About six years ago, I wrote a list of the Top 15 Things You’ll Find in a Hallmark Movie. Since then, this post has been viewed a couple thousand times and my love for Hallmark sub-par storylines has only grown. It has been a while, so I decided to share my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies.
Disclaimer: This Top 15 is in no particular order.
Another disclaimer: I really tried to make this list as diverse as possible, but seeing as the Hallmark Channel largely produces movies with WASP-y, cishet characters… this has been the challenge of a lifetime. Sadly, I haven’t watched Hallmark’s recent Hanukkah movies so this list will only feature Christmas picks.
1. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)
Two words: Henry Winkler. That’s it. That’s the whole film.
2. Snow Bride (2013)
This quirky tale features a tabloid reporter getting way over her head as she follows a lead. Not going to lie, this has to be one of my favorites and I’ve watched it too many times to count. I recently watched it with my family (and a few glasses of wine), and it now has the hard-earned family stamp of approval. The chemistry between the two lead actors in this movie is insane.
3. Memories of Christmas (2018)
Christina Milian stars in this fun and festive movie (need I say more)? Like all HMC movies, it features the importance of family, love, and holiday joy.
4. The Christmas Card (2006)
This movie seems to be forever playing on the Hallmark channel, but it’s a classic. It also earned Edward Asner a Primetime Emmy for his performance (and I’m here to tell you that actors don’t normally win awards for their acting in Hallmark movies… so this one is SPECIAL).
5. A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)
I love my Christmas movies with a side of plot twist and this one is no exception.
6. A Royal Christmas (2014)
I’m not necessarily part of the Lacey Chabert fan group, but this is a cute take on the classic “royal Christmas” trope that Hallmark adores. And yet another example of Hallmark adding “ia” on to any random combination of letters, grabbing generic stock footage of a European town (probably Prague), and making up an entirely new country (i.e. Cordinia).
7. A Princess for Christmas (2011)
Anyone watch Merlin? Katie McGrath who played Morgana in the hit BBC series, Merlin, features in this one. Like pick #6, we love a royal Christmas.
8. A Bride for Christmas (2012)
Honestly, this movie is just about someone receiving a bride for Christmas (title sums it all up, no?), but it features HM King himself, Andrew Walker, so I thought it was a worthy addition to the mix.
9. Christmas in Harmony (2021)
This one is so cute! Featuring established musician, Luke James, and a whole lotta good Christmas music, this film is a 2021 classic.
10. Merry Kissmas (2015)
I absolutely liveeee for the HMC movies where Santa Claus just hangs around, granting wishes and winking and all those slightly creepy (yet endearing??!) things. Doris Roberts makes a cameo and there’s a horrible attempt at a British accent… if you can get over the cringe that is this movie’s title, I guarantee you’ll love this one.
11. A Holiday Engagement (2011)
We stan a film that features the “fake bf/fiance” trope and includes a singing-around-the-piano scene. Hilary Duff’s sister, Haylie Duff, also stars in this film as well.
12. Christmas in Canaan (2009)
A story of the friendship between two 10-year-olds from different backgrounds in the midst of a racially charged backdrop of rural Texas in the 60s. Also, Billy Ray Cyrus is in this movie for whatever reason. I don’t understand it either.
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13. All I Want for Christmas (2007)
This film is downright wholesome, and a wonderful reminder that sometimes what we need is right in front of us all along.
14. A Timeless Christmas (2020)
Hallmark really stretched themselves creatively with this one– time traveling and romance? Sign me up.
15. The Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)
Imagine a firefighter falling in love with a veterinarian. Damn, that’s some fiery Christmas romance right there. It’s also important to note that this is the only Hallmark film that I can think of that has a sequel, The Nine Kittens of Christmas (2021). Purrrrfect.
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