Christmas The 40+ Best Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies Of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best original holiday and Christmas movies from the Hallmark Channel.

Hallmark Channel celebrates Christmas and the holidays every year with enough movies to fill a sleigh! This list of the best Hallmark Christmas movies is full of films with the highest-rated premieres, delighting audiences when they were first shown and becoming seasonal standards during the channel's Countdown to Christmas and during Christmas in July.

From magical tales like A Heavenly Christmas and Journey Back To Christmas to more prosaic stories about family like One Christmas Eve, these Hallmark movies are ready to spread the holiday cheer, no matter what time of year it is. If you're looking for a great Christmas movie and don't mind a guilty pleasure, you may find just what you're looking for here.

Many of these Hallmark Christmas movies have been based on popular romance novels like The Mistletoe Promise and The Christmas Cottage. There are even holiday movies from the Hallmark Channel that are more about the rush and joy of the winter season than Christmas itself, like The Good Witch's Gift.

We may have put together this list (and checked it twice), but which of these most popular Hallmark Christmas movies do you think is the best?


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Crown for Christmas Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones

After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, a woman (Danica McKellar) accepts a temporary job as governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful European family.

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Christmas Under Wraps Candace Cameron Bure, David O'Donnell, Robert Pine

When a doctor (Candace Cameron Bure) doesn't get the position she wanted, she ends up moving to a remote Alaskan town. She unexpectedly ends up finding love, happiness and discovers that the small town is hiding a big holiday secret.

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A Royal Christmas Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan, Jane Seymour

The queen (Jane Seymour) of Cordinia schemes to break up her royal son's (Stephen Hagan) romance with a seamstress (Lacey Chabert) from Philadelphia.

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Christmas Getaway Bridget Regan, Travis Van Winkle

A travel writer (Bridget Regan) takes a Christmas vacation, but finds herself double-booked with a widower (Travis Van Winklek), his mother, and his daughter at the holiday site.

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Christmas In Evergreen Ashley Williams, Teddy Sears

When a veterinarian sets out to have the perfect Christmas, she assumes it’s going to be with her longtime boyfriend. But when a storm shuts down the airport, she crosses path with a doctor and his daughter. What transpires will give them all a Christmas more magical than they could’ve imagined.

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A Very Merry Mix Up Alicia Witt, Mark Weibe

Shop owner Alice Chapman (Alicia Witt) is nervous to meet her future in-laws at Christmas, especially because she is arriving ahead of her new fiancé but ends up at the wrong house. However, she instantly bonds with the couple who live there and becomes attracted to their son. And when unexpected romance comes calling as Christmas approaches, Alice must decide if her “Merry Mix-Up” will actually turn out to be her destiny.

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A Christmas Detour Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene

Two travelers (Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene) become linked when a snowstorm grounds their flight in Buffalo. Paige desperately needs to find a way to New York City to meet her fiance's parents, and it's up to Dylan, a fellow passenger and a guy she can't stand, to get her there.

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Coming Home For Christmas Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe

Lizzie Richfield (Danica McKellar) lands a job as house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Lizzie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the family, although they seem to be a family in name only.

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Switched For Christmas Candace Cameron Bure, Eion Bailey, Mark Deklin

When identical twin sisters are stuck planning their respective Christmas parties, they're convinced the grass is greener on the other side. Deciding to swap lives for the holiday, the lessons they learn along the way may turn out to make this the best Christmas ever.

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Christmas Cookies Jill Wagner, Wes Brown

Aunt Sally’s Christmas Cookie Company is sold to a large conglomerate and executive Hannah (Wagner) must seal the deal and shut down the factory, which is the small town of Cookie Jar’s lifeblood. What was supposed to be a simple assignment for Hannah becomes complicated when she meets Jake (Brown), the factory owner who’s determined to keep the factory in town.

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The Mistletoe Promise Jaime King, Luke Macfarlane

A chance meeting between two strangers who share a disdain for Christmas results in The Mistletoe Promise, a pact to help them navigate their holiday complications – together. But as they spend more time with each other and experience the magic of Christmas the phony couple discovers there may be more to their contract than business. Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Paul Evans.

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The Christmas Cottage Merritt Patterson, Steve Lund

Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting - Lacey Quinn (Merritt Patterson) did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of honor for her best friend Ava, her duties included decorating the cottage for the newlyweds. It was a simple enough task, but she hadn't counted on sexy Ean Callahan (Steve Lund), the bride-to-be's brother, to be assisting her. Spending the evening ensconced in the overly romantic setting while a blizzard howls outside has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true.

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Christmas Next Door Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann

Eric Randall (Jesse Metcalfe), a famous author who writes about how to stay a bachelor is forced to look after his niece and nephew over the holidays and, with the help of his Christmas-loving neighbor, April Stewart (Fiona Gubelmann), he learns to find love and the Christmas spirit.

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The Sweetest Christmas Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Adams, Lea Coco

When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson (Lacey Chabert) learns she’s made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she thinks her competitive spirit has finally paid off and hopes the publicity will help her jumpstart her new café. There’s just one problem — the oven she’s supposed to use breaks down right before the contest. Nick Mazannti (Coco), her old boyfriend from culinary school, allows her to use his industrial pizza oven at night to craft her ambitious gingerbread confections. As the two reminisce about the dreams of their youth, their romance is rekindled and Kylie realizes she must embrace the Christmas Spirit or risk losing both the contest and her new love.

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Journey Back to Christmas Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, Brooke Nevin

A WWII era nurse (Candace Cameron Bure) is transported in time to 2016 and meets a man who helps her discover the bonds of family and that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless.

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A Christmas Melody Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, Kathy Najimy

Kristin (Lacey Chabert) has just had to close her small Manhattan boutique to return to her Ohio home town. It’s an adjustment for Kristin and her daughter Emily – especially when she runs into her former high school rival, and president of the PTA, Melissa (Mariah Carey). Kristen and Emily struggle to find their new normal with the help of the music teacher Danny (Brennan Elliott) and Kristin’s Aunt Sarah (Kathy Najimy), the local coffee shop owner. With a little holiday magic and music, Kristin and Emily find that home is where the heart is.

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The Christmas Ornament Kellie Martin, Cameron Mathison

Kathy (Kellie Martin) plans to avoid any holiday traditions that bring back memories of her late husband until she receives an ornament from a handsome shop owner. To move on from her loss, Kathy works for a balance between her memories and finding a future.

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With Love, Christmas Emilie Ullerup, Aaron O'Connell

Ad executive Melanie (Emilie Ullerup) is teamed up with uptight coworker Donovan (Aaron O’Connell) to come up with the ultimate Christmas commercial for a new cell phone. To complicate matters, Donovan is also Melanie's Secret Santa recipient in the annual office gift exchange. Keeping her identity secret, Melanie sends him emails from "Santa" to determine the perfect gift for him. When Donovan mistakenly assumes another co-worker is his Secret Santa, Melanie must work to show Donovan that she’s the only Santa for him.

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Christmas Land Nikki Deloach, Luke Macfarlane

After inheriting a Christmas tree farm, a woman's (Nikki Deloach) plans to sell it change when she falls in love with the townspeople and meets a charming lawyer named Tucker (Luke Macfarlane).

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Christmas At Holly Lodge Alison Sweeney, Jordan Bridges

When a major developer sends Evan (Jordan Bridges) to evaluate the value of Holly Lodge, he and lodge owner Sophie (Alison Sweeney), have an instant attraction. But when Sophie realizes the reason for Evan’s stay, she must convince him the lodge is a bad investment -- while trying not to fall in love.

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Miss Christmas Brooke D'Orsay, Marc Blucas

The tree finder (Brooke D'Orsayy) for Chicago's renowned Radcliff Tree lighting is left desperate to find the perfect tree. A letter from a boy promising his tree is perfect for the ceremony sends her to a small town where she learns that his dad is not willing to part with the tree.

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Love You Like Christmas Bonnie Somerville, Brennan Elliott

Maddie (Bonnie Somerville), a high-powered marketing executive, is on her way to a client’s wedding but her plans are derailed by car trouble. When a fork in the road leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas, an unexpected encounter and a group of strangers that start to feel like family will have her questioning what she’s really been missing in life.

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The Christmas Train Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover

A journalist (Dermont Mulroney) embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart.

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A Dream of Christmas Nikki Deloach, Andrew Walker

When a restless young married woman (Nikki Deloach) is granted a wish by a Christmas Angel to be single again, she soon discovers her new life isn't what she bargained for, and embarks on a quest to win her husband back.

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The Christmas Shepherd Teri Polo, Martin Cummins

Sally Brown (Teri Polo), a children’s book author and illustrator lives in a small Massachusetts town where she and her late husband, an Army vet, settled with Buddy, a German Shepherd he found while serving overseas. Devastated, though, when her beloved Buddy runs away during a thunderstorm and ends up in an animal shelter miles from home. Mark Green (Martin Cummins) and his teenage daughter, Emma themselves struggling to put their lives back together after losing his wife and her mother three years ago, end up adopting the dog, who wins their hearts and heals their souls. But Sally’s journey to find Buddy eventually connects her to Mark and Emma, who must decide if they want to give up a pet who has helped make their lives whole again.

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Sleigh Bells Ring Erin Cahill, David Alpay

A busy single mother (Erin Cahill) begins organizing her city's Christmas parade. While prop hunting, she finds a beautiful sleigh that seems to have a mind of its own, and it begins nudging her back to an old flame.

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Christmas List Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan

Isobel (Alicia Witt) plans a storybook Christmas with her boyfriend, including a snow-covered cottage and carefully selected bucket list of traditions. When her boyfriend goes AWOL, the list proves challenging and a tempting new romance turns her life upside down.

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Christmas Connection Brooke Burns and Tom Everett Scott

Flight attendant Sydney (Brooke Burns) is tasked with looking after Leah, an unaccompanied minor. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Jonathan (Tom Everett Scott), Sydney finds a package Leah left behind and delivers it to Leah. She missed her connection, and Jonathan invites her to spend the holidays with them.

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My Christmas Love Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo and Gregory Harrison

A hopeless romantic (Meredith Hanger) who can't ever seem to give a guy a real chance begins receiving each of the "12 Days of Christmas” as gifts anonymously at her door.

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Every Christmas Has a Story Lori Loughlin, Colin Ferguson

When a TV personality (Lori Loughlin) has an on-air snafu and admits she hates Christmas, she is invited to the Most Christmas-y town in the US to try and repair her image. Forced to work with her ex-boyfriend Jack (Colin Ferguson), the show's producer, the magic of Christmas and this special town will change the way she views Christmas and her life.

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A Heavenly Christmas Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack, Shirley MacLaine

Upon her untimely death, a workaholic (Kristin Davis) finds herself in training to be a Christmas Angel in Heaven. Despite being the worst recruit in the history of Christmas, she’s assigned a hard luck case. As she’s forced to help solve his problems, she’ll start to discover the meaning of Christmas and maybe even fall in love along the way.

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My Christmas Dream Danica McKellar, David Haydn-Jones

An ambitious store manager (Danica McKellar) of a renowned retail flagship store must enlist the help of a struggling, single-father handyman (David Haydn-Jones) to help her realize her dream of managing the company's first international store.

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Christmas at Cartwright's Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan, Wallace Shawn

A single mom gets a holiday job as a department store Santa to help boost her finances, and then an angel enters her life and brings about some positive changes, including the spark of a new romance.

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Help for the Holidays Summer Glau, Eva LaRue, John Brotherton

Sara Vancamp (Eva LaRue) is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole, comes to the real world to help the VanCamp family, mom Sara (La Rue), dad Scott (Gauthier), and their two kids, re-discover Christmas spirit.

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On The Twelfth Day of Christmas Brooke Nevin, Robin Dunne

Maggie (Brooke Nevin) is thrilled when Mitch (Robin Dunne), her long time crush, moves back to town. When she learns Mitch's love for Christmas has drastically changed, she tries to bring his holiday spirits back by showing him the magic of Christmas.

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Finding Santa Jodie Sweetin, Eric Winter

Grace (Jodie Sweetin) is thrilled to be taking over the town's Christmas parade, but when the man playing St. Nick breaks his arm, she needs to find a replacement, even if the replacement is unwilling.

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I'm Not Ready For Christmas Alicia Witt, George Stults

Holly's (Alicia Witt) world is turned upside down when her niece's wish to Santa Claus comes true and she cannot tell a lie. As her career and love life go into disarray, she must learn to judge between the truth and what is right.

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Catch a Christmas Star Shannon Elizabeth, Steve Byers

Nikki Crandon (Shannon Elizabeth) is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Whether she's singing the National Anthem or promoting her latest album, everyone knows who she is—none more so than New Jersey high school basketball coach and widower Chris Mitchell (Steve Byers), who was Nikki's first love in high school. When Chris' 10-year-old daughter Sophie (Julia Lalonde) finds out her dad still has feelings for the singer, she takes matters into her own hands.

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A Nutcracker Christmas Amy Acker, Sascha Radetsky, Sophia Lucia

When her niece is cast in The Philadelphia Ballet's production of the Nutcracker, a jaded ex-ballerina (Amy Acker) is forced to come to terms with the life and love she left behind.

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A Rose For Christmas Rachel Boston, Marc Bendavid

Andy (Rachel Boston) is a passionate artist, whose family has been building Rose Parade floats for generations. When her Dad gets sick, Andy is forced to take the helm and supervise the construction and decoration of their client's float. And to make matters worse, she's saddled with the extra challenge of dealing with demanding businessman Cliff (Marc Bendavid), whose company commissioned the float.

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Sharing Christmas Ellen Hollman, Bobby Campo

A real estate developer (Bobby Campo) is given the opportunity to transform an old shopping complex into a prime location. Unfortunately, there is one tenant who is holding out -- the Christmas shop owner he met just days ago.

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The Christmas Parade AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown

A network morning host (AnnaLynne McCord) already short on Christmas spirit and then publicly humiliated, finds a way to reconnect with both real romance and the true spirit of the holiday by helping out with a small town's Christmas festivities.

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Enchanted Christmas Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega

When she left Utah as a young widow, Laura Trudeau (Alexa PenaVega) left behind her father, her love of dance, and an old heartbreak. Now, she must return home to spearhead the renovation of a derelict hotel, which must be restored in time for a Christmas Eve benefit dance performance. But Laura is shocked to learn that her old love, Ricardo Archuleta (Carlos PenaVega), the boy who jilted her for a professional dance career, is the star of the dance benefit. And when his dance partner Taylor walks out on the show for an out-of-town audition, Laura has to step in for her, reawakening her love of the dance, not to mention her old feelings for Ricardo, a potent combination that has her head spinning.

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One Christmas Eve Anne Heche, Kevin Daniels, Carlos Gómez

A series of mishaps threaten a recently divorced mom's  (Anne Heche) attempts to make her two kids' first Christmas "without dad" perfect.

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Looks Like Christmas Anne Heche, Dylan Neal

When two type-A single parents battle it out for control of the Christmas holiday at their kid’s middle school, they get more than they bargained for when they learn a little something about the true meaning of Christmas, while opening themselves up for the possibility of a new romance.

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The Good Witch's Gift Catherine Bell, Chris Potter, Catherine Disher

A kind-hearted witch (Catherine Bell) is planning an idyllic Christmas Eve wedding, but the run-up to her big day is fraught with complications.

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Pete's Christmas Zachary Gordon, Molly Parker

At 14, Pete Kidder (Zachary Gordon) is sick of being the middle child in his family, always overlooked by his mother and father (Pamela Parker and Rick Roberts). With the kids' grumpy grandfather (Bruce Dern) unexpectedly in town for Christmas, the pressure is on to make the day as great as Grandpa remembers with his late wife, but the holiday is filled with disastrous moments. Then, just when things can't get any worse, Pete wakes up the next day and realizes he's reliving December 25th all over again. Can Pete give this Christmas day the do-over it deserves?