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Hallmark Channel: Countdown to Christmas!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:59 pm MST

Hallmark Channel PRESENTS 21 NEW MOVIES THAT CELEBRATE THE SPLENDOR OF THE SEASON. Network’s beloved annual programming event begins Friday, October 27, 2017.

Hallmark Channel offers viewers the perfect winter escape with the network’s highly anticipated programming event, “Countdown to Christmas.” The annual, 24/7 holiday schedule showcases a record 21 new original holiday premiere movies.

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Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Rachel Skarsten (“Reign”), Trevor Donovan (“90210”)
Premieres: Saturday, October 28 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Reluctant wedding planner Maddie Krug (Rachel Skarsten) meets her match in Jonny Blaze (Trevor Donovan), an action movie star who has hired her to plan his sister’s Christmas nuptials in the picturesque Sierra Nevada mountain town of Fool’s Gold. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world’s sexiest guy- Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Taylor Cole (“The Originals”), Damon Runyan (“Sound of Christmas”), Wendy Crewson (“Saving Hope”)
Premieres: Saturday, November 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
A young woman (Taylor Cole) faces her future as a lawyer in a small New England town where the annual Christmas ice sculpting competition in which she and her father have always competed has been cancelled. Working to save the festival, she meets a reluctant sculptor (Damon Runyan) who reignites her passion, in more ways than one.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Brooke D’Orsay (“Royal Pains,” “Two and a Half Men”), Marc Blucas (“Underground”)
Premieres: Sunday, November 5 (8 p.m./ET/PT)
Holly Kuhn (Brooke D’Orsay) is on her annual mission of finding a majestic specimen for The National Tree. While searching for the perfect Christmas fir for the Washington, D.C. Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, Holly receives a letter from a boy detailing why his town boasts the most beautiful evergreen. Holly travels to the boy’s quaint New England town, where she meets his handsome uncle, Sam McNary (Marc Blucas). Sam owns the land from which it grows and is a protective steward. It holds such deep meaning for Sam that he’s not about to let it be chopped down even for such an honor. Still, Holly finds herself falling for Sam, and they discover the magic that this perfect tree can bring, just in time for the holidays.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Cast: Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five,” “Mean Girls”), Lea Coco (“Millennial Parents”), Jonathan Adams (“Last Man Standing”)
Premieres: Saturday, November 11 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
After breaking up with her boyfriend just before the holidays, baker Kylie (Lacey Chabert) reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Nick (Lea Coco). Thanks to their newly rekindled friendship, Kylie uses Nick’s restaurant to prepare for a gingerbread baking competition. Spending time together – Kylie and Nick start feeling a familiar spark. When Kylie’s former boyfriend Alex makes a surprise romantic gesture, both Kylie’s chances in the gingerbread baking competition and Kylie and Nick’s blooming romance are put into jeopardy.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids franchise), Carlos PenaVega (“The Loud House”)
Premieres: Sunday, November 12 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Weeks before Christmas, interior designer and single mom Laura (Alexa PenaVega) is sent to her hometown to remodel a landmark hotel. As Laura is kept busy with the renovations, her daughter Nicole is introduced to the art of dancing at a local dance studio. Laura is surprised to find that the studio’s owner is Ricardo (Carlos PenaVega), her old high school sweetheart and former dance partner. When Laura and Ricardo reconnect, sparks fly on and off the dance floor. Christmas traditions become the backdrop for spirited dancing and unexpected romance.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Cast: Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”), Neal Bledsoe (“The Mysteries of Laura”)
Premieres: Saturday, November 18 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Allie Richfield (Danica McKellar) is at a crossroads when she lands a job as a house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Allie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the Marley family, though they seem to be a family in name only. As Allie is enmeshed in the lives of the Marley family, she finds herself drawn to Robert – the handsome but all-business executor of the estate even as Kip Marley, who never met a party he didn’t like, pursues her. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching all the true spirit of Christmas?

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Ali Liebert (“Chesapeake Shores”), Peter Porte (“The Young and the Restless”)
Premieres: Sunday, November 19 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Darcy’s (Ali Liebert) lifelong love of reading has led her to the perfect job, working in a small Manhattan bookstore. One day, while bicycling to work, Darcy crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. Knocked unconscious, he’s rushed to the hospital where he falls into a coma. Deeply shaken, Darcy takes the dog home, waiting to reunite him with his owner, Aidan (Peter Porte). As she learns more about Aidan, Darcy realizes he could be the one she has been waiting for. But when the truth is revealed, Darcy learns the picture she created is completely wrong, and that sometimes the truth is even better than fiction.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Cast: Emilie Ullerup (“Chesapeake Shores”), Aaron O’Connell (“The Haves and the Have Nots”)
Premieres: Wednesday, November 22 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Ad executive Melanie (Emelie Ullerup) is teamed up with uptight coworker Donovan (Aaron O’ Connell) to come up with the ultimate Christmas commercial for a new cell phone. To complicate matters, Donovan is also Melanie’s Secret Santa recipient in the annual office gift exchange. Keeping her identity secret, Melanie sends him emails from “Santa” to determine the perfect gift for him. When Donovan mistakenly assumes another co-worker is his Secret Santa, Melanie must work to show Donovan that she’s the only Santa for him.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Alicia Witt (“A Very Merry Mix-Up,” “Christmas at Cartwrights”), David Alpay (“The Vampire Diaries”)
Premieres: Thursday, November 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi (Alicia Witt) is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth (Casey Manderson), Kim takes stock and decides to take a leap. She signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas, where a top romance novelist is scheduled to attend. Shortly after arriving, she crosses paths with Zeke (David Alpay), whom she initially finds to be intrusive and, naturally, ends up being her assignment partner. Worse yet, her ex-boyfriend, Garth, is also at the retreat. Despite these bumps in the road, Kim steps outside her comfort zone and ends up surprising herself. Equally unexpected is the attraction that seems to be building between her and Zeke that promises to take her down a road she never imagined traveling.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Jodie Sweetin (“Fuller House”), Eric Winter (“Witches of East End”)
Premieres: Friday, November 24 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Grace, a single woman who lives and breathes Christmas 365 days a year, has been in charge of her small New England town’s famous Christmas parade since she moved back home and took over for her late parent’s Christmas store. When the long-standing Santa in the parade, Tom, falls and hurts himself, Grace is on a mission to find the perfect replacement in time for the televised broadcast. The only option is Tom’s son Ben (Eric Winter), who hates Christmas. As Grace and Ben come together in their festive hometown, she inspires him to find his Christmas spirit-while he inspires her to follow her dreams.

A Hallmark Hall of Fame World Premiere
Stars: Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, “Shameless”) Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Joan Cusack (“Shameless,” Toy Story 4), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Darrow & Darrow,” Father of the Bride)
Premieres: Saturday, November 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
David Baldacci’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller comes to Hallmark Hall of Fame. In “The Christmas Train,” disillusioned, globetrotting journalist Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney) must get from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to take the intercontinental trip by train, Tom finds himself westbound with a variety of characters. On the train is renowned movie producer Max (Danny Glover), Max’s script doctor and protégé Eleanor (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and Agnes (Joan Cusack) who occupies the cabin opposite Tom’s and seems to know his business better than he does. While all passengers on the Christmas train appear to be headed for the same destination, Tom has no idea that the rugged locomotives taking him across America will instead detour straight into his heart – into rude awakenings, his wildest hopes and dreams, and toward the opportunity for love Tom thought was lost forever.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”), Eion Bailey (“Once Upon a Time”)
Premieres: Sunday, November 26 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
When estranged identical twin sisters (Candace Cameron Bure) get together a year from their mother’s death for a pre-Christmas obligatory lunch, the twins realize they are frustrated with their own lives and now envy what the other has. They decide to swap lives until Christmas day. Is it true the grass is greener on the other side? Or will their lie get them in too deep? Who knew that what they would really find is themselves, true love, and family just in time for Christmas.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Ashley Williams (“The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “How I Met Your Mother”), Teddy Sears (“24: Legacy,” “The Flash”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Holly Robinson Peete (“21 Jump Street,” Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”)
Premieres: Saturday, December 2 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Evergreen, Vermont is the place you see when you reflect on the beauty and celebration of the season. There’s a history to this idyllic small town and a story that truly comes alive each Christmas season. At the local café, there is also a belief that if you make a wish on their snow globe, your wish will be granted. When the town veterinarian makes her wish to have the most romantic Christmas ever, she assumes it’s going to be with her longtime boyfriend. But, when she crosses path with a businessman and his daughter, what transpires will give them all a Christmas more magical than they could have wished for.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”), Jordan Bridges, (“Rizzoli and Isles”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”)
Premieres: Sunday, December 3 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
A couple of skimpy ski seasons has threatened the solvency of the Evergreen Inn, but innkeeper Sophie Bennett (Alison Sweeney) won’t let her worries ruin the Christmas season! Every year, people check-in expecting the warmth and hospitality that the Bennett family has always provided. Unbeknownst to Sophie, however, a major developer has his eye on her home and has sent Evan Hunter to evaluate the property. Evan’s plan is to just spend one night, but when he meets Sophie, he suddenly finds himself extending his stay. The attraction is mutual until Sophie realizes the reason for Evan’s stay. Now Sophie must find a way to scare Evan away — even if that means breaking her own heart to do it.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: TBD
Premieres: Saturday, December 9 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Michael works for a New York City real estate development company that is trying to buy an old building in a prime location, hoping to flip the property for a profit. There is one tenant holding out—Anna, the owner of an old-fashioned Christmas shop. Michael approaches Anna, who is protective of her family’s legacy and the traditions of Christmas. Considering Michaels’s offer, Anna’s one condition is that he spend one week working in the store. Michael then gains a greater appreciation for the store and Christmas itself, realizing what really matters. Likewise, Anna is resistant to change, and the store has failed to modernize over the years. But through Michael’s ideas and their budding love, Anna moves past that. Ultimately, Michael is forced to make a choice that will change him forever and make this one of the best Christmases he and Anna have ever had.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Maggie Lawson (“Psych,” “Two and a Half Men”) Brennan Elliott (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove,” “Criminal Minds”)
Premieres: Sunday, December 10 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
A struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on A Christmas Carol – before giving up her dream and moving home. Instead she finds romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates need a Christmas miracle.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: TBD
Premieres: Saturday, December 16 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Flight attendant Sydney is tasked with looking after Leah, an 8-year old unaccompanied minor flying back to Chicago after visiting family. Sydney is charmed by the little girl and makes an instant connection with her. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Jonathan, Sydney finds a package Leah left behind! Sydney delivers the gift back to Leah and gets invited to join in some fun, family Christmas festivities. When a snowstorm hits the Windy City, Sydney misses her connection and is stuck for a few days. Grounded from her jet-setting ways, Sydney bumps into Leah and Jonathan who invite her to spend the holidays with them – showing Sydney the value of a staying put long enough to fall in love.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Chesapeake Shores”)
Premieres: Sunday December 17 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Eric (Jesse Metcalfe) is the work-obsessed CEO of a major tech company in Kansas City that has been sold to an even bigger giant – but two weeks before Christmas, he learns he’s not part of the deal. Divorced for almost two years with three kids, this is Eric’s first Christmas alone with the kids, as his ex-wife is on vacation with her boyfriend. Adding to his Mr. Mom overload, Eric also gets roped into volunteering at his daughter’s Junior Cotillion class, where he meets teacher Kate. Kate helps Eric learn a thing or three about the two-step, waltz and foxtrot… and how to relate better to the kids. Eric also sees that he’s avoided new relationships by burying himself in work, and that it’s time to open to the possibility of love. Kate, enthralled with all that is “old-fashioned”, discovers that romance can surprisingly appear in the form of one mess of a single dad.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Bridget Regan (“Jane the Virgin”), Travis Van Winkle (“The Last Ship”)
Premieres: Saturday, December 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Travel writer Emory (Bridget Regan) has never had a traditional Christmas. Having grown up bouncing around the globe, her adult life mirrors much of what she learned growing up — life’s easier when you’re not tied down. Although her free spirit makes her the perfect travel writer, a breakup with her boyfriend takes her personal life back to square one. Hoping to spend the holiday relaxing and recovering, Emory takes a picturesque Christmas vacation alone. Through a mix up on the rental site – or maybe a little Christmas magic – Emory is forced to share the cabin with Scott (Travis Van Winkle), a handsome widower, his young daughter and mother-in-law. What begins as an annoying inconvenience blooms into a romance she never knew was possible, and a Christmas they will cherish forever.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House,” “90210”), Daniel Lissing (“The Last Resort”), Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Pascale Hutton (“Sanctuary”), Kavan Smith (“Supernatural”)
Premieres: Monday, December 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
A loved one returns, Christmas spirit is renewed, and children’s wishes are granted in this heartwarming Christmas movie featuring the series’ beloved characters. Elizabeth’s (Erin Krakow) fiance, Jack (Daniel Lissing), surprises her, coming home on leave and bringing a young mountie desperately searching for Christmas inspiration. the community of Hope Valley works together to aid this young man with the help of an enchanted wishing tree. And as mayor, Abigail (Lori Loughlin), is busy. Recognizing that, her newly adopted son, Cody engages classmates in creating the town’s annual Christmas celebration. While Sheriff Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) forges a relationship with the disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen (Martin Cumming), Rosemary and Lee (Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith) are reminded that family is the true meaning of Christmas.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Stars: TBD
Premieres: Saturday, December 30 (8 p.m. ET/PT)


Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am MST
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:59 pm MST
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