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First Look at Hallmark Christmas Movies 2023!

The very first autumn leaves may have just begun to fall, but it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at Hallmark. Leaning into the festive spirit, the network has crafted its impressive list of holiday programming, checked it twice, and is officially set to debut 40 new Christmas movies that will premiere on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and its streaming service Hallmark Movies Now. Let’s take a first look!

Kevin McGarry, Kim Matula in ‘Checkin’ It Twice’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: PAULINA STEVENS

Checkin’ it Twice

Premieres: Oct. 20, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Kim Matula, Kevin McGarry
Contains: Ice sports, new neighbors
Official description: “A journeyman hockey player (McGarry) falls for a real estate agent (Matula) in a career crisis when he’s traded to her hometown and moves into the cottage in her hockey loving family’s backyard.”

Where Are You, Christmas?

Premieres: Oct. 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O’Heir, Julie Warner
Contains: A sprinkle of holiday magic, unexpected consequences, Garry Jerry Lenny Larry Terry Gergich
Official description: “Addy (Fonseca) wishes for a year without Christmas and she wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic (Rady) to restore Christmas.”

Emmy Richardson, Ryan Paevey, Jessica Parker Kennedy in ‘Under the Christmas Sky’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: STEVEN ACKERMAN

Under the Christmas Sky

Premieres: Oct. 22, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Ryan Paevey
Contains: A life-altering accident, an out-of-this-world romance
Official description: “Kat (Kennedy) 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 (Paevey) to work on an exhibit opening right before Christmas. Will the stars align to bring these two together at the holidays?”

Erica Durance, Barbara Niven, Brennan Elliott in ‘Ms. Christmas Comes to Town’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: CRAIG MINIELLY

Ms. Christmas Comes to Town

Premieres: Oct. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott, Barbara Niven
Contains: A holiday shopping channel host, a life-changing medical diagnosis, and the holiday trip of a lifetime
Official description: “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.”

Jonathan Keltz, Rebecca Dalton in ‘Christmas By Design’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: PETR MAUR

Christmas By Design 

Premieres: Oct. 27, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Rebecca Dalton, Jonathan Keltz
Contains: Christmas couture, learning what matters most
Official description: “A fashion designer (Dalton) 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.”

Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey in ‘Mystic Christmas’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERT CLARK

Mystic Christmas

Premieres: Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey, Patti Murin, William R. Moses
Contains: Mystic Pizza-adjacent, fish friends, Mystic, Conn. 
Official description: “Juniper (Schram) travels to Mystic, Connecticut during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer (Massey), the owner of the pizza shop.”

Jaicy Elliot, Brant Daugherty in ‘Joyeux Noel’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: SIMON VARSANO

Joyeux Noel

Premieres: Oct. 29, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Jaicy Elliot, Brant Daugherty
Contains: France, a mysterious artist, an editor and reporter on the case 
Official description: “When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea (Elliot), she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark (Daugherty) to uncover the mystery behind the artist.”


My Christmas Guide

Premieres: Nov. 2, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 
Cast: Amber Marshall, Ben Mehl
Contains: A teacher who loses his eyesight, an adorable seeing eye dog, and a dog trainer
Official description: “After losing his eyesight, a college professor (Mehl) adopts a seeing eye dog from a guide dog trainer (Marshall). As they all begin to spend time together, his confidence returns and his heart begins to open.”

Flipping for Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Ashley Newbrough, Marcus Rosner
Contains: Real estate agents, a supposedly simple house renovation
Official description: “It’s almost Christmas when busy realtor Abigail (Newbrough) agrees to help her sister with the ‘simple flip’ of a recently inherited home. Unfortunately, co-beneficiary Bo (Rosner) has other plans in mind.”

Never Been Chris’d

Premieres: Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Janel Parrish, Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, Tyler Hynes
Contains: Reunited BFFs, a reignited high school love triangle 
Official description: “Home for the holidays, BFFs Naomi (Parrish) and Liz (Lamothe-Kipnes) reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver (Hynes). A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives and find the value of friendship.”

The Santa Summit

Premieres: Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Hunter King, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Amy Groening, Stephanie Sy
Contains: A Santa convention, chasing down a lost Claus
Official description: “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 (King), 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 (Hollingsworth), 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.”

Mystery on Mistletoe Lane

Premieres: Nov. 9, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Erica Cerra, Victor Webster
Contains: A good ol’ fashioned holiday mystery, hidden connections
Official description: “New to town, Heidi Wicks (Cerra) and her kids discover a Christmas mystery in their historic home. Local handyman and historian David (Webster) helps along the way, finding his own surprising connection.”

Everything Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Katherine Barrell, Cindy Busby, Corey Sevier, Matt Wells
Contains: Holiday road trip, unforeseen circumstances
Official description: “Lori Jo’s (Busby) love for Christmas takes her on a road trip to Yuletide Springs with her roommate Tori (Barrell), 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 (Sevier) and Jason (Wells), 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.”

Christmas Island

Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Rachel Skarsten, Andrew Walker
Contains: Inclement weather, a career on the line
Official description: “When a snowstorm diverts Kate’s (Skarsten) first private flight en route to Switzerland to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller (Walker) to secure her dream job as the family’s pilot.”

Frederic Brossier, Ginna Claire Mason in ‘A Heidelberg Holiday’

A Heidelberg Holiday

Premieres: Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Ginna Claire Mason, Frédéric Brossier
Contains: Germany, a holiday market, getting in touch with one’s roots
Official description: “Heidi Heidelberg (Mason) receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. While there, she meets Lukas (Brossier), a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.”

Lucas Bryant, Aias Dalman, Nikki DeLoach in ‘A World Record Christmas’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: ALLISTER FOSTER

A World Record Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant, Aias Dalman
Contains: A huge Jenga tower, a town fundraiser, based on a true story
Official description: “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 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.” The film is based on a true story, with the actual Jenga block stacking record-holder, Auldin Maxwell, set to make a cameo appearance in the film.

Chelsea Hobbs, Stephen Huszar in ‘Navigating Christmas’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: ALLISTER FOSTER

Navigating Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Chelsea Hobbs, Stephen Huszar
Contains: A divorcée, ringing in the holidays on a remote island, a hot lighthouse operator
Official description: “Recently divorced Melanie (Hobbs) 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 (Huszar).”

Scott Wolf, Lacey Chabert in ‘A Merry Scottish Christmas’ | CREDIT: HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: STEFFAN HILL

A Merry Scottish Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Lacey Chabert, Scott Wolf
Contains: Party of Five reunion, a brother-and-sister duo, Scotland, hidden secrets
Official description: “When estranged siblings, Lindsay (Chabert) and Brad (Wolf) Morgan travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother Jo, a big family secret is revealed.”

Holiday Hotline

Premieres: Nov. 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Emily Tennant, Niall Matter
Contains: London, love at first phone call, a secret connection
Official description: “After leaving London, Abby (Tennant) connects with an anonymous caller while working at a cooking hotline. The caller is single dad ‘John’ (Matter) who Abby unknowingly has become smitten with in real life.”

A Season for Family

Premieres: Nov. 22, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Brendan Penny, Stacey Farber, Benjamin Jacobson, Azriel Dalman
Contains: Adopted siblings, an unexpected reunion
Official description: “Maddy’s (Farber) adopted son Wesley (Jacobson) has just one Christmas wish — to meet his brother Cody (Dalman), who was adopted into a different family. Cody’s father Paul (Penny) is a widower who is not ready to have this conversation with his son, so he turns down a meeting. However, circumstances bring the two brothers unknowingly together and they become fast friends, while sparks fly between Maddy and Paul.”

Catch Me If You Claus

Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Italia Ricci, Luke Macfarlane
Contains: An ambitious news anchor, a home intruder purporting to be Santa’s son, a high-stakes Christmas caper
Official description: “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.”


Letters to Santa

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Katie Leclerc, Rafael de la Fuente
Contains: A wish-granting pen, children of divorce
Official description: “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

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Warren Christie, Sara Canning
Contains: Inspired by real events, canceled flights, unexpected allies, holiday road trip
Official description: “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 Hong Kong (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 true events.”

Sarah Ramos, William Moseley in ‘Christmas in Notting Hill’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: STEFFAN HILL

Christmas in Notting Hill

Premieres: Nov. 25, 6 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Sarah Ramos, William Moseley 
Contains: Haddie Braverman and Peter Pevensie, London, a famous footballer, an American on holiday 
Official description: “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.”

Carrie Morgan, Wes Brown, Peter Jacobson, Laura Wardle, Lacey Chabert, Ellen Travolta, Walter Platz in ‘Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: NATALIE CASS

Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up

Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Ellen Travolta, Seth Morris, Jennifer Aspen
Contains: A sequel, new neighbors, lots and lots of holiday decorations
Official description: “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!”

Our Christmas Mural

Premieres: Nov. 26, 6 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Alex Paxton-Beesley, Dan Jeannotte
Contains: Home for the holidays, single mother, a holiday art contest
Official description: “Olivia (Paxton-Beesley) is a single mom who 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.”

Kristoffer Polaha, Bethany Joy Lenz in ‘A Biltmore Christmas’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID SCOTT HOLLOWAY

A Biltmore Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Bethany Joy Lenz, Kristoffer Polaha, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Picardo
Contains: Star Trek and One Tree Hill stars, the Biltmore Estate, a screenwriter penning a classic holiday film reboot, time travel, a 1940s film star, a time paradox
Official description: “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 the 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.”

Chris Carmack, Shenae Grimes-Beech in ‘Time For Her to Come Home for Christmas’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHANN WALL  

Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 30, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Chris Carmack, Grace Leer
Contains: Mourning the loss of a family member, a small town mystery, an army service member
Official description: 
“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.”

My Norwegian Holiday

Premieres: Dec. 1, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Rhiannon Fish, David Elsendoorn
Contains: Christmas in Norway, a mysterious connection, troll history
Official description: “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.”

A Not So Royal Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Brooke D’Orsay, Will Kemp
Contains: A journalist tracking down a story, a hidden identity, missing royalty
Official description: 
“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.”

Christmas With a Kiss (working title)

Premieres: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr., and Jaime M. Callica
Contains: Home for the holidays, a family-run Christmas carnival
Official description:
 “A Mahogany presentation. A woman (Morgan) returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival and romance ignites. A photojournalist (Rowe) curates a surprise reunion.”

Rescuing Christmas (working title)

Premieres: Dec. 7, Hallmark Movies Now
Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook, Sam Page, Patrick Thomas O’Brien, Bailey Stender, T. Mychael Rambo
Contains: Three magic wishes, a woman who isn’t feeling festive, saving the holidays before it’s too late
Official description: “In a world where Santa (Rambo) is real and wants to drum up some holiday spirit, two of Santa’s elves, Chuck (O’Brien) and Debbie (Stender), devise a plan to grant one human on Earth three wishes to kickstart the holidays.  Unfortunately, that human is Erin (Cook), who has lost all affection for the season. 

Even a blind date set up by her sister, with the affable and charming Sam (Page), won’t change her mind about Christmas. But when she makes the mistake of wishing Christmas would ‘just disappear,’ Erin wakes up to a world where the holiday never existed! Horrified, she realizes that she’s taken away everyone’s joy, so she enlists Sam to help her reinvent the festivities from scratch.  In the process, Erin learns just how much this holiday and its traditions have meant to everyone around her — and how much Sam has come to mean to her.”

To All a Good Night

Premieres: Dec. 7, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Kimberley Sustad, Mark Ghanimé
Contains: A Christmas festival, a life-saving encounter
Official description: 
“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.”

Magic in Mistletoe

Premieres: Dec. 8, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Lyndie Greenwood, Paul Campbell
Contains: A curmudgeonly author who sparks backlash online, his well-meaning publicist, and a Christmas festival
Official description: “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.”

Christmas on Cherry Lane

Premieres: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton, Vincent Rodriguez III
Contains: Aaron Samuels, a neighborhood coming together for the holidays
Official description:
 “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, Rodgriquez 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.”

Bryan Greenberg, Vic Michaelis in ‘Round and Round’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: CRAIG MINIELLY

Round and Round

Premieres: Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Bryan Greenberg, Vic Michaelis, Rick Hoffman
Contains: A time loop, one never-ending Hanukkah party
Official description: “Rachel’s (Michaelis) stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her parents’ Hanukkah party.  Can Zach (Greenberg), the ‘nice boy’ Grandma’s trying to set her up with, help her make it to tomorrow?”

Celeste Desjardins, Marcus Rosner in ‘An Ice Palace Christmas’ | CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: ALBERT CAMICIOLI

An Ice Palace Romance

Premieres: Dec. 14, Hallmark Movies Now
Cast: Celeste Desjardins, Marcus Rosner
Contains: Home for the holidays, overcoming personal fears, an ice rink owner and his young daughter
Official description: “A journalist (Desjardins) faces old fears when she returns to her hometown ice rink to cover a story.  With the help of the owner (Rosner) and his young daughter, she begins to reevaluate her life’s purpose.”

Krystal Joy Brown, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon, Tina Lifford in ‘Heaven Down Here’| CREDIT: 2023 HALLMARK MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID ASTORGA

Heaven Down Here

Premieres: Dec. 14, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon, Phylicia Rashad
Contains: Based on a song, four strangers trapped in a diner during a snowstorm, unlikely friendships
Official description: “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 (Brown) 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 (Harmon), who doesn’t exactly embody the Christmas spirit.  Felix (Riedinger) is a local pastor desperately trying to secure food for parishioners while his faith is challenged by his alienation by his son.  Clara (Lifford) is a hospice nurse with an obstinate patient (Rashad) 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.”

The Secret Gift of Christmas (working title)

Premieres: Dec. 15, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Meghan Ory, Christopher Russell
Contains: A personal shopper, a widowed client with a young daughter
Official description: 
“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.”

Sealed With a List

Premieres: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Katie Findlay, Evan Roderick
Contains: Actually completing New Year’s resolutions
Official description: “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.”

Friends & Family Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Humberly Gonzalez, Ali Liebert
Contains: New York, fake dating that (hopefully!) turns into something real
Official description: “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 Bridget 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.”

Miracle in Bethlehem, PA

Premieres: Dec. 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Ayres
Contains: A single mother, stuck for the holidays, a man living a permanent bachelor lifestyle
Official description: “A new DaySpring movie. 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.”

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Source: EW

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Chiara Lombatti
Chiara Lombatti
When Cristina Yang’s mankind hate, and Sherlock Holmes’ deductive skills meet Randall Pearson’s anxiety and Jamie Fraser’s multilingualism (featuring Claire Fraser’s curls and Kate Pearson’s voice). Translator and feature article with a great love for cinema, TV series and books.


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