Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas has already begun and this year it's packed with plenty of new holiday movies to binge for hours — or days.
You'll see appearances from a lot of familiar faces like Candace Cameron Bure and Tamera Mowry-Housley. There's also a double serving of real life sisters Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams in two "Sister Swap" movies.
Here's a guide to the new movies premiering this year. You can check out the full schedule on the Hallmark Channel website.
Christina is a toy store owner who inherited the shop on the Nantucket wharf from her mom, who recently passed away, and she is having a hard time moving on. Andy is a confident, driven, real estate developer who is visiting his father on Nantucket with his young daughter Wink. Christina is dismayed when she learns Andy and his father plan to redevelop the wharf into a new marina. If this happens, she may have to give up the toy store that has such deep personal meaning and is part of her family's legacy. Christina also discovers she has feelings for Andy but being on opposite sides of the development project could nip their romance in the bud.
Cast: Sarah Power ("Good Witch"), Trevor Donovan ("90210") and Payton Lepinski
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 19
'A Very Merry Bridesmaid'
Leah's 30th birthday is Christmas Eve but this milestone takes a back seat when her future sister-in-law claims Christmas Eve for her wedding and asks Leah to be one of the many bridesmaids. But the return of Leah's childhood crush Drew may be exactly what she needs to push her to the forefront of the overlapping festivities and determine a new direction in her life.
Cast: Emily Osment ("The Kominsky Method") and Casey Deidrick ("Days of Our Lives")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 4
'Making Spirits Bright'
Grace Ryan, the co-owner of a home staging company, returns to her hometown to be with her family for the Christmas holiday. The Ryans, seasonal holiday decorators, are competing in the annual Bright Nights contest for the opportunity to not only secure a lucrative contract to decorate every municipal building in town next season, but also a substantial cash prize. With Grace's father's furniture business on the ropes financially, this prize could turn his fortunes around. But they will have to compete against Mr. Ryan's ex-business partner-turned-arch-nemesis Frank Sotto and his family, as well as a tech-heavy newcomer. As Grace reunites with her childhood friend, Tony Sotta, Frank's handsome son, they realize the only chance the families have to defeat the new tech-heavy company is to team up. Can the two families put aside their differences to work together towards a common goal, and possibly mend a decadesold feud?
Cast: Taylor Cole ("Ruby Herring Mysteries"), Carlo Marks ("Chesapeake Shores"), Garry Chalk ("Beast Machines: Transformers") and John Cassini ("Next")
When to watch: Premieres Nov. 27
'A Christmas Together With You'
When widower Frank finds a picture of his first love, Claire, his young friend Megan, proprietor of the cafe he frequents, convinces him to go on a road trip to track her down. Though reluctant, Frank agrees to the trip when he sees that it might help Megan recover from her recently broken engagement. The two set off on their adventure and find themselves opening up to each other. Along the way, Megan has an awkward run-in with a man and his dog that she can't seem to shake off. The pair soon arrive at Claire's address only to find the home vacant. Not deterred from their search, they stay at a nearby lodge where a surreptitious clue ultimately leads the pair to Claire. However, when they don't get the reception they expected, the story of how Frank's first love ended slowly reveals itself. Meanwhile, Megan learns that the man she'd met earlier, Steve, is the lodge's owner. She helps him with some of his holiday responsibilities and they soon warm to each other and find that they are each grappling with their hopes for the future. As Megan helps Frank pursue a second chance at love and he reminds her not to give up on her dreams or her heart, these unlikely friends find that sometimes the closest family is the kind we make.
Cast: Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville"), Niall Matter ("Eureka"), Harry Lennix ("Batman v. Superman", "The Blacklist") and Liza Huget ("Motherland: Fort Salem")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 20
'The Christmas Contest'
Business consultant, Lara and retired baseball star, Ben learn that their local Denver television station is hosting a Christmas contest with a cash prize for a charity of the winner's choosing, they seize the challenge. Lara is playing for the local senior center that her mom, Donna attends, which is badly in need of repairs. Ben claims that he's in the contest to help a local youth sports team but might be more interested in the press it could bring for his failing career. On the first day of competition, they both show up not realizing the other is about to compete. Lara and Ben previously dated, and the relationship didn't end well. As the contest heats up with Christmas-themed challenges, our competitors realize they have far more in common than their love of Christmas. Now, Lara and Ben must decide what's more important, winning the contest or finding true love.
Cast: Candace Cameron Bure ("Fuller House," "Aurora Teagarden Mysteries"), John Brotherton ("Fuller House") and Barbara Niven ("Chesapeake Shores")
When to watch: Premieres Nov. 28
'Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday'
Jennifer and Meg Swift are sisters who couldn't be closer despite living in different cities. Jennifer runs a successful restaurant in Salt Lake City, which she started with her late husband and is raising her teenage son Simon on her own. Jennifer is thrilled when Meg comes to Salt Lake City for a fun Christmas weekend. Meg agrees to stay in the city and help out at the restaurant while Jennifer and Simon return home to Hazelwood for the holiday, where they become wistful for one more Christmas at The Madison — the local movie theater owned by their Uncle Dave. The trouble is the theater is for sale and in need of repairs. With help from Eric, Jennifer's former high school debate team rival, and the community, they just might pull off one last encore. As she and Eric
work together, Jennifer is reminded that new possibilities are both where you least expect them and exactly where you left them.
Cast: Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("Darrow Mysteries," Father of the Bride), Ashley Williams ("Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater," "The Jim Gaffigan Show"), Mark Deklin ("Grace and Frankie," "Designated Survivor"), Susan Yeagley ("Mike Tyson Mysteries," "Parks and Recreation"), Kevin Nealon ("Saturday Night Live," "Man with a Plan," "Weeds"), Keith Robinson ("Redemption in Cherry Springs," "Saints and Sinners") and Jacob Buster ("Colony")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 5
'Sister Swap: Christmas in the City'
Jennifer and Meg Swift are sisters who couldn't be closer despite living in different cities. Meg comes to Salt Lake City from her hometown in Hazelwood to see her sister Jennifer, who runs a local restaurant in town. Still feeling the effects of losing their Uncle Dave, a change of scenery and a project to dive into are just what she needs. When Jennifer and her teenage son, Simon, return to Hazelwood home for a pre-holiday visit with their family, Meg offers to help Jennifer's staff prepare for a competition among local restaurants that awards the winner money for the charity of its choice. As effusive Meg works alongside the more reserved Joe, the restaurant's manager, the two find their differences are what make them a great team. Swapping cities with her sister leads Meg to her next chapter and just might also bring her an unexpected romance.
Cast: Ashley Williams ("Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater," "The Jim Gaffigan Show"), Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("Darrow Mysteries," "Father of the Bride"), Keith Robinson ("Redemption in Cherry Springs," "Saints and Sinners"), Kevin Nealon ("Saturday Night Live," "Man with a Plan," "Weeds") and Jacob Buster, ("Colony")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 12
'A Kiss Before Christmas'
Real estate development executive Ethan Holt is a married father with two teens. On Christmas Eve, Ethan is disappointed to learn he's losing out on a promotion and laments that his "nice guy" way of doing business has held him back in his career. Thanks to some Christmas magic, Ethan's casual wish that his life had taken a different course becomes reality. He wakes up the next morning and is shocked to find everything is different — he isn't married to Joyce, he doesn't have two teenaged kids and he's CEO of his company. Joyce is the key to Ethan being able to reclaim his original life and the family he loves — he must convince her that their happily-ever-after is waiting for them ...and he only has until Christmas Day.
Cast: James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") and Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 21
'A Holiday in Harlem'
After her grandmother, Mama Belle, turns away her usual gift delivery, expecting "presence over presents," jet-setting executive Jazmin heads uptown to Harlem for a quick visit. However, when Mama Belle is injured, Jazmin agrees to stay in the neighborhood and take over co-chairing their block's annual Christmas Jamboree with her old best friend Caleb. A successful corporate fixer, Jazmin expects the job to be easy but quickly finds that she has a lot to learn about the community and her heart.
Cast: Olivia Washington ("Mr. Robot," "The Little Things"), Will Adams ("The Oval") and Tina Lifford ("Queen Sugar," "Babe")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 14
'My Family Christmas Tree'
Vanessa has never had a real family to celebrate with during the holidays, but when she receives the results from her family tree DNA test, she discovers a family she didn't know existed. Richard, her biological father, invites her to spend the Christmas weekend with him and his family. Richard asks a family friend, Kris, who joins them every Christmas, to pick her up on his way. Kris knows all the details of her new family and helps break the ice when she meets Richard's wife and their three children for the first time. It's a bit uncomfortable at first but the family takes part in their Christmas traditions. As the weekend progresses, Vanessa meets her grandmother and other relatives, and even helps her little sister overcome stage fright before performing at the Christmas pageant. Vanessa is having a wonderful time getting to know her new family until she gets a message from the DNA testing company with some surprising news that she worries may jeopardize her holiday.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden ("Once Upon a Christmas Miracle," "Friday Night Lights"), Andrew Walker ("The 27-Hour Day," "Christmas Tree Lane") and James Tupper ("Big Little Lies," "Revenge")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 13
'Open By Christmas'
While helping her parents move, Nicky discovers a card given to her in high school that she never knew existed. In it, a secret admirer confides their true emotions. With the support of her lifelong best friend Simone, Nicky embarks on a quest to find and thank the anonymous author. Meanwhile, Simone is a working, single mother who feels like she's losing touch with her teenage son, especially as she plans to marry again and start a new chapter in life. Simone turns to Nicky, who helps her understand she's holding on too tight in fear of her son growing up and everything changing. Nicky and Simone help each other find answers to the past and present, all kindled through the special bond that has long made them feel like sisters.
Cast: Alison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives," "Biggest Loser," "Hannah Swensen Mysteries"), Erica Durance ("Smallville") and Brennan Elliott ("UnREAL," "The Crossword Mysteries")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 12
Christmas 'Chris' Whitaker always believed she was destined to spread Christmas joy through her love of toy making. When Chris was 10 years old, instead of a lemonade stand she sold homemade toys at her neighborhood Christmas stand, always with her best friend, Joe Sullivan. Chris and Joe fulfilled their dream of running a toy company together, forming CJ Toys while in college. As their company grew, Chris began to lose sight of why she loved toymaking in the first place and focused on profit margins instead of making quality toys. Disheartened by the new direction of the company, Joe stepped back from the business rather than sacrifice the craft of quality toymaking. But when Chris gets a once-in-a-lifetime offer to merge with a mega toy company and become its CEO, she needs her estranged, ex-business partner Joe's signature to seal the deal. While Chris tries to get Joe to sign the papers, what Joe helps Chris rediscover just might change both their lives.
Cast: Marisol Nichols ("Riverdale," "NCIS") and Paul Greene ("When Calls the Heart," "Bitten")
When to watch: Premieres Nov. 26
'An Unexpected Christmas'
Jamie travels home a week before Christmas but he still hasn't told his family he broke things off with his girlfriend Emily, whom they adore. When Emily arrives in town unexpectedly for work, Jamie offers her a deal — he'll get the governor to deliver the Christmas Day address for her marketing campaign and in return, Emily will stay with his family for the week under the pretense she and Jamie are still together. What follows is a week of awkward fumbling and near misses as Jamie and Emily try desperately to keep their true relationship status a secret. Eventually, their ruse begins to unravel. Just when it seems like Christmas has been ruined, Jamie pulls out all the stops to make things right, resulting in a very unexpected Christmas.
Cast: Bethany Joy Lenz ("One Tree Hill," "Five Star Christmas") and Tyler Hynes ("It Was Always You," "Roadhouse Romance")
Where to watch: Premieres Nov. 26
'Next Stop, Christmas'
Angie is a successful surgeon in New York City but finds herself wondering what her life would be like if she had married her former boyfriend Tyler, who is now a successful sportscaster. She takes the train home after work one night but instead of arriving at her apartment in Yonkers, she somehow finds herself transported to her hometown in Connecticut 10 years in the past. At first, she's naturally disoriented by her unexpected time travel but slowly acclimates. With the advice of the train's enigmatic conductor (Lloyd), Angie navigates her visit to this Christmas past. As she works to figure out how to get back to the future, Angie has the chance to reconnect with her family and longtime friend Ben; she even teams up with her sister Kristen to help her parents, Evelyn and Marty, rekindle their romance. Along the way, Angie gains a new perspective and discovers what — and who — is truly important to her.
Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca ("How I Met Your Mother"), Chandler Massey ("Days of our Lives"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future," "Taxi"), Lea Thompson ("Back to the Future"), Eric Freeman ("Katy Keene"), Paige Herschell ("American Housewife") and Matt Walton ("Tell Me a Story")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 6
'Christmas in Tahoe'
Claire is an aspiring talent booker who's been working at her family's hotel and casino in Lake Tahoe and is on the brink of landing a prestigious job with a major Las Vegas venue. But when the act she booked for her the hotel on Christmas Eve backs out last minute, she is back to square one. Jackson, her best friend and the concierge, reminds Claire that she knows someone famous to turn to — her ex-boyfriend Ryan, is the lead guitarist for a hugely popular band. Though Claire helped Ryan's band break out initially, the two haven't spoken since they cut her loose in favor of a bigger management company. Back home in Tahoe on a break from his tour to spend the holidays in Tahoe with his family, Ryan offers to help her find a replacement act. While Claire tries to prove she has put the past behind her, feelings come back to the surface and they both realize they may need each other more than they remembered.
Cast: Pat Monahan (Train), Laura Osnes ("Raise a Glass to Love," "One Royal Holiday"), Kyle Selig ("Madam Secretary") and George Lopez ("George Lopez").
When to watch: Premieres Nov. 28
Maya is a freelance attorney who, after a minor setback, has been living in the apartment above her parents' garage and using the Casillas Panaderia as her unofficial office for the past couple of years. The Mexican bakery has held a warm spot in her heart ever since she worked there as a teenager alongside her high school crush, Alejandro "Alex" Casillas, the handsome nephew of the owner. When Alex's uncle asks for Maya's help in selling the bakery, Alex decides to return home to celebrate one last Christmas in the bakery and help Maya find a buyer for the bakery, whether or not she actually wants his help.
Cast: Merritt Patterson ("The Royals") and Jon Ecker ("Queen of the South")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 5
When single mom Liz Darling finds out her estranged father, Dennis has been injured in a minor accident, she returns to her hometown of Portside for the first Christmas in years. Not much has changed except for Luke, her childhood best friend, who's definitely not the same boy she remembers. While this might not have been the holiday she'd imagined, Liz sees this as an opportunity to show her daughter Hannah the kind of magical Christmas she'd once shared with her own mother. One of their favorite traditions was participating in the town's annual Christmas Eve Sailboat Parade of Lights but after her mother passed away, the family boat was docked for good along with her father's Christmas spirit. When Liz discovers he may lose their family home, she comes up with a plan: enlist Luke's help to fix up the boat and create a floating light display spectacular enough to win the parade's $25,000 grand prize. Unbeknownst to her, Luke has a plan of his own that may finally win her heart
Cast: Katee Sackhoff ("The Mandalorian," "Battlestar Galactica"), Patrick Sabongui ("Firefly Lane," "The Flash"), Terry O'Quinn ("Patriot," "Lost") and Emma Oliver ("Snowpiercer")
When to watch: Premiered Oct. 31
'Boyfriends of Christmas Past'
Marketing executive Lauren has always appreciated her best friend Nate. After all, her father and stepmother adore him and he's always there to support her with gingerbread and hot cocoa — her favorites. She tries to be there for him, too, and promises to help him decorate the Christmas tree at the community center where he works. However, when Lauren's office is tasked with putting together a last-minute pitch for a client by Christmas Eve, she backs out. That night, she wakes at 2 a.m. to a confusing surprise — the boyfriend she'd had as a teenager is in her apartment and hasn't aged a day. Just as he warns Lauren, she is soon visited by three more ex-boyfriends, who help her revisit past their Christmases together in hopes of getting her to see the pattern in her relationships. During these trips to her holiday history, Lauren sees the one person she could always count on is Nate, but in the present, she is too scared to recognize the love that is right in front of her. She must learn from her past and open her heart or risk losing Nate forever.
Cast: Catherine Haena Kim ("FBI," "Girlfriends of Christmas Past"), Raymond Ablack ("Ginny & Georgia," "Orphan Black") and Susan Hanson ("A Million Little Things")
When to watch: Premiered Oct. 23
'Coyote Creek Christmas'
Paige offers to plan the annual holiday party at her parent's hotel in the Rockies, the Coyote Creek Inn, which will surely help her score a promotion at the upscale event planning company she works for. She decides on a "Christmas around the world" theme, to showcase the universal magic of the season through the diverse Christmas traditions of the Inn's guests. Dylan, a charismatic real estate developer and single father, is visiting Coyote Creek for the holidays with his son. What Paige doesn't know is that her parents are planning to sell the Inn and that the potential buyer is her new acquaintance Dylan. The fate of the Inn and Paige's relationships are both left for the magic of the holiday season to decide.
Cast: Janel Parrish ("Right In Front of Me") and Ryan Paevey ("A Little Daytime Drama")
When to watch: Premiered Oct. 30
'Christmas in Harmony'
A company merger pushes Harmony Matthews out of a job at Suprasonic Records and back to her hometown. Mama couldn't be more thrilled to have Harmony back home and to help with the church's annual Holiday Hallelujah Chorus. Celebrity Melo D Star is a client of Harmony's and threatens to leave unless Harmony is back. Harmony has the perfect idea to showcase Melo D. Star and reinstate her career but when things go south, Harmony is tricked into auditioning for the lead solo in the chorus — directed by her scorned high school sweetheart, Kyle Noah. By Christmas Eve, Harmony and Kyle could be singing a different tune and harmonizing in the key of love.
Cast: Ashleigh Murray ("Riverdale"), Luke James ("Little," "Star"), Loretta Devine ("Queen Bees," "Family Reunion") and Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child, "The Masked Singer")
When to watch: Premiered Oct. 29
'The Santa Stakeout'
Tanya is a police detective who is reluctantly paired with fellow detective Ryan to solve a string of recent heists that have taken place during high-profile holiday parties around town. They go undercover as newlyweds Tasha and Rupert and move into the vacant house next to Mr. Miller, the jovial chair of the community's Christmas committee ... and the prime suspect in the case. As Tanya and Ryan participate in the neighborhood's holiday happenings to keep up appearances and crack the case, they become swept up by Christmas, begin to see each other in a new light and start to fall in love.
Cast: Tamera Mowry-Housley ("The Real," "Christmas Comes Twice"), Paul Campbell ("Turner & Hooch," "Christmas by Starlight") and Joe Pantoliano ("Bad Boys for Life," "The Matrix")
When to watch: Premiered Oct. 24
'You Me & The Christmas Trees'
Olivia is Connecticut's resident expert on evergreens. Days before Christmas she gets a plea for help from Jack, a Christmas tree farmer in need of her skills to figure out what mystery illness is causing their trees to die out and ruining their business, which has been his family's legacy for 100 years. After calling off her Christmas wedding six months earlier, Olivia isn't eager to head home for the holidays so she agrees to make a detour and stop at Jack's farm in Avon to examine the trees. Unable to immediately discover the cause, Olivia is determined to get to the root of the problem and extends her stay to run advanced tests. With time to kill while she waits for test results for the trees, Olivia joins Jack and his friends at the holiday festivities around town and finds their traditions a welcome change to the reserved holidays she grew up with. As they spend more time together, they begin to fall for each other and Jack helps Olivia reconnect to Christmas, her parents and herself. In the end, her tenacity pays off and Olivia not only devises a way to preserve Jack's trees but she discovers the shocking truth about why his firs were fizzling — much to the dismay of Dwayne, a rival local tree farmer
Cast: Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years," "Domino Masters"), Benjamin Ayres ("Suits") and Jason Hervey ("The Wonder Years")
When to watch: Premiered Oct. 22
'A Christmas Treasure'
Christmas in Pine Grove will be extra special this holiday season as the Webb family plans to open a 100-year-old time capsule that was buried when the town was founded. While enjoying all the town's festivities surrounding the big reveal and continuing to work at her family's newspaper, Lou finalizes her plans to further her writing career by moving to New York after Christmas. But after opening the time capsule and finding her grandfather's old journal, she begins to question whether she should move or stay in Pine Grove to carry on her family's legacy. Having also met charming chef, Kyle, who is also at a crossroads while visiting Pine Grove for the holidays, only makes Lou doubt the future she had planned even more.
Cast: Jordin Sparks ("American Idol," "Sparkle") and Michael Xavier ("Christmas Comes Twice," "Beware of the Midwife")
When to watch: Premiered Nov. 7
'The Nine Kittens of Christmas'
Cat lovers Zachary and Marilee are thrown back together at Christmas when they're tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.
Cast: Brandon Routh ("Superman"), Kimberly Sustad ("Supernatural," "Continuum") and Gregory Harrison ("M*A*S*H", "Trapper John, M.D.")
When to watch: Premieres Nov. 25
'Christmas at Castle Hart'
Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots. While there, she meets charming Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough. Mistaken for an elite event planner, she's hired to host his castle's epic Christmas party.
Cast: Lacey Chabert ("Party of Five," "Mean Girls") and Stuart Townsend ("Queen of the Damned")
When to watch: Premieres Nov. 27
'Eight Gifts of Hanukkah'
An anonymous suitor sends optometrist Sara a gift for each night of Hanukkah. On her journey to find her secret admirer, she learns her one true love might be someone she never expected.
Cast: Inbar Lavi ("Imposters") and Jake Epstein ("Degrassi: The Next Generation")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 3
'A Dickens of a Holiday!'
To make the 100th anniversary of her hometown's Victorian festival a success, Cassie invites action movie star and former high school classmate Jake to play Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol."
Cast: Brooke D'Orsay ("Royal Pains") and Kristoffer Polaha ("Jurassic World: Dominion")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 10
'A Royal Queens Christmas'
A prince finds his way to Queens during Christmas when a local woman enlists his help with a children's Christmas show.
Cast: Megan Park ("The F Word") and Julian Morris ("Man in an Orange Shirt")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 11
'Sugar Plum Twist'
Professional ballerina Natalia returns home to Richmond at Christmas and works with a ballet student who has a flare for Latin dance.
Cast: Jamie Gray Hyder ("True Blood"), Ektor Rivera ("NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service") and Laura Rosguer
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 17
'The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls'
Excited for a calm Christmas, Mike Mitchell unexpectedly gets roped into a Christmas House decorating reality TV show against his brother.
Cast: Robert Buckley ("666 Park Avenue"), Ana Ayora ("Captain Marvel"), Jonathan Bennett, Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue") and Treat Williams ("Deep Rising")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 18
'Tis the Season to Be Merry'
Looking for a fresh angle to her book on relationships, Merry heads to snow covered Vermont. She finds a new perspective and Christmas cheer with charismatic aid worker Adam.
Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook ("She's All That") and Travis Van Winkle ("Friday the 13th")
When to watch: Premieres Dec. 19
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