Countdown to Christmas returns for 2023 read on to find where your favourite Hallmark star appears.
All-New Movies Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel All-New Movies Every Thursday at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries* *Wednesday at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Week
Just as Santa’s annual arrival on Christmas Eve is anticipated by kids everywhere, viewers of every age and walk of life count the days to the start of their favorite yuletide tradition – Christmas on Hallmark, the OG destination for Ho-Ho-holiday movies.
Once again, fans of feel-good holiday fare have much to celebrate as Hallmark Media gifts them with 40 all-new, original movie premieres across Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as well as special offerings on Hallmark Movies Now, the company’s subscription streaming service.
The perennial popularity of the annual holiday programming event placed Hallmark Channel at the top of Santa’s “nice list” last year as it became the most watched entertainment cable network in Fourth Quarter 2022*, with the network taking the ratings crown in Women 18+ for nine consecutive years.
Christmas starts early as the pop culture phenomenon returns with round-the-clock holiday programming kicking off on Friday, October 20, when Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas ring in the yuletide season.
Fan-Favorite Sequels, Beloved Hallmark Stars, Iconic Talent Reunions, Joyful & Merry Rom-Coms and Extraordinary Movie Locations
MERRY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
An annual tradition, Hallmark Channel serves up extra helpings of holiday fare during Merry Thanksgiving Weekend. After a long day of football and feasting, viewers can unwind with an all-new original movie premiere on Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Starting Friday, November 24 and continuing through Sunday, November 26, fans can take a break from their holiday shopping and enjoy a double feature with new movies premiering at 6 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. ET/PT each night. To access full schedule, please click here.
HALLMARK CHANNEL’S COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
MERRY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Catch Me if You Claus
Stars: Italia Ricci (The Imperfects), Luke Macfarlane (Notes of Autumn)
Avery Quinn (Ricci) is an aspiring news anchor who’s finally getting her big break on her station’s Christmas morning newscast. But that’s put in jeopardy when she captures an intruder in her home wearing a red suit claiming to be Chris (Macfarlane), Santa’s son, who is on his first mission. A night of adventure ensues as they find themselves being pursued by the police as well as some shady characters. Along the way, they connect over living in the shadow of their parents and inspire each other to go after their dreams.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Letters to Santa – 6 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Katie Leclerc, Rafael de la Fuente
When young siblings receive a magic pen from Santa that appears to be granting wishes, they request a Christmas gift they want more than anything – for their separated parents (Leclerc, de la Fuente) to reunite.
“Holiday Road” – 8 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Warren Christie (Batwoman), Sara Canning (Christmas at the Golden Dragon)
When bad weather leaves each of them stranded at the airport for the holidays, a tech entrepreneur (Christie), a travel writer (Canning), a devoted mother (Enid-Raye Adams) and her son (Kiefer O’Reilly), a stubborn senior (Trevor Lerner), an enigmatic woman with a hint of mystery (Brittany Willacy), a couple traveling from Beijing (Sharon Crandall, Ryan Mah) and a social media influencer (Princess Davis) all agree to rent a shared van to embark on a road trip to Denver. When their unexpected journey brings them into uncharted territory, they navigate a series of misadventures together and form a deeper bond that just might change the trajectories of each of their lives. Inspired by a true story.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Christmas in Notting Hill – 6 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Famous soccer star, Graham Savoy (Moseley), has always been too busy for love, but when he comes home to Notting Hill for Christmas, he changes his mind after meeting the one person (Ramos) who has no idea who he is.
Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up – 8 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Wes Brown (We Are Marshall), Stephen Tobolowsky (One Day at a Time), Melissa Peterman (Reba), Ellen Travolta (Charles in Charge), Seth Morris (History of the World: Part II), Jennifer Aspen (Party of Five)
As the holidays approach, Emily (Chabert) and Jared (Brown) are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again, this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane’s uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned (Tobolowsky), Mary Louise (Travolta) and Pamela (Peterman) to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the best yet – even if being the HOA president’s girlfriend doesn’t stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty (Morris, Aspen), it looks like this year’s competition is about to heat up. As the welcoming committee prepares for the new arrivals, only one thing is certain – this Christmas, Evergreen Lane is going to sleigh!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Our Christmas Mural – 6 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Alex Paxton-Beesley (Murdoch Mysteries), Dan Jeannotte (The Bold Type)
Olivia (Paxton-Beesley), a single mom, returns home for Christmas. Her mom secretly enters her into a mural contest; she wins but partners with teacher Will (Jeannotte) to create a Christmas masterpiece.
A Biltmore Christmas – 8 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz (Good Sam), Kristoffer Polaha (A Winning Team), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: Picard), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager)
Lucy Hardgrove (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved, holiday movie classic, His Merry Wife!, which was filmed in 1947 at beautiful, historic Biltmore House. When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration.
While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass. While on set, she and Jack Huston (Polaha), one of the film’s stars, spend time together and become close. But her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever.
How many films are you planning to watch this Countdown To Christmas?