Hallmark Channel's Complete Countdown to Christmas Schedule Is Here!

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Find out when your favorite stars and every new Countdown to Christmas movie will air in 2022!

While some of you are just putting out the Halloween decorations, many are already looking forward to the flurry of Christmas movies that will fill our must-watch lists by the end of October. Lifetime, UPtv, Freeform, and even CBS will have holiday movies this season, but Hallmark Media still leads the pack with 40 new original Christmas movie premieres in 2022!

When does Christmas begin on Hallmark Channel?

If you're an avid Hallmark fan, then you know the network has been airing Christmas movies on Fridays throughout 2022.

The network's Countdown to Christmas officially kicks off Oct. 21 on Hallmark Channel with 24/7 holiday content. Miracles of Christmas begins the next day on Oct. 22 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

How many new Christmas movies will be on Hallmark this year?

Hallmark will premiere 40 new original movies across the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries with 8 hours of new movie premieres every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Related: The Complete List of Hallmark Channel Stars Who've Moved to Great American Family, Including Candace Cameron Bure!

Which stars are returning to Hallmark Channel?

While you won't see Candace Cameron Bure or Danica McKellar on Hallmark this season (you'll find them over on Great American Family), there will still be plenty of familiar faces across the Hallmark channels. Look for Lacey Chabert to star in her twelfth Christmas movie for Hallmark Media in Haul Out the Holly. Fan favorites Alison Sweeney, Andrew Walker, Kristoffer Polaha, Brennan Elliott, Tyler Hynes, Nikki DeLoach, Rachel Boston, Ryan Paevey, Kimberley Sustad, Jack Wagner, and Holly Robinson Peete are just a few of the familiar faces fans will see this holiday season.

Related: The Complete List of Hallmark Channel Stars Who Are Not Leaving the Network

Who are the new stars joining Hallmark Channel for Countdown to Christmas?

Plenty of fresh new talent will be joining the stable of fan favorite stars. They include Marlo Thomas, Ann-Margret, Ellen TravoltaGreta Scacchi, Tia Carrere, Margaret Colin, Lynn Whitfield, Kara Wang, Moira Kelly, Mykelti Williamson and Stephen Toblowsky.

Will there be any faith-based films on the schedule?

Of course! In fact, The Gift of Peace starring Nikki DeLoach and Brennan Elliott is the first film produced under the DaySpring brand from Hallmark. Similar to the recent launch of African American films under the Mahogany brand, films under the DaySpring brand will focus on themes of faith, family, and religion.

Will there be a Mahogany Christmas movie this season?

Yes! With the success of Unthinkably Good Things and To Her, With Love, Mahogany will premiere The Holiday Stocking on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The film stars Nadine Ellis, Tamala Jones, BJ Britt, Karon Riley and Mykelti Williamson.

How is Hallmark adding diversity and inclusion to its Christmas movie lineup?

This writer is happy to see two films featuring Chinese American families on the holiday schedule this season! A Big Fat Family Christmas and Christmas at the Golden Dragon bring the rich Chinese culture to Christmas.

Hanukkah on Rye is set against the backdrop of The Festival of Lights while Holiday Heritage is the first film on the network celebrating Kwanzaa.

Related: 50 Kwanzaa Greetings

The Holiday Sitter features Jonathan Bennett and George Krissa as the first lead LGBTQ+ couple in a holiday movie.

Our Italian Christmas Memories starring Sarah Power and Beau Bridges is a touching tale about Italian siblings who look to a family tradition as they try to jog the memory of their grandfather struggling with dementia.

How to keep up with which Christmas movies you have or have not watched.

Download the Hallmark Movie Checklist app and track not only Christmas movies but all original movies that air on the Hallmark networks throughout the year!

Hallmark Christmas movies schedule 2022 (Countdown to Christmas)

Noel Next Door

Premieres Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Natalie Hall, Corey Sevier

A hard-working, single mom gets into a war of words with a neighbor who she feels is ruining Christmas, only to find that this misunderstood grouch just may steal her heart.

We Wish You a Married Christmas

Premieres Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Marisol Nichols, Kristoffer Polaha

Becca and Robby are a married couple having a hard time connecting with each other as the holidays approach. Just before Christmas, they head to a cozy Vermont inn at the advice of their marriage coach so they can recharge. Their weekend away gets unexpectedly extended when a mishap puts their car out of commission and just may put them on the road to a very happily married Christmas.

A Kismet Christmas

Premieres Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Sarah Ramos, Carlo Marks, Marilu Henner

Sarah is a children’s book author who returns to her hometown, where she reconnects with her family and Travis, her teenage crush. She soon discovers that a long-held family legend might actually be true.

A Cozy Christmas Inn

Premieres Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Jodie Sweetin, David O’Donnell

Erika, a real estate executive, travels to Alaska during Christmastime to acquire a bed and breakfast inn, only to discover that it’s owned by her ex. While there, she finds herself falling in love with the town and quite possibly him.

Fun fact: O'Donnell starred with Candace Cameron Bure, another Full House alum in Christmas Under Wraps—still the network's most-watched Christmas premiere to date!

Jolly Good Christmas

Premieres Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Reshma Shetty, Will Kemp

David is an American architect who recently moved to London for a prime opportunity in a prestigious firm. With just three days before Christmas, he crosses paths with Anji, a professional shopper, who raises an eyebrow over his choice of a gift card for his girlfriend. David ultimately decides to hire Anji and, thanks to a series of unexpected events, finds himself on a wild adventure across Jolly Old London as Anji helps him search for the perfect present.

Fun fact: Kemp is actually British.

Ghosts of Christmas Always

Premieres Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Kim Matula, Ian Harding, Beth Leavel, Lori Tan Chinn, Reginald Vel Johnson

Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store.

A Magical Christmas Village

Premieres Friday, November 4, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Alison Sweeney, Luke Macfarlane, Marlo Thomas

When Summer’s mother Vivian moves in with her and her young daughter Chloe, her orderly existence is upended. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates. With a little help from the magic of the Christmas village, the family will be brought closer together and just maybe, Summer will learn to open her heart to love again.

Lights, Camera, Christmas!

Premieres Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET Starring Kimberley Sustad, John Brotherton

When a holiday rom-com movie shooting in her town needs a costume designer, Kerry, a local shop owner, steps into the role. While working on the movie, she rediscovers her passion for costume design and finds herself falling for Brad, the film’s famous leading man.

All Saints Christmas

Premieres Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Ledisi Selma, Roger Cross

Lisette is a popular R&B singer who’s getting ready to travel home to New Orleans for Christmas. When the media mistake a photo of her with her music producer ex as an engagement announcement, her family insists that he join her on the trip.

In Merry Measure

Premieres Friday, November 11, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Patti Murin, Brendan Penny, Jennifer Robertson

When pop star Darcy returns home to spend Christmas with her sister and niece, she unexpectedly finds herself coaching the high school choir with her onetime rival, Adam.

The Royal Nanny

Premieres Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Rachel Skarsten, Dan Jeannotte, Greta Scacchi

Claire is an MI5 agent who goes undercover as the royal nanny. She must overcome the challenges of her assignment, like resisting the charms of Prince Colin, while keeping the family safe at Christmas.

Fun fact: Both Skarsten and Jeannotte starred in Reign.

Christmas at the Golden Dragon

Premieres Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Kara Wang, Osric Chau, Sara Canning, Antonio Cupo, Barbara Niven

When Romy and Rick’s parents surprise them with the news that they will be closing the Chinese restaurant they have owned and operated for decades, the siblings each find themselves reevaluating their futures. Also impacted by the news are the landmark restaurant's loyal patrons and staff, who have all come to depend on the restaurant over the holidays.

Inventing the Christmas Prince

Premieres Friday, November 18, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Tamera Mowry-Housley, Ronnie Rowe Jr.

Shelby is about to quit her job as a rocket engineer when her daughter becomes convinced that her Scrooge-like boss, Evan, is the Christmas Prince from a story Shelby invented years ago.

Three Wise Men and a Baby

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes, Andrew Walker, Margaret Colin

Ladies! You get three for the price of one in this film! Three of the network's most popular actors - Campbell, Hynes and Walker team up as three brothers who get the surprise of their lives when they are forced to work together to care for a baby over the holidays. As they slowly get the hang of things, they find themselves on unexpected journeys of self-discovery and begin to rebuild their relationships as brothers, as well as the damaged romantic and professional relationships in their respective lives…all while rediscovering their love of Christmas.

When I Think of Christmas

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET Starring Shenae Grimes-Beech, Niall Matter

Beth Broderick Sara Thompson returns to her hometown to help her mother move and is surprised to find her ex-boyfriend Josh Hartman is back home. The two had once planned a life in music together but Sara left to study law. The former flames slowly reconnect and try to heal wounds, both old and new. When Sara makes a surprising discovery, she and Josh forge a bold plan for the upcoming Christmas concert that will lead them all back to their musical roots and make this a holiday to remember.

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My Southern Family Christmas

Premieres Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Jaicy Elliot, Bruce Campbell, Ryan Rottman, Moira Kelly, Brian McNamara

Under the guise of a journalist, Campbell has a chance to get to know her biological father for the first time – without him ever knowing who she really is. As she spends time with him and his family, as well as with the town’s record keeper, she realizes that families are messy, wonderful things. In the end, Campbell must decide if she’s going to keep her identity a secret or reveal the truth to her father – a decision that will change their family Christmas forever.

#Xmas

Premieres Friday, November 25, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET
Starring Clare Bowen, Brant Daugherty

When Jen gets the chance to enter a brand’s design contest, she poses as a family influencer, enlisting the help of her best friend, Max, and her baby nephew. When her video is selected as a finalist, Jen is torn on whether to go on with her perfect family or reveal the truth.

A Royal Corgi Christmas

Premieres Friday, November 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Hunter King, Jordan Renzo

Reluctant Crown Prince Edmond returns home just before Christmas in anticipation of being named successor to the throne. To ingratiate himself to his mother the Queen, he gifts her with Mistletoe, a rambunctious Corgi in need of some serious training. After several doggy disasters, Edmond turns to Cecily, a canine behavior expert from America for help –but to his great surprise, Cecily demands that he take an active part in the daily dog training sessions. Sparks fly between them as the pair work together to get Mistletoe ready to present at the annual Christmas Ball. Just as the precious pup captures their hearts, they discover that love can grow in the most unexpected places, leading them to question what they really want.

Fun fact: Hunter King is the sister of Joey King, who starred in The Kissing Booth on Netflix and Bullet Train opposite Brad Pitt.

A Tale of Two Christmases

Premieres Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET
Starring Kat Barrell, Chandler Massey, Evan Roderick

Thanks to some Christmas magic, Emma gets to experience two different Christmases – one where she stays in the city and celebrates with a new crush and his friends, and one where she returns home for all the traditions with her family…and Drew, a longtime friend who may have feelings for her. Emma’s double holiday ultimately helps her discover what will truly make her happy in life as well as in love.

Haul Out the Holly

Premieres Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Ellen Travolta, Peter Jacobson, Melissa Peterman, Stephen Tobolowsky

Emily arrives home, hoping to visit her parents, only to discover that they are leaving on a trip of their own. As she stays at their house for the holidays, their HOA is determined to get Emily to participate in the neighborhood’s many Christmas festivities.

Fun fact: This is Chabert's twelfth holiday film for Hallmark!

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A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe

Premieres Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET
Starring Rachel Boston, Victor Webster

Annie Cooper has big shoes to fill when she takes over as CEO of her late grandmother’s smalltown cookie company and is doing her best to help their struggling business get back on track. That task gets more daunting when her grandmother’s secret recipe is stolen during the Christmas party. As Annie tries to crack the case and uncover the culprit she works with Sam, the owner of a local bakery, to recreate the recipe in the hope of saving the company and her job. As Annie and Sam bake batch after batch in pursuit of the perfect one, they begin to learn that their lives go together like milk and cookies.

A Holiday Spectacular

Premieres Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Ginna Claire Mason, Derek Klena, Eve Plumb, Ann-Margret, and f
eaturing the Radio City Rockettes

In 1958, Maggie is an heiress from Philadelphia who puts her high-society wedding plans on hold in order to sneak up to New York City and make her secret dream come true: dancing live on stage in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

A Big Fat Family Christmas

Premieres Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Shannon Chan-Kent, Shannon Kook, Tia Carrere, Jack Wagner

Liv is a photojournalist eager to make it on her own. To get a dream assignment – shooting the Chang family’s annual holiday party for a cover story – she doesn’t reveal that they are in fact, her family. When she finds herself growing close to Henry, the coworker covering the story with her, she wants to confide in him but doesn’t want to jeopardize her big break.

A Fabled Holiday

Premieres Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Brooke D'Orsay, Ryan Paevey

Talia and her childhood best friend Anderson unexpectedly reunite in a curiously familiar looking town full of Christmas spirit that restores its visitors when they need it most.

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Undercover Holiday

Premieres Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Noemi Gonzalez, Stephen Huszar

When returning home for the holidays, newly minted pop star Jaylen tells her protective family that Matt is her new beau, when in reality, he’s her overzealous security guard.

The Most Colorful Time of the Year

Premieres Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Katrina Bowden, Christopher Russell

Ryan is a elementary school teacher, who learns that he is colorblind. Michelle, an optometrist and mother of one of his students, helps bring color into his life in time for the holidays.

Christmas Class Reunion

Premieres Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Aimee Teegarden, Tanner Novlan

High school classmates, who once dubbed themselves the cursed class, reconnect at Christmas for their 15-year reunion. Over the course of their time reconnecting, the classmates challenge each other to remember who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.

The Holiday Sitter

Premieres Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Jonathan Bennett, George Krissa, Chelsea Hobbs

Sam is a workaholic bachelor who babysits his niece and nephew before the holidays when his sister and her husband have to go out of town. Completely out of his element, he recruits help from their handsome neighbor Jason and finds himself in an unexpected romance.

Fun fact: While this isn't the first Hallmark film that incorporated a LGBTQ+ storyline, it is the first one that features a gay couple as the main story.

Holiday Heritage

Premieres Friday, December 16, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Lyndie Greenwood, Brooks Darnell, Holly Robinson Peete

Ella returns to her hometown to mend fences with her fractured family. With the help of Griffin, her ex-boyfriend, she encourages her family to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa and to heal their past wounds before it’s too late.

Fun fact: This is Hallmark's first-ever film that celebrates Kwanzaa!

’Twas the Night Before Christmas

Premieres Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Torrey DeVitto, Zane Holtz

A former actress trying to break into directing tests her skills with a town’s annual Christmas Eve courtroom production in which the true authorship of the famous poem A Visit from St. Nick is debated.

Hanukkah on Rye

Premieres Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
Starring Jeremy Jordan, Yael Grobglas, Lisa Loeb

A matchmaker connects Molly and Jacob, but their new romance is put to the test when they realize that they are competing deli owners. Will a Hanukkah miracle keep them together?

Miracles of Christmas on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

We Need a Little Christmas

Premieres Saturday, October 22 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring Erica Durance, Patrick Sabongui, Lynn Whitfield

Julie is adjusting to being a single mother to a grieving child while facing her first Christmas without her husband when she develops an unexpected friendship with her older neighbor Irene.

Christmas Bedtime Stories

Premieres Saturday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring Erin Cahill, Steve Lund, Charlie Weber

When Danielle’s husband goes missing in action during his deployment, she is left to raise her daughter on her own. Three years later, as she acclimates to life without him, she begins to tell her daughter bedtime stories of her father.

A Maple Valley Christmas

Premieres Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring Peyton List, Andrew Walker

Erica is a rancher who has spent her whole life working the family farm with her mother and sister. When Aaron arrives and disrupts her plans, she starts to question what it is she actually wants.

Fun fact: This Peyton List (Star Trek: Picard) should not be confused with Cobra Kai's Peyton List.

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Our Italian Christmas Memories

Premieres Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring: Sarah Power, Beau Bridges

The Colucci siblings, in an effort to jog the memory of their grandfather who is struggling with dementia, set out to recreate their late grandmother’s legendary pasta sauce.

Long Lost Christmas

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring Taylor Cole, Benjamin Ayres

Hayley is an interior designer who plans to surprise her recently widowed mother Patricia with the perfect holiday present: the extended family she knows her mom yearns for.

Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas

Premieres Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring: Holland Roden, Tyler Hynes, Tenille Townes

From executive producer Blake Shelton comes another film in the Time to Come Home for Christmas series. Four days before Christmas, Elizabeth Athens receives a voicemail from a number she doesn’t recognize. On the message, a man she doesn’t know makes one final plea to the love of his life for a second chance. The fifth installment of the popular movie franchise, based on Blake Shelton’s song Time for Me to Come Home.

The Holiday Stocking

Premieres Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring: Nadine Ellis, B.J. Britt, Karon Riley, Tamala Jones, Mykelti Williamson Fences

In this Hallmark Mahogany presentation, RJ is a new angel, who is given the chance to address his one regret, that he didn’t help his sisters reconcile while he was still alive. Returning to earth as a stranger, he gets each of them to revive The Holiday Stocking, their parent’s old tradition to encourage charity at Christmas.

The Gift of Peace

Premieres Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring: Nikki Deloach, Brennan Elliott

The Gift of Peace is the first filmed produced under the DaySpring brand - a popular faith-based brand for Hallmark. Similar to the recent launch of the Mahogany brand of films, Dayspring will focus on faith and religious themes in their films.

Artist Traci is a once-devout Christian who has stopped believing in God after her husband tragically died despite her prayers. As her second Christmas without him approaches, she tries going to a support group for inspiration and comfort.

Five More Minutes: Moments Like These

Premieres Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET
Starring: Ashley Williams, Lucas Bryant

The second holiday story inspired by Scotty McCreery’s song Five More Minutes, a young widow’s Christmas wish for her son is answered in unexpected ways when she returns to their old home for the holidays.

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