The Latest Christmas News Blog
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
This Just In: Hallmark Channel has announced the new original movie, "Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses," starring Jill Wagner (Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa) and Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries), making his Hallmark debut.
The movie centers around Abbey (Wagner), a single mom who takes a risk in following her true passion of interior designing. She is hired by a local businessman, Nick, (Davis) to decorate his estate by Christmas Eve. With the deadline in sight, Abbey must navigate her working relationship with Nick in hopes that this is just the start to a successful new career.
Look for "Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses" to debut later this year during Countdown to Christmas.
Friday, March 1, 2019
The third annual Merry Madness Christmas Bracket is now open! Pick your favorite holiday movies in head to head matchups to earn points. Create up to 10 brackets until March 28th. Join the fun and enter for a chance to win $10,000, $2,500 & $1,000!
February 20, 2019
Hallmark Channel is thrilled to announce the all-new original movie, "Wedding at Graceland," the sequel to the Countdown to Christmas movie, "Christmas at Graceland." The movie will be filmed in Memphis and will reunite stars Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown as Laurel and Clay, the former Memphis sweethearts who rekindled their romance during "Christmas at Graceland."
The wedding is planned to take place in the Graceland Wedding Chapel in the Woods, which opened during Elvis Week last year on the grounds of the Elvis Presley mansion.
The honeymoon will continue when Pickler returns in a third Elvis-inspired Hallmark Channel movie set for December!
February 12, 2019
Hallmark Channel is excited to announce the all-new original movie, “The Christmas Song” starring Kristin Chenoweth and Scott Wolf! The movie will be directed by Eric Close.
In the movie, Chenoweth is a youth choir director who needs to write a big song for a Christmas Eve show but is distracted when a boy with a golden voice joins her choir, which comes as a surprise to his widowed father (Wolf). The Christmas Song is slated to premiere sometime in November in Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas lineup.
February 9, 2019
Crown Media Family Networks announces its first original movie adaptation from Hallmark Publishing’s bestselling novel to-date, The Christmas Company. The new movie will be part of the network’s beloved “Countdown to Christmas” holiday slate.
The Christmas Company was written by first-time novelist Alys Murray, who is thrilled to join the Hallmark Channel family. The Christmas Company novel can currently be found on Hallmark.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, BarnesandNoble.com and everywhere else books are sold.
February 9, 2019
Hallmark Channel, the worldwide leader in celebrations, announces the 10th anniversary of America’s favorite, most-watched holiday tradition, “Countdown to Christmas.” Hallmark Channel will honor the 10th anniversary of “Countdown to Christmas” with the biggest holiday season yet, featuring a programming extravaganza of a world record number of original premieres, celebrated talent, holiday specials and more! Currently, the network is in production on its first original holiday movie, “The Christmas Song,” starring Kristin Chenoweth and Scott Wolf, and directed by Eric Close.
February 9, 2019
Following the ratings success of “Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas,” which premiered during “Miracles of Christmas” on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in December 2018, the network has announced a development deal with country superstar Blake Shelton for an all new Christmas movie for 2019.
Shelton will serve as executive producer of the original movie. The all-new film will chronicle the emotional journey home at Christmastime and songs from Shelton’s library of Christmas music will be featured.
February 6, 2019
Be sure to tune in for the next Friday night holiday movie on February 8th! Take a closer look at "Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe" starring Lacey Chabert and Brendan Penny.
January 31, 2019
Hallmark Channel is excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Countdown to Christmas! Tune in for original holiday movies every Friday night at 8pm/7c.
January 23, 2019
Candace Cameron Bure shares a special message of gratitude for Countdown to Christmas fans!
January 14, 2019
This past holiday season, Hallmark Channel’s premiere of “Christmas at Graceland” was the highest-rated of all 37 originals that aired during Countdown to Christmas and Miracles of Christmas. The film stars American Idol alum Kellie Pickler as Laurel, a high-powered Chicago executive who travels to Memphis to take over the city’s oldest family-owned bank. Along the way, she crosses paths with an ex-boyfriend/musical partner named Clay who rekindles her passion for music that was snuffed out when they were on the cusp of stardom.
With Winterfest already in full-swing, look for three more weekend premieres during January! The first Winterfest premiere, “Winter Castle,” was the highest-rated and most-watched cable program of the week (excluding news and sports) during its January 5 debut. It tells the story of Jenny, who falls in love with Craig, the best man at her sister’s destination wedding at an ice hotel.
Look out for even more romance this February during Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day. The season of love kicks off with “Valentine in the Vineyard,” the third movie featuring Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny as Frankie and Nate, winemakers who have partnered in love and business. The movie premieres Saturday, February 2 at 8pm/7c. On Saturday, February 9 at 8pm/7c, Maggie Lawson stars in “The Story of Us” as Jamie, a woman who learns that her first love Sawyer (Sam Page) is the architect of a development that wants to change her beloved neighborhood and threatens her bookstore.
January 3, 2019
Hallmark Channel will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Countdown to Christmas in 2019!
November 7, 2018
Hallmark Channel and LEGOLAND® Parks are teaming up this holiday season to bring guests a Christmas experience with more yuletide fun than ever before. The network has signed on as the official presenting sponsor of the annual winter holiday events at LEGOLAND®California Resort, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and all eleven LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers in the U.S. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, life-size LEGO®holiday decorations and even some snow fall. As part of the new sponsorship, Hallmark Channel will bring photo opportunities and holiday displays, exterior and interior park signage and logo inclusion on all event materials.
Additionally, Jodie Sweetin, star of two Hallmark Channel original movies from the network’s seasonal programming event sensation, “Countdown to Christmas”, will be the honorary guest at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at LEGOLAND® California Resort on November 26th.
LEGOLAND California Resort’s Holidays event officially kicks off on November 17th and LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Christmas Bricktacular event begins on December 1st, with special activities at each location every Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
October 30, 2018
Last week Crown Media Family Networks’ Hallmark Channel and Corus Entertainment’s W Network – both leading entertainment destinations in their respective countries – announced an historic multi-platform partnership that brings the United States’ most iconic family-friendly entertainment brand to Canada for the first time ever. The multi-year partnership grants W Network exclusive Canadian licensing rights to all movies and scripted series produced by Crown Media for Hallmark Channel and sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
W Network will launch Hallmark Channel on November 1, coinciding with the kick-off of the U.S. cable network’s annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming event. Throughout the season, W Network viewers will have an opportunity to tune in to Hallmark Channel’s beloved holiday movies, including a selection of brand new 2018 titles that will make their Canadian debuts in conjunction with the U.S. world premieres.
Visit www.wnetwork.com for more details!
October 23, 2018
Hallmark Channel and SiriusXM announced today a new 24/7 holiday music channel, Hallmark Channel Radio, which is scheduled to launch on Thursday, November 1 in conjunction with the network’s highly popular “Countdown to Christmas” programming event.
Hallmark Channel’s 24/7 “Countdown to Christmas” initiative has become an annual holiday tradition for millions of viewers nationwide, while SiriusXM offers an extensive lineup of holiday music channels across an array of genres. This year Hallmark Channel and SiriusXM are joining forces to bring the warmth and joy of the season to listeners across the country with Hallmark Channel Radio.
SiriusXM’s Hallmark Channel Radio will keep listeners in the holiday mood all day and all night with timeless Christmas carols and music introduced by top network talent including LeAnn Rimes, Holly Robinson Peete, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar, Kellie Pickler, and more. Hallmark Channel stars will also open up about their personal yuletide traditions, share their own favorite songs from the season, and take listeners behind the scenes of their new “Countdown to Christmas” movies.
Voiced by one of the network’s most beloved stars, Candace Cameron-Bure, Hallmark Channel Radio will launch on Thursday, November 1 and will be accessible through December 29 via satellite on channel 70, through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. Hallmark Channel’s 2018 “Countdown to Christmas” begins October 26 and will feature an unprecedented 24/7 slate of 22 all new original holiday movies, as well as fan-favorites from years past.
SiriusXM offers people without a subscription the chance to sample SiriusXM’s content on the SiriusXM app and the streaming web player at SiriusXM.com, seamlessly and without any registration requirements. Go to https://siriusxm.us/HCR to tune in.
SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen to Hallmark Channel Radio (channel 70) on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/streaming to learn more.
October 18, 2018
Jonathan Bennett will co-star opposite Alexa PenaVega in "Christmas Made to Order." Additionally, Adelaide Kane, best known for her work in "Once Upon a Time" and "Reign," will co-star in "A Midnight Kiss" for Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas event.
In "Christmas Made to Order," architect and Christmas amateur Steven (Bennett) finds himself hosting his family for Christmas. Desperate for help, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (Alexa PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expects it to bring them closer to each other.
In the New Year's Eve-themed "A Midnight Kiss," Mia Pearson (Kane) and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company’s history with only one week to prepare: a New Year's Eve Party for tech entrepreneur Kate Clark. When her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Mia reluctantly enlists the help of her brother's visiting college buddy, David Campos (Carlos PenaVega), to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. What Mia doesn’t plan on is falling in love in the process.
October 17, 2018
Cost Plus World Market® is the exclusive retailer of The Republic of Tea’s “Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas” tea, which is a caffeine-free blend of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. It's the perfect warming blend for the cooler months ahead. This limited-edition tea contains 36 tea bags and will retail for $11.99; it is available in stores and online.
Visit Cost Plus World Market® today to purchase this deliciously spiced tea!