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The 44 Sweetest Hallmark Christmas Movies You’ll Fall in Love With This Year

There's nothing quite like romantic Hallmark Christmas movies at the holidays. These are the films fans love the most.

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Hallmark Christmas movies are more popular than ever. Devoted fans love their heartwarming setups and cozy holiday settings. Casual viewers like that they can trim the tree or bake holiday cookies without losing the plot. And pretty much everyone enjoys the happily ever afters.

Romance, hunky strangers, and good-hearted lessons about what really matters are around every corner in the best Hallmark Christmas movies. So they’re a little bit hokey. Hey, what’s wrong with some easy-peasy, sugar-coated love wrapped up in a bow?

During the holidays, indulge in sweetness with your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies, viewed live or via the Hallmark TV streaming app. If you’re worried about missing a live showing, visit the movie’s Hallmark Channel web page and click “Remind Me” to add the showtime to your calendar. Or download the Hallmark Movie Checklist app to get a Christmas movie countdown widget and watch list. Make it a seasonal film festival by adding in your favorite Lifetime Christmas movies, romantic Christmas movies, Christmas movies for kids, and the absolute best Christmas movies of all time. Ho ho ho! Merry movie-watching!

‘Tis the Season to Be Merry

Rachel Leigh Cook stars as Merry, an author writing a book about relationships who’s in for some personal experience on the topic. She travels to a snowy Vermont town, where she meets Chris, played by Travis Van Winkle. Karen Malina White also stars. Catch this one live on December 19 or look for it on the Hallmark Channel or streaming app. For more holiday cheer, don’t miss the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime.

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The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

The original cast from the popular Christmas House returns for part two of the holiday decor saga. It premieres on December 18, so mark your calendar. Robert Buckley and Jonathan Bennett star as brothers whose parents put up spectacular Christmas decorations each year. In the sequel, the brothers find themselves in a battle to plan and produce the best Christmas house.

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A Kiss Before Christmas

Premiering on November 21, this new film features an all-star cast, including Teri Hatcher and Marilu Henner. James Denton plays a real estate executive and father of two who’s dissatisfied with his placid life. Things take a turn for the magical when he wakes up and finds everything has changed—and he doesn’t love it. He’ll have to win over the woman who’s supposed to be his wife in order to reclaim is life. Don’t miss the best Christmas movies on Hulu.

A Holiday in Harlem

A busy young woman plans a quick visit to Grandma’s house, but when her grandmother gets injured, she’s forced to stay for much longer. She finds herself unexpectedly pulled into the new community when she’s put in charge of a Christmas event. She just might find she loves Christmas more than she knew—especially when she reconnects with an old friend. The movie premieres on November 14, and it’s sweet enough that watching it may become your new Christmas Eve tradition.

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A Christmas Treasure

There’s more romance and time-capsule magic in this brand-new flick. Pop singer Jordin Sparks stars as a writer caught up in her career and questioning her choices. Like the heroines in most Hallmark Christmas movies, she’s in for some romance. Tune in on November 7 to find out what happens between her and that handsome chef. In the meantime, giggle over these elfin hilarious Christmas puns.

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Christmas Comes Twice

What is Christmas without a little time travel? The trope has been a hit since A Christmas Carol and works here to propel an astrophysicist (played by Tamera Mowry-Hously) toward true love. After a ride on an enchanted carousel, she finds herself transported to five years in the past. She reconnects with a former frenemy (Michael Xavier), but how will she make it work when she returns to the present? It airs on November 11.

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The Christmas House

Not only is The Christmas House one of the best Hallmark Christmas movies around, but it was also the first to openly feature an LGBTQ marriage and relationship. Treat Williams and Sharon Lawrence play the parents of two adult sons who return home for Christmas only to find their family home is going up for sale. It airs November 7. Watch for a heartwarming adoption story and a holiday decor transformation that needs to be seen to be believed. If you’re in the mood for even more wholesome Christmas magic, check out the best Christmas movies on Disney+.

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A Timeless Christmas

This one’s adapted from a popular novel and features that totally romantic plot device: time travel. A woman is working as a tour guide in a historic mansion when the original owner shows up—from 1903. She’s recovering from a breakup, but the man turns out to be the ideal suitor. Too bad he’s not from this century. You’ll love the amusing setups as an old-time gentleman grapples with 21st-century updates. It’s airing next on November 7. You can find even more great movies to stream with these Christmas movies on Netflix.

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A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado

What do you do when the perfect tree for your community festival grows on the property of a single dad who’s only lukewarm on Christmas? You ask him to donate it. Also, you fall in love. (This is Hallmark—what did you expect?) Here are the best kids Christmas movies on Netflix when you’re looking for family-friendly fare.

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Christmas Waltz

Lacey Chabert stars in one of the most popular Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas Waltz. The story follows a woman who took up ballroom dancing to perform at her wedding. After the wedding is called off, she continues with the dance lessons anyway, falling head over heels for the dashing instructor (played by pro ballet dancer Will Kemp). Give it a watch—it airs on November 6—then put on your dancing shoes and sway to the best Christmas songs ever.

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If I Only Had Christmas

“If I only had a brain, a heart, a home…” Sound familiar? Yep, this Hallmark Christmas movie favorite is an homage to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) plays Darcy Gale, a Kansas City publicist who travels to Emerald Education Trust to help out with a charity. The characters are plays on the familiar roles from the original film. There are even some ruby high heels in this sweet romance—a nod to both the film and traditional Christmas colors. Watch it on November 6.

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Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing

A small town famous for how well it does Christmas is going to start a museum. A local scrooge tries to get in the way in the latest entry in Hallmark’s Evergreen series, all of which are set in the magical small town. The familiar characters are back, working to get town members in the spirit, make the museum happen, and bring their community together. It airs on November 3. Bring your own community together with Christmas games for the whole fam.

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One Royal Holiday

Broadway veterans Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit team up in this fairy-tale romance. Osnes plays a nurse who takes in a mother and her grown son, who are stranded in a blizzard. Soon, she discovers they’re actually royalty—a queen and an eligible bachelor of a prince traveling abroad during the Christmas holiday. You just know this is going to end well. Check it out when it airs next on November 3.

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Love, Lights, Hanukkah!

Love, Lights, Hanukkah! earns a spot on our Hallmark Christmas movie list for its inclusive vision and heartwarming theme of joy. It follows a woman preparing for Christmas who gets some shocking news: A DNA test reveals she was adopted. When she reconnects with her biological mother, played by Marilu Henner, she discovers her Jewish heritage and learns new traditions. For all your Jewish pals, shop the best Hanukkah gifts of the year.

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Christmas She Wrote

In this Hallmark Christmas romance, the two main characters have to learn that their big-city jobs are not the only things that matter. Danica McKellar plays Kayleigh, who heads back to her hometown when she loses her newspaper job. She starts writing a novel, reconnects with her true values, and gets reacquainted with her ex. But soon the man who axed her job shows up and wants her back. This one airs on November 3. Here are the best funny Christmas movies if you’re in the mood for over-the-top amusement.

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Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy

Hallmark Christmas movies love pitting joyful townsfolk against holiday skeptics, and this one is no exception. Maggie Lawson stars as Katie, a writer with a taste for a story who arrives in Evergreen while the town searches for a long-lost Christmas time capsule. As she tries to find the secret to the town’s holiday joy, she falls for one of its residents.

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Jingle Bell Bride

In this Hallmark classic, which airs on November 2, a wedding planner travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a flower that a client insists she needs on her big day. A local resident who helps with the search charms her and makes it the most unforgettable Christmas yet. The Jingle Bell is a flower in this movie, but usually it’s the poinsettia that’s associated with Christmas.

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A Christmas Duet

Fate, love, singing, and Christmas! After going their separate ways following a successful music career, Avery (Chaley Rose) and Jesse (Rome Flynn) meet once again at the Yuletide Festival. Will the Christmas spirit reunite these artists, or will they remain on their separate paths?

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The Christmas Card

This sweeping, romantic story centers on a soldier who receives an anonymous holiday letter, then tracks down the woman who sent it. Sparks fly when they meet, but she’s involved with someone else. Fans love this film for the way it honors military service and presents the power of letters sent to overseas soldiers. Here are the tips you need to make your own Christmas card messages extra special.

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Christmas at Pemberley Manor

An unlikely pair is the right type of pair. When event planner Elizabeth Bennet (Jessica Lowndes) travels to a small town to work on its holiday festival, she meets William Darcy (Michael Rady)—the high-profile billionaire trying to sell the venue she planned to use. She convinces him to hold off on the sale, and they start falling for each other as they plan the festival together. But when the event gets shut down, Elizabeth has to hope for a Christmas miracle.

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Road to Christmas

While producing an annual Christmas special, Maggie Baker unwittingly falls for the host’s son and former producer, Danny Wise (played by Chad Michael Murray). When she tries to reunite the Wise family during a live broadcasting, things don’t go as planned. In the end, Maggie is reminded that Christmas is about the love one has for family and friends. Here are some Christmas cartoons to keep you in the holiday spirit.

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Christmas with Holly

Fans love this tale, which plays up the magic and delight of a toy store at Christmas. Six-year-old Holly hasn’t spoken since a tragic accident left her in the care of her three uncles. When the local toy store becomes her haven, its recently jilted proprietor, Maggie, finds a dose of unexpected romance with Holly’s uncle Mark.

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A Very Merry Mix-Up

Alicia Witt stars as Alice, a woman traveling to meet her future in-laws over Christmas. After a series of mishaps, she finds herself delighted by her fiancé’s brother and his wonderful family. She feels so at home. But is this really her fiancé’s family, or do they just share the same last name? Get ready for a heartwarming and jolly mix-up that fans of Hallmark Christmas movies enjoy again and again. Speaking of laughs, commit these funny Christmas jokes to memory before your holiday socializing.

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Christmas at the Plaza

During her work on a Christmas exhibition at the Plaza hotel, archival historian Jessica meets Nick. The two spend hours together, engaging in various festivities and Christmas traditions. So cute, right? Problem is, Jessica is in a relationship and must choose who she will spend Christmas with.

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Let It Snow

This fan favorite, airing November 4, stars Candace Cameron Bure as a Grinch-like executive who doesn’t do Christmas. She undergoes an unexpected change while transforming an old-fashioned ski lodge into a hip winter hot spot. Her property guide, played by noted Hallmark Christmas movies hunk Jesse Hutch, gets her to rethink her views on Christmas and romance.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Jennifer is a single mom (and a Christmas Scrooge) whose son doesn’t believe in Santa. When her uncle arrives for a holiday visit, he brings along Morgan, a handsome stranger from his flight who needs a place to stay for the holidays. Morgan’s adventurous spirit creates Christmas magic for the little boy, and he just might be stealing Jennifer’s heart as well.

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One Starry Christmas

Fans love the Hallmark Christmas movies formula: Boy meets girl, and girl is inevitably dating the wrong guy. In the case of One Starry Christmas, Holly’s boyfriend abandons her over the holidays, but a romantic cowboy comes along. While the two are bonding over their love for the constellations, you’ll have stars in your eyes and a twinkle in your heart. Once you’ve finished your Hallmark Christmas movies watch-a-thon, quiz yourself on this Christmas movie trivia.

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Enchanted Christmas

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega (married in real life!) star as dance-partner sweethearts in the first Hallmark Christmas movie to cast people of color in leading roles. She plays an interior designer who returns to Utah to help remodel a rundown hotel just in time for Christmas. He’s her ex-boyfriend, on hand to rekindle their old romance as they rehearse for a Christmas Eve extravaganza. Doing some of your own dancing? Put on these funny Christmas songs and start tapping those toes!

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A Christmas Melody

Mariah Carey lends her star power and directing chops to this beloved movie about a school’s snowflake pageant. Lacey Chabert stars as a single mom who returns to her Ohio hometown to start over. She finds herself smack-dab in the middle of an old high school rivalry with Carey’s character—now PTA president. With dollops of Christmas spirit, the two work out their differences and put on a great show. The hot music teacher is on hand to add some romance for Chabert.

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Matchmaker Santa

Queen of Hallmark Christmas movies Lacey Chabert plays Melanie, a bakery owner who asks Santa for true love for Christmas. The jolly old guy just might deliver. Fans love watching Melanie figure out that she might be dating the wrong guy. Why does she get along so well with his handsome assistant? Florence Henderson is on board to add to the Christmas charm. Follow up this viewing by browsing these memorable Christmas movie quotes.

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Crown for Christmas

Get ready for some royal Christmas majesty. Danica McKellar stars as a maid turned governess tasked with taking care of Princess Theodora—she’s a royal pain but only because she’s just lost her mother. Her father, King Max, takes a liking to the American governess. Too bad he’s already engaged to a countess. Or is he? Courtly Christmas fun and romance await.

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Christmas Under Wraps

Count this Candace Cameron Bure classic among the Hallmark Christmas movies that feature big-city gals learning life lessons from small towns. When Lauren is forced to take a medical job in an Alaskan village, she takes comfort in knowing the move is only temporary. Or is it? Soon she finds herself falling for the heartwarming residents and the handsome local who shows her how to slow down. With its small-town setting, you may get some stellar outdoor Christmas decoration ideas for your own house.

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Journey Back to Christmas

Candace Cameron Bure is back, this time as a World War II nurse who travels to the present. This fan favorite allows viewers to drift into a world of magic, miracles, and heartfelt lessons. It’s filled with Hallmark’s signature themes of love and family bonds.

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Journey to Northpole, the city that powers all the magic in the world, complete with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, played with charm by Robert Wagner and Jill St. John. Tiffani Thiessen stars as a stressed-out single mom whose 10-year-old son believes in elves. Keep your little ones busy this holiday season with Christmas activities that bring the joy.

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A Royal Christmas

Secretly engaged to a real prince? No problem. Lacey Chabert stars as a fish-out-of-water princess-to-be in this romantic fairy tale about fitting in with royalty. Emily is a working-class seamstress swept into courtly life when she finds out her boyfriend is a monarch. The queen, played by Jane Seymour, invites his ex-girlfriend, a countess, to Christmas. Sparks fly in this sweet story about staying true to yourself and finding love.

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Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle

Based on a Christmas book by beloved novelist Debbie Macomber, this Hallmark Christmas movie stars James Van Der Beek as Seth Webster, a recent widower who’s parenting two boys all on his own. Enter the much-cherished Doris Roberts as a miraculous nanny whose winning performance makes this film a big fan favorite. Mrs. Miracle gets everything in order, including Seth’s love life, just in time for Christmas.

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A December Bride

Layla dreads Christmastime. She doesn’t have a date to her cousin’s holiday wedding. And even worse, the groom is Layla’s ex. Enter Seth, who impulsively announces their engagement. The two get stuck keeping up the pretense, and they just might fall in love for real.

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Window Wonderland

Fans who love Hallmark Christmas movies that revel in the nostalgia and charm of holiday window displays will fall for this film. Two department store window dressers enter a competition to see who can create the best Christmas displays during the holiday season. They’re competing for the same job—instant enemies, right? What starts as a rivalry blossoms into something sweeter. Expect to get some great Christmas decoration ideas from their gorgeous displays.

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The Christmas Train

This movie woos fans with its all-star cast, heartwarming love story, and enticing setting: aboard a train bound for Christmas holiday destinations. Dermot Mulroney stars as a journalist who gets a second chance with an old flame (Kimberly Williams-Paisley). Is this Christmas the right time to renew an old affair? Danny Glover and Joan Cusack add to the star power.

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The Mistletoe Inn

Fans who loved Richard Paul Evans’ novel of the same name will fall hard for this literary love story (airing November 5) about two aspiring writers destined for Christmastime love. Alicia Witt plays recently jilted Kim, who shows up for a writing retreat in a quaint inn only to find her ex-boyfriend is a guest, too. Luckily, she meets Zeke, who catches her eye and maybe her heart. Little bookworms will love these Christmas books for kids.

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A Gingerbread Romance

Tia Mowry-Hardrict (you know her from Sister, Sister) stars as architect Taylor Scott, who’s hesitant to put down roots but is willing to put up walls during a life-sized gingerbread-house-building competition. To best the competition, she solicits the help of a local baker, played by Duane Henry. The single dad invites Taylor into his home, introduces her to his daughter, and shows her what home really means. Spoiler alert: They fall in love.

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Christmas at Dollywood

Who doesn’t love a little Dolly Parton? Unfortunately, she only appears in the movie for a couple minutes. Fans don’t seem to mind, falling for this hate-to-love romance with a country twang. Rachel (Danica McKellar), a New York City event planner working on the famous theme park’s 30th Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration, joins forces with the park’s director of operations to pull off the event. He might be resistant to help, but it’s not long before they form a bond. As far as Christmas themes go, nothing says fun quite like Dollywood.

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A Grandpa for Christmas

When an aging movie star works to repair the bond between himself and his estranged family, he is suddenly asked to care for his granddaughter. The two form a connection as he helps her prepare for the school Christmas pageant. Hallmark Christmas movies are known for romance, but you’ll appreciate the focus on the love between a grandfather and his grandchild.

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Memories of Christmas

After her mother’s passing, Noelle (played by Christina Milian) returns to her hometown to sell the place. She wants nothing to do with the sort of seasonal decorating her Christmas-obsessed mom used to handle. But as she’s organizing the details of the sale, Noelle develops a newfound appreciation for the holidays and, in true Hallmark fashion, an unexpected love. Look for this on the Hallmark Channel on November 7. Then find out what the 12 days of Christmas mean.

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Molly Pennington, PhD
Molly is a writer and collage artist with a PhD in film and cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional astrology services and artwork are available at Baroque Moon Astrology. She covers the zodiac, books, movies, TV and culture for Reader’s Digest, and loves to talk about all the ways we make meaning.