First look at the 2019's Hallmark Christmas movies
Christmas may still be two months away, but Christmas TV movie season is just around the decked-hall corner. Which means it’s already time to take a peek under the tree at the growing pile of presents. This year, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, a.k.a. holiday movie HQ, will debut 40 (nope, not a typo) new Yuletide TV films. The festivities kick off before Halloween — on Oct. 25 with A Merry Christmas Match — and to get you properly prepped, EW offers up first-look photos and details on all 40 (!) movies. Bundle up and start scrolling through this blizzard of bliss, a magical sugary land where happy endings are handed out like candy canes.
Our Christmas Love Song (Nov. 24, 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Alicia Witt, Brendan Hines
Contains: Plagiarism accusation, holiday homecoming for famous person
Official synopsis: "A country music star accused of plagiarism returns to her all-American hometown for the holidays in search of solace, and the original song lyrics that will prove she wrote the hit. There, she rediscovers the importance of home, family, and the special duet partner who she never stopped loving."
Time for You to Come Home for Christmas (Dec. 6, 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Alison Sweeney, Lucas Bryant
Contains: Widow, veteran, holiday homecoming
Official synopsis: “When Katherine returns home after her husband passed, she meets a veteran who is on his own holiday journey. As Christmas nears, they learn of a bond that may be the miracle they need.”
Christmas at Dollywood (Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Danica McKellar, Niall Matter, Dolly Parton
Contains: Event planner returning to her Appalachian roots, Dolly Parton as matchmaker
Official synopsis: "Event planner Rachel Davis returns to her Tennessee hometown to take on the biggest job of her career – Dollywood’s 30th Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration – and is teamed up with unimaginative operations director Luke Hakman to plan the event that has to be as bombastic and glamourous as Dolly Parton herself. And when Dolly gets involved in a little matchmaking, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event lights up the sky with joy, laughter and love."
Christmas in Montana (Dec. 14, 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Kellie Martin, Colin Ferguson
Contains: Cattle ranch in jeopardy, big-city woman wooed by small-town life
Official synopsis: “As Christmas approaches, Sara, a Los Angeles-based financial advisor and single mom, is sent to a small Montana town to help save a financially struggling cattle ranch. There, she meets Travis, the handsome owner of the troubled ranch now facing its last Christmas. Before long, Sara’s ambitious efforts to generate revenue clash with Travis’ laid-back business approach. When she unexpectedly starts to fall for small-town life — and for Travis — Sara must find a way to save the ranch without compromising his traditional values and must decide whether she’s going to return to L.A. or spend Christmas in Montana.”
Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday (Dec. 15, 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Jen Lilley, Carlo Marks, Eric Close
Contains: Bookstore kismet, divine intervention
Official synopsis: "Chloe, still upset with Ryan, who took her dream job in New York years ago, is fuming he’s back in Angel Falls consulting at her publishing company. Going to the bookstore to distract herself, she finds Memories of Christmas, left for her by an 'angelic' gentleman. Coincidentally, Ryan just rented his parents’ estate to the author, who Chloe would love to sign. But memories of the author’s late husband loom large, and she wants to leave. Someone 'angelic' better intervene to keep Ryan from running again, or Chloe, and Angel Falls, will lose out."
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Eric Mabius
Contains: Rival mayors, Christmas competition
Official synopsis: “The two neighboring New Hampshire towns of East and West Riverton have been rivals for years, battling each other for everything from the winning high school football team to which town gets the most “likes” on Facebook. When a big company decides to hold a contest to find the small American town that best represents Christmas – and offers some large rewards to the winner – the mayors of East and West Riverton, the extremely competitive Gavin (Eric Mabius) and the equally competitive Stella decide to go all out to get their respective towns to the top of the holiday heap. It becomes a free-for-all of Christmas cheer as Gavin and Stella continually try to outdo each other with decorations, events, performers, parades, and more. The ever-escalating contest leads these two not only to realize what Christmas is really all about, but to find love with one another along the way."
Christmas on My Mind (Dec. 21, 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Ashley Greene, Andrew Walker, Jackée Harry
Contains: Head trauma, rekindling of old flame
Official synopsis: “A bump on the head, an unexplained wedding dress and temporary short-term amnesia lead Lucy Lovett on a search for the truth about her breakup with longtime sweetheart Zach Callahan. She returns to Bedford Harbor, Maine, for the town’s Christmas celebration and rediscovers the woman she used to be, what matters most, and that a Christmas miracle can bring back love thought to be lost forever.”
A Family Christmas Gift (Dec. 22, 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, Patti LaBelle, and Dion Johnstone
Contains: Famous fictional singer played by Patti LaBelle, music-education program in jeopardy
Official synopsis: "When magazine editor Amber spends Christmas with her aunt, Dora DuChamp, the famous singer, she’s bossy to the driver. Later, Amber learns he’s Alan, Dora’s friend, the music teacher. Off to a frosty start, they aren’t happy when Dora volunteers them to organize a fundraiser but they learn to work together when Alan’s music program loses funding. When the auditorium pipes burst all seems lost, until Dora agrees to sing at the church that’ll hold the event. Falling in love, Alan and Amber now must face what to do when Amber is offered a promotion that’ll launch her career."
When Calls the Heart Christmas (Dec. 25, 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Martin Cummins, Andrea Brooks
Contains: Pioneer spirit, Christmas spirit
Official synopsis: “As residents of Hope Valley celebrate the Christmas spirit, intertwined stories explore the emotions and magic that connect them during the holiday season.”
When Calls the Heart Christmas (Dec. 25, 8 p.m., Hallmark)
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Stars: Aimee Teegarden, Michael Rady
Contains: Overworked morning show producer, the word “yes,” the last Hallmark happy ending of the year
Official synopsis: When a morning show producer makes a New Year’s resolution to say yes more, she crosses paths with a confirmed Yes man who just might hold the key to her biggest story and to her heart."
A Merry Christmas Match (Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries; debuted Oct. 25)
Stars: Ashley Newbrough, Kyle Dean Massey
Contains: Big city-versus-small-town dilemma, antiques shop, Christmas pageant
Official synopsis: "Corey Calvin dreamed of being a theater director in the city but that meant abandoning her late father’s antiques shop in her small hometown as well as leaving the local Christmas Pageant as director. When L.A. hunk Ryder Donnelly visits her shop, more than Christmas lights twinkle and their affection grows. A surprise gift from Ryder convinces Corey to attend a holiday soiree at the Donnelly estate. When Corey sees Ryder at her Christmas Pageant, she reaches a crossroads. Does she owe it to her dad’s memory to stay in Harmony or owe it to her heart and finally listen when love calls?"
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses (Nov. 22, 2 p.m., Hallmark Channel; debuted Oct. 26)
Stars: Jill Wagner, Matthew Davis
Contains: Stressful pre-Christmas prep, estate decorating, pleasure mixed with business
Official synopsis: "Former interior designer Abbey Fuller can’t resist the opportunity to redecorate businessman Nick Sinclair’s grand family estate. But her challenge involves more than furniture, paint and a tight Christmas Eve deadline. The real conundrum is Nick, a buttoned-up workaholic who surprises Abbey, and himself, when he begins to reveal the kind, thoughtful man beneath the polished façade."
Nostalgic Christmas (Nov. 19, 7 p.m., HMM; debuted Oct. 31)
Stars: Trevor Donovan, Brooke D’Orsay
Contains: Holiday homecoming, big city-versus-small-town dilemna, homespun toy business
Official synopsis: "When Anne Garrison visits her hometown in Maine for the holidays she is torn between returning to New York and her career as a toy buyer for a national department store, or remaining in the small town to take over her dad’s hand-carved wooden toy business and see where a burgeoning romance with a handsome local might lead."
Two Turtle Doves (Nov. 20, 7 p.m., HMM; debuted Nov. 1)
Stars: Nikki Deloach, Michael Rady
Conatins: Neuroscientist (!), death of grandmother, mystery-containing will
Official synopsis: "Neuroscientist Dr. Sharon Harper, who studies loss and grief, returns to her childhood home following the death of her beloved grandmother to get her affairs in order. She becomes reacquainted with Sam, the disheartened estate lawyer and single dad, grieving for his late wife. It’s both Christmas and her late grandmother’s will and testament that challenge Sharon with a quest for a long-lost family heirloom that leads them both to confront old memories with making new ones. When she is faced with choosing between her past and her future, she rediscovers what the holiday — and life — is truly about."
Merry & Bright (Nov. 24, 10 p.m., Hallmark; debuted Nov. 2)
Stars: Jodie Sweetin, Andrew Walker, Sharon Lawrence
Contains: Sweet love. Plus sweets. Plus Sweetin.
Official synopsis: "Cate is the CEO of Merry & Bright, a struggling small-town candy cane factory. Gabe is a New York consultant tasked with saving the company. With Christmas approaching, Gabe travels to the town, only to find Cate resenting his efforts to restructure her business. Though they initially clash, they soon develop feelings for each other. But when Gabe urges her to accept a high-profile investor’s suggestion to abandon the traditional methods of her business, Cate parts ways with him. On Christmas Eve, Cate wonders if she’ll manage to save her factory and if she’ll ever find a holiday romance again."
A Christmas Scavenger Hunt (Dec. 4, 2 a.m., Hallmark; debuted Nov. 3)
Stars: Tom Arnold, Kim Shaw, Kevin McGarry
Contains: Holiday homecoming, possible rekindling of old flames, definite appearance of Tom Arnold
Official synopsis: “When Belinda heads to her hometown for the holidays, things get complicated when she is forced to team up with her ex Dustin for the town's annual Christmas scavenger hunt.”
A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas (Nov. 21, 11 p.m., HMM; debuted Nov. 7)
Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Benjamin Ayres
Contains: Holiday homecoming, Yuletide wedding planning
Official synopsis: “Hotel manager Willow returns to her stunning Virginia hometown to help her sister plan a Christmas wedding at the inn her family once owned. She must work with current owner and single dad David, who wants to let go of the past.”
Holiday for Heroes (Nov. 24, 5 p.m., HMM; debuted Nov. 8)
Stars: Melissa Claire Egan, Marc Blucas
Contains: Pen pals, military event in jeopardy
Official synopsis: "Audrey and First Sergeant Matt have been writing each other since last Christmas, when her brother Devin shared some fresh roasted coffee from the care package she’d sent. When Matt unexpectedly shows up in her small-town coffee shop, Audrey is delighted to see him. Soon, Matt helps Audrey with the annual Holiday for Heroes event, which honors local service members. As they work to save this important event from being cancelled, will the spirit of the season bring Matt and Audrey’s love beyond their letters?"
Picture a Perfect Christmas (Nov. 28, 6 p.m., Hallmark; debuted Nov. 9)
Stars: Merritt Patterson, Jon Cor
Contains: Ailing grandmother, world-hopping photographer
Official synopsis: "A photographer whose career is on the fast track yet whose personal life lacks the fulfillment she seeks, finds romance with an unlikely candidate while visiting her grandmother in Bainbridge Island, Washington. over the Christmas holiday season."
The Mistletoe Secret (Nov. 21, 10 p.m., Hallmark; debuted Nov. 10)
Stars: Kellie Pickler, Christopher Russell, Tyler Hynes, Patrick Duffy
Contains: Christmas in jeopardy, town-saving journalism, ghost (writer) of Christmas present, TV’s Patrick Duffy
Official synopsis: "When Aria Eubank convinces a famous travel writer to do a feature story on her beloved hometown, Midway, Utah, it looks like the town’s tourism drop is about to be reversed. However, when the travel guru and his ghostwriter both show up, Aria finds her heart torn between the charismatic but pompous Sterling Masters and Alex Bartlett, the real talent behind 'Masters of Travel,' and the man who has genuinely fallen for her."
A Christmas Miracle (Nov. 24, 7 p.m., HMM; debuted Nov. 14)
Stars: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Brooks Darnell, Barry Bostwick
Contains: Freelance journalist who finds "Mr. Write," one lucky street musician
Official synopsis: "Ever-optimistic single mom Emma Sanderson is looking for a Christmas miracle to write about for the lifestyle magazine at which she has landed a temporary job. While following her lead on the story, Emma discovers unexpected romance with a supportive colleague and takes it upon herself to bring about a Christmas miracle for a lonely street musician."
A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love (Nov. 23, 7 p.m., HMM; debuted Nov. 15)
Stars: Kathie Lee Gifford, Cindy Busby, Benjamin Hollingsworth
Contains: Destined romance, road trips, medical uncertainty, Hoda-less Kathie Lee Gifford
Official synopsis: "Alice Marina (Busby) and Jack Totah (Hollingsworth) have been unwittingly living their lives beside each other for years; Alice in a big, bustling family, including larger-than-life, loving mom Olga (Gifford). This Christmas, after a series of unbelievable coincidences happen during road trips, a family wedding, and lots of shared Christmas activities, they slowly find themselves falling head-over-heels for each other. But with Alice worrying about her family business expansion and a mysterious medical issue, and Jack trying for a promotion, they ask themselves the question: is everything just a crazy coincidence, or are some Godwinks afoot? Maybe they are destined to be…"
Christmas Under the Stars (Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Hallmark; debuted Nov. 16)
Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser, Clarke Peters
Contains: Vocation demotion, tree-lot in jeopardy, astronomy lessons
Official synopsis: "When Nick, a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted widower. There, he meets Julie, an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others. When he learns that Julie and the tree lot owner are facing hard times, Nick strives to end their troubles in time for them all to share a Christmas under the stars."
Write Before Christmas (Nov. 23, 6 p.m., Hallmark; debuted Nov. 17)
Stars: Torrey DeVitto, Chad Michael Murray, Grant Show, Lolita Davidovich, Drew Seeley
Contains: Old-school card-writing, pop star
Official synopsis: “Jessica sends Christmas cards to those special to her — the aunt who raised her, her brother, an aging popstar, the teacher that inspired her, and her friend that always tells the truth.”
Holiday Hearts (Nov. 21 at 9 p.m., HMM)
Stars: Ashley Williams, Paul Campbell
Contains: Yuletide shindig, babysitting bonding
Official synopsis: “While planning the family Christmas gala, Peyton is forced together with Ben to care for a friend's daughter. While finding their Christmas spirit, will there be some romance along the way?”
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays (Nov. 23 at 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Kaitlin Doubleday, Adrian Grenier, Priscilla Presley
Contains: Holiday homecoming, Elvis-themed Christmas, overwhelmed widowed dad
Official Synopsis: “We return to Graceland at Christmas, but this time, with a whole new story and cast of characters! Returning home to Memphis for Christmas after three years abroad, Harper Ellis hopes to land her dream job as associate curator at the Brooks Museum in town. Not one to sit still, and waiting to hear back, she’s excited when she’s asked to create an Elvis-at-Christmas exhibit at Graceland, where she gave tours in high school. Only her time at Graceland turns complicated when she meets Owen Reed, a successful businessman and widowed father of three, who is in desperate need of an au pair to help him get through the holidays. While Harper seems a natural fit with his three kids, her easygoing ways clash with his over-scheduled days, creating a Christmas neither will forget.”
Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2 (Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Ali Liebert, Peter Porte, Tina Lifford
Contains: Community center in jeopardy, surprise guest
Official synopsis: "Darcy and Aiden celebrate their second Christmas together when an unexpected guest and a fight to save the beloved community center unites everyone for an unforgettable holiday."
A Christmas Duet (Nov. 25 at 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel)
Stars: Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Teryl Rothery
Contains: Legacy-act reunion, possible rekindling of old flames, Christmas festival
Official synopsis: "Former pop music duo – and former couple – Averie and Jesse are reunited at Averie’s inn over the holiday season. As the two spend time together preparing for the Christmas festival Averie is hosting at her inn, they rediscover long-buried feelings and notice the creative spark each one lights in the other. While Averie balances planning for the festival and trying to impress a hotel critic, Jesse catches a glimpse of what life with Averie would look like, possibly revealing a dream he never knew he had. As Christmas approaches, the two must decide if they are meant to live their lives solo or in harmony together."
Stars: Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Teryl RotheryContains: Legacy-act reunion, possible rekindling of old flames, Christmas festivalOfficial synopsis: "Former pop music duo – and former couple – Averie and Jesse are reunited at Averie’s inn over the holiday season. As the two spend time together preparing for the Christmas festival Averie is hosting at her inn, they rediscover long-buried feelings and notice the creative spark each one lights in the other. While Averie balances planning for the festival and trying to impress a hotel critic, Jesse catches a glimpse of what life with Averie would look like, possibly revealing a dream he never knew he had. As Christmas approaches, the two must decide if they are meant to live their lives solo or in harmony together."
Stars: Rachel Boston, Wes Brown
Contains: Family inns in jeopardy, heartless developer
Official synopsis: “Julia Crawley and Roger Mason must unite their families during Crestridge's centennial Christmas celebration in order to save their family inns from a developer.”
The Christmas Club (Nov. 27 at 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Cameron Mathison
Contains: Missing money, secret loans, strange(r) romance, dance studio
Official synopsis: "When dance teacher Olivia and business consultant Edward meet, they replace Gertrude’s lost Christmas Club savings with their own money, and soon begin noticing several pay-it-forward acts. But their magical day ends when Olivia learns Edward’s client is buying the dance studio. Luckily Edward finds a storefront perfect for Olivia to start her own studio, and secretly helps her get a loan. Thinking she got it herself, Olivia sees Edward hugging the loan officer, and declares he must believe in her for their relationship to work. It might take some Christmas magic and fate to bring these two back together."
Christmas at the Plaza (Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Ryan Paevey, Elizabeth Henstridge
Contains: Ambivalent archival historian, dashing decorator
Official synopsis: “With Christmas approaching in New York City, Jessica, an archival historian enmeshed in a declining romantic relationship, is hired to create an exhibition honoring the history of Christmas at the Plaza Hotel. There, she meets Nick, a handsome decorator who’s been commissioned to deck out the iconic landmark. When they’re paired together to prepare the exhibition, they wind up enjoying a host of holiday traditions together and find themselves falling for each other. Tensions soon rise as Jessica must figure out her romantic priorities and decide with whom she’ll ultimately spend Christmas at the Plaza.”
Christmas In Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., Hallmark)
Stars: Paul Greene, Maggie Lawson, Barbara Niven, Holly Robinson Peete, Rukiya Bernard, Colin Lawrence, Ashley Williams, Jill Wagner
Contains: Jaded journalist, time capsule that may or may not exist
Official synopsis: “As the town searches for a rumored Christmas Time Capsule, a skeptical writer arrives in Evergreen to get the story on the town’s ‘too-good-to-be-true’ Christmas-fever.”