Hallmark's 2021 Countdown to Christmas Schedule is Here!
It may just be the first day of meteorological fall but get out those twinkly lights and all the tinsel in your attic because Hallmark has released the schedule for this year's Countdown to Christmas. Well, they have released part of it, anyway. With this turning of the season, the behemoths of televised holiday joy have gifted us with the schedule for both Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Miracles of Christmas programming from October 22 through November 7. We will, of course, update this as more films and dates are added to the schedule.
This year, they just have so much to share with us, they are having us unwrap the good news in phases. And of course, we already have a few nuggets of information. We know that Tyler Hynes and Bethany Joy Lenz are teaming up for An Unexpected Christmas, although we do not have an airdate for that one just yet. We also know that Holly Robinson Peete will star in the first Hallmark holiday movie featuring a character on the Autism spectrum. But now we can really get down to business and start planning out our Hallmark holiday viewing parties.
This is the 12th year of Hallmark's ultimate celebration of holiday joy, and they are still wowing us. There will be 41 all new original films with many familiar faces, some new folks, and even some very big, unexpected Hollywood icons like Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd who will reunite in Next Stop, Christmas and comedy great, Kevin Nealon. In addition to a full slate on both broadcast networks, also new this year, a brand-new movie will debut on the company's stand-alone streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now. Check out the list below with descriptions straight from our friends at Hallmark.
Hallmark Channel: Countdown to Christmas
All films premiere at 8:00PM EST unless otherwise noted.
Friday, October 22: You, Me & The Christmas Trees
Starring: Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, Jason Hervey
Olivia is Connecticut's resident expert on evergreens who, just days before the holiday, agrees to help Jack, a fourth generation Christmas tree farmer in Avon. A mysterious illness has befallen their firs, causing them to die out and threatening his family's 100-year business. As Olivia tries to get to the root of the problem and extends her stay in town, she and Jack spend more time together and feelings begin to develop.
Saturday, October 23: Boyfriends of Christmas Past
Starring: Catherine Haena Kim. Raymond Ablack. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Leading up to Christmas, marketing executive, Lauren, is visited by the ghosts of four ex boyfriends. She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate.
Sunday, October 24: The Santa Stakeout
Starring: Tamera Mowry-Housely, Paul Campbell, Joe Pantoliano
Tanya is a police detective who is reluctantly partnered with fellow detective Ryan to solve a recent string of heists taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. They go undercover as newlyweds Tasha and Rupert, moving 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 partake in the neighborhood's holiday happenings to keep up appearances and crack the case, they get swept up in Christmas. Before they know it, their cover story as a couple in love starts to become reality.
Friday, October 29: Christmas in Harmony
Starring: Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace
Harmony is tricked into auditioning for the Holiday Chorus —directed by an ex-boyfriend. By Christmas Eve, they could be harmonizing in the key of love.
Saturday, October 30: Coyote Creek Christmas
Starring: Janel Parrish, Ryan Paevey
A "Christmas Around the World" party helps two people find love at home.
Sunday, October 31: Christmas Sail
Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, Terry O'Quinn
When Liz returns home to take care of her estranged father, she is determined to give her daughter a perfect Christmas and reconnects with her best friend.
Friday, November 5: Open by Christmas
Starring: Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott
When Nicky finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer, she, and her best friend Simone search to find and thank the anonymous author.
Saturday, November 6: Next Stop, Christmas
Starring: Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd
Angie wonders what her life would be like if she had married a former boyfriend who became a famous sportscaster. She takes the train home to spend Christmas with her family and inexplicably finds herself 10 years in the past. With the advice of the train's enigmatic conductor, Angie has the chance to revisit that Christmas and learn what –and who –is truly important to her.
Sunday, November 7: A Christmas Treasure
Starring: Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier
After opening a 100-year-old time capsule and meeting a charming chef, Lou questions whether or not she should move to New York after Christmas and further her writing career.
The following listings do not yet have a premiere date, but we will update when we know more.
Christmas at Castle Hart
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Stuart Townsend
Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots. While there, she meets Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough. Mistaken for an elite event planner, she's hired to host his castle's epic Christmas party.
The Christmas Contest
Starring: Candace Cameron, John Brotherton, Barbara Niven
Exes Lara and Ben compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. The city watches them battle and choose what is more important, victory or love.
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls (working title)
Starring: Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, and Brad Harder
The Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas House.
The Nine Kittens of Christmas
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Gregory Harrison
Cat lovers Zachary and Marilee are thrown back together at Christmas when they're tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday and Sister Swap: Christmas in the City
Starring: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, Keith Robinson, SusanYeagley, and Kevin Nealon
In these interconnected movies, Jennifer and Meg Swift are sisters who couldn't be closer despite living hours apart. Jennifer is in Salt Lake City, running a successful restaurant she started with her late husband and raising her teenaged son Simon. Meg stayed in their hometown of Hazelwood, helping their parents run the local bakery. This Christmas is the family's first since the passing of Uncle Dave who owned the town's beloved theater, The Madison, where many memories were made over the years. When Jennifer and Simon return home for the holiday, they become wistful for one more Christmas at The Madison, despite that it's for sale and in need of repairs. Meanwhile, Meg is helping Jennifer's restaurant staff in Salt Lake prepare for a Christmas competition among local restaurants with the winner earning money for the charity of its choice. With the sisters switching cities leading up to the holiday, they find a new sense of purpose and discover what they both truly need in life and in love.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
All movies will premiere at 10:00 PM EST.
Saturday, October 23: Christmas In My HeartStarring: Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane, Sheryl Lee Ralph
Concert violinist Beth tutors the daughter of reclusive Country music star Sean to prep her for the holiday concert. They are joined through the connective power of music.
Saturday, October 30: The Christmas Promise
Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, Patrick Duffy, Greyston Holt
Nicole learns to deal with grief, with the help of her grandfather and a carpenter she hires to renovate the home that was once meant for her and her fiancé.
Saturday, November 6: Debbie Macomber's A Mrs. Miracle Christmas
Starring: Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund, Caroline Rhea
When a family faces loneliness and loss of faith, Mrs. Miracle swoops in to renew their Christmas Spirit, and they experience a holiday of heavenly proportions.
The Christmas Bond (working title) – premiere date to be announced
Starring: Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, Nik Sanchez
As a single mom and her teenaged son with autism come to a crossroad during Christmas, she must learn to let go so he can flourish as she finds her own heart healing in unexpected ways.
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Hallmark Movies Now
Every Time a Bell Rings – premiere date to be announced
Starring: Erin Cahill, Brittany Ishibashi, Ali Leibert, Wes Brown
Three sisters reunite in their hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, at Christmas after a long time apart. They're surprised to discover their late father had planned one last scavenger hunt for them to find the family's wooden wishing bell, a beloved, annual holiday tradition when they were young. As they search for clues in the days leading up to Christmas, the trio visits local childhood haunts around Natchez that hold special meaning for them. In the process, their sisterly bond is rekindled, and each learns an important lesson about what they want in life and love.