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Hallmark’s 2021 Countdown To Christmas Movies: All Premiere Dates

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On Thursday, Hallmark gave fans a sneak peek at their Countdown to Christmas 2021 movies. The 2021 premiere date is Friday, October 22. Moreover, Hallmark will continue to air Christmas movies throughout the holidays and just after 2022 begins.

Are you ready for the new crop of 2021 Countdown to Christmas movies? All premiere times are at 8 p.m. Eastern unless specifically stated. Get your favorite Christmas sweater on, make some hot chocolate and start celebrating. Christmas is here!

Hallmark’s October Christmas Movies

Friday, October 22: You, Me & The Christmas Trees.  This movie stars Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Benjamin Ayres (Suits), and Jason Hervey (The Wonder Years).

According to the Hallmark press release, 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. This movie stars Catherine Haena Kim (FBI), Raymond Ablack (Ginny & Georgia), and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience).

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. This stars Tamera Mowry-Housley (The Real, & Sister, Sister), Paul Campbell (Turner & Hooch), and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix).

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.

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Friday, October 29: Christmas in Harmony. Moreover, this movie stars Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale), Luke James (Little, Star), Loretta Devine (Queen Bees, Family Reunion), Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child, The Masked Singer), and Basil Wallace (Blood Diamond).

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. This highly anticipated movie stars Janel Parrish (Right in Front of Me), and Ryan Paevey (A Little Daytime Drama).

A “Christmas Around the World” party helps two people find love at home.

Sunday, October 31: Christmas Sail. This movie stars Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian), Patrick Sabongui (Firefly Lane), and Terry O’Quinn (Lost).

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.

Hallmark’s First November Countdown To Christmas Weekend

Friday, November 5: Gingerbread Miracle. This stars: Merritt Patterson (The Royals), and  Jon Ecker (Queen of the South).

Two old friends from high school work together over Christmas to sell his uncle’s Mexican bakery famous for its magical gingerbread cookies that grant wishes.

Saturday, November 6: Next Stop, Christmas. This stars Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother), Chandler Massey (Days of Our Lives), Lea Thompson (Back To The Future), and Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future).

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.  Moreover, 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. This highly anticipated movie stars Jordin Sparks (Sparkle, American Idol), and Michael Xavier (Christmas Comes Twice, Beware of The Midwife).

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.

Second Weekend In November

Friday, November 12: Open By Christmas. This stars Alison Sweeney (Days of our Lives), Erica Durance (Smallville), and Brennan Elliott (Christmas in Vienna).

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 13: My Christmas Family Tree. This stars Aimee Teegarden (Once Upon a Christmas Miracle), Andrew Walker (The 27 Hour Day), and James Tupper (Big Little Lies).

When Vanessa receives the results from her Family Tree DNA test, she discovers a family she didn’t know existed and travels to their home for Christmas.

Sunday, November 14: A Holiday in Harlem. This stars Olivia Washington (Mr. Robot), Will Adams (The Oval), and Tina Lifford (Queen Sugar).

After her grandmother, Mama Belle, turns away her usual gift delivery, expecting “presence over presents,” jet setting executive Jazmin heads uptown to Harlem for a quick visit. 

However, when Mama Belle is injured, Jazmin agrees to stay in the neighborhood and take over co-chairing their block’s annual Christmas Jamboree with her old best friend Caleb.  A successful corporate fixer, Jazmin expects the job to be easy but quickly finds that she has a lot to learn about the community and her heart.

November Hallmark Movies Continue

Friday, November 19: Nantucket Noel. This stars Trevor Donovan (The Baxters), and Sarah Power (Good Witch).

During the Seaside Noel celebrations, Christin learns of a developer who is planning to tear down the wharf that is home to her toy store. Tensions rise as she falls for the developer’s son, Andy.

Saturday, November 20: A Christmas Together With You. This stars Harry Lennix (Batman vs Superman), Laura Vandervoort (Playing Cupid), and Niall Matter (Country at Heart).

During the Christmas season, Megan and her father figure Frank head out on a road trip to find his long-lost love. Along the way, Megan finds the love of her own life.

Sunday, November 21: A Kiss Before Christmas. This stars James Denton (Good Witch), Teri Hatcher (Supergirl), Marilu Henner (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries).

When nice-guy Ethan casually wishes his life had taken a different course, he wakes up the next day to find nothing is the same. First of all, he’s not married to his wife Joyce. Next. he doesn’t have two teenaged kids. Moreover, he’s the CEO of his company. 

However, if he wants to reclaim his original life and the family he loves, he must convince Joyce he’s telling the truth and win her over. However, he only has until Christmas Day.

Thursday, November 25: The Nine Kittens of Christmas. This stars Brandon Routh (The Rookie), Kimberley Sustad (Christmas by Starlight),  and Gregory Harrison (Chesapeake Shores).

Cat lovers Zachary and Marilee are thrown back together at Christmas when they’re tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.

Hallmark, Credit: Copyright 2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Sven Boecker
Hallmark photo: Joe Pantoliano Credit: Copyright 2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Sven Boecker

Merry Thanksgiving Weekend: Double Helping Of Movies At 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Eastern

Friday, November 26: Christmas CEO, premiering at 6 p.m. Eastern. This stars Marisol Nichols (Riverdale) Paul Greene (When Calls the Heart).

A small toy company CEO gets a once-in-a-lifetime offer to merge with a mega toy company. However, she will need her estranged ex-business partner’s signature to seal the deal. Subsequently, what he helps her rediscover will change both of their lives.

Friday, November 26: An Unexpected Christmas, premiering at 8 p.m. Eastern. This stars Bethany Joy Lenz (Five Star Christmas), and Tyler Hynes (Roadhouse Romance).

A writer convinces his ex-girlfriend to pose as a couple for Christmas.

Saturday, November 27: Making Spirits Bright, premiering at 6 p.m. Eastern. This stars Taylor Cole (Ruby Herring Mysteries), and Carlo Marks (Chesapeake Shore).

The son & daughter of rival holiday decorating families helps mend their fathers’ decades-old feud. Moreover, the couple now has found romance along the way, during the town’s holiday decorating contest.

Saturday, November 27: Christmas at Castle Hart, premiering at 8 p.m. Eastern. Lacey Chabert (Sweet Carolina), and Stuart Townsend (Salem).

Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for  Christmas to search for her Irish roots. However, while there, she meets Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough. Moreover, Brooke is mistaken for an elite event planner. Subsequently, she’s hired to host his castle’s epic Christmas party.

Sunday, November 28: Christmas in Tahoe, premiering at 6 p.m. Eastern. This stars Laura Osnes (Raise a Glass to Love), Kyle Selig (Welcome to Flatch), Pat Monahan (Train), and George Lopez (Lopez)

To save her family hotel’s Christmas show, talent booker Claire must ask for help from her ex-boyfriend Ryan. Moreover, he just happens to be the lead guitarist of a now-famous band that fired her as their manager years ago.

Sunday, November 28: The Christmas Contest, premiering at 8 p.m. Eastern. This stars Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), John Brotherton (Fuller House), and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores).

Exes Lara and Ben compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. However, the city watches them battle and choose what is more important, victory or love.

First December Weekend Of Hallmark’s Countdown To Christmas

Friday, December 3: Eight Gifts of Hanukkah. This stars Inbar Lavi (Lucifer), and Jake Epstein (Suits).

A woman journeys to find her secret admirer during Hanukkah.

Saturday, December 4A Very Merry Bridesmaid. This wedding-themed Christmas movie stars Emily Osment (The Kominsky Method), and Casey Deidrick (Days of Our Lives).

Leah’s 30th birthday is on Christmas Eve, the same day as her brother’s wedding. Her childhood crush is back in town for the wedding and he is determined to make sure her birthday does not go by the wayside.

Sunday, December 5: Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday. This stars Kimberly  Williams (Father Of The Bride), Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show), Mark Deklin  (Designated  Survivor),  Keith  Robinson  (Saints  & Sinners), Susan Yeagley (Parks and Recreation), and Kevin Nealon (Weeds).

Jennifer and Meg Swift are sisters who couldn’t be closer despite living in different cities. Moreover, Jennifer Swift owns a successful restaurant in Salt Lake City, which she started with her late husband and is raising her teenage son Simon on her own. 

Jennifer is thrilled when Meg comes to Salt Lake City for a fun Christmas weekend. Meg agrees to stay in the city. Moreover, she will help out at the restaurant while Jennifer and Simon return home to Hazelwood for the holiday.

They are returning there because they have become wistful for one more Christmas at The Madison. This is the beloved local movie theater owned by their Uncle Dave (Nealon). 

The trouble is the theater is for sale and in need of repairs.  With help from Eric, Jennifer’s former high school debate team rival, and the community, they just might pull off one last encore.  As she and Eric work together, Jennifer is reminded that new possibilities are both where you least expect them and exactly where you left them. 

Note that the second movie will premiere on December 12.

More December Hallmark Movies

Friday, December 10: A Dickens of a Holiday! This stars Kristoffer Polaha (Wonder Woman 1984), and Brooke D’Orsay (Miss Christmas).

To make the 100th anniversary of her hometown’s Victorian festival a success, Cassie invites action movie star and former high school classmate Jake to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

Saturday, December 11: A Royal Queens Christmas. This movie stars: Megan Park (What If), and Julian Morris (New Girl).

A prince finds his way to Queens during Christmas when a local woman enlists his help with a children’s Christmas show.

Sunday, December 12: Sister Swap: Christmas in the City. This movie stars the sister duo of Kimberly  Williams-Paisley ( Darrow Mysteries), Ashley Williams (Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater), Keith Robinson (Saints & Sinners), and Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan).

Meg Swift comes to Salt Lake City from her hometown in Hazelwood. Subsequently, she is there to see her sister Jennifer, who runs a local restaurant in town.  Still feeling the effects of losing their Uncle Dave, a change of scenery and a project to dive into is just what she needs. 

In addition, when Jennifer and her teenage son, Simon, return to Hazelwood home for a pre-holiday visit with their family. However, Meg offers to help Jennifer’s staff prepare for a competition. This is among local restaurants that awards the winner money for the charity of its choice.   

As effusive Meg works alongside the more reserved Joe,  the restaurant’s manager. However, the two find their differences are what make them a great team. Moreover, wapping cities with her sister leads Meg to her next chapter and also just might bring her an unexpected romance.


Last Weekend Of New Christmas Movies

Saturday, December 18: The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. This sequel stars Robert Buckley (Chesapeake Shores), Ana Ayora (In the Dark), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores), and Brad Harder (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries).

The Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas House. However, what obstacles will they face?

Sunday, December 19: Tis the Season to be Merry This stars Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), Travis Van Winkle (YOU), and Karen Malina White (Lodge 49).

Looking for a fresh angle to her book on relationships, Merry heads to snow-covered Vermont. Moreover, she finds a new perspective and Christmas cheer with charismatic aid worker Chris.

Are you excited to see the lineup for Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas 2021? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Make sure to come back to TV Shows Ace for more Hallmark news.

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