It's not really the holidays until you've checked off every one of Hallmark's 42 Christmas movies from this year's lineup. You've watched Lacey Chabert repair a broken sibling relationship with Scott Wolf in A Merry Scottish Christmas. You've experienced the chaos of Italia Ricci and Luke Macfarlane's Santa caper in Catch Me If You Claus. You've even traveled back in time to the 1940s with Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha in A Biltmore Christmas. And still, you find yourself looking for more festive escapes.
Luckily, December is Hallmark's time to shine with Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries running holiday movies from years past (and present) around the clock. Find yourself pulling an all-nighter cooking for a Christmas Day feast? Not to worry! Hallmark has old favorites airing at 2 o'clock in the morning, too.
So which Hallmark holiday classics should you make time for? Check out our picks for the 16 holiday movies to put on your list if you're not quite ready to quit the Christmas spirit just yet.
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Re-airs: Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 12a/11c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Merritt Patterson, Steve Lund
Who knew a Christmas cottage could make two people fall in love? That's exactly what happens between an anti-romantic interior designer and the brother of the bride when they get snowed in right before the wedding. Legend has it if newlyweds spend their first night at the cottage, their marriage will last forever. If late-night chats by a crackling fire with hot cocoa and cozy sweaters are your thing, then this movie is right up your alley.
Re-airs: Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday airs Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 2a/1c, Sister Swap: Christmas in the City airs Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 4a/3c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Kimberley Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams
It's true Hallmark movies follow a very specific formula, but the Sister Swap films, which star real-life sisters, are literally the same movie. Both films take place within the same timeframe and have the same scenes in each that are edited differently depending on which sister the story revolves around. It's actually quite impressive.
Re-airs: Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel; extended cut streaming on Hallmark Movies Now
Stars: Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes, Andrew Walker, Margaret Colin
Come for three of Hallmark's biggest stars, stay for a sweet tale of family, brotherhood, and self-discovery. Romance plays second fiddle in last year's most-watched Hallmark movie, which is a welcomed evolution to the holiday genre. If you want to experience even more Three Wise Men and a Baby, additional scenes were added to an extended cut for your viewing pleasure.
Re-airs: Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6/5c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz, Tyler Hynes
The fake relationship trope has been done many, many times before. What makes An Unexpected Christmas stand out is the chemistry that exudes onscreen between Lenz and Hynes, who play exes pretending they're still dating so as not to upset their families. You just can't fake real chemistry.
Re-airs: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 12/11c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Brandon Routh
The secret weapon of this charming film is a cat named Ambrose, who you will 100% percent fall in love with. This Hallmark classic stars Routh as a bachelor firefighter who takes in a stray cat. From there, the story begins to take shape after he has a chance encounter with Sustad, whose character is an aspiring veterinarian and also an owner of a cat named Queenie. It's a lovely departure from the typical Hallmark fare and even spawned a 2021 sequel, The Nine Kittens of Christmas.
Re-airs: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6a/5c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Rachel Skarsten, Dan Jeannette
Royalty, undercover spy work, and Christmas — a recipe for success! The movie puts a twist on the tried-and-true Hallmark formula by centering the story on a MI-5 agent who goes on an undercover assignment as the royal nanny with the task of protecting the family at Christmas. Things get more than complicated when sparks start to fly between her and the prince.
Re-airs: Sunday. Dec. 17 at 4a/3c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Stars: Erin Cahill, Ryan Paevey
Time-travel movies just hit a little differently during the holidays. This oldie makes it on our watch list due to Cahill and Paevey's performances as a tour guide and an inventor from the 1930s, respectively, as well as a magical clock and the comedy borne out of the fish-out-of-water circumstances.
Re-airs: Monday, Dec. 18 at 12/11c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Stars: Arielle Kebbel, Andrew Walker
It's always a good sign when Hallmark continues to re-run a classic that's more than a decade old. The first of two movies with Kebbel and Walker, the storyline isn't exactly original — a career woman swears off men after three broken engagements, a bachelor is dared to persuade a woman into marriage — but there's a surprising amount of depth.
Re-airs: Monday, Dec. 18 at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit
It's rare to have two Broadway stars headline a Hallmark film, but in 2020, we were gifted with this gem. Tveit plays a buttoned-up royal from Galwick who gets stranded in a blizzard, where Osnes offers to put him and his mother up. He's not exactly the Christmas-y type (those royals rarely are in these movies!) and he's under pressure to deliver the perfect speech, but through the magic of the holidays (and Osnes' help), he's able to do it.
Re-airs: Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 12a/11c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan, Jane Seymour
Chabert can do no wrong when it comes to Christmas. She gets a chance to experience life as a princess when her boyfriend drops a surprising bombshell — he's actually a prince and has hid it from her this whole time. While it's understandable that trust would be lost in a relationship with a secret of that magnitude, she gets first-hand experience of the prince's mother's prickliness and suffers from major imposter syndrome. Even so, it's Chabert so she always finds a way to win in the end.
Re-airs: Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 12/11c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes
Rimes dusts off her acting chops in this classic holiday romance, where she plays an interim school superintendent named Eve (we love a festive wink), who's tasked with cutting budgets. When Eve returns to her hometown, she meets her attractive neighbor, Liam (Hynes), who also happens to be a music teacher and widower whose program is on the chopping block. Somehow, they find a way to save the music program and Christmas. (Plus, a rare treat to see a clean-shaven Hynes!)
Re-airs: Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Ellen Travolta
If you missed this year's Haul Out the Holly sequel, Lit Up, or just want to revisit the shenanigans of the first movie, you're in luck! Relive the holiday madness when Emily (Chabert) finds herself roped into taking part in her HOA's many Christmas festivities, leading to some memorable moments.
Re-airs: Friday, Dec. 22 at 6a/5c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Jonathan Bennett, George Krissa
Hallmark made history last year with its first LGBTQ-led holiday romance. It followed it up this year with Friends & Family Christmas, the network's first lesbian Christmas love story. The Holiday Sitter is about a workaholic bachelor who babysits his niece and nephew before the holidays, and recruits the help of his neighbor, leading to an unexpected romance. Come for Hallmark history, stay for all the cozy feels.
Re-airs: Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10a/9c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Ashley Williams, Niall Matter
Based on a Debbie Johnson novel, this holiday classic follows single mom Maggie (Williams), who faces ringing in the holidays alone. That is, until she meets a good-looking architect, Lucas (Matter), who is dressed in a cheesy Christmas sweater when she accidentally crashes into him with a Christmas tree. (Hence the movie title. And yes, it happens!) It's serious enough that he's sent to the hospital, which brings Maggie to set him up at her guest house to make it up to him. Everyone knows that being in close proximity to a hunky guy during the holidays is just asking for romance, and that's exactly what happens.
Re-airs: Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 2a/1c on Hallmark Channel
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch, Alan Thicke
One of Bure's best Hallmark films, Let It Snow revolves around a spiritless executive who is sent to a lodge run by her father in order to present plans to maximize her company's profit potential for the property. There's a lot to like in this one — from a memorable meet-cute to mending fences between a father and a daughter to a rustic romance.