Christmas Came Early: Hallmark Reveals Holiday Movie Lineup

By Emily Lee

September 22, 2021

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Fall may have only just begun, but Christmas is ready to steal the spotlight from Halloween and Thanksgiving. On Wednesday (September 22), the Hallmark Channel reveal the line-up for all of its original holiday movie premieres. This year’s “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas” are stacked with new holiday movies featuring fan-favorite actors and actresses, including Lacey Chabert and Candace Cameron Bure.

Here is the full breakdown of both "Countdown to Christmas" and Miracles of Christmas," which begin before you'll even have trick-or-treaters at your door.

Countdown to Christmas Movie Schedule—Hallmark Channel

*Premiere times are 8:00 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted*

You, Me & Christmas Trees

  • Starring: Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, and Jason Hervey
  • Synopsis: Olivia (McKellar) is Connecticut’s resident expert on evergreens who, just days before the holiday, agrees to help Jack (Ayres), a fourth-generation Christmas tree farmer in Avon. A mysterious illness has befallen their firs, causing them to die out and threatening his family’s 100-year business. As Olivia tries to get to the root of the problem and extends her stay in town, she and Jack spend more time together and feelings begin to develop.
  • Premiere Date: Friday, October 22

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

  • Starring: Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack, and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
  • Synopsis: Leading up to Christmas, marketing executive, Lauren (Kim), is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends. She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate (Ablack).
  • Premiere Date: Saturday, October 23

The Santa Stakeout

  • Starring: Tamera Mowry-Housely, Paul Campbell, and Joe Pantoliano
  • Synopsis: Tanya (Mowry-Housely) is a police detective who is reluctantly partnered with fellow detective Ryan (Campbell) to solve a recent string of heists taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. They go undercover as newlyweds Tasha and Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Miller (Pantoliano), the jovial chair of the community’s Christmas committee…and the prime suspect in the case. As Tanya and Ryan partake in the neighborhood’s holiday happenings to keep up appearances and crack the case, they get swept up in Christmas. Before they know it, their cover story as a couple in love starts to become reality.
  • Premiere Date: Sunday, October 24

Christmas in Harmony

  • Starring: Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace
  • Synopsis: Harmony (Murray) is tricked into auditioning for the Holiday Chorus—directed by an ex-boyfriend (James). By Christmas Eve, they could be harmonizing in the key of love.
  • Premiere Date: Friday, October 29

Coyote Creek Christmas

  • Starring: Janel Parrish, Ryan Paevey
  • Synopsis: A “Christmas Around the World” party helps two people find love at home.
  • Premiere Date: Saturday, October 30

Christmas Sail

  • Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, and Terry O’Quinn
  • Synopsis: When Liz (Sackhoff) returns home to take care of her estranged father she is determined to give her daughter a perfect Christmas and reconnects with her best friend.
  • Premiere Date: Sunday, October 31

Open by Christmas

  • Starring: Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott
  • Synopsis: When Nicky (Sweeney) finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer, she and her best friend Simone search to find and thank the anonymous author.
  • Premiere Date: Friday, November 5

Next Stop, Christmas

  • Starring: Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, and Christopher Lloyd
  • Synopsis: Angie (Fonseca) wonders what her life would be like if she had married a former boyfriend who became a famous sportscaster. She takes the train home to spend Christmas with her family and inexplicably finds herself 10 years in the past. With the advice of the train’s enigmatic conductor, Angie has the chance to revisit that Christmas and learn what – and who – is truly important to her.
  • Premiere Date: Saturday, November 6

A Christmas Treasure

  • Starring: Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier
  • Synopsis: After opening a 100-year-old time capsule and meeting a charming chef, Lou (Sparks) questions whether or not she should move to New York after Christmas and further her writing career.
  • Premiere Date: Sunday, November 7

Christmas at Castle Hart

  • Starring: Lacey Chabert, Stuart Townsend
  • Synopsis: Brooke Bennett (Chabert) goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots. While there, she meets Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough (Townsend). Mistaken for an elite event planner, she’s hired to host his castle’s majestic Christmas party.
  • Premiere Date: TBD

The Christmas Contest

  • Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, Barbara Niven
  • Synopsis: Exes Lara (Bure) and Ben (Brotherton) compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. The city watches them battle and chooses what is more important, victory or love.
  • Premiere Date: TBD

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

  • Starring: Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, Brad Harder
  • Synopsis: In this follow-up to last year’sThe Christmas House, the Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas House.
  • Premiere Date: TBD

The Nine Kittens of Christmas

  • Starring: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Gregory Harrison
  • Synopsis: Firefighter Zachary (Routh) and veterinarian Marilee (Sustad) are thrown back together at Christmas when they’re tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.
  • Premiere Date: TBD

Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday / Sister Swap: Christmas in the City

  • Starring: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, Keith Robinson, Susan Yeagley, and Kevin Nealon
  • Synopsis: In this double feature starring real-life sisters Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams, sisters Jennifer and Meg Swift couldn’t be closer despite living hours apart. Jennifer lives in Salt Lake City, running a successful restaurant she started with her late husband and raising her teenage son Simon while Meg stayed in their hometown of Hazelwood, helping their parents run the local bakery. When Jennifer and Simon return home for the holiday, they become wistful for one more Christmas at The Madison, the town’s local theatre, despite that it’s for sale and in need of repairs. Meanwhile, Meg is helping Jennifer’s restaurant staff in Salt Lake prepare for a Christmas competition among local restaurants with the winner earning money for the charity of its choice. With the sisters switching cities leading up to the holiday, they find a new sense of purpose and discover what they both truly need in life and in love.
  • Premiere Date: TBD

Miracles of Christmas Premieres—Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

*Premiere times are 10:00 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted*

Christmas In My Heart

  • Starring: Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane, Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • Synopsis: Concert violinist Beth (Hemmens) tutors the daughter of reclusive Country music star Sean (Macfarlane) to prep her for the holiday concert. They are joined through the connective power of music.
  • Premiere Date: Saturday, October 23

The Christmas Promise

  • Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, Greyston Holt, Patrick Duffy
  • Synopsis: Nicole (DeVitto) learns to deal with grief with the help of her grandfather (Duffy) and a carpenter (Bruce) she hires to renovate the home that was once meant for her and her fiancé.
  • Premiere Date: Saturday, October 30

Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

  • Starring: Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund, Caroline Rhea
  • Synopsis: When a family faces loneliness and loss of faith, Mrs. Miracle (Rhea) swoops in to renew their Christmas Spirit, and they experience a holiday of heavenly proportions.
  • Premiere Date: Saturday, November 6

The Christmas Bond

  • Starring: Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, Nik Sanchez
  • Synopsis: A single mom and her teenaged son with autism come to a crossroads during Christmas. She must learn to let go so he can flourish as she finds her own heart healing in unexpected ways.
  • Premiere Date: TBD

Every Time a Bell Rings

  • Starring: Erin Cahill, Brittany Ishibashi, Ali Leibert, Wes Brown
  • Synopsis: Three sisters reunite in their hometown of Natchez, Mississippi at Christmas after years apart. They’re surprised to discover their late father had planned one last scavenger hunt for them to find the family’s wooden wishing bell, a beloved, annual holiday tradition when they were young. As they search for clues in the days leading up to Christmas, the trio visit local childhood haunts around Natchez that hold special meaning for them. In the process, their sisterly bond is rekindled and each learns an important lesson about what they want in life and in love.
  • Premiere Date: TBD
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