Saturday, January 5, 2019

❄ Cozy up with WINTERFEST & CHRISTMAS MOVIES this Weekend on HALLMARK! ❄

January is here with a chill in the air (depending on where you live, of course!), but what better way to warm your heart, then with a Hallmark Winterfest or Christmas movie!

Saturday, January 5, 2019:

Winterfest begins with Emilie Ullerup & Kevin McGarry starring in...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: When Jenny attends her sister’s winter wedding at an ice hotel, her heart melts over the best man, the problem is he unexpectedly brings... click here to read more...

See the premiere of Winter Castle
Saturday, January 5, 2019
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

"If it's Saturday, it's Hallmark Channel"

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That's Hallmark's newest promo! Not only is this the launch of Winterfest on Saturday night, but the Hallmark Channel is also promoting in their new commercials there will be a new original movie EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT in 2019! Now that is certainly something extra fun and interesting to be sure and look for throughout the year, and I'll be sure to share all the details along the way here at *It's a Wonderful Movie*!

Christmas Continues...

Saturday, January 5, 2019 and Sunday, January 6, 2019:

on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Includes many wonderful choices:
A Godwink Christmas, Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane, A Joyous Christmas, Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle, Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow, Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, Rocky Mountain Christmas, A Veteran's Christmas, Small Town Christmas, and more!

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See the Christmas TV Schedule to be sure and catch all your favorites before the Christmas movies end on Hallmark Movies & Movies early Monday morning at 5am/4c!

I feel the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies have been so beautiful again this year, emotionally deep and heartwarming. Of the ones I've seen, the three I've loved the most, so far, this year are "A Godwink Christmas," "A Veteran's Christmas," and "Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas." I'm sure I'll add to that list as I watch more and more of them!

I do hope you enjoy the intro to Winterfest and for those who love Christmas (like I do!), I hope you are able to absorb as many Christmas movies as humanly possible - this weekend!

Happy New Year 2019, Everyone!
God's Blessings, Net


  1. I am never been that excited about the Winterfest movies because that means Christmas movies are over so I will be watching HM&M all this week and hold on to every moment until it ends. I do love in the Winterfest movies the Snow, it is usually the real, so that makes it feel like Christmas. Thanks Net and I will be following you each week for the new premieres and before you know it will be Christmas time Again. I am just now enjoying all the movies and our Christmas decorations because everything has slowed down. Everyone can make Christmas last as long as they want...I know I do!

    1. Hello Sydney! I know just what you mean about missing Christmas. It is, indeed, so nice to have Winterfest and see all the beautiful snow. A Winter Wonderland makes it feel like Christmastime, and I noticed some lights on evergreen trees in "One Winter Proposal"... so I'm definitely keeping an eye out for that!

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment!
      Blessings, Net

  2. LOVED so many movies this year. Reunited at Christmas,Jingle All the Way, Godwink Christmas, Memories of Christmas. I could keep going on and on. It will be interesting to see the new movies every Saturday this year with Christmas in July. New Christmas movies this summer will be fun.

    1. Oh, those are all wonderful favorites! I'm also looking forward to Hallmark Channel's new movies every Saturday night!

      We didn't have a new Christmas movie last year during Christmas in July, so I'm hoping this means we will have one this year! :)

  3. Can't believe it's all ending! You are so right, Net. HMM movies have been mostly terrific this year! I agree with you, Godwink & A Veteran's Christmas are both my favorite too. I still need to watch "Time for me to come..". My absolute favorite is "Once Upon a Christmas Miracle"! Such a special story.

    Very excited for Winter Castle premiere as well!

    1. Enjoy the first Winterfest movie tonight, and I hope you like HMM's "Time for me to come for Christmas" as much as I did! It has lots of unexpected sweet details!

      Blessings! Net

  4. Hi, Net and a very happy and healthy 2019 to your and your family! As much as I loved The Miracles of Christmas and Countdown to Christmas I am ready for Winterfest and looking forward to Winter Castle tonight.

    I have a question if you don't mind--is it possible to get in touch with Hallmark with regard to their movies. I just have a couple of suggestions for them. I' happy to communicate with you private if you prefer, but I can't seem to find anyway to get in touch with them. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, Net and looking forward to a year of wonderful movies!

    1. Hello Barbara! Thank you so much for the sweet message! We have had a very nice New Year, so far, with sunny days and mild temps.

      In regard to your question about contacting Hallmark. Of course, you could communicate through social media, or you could send a letter directly to the President and CEO Bill Abbott or Executive Vice President Michelle Vicary.

      Bill Abbott OR Michelle Vicary
      c/o Crown Media
      12700 Ventura Blvd.
      Studio City, CA 91604

      I hope this information is helpful to you. The start off to Winterfest was already fantastic, so I'm hoping for a great year of movies on the Hallmark Channel - every Saturday night!!!

      Blessings & Happy New Year to You!!! Net

  5. Everyone believes Winter Castle was filmed in Sweden but it’s in Quebec City, Canada

    Ice Hotel called; “Hotel de GlacΓ©”

    1. Oh, the Winter Castle was stunning! It nearly stole the show, but Emilie Ullerup & Kevin McGarry were phenomenal, too! :)

  6. I hope Hallmark will be filming in Jakkasiavri, Sweden called; “Christmas Castle”, about having Christmas Tree at Ice Hotel; so, someone could have Christmas Wedding

    1. That would be so amazing! I hope that happens!

    2. I think many are hoping for a sequel to this one! "Winter Castle" was most enchanting! :)

  7. First, I miss the Christmas movies already, second, Winter Castle was amazing, I really loved it.

    I am really intrigued by the Hallmark promo of a new movie every Saturday, I went back and looked at their wording, it says Original movie premiere, every Saturday night. I know I have seen in the past, when they used to play a new movie in July for christmas, they play it opening weekend of Countdown to Christmas and they call it new. I was like, that's not new you played in July, but it is a "premiere" cause it never premiered on Countdown to Christmas. So I am wondering, if something like this may happen.

    On the Hallmark site, it currently doesn't have anything in the slot for Sat Feb 2nd at 8 pm, so I guess we will see when they add it, but I was wondering if say a movie is first played on a Friday night, then when they play it on a Saturday night, they call it an original movie premiere cause it never "premiered" on Saturday night. I hope it is true and there truly is a new movie every Saturday, cause then we will be getting at least 52 new movies this year, as well as the new movies thanksgiving week, and also the sundays during Christmas. This will be an even bigger number of movies than last year. so exciting.

    1. Hello Sabrina! I'm right there with ya, missing the Christmas movies, too! It's only been a few days, but it already feels live forever!

      I, too, thought "Winter Castle" was wonderful, something truly special! That ice hotel just seemed ideal, magical, and perfect! (probably because we watched from the warmth & comfort of home!) Anyway, it was beautiful on screen!

      And yes, I know we are all excited as we anticipate a new movie every Saturday night and all the possibilities that means! I, too, hope that means we get a new Christmas movie in July. I really missed that last year.

      And, as for a new movie on February 2... Hallmark Channel's Facebook page has a promo picture announcement for "Wedding in the Vineyard" on that night, but there may be changes there as we get closer. We'll wait & see!

      Blessings in the New Year to You! Net

  8. Lots of wonderful Christmas movies this year. Some of my favorites were: Veteran's Christmas, A Godwink Christmas, Christmas made to order(family name for company), Once upon a Christmas Miracle(read that story on the internet about a year ago). Also Return to Christmas Creek(always watched Wings and enjoyed seeing Steven Weber in a Hallmark movie), It's Christmas, Eve, Reunited for Christmas, Mingle all the way, Last Vermont Christmas and Time for me to come home for Christmas were all movies I enjoyed. Thank you Hallmark and hope to see all of them on dvd. Thank you Net for this wonderful website to keep us all informed all year long. Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year. RG

    1. Thank you, RG, for sharing your wonderful list of Christmas movie favorites! I've seen all the ones you mentioned, except two, but now I'm looking forward to watching them, too! Hopefully soon! :)

      I so appreciate all your kind words regarding "It's a Wonderful Movie," and I'm grateful you enjoy visiting here & sharing!

      Blessings to You in the New Year! Net

  9. Watched Winter Castle last night and enjoyed it very much. Loved the settings and the Castle was amazing. Would love to visit there someday. Always enjoy movies with Emilie Ullerup in them. Also, I really enjoyed Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa. Hope it comes out on dvd. Bought the first one. RG

    1. Hello RG! I though "Winter Castle" was wonderful, too! It was such a terrific way to start Winterfest and the first new movie of 2019!

      I, too, would love to see "Winter Castle" and "Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa" be released on DVD! I'm thinking with their popularity, it's a good bet we will see both eventually on DVD... I just hope the wait is not too long!

      Thank you for sharing! Blessings, Net

  10. How many Ice or Snow Hotels around the worlds?

    1) Snow Village in Montreal, QC, Canada
    Parc Jean Drapeau

    2) Chena Hot Spring Resort & Aurora Ice Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska

    3) Hotel Kakslaulttanen Igloo Village in Saaireslka, Finland

    4) Gstaad, Oberland, Switzland
    (January-March) - Love Nest Program

    5) Hotel of Ice in Balea Lac, Romania

    6) Snow Village in Kittila, Finland

    7) Ice Hotel in Jukkajarvi near Kirina, Sweden
    (Year Around)

    8) Snow Castle of Kemi in Kemi, Finland

    9) Hotel de GlacΓ© in Quebec City, Canada

    10) Kirkenes Snow Hotel in Kirkenes, Norway

    11) Schneedorf Igloo in Austria

    12) Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this list... I bet they all look amazing! :)

    2. You're Welcome!!!

      Hotel de Glace

  11. I really, really enjoyed the Lifetime movies A Christmas in Tennessee and A Very Nutty Christmas. I really hope they are released on DVD.

    As for the Hallmark Movies I really, really enjoyed A Veterans Christmas ( perhaps Hallmark could make a DVD with A Veterans Christmas, Home For Christmas Day, and Christmas Homecoming all on one DVD!!) A military special DVD.

    I also enjoyed Jingle Around The Clock, A Shoe Addicts Christmas & Christmas In Love. Hoping to see these out on DVD too.

    I also would like to see Love on The Slopes on DVD. I think it was better than Winter's Dream and One Winter Weekend.

  12. There's another Ice & Snow Hotels around the world

    13) Ice Hotel Romania
    Fagara, Romania

    14) Lainio Snow Village
    Yllasjarvi, Finland

    15) Iglu-Dorf Davos
    Davos, Switzland

    Kemin LumiLinna the Snow Castle of Kemi
    Kemi, Finland


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