Hallmark Reveals Complete Christmas Movie Lineup For 2020


Even though it's only September—and just one day into the autumn season—Hallmark is already looking ahead to Christmas. On Wednesday (September 23), the Hallmark Channel released the full details, including the schedule, cast and plot lines, for their upcoming holiday-themed programming. For fans of the networks yuletide fare, this will definitely feel like an early Christmas present.

While some Hallmark Channel fans may have been worried about whether there would be any new holiday films this year due to the ongoing pandemic, there was ultimately no need to fret. The network still managed to produce the same amount of holiday movies as they did last year. Viewers can expect to see 40 new films this holiday season, which will also see the network increase the diversity seen in their holiday films. This year's slate of new films includes The Christmas House, which features a main storyline about a married gay couple, played by openly gay actors Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder, who are hoping to adopt a child together, as well as Love, Lights, Hanukkah, which follows a restaurateur played by Mia Kirshner who discovers she's Jewish via a DNA test.

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever. This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families” Michelle Vicary, Executive VP of Programming at Hallmark, said in a statement “Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions—a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

Here's the full schedule for Hallmark Channel’s "Countdown to Christmas" premieres—All premieres are at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Jingle Bell Bride

  • Starring: Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe Jr. 
  • Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Watch ET's exclusive promo above.)
  • Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Gonzalo) 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 (Rowe Jr.) helping her.

Chateau Christmas

  • Starring: Merritt Patterson and Luke Macfarlane
  • Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Watch ET's exclusive promo above.)
  • Margot (Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.

Christmas With the Darlings

  • Starring:Katrina Law and Carlo Marks 
  • Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Just before the holidays Jessica Lew (Law) is ending her tenure as the assistant to her wealthy boss to use her recently earned law degree within his company, but offers to help his charming, younger brother (Marks) as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas.

One Royal Holiday

  • Starring: Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, Krystal Joy Brown, Victoria Clark and Tom McGowan
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 1
  • 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.

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater

  • Starring: Ashley Williams and Niall Matter
  • Premieres:Saturday, Nov. 7
  • Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding
  • comfort in their growing bond.

On the 12th Date of Christmas

  • Starring: Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 8
  • Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”

Christmas in Vienna

  • Starring: Sarah Drew and Brennan Elliott 
  • Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 14
  • Jess (Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love. 

A Timeless Christmas

  • Starring: Ryan Paevey and Erin Cahill 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 15
  • Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st Century Christmas.

A Nashville Christmas Carol

  • Starring: Jessy Schram, Wes Brown, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, RaeLynn, Kix Brooks and Kimberly Williams-Paisley
  • Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Vivienne Wake (Schram), a workaholic television producer in charge of a country music Christmas special showcasing newcomer Alexis (Raelynn), never lets personal feelings get in the way of business. On the verge of accepting a job in LA, and with the return of Gavin Chase (Brown), her childhood sweetheart and manager to the special’s headliner, Belinda (Evans), she receives a visit from the ghost of her recently deceased mentor, Marilyn (Judd). Her mentor warns her current path leads to a dark future and has recruited both the Spirit of Christmas Past (Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Williams-Paisley) to help her get back on track. The Spirits’ time-jumping adventures force Vivienne to take hold of her life.

The Christmas House

  • Starring: Robert Buckley, Jonathan Bennett, Ana Ayora, Treat Williams, Sharon Lawrence and Brad Harder
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 22
  • Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons -- TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) -- 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 (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.

A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • Starring: Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • Erin (Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin (Taylor) in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.

A Bright and Merry Christmas

  • Starring: Alison Sweeney and Marc Blucas
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Nov. 25
  • Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there’s more to
  • each other than they thought.

Five Star Christmas

  • Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster
  • Premieres: Thursday, Nov. 26
  • After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster), but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.

Christmas by Starlight

  • Starring: Kimberley Sustad and Paul Campbell
  • Premieres: Friday, Nov. 27
  • Annie (Sustad), a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William (Campbell), makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.

Christmas Waltz

  • Starring: Lacey Chabert, Will Kemp and JT Church
  • Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 28
  • After Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.

If I Only Had Christmas

  • Starring: Candace Cameron Bure and Warren Christie
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 29
  • At Christmas, a cheerful publicist (Bure) teams up with a cynical business owner (Christie) and his team to help a charity in need.

Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing

  • Starring:Holly Robinson Peete, Colin Lawrence, Rukiya Bernard, Antonio Cayonne and Barbara Niven
  • Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 5
  • As Michelle’s (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).

Christmas She Wrote

  • Starring: Danica McKellar and Dylan Neal 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 6
  • When Kayleigh (McKellar), a romance writer, has her column cancelled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Neal) who cancelled her column who fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.

Cross Country Christmas

  • Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook and Greyston Holt
  • Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 12
  • Former classmates Lina (Cook) and Max (Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of
  • transportation.

Christmas Carnival

  • Starring: Tamera Mowry-Housley and Michael Xavier 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 13
  • Emily (Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before...giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present.

Christmas Carousel

  • Starring: Rachel Boston and Neal Bledsoe
  • Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 19
  • When Lila (Boston) is hired by the Royal Family of Marcadia to repair a carousel, she must work with the Prince (Bledsoe) to complete it by Christmas.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!

  • Starring: Mia Kirshner, Ben Savage and Marilu Henner
  • Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 20 
  • As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights.

Here's the full schedule for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ "Miracles of Christmas" premieres—All premieres are at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Christmas Tree Lane

  • Starring: Alicia Witt, Andrew Walker, Drake Hogestyn and Briana Price 
  • Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 24
  • Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.

Deliver by Christmas

  • Starring:Alvina August and Eion Bailey 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 25
  • Bakery owner Molly (August) meets Josh (Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.

Cranberry Christmas

  • Starring: Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres 
  • Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 31
  • A separated couple (DeLoach and Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival -- and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities?

Holly & Ivy

  • Starring: Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Watch ET's exclusive promo above.)
  • When Melody’s (Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Nichols), 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 (Jordan).

The Christmas Ring

  • Starring: Nazneen Contractor and David Alpay
  • Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 7
  • A reporter (Contractor) searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring’s owner's grandson (Alpay), they learn the legacy his grandparent's left behind.

The Christmas Bow

  • Starring: Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 8
  • When an accident puts her music dreams on hold, a gifted violinist (Micarelli) reconnects with an old family friend (Rady), who helps her heal and find love during the holidays.

Meet Me at Christmas (working title)

  • Starring:Catherine Bell and Mark Deklin
  • Premieres:Saturday, Nov. 14
  • When Joan’s (Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.

The Christmas Doctor

  • Starring: Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 15
  • A week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright (Peete) is offered an assignment away from home. A mysterious man (Holmes) from her past journeys to find her before Christmas and brings with him a revelation that could change Alicia’s life forever.

A Little Christmas Charm(working title)

  • Starring: Ashley Greene and Brendan Penny
  • Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Holly (Greene), a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg (Penny) in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve.

The Angel Tree

  • Starring:Jill Wagner and Lucas Bryant 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 22
  • A writer (Wagner) seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend (Bryant).

USS Christmas

  • Starring: Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan and Barbara Niven
  • Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 28
  • Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.

Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas

  • Starring: Lacey Chabert and Stephen Huszar
  • Executive producer: Blake Shelton 
  • Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever.

A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances

  • Starring: Brooke D’Orsay and Sam Page
  • Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 6
  • After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D’Orsay), at Christmas.

A Glenbrooke Christmas

  • Starring:Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo
  • Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 12
  • As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she
  • meets a handsome fireman (Cupo).

Christmas Homecoming (working title)

  • Starring: Taylor Cole and Steve Lund 
  • Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 13
  • When a mysterious key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps, Kate (Cole) and Kevin (Lund) embark on a Christmas romance adventure they’ll never forget.

Swept Up by Christmas (working title)

  • Starring: TBA
  • Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 19
  • An antique seller and a cleaner clash over how to downsize a magnificent estate right before Christmas. As the two uncover the house’s treasures, they find a way to reconnect the reclusive owner with his own Christmases past.

Project Christmas Wish

  • Starring: TBA
  • Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 20
  • For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.

Are you already counting down the days until Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas and Miracles of Christmas releases?

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