My love for Christmas runs deep y’all. REAL deep. Decorations, lights, trees, you name it, I love all things Christmas. Who doesn’t, right? Well one area that I can’t get enough of is Hallmark Christmas movies. As soon as they start airing, even if it’s before Halloween, I’ll start watching – I’ve been known to use the Hallmark channel as my greenlight to start decorating for Christmas until my husband intervenes and makes me wait until November First. But I digress. . .
While I don’t typically watch Hallmark movies at other times of the year, unless there’s a particular actor starring in it or it was filmed in my hometown (shout out St. Petersburg, FL!), I’m typically more into the Hallmark Christmas movies. Yes they’re cheesy (who doesn’t love cheese?!), yes they’re predictable, and yes they all follow a certain storyline formula, there is something about them that I can’t get enough of. Maybe it’s the snowcovered, small town Christmas vibe, maybe it’s the nostalgia they bring to me knowing that my Mom was a HUGE fan of the Hallmark channel, particularly Christmas movies. They’re simple and classic and I hope they never go away.
Here are my top ten favorite Hallmark Christmas movies of all time:
#10 Jingle Bell Bride (2020)
Starring Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe Jr
Wedding planner Jessica Perez 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 helping her.
#9 Finding Santa (2017)
Starring Jodie Sweetin and Eric Winter
Grace, a single woman who lives and breathes Christmas 365 days a year, has been in charge of her small New England town’s famous Christmas parade since she moved back home and took over for her late parent’s Christmas store. When the long-standing Santa in the parade falls and hurts himself, Grace is on a mission to find the perfect replacement in time for the televised broadcast. The only option is Ben, who hates Christmas. As Grace and Ben come together in their festive hometown, she inspires him to find his Christmas spirit-while he inspires her to follow her dreams.
#8 Christmas Next Door (2017)
Starring Jesse Metcalfe and Fiona Gubelmann
Eric, an author of bachelor lifestyle books, is left in charge of his young niece and nephew for the holidays. He turns to April, his neighbor, for help, who loves all things Christmas.
#7 Christmas Land (2015)
Starring Nikki DeLoach and Luke MacFarlane
Jules, a successful New York businesswoman who seemingly has everything, soon learns her beloved late Grandmother Glinda has left her ‘Christmas Land,’ a magical Christmas-themed village and Christmas tree farm in the countryside. Much of her favorite childhood memories revolve around Christmas Land and the holiday’s her family spent there in her youth. Upon arriving in Christmas Land to claim the property, she meets Tucker, the handsome and charming lawyer handling the estate. Christmas Land has seen better days since Glinda’s tragic passing and Jules is forced to decide if she should sell Christmas Land to a real estate tycoon or stay and bring Christmas Land back to its former glory.
#6 Merry Me at Christmas (2017)
Starring Rachel Skarsten and Trevor Donovan
Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline. 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. He 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?
#5 A Dream of Christmas (2016)
Starring Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker
When a restless young married woman is granted a wish by a Christmas Angel to be single again, she soon discovers her new life isn’t what she bargained for, and embarks on a quest to win her husband back.
#4 A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (2018)
Starring Candace Cameron Bure and Luke Macfarlane
As Christmas approaches, Noelle is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?
#3 Christmas in Love (2018)
Starring Brooke D’Orsay and Daniel Lissing
Ellie is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it’s the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn’t better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick’s laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.
#2 Switched for Christmas (2017)
Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Mark Deklin, and Eion Bailey
When identical twin sisters are stuck planning their respective Christmas parties, they’re convinced the grass is greener on the other side. Deciding to swap lives for the holiday, the lessons they learn along the way may turn out to make this the best Christmas ever.
Why I love it: First off, Candace Cameron Bure, you either love her or hate her, and I particularly love her. I’ve always been a fan of the classic character swap (i.e. Parent Trap, Freaky Friday) and this one, plus Christmas, makes it a top favorite. I can see parts of myself in both characters; I’m a business-minded career woman with a penchant for fashion, structure, and organized plans (that’s Kate) but then I also enjoy the cozy feel of small town living with festive house decor and casual holiday sweaters (that’s Kris).
#1 The Mistletoe Promise (2016)
Starring Jaime King and Luke MacFarlane
A chance meeting between two strangers who share a disdain for Christmas results in them forming a pact to help them navigate their holiday complications together. But as they spend more time with each other and experience the magic of Christmas, the phony couple discovers there may be more to their contract than business.
Why I love it: I absolutely love the couple in this one. It is my absolute favorite and whenever it’s on I immediately stop whatever I’m doing and watch it. It’s fun to see two people lacking the holiday spirit start doing Christmas activities (pick out a tree, build a snowman, ice skating) and how, as they spend more time together, they’re opening up their heart more to Christmas and each other.
As you can tell I LOVE Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies to watch this time of year?