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Tuesday, March 27th 2017
Hallmark Channel is happy to introduce the Christmas Corner. Each week, Home & Family will share DIYs and recipes to help you stay in the holiday spirit. First up is Ken Wingard's Christmas Chalkboard Calendar which he created with the help of Hallmark Channel star Cameron Mathison! Also, the family checks in with Catherine Bell and Eric Close on the set of their holiday movie.
Monday, March 20th 2017
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces the start of production on “Love Finds Its Way,” a two-hour Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere, shooting in Vancouver and set to premiere exclusively on the network on Sunday, July 9 at 9/8c as part of the Gold Crown Christmas Event. Catherine Bell (“Good Witch”) executive produces and stars in “Love Finds Its Way,” which also co-stars Victor Webster (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”).
In “Love Finds Its Way,” Jane Evans is a single mother dead set on protecting her teenage daughter Betsy from the harsh realities of life. When Betsy falls in love with an enlisted man, Jane tries her best to steer Betsy away from heartache. Little does Jane realize she and her daughter are about to learn important lessons of the heart and that taking chances can sometimes lead to the most extraordinary happy endings.
Tuesday, March 6th 2017
Join in on Meow Madness fun and enter for a chance to win cash prizes!
Starting March 12th, you’ll be able to create your own Holiday bracket and choose YOUR favorite Christmas movie! For each voting round, you’ll accumulate points based on the most popular movies with the largest number of votes. Contestants with the most points are then eligible to win $10,000, $2,500 & $1,000!
To prepare for your bracket, review the 64 Holiday movies comprised within 4 distinct categories that will be competing in matchups.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Production has begun on “12 Days” a new, original movie premiering in 2017 during Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas! The movie will star Catherine Bell (“Good Witch,” “Army Wives”) and Eric Close (“Nashville,” “Suits.”)
Switching gears from her role as Cassie Nightingale, the raven-haired enchantress at the heart of “Good Witch,” Bell plays Lydia, a successful, no-nonsense professional organizer, who works a different kind of magic by helping clients take control of their lives. Possibly one of her more challenging – albeit charming – cases is Robert (Close), a harried toy inventor who is a widower with two kids. He has just 12 days to get his life in order before making a big pitch to a major retailer – and hosting a home-cooked holiday feast for the client at his house, which is in disarray and not holiday-ready. As the two work side-by-side and Lydia helps transform Robert’s life, she learns giving up some control can be a good thing and that sometimes opposites do attract.
Monday, February 20th, 2017
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have begun production on the first eight of 32 all-new, original movies for Hallmark Channel’s COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ THE MOST WONDERFUL MOVIES OF CHRISTMAS in 2017.
Hallmark Channel will premiere 20 new Christmas movies and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will premiere 12. Here is a rundown of the first eight films to be produced for Holiday 2017.
Lydia, a successful professional organizer, is constantly trying to grow her business, but even her ambition takes a back seat to love when she meets Robert, a frazzled widower with two young children. A toy inventor, Robert is asked to present his new Christmas toy line to a superstore. His challenge is he only has 12 days to get his life and his business in order. Talk about a Christmas rush! Lydia shows Robert that this task goes way deeper than messy junk drawers and encompasses every aspect of his life. While she’s intent on helping him straighten out details he had long ignored, Robert teaches the buttoned-up Lydia that messiness can be a delightful part of life.
‘Christmas Festival of Ice’
Those years of law school pay off for Emma but not in ways one would expect. When she finds out that her beloved ice-sculpting contest, part of her hometown’s Christmas festival, has been canceled, she springs into action. Determined to keep it going, she enlists sponsors and artists. Nick, the town’s ace artisan, isn’t interested in competing this year, but Emma wants him as her teammate. Considering what she’s managed to accomplish, Nick is impressed and signs on. As Emma and Nick work together, she realizes there's more to life than legal briefs. And transformed by Emma’s can-do spirit, Nick is invigorated, too. They just might have a shot at winning this very special Christmas contest -- and a lot more.
‘Christmas Sister Swap’
Just because they are identical does not mean these twins even like each other. Estranged twin sisters get together for an obligatory pre-Christmas lunch, a year after their mother died. Both women are unhappy and frustrated with their own lives. Though not close, each is envious of the other’s life. What’s a twin to do but take advantage of this? And who would be the wiser? They do what any identical twins in need of new outlooks would do -- they swap lives until Christmas Day. And by doing so, each woman discovers the true meaning of her life and gains a deeper perspective and appreciation for what she already had.
Holly Kuhn 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 McCary. 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.
‘Marry Me at Christmas’
Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug. She loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. What Madeline didn’t expect was to be swept off her feet by the bride’s gorgeous brother, movie star, Jonny Blaze. Jonny came to the quirky town of Fool’s Gold to support his sister -- not to fall in love. Yet Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he’s ever met. Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. Madeline finds the real Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. Will the action star be brave enough to take on the role of a lifetime?
Jessica was delighted to start running her New England town’s Christmas events after her mom died. The main event is the parade on Christmas Day when the jolly man in red greets the crowd. For the last 30 years, Henry, owner of a famous Santa School, played St. Nick. When Henry falls ill, and everyone else he has trained is already booked, Jessica’s in a predicament. The only possible replacement is Henry’s son, Ben, an Uber driver who never wanted to follow in his father big black leather boots. Desperate, Jessica sets off 200 miles north to find Ben, and lures him to town by hiring him to drive her back. The trek is daunting; the real Kris Kringle makes it around the world easier than Ben and Jessica on their return. Still, once Ben dons the red suit, he feels the spirit of Christmas -- and soon begins to realize he may have found the new, real-life Mrs. Claus.
Work-obsessed Eric Randall, chief technology officer of a major tech company in Kansas City, is laid off two weeks before Christmas. Divorced and the father of three, this will be Eric’s first Christmas alone with the kids. His ex-wife, Marie, encourages Eric to postpone a job search and instead make Christmas a true family holiday. Unfortunately, he’s better with computers than children. With baby Max strapped into a backpack, Eric is determined to build a sled with son Liam, no small feat for the math-challenged boy. Eric also gets roped into volunteering at daughter Chelsea’s junior cotillion class. At least her teacher, Kate Moore, is lovely. Kate teaches Eric some dance moves and Eric realizes he’s avoided relationships by burying himself in work. Though enthralled with all old-fashioned romance, Kate finds a lot to like in this digital-age dad while Eric learns that family time does not need to be restricted to Christmas.
‘Coming Home for Christmas’
Allie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as 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. There’s Kip Marley, who never met a party he didn’t like; Robert, the handsome but all-business executor of the estate; Sloane, who arrives with her two young children, sans husband, and the 90-year-old matriarch, Pippa, a spitfire who doesn't want to put the house up for sale at all. As Allie is inserted into the home and the lives of the Marley family, she finds herself drawn to Robert -- even as Kip pursues her. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life, while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching all the true spirit of Christmas?
Monday, February 13, 2017
The 4th season of When Calls the Heart premieres Sunday, February 19th! Check out some behind the scenes video featuring Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow, and Lori Loughlin from their holiday movies, "A December Bride," "A Cookie Cutter Christmas," and "Every Christmas Has a Story."
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
The Countdown to Christmas for 2016 may be over, but stay tuned for more news about next year's event! Watch some of the favorite "Bowl Full of Jolly" videos featuring Hallmark Channel stars, and see what is new for the coming year.
Friday, December 16th
Kitten Bowl Christmas Celebration
Kitten Bowl is back this February, so check out the collection of adorable cat-letes as they celebrate the season! View the gallery >>
Thursday, December 8th 2016
Check out a collection of some of the most romantic moments of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas!
Friday, November 18th 2016
Take a look at a festive photo gallery for the When Calls the Heart Christmas special which premieres on Sunday, December 25th at 8/7c. View Gallery >>
Friday, November 11th 2016
Check out a sneak peek photo of "A Nutcracker Christmas" starring Amy Acker, Sascha Radetsky and Sophia Lucia.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Catch a first look at the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "A Heavenly Christmas" starring Kristin Davis, and don't forget to check the schedule page for the new movie premiere dates during Countdown to Christmas!
October 19th, 2016
Find out more about the new titles just added to the Hallmark Channel Holiday Movie Sneak Peek! New movies include, "Broadcasting Christmas" starring Melissa Joan Hart, "Journey Back to Christmas" starring Candace Cameron Bure and "A Dream of Christmas" starring Nikki DeLoach. Check out the Holiday Movie Sneak Peek >>
October 12th, 2016
Catch a first look at "Every Christmas Has a Story" starring Lori Loughlin and Colin Ferguson!
October 3rd, 2016
Soon after this year’s Countdown to Christmas wraps up, catch a brand new movie starring Amy Smart and Adrian Grenier, premiering on Hallmark Channel in 2017! Grenier (“Entourage”) and Smart (“Justified”) have been cast as the leads in the new original movie “A Worthwhile Life.”
Smart plays Mary Landers, a young woman whose hope for an engagement is unexpectedly upended when her fiancé tells her he is looking for someone more adventurous. On her train ride home, she trades glances with James Fielding (Grenier), a handsome stranger who appears to be the larger than life adventurer she is not. As throngs of shoppers exit the train all that is left of the mystery man is the phone he accidentally left behind. Mary endeavors to return it to him and finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. In the process she realizes that she may not be so different from the intriguing man who crossed her path after all.
September 29th, 2016
Go on location to get a first look at the Hallmark Channel original movie, "Christmas Cookies."
September 20th, 2016
Christmas is coming to Hallmark Channel! Find out what you can expect to see this upcoming holiday season.
September 15th, 2016
Hallmark Channel proudly announces the stellar cast of the new, original Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Christmas Angel in Training,” including Emmy Award nominee Kristin Davis ("Sex In The City"), Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace"), and Academy Award ("Terms of Endearment"), five-time Golden Globe Award ("Terms of Endearment"), and Emmy Award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine ("Gypsy In My Soul").
The movie, which will premiere exclusively on Hallmark Channel Saturday, November 26 (8 p.m. ET/PT), is the first in the Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise to be produced by Hallmark Channel’s Crown Media Productions, and marks the 255th film in the vaunted movie franchise. The film will be a featured part of Hallmark Channel’s #1-rated “Countdown to Christmas” annual programming event as the network celebrates the 65TH anniversary of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame, the longest-running and most award-winning series in the history of television.
“The casting of Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack, and the legendary Shirley MacLaine in ‘Christmas Angel in Training’ imbues this great holiday story with the high star quality that has been the legacy of Hallmark Hall of Fame for 65 years,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.
“Likely to become an instant holiday classic, the film is an upbeat, screwball comedy about a young woman who is plucked out of her life just a moment too soon, and is led by her guardian angel on a journey of what her life could have been. Kristin and Eric are a marvelous pairing, and, with Shirley MacLaine on Cloud Nine, viewers are sure to have a heavenly Christmas,” Vicary added.
September 13th, 2016
Paul Greene and Danica McKellar stopped by Home & Family with news about the Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas movies!
September 1st, 2016
There are only 115 days until Christmas! Are you getting excited to celebrate the season? Take a look back at some of our Celebrity Moments Christmas favorites with the stars of “I’m Not Ready for Christmas,” where Alicia Witt and George Stults reveal their favorite Christmas treats and traditions. Watch now!
August 18th, 2016
Hallmark Channel is revealing more of the holiday movies to come in this year's "Countdown to Christmas" event! Get more info here >>
July 25th, 2016
Take a sneak peek at some of the movies coming to "Countdown to Christmas" in 2016 on Hallmark Channel!
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July 11th, 2016
Feeling in the holiday spirit- even though it is only July? Take a minute to 'season your selfie' with Hallmark Channel! Find out how >>
June 23rd, 2016
June 3rd, 2016
A new Christmas movie in July!
Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Keepsake will offer favorite holiday movies airing Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 17, highlighted by the world premiere of the all-new original “A Perfect Christmas” on Saturday, July 16 at 9pm ET/PT starring Susie Abromeit, Dillon Casey and Erin Gray. “A Perfect Christmas” follows a newlywed couple celebrating their first Christmas together. They invite their families to join them for the holidays, but when Steve (Casey) is laid off just before Christmas and Cynthia (Abromeit) discovers she’s pregnant, they both keep their news secret in hopes that the celebration runs smoothly.
May 26th, 2016
Christmas Keepsake Week is coming in July!
Crown Media Family Networks -- the #1 viewing destinations for holiday – unveils its treasured annual programming events, Christmas Keepsake on Hallmark Channel!This event will offer favorite holiday movies airing Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 17. Christmas Keepsake will also feature a 10-day lineup of Hallmark Channel favorites including “Christmas Under Wraps” and “Christmas Detour” starring Candace Cameron Bure, “Crown For Christmas” starring Danica McKellar, “A Christmas Melody” starring Mariah Carey and Lacey Chabert and “Northpole: Open for Christmas” starring Lori Loughlin, Dermot Mulroney and Bailee Madison.
"Our viewers look forward to this programming event every year, even planning their summer schedules around the celebration,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “It’s a special way to bring the magic of Christmas to our audience year-round, and to give them an exclusive glimpse at what’s in store for both networks this holiday – Countdown to Christmas on Hallmark Channel and The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.”
May 11th, 2016
Charming Christmas Celebrity Moments
What is David Sutcliffe's favorite Christmas song? Julie Benz's favorite Christmas food? Find out by watching the Celebrity Moments "Charming Christmas" edition.
April 22, 2016
The Holiday Yule Log
As the Countdown to Christmas continues, stir up some warm memories by curling up by the fire with Happy the Cat and Happy the Dog.
March 31, 2016
Hallmark Channel, In Partnership With The National Park Foundation, to Broadcast 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting In Washington, D.C.
Hallmark Channel and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced today that the network will exclusively broadcast the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. The hour-long special will feature a live concert, a lineup of A-list hosts, presenters, and performers, and the lighting of the tree. Every president since Calvin Coolidge has participated in this ceremony. Hallmark Channel will be the first ad-supported television network to air the special, which will be broadcast in December as part of the annual “Countdown to Christmas.”
Held in early December, the event officially kicks off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and coast to coast. The event is attended by approximately 20,000 government leaders, local citizens, and tourists. Initiated by United States President Calvin Coolidge, the tree lighting is a 94-year-old American tradition that showcases the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park, alongside 56 smaller trees, which represent the states, territories, and D.C.
March 17, 2016
The Countdown is On: 282 Days Until Christmas!
Take a look back on some of our favorite family moments as the Countdown to Christmas continues on Hallmark Channel!
February 19, 2016
When Calls the Heart - New Year's Wish
The new season of "When Calls the Heart" is about to begin, so catch up now with the special holiday presentation recap of the two-hour episode!