pm/7c
Lauren Gabriel leaves everything behind in Boston to embark on a new chapter in her life and career. But an unforeseen detour to the charming town of Grandon Falls has her discover unexpected new chapters – of the heart and of family – helping her to embrace, once again, the magic of Christmas.
A Christmas Love Story
Premieres Saturday, December 7 8pm/7c
Chenoweth is a youth choir director who needs to write a big song for a Christmas Eve show but is distracted when a boy with a golden voice joins her choir, which comes as a surprise to his widowed father.
Christmas at Dollywood
Premieres Sunday, December 8 8pm/7c
In the film, Rachel Lewis is a single mom and award-winning Broadway producer who learns investors have mismanaged her latest theatrical — a holiday extravaganza — into bankruptcy, forcing the show to close before it even opens. Dismayed, Rachel’s friend calls from Tennessee to tell her about an opportunity to produce a show for the 20th anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood. The only caveat? Rachel will have to work with Luke Hakman, Dollywood’s entertainment director who sees the holiday show as a stepping stone to become the park’s new general manager. As the pair make compromises to please their boss, Rachel and Luke realize love can come in the most unexpected of places.
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
Premieres Saturday, December 14 8pm/7c
Premieres Sunday, December 15 8pm/7c
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Premieres Saturday, December 21 8pm/7c
A Cheerful Christmas
Premieres Sunday, December 22 8pm/7c
What I’ll be watching… okay, all of them, but the ones that look extra good are “Merry & Bright” (starring Jodi Sweeten), “The Mistletoe Secret” (with Kelly Pickler), “Christmas Under the Stars” (I will watch anything with Jesse Metcalfe), “Christmas in Rome”, and “Christmas at Dollywood”… so many of them didn’t have descriptions, so I’m sure there will be even MORE goodies!
I also downloaded the Hallmark Movie Checklist app, which has all of the movies (including ones for other seasons) on it and you can make a checklist and set alerts. Yep. I’m that person this year… ha!
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