Tuesday, September 12, 2017

HALLMARK CHANNEL UNWRAPS 21 CHRISTMAS MOVIE PREMIERES!!!


Here they come... those Hallmark Channel Christmas movies you wait all year to see!

Hallmark plays our favorites around the "Countdown to Christmas" clock,
but it's extra sweet to get a new treat on Saturday & Sunday nights - plus 5 nights straight Thanksgiving week, and another wonderful Christmas day gift - "When Calls the Heart Christmas!" Plus, welcome the New Year with an all new Hallmark holiday movie filled with good cheer!!!

Here we go... Unwrap all the details below!


Miss Christmas - image via: EW & Hallmark

Marry Me at Christmas - image via: EW & Hallmark


Here are 21 NEW reasons to watch the Hallmark Channel - this Christmas Season...

All details below via EW & Hallmark...


1.)
Marry Me at Christmas

Premieres: Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Rachel Skarsten, Trevor Donovan

Official logline: “Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug. She loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. What Madeline didn’t expect was to be swept off her feet by the bride’s gorgeous brother, movie star Jonny Blaze. Jonny came to the quirky town of Fool’s Gold to support his sister — not to fall in love. Yet Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he’s ever met. Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. Madeline finds the real Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. Will the action star be brave enough to take on the role of a lifetime?”


2.)
Christmas Festival of Ice

Premieres: Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Taylor Cole, Damon Runyan, Wendy Crewson

Official logline: “Those years of law school pay off for Emma but not in ways one would expect. When she finds out that her beloved ice-sculpting contest, part of her hometown’s Christmas festival, has been canceled, she springs into action. Determined to keep it going, she enlists sponsors and artists. Nick, the town’s ace artisan, isn’t interested in competing this year, but Emma wants him as her teammate. Considering what she’s managed to accomplish, Nick is impressed and signs on. As Emma and Nick work together, she realizes there’s more to life than legal briefs. And transformed by Emma’s can-do spirit, Nick is invigorated, too. They just might have a shot at winning this very special Christmas contest — and a lot more.”


3.)
Christmas in the Air

Premieres: Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Catherine Bell, Eric Close

Official logline: “Lydia, a successful professional organizer, is constantly trying to grow her business, but even her ambition takes a back seat to love when she meets Robert, a frazzled widower with two young children. A toy inventor, Robert is asked to present his new Christmas toy line to a superstore. His challenge is he only has 12 days to get his life and his business in order. Talk about a Christmas rush! Lydia shows Robert that this task goes way deeper than messy junk drawers and encompasses every aspect of his life. While she’s intent on helping him straighten out details he had long ignored, Robert teaches the buttoned-up Lydia that messiness can be a delightful part of life.”


4.)
The Sweetest Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco, Jonathan Adams

Official logline: “When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson learns she’s made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she thinks her competitive spirit has finally paid off and hopes the publicity will help her jumpstart her new café. There’s just one problem — the oven she’s supposed to use breaks down right before the contest. Determined to enter, she reaches out to Nick Mazannti, her old boyfriend from culinary school who gave up his dream of being a pastry chef to take over his family’s pizzeria. Nick allows her to use his industrial pizza oven at night to craft her ambitious gingerbread confections. As the two reminisce about the dreams of their youth, their romance is rekindled. But just as Kylie is on the cusp of taking the grand prize — and embracing true love — things get complicated when her ex-boyfriend takes drastic steps to win her back. Kylie realizes she must embrace the Christmas Spirit or risk losing both the contest and her new love.”


5.)
Miss Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Brooke D’Orsay, Marc Blucas

Official logline: “Holly Kuhn is on her annual mission of finding a majestic specimen for The National Tree. While searching for the perfect Christmas fir for the Washington, D.C. Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, Holly receives a letter from a boy detailing why his town boasts the most beautiful evergreen. Holly travels to the boy’s quaint New England town, where she meets his handsome uncle, Sam McCary. Sam owns the land from which it grows and is a protective steward. It holds such deep meaning for Sam that he’s not about to let it be chopped down even for such an honor. Still, Holly finds herself falling for Sam, and they discover the magic that this perfect tree can bring, just in time for the holidays.”


6.)
Coming Home for Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe

Official logline: “Allie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Allie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the Marley family, though they seem to be a family in name only. There’s Kip Marley, who never met a party he didn’t like; Robert, the handsome but all-business executor of the estate; Sloane, who arrives with her two young children, sans husband, and the 90-year-old matriarch, Pippa, a spitfire who doesn’t want to put the house up for sale at all. As Allie is inserted into the home and the lives of the Marley family, she finds herself drawn to Robert — even as Kip pursues her. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching all the true spirit of Christmas?”


7.)
Enchanted Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega

Official logline: “When she left Salt Lake City, Laura (Alexa PenaVega) left behind her father, her love of dance and an old heartbreak to start over as a single mother in Los Angeles. Now, she must return home with her seven-year-old daughter Nikki to spearhead the renovation of an old hotel, the Enchanted Lodge. The hotel must be restored in time for the 75th annual Christmas Eve benefit show – the very one in which Laura performed at when she was younger. But Laura is shocked to learn that her old love, Ricardo (Carlos PenaVega), the boy who jilted her for a professional dance career, has returned to Salt Lake City to choreograph and star in the show. And when his dance partner Taylor (Chelsie Hightower) leaves suddenly for an out-of-town audition, Laura must step in for her, reawakening her love of the dance, not to mention her old feelings for Ricardo – a potent combination that has her head spinning. Now, Laura must try to reconnect to her past, her family, and her love of Christmas to find a way to capture the magic of the season.”


8.)
Secretly Santa (Former title: Secret Santa)

Premieres: Nov. 22, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Emilie Ullerup, Aaron O’Connell

Official logline: “Just how secret does an office secret Santa have to be? In Melanie’s case, she finds it’s just a little too covert. The assignments were distributed for Secret Santa, and Melanie is a little worried but very excited that she was given her crush, Donovan. She comes up with thoughtful gifts and spot-on notes. Donovan is so taken by his Secret Santa, he starts to fall in love — only someone else is stealing her credit, pretending to be his Secret Santa. Now Melanie must work to prove to Donovan that she is the right one as far as Santas and girlfriends go.”


9.)
The Mistletoe Inn

Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Alicia Witt, Casey Manderson, David Alpay

Official logline: “When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi (Alicia Witt) is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth (Casey Manderson), becaause he doesn’t feel she’s serious about her writing career, Kim takes stock and decides to take a leap. She signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas, where a top romance novelist is scheduled to attend and read the work of one lucky writer. Shortly after arriving, she crosses paths with Zeke (David Alpay), whom she initially finds to be intrusive and, naturally, ends up being her assignment partner. Worse yet, her ex-boyfriend, Garth, is also at the retreat. Despite these bumps in the road, Kim steps outside her comfort zone and plunges into the writing exercises and ends up surprising herself. Equally unexpected is the attraction that seems to be building between her and Zeke that promises to take her down a road she never imagined traveling. Based on the book by Richard Paul Evans.”


10.)
Finding Santa

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Jodie Sweetin

Official logline: “Jessica was delighted to start running her New England town’s Christmas events after her mom died. The main event is the parade on Christmas Day when the jolly man in red greets the crowd. For the last 30 years, Henry, owner of a famous Santa School, played St. Nick. When Henry falls ill, and everyone else he has trained is already booked, Jessica’s in a predicament. The only possible replacement is Henry’s son, Ben, an Uber driver who never wanted to follow in his father big black leather boots. Desperate, Jessica sets off 200 miles north to find Ben and lures him to town by hiring him to drive her back. The trek is daunting; the real Kris Kringle makes it around the world easier than Ben and Jessica on their return. Still, once Ben dons the red suit, he feels the spirit of Christmas — and soon begins to realize he may have found the new, real-life Mrs. Claus.”


11.)
The Christmas Train

Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Official logline: “David Baldacci’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller comes to Hallmark Hall of Fame: A journalist embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart as he rediscovers people’s goodness, holiday magic, and a love he thought he’d lost.”


12.)
Switched for Christmas (Formerly Christmas Sister Swap)

Premieres: Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure

Official logline: “Just because they are identical does not mean these twins even like each other. Estranged twin sisters get together for an obligatory pre-Christmas lunch, a year after their mother died. Both women are unhappy and frustrated with their own lives. Though not close, each is envious of the other’s life. What’s a twin to do but take advantage of this? And who would be the wiser? They do what any identical twins in need of new outlooks would do — they swap lives until Christmas Day. And by doing so, each woman discovers the true meaning of her life and gains a deeper perspective and appreciation for what she already had.”


13.)
Christmas in Evergreen (Formerly Snow Globe Wishes)

Premieres: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: TBA

Official logline: “You’re invited to spend Christmas in Evergreen, Vermont. It’s the place you see when you reflect on the beauty and celebration of the season. It’s the place you’re homesick for when December arrives and you reflect on all what’s important. There’s a history to this idyllic small town, a bond between its families that crosses generations, and a story that truly comes alive each Christmas season. At the local café, there is also a belief that if you make a wish on their snow globe, your wish will be granted. However, it must be your heart’s true desire for the wish to come true.”


14.)
Christmas at Holly Lodge (Formerly Reindeer Lodge and Evergeen Inn)

Premieres: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Alison Sweeney

Official logline: “Sophie Bennett begins a new holiday tradition of spending every holiday at the Evergreen Inn and Ski Lodge, which she inherited from her parents. Evergreen Inn is a special place filled with people who cannot make it home for the holidays or who have had such wonderful experiences that it has become their home-away-from-holiday-home. This Christmas, Sophie will meet an unforgettable family, and her own life will be forever changed.”



15.)
The Christmas Shop (*NEW)

Premieres: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: TBA

Official logline: “Anna works for a New York City real estate development company that is trying to buy an old building in a prime location, hoping to flip the property for a profit. Unfortunately, there is one tenant who is holding out—the owner of an old-fashioned Christmas shop. Anna has been hoping for a way to step up in her job, and finally she’s been given the golden opportunity to take point on this assignment. Anna approaches the Christmas Shop’s current (and handsome!) owner Michael, who is not only protective of his family’s legacy but really appreciates what the holiday means to everyone. His customers and employees have been loyal to the shop for generations. He’s not about to roll over for Anna and her company. But with sinking profits, Michael finally gives in a little bit to Anna’s attempts to change his mind—that Anna spend one week working in the store and then, after that, if she doesn’t realize why this shop is so important to him, his family, and the community, they can talk. Without much of an option, she begrudgingly agrees. Under their arrangement, Anna gains a greater appreciation for the store, its customers, and Christmas itself, realizing what really matters in life with respect to her job. Likewise, Michael is resistant to change, and the store has failed to modernize over the years. But through Anna’s innovative ideas and the love that grows between them, Michael is able to move past that. When the company finds out about what’s going on and Anna’s career is on the line, she is forced to make a choice, one that will change her forever and make this one of the best Christmases she has ever had.”


16.)
Christmas Encore (*NEW)

Premieres: Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Maggie Lawson, Brennan Elliott

Official logline: “A struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show - a modern take on A Christmas Carol — before giving up her dream and moving home. Instead she find romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates need a Christmas miracle.”


17.)
Christmas Shuttle

Premieres: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: TBA

Official logline:“It’s not easy being Henry, the only child of divorced parents. Every Christmas, he’s flown cross-country to be with his dad. Because he’s 8, a flight attendant looks after him from gate-to-gate. Henry instantly takes to the engaging Megan, who wears a Santa hat while helping him write a letter to the jolly guy. Megan promises to mail it to the North Pole, but slips the note to Henry’s dad. Henry has already decided Megan and his dad would be a great couple. And with all of the sophistication of a little boy, he tries setting them up. It turns out that Megan has no plans for Christmas dinner. Naturally, Henry invites her over, giving the adults a chance to see that they are perfect for each other.”


18.)
Father Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: TBA

Official logline: “Work-obsessed Eric Randall, chief technology officer of a major tech company in Kansas City, is laid off two weeks before Christmas. Divorced and the father of three, this will be Eric’s first Christmas alone with the kids. His ex-wife, Marie, encourages Eric to postpone a job search and instead make Christmas a true family holiday. Unfortunately, he’s better with computers than children. With baby Max strapped into a backpack, Eric is determined to build a sled with son Liam, no small feat for the math-challenged boy. Eric also gets roped into volunteering at daughter Chelsea’s junior cotillion class. At least her teacher, Kate Moore, is lovely. Kate teaches Eric some dance moves, and Eric realizes he’s avoided relationships by burying himself in work. Though enthralled with all old-fashioned romance, Kate finds a lot to like in this digital-age dad while Eric learns that family time does not need to be restricted to Christmas.”


19.)
Baby It’s Cold Outside (*NEW)

Premieres: Dec. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: TBA

Official logline: "Travel writer Emory has never had a traditional Christmas. Having grown up bouncing around the globe with her vagabond parents, her adult life mirrors much of what she learned growing up—life’s easier when you’re not tied down. Although her free spirit makes her the perfect travel writer, a surprising breakup with her boyfriend takes her personal life back to square one. Hoping to spend the holiday relaxing and recovering, Emory takes the picturesque Christmas vacation planned for the two of them, alone. Through a mix up on the rental site — or maybe a little Christmas magic — Emory is forced to share the cabin with Scott, a handsome widower, his young daughter and mother-in-law. What begins as an annoying inconvenience blooms into a romance she never knew was possible, and a Christmas they will cherish forever."


20.)
When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

Premieres: Dec. 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Official logline: “A loved one returns, Christmas spirit is renewed, and children’s wishes are granted in this heartwarming Christmas movie featuring the series’ beloved characters. Elizabeth’s fiancé, Jack, surprises her, coming on home on leave and bringing a young Mountie desperately searching for Christmas inspiration. The community of Hope Valley works together to aid this young man with the help of an enchanted Wishing Tree. And as mayor, Abigail is pretty busy. Recognizing that, her newly adopted son, Cody, engages classmates in creating the town’s annual Christmas Celebration. While Sheriff Bill Avery forges a relationship with the disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen, Rosemary and Lee are reminded that family is the true meaning of Christmas.”


21.)
New Year’s Gala

Premieres: Dec. 30, 8 p..m. ET/PT

Stars: TBA

Official logline: TBA


The Sweetest Christmas - image via: EW & Hallmark


May the true spirit of the season find you
and fill your heart with joy!!!

Enjoy all the Christmas movie news and be sure to watch Lacey Chabert - Wednesday (September 13th) on Home & Family as she dishes out details on all the new "Countdown to Christmas" Hallmark Channel Christmas movies!!!

Blessings!!! Net

36 comments:

  1. Awesome! 21 movies equals 42 hours of Christmas movie watching on this one channel alone. I'm already trying to figure out if I have enough room on my DVR. I'll find it somehow before October 28.

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    1. Yes, it's quite a challenge to decide what to record and keep - and what to erase to make room for others. Ugh!!! I've totally been there!!!

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  2. You are so right, Net. I wait for this all year. In fact, as soon as December 26 comes I'm already thinking of how long the wait is until next year. Guess I'll have to stock up on lots of Christmas DVDS come January!

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    1. That's an excellent thing to do! I could never wait until the Christmas season to watch all of my favorites! It's such a busy time then, anyway. Enjoy the list! :)

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    2. Oh, and be sure to check out some of the latest Christmas DVD releases - HERE!

      Blessings, Net :)

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  3. So happy Maggie Lawson is doing another Hallmark movie. There looks to be some good ones this year. Im missing some of my favorite actors this season but I hope they'll pop up again soon.

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    1. Yes, I love seeing Maggie Lawson return, too! Since everyone fell in love with her with Paul Greene in "My Favorite Wedding," I'm sure many will be thrilled to see Maggie paired up with Brennan Elliott, another true Hallmark favorite!!! :)

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  4. New Year's Eve Gala & Kiss for New Year are the same movie?

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  5. I see that they changed it from New Mexico to Utah for Alexa and Carlos' movie! LOL Cool that Chelsie Hightower is part of it (she used to be part of DWTS).

    Misty

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    1. Yeah, their movie looks fun! Thanks for commenting, Misty! I hope you enjoy this one and many, many others! :)

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    2. I’m disappointed the location of “Enchanted Christmas” changed from New Mexico, especially since not a lot of Hallmark movies take place there (even during Christmastime). I’m also disappointed that “The Christmas Castle” was removed from Hallmark Channel’s Christmas line-up, especially since a Hallmark Christmas movie has never taken place in Scotland. Fortunately, Hallmark didn’t cut too many movies from the schedule.

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  6. Oh, how exciting!!! Net, I'll be out in the barn putting a new coat of wax on the IAWM's sleigh prepping it for our adventure this year, once again, through Christmas Land.

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    1. Sounds great, Jim! It's gotta look good as it's flying through the sky!!! All shiny and red... like a new radio flyer wagon!!!

      Can't wait 'til we all load in and take off!!!

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    2. Ha-hahahahahahahah....make room for all of us, Jim, we're ready to go!! Woopie!!!

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  7. Oh, and I see Jodie Sweetin is in a movie too! Cool!

    Misty

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    1. Yes! I can't help but wonder if big sis (DJ, Candace Cameron Bure) had anything to do with it. Or, Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin)?

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  8. With the Christmas movie news I've been waiting for AND the Fall Harvest movies too, my day = made! Thanks, Net! I've written them all down in my Hallmark and Christmas movies lists and I'm ready to go! (I'm a serial lister - what can I say?) :) Only 44 more days on the countdown! Those jingle bells and twinkle lights are getting ever closer in the distance!

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    1. I'm a proud list maker, too, Amy! And, usually I'm always delighted to achieve things on the list and check them off, but in this regard - I hope the checking off goes a bit slower so we can all relax and enjoy each one, as they come!

      I see those twinkle lights, too, in the distance! Every day they get a little brighter!!!

      Thank you, Amy, for always adding to the Christmas Movie JOY in such a fun way!!!

      Blessings!!! Net :)

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  9. Thanks for this post, Net! Do we know yet what movie Wes Brown, Jana Kramer and Faith Ford are starring in? There are going to be a lot of great Christmas movies to watch this season :)

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    1. You're welcome, Erin! From what I've heard the Christmas movie with Jana Kramer, Wes Brown, and Faith Ford has the working title "Love Returns Home" and rumor is- (*whispering...*) it's a Lifetime Christmas movie, but please know, I have not heard this officially announced, yet. So... we shall see!

      The movie is based on a town who has to rebuild following a storm. Ironically, they had to halt filming for a period of time, due to fears that Hurricane Harvey might head their way. It did not, but Wes Brown shared on instagram that seeing the devastation elsewhere impacted them deeply as they carried on with the filming process.

      Wherever it ends up - this will surely be one to watch! Thank you for your question, Erin!

      Blessings, Net :)

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    2. Sounds like a good movie..and what a great cast! While Hallmark is my favorite go-to for Christmas and feel good movies I have to say that Lifetime has had some good Holiday movies recently. I loved The Flight Before Christmas and Gift Wrapped Christmas. Love Returns Home could be a new Lifetime favorite to add to the list. Thanks for your wonderful blog-I don't know how I kept track of movies before I found it :)...Have a great weekend, Net!

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  10. Some great looking movies here Net! It's almost here! So exciting! And just as I had predicted...Brooke D'Orsay looks good on the arm of Marc Blucas! Lol!

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    1. You were so right, Joyce! I thought of you when I posted it at the top! They truly make such a good looking pair! So glad you think so, too!!! :)

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  11. Hard to believe it's almost that time again. I really look forward to seeing all these Hallmark movies. Thanks Net for always keepingus updated.

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    1. Oh, you're welcome, Faith522! It is always a blessing to me- to share the excitement and joy of Christmas!!! :)

      Blessings to you!!! Net

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  12. Oh, I can't wait til the Hallmark Christmas shows, Net! I haven't seen "The Christmas Train" yet. Is that a new one? My grandfather worked on the railroad, and trains have always held a special place in my heart. Thanks for this post, Net. It sounds like it's going to be a splendid movie watching holiday. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Love your story, Sheri, about your Grandfather. How special. Yes, "The Christmas Train" is a new movie this year. It will premiere Thanksgiving Weekend and it is actually the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie this year, so hopefully it's extra good, deep, and moving!

      Thank you, again, for sharing!!! Blessings!!! Net

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  13. The dates on the Hallmark Channel's release yesterday are a touch different than the EW story. Unclear which is accurate.

    see: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas/new-movies-countdown-to-christmas-2017

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    1. I contacted Hallmark to check into that and they informed me that the schedule in the EW release is correct. Some of the titles have been changed, though, from that initial report and I updated them above. Hallmark has also updated their print out!

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  14. I got my power back and my Dorectv back from the storm, and my DVR was fine and I only have 47% left to record on, so I am going thru and seeing what I can delete to make room for fall harvest and Christmas movies. There are going to be so many good ones coming.

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    1. Oh, so glad to hear your power has returned after Hurricane Irma went through. I know many areas are not as fortunate, sadly. Our prayers and support are still very much needed there.

      Thank you for sharing, Sabrina! Blessings to you, Net

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  15. Super excited over all of these!

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    1. You and me both - plus millions of viewers who watched last year!!! I love that so many people love Hallmark's Christmas movies!!!

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