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10 Can’t-Miss Hallmark Christmas Movies for the 2021 Season

Not even the Grinch could resist this lineup!

Olivia Washington and Will Adams star in the Hallmark movie A Holiday in Harlem

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Olivia Washington (left) and Will Adams star in "A Holiday in Harlem."

En español | You know Christmas is right around the corner when Hallmark kicks off its annual "Countdown to Christmas” on Hallmark Channel and "Miracles of Christmas" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Debuting 50 original movies this holiday season between the two channels, and replaying dozens of old favorites, you can basically enjoy round-the-clock Christmas until Santa himself comes down the chimney.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from now until Christmas, light a fire (or at least a candle), cozy up on the couch with a steaming mug of cocoa and get ready for a new movie that will give you a serious case of the feels. Not even the Grinch himself could resist this lineup!

Miss a premiere? Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch the replays. Check the Hallmark Channel website or Hallmark Movies & Mysteries for additional showtimes. There’s even a Hallmark Movie Checklist app to keep track of everything you’ve watched!

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

No Christmas season is complete without at least one retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In this version, marketing executive Lauren has to blow off her promise to decorate the community center with her best friend, Nate, to put together a last-minute pitch for a client. That night, she’s awoken at 2 a.m. by her high school boyfriend, who warns she’ll be visited by three more ex-boyfriends to help her discover a pattern in her past relationships. Of course, the real pattern she sees is that Nate has always been there for her. Can she repair their relationship before it’s too late?

Watch it: Boyfriends of Christmas Past

Coyote Creek Christmas

Nothing says the holidays like a cozy, family-owned inn nestled between snow-covered mountains. Paige, an event planner, has come home for the holidays to help plan the Christmas party at her parent’s hotel in the Rockies, the Coyote Creek Inn. She’s hoping the event will help her score a promotion at her elite event planning agency, and it’s only the icing on the cake when she hits it off with charming single father Dylan. What she doesn’t know is that Dylan is a real estate developer and her parents are planning to sell the inn.

Watch it: Coyote Creek Christmas


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Next Stop, Christmas

Who doesn’t want to climb aboard a magical train at Christmastime? Well, it’s not exactly what Angie bargained for when she hopped the train back to her hometown for the holidays and found herself transported 10 years back in time. Maybe her first clue should have been Christopher Lloyd as the train’s conductor. After all, traveling back in time is sort of his thing! Ride along with Angie as she explores what might have been with her former boyfriend and learns what you want isn’t always what you need.

Watch it: Next Stop, Christmas

Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

If you’re an avid reader of Debbie Macomber books, then nothing is better than seeing them come to life as a Hallmark Christmas movie. Based on Macomber’s 2014 novel, this adaptation follows Laurel and her husband, Will, who have been praying for a baby that still hasn’t come for them. Their focus turns to Laurel’s ailing grandmother, whom they move in with to help. Just when they are ready to throw in the towel on finding a caregiver, Mrs. Miracle shows up at the door. It’s not long before the whole family starts believing in miracles, just in time for Christmas.

Watch it: Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

A Christmas Treasure

American Idol fans won’t want to miss this one. Idol winner and Grammy nominee Jordin Sparks headlines this heartwarming romance about young writer Lou, who dreams of moving to New York City. It’s only after the town opens a 100-year-old time capsule and discovers her grandfather’s journal that Lou begins to question her impending move. There’s also the handsome chef who’s in town visiting that has her doubting the future she had planned. Bonus: In Sparks’ Hallmark debut, she sings two Christmas classics along with a tune from her own Christmas album.

Watch it: A Christmas Treasure

One December Night

Peter Gallagher plays the estranged father of Quinn, an up-and-coming music manager who is ordered by her boss to return to her hometown and oversee the live telecast of the legendary music duo Bedford & Sullivan, of which her father is one half. Both Quinn and her father’s former bandmate stopped speaking to him 10 years earlier when he showed up unable to play a sold-out concert. Quinn must navigate her relationship with her father, all the while trying to produce a televised event with two men whose own relationship is still fractured. She gets some help along the way, though, from the bandmate’s son, who is also tasked with helping pull off the big event.

Watch it: One December Night

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A Holiday in Harlem

The holiday season is always a good reminder that your presence means more than presents. Jetsetter Jazmin has been avoiding returning to Harlem, but her grandmother, Mama Belle, convinces her it’s time to come home for a visit. After Mama Belle is injured, Jazmin agrees to stay and take over cochairing their block’s annual Christmas Jamboree with her old best friend Caleb. A successful corporate fixer, Jazmin thinks the event will be a cinch, but it turns out she has a lot to learn about the community and herself.

Watch it: A Holiday in Harlem

Christmas at Castle Hart

“Countdown to Christmas” wouldn’t be complete without a Lacey Chabert movie. This season, she’s playing Brooke Bennett, who heads to Ireland for the holiday season to trace her roots. Along the way, she meets the charming Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough, who mistakes her for an elite event planner. Hired to host his castle’s epic Christmas party, Brooke finds more than she was looking for in Ireland.

Watch it: Christmas at Castle Hart

Eight Gifts of Hanukkah

For the better part of the last decade, Hallmark has been mixing Hanukkah movies into its "Countdown to Christmas" lineup. This one focuses on a woman who goes on a journey to find her secret admirer. Who doesn’t love a little mystery with their cozy holiday romance?

Watch it: Eight Gifts of Hanukkah

The cast of The Christmas House 2 Deck Those Halls

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The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

If you enjoyed The Christmas House last season — Hallmark’s first original Christmas movie featuring a same-sex couple — you’ll want to catch the sequel this year. The Mitchell brothers are back, and this time they’re competing to create the most magical Christmas house. The Mitchell parents — played by Treat Williams and Sharon Lawrence — have also returned, as have the brothers’ significant others.

Watch it: The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

Editor's note: This article was originally published on Dec. 3, 2020. It has been updated with new movies to watch this season.