Hallmark is more prepared for Christmas than ever before. In years past, the channel has debuted a slew of original content timed for the holiday, but they've really topped themselves this year. In 2019, the channel will debut 40 original Hallmark Christmas movies between the Hallmark channel and its Hallmark: Movies & Mysteries channel. There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a good movie, and this year, Hallmark has got you covered. From the end of October onward, there's almost one new movie a day. Some may be better than others.
In typical Hallmark fashion, some of these movies have truly ridiculous titles. There's Alice in Christmasland and Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen to curl up with. There are also plenty of movies about destination Christmases. There's one in Rome, one in Dollywood, and one in Montana for good measure. Whatever you're looking for, Hallmark has a movie for you. Here's what you can expect.
The plot of A Merry Christmas Match is beautifully simple. An antique store employee meets one of the best catches in town, and the two of them hit it off. From there, the movie develops like a fairly typical love story. There will probably some kind of complications because we don't get enough movies anymore where two people just fall in love.
This is the first movie in Hallmark's Christmas slate, and it's the perfect choice to kick things off. Sometimes, all people really want is something uncomplicated and lovely. That's what good love stories are for, and it's why Hallmark is giving us one.
In the first new movie set to premiere on the Hallmark channel, Jill Wagner plays a single mom who decides to pursue her passion for interior design. When she's hired by a wealthy businessman to decorate his estate, she's given a Christmas Eve deadline.
As she works to complete the home, she tries to break down the walls between herself and her employer in the hopes that it can further her career. The movie feels like a fitting start to the holiday season for Hallmark, combining a little bit of romance with an aspirational career story.
Although the details of Nostalgic Christmas have not yet emerged, we do know who's starring in the project. Debuting on Halloween night, the movie is set to star Brooke D'Orsay and Trevor Donovan. If you're not familiar with Brooke from her work in other Hallmark movies like Christmas in Love, you may know her from her roles in shows like Two and a Half Men or Royal Pains.
Trevor, on the other hand, works as both an actor and a model, and has appeared on shows like 90210 and Sun Records. He's a very pretty man, and whatever Nostalgic Christmas ends up being about, his beauty may be enough reason to tune in.
If you hadn't noticed, Two Turtle Doves is named after a lyric from "The 12 Days of Christmas." The movie follows a doctor who's exploring a small town in search of a beloved heirloom. Over the course of her search, she meets a little girl and her father, and the romance blossoms from there.
The movie's small-town setting is a perfect fit for Hallmark and will remind us all that the best way to do Christmas is by finding a small New England town and a hot guy to settle down with. It's a comforting dream for many, which is why Hallmark makes movies about it.
Business and romance come together again in Merry & Bright, which follows Cate, the CEO of Merry & Bright Candy Cane Company. When a potential suitor enters her life, Cate assumes that he's the man her mom has been working to set her up with, when really, he's just there to try and make her business profitable.
Because this is a Hallmark movie, that misunderstanding is the beginning of a relationship that mixes business and pleasure after the two discover they have more in common than a keen sense of business acumen. Of course, all this happens while snow falls in the background.
Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt? When Belinda travels back to her hometown for the holidays, she's teamed up with her ex in the town's annual Christmas scavenger hunt. It's a simple idea, but one that could be incredibly fun to watch play out. If the chemistry between the leads is there, a scavenger hunt could be just the thing to make the movie interesting.
Hallmark Christmas movies run the gamut from complicated and sophisticated to simple and easily understood. Christmas Scavenger Hunt has a pretty simple plot, but that doesn't mean it won't be one of the most fun movies on this list to watch.
Although no plot details have been released yet for A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, it's fairly safe to assume the movie will take look at how Christmas is done in the more southern states of America. The movie is set to star Rachael Leigh Cook and Benjamin Ayres.
Rachael is most well known for her work in movies like She's All That, and she's actually one of the most talented actresses working on Hallmark. She's joined by Benjamin, a Canadian actor most famous for his work on the CTV show Saving Hope. Between the two of them, there's sure to be plenty of electricity in the air.
The story behind Holiday for Heroes is a sweet one. The movie will tell the story of a woman and a soldier who exchange letters for a year before they ever meet in real life. Hopefully, the movie will be an effective tribute to our troops that also gives audiences a chance to swoon at a sweet love story.
If there's one thing we can usually predict about Hallmark Christmas movies, it's that they'll be utterly sincere. No one goes to the Hallmark channel for cynicism, and the Hallmark channel is well aware of that. They give people what they want!
One of the easiest plots to return to over and over again that of two characters who reunite over the holidays. In A Christmas Duet, a former music duo reunites in a beautiful lodge in Vermont for the holidays and try to figure out whether they can come back together to make more music.
This Hallmark movie has the added bonus of Teryl Rothery, a favorite of Hallmark regulars, who plays a travel writer staying at the lodge. If you're looking for a Christmas movie with a little bit of music, this is the movie for you.
Hallmark has already adapted the first two books in Richard Paul Evans's Mistletoe Collection, and The Mistletoe Secret is the third.
In this Hallmark Christmas Movie, Kellie Pickler is set to play Aria Eubank in a story of two people who have to deal with loss in order to find love. It's going to be a moving, sweet story, which may be a nice contrast to some of the earlier movies on this list in that it'll be a little lighter on the laughs and a little heavier on the tears — a refreshing change of pace.
Starring Tamera Mowry-Housley, Brooks Darnell, and Barry Bostwick, A Christmas Miracle doesn't have any publicly available plot details yet. Even worse, A Christmas Miracle does very little to tell us what the movie is actually about, since most of the movies on this list involve Christmas miracles of one kind or another.
If you think Tamera's name is familiar, it's because you know her from Sister, Sister. Whatever A Christmas Miracle is about, let's hope it gives her a chance to flex some of her comedic chops. Brooks is a little less well-known as an actor, and Barry is a legend who starred in Rocky Horror Picture Show.
We don't know much about A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love either, but we do know that it's executive produced by Kathie Lee Gifford among other people. Kathie Lee also stars in the film, even though she doesn't do much acting these days.
It'll be interesting to see how the film shapes up, but with Kathie as one of the leads, it's sure to draw an audience of people who recognize her from the various talk shows that she's hosted over the years. If we're being a little cynical, it's probably the reason Hallmark wanted her to do a movie in the first place.
It seems very little is known about Double Holiday other than its stars, Kristoffer Polaha and Carly Pope. Unfortunately, because there are so many movies debuting on the channel in the coming months, there isn't always public information available on what the movies will be about.
Even so, we can speculate that with a name like Double Holiday, the movie may very well involve multiple celebrations of one kind or another. Of course, like all good Hallmark movies, it'll also feature plenty of beautiful people falling into, and then maybe out of, love. Even without any details, we still can't wait.
Another classic Christmas romance, The Christmas Club tells the stories of two strangers who meet as they work to help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings. The movie stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Cameron Mathison, and it will likely rely on the chemistry between the two to generate a lot of its sparks.
The story of two strangers who are too busy for love until they find the right person is as old as time itself, however, it's been told over and over again probably because it's so effective. With Hallmark movies, the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" often applies.
Hopefully Our Christmas Love Song will bring some more music to the Hallmark Christmas slate. The movie's plot details have yet to be released, but music is definitely something this lineup could use more of. After all, one of our favorite things about Christmas is plenty of music to spread cheer and good tidings and all that.
Starring Alicia Witt, who played Zelda on Orange is the New Black, the movie is sure to have some talent. Now, the only question is how that talent will be used. Hopefully, it entails a little bit of singing.
One essential part of any good Christmas is a well-decorated tree. The Christmas tree reminds us that the holiday is coming, and it's a beautiful seasonal decoration that most homes need to get in the holiday spirit. In Christmas Under the Stars, the film's two main characters will rediscover their own holiday spirit thanks to a Christmas tree.
The film stars Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser and Clarke Peters. Its release in the middle of the holiday calendar should get people excited about putting their own trees up. After all, that's when you know Christmas is really coming.
The job titles in Hallmark movies are often interesting enough to sustain the film all by themselves. In Picture a Perfect Christmas, an extreme sports photographer returns home for the holidays to look after her grandma.
In the process, she helps out a neighbor by watching his nephew. It seems like more of the movie should be about extreme sports photography as a profession, but then again, everybody needs time off to celebrate the holidays — even people who have incredibly interesting jobs. Picture a Perfect Christmas has all the romance and holiday trimmings that make Hallmark movies so popular.
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays is likely a sequel to last year's Christmas at Graceland, but this movie features an entirely new cast.
That cast includes Adrian Grenier, Kaitlin Doubleday, Priscilla Presley, and Chase Bryant. The fact that this movie is a sequel means that it'll likely come with a built-in audience of people who enjoyed the first movie, or even those who just recognize the film's title. After all, that's what sequels are for.
Check Inn to Christmas is another one title on this list that frankly, we still don't know much about. The film is set to star Rachel Boston and Wes Brown. Given its title, we can speculate that the movie likely takes place at an inn of some sort.
Like many of Hallmark's Christmas movies, it will likely tell a love story in some beautiful location that will make everyone watching feel just a little bit jealous. After all, isn't the point of these movies to create a kind of fantasy world in which every romantic encounter you've ever dreamed about comes true against a picture-perfect backdrop?
The first A Gift to Remember was apparently such a success for Hallmark that the channel greenlit a sequel, which is coming two years after that film's release in 2017. Like the first film, the sequel stars Peter Porte, Ali Liebert, and Tina Lifford.
The original film told the story of a hopeless romantic who accidentally crashed her car into a man, putting him into a coma. While he was in hospital, she looked after his dog in hopes that he would wake up. It had the perfect combination of romance, Christmas, and dogs. Frankly, it's a mystery as to why it took them two whole years to come up with a sequel.
Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen is another movie on this list based on a book. In the film, two party-planning sisters clash with a CEO client who runs a toy company. With dueling female leads, the movie may put more of a focus on the relationship between family members than most other movies the channel comes out with. Because realistically, most of these movies are about the heterosexual relationship between a man and a woman.
Hallmark simply cannot resist a title that's also a pun. In Write Before Christmas, the film's central character sends five Christmas cards to people who have impacted her life. The plot may sound a little bit like To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and that's because it is.
Still, Christmas is the perfect time to realize how lucky you are, and thank the people that have helped get you to that place. It's a plot that allows for a little bit of soul searching, and hopefully, it can delve just a little bit into the depths of its main character as she explores the things that shaped her.
One of the destination Christmas movies on this list, Christmas at the Plaza probably takes place at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Of course, the titular plaza could refer to basically any plaza in the world, but our money is on this movie being about what it's like to spend Christmas in an NYC hotel.
The movie will star General Hospital actor Ryan Paevey opposite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Elizabeth Henstridge. Hopefully, the movie will dive into the loneliness of living in a hotel, even as shows the Plaza's many wonderful features and the romance of New York during winter.
The Christmas Wish is one of many movies on this list where all is who the two lead actors starring in the flick are. In this case, those actors are Ashley Williams and Paul Campbell. Ashley is most well-known for her work on How I Met Your Mother and her role in The Jim Gaffigan Show and has appeared in more than 150 episodes of TV.
Paul is a veteran of Hallmark movies who was also in Battlestar Galactica. We don't know what the two of them will be wishing for, but one thing we can definitely count on is some sort of love story between them.
Just one day after Christmas at the Plaza hits Hallmark, the channel will debut Christmas in Rome. In the film, Lacey Chabert plays a tour guide who is fired from her job in Rome just days before Christmas. Thankfully, she gets hired by an American executive who wants to learn about the heart and soul of Rome, and sparks begin to fly. Shocking.
We're assuming that the channel took advantage of the chance to film in Rome for this flick, because if you wanted to really learn about the heart and soul of a city, you would absolutely have to film on location.
To kick off the month of December, Hallmark is debuting Christmas Town, a movie that gets at why so many people love Christmas in the first place. The movie follows Lauren, played by Candance Cameron Bure, as she leaves her life in Boston and winds up in a charming small town.
During her time in the town, Lauren gets a chance to remember the parts of her life she has cast aside, including her heart and her family. The small town also serves as a reminder of what Christmas can do, and how it can change our perspective on the world.
Starring Laura Osnes and Stephen Huszar, This Time of Year could be a great introduction to Laura as a screen presence. To date, her work has largely been on Broadway, where she's been in musicals ranging from Grease to South Pacific. Because there are no plot details available yet, it's unclear whether Laura's talent as a musician will have any bearing on her work in This Time of Year.
Although Laura will be a fresh face for Hallmark fans, Stephen certainly won't be. He's starred in a number of Hallmark Christmas movies before, and This Time of Year will just be the latest addition to his body of work for the channel.
This Blake Shelton movie is likely a sequel to last year's Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas. In that movie, a country music star and a businesswoman wind up stranded at an airport after their flight to Tulsa is canceled. Together, they make the decision to try and get to Tulsa before the holiday together, bonding on the way.
There are no details about the plot or stars of this sequel available yet, but it may star Megan Park and Josh Henderson like the first installment. Whoever winds up in those lead roles will definitely have big shoes to fill after the success of the first movie.
Starring Kristin Chenowith, A Christmas Love Story focuses on a youth choir director who discovers a remarkably talented young singer. That discovery comes as something of a surprise to the boy's widowed father, but it also gives them both hope for the future.
Although that's all we currently know about the movie's plot, it's easy to imagine that it will focus on the idea of pursuing your dreams. Singing isn't always thought of as the easiest path, but this Christmas, A Christmas Love Story might remind us all that we should always pursue our dreams, even if it comes at a cost.
Christmas at Dollywood has one of the more complicated storylines of all the Hallmark movies debuting this season. In it, an award-winning Hollywood producer mismanages her latest show, forcing it to close before it even opens.
Afterward, she's given an opportunity to produce a show in Dollywood that's commemorating the 20th anniversary of their Christmas festival. The only catch is that she has to work alongside Dollywood's entertainment director, an ambitious man who's hoping the festival can be his chance to earn himself a big promotion. Naturally, a tension emerges between the two, but you'll have to tune in to see what happens next.
Unfortunately, Christmas in Montana is yet another movie with very little information about it available. Based on the title, though, we have to assume that at least part of the movie takes place in Montana, which hopefully means they got a chance to shoot some beautiful vistas. There may not be many people in the state, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of natural beauty to behold, even in the winter.
The movie will star Kellie Martin and Colin Ferguson, two actors who have had moderately successful careers to date. Hopefully, Christmas in Montana is a fun movie about people in their 40s falling in love.
Not to be confused with Angel Has Fallen, which also came out this year, Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday is set to be released a little less than two weeks before Christmas. Starring Jen Lilley and Carlo Marks, the movie is definitely a romance, but we don't know anything else about it.
It's possible that the movie is about another destination Christmas, like several movies on this list. Whatever it winds up focusing on, it's safe to say that there are some big expectations surrounding it, considering how close its release is to the big day.
This is actually the third installment in the Christmas in Evergreen series. In the first movie, a woman wishes for the most romantic Christmas of her life. In the second, a woman returns home to reinvigorate the town of Evergreen's historic general store, finding love along the way.
No details have been released about the third film yet, but we know that it stars Paul Greene, Maggie Lawson, Rukiya Bernard, Holly Robinson Peete, and Barbara Niven among others. Whatever the movie's about, it'll surely charm the socks off you.
It's a shame that there isn't any information about Alice in Christmasland out there yet, because the movie's title is definitely intriguing. It's possible that the film's main character is just named Alice, which is why they decided to make the movie's title a riff on Alice in Wonderland.
We can't know for sure, but it's possible that the movie follows a similar plot to something like the original Alice in Wonderland. Of course, it's unlikely that anything on the Hallmark channel is going to get that weird, but we'll have to wait until December to find out.
There are no plot details or casting announcements about An Unforgettable Christmas yet, but it's likely that the movie is based on the book of the same name from Hallmark publishing. The plot of the book follows an overworked jewelry store employee who is forced to care for her workaholic boss when he gets into an accident and comes down with amnesia.
The two form a bond as she realizes that there's more to him than the boss she sees at work, but she worries about what will happen when he gets his memories back. It's a classic Hallmark story and it should make for a great movie, assuming the casting is good.
This is the last Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie debuting this year, and it might be one of the best. There's no information about the plot yet, but we do know that Holly Robinson Peete, Patti LaBelle, and Dion Johnstone are all starring in it.
Holly has had a long career jumping from TV show to TV show, including a run on the original 21 Jump Street. Patti Labelle is both an actress and a singer, and it seems fair to say that between the two of them, the movie is going to have plenty of star wattage to power it through to the end.
If you feel like you've heard this movie's title somewhere before, you're not alone. Not much is known about It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, but if it doesn't feature some version of the famous song it's named after we'll be shook.
The film is set to star Eric Mabius, who you may know from Ugly Betty or The L Word. Given the film's prime release date right before Christmas, Hallmark likely has a lot of faith that it's one of their strongest. Whatever the movie winds up being about, we're sure the channel's willing to bet pretty heavily on it being a success for them.
Not much is currently known about Holiday Date other than its stars. It stars Matt Cohen of General Hospital and Brittany Bristow of Rising Suns. The titles on this list run the gamut from pretty specific to fairly vague, and Holiday Date is definitely on the more mysterious side. For that reason, it's hard to even speculate as to what the movie might wind up being about. It'll be cheesy though, because duh.
Currently, When Calls the Heart is a TV series airing on the Hallmark channel. As part of their Christmas blitz, though, they're giving the series a Christmas movie. In fact, the movie is apparently so important to the channel that it's their choice for the prime Christmas Day slot.
The movie will feature all of the show's regular stars, including Erin Krakow, Pascale Huton, Kavan Smith, Kevin McGarry, and Jack Wagner. It's a great gift to the show's loyal fans, and also a great opportunity to attract new viewers who may not have heard of it before Christmas.
Of all the movies on this list, New Year, New Me is the one we know the very least about. There hasn't even been a casting announcement for the movie yet. What's more, this is the only one of Hallmark's Christmas movies that is debuting after the day has passed. Given the movie's title, it's likely this one will be more about New Year's Eve than it is Christmas.
New Year's is actually an underrated and underrepresented holiday. It can be incredibly romantic if you do it right, so let's hope that's exactly what New Year, New Me gives us.