It might be the first day of fall, but for Hallmark Channel, that means there’s only one month left until their annual “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas” events. Variety can exclusively reveal all 40 new movies coming this holiday season — 31 on Hallmark and 9 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Beginning Friday, Oct. 21, the networks will both air holiday movies 24 hours a day; Additionally, the Hallmark Movies Now streaming service is launching “Movies & Mistletoe,” bringing subscribers over 150 Christmas movies with new content available every week.
This year’s “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas” lines include many new faces in the Hallmark world, as well as some returning favorites. In fact, leading men Tyler Hynes, Andrew Walker and Paul Campbell will reunite for the first time in ‘Three Wise Men and a Baby,’ playing three brothers forced to work together to care for a baby over the holidays. . Hallmark face Lacey Chabert also returns for a network-record twelfth Christmas movie, “Haul Out the Holly,” alongside Wes Brown.
Hallmark Media will celebrate Chinese American culture in two films, “A Big Fat Family Christmas” and “Christmas at the Golden Dragon.” Meanwhile, the Festival of Lights will be celebrated in “Hanukkah on Rye,” while “Holiday Heritage” is the network’s first-ever film celebrating Kwanzaa.
For the first time, a Hallmark holiday movie features an LGBTQ couple at the center of “The Holiday Sitter,” starring Jonathan Bennett and George Krissa.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will release the first Christmas movie under the Mahogany banner, “The Holiday Stocking,” starring Nadine Ellis, Tamala Jones, BJ Britt, Karon Riley, and Mykelti Williamson. The network will also premiere the first film under DaySpring, “The Gift of Peace,” starring Nikki DeLoach and Brennan Elliott.
This year’s slate will also continue Hallmark’s tradition of working with top artists. “When I Think of Christmas” features the song of the same name co-written by Amy Grant, Matt Maher and Jason Ingram; ‘All Saints Christmas’ star Ledisi performs her original song ‘Home on Christmas’ as well as ‘Be There for Christmas’ in the film; Singer-songwriter Tenille Townes stars in “Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas” and performs a cover version of executive producer Blake Shelton’s song “Time for Me to Come Home”; Lisa Loeb makes an appearance on “Hanukkah on Rye,” which features her hit song “Light”; and Lindsay Stirling appears in “A Fabled Holiday” and performs “Joy to the World” from her upcoming Christmas album.
The network is also expanding the celebration beyond movies to TV, partnering with several new brands, including Bissinger’s, to create an all-encompassing experience. Additionally, Republic of Tea Countdown to Christmas flavors are back this season. Their other products—perfect for a viewing party—include Hallmark Channel Wines holiday offerings Jingle, Joy, Holly, and Jolly; a holiday-themed Monopoly game; a new edition of their coffee table book, “Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the Movie Magic” and all-new Hallmark Publishing holiday titles.
This year, they’ve teamed up with Chex, who will release “Countdown to Chexmas”; Hershey’s, which will hold its holiday baking contest and offer one lucky fan a role in a walk-in movie; and Conagra, which will launch the “Snack, Watch and Win” contest, where viewers have the chance to win a home entertainment center.
The streaming service has also improved! When fans spend $5 on select M&M’s merchandise, they’ll receive two free weeks of Hallmark Movies Now. In-person activations, including the world’s largest maze and holiday lights village, Enchant, and other opportunities will be available throughout the season.
HallmarkChannel.com will be hosting several sweepstakes again this year, including the “Countdown to Christmas Movie Game” with a grand prize of $20,000, the “Holiday Home Decoration Sweepstakes,” and fan-favorite game, “Matching Moments.” . New experiences include “Joy to the World,” a holiday word puzzle game, and “Gifts We Love to Give,” an editorially curated product guide for viewers and their loved ones.
The full lineup by month is listed below. Unless otherwise noted, all Hallmark Channel movies will air at 8 p.m. ET, while movies on Movies & Mysteries will begin at 10 p.m.