My 20 Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies

My holiday tradition is to watch Christmas movies every night. Hallmark has so many, here are 20 of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies!

My favorite holiday activity is to snuggle up and watch cheesy Christmas movies every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. There is something lighthearted and magical about a simple holiday movie. The guarantee of a happy ending helps me relax and just savor the story. And no one does these Christmas movies better than Hallmark!

Hallmark Channel’s 2021 Countdown to Christmas starts Friday, October 22nd. New holiday movies air every weekend from then until Christmas! Plus, you can catch plenty of old favorites throughout the week! If you don’t have cable, you can still catch the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas on FrndlyTV.

FrndlyTV is a live TV streaming service that offers all three Hallmark channels, plus 12 additional channels. Programs on these channels can be streamed live or on-demand. A FrndlyTV subscription costs anywhere from $5.99 to $12.99, depending on the video quality and bonus features you prefer. I sign up every year during the holidays so I can watch all of the new, and classic, Hallmark Countdown to Christmas films.

There are literally hundreds of Hallmark holiday movies, but I narrowed this list down to my top 20 favorite Hallmark Christmas movies. I’m particularly fond of movies with Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, and other actors and actresses that I know from other shows and films.

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My Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies

Switched for Christmas

Estranged identical twin sisters (played by Candace Cameron Bure) decide to switch places until Christmas after an argument about who’s life is easier.

Christmas Under Wraps

A big-city doctor (Candace Cameron Bure) doesn’t get the job she wanted and reluctantly accepts a small practice position in a remote town in Alaska. But the small town is hiding a big holiday secret!

A Christmas Detour

Paige (Candace Cameron Bure) is on her way to New York City to meet her fiance’s parents for the first time. But a snowstorm grounds her flight in Buffalo. She teams up with other passengers to get to New York in time for the holidays.

The Christmas Cottage

Lacey is the Maid of Honor in her best friend’s upcoming wedding. She is tasked with decorating the newlywed’s honeymoon cottage, but she ends up snowed in with the bride’s attractive brother.

Christmas in Vienna

Jess, a concert violinist that has lost her passion, (played by Sarah Drew of Grey’s Anatomy) helps nanny for a family in Vienna. It doesn’t hurt that the children’s father is a handsome widower.

A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado

Erin (played by Rochelle Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and has to win over a man to use his Spruce trees for the occasion.

A Christmas Miracle

Emma (Tamara Mowry) is on the hunt for a Christmas miracle to write about after her boss steals her cover story idea. Emma’s son and the attractive staff photographer help her along the way.

Finding Santa

Jessica (Jodie Sweetin from Full House) is so excited to run her town’s Christmas parade, but when the parade’s Santa falls ill she has to find a new one in time.

Write Before Christmas

Newly single Jessica (played by Torrey DeVitto of Chicago Med) sends five Christmas cards to the people that have had the largest impact on her life: her aunt, younger brother, former piano teacher, a pop star, and her best friend.

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe

I love a good Pride and Prejudice-inspired movie! Darcy, a successful businesswoman, (played by Lacey Chabert) returns home to help her mother plan a charity event. She is paired up with Luke, a former rival, to help plan the event.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!

Christina is an adopted restaurant owner that loves Christmas takes a DNA test, which reveals that she is Jewish. This leads her to discover a new family and a loveable family friend (Ben Savage of Boy Meets World).

A Little Christmas Charm

A jewelry designer named Holly (played by Ashley Greene) teams up with an investigative reporter to find the owner of a charm bracelet before Christmas Eve.

Christmas By Starlight

A lawyer makes a deal with the heir of a development firm to save her family’s restaurant from demolition. But she has to spend a week with the heir pretending to be his legal counsel to get him out of trouble with his father.

Five Star Christmas

Lucy (Bethany Joy Lenz of One Tree Hill) goes back home for the holidays to help her family save their father’s new bed and breakfast. They just need a five-star review from a top travel critic, if only they knew who the critic was.

A Christmas Love Story

Katherine, a youth choir director (played by Kristen Chenowith), is busy writing the title song for the choir’s Christmas Eve show. But she gets distracted when she must convince a gifted young man’s father to let his son join the choir.

Christmas Town

Lauren (Candace Cameron Bure) leaves behind her life in Boston to start a new chapter in her life. She makes an unexpected detour through a small town where she rediscovers the magic of Christmas.

Christmas in Rome

Angela (Lacey Chabert) is an American tour guide in Rome that was fired just before Christmas. She is hired by an executive as a personal tour guide to help him discover the “heart and soul of Rome” so he can purchase a high-end Italian ceramic company.

Road to Christmas

Maggie is a TV producer tasked with producing a show’s Christmas special. But she has to work with the host of the show’s son (Chad Michael Murray). They go on a road trip to bring the host’s family back together in time for the special.

Christmas at Dollywood

NYC event planner Rachel (Danika McKellar) returns to Tennessee to help organize the Dollywood Christmas celebration. She is paired with the head of operations, who doesn’t want her help. The movie includes special appearances by the Queen herself, Dolly Parton.

The Christmas Club

Two strangers meet when they help an elderly woman recover her lost Christmas savings. Thanks to fate and Christmas magic they also discover true love.

I’m excited to curl up with my glass of wine and cozy Christmas pajamas to watch Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, and of course some of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies!

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2 thoughts on “My 20 Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies”

  • I consider myself to be somewhat of a Christmas movie queen, but I guess my title has been revoked because the truth is that I never watch Hallmark movies! I’ve never had the channel, so it wasn’t a priority when I was growing up. I usually turn to classics or Netflix originals, but one of these days I’d like to actually take the time to get into the cheesy Hallmark ones because they remind me of some of my favorite cheesy romance books hehe. I’ll definitely have to make my way through your list!

    • The FrndlyTV app is great for not having the channel! I just pay for it for a month or two and I get access to SO many Hallmark movies. Plus, you can watch them live!

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