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Friday, December 15, 2017

When Calls the Heart The Christmas Wishing Tree๐ŸŽ„ - a Hallmark Channel Original "Countdown to Christmas" Movie starring... Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Pascale Hutton, Paul Greene, and More!!! #Hearties


Movie: When Calls the Heart The Christmas Wishing Tree

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: December 25, 2017 *Christmas Day!*


Lori Loughlin ... Abigail Stanton
Jack Wagner ... Bill Avery
Erin Krakow ... Elizabeth Thatcher
Daniel Lissing ... Jack Thornton
Paul Greene ... Carson Shepherd
Pascale Hutton ... Rosemary Coulter
Kavan Smith ... Leland Coulter
Martin Cummins ... Henry Gowen
Johannah Newmarch ... Molly Sullivan
Loretta Walsh ... Florence Blakeley
Carter Ryan Evancic ... Cody Stanton
Ali Skovbye ... Becky Stanton
Jaiven Natt ... Robert
Ava Grace Cooper ... Opal
Kadence Roach ... Anna Hayford
Liam Hughes ... Philip Cantrell
Hannah Zirke ... Ruby Benson
Genea Charpentier ... Laura Campbell
Imogen Tear ... Hattie
Callum Seagram Airlie ... Harper Tucker
Benjamin Phillip Rosenbaum ... Mike Hickam
Eliza Norbury ... Wilma Lawson
Hrothgar Mathews ... Ned Yost
Nick Hunnings
Sarah Smyth
Mary Black


Storyline via Hallmark: It’s Christmastime in Hope Valley and the town is abuzz over the introduction of the Wishing Tree, with all the townspeople eagerly placing their wishes on its branches in the hopes they’ll be granted. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) wishes for the return of her fiancรฉ, Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing).

Meanwhile, town mayor Abigail (Lori Loughlin) leads the creation of Hope Valley’s Christmas Parade, featuring a passionate band, led by sheriff Bill Avery (Jack Wagner). Abigail’s newly adopted son, Cody (Carter Ryan Evancic), tries to make their first Christmas together special, connecting her past with their bright future.

Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Lee (Kavan Smith), Hope Valley’s most endearing married couple, will discover how important Christmas traditions and treasured memories are.

Meanwhile, Doctor Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene) exhibits faith and resilience when he tries to heal and inspire a guarded woman who has given up on the spirit of Christmas. And Hope Valley’s disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins), gets a second chance at redemption.

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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Alan Zenuk


  1. I can't wait to see Elizabeth see the return of Jack!

    1. Oh my goodness... Me too! I'm sure all Hearties everywhere will be holding their breath collectively at that precious moment! :)

  2. I just want to say how grateful I am, along with my family, that Hallmark has chosen to go down the path of creating family movies and series, like When Calls the Heart.

    WCTH is not like anything else on TV today, and I believe that's why it draws a big audience and social media presence, week after week. The world offers many choices on topics of sex, drugs, violence, murder, crime, profanity, lewd behavior, etc... Hallmark has become a standard in our home because it's the complete opposite in every way, with traditional programming we all enjoy, like When Calls the Heart. I hope, along with my family, Hallmark continues this high standard of entertainment in 2018!

    Thank you, Net, for another great year here at It's a Wonderful Movie. I count on you at Christmas and all year!

    Merry Christmas! Anna

    1. Joyce in CarolinaFriday, December 15, 2017

      Well said Anna! I totally agree! And it's so great to have this blog to freely express our faith in Jesus Christ!

      Wishing all who visit here a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

      And to you Net....Thank you again for all you do for us! Best wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    2. Beautifully put, Anna! When Calls the Heart is most definitely in a class all by itself. (Along with Signed, Sealed, Delivered!) WCTH is, indeed, such a beautiful family show, which most definitely, as you said, is a unique standout on TV these days! We are certainly blessed by all the wonderful movies and series Hallmark continues to give us, season after season! I'm with you... I pray this high standard of excellent programming continues!

      Thank you, Anna and Joyce, for all the kind words on my site! That was such a gift to me!!!

      Merry Christmas & Many Blessings to you, both... now & in the New Year!!! Net :)

  3. I am super excited for this, does anyone else tear up while watching the preview? Everytime Elizabeth says how much she wishes for Jack, I have to wipe away my tears. Their love is so real, this show is so wonderful. and so happy we get it on Christmas day!!!!!!!

    1. Awe, that is so sweet, Sabrina! I'm always touched by it, too! We all know Elizabeth's wish, but I can't wait to see what wishes the tree holds for all of Hope Valley!!!

      I agree, it is so wonderful to have it on Christmas Day! Hallmark knows how to give the most perfect gift!!! :)

      Merry Christmas to you & yours!!! Net

  4. Great post, Anna, I too love the story between Elizabeth and Jack and can't wait to see her face when he returns!! Stay strong Hallmark and thank you for living up to your excellence. Merry Christmas everyone!!

    1. I wholeheartedly agree, Linda!!! It's sure to be another wonderful year for Hallmark movies & series!!! We have much to look forward to, already!!! :)

      Blessings & Merry Christmas!!! Net

  5. My family had a great time watching this movie! I thought it was much better than “When Calls the Heart Christmas”. In last year’s movie, it seemed like the creators of “When Calls the Heart” were trying to tell too many stories in so little time. With this year’s movie, each story was equally told, it never felt like some stories had more precedence over others. It also never felt like there was too much going on in the movie. The cast was once again fantastic, just like they are on the show! February 18th cannot come soon enough!

    There’s two things from the movie that I have to mention. In the scene where Jack and Jesse were looking at the pocket watches in Mr. Yost’s mercantile, I thought that the comment about the pocket watch being “too rich” for Jack felt strange coming from Jack. The reason why I feel this way is because Jack did have his father’s pocket watch, but then he gave it to his brother, Tom, in the second season, saying that the pocket watch would help keep Tom “focused”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but were those two American flags at the beginning of the Christmas parade? I thought so at first, but then when I was watching a highlight video of that scene on Hallmark’s website, it looked like it was just red and white striped flags with holly berries on them.

  6. My husband and i missed it. He had chest pain and ems was called and we went to the hospital for 3 days. When will it air again or when and where can i purchase the dvd. We really wanted to see this movie.

    1. Sheila, I'm so sorry to hear your news. I do hope your husband is feeling much better now. The holiday season can be an extra stressful time of year for so many.

      As for this Christmas movie's availability on DVD, I haven't heard or seen anything "official", yet, for "When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree," but I'm hopeful we will hear something soon... perhaps, even around the time Season 5 premieres in February! Sooner would be even better, but that's my guess for now.

      Please take care. Prayers for you and your husband. Blessings to you both, Net


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