Everything We Know About Hallmark Christmas Movies for 2019

Is it December yet?

    Hallmark is going all out for their 2019 Countdown to Christmas! It’s the tenth anniversary of the network’s hugely popular event, and there’s so much holly jolly goodness we can barely stand it.

    They kicked off the celebrations back in February, when Hallmark announced they’d air a Christmas movie every Friday night, all year long. Everything was amped up a notch when we learned there’d be 40 new films starring favorites like Candace Cameron Bure, Erin Krakow, and even Dolly Parton, all starting in October.

    Now, Hallmark has released details about the names and cast of over 20 of the upcoming programs, both on the regular channel and on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Here’s everything we know so far:

    How many Hallmark Christmas movies will there be this year?

    Steven Ackerman

    Last year, Hallmark broke its own record with a whopping 38 films. This year, they're outdoing themselves once more and plan to release 40 new movies. Yep, you read that right. Hope you didn't have plans for the fall...

    Amazing! So, when will Countdown to Christmas start?

    Mark your calendars for Friday, October 25, when all the holiday goodness officially begins.

    There’s going to be a music-themed movie.

    Look out, A Star Is Born: There’s a new iconic duo in town. According to Southern Living, the movie Christmas Duets will star Nashville’s Chaley Rose, How to Get Away With Murder’s Rome Flynn, and The Good Doctor’s Teryl Rothery. The story follows two musicians who became famous for their Christmas song, but have since parted ways. When they cross paths, could “the magic of Christmas help reunite them once again?” We hope so!

    Jodie Sweetin is returning again.

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    The Fuller House star will appear in her third Hallmark Christmas movie in 2019. It’s tentatively called Merry & Bright, and follows Jodie’s Cate, the CEO of the Merry & Bright Candy Cane Company. According to ET, when Cate first meets Gabe (played by Andrew Walker), she thinks he’s a blind date set up by her mom—but he actually works for a corporate recovery firm. As they get to know each other, they realize they have a lot more in common than just work. Sounds like a can’t-miss romance to us!

    Will Hallmark debut any Christmas shows?

    Yes! Hallmark Drama, Hallmark’s third cable television channel, has announced two new series for 2019. The first dons the working title, Project Christmas Joy: Alabama, which will give a town in need an “extreme Hallmark holiday transformation,” according to a release.

    The second is called Christmas Cookie Countdown, and we’d watch based on the name alone. The show will be a 5-episode competition where home chefs face off against each other to make the best holiday treats. Three “well-known” pastry chefs will serve as the judges, and the host will be a rotating panel of Hallmark stars. Sadly, Lori Loughlin will likely not be one of them, as Hallmark dropped her from their upcoming Christmas movies and the series When Calls the Heart following her alleged involvement in a massive college cheating scam.

    What about Hanukkah movies?

    Yep! Last year the network revealed that they're working on two Hanukkah movies for 2019. According to EW, one will be called Holiday Date, while the second still remains a mystery.

    “We are currently in development on two original holiday movies for 2019 that celebrate traditions of both Hanukkah and Christmas, which will be especially meaningful when the two holidays overlap,' said President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks Bill Abbott.

    Kristin Chenoweth will star in The Christmas Song.

    Kristin Chenoweth in 2016.
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    Filming is already in the works for The Christmas Song, which stars actress Kristin Chenoweth, best known for her role as Glinda in the Broadway musical, Wicked. Former NCIS actor Scott Wolf will play opposite of Kristin in the movie, which revolves around a youth choir director who needs to write a big song for Christmas Eve.

    Blake Shelton is making another Christmas movie.

    Blake produced Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas in 2018. The sweet story was based on a song he wrote with his mom, who also helped out on the set.

    Josh Henderson and Megan Park in Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas.
    Ryan Plummer

    Now, The Voice coach is returning to create a second film for Hallmark. Though details are vague, a release states that the plot will “chronicle the emotional journey home at Christmastime” and will include songs from Blake’s musical library. Fingers-crossed that means his holiday hit with girlfriend Gwen Stefani!

    Here's every movie and cast member we know so far.

    In a new press release, Hallmark shared more information about over 20 of their upcoming originals. See below for the full list.

    Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas

    Ryan Plummer

    A Christmas Love Story

    Stars: Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Scott Wolf

    Christmas in Rome

    Stars: Lacey Chabert and Sam Page

    Christmas at Dollywood

    Stars: Danica McKellar

    Christmas Town

    Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Tim Rozon, and Beth Broderick

    Write Before Christmas

    Stars: Torrey DeVitto, Chad Michael Murray, Grant Show, Lolita Davidovich, and Drew Seeley

    A Christmas Duet

    Stars: Chaley Rose and Rome Flynn

    Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses

    Stars: Jill Wagner, Matthew Davis, and Donna Mills

    Christmas Camp

    Stars: Lily Anne Harrison and Bobby Campo

    A Merry Christmas Match

    Stars: Ashley Newbrough, Kyle Dean Massey

    Nostalgic Christmas

    Stars: Brooke D’Orsay and Trevor Donovan

    Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen

    Stars: Erin Krakow, Luke Macfarlane, and Kimberley Sustad

    A Christmas Scavenger Hunt

    Stars: Kevin McGarry and Kim Shaw

    The Christmas Club

    Stars: Cameron Mathison and Elizabeth Mitchell

    Merry & Bright

    Stars: Jodie Sweetin, Andrew Walker, and Sharon Lawrence

    Check Inn to Christmas

    Stars: Rachel Boston and Wes Brown

    Double Holiday

    Stars: Kristoffer Polaha and Carly Pope

    Picture a Perfect Christmas

    Stars: Merritt Patterson and Jon Cor

    The Mistletoe Secret

    Stars: Kellie Pickler, Tyler Hynes, and Patrick Duffy

    A Gift to Cherish

    Stars: Ali Liebert and Peter Porte

    Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays

    Stars: Adrian Grenier and Kaitlin Doubleday

    Holiday Date

    Stars: Brittany Bristow and Matt Cohen

    When Calls the Heart Christmas

    Stars: Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Martin Cummins, and Andrea Brooks


    Tilly Blair

    When I Think of Christmas

    From Grammy Award winning Executive Producer Amy Grant

    Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas 2 (working title)

    From Executive Producer Blake Shelton

    A Godwink Christmas 2 (working title)

    From Executive Producers Kathie Lee Gifford, Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt

    Christmas in Montana

    Stars: Kellie Martin and Colin Ferguson

    Second Hand Santa

    Stars: Alicia Witt

    Holiday for Heroes

    Stars: Marc Blucas, Melissa Claire Egan and Patti Murin

    The Christmas Bride

    Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook

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