Take heart, Hearties. When Calls the Heart will be joining you for the holidays again.
Hallmark Channel has ordered a When Calls the Heart Christmas movie to air later this year, EW has learned exclusively. Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, and Paul Greene are among those actors reprising their roles in Hope Valley for this film, which will bridge seasons 5 and 6 of the Western family drama. Season 6 will premiere in early 2019.
The premise? A group of orphans are stranded in Hope Valley for the holidays, and Abigail (Loughlin) and the other residents band together to make this an unforgettable Christmas. Meanwhile, Elizabeth (Krakow) — who learned in the season 5 finale that she was pregnant with the child of the now-deceased Jack (Daniel Lissing) — is preparing to give birth and teaching her students about the art of selfless gift-giving. In addition, there might be some sort of Christmas miracle in the works.
This will be the fourth When Calls the Heart Christmas movie, following in the snowy footsteps of 2017’s When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree, 2016’s When Calls the Heart Christmas, and 2015’s When Calls the Heart: New Year’s Wish.
Although Lissing has departed the series, he will be back on Hallmark Channel over the holidays, starring in his own Yuletide movie tentatively titled Kringles for Christmas opposite Brooke D’Orsay. Meanwhile, Krakow will reunite with Wendie Malick and Niall Matter for the third installment of the Robin Gunn Jones’ Father Christmas novel series titled Marrying Father Christmas.
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are planning a record 34 new original movies for this holiday season, which you can read about here.