Two random facts about me. 1) I LOVE Christmas! It is my absolute favorite holiday. 2) I LOVE Hallmark Channel movies. They bring an immense amount of joy into my life. So combine my two favorite things and you get Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas which kicked off yesterday, Saturday, November 2. Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, Hallmark Channel will premiere a new original holiday movie to celebrate the season. Besides Christmas music, these movies are what put me into the holiday spirit. They can be on the cheesy side, but that is part of the reason why I love them. They are nice, wholesome and represent the spirit of the holiday and that makes me happy. The entire schedule can be found at hallmarkchannel.com. After the cut, are the new holiday movies premiering during the Countdown to Christmas event. Happy Watching!
The Thanksgiving House
Premieres Saturday, November 2 at 8/7c
A woman buys a house in Plymouth, only to discover that the very first Thanksgiving took place on the property. As a result, she finds herself in a battle with a local handsome historian who wants to tear down her house to study the site. Stars Emily Rose, Justin Bruening, Cerina Vincent and Lindsay Wagner.
Premieres Friday, November 8 at 8/7c
A young 14-year-old boy named Pete has the worst Christmas Day ever, only to find that he must repeat the day again and again until he gets it right. Stars Bruce Dern, Zachary Gordon, Bailee Madison, Molly Parker and Rick Roberts.
Premieres Saturday, November 9 at 8/7c
When a reporter encounters the eldest son of a famous political family at a mountain retreat, she winds up pretending to be his girlfriend over Christmas so he can save face with his family. Should she secretly expose newsworthy scoops about the famous family in order to save her job, or trust that she’s falling in love for real? Stars Patricia Richardson and Katrina Law.
A Very Merry Mix-Up
Premieres Sunday, November 10 at 8/7c
Alice thinks she is heading to her fiancé’s hometown to meet his parents and spend the holidays, but a mix up at the airport lands her at the wrong home. However this “wrong” family is just her sort of people and she quickly forms a bond with them, especially with the handsome son, Matt. When she visits the “right” house, will her destiny take a detour? Stars Alicia Witt.
The Christmas Ornament
Premieres Saturday, November 16 at 8/7c
Widow Kathy Howard is having a hard time facing her first Christmas alone when she meets Christmas tree lot owner Tim Pierce, who helps her to see that there is still hope and love in the world. Kathy, however, is unsure if she is truly ready to move on. Can Tim and the Christmas season help open her heart to a new life? Stars Kellie Martin, Cameron Mathison and Jewel Staite.
Catch a Christmas Star
Premieres Sunday, November 17 at 8/7c
Just as her latest Christmas album is being released, famous singer Nikki Crandon is reunited with her high school sweetheart and starts to believe they may be able to rekindle what they had in the past. However, problems arise in the form of pressure from her record company, an old boyfriend and the paparazzi. Will Nikki be able to overcome the many obstacles to finally be with the only man she has ever loved? Stars Shannon Elizabeth.
Premieres Saturday, November 23 at 8/7c
With the Christmas season fast approaching, department store window decorator Sloan Van Doren is hoping to take over the recently-vacated head window designer spot but finds she has to prove herself by going up against rival Jake Dooley. As the two compete they find they may have more in common than they think. Stars Chyler Leigh and Naomi Judd.
Premieres Sunday, November 24 at 8/7c
When marketing executive Elise MacKenzie decides to help sell Christmas trees at her family’s Christmas tree lot, she discovers a newfound fondness for the holidays. But all could be lost when the store owner who hosts the tree lot on his block wants to shut it down, and it’s up to Elise to find a way to rekindle his Christmas Cheer. Stars Sarah Lancaster.
Let it Snow
Premieres Saturday, November 30 at 8/7c
A resort executive is sent to a newly purchased lodge in Maine with instructions to turn it in to an ultra-modern resort, and finds a charming, successful lodge loaded with holiday spirit. Will she stick with her boss’s plans to tear everything down or find a way to save what she has come to love? Stars Candace Cameron-Bure and Alan Thicke.
The Christmas Spirit
Premieres Sunday, December 1 at 8/7c
Charlotte Hart is a distinguished journalist out to save a quiet New England town from a ruthless real estate developer, but a terrible car accident puts her plans into a spin. Stars Nicolette Sheridan and Olympia Dukakis.
Premieres Saturday, December 7 at 8/7c
Even the real Santa Claus needs a break every so often! Dan (Ethan Erickson), a divorcing dad facing unemployment at holiday time, can’t even land a mall Santa job. Then the real Kris (Donavan Scott) visits from the North Pole, leaving Dan in charge of things. Fortunately Dan receives a little guidance from his elf assistant Eddie (Oscar® nominee Sean Astin). Now the fate of Christmas rests in Dan’s hands! Stars Sean Astin, Ethan Erickson, Anne Dudek, Annie Thurman and Griffin Cleveland.
Hats off to Christmas
Premieres Saturday, December 14 at 8/7c
Instead of getting the promotion she deserves, Santa Hat Factory Assistant Manager Mia Winters is told by her boss to train his son, Nick, for the job instead. Though she is upset at being passed over, Mia soon finds herself falling for the charming Nick. When complications in their fledgling relationship arise, Mia must decide if she can really trust Nick with her heart, and the heart of her young son. Stars Haylie Duff and Antonio Cupo.
Premieres Sunday, December 15 at 8/7c
A disgruntled New York ad executive, Sean, swaps houses over Christmas with Owen, a North Carolina repairman who is also going through his own heartache. Owen meets Sean’s assistant Mia when he arrives in the big city. At the same time, Sean meets Owen’s sister, Ryan, when he arrives in North Carolina. Sparks fly between both couple, With Christmas approaching and the home swap nearing an end, the future for both of these new relationships is up in the air. Can these temporary holiday arrangements lead to long lasting love? Stars Tricia Helfer, JT Hodges, Mark Lutz and Cristina Rosato.