TV Christmas Movie Guide (Hallmark 2017)

Hello everyone. It’s October, which means the Hallmark movie season is upon us! Stock up wine and get your planners out.

I’ve rounded up the 32 new movies that we will be covering on here and on the podcast. My pre-viewing ratings are as follows:

Pour it Up (I’m all for it and am excited to watch.)

Let it Breath (I’m going to have to wait and see.)

Put a cork in it  (I will be hate watching or hating myself for loving it.)

Movie details (Date, actors and movie titles) are subject to change. I will update more information as it becomes available. Enjoy!


Marry Me at Christmas

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Premieres: Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Rachel Skarsten (50 shades of Grey & The Vow), Trevor Donovan (New 90210)

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Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug. She loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. What Madeline didn’t expect was to be swept off her feet by the bride’s gorgeous brother, movie star Jonny Blaze. Jonny came to the quirky town of Fool’s Gold to support his sister — not to fall in love. Yet Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he’s ever met. Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. Madeline finds the real Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. Will the action star be brave enough to take on the role of a lifetime?

Thoughts

I love a good flower boutique owner, but since I don’t know this actress it is a “Let it Breath”

 

Christmas Festival of Ice

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Premieres: Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

 

Stars: Taylor Cole, (Christmas in Homestead) Damon Runyan, (TV Movie Vet) Wendy Crewson (From the Santa Clause!!!)

 

Synopsis

Big shot lawyer, Emma hurrys home from the “city” after discovering her beloved annual ice-sculpting contest has been cancelled. She enlist the town’s artisan, Nick (and a few corporate sponsors) to revive the tradition. Working together they might just have a shot at winning this hometown holiday competition and Emma discovers there’s more to life than legal briefs.

 

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Those years of law school pay off for Emma but not in ways one would expect. When she finds out that her beloved ice-sculpting contest, part of her hometown’s Christmas festival, has been canceled, she springs into action. Determined to keep it going, she enlists sponsors and artists. Nick, the town’s ace artisan, isn’t interested in competing this year, but Emma wants him as her teammate. Considering what she’s managed to accomplish, Nick is impressed and signs on. As Emma and Nick work together, she realizes there’s more to life than legal briefs. And transformed by Emma’s can-do spirit, Nick is invigorated, too. They just might have a shot at winning this very special Christmas contest — and a lot more.

Thoughts

Taylor Cole can’t act through her botox and Damon Runyan gives me the creeps. “Put a cork in it”

The Perfect Christmas Present (or Mr. Christmas in Canada)

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Premieres: Nov. 4, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Sam Page (He is so fine and play Richard on The Bold Type) Tara Holt (IDK)

Synopsis

Tom Jacobs, Mr. Christmas, has built an empire around providing his clients with the perfect holiday gifts for their loved one. Things get complicated when his best friend, Paul, hires him to find a gift for his girlfriend, Jenny. As Tom gets to know (and eventually fall for) Jenny he has to make the ultimate Christmas choice

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Tom Jacobs has built an entire business around helping clients find the perfect gift for their loved ones. Since his company’s busiest time of the year is the holidays, he’s earned himself the nickname Mr. Christmas. When Tom’s good friend Paul comes to him asking for help in finding a gift for his girlfriend, Jenny, Mr. Christmas finds himself in a bit of trouble. The more he learns about Jenny during his research, the more he likes her, and the guiltier he feels being caught between his heart and his best friend. With Christmas rapidly approaching, Tom dreads his encroaching deadline as it will mean an end to his time with Jenny and perhaps an end to his only chance at being with his one true love.”

Thoughts 

Sam Page is the new Hallmark golden boy. His previous Freeform roles on The Bold Type & Switched at Birth make me say “Pour it Up”

Miss Christmas

miss_christmas-0702_rt.jpgPremieres: Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Brooke D’Orsay, Marc Blucas

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Holly Kuhn is on her annual mission of finding a majestic specimen for The National Tree. While searching for the perfect Christmas fir for the Washington, D.C. Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, Holly receives a letter from a boy detailing why his town boasts the most beautiful evergreen. Holly travels to the boy’s quaint New England town, where she meets his handsome uncle, Sam McCary. Sam owns the land from which it grows and is a protective steward. It holds such deep meaning for Sam that he’s not about to let it be chopped down even for such an honor. Still, Holly finds herself falling for Sam, and they discover the magic that this perfect tree can bring, just in time for the holidays.

Thoughts

America! (And Riley from Buffy?) “Pour it Up”

 

 

Christmas in the Air or 12 Days (According to IMDB)

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Premieres: Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Catherine Bell, Eric Close

Synopsis

Successful professional organizer, Lydia puts her career on hold after meeting frazzled toy inventor (and recent widower with two children), Robert. Lydia puts her organizing skills to good use, after Robert is given the opportunity to present his new toy line to a superstore in just 12 days. To meet this Christmas rush Lydia & Robert must work out their differences and learn life can be a little messy sometime, especially around the holidays.

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Lydia, a successful professional organizer, is constantly trying to grow her business, but even her ambition takes a back seat to love when she meets Robert, a frazzled widower with two young children. A toy inventor, Robert is asked to present his new Christmas toy line to a superstore. His challenge is he only has 12 days to get his life and his business in order. Talk about a Christmas rush! Lydia shows Robert that this task goes way deeper than messy junk drawers and encompasses every aspect of his life. While she’s intent on helping him straighten out details he had long ignored, Robert teaches the buttoned-up Lydia that messiness can be a delightful part of life.

Thoughts

Catherine Bell CAN act through her botox and is the saving grace of the Hallmark Channel with The Good Witch. However, after seeing her Christmas in July Movie Home for Christmas Day…. I’m not sure I’m here for this. “Let it Breath”

 

The Sweetest Christmas

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Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p..m. ET/PT on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco (Glenn Coco’s Brother?), Jonathan Adams (Diversity!)

Synopsis

Struggling pastry chef, Kylie Watson, receives the change of a lifetime when she is accepted into the finals of American Gingerbread Competition. Too bad her oven breaks down right before the contest and she if forced to reach out to an ex-boyfriend from culinary school, Nick Mazannti. (Who gave up on his chef dream and runs the family pizzeria, obviously) The two rekindle romance with gingerbread baking in the pizza oven. But when another ex-boyfriend, Ralphie, tries to win her back Kylie must embrace the Christmas Spirit or risk losing both the contest and her new love.  

 

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When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson learns she’s made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she thinks her competitive spirit has finally paid off and hopes the publicity will help her jumpstart her new café. There’s just one problem — the oven she’s supposed to use breaks down right before the contest. Determined to enter, she reaches out to Nick Mazannti, her old boyfriend from culinary school who gave up his dream of being a pastry chef to take over his family’s pizzeria. Nick allows her to use his industrial pizza oven at night to craft her ambitious gingerbread confections. As the two reminisce about the dreams of their youth, their romance is rekindled. But just as Kylie is on the cusp of taking the grand prize — and embracing true love — things get complicated when her ex-boyfriend, Ralphie, takes drastic steps to win her back. Kylie realizes she must embrace the Christmas Spirit or risk losing both the contest and her new love

Thoughts

Lacey Chabert. Nuff said. “Pour it Up” (Also love a good cookie pun or any pun in a title)

 

A Song for Christmas

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Stars: Becca Tobin, Kevin McGarry

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Pop superstar Adelaide Kay is so fed up with her controlling manager that she sneaks off the tour bus after their latest squabble. Though exhilarated to be free, she finds herself stranded in the freezing cold of a Pennsylvania winter, with no money and no plan. A local family, the Lapps, take her in. They know the true meaning of the season, even if they’re close to losing their dairy farm. No one in the family recognizes Adelaide except Dillon, the oldest son. He figures she’s the ticket to fast cash and plots to snap photos of Adelaide around the farm and sell them to the tabs. What he doesn’t plan, however, is their mutual attraction. As they get to know each other, Dillon has two realizations: profiteering from invading Adelaide’s privacy is wrong and his uptight girlfriend is not the one for him. When Adelaide performs a song, which Dillon’s kid sister wrote, a lot of money is earned which aids the Lapps and other strapped farmers.

Thoughts

Since I don’t know the star I’m skeptical. ESPECIALLY because Becca Tobin was on Glee and I hate Glee. But, a popstar with a hidden identity is right up my alley. “Pour it Up”

Enchanted Christmas

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Premieres: Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega

Synopsis

Young widow, Laura Trudeau must return home to renovate a hotel in time for the Christmas Eve benefit dance performance. She must confront the father, ex-boyfriend Ricardo, and the love of  dance she abandoned. When Ricardo’s dance partner walks out, Laura must step in, reawakening her passion for dance and old feelings for Ricardo.

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When she left Utah as a young widow, Laura Trudeau left behind her father, her love of dance — and an old heartbreak. Now, she must return home to spearhead the renovation of a derelict hotel, which must be restored in time for a Christmas Eve benefit dance performance. But Laura is shocked to learn that her old love, Ricardo Archuleta, the boy who jilted her for a professional dance career, is the star of the dance benefit. And when his dance partner Taylor walks out on the show for an out-of-town audition, Laura has to step in for her, reawakening her love of the dance, not to mention her old feelings for Ricardo — a potent combination that has her head spinning.

Thoughts

Real life married couple. One was a Nickelodeon star the other was a spy kid. Add that to a christmas dance movie? (I’ve been burned in the past.) On the other hand latino leads and the probably CAN dance. Okay, “Pour it up”

 

Engaging Father Christmas

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Premieres:
Nov. 12, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick

 

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It was supposed to be the perfect engagement. What could be more romantic than a Christmas proposal in a bucolic Vermont inn? Ian has it planned perfectly, or so he thinks. Miranda, an interior designer, returns to where she met Ian, a dashing former attorney who now runs the little hotel in the quaint town of Carlton Heath. After doing some digging to learn about her family roots, Miranda had traced her lineage to Carlton Heath. Though it’s Christmas, Miranda had always done her best to distance herself from the holiday; her mom, an actress, had died while performing a holiday play. Ian has carefully planned every aspect of Miranda’s visit so he could make the most romantic proposal. Too bad the best-laid plans often go awry – even during Christmas

Thoughts

The Sequel to Finding Father Christmas NO ONE ASKED FOR!!! “Put a cork in it”

 

Coming Home for Christmas

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Stars: Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe

Synopsis

Allie Richfeild is at a crossroads. Then she lands a job as “house manager” for the Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. Once on the job The Marley family tasks her with planning the final Christmas Eve gala before the house is put up for sale. Kip Marley persues Allie while she finds her seld drawn to the other Marley brother, Richard. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching them the true meaning of Christmas?

 

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Allie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Allie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the Marley family, though they seem to be a family in name only. There’s Kip Marley, who never met a party he didn’t like; Robert, the handsome but all-business executor of the estate; Sloane, who arrives with her two young children, sans husband, and the 90-year-old matriarch, Pippa, a spitfire who doesn’t want to put the house up for sale at all. As Allie is inserted into the home and the lives of the Marley family, she finds herself drawn to Robert — even as Kip pursues her. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching all the true spirit of Christmas?

Thoughts

House Manager is NOT a job. If Winnie Cooper isn’t playing a lawyer or business woman, then what did she get that Math degree for. “Let it breath”

Christmas Homecoming (Formerly Welcome Home Warrior)

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Premieres: Nov. 18th, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Julie Benz, Michael Shanks

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A military widow, whose faith in Christmas has lapsed, rents an apartment to a handsome Army Captain, recovering from an injury in battle, and whose faith in Christmas is inspirational. As they team up to save the town’s military museum with a Christmas fundraising event, these two ‘wounded birds’ find themselves falling in love — and being healed by the magic of Christmas.

Thoughts

I love America but I hate this. “Put a cork in it”

 

 

Gift to Remember

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Premieres: Nov. 19th,  8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Ali Liebert, Peter Porte

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Darcy’s lifelong love of reading has led her to the perfect job, working in a small Manhattan bookstore. A insists on being swept off her feet. One day, while bicycling to work, Darcy crashes into Adrian, a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. Knocked unconscious, he’s rushed to the hospital where he falls into a coma. Deeply shaken, the guilt-ridden Darcy takes the dog home, waiting to reunite him with his owner. As she learns more about Aidan — a world-traveler, a devoted man of letters — Darcy realizes he could be the one she has been waiting for. That is, until he comes to and Darcy discovers she has created a fictional world for a very real man. Will she still fall in love?

Thoughts

I’m down for a meet cute “Let it Breathe”

A Bramble House Christmas

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Premieres: Nov. 19, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Autumn Reeser, David Haydn-Jones, Teryl Rothery

Synopsis

Finn Conrad goes undercover to find out why his father bequeathed $50,000 to his nurse whom only worked for the family for a few months. After meeting Willa (the nurse) posing as a guest at a bed  and breakfast she currently runs, Finn discovers she is not a gold digger. She is a single mother taking  care of her sick son who needs an operation. Willa eventually discovers his true identity and intentions. Finn must gain Willa’s trust to make this a Christmas to remember.

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While settling his father’s estate, Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why he left a nurse $50,000. His dad knew her for less than two months before he died. Just before Christmas, Finn wants to reclaim what he considers his family’s money, so he goes undercover to investigate the bed-and-breakfast the nurse has recently taken over. When Finn meets Willa, he discovers she’s not a conniving gold digger at all. She’s the single mother of a sick boy who needed an operation. Finn’s dad paid for the operation and financed Willa’s dream of running the Bramble House B&B. Though Willa and Finn are protective of their hearts for different reasons, they fall in love — until she discovers his true identity and why he was there. Now Finn must gain Willa’s trust to make this a Christmas to remember.”

Thoughts

This movie is so lame, none of the actors listed it on their IMDB. “Put a cork in it”

 

With Love, Christmas (Former title: Secret Santa/Secretly Santa)

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Premieres: Nov. 22, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Emilie Ullerup, Aaron O’Connell

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Just how secret does an office secret Santa have to be? In Melanie’s case, she finds it’s just a little too covert. The assignments were distributed for Secret Santa, and Melanie is a little worried but very excited that she was given her crush, Donovan. She comes up with thoughtful gifts and spot-on notes. Donovan is so taken by his Secret Santa, he starts to fall in love — only someone else is stealing her credit, pretending to be his Secret Santa. Now Melanie must work to prove to Donovan that she is the right one as far as Santas and girlfriends go

Thoughts

They are attractive and an Office Drama?!?! “Pour it Up”

The Mistletoe Inn

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Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Alicia Witt, David Alpay, Casey Manderson

Synopsis

Aspiring romance novelist and recently dumped, Kim Rossi, takes a leap of faith and signs up for a romance writing retreat right before Christmas. Upon arrival she get partnered with an intrusive writer, Zeke. When her ex-boyfriend Garth also arrives at the retreat, Kim plunges into the writing exercises and an unexpected relationship with Zeke.

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When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi (Alicia Witt) is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth (Casey Manderson), because he doesn’t feel she’s serious about her writing career, Kim takes stock and decides to take a leap. She signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas, where a top romance novelist is scheduled to attend and read the work of one lucky writer. Shortly after arriving, she crosses paths with Zeke (David Alpay), whom she initially finds to be intrusive and, naturally, ends up being her assignment partner. Worse yet, her ex-boyfriend, Garth, is also at the retreat. Despite these bumps in the road, Kim steps outside her comfort zone and plunges into the writing exercises and ends up surprising herself. Equally unexpected is the attraction that seems to be building between her and Zeke that promises to take her down a road she never imagined traveling. Based on the book by Richard Paul Evans

Thoughts

Alicia Witt is troubling, mainly because her face has deteriorated into plastic surgery horror!!! Last years Christmas List was a bust and her infamous I’m Not Ready for Christmas… where she recorded the theme song (Cue at .29) was also not that great. This is a hate watch. “Pour it Up”

Finding Santa

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Stars: Jodie Sweetin

Synopsis

Carrying on the legacy of her recently deceased mother’s Christmas Day Parade, Jessica hits an unexpected snag in planning when the town Santa becomes ill. Determined to not let her mother down, Jessica sets off on a 200 mile trek to convince the ill Santa’s son, Ben (an Uber driver) to drive her back to their hometown and fill in his father’s shoes. once Ben dons the red suit, he feels the spirit of Christmas — and soon begins to realize he may have found the new, real-life Mrs. Claus.

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Jessica was delighted to start running her New England town’s Christmas events after her mom died. The main event is the parade on Christmas Day when the jolly man in red greets the crowd. For the last 30 years, Henry, owner of a famous Santa School, played St. Nick. When Henry falls ill, and everyone else he has trained is already booked, Jessica’s in a predicament. The only possible replacement is Henry’s son, Ben, an Uber driver who never wanted to follow in his father big black leather boots. Desperate, Jessica sets off 200 miles north to find Ben and lures him to town by hiring him to drive her back. The trek is daunting; the real Kris Kringle makes it around the world easier than Ben and Jessica on their return. Still, once Ben dons the red suit, he feels the spirit of Christmas — and soon begins to realize he may have found the new, real-life Mrs. Claus.

Thoughts

Props to Stephanie Tanner for getting off the Meth and back on TV. No sure about this synopsis, but brave choice making Ben an “Uber Driver”. I’m gonna “Pour it Up”

 

The Christmas Train

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Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

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David Baldacci’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller comes to Hallmark Hall of Fame: A journalist embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart as he rediscovers people’s goodness, holiday magic, and a love he thought he’d lost

Thoughts

Hallmark Hall of Fame. “Pour it Up”

 

Switched for Christmas (Formerly Christmas Sister Swap)

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Stars: Candace Cameron Bure

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Just because they are identical does not mean these twins even like each other. Estranged twin sisters get together for an obligatory pre-Christmas lunch, a year after their mother died. Both women are unhappy and frustrated with their own lives. Though not close, each is envious of the other’s life. What’s a twin to do but take advantage of this? And who would be the wiser? They do what any identical twins in need of new outlooks would do — they swap lives until Christmas Day. And by doing so, each woman discovers the true meaning of her life and gains a deeper perspective and appreciation for what she already had.

Thoughts

Candace is someone who is problematic with the gays and she really burned me on last year’s Journey Back to Christmas. Even though it would have been better cast with the Olsen Twins, I can’t pass up the chance to see Candace give it her best DJ Tanner try. “Pour it Up”

 

A Joyous Christmas (Formerly Christmas for Joy]

Premieres: Nov. 26, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: TBA

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Joy may be down-on-her-luck, but her humanity is intact. She jumps to the aid of a stranger, rescuing the woman from a terrible accident. The woman who nearly died is quite successful and learns a great lesson from her accident: Helping others is the key to true success and could be the path to finding true love as well

Thoughts

Who is this about, Joy? The Woman who Joy Saved? How successful is, “quite successful”?  “Put a cork in it”

 

Christmas in Evergreen (Formerly Snow Globe Wishes)

Premieres: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: TBA

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You’re invited to spend Christmas in Evergreen, Vermont. It’s the place you see when you reflect on the beauty and celebration of the season. It’s the place you’re homesick for when December arrives and you reflect on all what’s important. There’s a history to this idyllic small town, a bond between its families that crosses generations, and a story that truly comes alive each Christmas season. At the local café, there is also a belief that if you make a wish on their snow globe, your wish will be granted. However, it must be your heart’s true desire for the wish to come true

Thoughts

“Put a cork in it”

Angel Falls

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Premieres: Dec. 2, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Rachel Boston, Paul Greene

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Angel Gabriel (Rachel Boston) – Gabby – gets a special assignment and is dispatched to the town of Angel Falls.  The town has lost its Christmas spirit and Gabby is charged with the task of helping the residents recapture it.  Along the way, she befriends Jack Avery (Paul Greene), the Volunteer Fire Chief, who’s initially skeptical about her plan to revive the local Yuletide cheer.  Determined, Gabby takes a job at the local church as the volunteer coordinator and sets about her business of recruiting residents to get the town’s holiday back on track.   In the process of bringing back beloved Angel Falls Christmas traditions, Gabby has a surprising revelation about herself and her own dreams that set her down an unexpected path.

Thoughts

Rachel Boston is hands down the worst actress in the Hallmark cannon.  “Put a cork in it”

 

 

Christmas at Holly Lodge (Formerly Evergeen Inn)

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Premieres: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Alison Sweeney

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Sophie Bennett begins a new holiday tradition of spending every holiday at the Evergreen Inn and Ski Lodge, which she inherited from her parents. Evergreen Inn is a special place filled with people who cannot make it home for the holidays or who have had such wonderful experiences that it has become their home-away-from-holiday-home. This Christmas, Sophie will meet an unforgettable family, and her own life will be forever changed

Thoughts

If she isn’t hosting The Biggest Loser, I don’t care. “Put a cork in it”

The Magical Christmas Ornaments

Premieres: Dec. 3rd, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: TBA

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A book editor, Marie had always adored Christmas, but that love faded when her marriage ended on Christmas Eve four years ago. To rekindle Marie’s love of the season, her mom sends a family Christmas ornament every day. Marie decorates her tree and feels her spirits lift with each ornament. Though she’s still limiting her seasonal festivities, Marie reads to children at a hospital, where she meets an attractive nurse, Nate. Marie is delighted when she gets to work with her favorite author on his new children’s book. She also happily organizes a book drive with Nate. Maybe mom’s ornaments are magical after all. But Marie jeopardizes her job when she refuses to edit her ex-husband’s book and starts to feel rather negative again — until her mom reminds her that the magic isn’t inside the ornaments but inside her.

Thoughts:  “Let it Breathe” Marie reads to sick children, I can’t hate on that… yet.

Christmas Encore

Premieres: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Maggie Lawson, Brannon Elliott

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A struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on A Christmas Carol — before giving up her dream and moving home. Instead she find romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates need a Christmas miracle

 

Thoughts

I like Maggie Lawson from Psych and  I love that Hallmark portrays theater actors a drunk poor messes. “Pour it up”

 

The Christmas Cottage

Premieres: Dec. 9th, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: TBA

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Still only in her mid-twenties, Lacey Quinn has already given up on love. Her heart’s been broken too many times, and now she concentrates on her career as an interior designer in Raleigh, North Carolina. When BFF Ava Callahan asks Lacey to be her maid of honor, she must take on a few responsibilities, including making sure the Callahan family cottage is perfect for the honeymoon. Legend has it that if newlyweds spend their first night there, everlasting love and happiness follow. Lacey isn’t sure she buys into that notion. Still, when she finds herself snowed in there with Charlie, Ava’s brother, Lacey has to reconsider if the little house may hold some romantic magic after all — especially at Christmas.

 

Thoughts:  “Let it Breathe” because this synopsis acknowledges Lacy’s age and that mid-twenties is young.

 

 

The Christmas Shop

Premieres: Dec. 10th, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: TBA

Synopsis

New York real estate agent, Anna, is tying to develop an old building in a prime location. Unfortunately the owner of a Christmas shop (The handsome Michael) is not interested in selling. The two make an agreement that if Anna works at the shop for a week and still wants him to sell, he will. As Anna gains a greater appreciation for the Christmas shop, she begins to also gain feelings for Michael. With her career is on the line, she is forced to make a choice, one that will change her forever and make this one of the best Christmases she has ever had.

 

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Anna works for a New York City real estate development company that is trying to buy an old building in a prime location, hoping to flip the property for a profit. Unfortunately, there is one tenant who is holding out—the owner of an old-fashioned Christmas shop. Anna has been hoping for a way to step up in her job, and finally she’s been given the golden opportunity to take point on this assignment. Anna approaches the Christmas Shop’s current (and handsome!) owner Michael, who is not only protective of his family’s legacy but really appreciates what the holiday means to everyone. His customers and employees have been loyal to the shop for generations. He’s not about to roll over for Anna and her company. But with sinking profits, Michael finally gives in a little bit to Anna’s attempts to change his mind—that Anna spend one week working in the store and then, after that, if she doesn’t realize why this shop is so important to him, his family, and the community, they can talk. Without much of an option, she begrudgingly agrees. Under their arrangement, Anna gains a greater appreciation for the store, its customers, and Christmas itself, realizing what really matters in life with respect to her job. Likewise, Michael is resistant to change, and the store has failed to modernize over the years. But through Anna’s innovative ideas and the love that grows between them, Michael is able to move past that. When the company finds out about what’s going on and Anna’s career is on the line, she is forced to make a choice, one that will change her forever and make this one of the best Christmases she has ever had.

Thoughts

Heartless ice queen warms with Christmas cheer?. “Pour it up”

 

 

Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Miracle

Premieres: Dec. 10, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: TBA

 

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Megan spent one unforgettable summer with a boy when they were teens, and she’s never forgotten his magical definition of love.  Now a high-powered attorney in New York and the single mother, her young son unexpectedly connects them again, but it’s not until Christmas when Maggie finally gets the miracle — the love — she’s longed for.

 

Thoughts:  “Put a cork in it” UGH UGH UGH!

 

 

Father Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: TBA

Official logline via Hallmark

Work-obsessed Eric Randall, chief technology officer of a major tech company in Kansas City, is laid off two weeks before Christmas. Divorced and the father of three, this will be Eric’s first Christmas alone with the kids. His ex-wife, Marie, encourages Eric to postpone a job search and instead make Christmas a true family holiday. Unfortunately, he’s better with computers than children. With baby Max strapped into a backpack, Eric is determined to build a sled with son Liam, no small feat for the math-challenged boy. Eric also gets roped into volunteering at daughter Chelsea’s junior cotillion class. At least her teacher, Kate Moore, is lovely. Kate teaches Eric some dance moves, and Eric realizes he’s avoided relationships by burying himself in work. Though enthralled with all old-fashioned romance, Kate finds a lot to like in this digital-age dad while Eric learns that family time does not need to be restricted to Christmas

 

Thoughts

If he was a widower, YES! But he is not so “Put a cork in it”

Unbridled Love

Premieres: Dec. 16th, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: TBA

Official logline via Hallmark

Evil stepmothers don’t only lurk in castles, tormenting helpless children. Sometimes, they’re on ranches, tormenting adults. A year after her father died in a fire at their Oregon ranch — a fire accidentally caused by her stepmother, Mae — Sarah has finally found her footing, turning the family homestead into a successful dude ranch. Still, Mae is pushing to take it over, seeing it as a potential goldmine. Meanwhile, Graham, a Hollywood superstar, wants to use the ranch as the location of his next movie. Sarah isn’t inclined to allow it. During a long horseback ride through the moonlit mountains, Graham explains why this project is so dear to him. That and a soulful kiss make Sarah relent. But all does not run smoothly once the movie starts. Graham and his costar, Simone, had been involved; Sarah has fallen hard for the handsome star. Still, she won’t allow jealousy to cloud her professionalism. When Simone’s horse runs wild, Sarah saves her. And when Sarah’s evil stepmother, Mae, also runs wild — suing Sarah — Simone, in turn, saves Sarah.

 

Thoughts:  “Put a cork in it” NO. WHAT?

 

Christmas Connection (Formerly Christmas Shuttle)

Premieres: Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: TBA

Official logline via Hallmark

It’s not easy being Henry, the only child of divorced parents. Every Christmas, he’s flown cross-country to be with his dad. Because he’s 8, a flight attendant looks after him from gate-to-gate. Henry instantly takes to the engaging Megan, who wears a Santa hat while helping him write a letter to the jolly guy. Megan promises to mail it to the North Pole, but slips the note to Henry’s dad. Henry has already decided Megan and his dad would be a great couple. And with all of the sophistication of a little boy, he tries setting them up. It turns out that Megan has no plans for Christmas dinner. Naturally, Henry invites her over, giving the adults a chance to see that they are perfect for each other

Thoughts

These log lines are making me hate the movies!!! “Let it Breathe” only because Megan is a flight attendant.

Reindeer Games

Premieres: Dec. 17, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: TBA

Official logline via Hallmark

N/A.

Thoughts

IDK

 

Christmas Getaway (Formerly Baby It’s Cold Outside)

Premieres: Dec. 23, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: TBA

Synopsis

Travel writer, Emory,  has never  had a traditional Christmas. After an unexpected breakup, Emory set off to have the perfect relaxing Christmas holiday. Through a mix up at the rental cabin- or maybe a little Christmas magic- Emory is forced to share her cabin with a Scott, a handsome widower. Could this inconvenience bloom into a romance and a Christmas they will cherish forever?

Official logline via Hallmark

Travel writer Emory has never had a traditional Christmas. Having grown up bouncing around the globe with her vagabond parents, her adult life mirrors much of what she learned growing up—life’s easier when you’re not tied down. Although her free spirit makes her the perfect travel writer, a surprising breakup with her boyfriend takes her personal life back to square one. Hoping to spend the holiday relaxing and recovering, Emory takes the picturesque Christmas vacation planned for the two of them, alone. Through a mix up on the rental site — or maybe a little Christmas magic — Emory is forced to share the cabin with Scott, a handsome widower, his young daughter and mother-in-law. What begins as an annoying inconvenience blooms into a romance she never knew was possible, and a Christmas they will cherish forever.

Thoughts

Christmas Magic? FINALLY! “Pour it up”

When Calls the Heart Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 25, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Official logline via Hallmark

A loved one returns, Christmas spirit is renewed, and children’s wishes are granted in this heartwarming Christmas movie featuring the series’ beloved characters. Elizabeth’s fiancé, Jack, surprises her, coming on home on leave and bringing a young Mountie desperately searching for Christmas inspiration. The community of Hope Valley works together to aid this young man with the help of an enchanted Wishing Tree. And as mayor, Abigail is pretty busy. Recognizing that, her newly adopted son, Cody, engages classmates in creating the town’s annual Christmas Celebration. While Sheriff Bill Avery forges a relationship with the disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen, Rosemary and Lee are reminded that family is the true meaning of Christmas.

Thoughts

I don’t fuck with Hallmark on Christmas, I’m celebrating baby Jesus. “Put a cork in it”

 

*Photo Credit: © 2017 Crown Media United States, LLC

Additional images via: Instagram

 

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