PSA: You Can Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies Even If You Don't Have Cable

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PSA: You Can Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies Even If You Don't Have Cable
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The most wonderful time of the year is officially here. From now through December, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is airing 41 brand-new Christmas movies.

If you have cable, simply flip to Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries every weekend to catch Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert and other "Queens of (Hallmark) Christmas" on the silver screen. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, get in the holly, jolly spirit with Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" at 8 p.m. ET/ PT, then follow it up with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Miracles of Christmas" at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday nights.

As for everyone else? You'll have to get creative to watch the new 2021 Hallmark Christmas movies without cable. Since we know that you don't want to miss out on all the comfort and joy that these movies have to offer — romance, mistletoe magic and Christmas carols, to call out a few — we've outlined all the ways to watch and stream this year's movies. By the looks of it, it'll be a very merry Christmas indeed!

How to Watch and Stream Hallmark Christmas Movies Live

We have an early Christmas gift for you: Even if you pulled the cable plug, you can still watch Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries all season long. There are a number of streaming services that let you watch live TV and recordings anytime, anywhere at a fraction of the price.

All of these no-commitment streaming services are made with Hallmarkies in mind:

  • Sling: For $41 a month, get all 32 channels a part of the Sling Orange Service — Lifetime, Hallmark and ESPN — and an additional nine channels, including Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Drama, as a part of the Lifestyle Extra package.

  • Philo: At a flat rate of $25 a month, get 60+ channels including all three Hallmark channels, HGTV and Lifetime. Just in time for "Countdown to Christmas," test it out with a free seven-day trial.

  • fuboTV: The starter package – 117 channels, 250 hours of DVR space, and screen sharing capabilities — starts at $64.99 per month. Before you make the splurge, try it out with a one-week free trial.

  • Frndly TV: For a cheaper alternative, get 24 of cable's top channels — all three Hallmark channels included — for just $5.99 a month. Sign on for a free seven-day trial and connect it with Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast.

  • Hallmark Channel Everywhere: Okay, Hallmark's free streaming service typically requires a cable log-in, but during the holidays they unlock a few Christmas movies, so you can watch 'em without signing in. And if you're still sticking with cable (or know someone who has it), you can use this service to stream live programming on your phone, tablet or other compatible device.

How to Watch and Stream Hallmark Christmas Movies After They Air

If you get caught up in a baking frenzy and miss the movies when they're live on TV, don't fret: Select streaming services give you the option to watch new releases within a few days of their initial air time.

  • fuboTV has a Lookback feature that allows users to watch any movies or TV shows up to 27 hours after their original air time.

  • If the movie is part of Sling's on-demand or lookback program, you can watch it whenever or even, record the movie with Cloud DVR Plus to watch at a later date. (Note: Your first 50 hours of DVR storage are included with a paid subscription, but then you'll have to pay additional fees.)

Photo credit: Seth Johnson
Photo credit: Seth Johnson

How to Watch Older Hallmark Christmas Movies

Since Hallmark movies aren't on Netflix or Hulu, your options are pretty slim. Some of the Hallmark Christmas classics like Candace Cameron Bure's A Christmas Detour and Danica McKeller's Crown for Christmas are available to rent or buy on Amazon, but a lot of the more recent movies aren't available ... yet,.

You can get more bang for your buck by checking out the "Movies & Mistletoe" event on Hallmark Movies Now. Each month, they'll release popular Christmas movies from previous years, including 2018's Christmas Everlasting with Tatyana Ali. Start with a 7-day free trial, then pay $5.99 for a monthly subscription to get in the Christmas cheer, whenever and wherever you please.

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