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Hallmark Christmas movies 2023: Schedule, release dates, ho

Hallmark will release 40 new Christmas movies this holiday season across its two channels.

Below is a complete guide on what to know about the release date, cast, and synopsis of all the holiday movies that have yet to air this Christmas season on Hallmark’s two channels (The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries).

This year you can challenge yourself or your friends to watch them all, especially since Hallmark released printable movie guides for The Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas 2023” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas 2023.”

If you don’t have cable or a package with the channels, you can watch online via streaming services Philo or Fubo, each of which offers a free trial.

If you do have cable but don’t know the channel number, use the finder on your provider’s website: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV and Dish.

The new movies begin airing Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. and run until Dec. 17.

“Checkin’ It Twice”

Synopsis: “A journeyman hockey player falls for a real estate agent in a career crisis when he’s traded to her hometown and moves into the cottage in her hockey loving family’s backyard.”

Cast: Kim Matula and Kevin McGarry

Premiere date: Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Where Are You, Christmas?”

Synopsis: “When Addy wishes for a year without Christmas, she wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic to restore Christmas.”

Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O’Heir and Julie Warner

Premiere date: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Under The Christmas Sky”

Synopsis: “Kat is an esteemed astrophysicist, who is scheduled for her first trip into space next year until an accident grounds her. While on leave, coming to terms with the reality that her dream of being an astronaut is over, she volunteers at the local planetarium. There, she is paired up with by-the-book David to work on an exhibit opening right before Christmas.”

Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy and Ryan Paevey

Premiere date: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Ms. Christmas Comes to Town”

Synopsis: “A shopping channel host known as Ms. Christmas (Niven) receives a terminal diagnosis, which inspires a multi-city excursion set to spread Christmas cheer before her farewell broadcast.”

Cast: Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott and Barbara Niven

Premiere date: Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“Christmas By Design”

Synopsis: “A fashion designer gets accepted into a Christmas challenge to create a new holiday-themed collection and not only finds the inspiration for her next line but decides to redesign her approach to what’s most important in life.”

Cast: Rebecca Dalton and Jonathan Keltz

Premiere date: Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Mystic Christmas”

Synopsis: “Juniper travels to Mystic, Connecticut during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer, the owner of the pizza shop.”

Cast: Jessy Schram and Chandler Massey

Premiere date: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Joyeux Noel”

Synopsis: “When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea, she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark to uncover the mystery behind the artist.”

Cast: Jaicy Elliot and Brant Daugherty

Premiere date: Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“My Christmas Guide”

Synopsis: “After losing his eyesight, a college professor adopts a seeing eye dog from a guide dog trainer. As they all begin to spend time together, his confidence returns and his heart begins to open.”

Cast: Amber Marshall and Ben Mehl

Premiere date: Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“Flipping For Christmas”

Synopsis: “It’s almost Christmas when busy realtor Abigail agrees to help her sister with the ‘simple flip’ of a recently inherited home. Unfortunately, co-beneficiary Bo has other plans in mind.”

Cast: Ashley Newbrough and Marcus Rosner

Premiere date: Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Never Been Chris’d”

Synopsis: “Home for the holidays, BFFs Naomi and Liz reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver. A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives and find the value of friendship.”

Cast: Janel Parrish, Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes and Tyler Hynes

Premiere date: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“The Santa Summit”

Synopsis: “It’s time for the annual Santa Summit, in which revelers put on Santa suits and hop around designated locations in town to eat, drink, and be merry. Three best friends decide to go together: Jordin, a recently dumped art teacher looking to cut loose; Ava, a shy woman hoping to run into her crush; and Stella, a Christmas cynic with no interest in the Santa Summit whatsoever. At the start of the night, Jordin meets and bonds with Liam, but doesn’t get his name before getting separated and lost in a sea of Santas. As the night progresses and hijinks ensue, amidst the chaos, celebration, and a sea of Santas, they all find what they’re looking for: Christmas spirit, potential romance, and a strengthened bond of friendship.”

Cast: Hunter King and Benjamin Hollingsworth

Premiere date: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Mystery on Mistletoe Lane”

Synopsis: “New to town, Heidi Wicks and her kids discover a Christmas mystery in their historic home. Local handyman and historian David helps along the way, finding his own surprising connection.”

Cast: Victor Webster and Erica Cerra

Premiere date: Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“Everything Christmas”

Synopsis: “Lori Jo’s love for Christmas takes her on a road trip to Yuletide Springs with her roommate Tori, where Christmas is celebrated year-round, to participate in a longstanding town tradition to honor her late grandmother. Along the way, the friends meet Carl and Jason, and the foursome make stops during their journey to enjoy more small-town Christmas attractions. But when a series of events puts a damper on their plans, a little Christmas magic may put this trip back on the right path.”

Cast: Katherine Barrell, Cindy Busby, Corey Sevier and Matt Wells

Premiere date: Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Christmas Island”

Synopsis: “When a snowstorm diverts Kate’s first private flight en route to Switzerland to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller to secure her dream job as the family’s pilot.”

Cast: Rachel Skarsten and Andrew Walker

Premiere date: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“A Heidelberg Holiday”

Synopsis: “Heidi Heidelberg receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. While there, she meets Lukas, a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.”

Cast: Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier

Premiere date: Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“A World Record Christmas”

Synopsis: “Charlie (Dalman) is an autistic boy determined to set a Guinness World Record by stacking 1400 Jenga blocks. His mother Marissa (DeLoach) and stepfather Eric (Bryant) encourage him to reach for his dream and they all celebrate when he gets the good news that he’ll have get his chance on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the holiday, they organize a fundraiser giving the townspeople an opportunity to donate and decorate a Jenga block, with the proceeds going to benefit kids with autism. Charlie’s journey to setting the Jenga world record gives them all the chance to learn more not just about themselves, but about what family really means.”

Cast: Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant and Aias Dalman

Premiere date: Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“Navigating Christmas”

Synopsis: “Recently divorced Melanie and her son Jason visit a remote island for Christmas, only to find themselves running a real working lighthouse where she connects with the curt but cute owner.”

Cast: Chelsea Hobbs and Stephen Huszar

Premiere date: Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“A Merry Scottish Christmas”

Synopsis: “When estranged siblings, Lindsay and Brad Morgan travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother Jo, a big family secret is revealed.”

Cast: Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf

Premiere date: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Holiday Hotline”

Synopsis: “After leaving London, Abby connects with an anonymous caller while working at a cooking hotline. The caller is single dad “John” who Abby unknowingly has become smitten with in real life.”

Cast: Emily Tennant and Niall Matter

Premiere date: Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“A Season For Family”

Synopsis: “Siblings adopted into separate families wish to reunite for Christmas.”

Cast: Stacey Farber and Brendan Penny

Premiere date: Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“Catch Me if You Claus”

Synopsis: “Avery Quinn’s shot at anchoring news clashes with a Santa-suited intruder, Chris, who insists he’s Santa’s son on a first Christmas mission. They unravel a career-making story together.”

Cast: Italia Ricci and Luke MacFarlane

Premiere date: Thursday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Letters to Santa”

Synopsis: “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 to reunite.”

Cast: Katie Leclerc and Rafael de la Fuente

Premiere date: Friday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Holiday Road”

Synopsis: “Nine strangers, stranded at an airport during the holidays, unite for a Christmas road trip to Denver. Misadventures lead to unexpected bonds and heartfelt conversations.”

Cast: Warren Christie and Sara Canning

Premiere date: Friday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Christmas in Notting Hill”

Synopsis: “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 Georgia (Ramos) – a visiting American and the one person who has no idea who he is.”

Cast: Sarah Ramos and William Moseley

Premiere date: Saturday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up”

Synopsis: “As the holidays approach, Emily and Jared 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, Mary Louise and Pamela 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, 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!”

Cast: Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Travolta, Melissa Peterman, Seth Morris and Jennifer Aspen.

Premiere date: Saturday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Our Christmas Mural”

Synopsis: “Olivia, a single mom, returns home for Christmas. Her mom secretly enters her into a mural contest; she wins but partners with teacher Will to create a Christmas masterpiece.”

Cast: Alex Paxton-Beesley and Dan Jeannotte

Premiere date: Sunday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“A Biltmore Christmas”

Synopsis: “Lucy Hardgrove (Joy 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, His Merry Wife! First filmed in 1947 at beautiful, historic Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. 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. After shaking off the initial shock of this turn of events, Lucy embraces this as her chance to uncover the truth about the movie’s original ending. While on set, she and Jack Huston (Kristoffer 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.”

Cast: Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha

Premiere date: Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Time For Her to Come Home For Christmas”

Synopsis: “Facing her first Christmas without her mother and looking to avoid loneliness, Carly (Grimes-Beech) heads to a quaint town to lead the church choir at Christmas. Once there, Carly meets Matthew (Carmack), a man back in town after serving in the army. As she gets to know Matthew, the choir and townspeople, she stumbles across clues that suggest she may have been brought here for a life changing reason. As the mystery unravels one thing is clear, this journey will teach Carly about true love, learning to trust, and that forgiveness is needed to finally heal.”

Cast: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Chris Carmack and Grace Leer

Premiere date: Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“My Norwegian Holiday”

Synopsis: “JJ (Fish), grieving the loss of her grandmother and seeking dissertation inspiration, stumbles upon an unexpected holiday destiny. Meeting Henrik (Elsendoorn), a Norwegian from Bergen, their connection deepens when he discovers she has a troll figurine from his hometown. To explore the troll’s history and her grandmother’s ties, JJ agrees to join Henrik on a journey to Norway. In Bergen, they’re drawn into Henrik’s family Christmas and wedding traditions, with his sister’s wedding the day before Christmas Eve. JJ embarks on a holiday adventure, uncovering the troll’s origins and finding her own path to healing, love and family.”

Cast: Rhiannon Fish and David Elsendoorn

Premiere date: Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“A Not So Royal Christmas”

Synopsis: “Tabloid journalist Charlotte (D’Orsay) attempts to land an interview with a reclusive Count. In response, the royal family has a groundskeeper (Kemp) pose as the Count since the real one fled years ago.”

Cast: Brooke D’Orsay and Will Kemp

Premiere date: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Christmas With a Kiss — A Mahogany Presentation”

Synopsis: “A woman (Morgan) returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival and romance ignites. A photo journalist (Rowe) curates a surprise reunion.”

Cast: Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr. and Jaime M. Callica

Premiere date: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“To All A Good Night”

Synopsis: “A small-town photographer (Sustad) saves the life of a mysterious man (Ghanimé), who may just be in town to buy her family’s parkland — which is also the location of the annual Christmas celebration.”

Cast: Kimberley Sustad and Mark Ghanimé

Premiere date: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“Magic in Mistletoe”

Synopsis: “Harrington (Campbell) is the author of a popular book series but commercial success has left him a bitter recluse. As he returns to his hometown for an annual Christmas festival celebrating his books, he’s joined by April (Greenwood), a publicist for the major publishing house he works with. April is there for damage control after Harrington’s recent comments on social media have ruffled some feathers. But as she gets to know him better, hope springs that April can unlock Harrington’s guarded heart and help him rediscover the spirit of the holiday.”

Cast: Lyndie Greenwood and Paul Campbell

Premiere date: Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Christmas on Cherry Lane”

Synopsis: “A young couple preparing to welcome their first child (Brotherton, Cahill); an empty-nester (Bell) and her fiancé (Denton) ready to start a new chapter; and a couple (Bennett, Rodriguez III) who unexpectedly have the chance to expand their family on Christmas Eve celebrate the holiday as they navigate these turning points in their lives.”

Cast: Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton and Vincent Rodriguez III

Premiere date: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Round and Round”

Synopsis: “Rachel’s stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her parents’ Hanukkah party.”

Cast: Vic Michaelis, Bryan Greenberg and Rick Hoffman

Premiere date: Sunday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Heaven Down Here”

Synopsis: “Inspired by Mickey Guyton’s song of the same name, “Heaven Down Here” tells the story of four disparate people who find themselves stranded in a local diner on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm hits the town. Imami is a widowed mother of two who’s having trouble making ends meet and reluctantly agrees to work the Christmas Eve shift, where she clashes with her boss Dan, who doesn’t exactly embody the Christmas spirit. Felix is a local pastor desperately trying to secure food for parishioners while his faith is challenged by his son’s alienation. Clara is a hospice nurse with an obstinate patient and whose daughter is moving away, causing her to question her place in this world. Throughout the evening, these four bicker, bond and unwittingly provide each other with the answer to their respective prayers.”

Cast: Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon, and Phylicia Rashad

Premiere date: Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

“The Secret Gift of Christmas”

Synopsis: “Bonnie (Ory) is a personal shopper who helps her new, widowed client Patrick (Russell) reconnect with his young daughter. Though Bonnie and Patrick’s ideas of shopping couldn’t be more different, she is determined to get Patrick and his daughter everything on their wish list.”

Cast: Meghan Ory and Christopher Russell

Premiere date: Friday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Sealed With a List”

Synopsis: “This holiday season, festive Carley (Findlay) sets out to conquer her list of abandoned resolutions from last year. Aided by coworker Wyatt (Roderick), she finds love and the confidence to chase her dreams.”

Cast: Katie Findlay and Evan Roderick

Premiere date: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Friends and Family Christmas”

Synopsis: “Daniella (Gonzalez) has recently moved to New York to pursue an art career and decides to stay in town to share the holidays with her circle of artist friends, instead of going home to see her sweet, if overbearing parents. Amelia (Liebert) is a talented entertainment lawyer trying to stay focused on her work after a broken engagement. When Daniella and Amelia are set up by their parents, they agree to pretend that they are dating, to appease them for the holidays. However, as they spend time in each other’s worlds, they soon build a connection that is deeper than either of them could have hoped for.”

Cast: Humberly Gonzalez and Ali Liebert

Premiere date: Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel

“Miracle in Bethlehem, PA — A New DaySpring Movie”

Synopsis: “Successful and fiercely independent, Mary Ann Brubeck (Vandervoort) adopts a baby girl to raise on her own just before Christmas. Due to weather, she and the baby get stuck in Bethlehem, PA for the holidays. When there is no room at the inn, her only option is to stay with the innkeeper’s brother Joe (Ayres), a quintessential bachelor who lives in a house that he treats like a barn. As Mary Ann learns the value of community by spending time with Joe’s family and participating in the local church’s Christmas events, Joe starts getting his act together with new motivation…and the two begin to see each other in a new light.”

Cast: Laura Vandervoort and Benjamin Ayres

Premiere date: Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

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