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?
Christmas In Homestead
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
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.
- Actors: Jill Wagner, Wes Brown
The Mistletoe Promise
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.
- Actors: Jaime King, Luke Macfarlane
- Premiered: 2016
Love You Like Christmas
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.
- Actors: Bonnie Somerville, Brennan Elliott
- Premiered: 2016