The countdown to Christmas is on!
The Hallmark Channel's countdown to Christmas is on!
If you're looking to spread a little holiday cheer, grab some popcorn, a warm glass of apple cider and tune your TVs to the Hallmark Channel starting October 26. Yes, that's just a few days before Halloween!
That's when the Hallmark Channel will launch its annual Countdown to Christmas with 22 original holiday movie premieres.
Each movie premiers at 7:00 p.m. CST.
Christmas at Pemberley Manor
Premiers: Saturday, October 27
Starring: Jessica Lowndes (“90210,” “Magical Christmas Ornaments”), Michael Rady (“Timeless,” “Jane the Virgin,” “A Joyous Christmas”)
Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate and rekindle her holiday romance.
Premiers: Saturday, November 3
Starring: Danielle Panabaker (“The Flash”), Matt Long (“Timeless”)
Synopsis: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company’s top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account’s CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby’s best friend back home in Crystal Falls, NC. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn’t be worse, Joy immediately comes to her Aunt’s bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrew (Long), son of Ruby’s best friend Shirley. Joy also must reconcile Ruby’s stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town’s legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben’s attempts to “co-captain,” she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home.
Road to Christmas
Premiers: Sunday, November 4
Starring: Jessy Schram (“Nashville,” “The Birthday Wish”), Chad Michael Murray (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Gilmore Girls,” “One Tree Hill”), Teryl Rothery (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”)
Synopsis: When higher ratings become a necessity Maggie Baker (Schram), a Los Angeles-based television producer for “Julia Wise Lifestyle,” is forced to work on the show’s upcoming Christmas Eve special with Danny Wise (Murray), the show’s former producer and also the son of the star. Disguising a secret idea to reunite Julia with her three grown sons during the live show to be filmed at Julia’s quaint farm home in Vermont, Maggie and Danny set out on a “Cross Country Christmas” trek to film fun traditions for the special. Sparks begin to ignite as they work their way across the country to reunite the brothers when Maggie’s plan goes awry and her scheme
becomes clear. As the broadcast is about to start, they lose power and Julia is forced to go live without the use of the teleprompter. But that’s not the only unscripted moment in the show and Julia is soon given the surprise of a lifetime, leaving her speechless. It’s during that heartfelt and magical moment when Maggie is reminded that the love you have for your family and friends makes the merriest Christmas.
It’s Christmas, Eve
Premiers: Saturday, November 10
Starring: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes (“UnREAL”)
Synopsis: Eve Morgan (Rimes) is an interim school superintendent whose job is to travel from city to city turning around broken schools. One day, Morgan is surprised to find she’s been assigned to a high school in her hometown. In a “meet cute” moment, Eve meets Liam Bailey (Hynes), single dad of Abby (Eden Summer Gilmore, “Supernatural”), and head of a music department that is in the red and under the gun to miraculously turn around or be shut down. Music is close to Eve’s heart as her late father was a jazz musician who taught her how to play music and sing. So raw is her dad’s passing that Eve hasn’t performed in a very long time. Now, the interim school superintendent predisposed to saying no may be persuaded to say yes to save the dreams of many while learning to live on her own.
Christmas in Love
Premiers: Sunday, November 11
Starring: Brooke D’Orsay (“9JKL,” “Miss Christmas”), Daniel Lissing (“When Calls the Heart,” “Timeless”), Mary-Margaret Humes (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Home by Spring”)
Synopsis: Ellie Hartman (D’Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it’s the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften – though not convinced automation isn’t better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick’s laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether or not to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true
Christmas at Graceland
Premiers: Saturday, November 17
Starring: Kellie Pickler (“Pickler & Ben”), Wes Brown (“Deception,” “Christmas Cookies”)
Synopsis: In “Christmas At Graceland,” Laurel (Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city’s oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with an old flame Clay, a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel’s focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.
Mingle All the Way
Premiers: Sunday, November 18
Starring: Jen Lilley (“Days of Our Lives”), Brant Daugherty (Fifty Shades Freed, “Pretty Little Liars”), Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”)
Christmas at the Palace
Premiers: Wednesday, November 21
Starring: Merritt Patterson (“The Royals”), Brittany Bristow (“Love on Safari”)
Christmas at Grand Valley
Premiers: Thursday, November 22
Starring: Danica McKellar (“Wonder Years”), Brennan Elliott (“UnREAL,” “All of My Heart’)
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe
Premiers: Friday, November 23
Starring: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Brendan Penny (“Chesapeake Shores”)
Christmas Everlasting – HALLMARK HALL OF FAME
Premiers: Saturday, November 24
Starring: Tatyana Ali (“Fly,” “The Young and the Restless”), Dondre T. Whitfield (“Queen Sugar,”“All My Children”), Dennis Haysbert (“Reverie,” Far from Heaven), Patti LaBelle (“Patti LaBelle’s Place,” License to Kill soundtrack)
A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
Premiers: Sunday, November 25
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”), Luke Macfarlane (“The Night Shift”)
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
Premiers: Saturday, December 1
Starring: Jill Wagner (“Pearl in Paradise”), Mark Deklin (“Grace and Frankie,” “Designated Survivor”), Holly Robinson-Peete (“Hanging with Mr. Cooper,” “21 Jump Street”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”), Andrew Francis (“Chesapeake Shores”), Ashley Williams (“The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “How I Met Your Mother”)
A Majestic Christmas
Premiers: Sunday, December 2
Starring: Jerrika Hinton (“Here and Now,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Christian Vincent (“Continuum”)
Premiers: Saturday, December 8
Starring: Lori Loughlin (“When Calls the Heart,” “Fuller House”), Victor Webster (“Chesapeake Shores,” “Continuum”)
Premiers: Sunday, December 9
Starring: Emily Osment (“Family Guy,” “Mom”)
A Gingerbread Romance
Premiers: Saturday, December 15
Starring: Tia Mowry-Hardrict (“Me, Myself and I,” “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”), Duane Henry (“NCIS”)
Premiers: Sunday, December 16
Starring: Jodie Sweetin (“Fuller House”)
Premiers: Saturday, December 22
Christmas Made to Order
Premiers: Sunday, December 23
Starring: Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids, “Love at Sea”)
When Calls the Heart” Christmas Two-Hour Special Event
Premiers: Tuesday, December 25
Starring: Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House,” “90210”), Jack Wagner (“The Bold and The Beautiful,” “Wedding March”), Pascale Hutton (“The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells,”“Sanctuary”), Kavan Smith (“The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells,” “Sanctuary”), Paul Greene (“Bitten,” “Christmas in Angel Falls”), Chris McNally (“Rocky Mountain Christmas”), Kevin McGarry (“Heartland”)
Focus on Love
Premiers: Saturday, December 29
Starring: Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush,” “The Loud House”)
Your old favorites will also play all season long.