The Best Hallmark Christmas Movies

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A list of my all time favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies. Ranked from noteworthy to the best Hallmark Christmas movies.

Best Hallmark Christmas Movies

Over the years I have watched hundreds of Hallmark movies. From October until the end of December Hallmark Channel is on constantly rarely changing the channel. Well today I am putting all that research and knowledge to good use. I’ve made a list of the best Hallmark Christmas movies. Ranking them from noteworthy to my all time favorite. 

This is an ongoing list that I will update every year and as the season goes on. So it’s worth bookmarking. 

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The list will be updated as new movies premiere! Check out the 2021 schedule here

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Looking for something to wear while watching Hallmark movies? Check out this shirt I made. Also there is nothing better than making a festive Christmas cocktail to enjoy with a cheesy Christmas movie. I suggest making a Christmas margarita.  For more Hallmark SVG files check them out here

Where to watch Hallmark Christmas movies?

Don’t have cable or the Hallmark channel? Check out the Frndly TV app. Or have a family member or friend that has cable. Ask for their log in online. What I also learned this year is that the movies are not only on the Hallmark channel but also on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. Don’t discount these movies because they are not on the main channel. Some of my favorites have premiered on Movies and Mysteries. 

Hallmark Christmas movies worth watching. 

  • Jingle Bell Bride (2020)
    Wedding planner Jessica Perez travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local helping her. Starring Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe Jr.”
  • If I Only Had Christmas (2020)
    “Kansas City publicist Darcy ventures to the Emerald Educational Trust for the job of a lifetime, helping VP Glen Goodman and his team find the know how, courage, and heart to help a charity in need for Christmas. Darcy and Glen begin to realize they have everything in common. However, Glen’s surprise revelation at the big Christmas gala just may put an end to their promising romance before it has really gotten started. Starring Candace Cameron Bure and Warren Christie.”
  • Christmas in Homestead (2016)
    “One of the most famous actresses in the world heads to the Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa, to shoot a holiday-themed movie. She is thrown for a loop when a romance brews between her and local inn keeper and single dad, Matt. As she gets a taste of small-town life, she discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Stars Taylor Cole and Michael Rady.”
  • Christmas Under Wraps (2014)
    “Dr. Lauren Brunell (Bure) has her whole life planned out. As a third year surgery resident, she is counting on being accepted into a prestigious hospital fellowship to follow in the footsteps of her supportive father, Henry (Pine). But when those plans quickly fall apart, and Lauren is put on the wait list, she must take the only other opening available: a head doctor position in the small, remote town of Garland, Alaska. Convincing herself it is only temporary, Lauren moves to Garland where she is immediately charmed by Andy (O’Donnell), a handsome local who soon starts to show her the importance of living in the moment and enjoying her unexpected adventure. As Lauren excels as Garland’s trusted doctor, she warms up to the friendly town. But Andy’s father, Frank (Doyle-Murray), is hiding something from her in his top-secret shipping warehouse. Just as Lauren decides to get to the bottom of her suspicions, she receives news that will force her to make a life-changing decision, while knowing for certain that the Christmas season will never be the same.”
  • Write Before Christmas (2019)
    “The movie centers around a recently single Jessica who sends Christmas cards to people who have impacted her life — the aunt who raised her, her younger brother in the military, a popstar who was part of the soundtrack of her life, the music teacher who inspired her, and the best friend who always tells the truth. Starring Torrey DeVitto and Chad Michael Murray.”
  • Five Star Christmas (2020)
    “When a travel writer shows up unexpectedly at their dad’s B&B, the Ralston family all pretend to be guests in hopes of a good review. Lucy falls for guest Jake but can’t share her secret. Stars Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.”
  • Heart of the Holidays (2020)
    “Career-driven Sam returns to her hometown for the holidays where she comes face-to-face with her high school boyfriend, Noah. Together they rediscover what matters most in life. Stars Vanessa Lengies and Corey Sevier.”
  • A Royal Christmas (2014)
    “As the only daughter of an expert tailor in Philadelphia, Emily Corrigan is a kindhearted young woman proud of her blue-collar background. She is a devoted seamstress at the family business and madly in love with her doting European boyfriend, Leo. But as their first Christmas together approaches, Leo drops a bombshell on his unsuspecting girlfriend: he is actually Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of Cordinia, a small sovereign country.Less than enthusiastic about her son’s relationship with a commoner, the prince’s mother Queen Isadora makes Emily feel anything but welcome at their grand castle, leaving Emily to feel more at home among Isadora’s staff of butlers and housemaids. As Emily struggles to adapt to her new royal surroundings, the situation is made more difficult when a scheming Isadora invites Duchess Natasha, Leo’s ex-girlfriend, to join them for Christmas. Attempting to stay true to herself in a world where she clearly doesn’t belong, Emily wonders if love is enough to keep her newly royal relationship from falling apart before Christmas morning.”
  • Christmas in Rome (2019)
    “Lacey Chabert plays an independent-minded American tour guide named Angela, who is fired from her job in Rome just before Christmas. She crosses paths with an American executive named Oliver (Page), who wants to buy a high-end Italian ceramics company. Oliver hires Angela to be his tour guide around the Eternal City, as the owner of the ceramics company won’t sell it to him until he learns “the heart and soul of Rome.” But is there another heart and soul that he may win? Starring: Lacey Chabert and Sam Page.”
  • One Royal Holiday(2020)
    “When Anna (Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself. Starring Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit , Krystal Joy Brown, Victoria Clark and Tom McGowan.”
  • Never Kiss a man in a Christmas Sweater (2020)
    “Single mom Maggie is facing Christmas alone until Lucas crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond. Stars Ashley Williams and Niall Matter.”
  • Christmas at Dollywood (2019)
    “When a NYC event planner returns to Tennessee to plan the Christmas celebration at Dollywood, she’s paired with the head of operations who thinks he can handle the party just fine on his own. Starring Danica McKellar. Niall Matter and Dolly Parton.”
  • Christmas House (2020)
    Notably the first Hallmark movie with a same sex couple. Although they were secondary characters. “Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis and patriarch Bill, have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell and Brandon Mitchell – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi, his high school sweetheart. Starring Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Treat Williams, Sharon Lawrence, Jonathan Bennett, Brad Harder, and Mattia Castrillo.”
  • The Mistletoe Secret (2019)
    “When Aria Eubank convinces a famous travel writer to do a feature story on her beloved hometown, Midway, Utah, it looks like the town’s tourism drop is about to be reversed. However, when the travel guru and his ghostwriter both show up, Aria finds her heart torn between the charismatic but pompous Sterling Masters and Alex Bartlett, the real talent behind ‘Masters of Travel,’ and the man who has genuinely fallen for her. Starring: Kellie Pickler , Tyler Hynes and Patrick Duffy.”
  • Boyfriends of Christmas Past (2020)
    “Leading up to Christmas, marketing executive, Lauren, is visited by the ghosts of four ex boyfriends. She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate. Starring Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.”

Top 5 Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies

5. Christmas Under the Stars (2019)
“When Nick, a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted widower. There, he meets Julie, an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others. Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser and Clarke Peters.”

4. Holly and Ivy (2020)
This movie is so much more than a love story. It will pull on your heart strings. “When Melody’s neighbor, Nina, learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam. Starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols.”

3. Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018)
“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. Starring Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady.”

2. On the 12th Date of Christmas (2020)
“Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.” Starring Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes”.

1. Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)
Are we surprised my all time favorite Christmas movie is about a cat? “Fireman Zachary Stone (Routh) is a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t believe in love or commitment. When a stray tabby cat named Ambrose shows up at his door, Zachary takes him in and slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. Zachary’s commitment to solitude is further challenged when he meets Marilee (Sustad), an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches Zachary how to care for his new feline roommate. Chemistry immediately develops between the two, but will they find a way together despite themselves?” 7 years later and a sequel has been announced! It will premier on Thanksgiving and there are kittens! It will me called the Nine kittens of Christmas.

Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movie Actors and Actresses

Favorite actors in Hallmark Christmas movies just might have to be the entire cast of One Tree Hill. Anyone else notice that? Well my all time favorite Hallmark actor is Tyler Hynes. I fell in love with him in Mistletoe Secret and then again in On the 12th Date of Christmas. Looking for a non Christmas movie that also has all the Christmas movie vibes. Check out Winter in Vail. 

Favorite Hallmark Actors

  • Tyler Hynes
  • Niall Matter
  • Michael Rady
  • Jesse Metcalfe

Favorite Hallmark Actresses

  • Lacey Chabert
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Bethany Joy Lenz
  • Autumn Reeser
  • Jessica Lowndes

Make sure to check back as I continue watching Hallmark Christmas movies throughout the season!I will keep this list updated. 

Christmas Books

Looking for some Christmas romance but want to turn off the TV? I just got these two books to enjoy while on staycation. Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors lately. I was excited to see she came out with a Christmas book In a Holidaze. I also treated myself to The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss. 

Christmas books

Best Hallmark Christmas Movies

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  1. This fall and winter are going to be a Hallmark time. My daughter and I have decided to watch everything (as usual actually) and relax, after work of course. Now we will have Bingo to play as well. Thank you!!

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