Hallmark Channel celebrates Christmas and the holidays every year with enough movies to fill a sleigh – each brimming with Christmas tropes. 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The queen (Jane Seymour) of Cordinia schemes to break up her royal son's (Stephen Hagan) romance with a seamstress (Lacey Chabert) from Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.