Beginning in 2011, the Hallmark Channel began a yearly holiday celebration with their Countdown to Christmas event in November through December. Combining Christmas classics with new Christmas movies and fresh additions to their franchise series, Hallmark Channel fills the weeks before the holiday with as much Christmas programming as possible. With Hallmark's 2018 Countdown to Christmas premieres starting in late October, they're making sure you get the best Christmas movies possible, as often as possible, during their long Countdown to Christmas movie lineup.
Offering dozens of seasonal variations on two folks working together while falling in love, such as My Christmas Dream, A December Bride, and Christmas in Love, Hallmark brings romance to the holiday. Their romantic Christmas movies also include films like The Sweetest Christmas and Enchanted Christmas, where the holiday helps two people remember how much they love each other.
It's not all romance during Hallmark's Christmas lineup. From Santa struggling to save the season in The Case For Christmas to a guardian angel helping someone understand her own worth in Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle, there's a Christmas movie for just about everybody. Two Hallmark Hall of Fame movies have even premiered during the Countdown to Christmas. A Heavenly Christmas stars Kristin Davis a Christmas Angel in training and Just In Time For Christmas returns Christopher Lloyd to the role of quirky time traveler as he assists a woman in making a decision that will change her life.
Each of these films is a cozy gift to keep your heart warm this holiday season, but which of these Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies do you think are the best?
Jessica (Taylor Cole), one of the most famous actresses in the world, heads to the Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa, to shoot a holiday-themed movie. She is thrown for a loop when a romance brews between her and local inn keeper and single dad, Matt (Michale Rady). As she gets a taste of small-town life, she discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
Actors: Taylor Cole, Michael Rady
Premiered: November 24, 2016
Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Jen Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app, and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Brant Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they’ve already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters.
Actors: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner
Premiered: December 1, 2018
As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Candace Cameron-Bure) is at a crossroads in her life. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing and encounters her guardian angel. Revisiting Christmases past, present, and future, will she realize the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?
Actors: Candace Cameron-Bure, Luke Macfarlane, Jean Smart
Premiered: November 25, 2018
Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug (Rachel Skarsten). She loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. What Madeline didn’t expect was to be swept off her feet by the bride’s gorgeous brother, movie star Jonny Blaze (Trevor Donovan). Jonny came to the quirky town of Fool’s Gold to support his sister - not to fall in love. Madeline finds the real Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. Will the action star be brave enough to take on the role of a lifetime?
Actors: Rachel Skarsten, Trevor Donovan
Premiered: October 28, 2017