Hallmark Channel Previews Countdown to Christmas Movies Featuring Soap Star Faves — & We Have the Schedule
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The holidays will be merry, bright…and a little bit soapy.
Hallmark is there for us with holiday cheer, no matter the season. During the health crisis, the channel aired a marathon of Christmas films and a second marathon for Hallmark’s Christmas in July – and there are even more holiday films coming your way in October for the Countdown to Christmas 2020 event. If you look close, you may recognize soap opera alums from All My Children, As the World Turns, Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Guiding Light and more. Be sure to check your local listings and take note of sister site Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Miracles of Christmas new premieres as well…
Jingle Bell Bride
A wedding planner named Jessica Perez (Julie Gonzalo) heads to a remote town in Alaska in search of a special flower for a client only to be charmed by a handsome local (Ronnie Rowe) and his town. Saturday October 24 at 8:00 PM.
A world-renowned pianist, Margot (Merritt Patterson), returns home to Chateau Newhaus for a family holiday and runs into her ex-boyfriend (Luke Macfarlane), who ends up reminding her just how much music means to her. Sunday October 25 at 8:00 PM.
Christmas With the Darlings
Jessica Lew (Katrina Law) ends her tenure as the assistant to a wealthy man just before the holidays. With a new law degree, she offers to help his younger brother (Carlo Marks), who goes in search of his orphaned nieces and nephew. Saturday October 31 at 8:00 PM.
One Royal Holiday
Anna (Laura Osnes) offers a mother (Victoria Clark) in need, and her son (Aaron Tveit), a place to stay during a blizzard, only to uncover that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Sunday November 1 at 8:00 PM.
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
Maggie (Ashley Williams; As the World Turns) is facing Christmas alone as a single mom until an unexpected houseguest named Lucas (Niall Matter) comes into her life. As one, they find comfort during Christmas. Saturday November 7 at 8:00 PM.
On the 12th Date of Christmas
Two mismatched game designers (Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes) join forces to create a romantic 12 Days of Christmas-themed city scavenger hunt. Sunday November 8 at 8:00 PM.
Christmas in Vienna
A concert violinist named Jess (Sarah Drew) isn’t into her job anymore, even while traveling to beautiful Vienna. However, it’s there where new inspiration is found, as well as love (Brennan Elliott). Saturday November 14 at 8:00 PM.
A Timeless Christmas
Charles Whitley (Ryan Paevey; General Hospital) meets a tour guide, Megan Turner (Erin Cahill), while traveling from 1903 to 2020 to his historic mansion just in time for a 21st Century Christmas. Sunday November 15 at 8:00 PM.
A Nashville Christmas Carol
Vivienne Wake (Jessy Schram) is a workaholic television producer who heads up a country music Christmas special featuring newcomer Alexis (Raelynn). However, Gavin Chase’s (Wes Brown) return and a visit from the ghost of her deceased mentor, Marilyn (Wynonna Judd), as well as the Spirit of Christmas Past (Kix Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), forces Vivienne to reclaim her life. Saturday November 21 at 8:00 PM.
The Christmas House
Mitchell family matriarch Phyllis (Sharon Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Treat Williams) have to work through some difficult decisions and turn to their sons for help. As Mike Mitchell (Robert Buckley) reconnects with his ex Andi (Ana Ayora), his brother Brandon (Jonathan Bennett; All My Children) and his husband Jake (Brad Harder) anxiously await a call about the adoption of their first child. Sunday November 22 at 8:00 PM.
A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado
Erin (Rochelle Aytes) must win over firefighter Kevin (Mark Taylor; The Young and the Restless) while planning the town’s Christmas celebration to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property. Tuesday November 24 at 8:00 PM.
Good Morning Christmas
Two competing TV hosts (Alison Sweeney; Days of our Lives’ and Marc Blucas) travel to a festive town for Christmas and must pretend to get along. Surprisingly, both discover there’s more to the other than they thought. Wednesday November 25 at 8:00 PM.
Five Star Christmas
Lisa (Bethany Joy Lenz; Guiding Light) moves back to her hometown and plots with her family in order to help her dad’s bed and breakfast get a five-star review from a travel critic (Victor Webster; Days of our Lives). However, she never intended to fall for him. Thursday November 26 at 8:00 PM.
Christmas by Starlight
Attorney Annie (Kimberley Sustad) works to help her family save their restaurant, The Starlight Café, from demolition. William (Paul Campbell), the heir to the development firm, agrees to spare the café if Annie will ‘appear’ to be the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire. Friday November 27 at 8:00 PM.
Avery’s (Lacey Chabert; All My Children) fairytale Christmas wedding is unexpectedly canceled, which leaves dance instructor Roman (Will Kemp) to help pick up the pieces. Saturday November 28 at 8:00 PM.
If I Only Had Christmas
A happy publicist (Candace Cameron Bure) teams up with a pessimistic business owner (Warren Christie) over the holidays to help a charity in need. Sunday November 29 at 8:00 PM.
Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing
Hannah (Rukiya Bernard) helps finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum but has questions surrounding her relationship with Elliot (Antonio Cayonne), as Michelle’s (Holly Robinson Peete) wedding approaches. Saturday December 5 at 8:00 PM.
Christmas She Wrote
Kayleigh (Danica McKellar), a romance writer, receives the cancellation of her column before Christmas and goes home to reconnect with family. An unexpected visit from the man (Dylan Neal; Bold and the Beautiful) responsible for her writing woes, presents Kayleigh with a business opportunity and love. Sunday December 6 at 8:00 PM.
Cross Country Christmas
Lina (Rachael Leigh Cook) and Max (Greyston Holt), former classmates, are forced to work together while traveling home during a storm. Saturday December 12 at 8:00 PM.
Christmas Comes Twice
Emily (Tamera Mowry-Housley) has achieved her career dreams as a top newscaster but can’t help think about the guy (Michael Xavier) who got away. However, while on a ride at the Christmas carnival, she’s magically taken back in time to five years before. Sunday December 13 at 8:00 PM.
The Royal Family of Marcadia hires Lila (Rachel Boston) to repair a carousel, and she must work with the Prince (Neal Bledsoe) to have it completed by Christmas. Saturday December 19 at 8:00 PM.
Love, Lights, Hanukkah
Christina (Mia Kirshner) learns she is Jewish just as she prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year. The discovery takes her on a journey to a new family and a new romance. Sunday December 20 at 8:00 PM.
As we await these films, get ready to jingle all the way… to your TV set this Christmas season. On the heels of its recently concluded successful sixth season, Good Witch has been greenlit for Season 7 and the multi-generational family drama, Chesapeake Shores is returning for Season 5.
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Original article published July 16, 2020 by Randee Dawn. Refreshed September 23, 2020 by Amy Mistretta.