TV and Movies

My 24 Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies

My holiday tradition is to watch Christmas movies every night. Hallmark has so many, here are 24 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 2022 Countdown to Christmas starts Friday, October 2st1. 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 $6.99 to $10.99, 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 24 favorite Hallmark Christmas movies. I’m particularly fond of movies with Lacey Chabert, Bethany Joy Lenz, and other actors and actresses that I know from other shows and films.

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Check out my favorite Netflix Christmas movies too!

My Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies

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.

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.

The Santa Stakeout

Two undercover detectives pose as newlyweds to solve a case. But they get swept up in Christmas while surveilling their prime suspect.

Christmas Made to Order

An architect (Jonathan Bennett) hires a holiday coordinator to help him host his family for Christmas. She helps bring the family closer, to each other and to her.

A Kiss Before Christmas

A fun new spin on It’s a Wonderful Life. It stars Teri Hatcher and James Denton from Desperate Housewives. And they still have so much chemistry.

An Unexpected Christmas

Two exes unexpectedly run into each other and make a deal to pretend they are back together for the holidays. But their feelings catch up with them. Two of my faves, Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, star in this one.

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

A combination of A Christmas Carol and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Lauren must learn to open up her heart before Christmas with the help of the ghosts of four of her ex-boyfriends.

Coyote Creek Christmas

Paige (Janel Parrish) throws an elaborate Christmas party at her family’s inn to try and save it.

My Christmas Family Tree

A woman meets her biological father and long-lost family for the first time over the holidays.

The Christmas House (and sequel)

Parents summon their grown sons home for Christmas to help decorate the house for the holidays one last time.

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.

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.

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.

You, Me, and the Christmas Trees

An arborist comes to help a farmer save his Christmas tree farm before the town’s Christmas tree lighting.

Christmas in Rome

Angela (Lacey Chabert) is an American tour guide in Rome that was fired just before Christmas. An executive hires her 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.

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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  1. 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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