The 15 Best Hallmark Christmas Movies to Watch and Stream TODAY | Episode Movies

Hallmark’s annual Countdown to Christmas begins in October every year – which means it’s never too early to start watching Christmas movies… and Christmas love stories in particular.

40 new films are debuting on the Hallmark Channel this year. But there’s also a plethora of older Hallmark Christmas movies in the catalog, streaming on Peacock starting November 2nd. Consider the back catalog a near-endless trove of heartwarming (and yes, occasionally cheesy) love stories set under the mistletoe.

Chief among our favorites? The Christmas Card, Finding Santa, and A Princess for Christmas are just a few we could watch over and over again.

So curl up in your favorite warm pajamas, bake some Christmas cookies, and settle into a couch near you. It’s time to grab a warm mug of hot chocolate and catch some of the best Hallmark Christmas movies.

Finally, consider the following list far by extensive — it’s just a start. You will never run out of happy endings.

“The Christmas Card”

This 2006 film starring Alice Evans, John Newton and Ed Asner gave us the title – which might inspire you to send off a letter with a Christmas wish or two. This Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film follows Captain Cody Cullen, a lonely career military man serving in Afghanistan who receives an anonymous Christmas card. He then travels to the small town of Nevada City to meet the person behind the writing.

“Eight Gifts of Hanukkah”

This film, which debuted on the Hallmark Channel in 2021 and starring Inbar Lavi and Jake Epstein, is about an anonymous suitor who sends optometrist Sara a gift for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. When Sara embarks on a mission to find out who her secret admirer is, she finds love in the most surprising of people.

“A Bride for Christmas”

This 2012 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries hit stars Arielle Kebbel, Kimberley Sustad and Andrew Walker in his first of many for the Hallmark Channel over the past decade. The drama comes after Jessie calls off her third engagement on her wedding anniversary and decides not to pursue more serious relationships until she meets her real Mr. Right. That plan is thwarted when the “charming but chronically single” Aiden enters the picture.

“The best time of the year”

Will you ever miss a Henry Winkler movie? We don’t think. This 2008 Hallmark Channel film starring Winkler opposite Brooke Burns and Warren Christie is no exception. Here, single mom Jennifer Cullen has to go through a lot during the holiday season before her Uncle Ralph comes over to her house with the dashing Morgan Derby. It’s all uphill from there – and Cupid’s arrows just fling.

‘Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa’

This 2018 Hallmark Channel film starring Jill Wagner and Mark Deklin is the second in the Christmas in Evergreen films and our personal favorite. Story-wise, Lisa Palmer takes a trip to her hometown of Evergreen (yes, really) and embarks on an adventure to bring to life the Christmas wishes from a bygone era and immerse yourself in the love story.

“Hitched for the Holidays”

Magic unfolds as Rob Marino and Julie Green feel pressured to be together for the holidays. After meeting through a dating site. agree to pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Grab the popcorn as you see what happens when Rob’s Catholic family and Julie’s Jewish family try to help these two say “Yes, I do.”

“A Princess for Christmas”

Another Hallmark Movies & Mysteries highlight, this 2011 film is helmed by an excellent cast that includes Katie McGrath, Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Roger Moore. Jules Daly finds it difficult to fill in as a parent figure for her orphaned niece and nephew in this royal tale. Then a trip to the children’s grandfather, a royal duke in the English countryside, changes everything and makes the holiday season extra special.

“Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade”

This 2012 Hallmark Channel film starring Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo won’t disappoint. As the film’s title suggests, the romance begins with a Thanksgiving Day parade. Especially if the annual Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade needs to cut costs or is canceled this year. The Windy City brings in consultant Henry to work out the numbers. Little does he know he’ll be doing more this holiday season than checking finances when he meets parade manager Emily.

“A very happy mix-up”

Led by Alicia Witt, Mark Wiebe and Scott Gibson in the spotlight, we love this 2013 Hallmark Channel film. Antique shop owner Alice flies on a trip to get the books to give her fiancé’s family for Christmas hold true. After a mix-up, she ends up at the wrong address. There, however, she meets a charming bachelor and sparks begin to fly, however awkward it may be.

“The Nine Lives of Christmas”

Hallmark Channel has another winner in this 2014 gem in Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad. For one, his lead bachelor, Zachary, is a handsome firefighter. On the other hand, he takes in a cute stray. Love is in the air when he meets Marilee, an animal lover and veterinary student.

“A Christmas Melody”

Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, Kathy Najimy and Mariah Carey star in this 2015 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film. Yes, Mariah Carey (who also directs). The feel-good story centers on a divorced mother, Kristin, who returns to her hometown in Ohio from Manhattan with her young daughter, Emily. Kristin soon finds herself in the middle of an argument with the PTA President. Life is pretty stressful until she meets cute new music teacher Danny.

“Find Santa”

Wendy Malick, Erin Krakow and Niall Matter steer the ship in this Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film. The plot zooms in on the life of Miranda, who was orphaned at a young age after the death of her single mother. When she gets a lead on her father’s identity, she goes to a charming New England town and meets someone who can help track her down. You’ll never believe what happens next. OK you will, it’s a Hallmark film.

“Christmas on the Plaza”

The Plaza Hotel in New York City in winter? Nothing is more enchanted. Here, the Big Apple is the setting for the 2019 Hallmark Channel film starring Elizabeth Henstridge, Ryan Paevey, Bruce Davidson and Julia Duffy. Jessica is a historian hired to do The Plaza’s Christmas exhibit. Nick is a decoration designed to bring her visions to life.

“The Christmas Train”

From the Hallmark Hall of Fame, this 2017 Christmas film from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is an instant classic. Starring Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Joan Cusack and Danny Glover, it’s jingle, joy and suspense as a jaded journalist rides an interurban train at Christmas to get the wheels turning (metaphorically and literally) in a story honoring his deceased father. Along the way, he forms relationships with the other passengers and says hello again to a former lover who is also on board for the ride.

“A Godwink Christmas”

This Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film is directed by Kathie Lee Gifford, Kimberley Sustad and Paul Campbell. Paula has accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Daniel, but soon travels to her Aunt Jane’s home in Nantucket after Jane senses some unease about Paula’s engagement. In a series of coincidences, or “godwinks,” Paula keeps running into Gery, the owner of the nearby Martha’s Vineyard Inn. The best part? This film is based on a true story.

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