Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Next Door - a Hallmark Channel Original "Countdown to Christmas" Movie starring Jesse Metcalfe & Fiona Gubelmann!


Movie: Christmas Next Door

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: December 16, 2017


Jesse Metcalfe ... Eric Randall
Fiona Gubelmann ... April Stewart
Brittany Bristow ... Elaine
Jenna Weir ... Chelsea
Liam MacDonald ... Liam
Tara Yelland ... Bridget
Eugene Clark ... Nick/Agent
Joy Tanner ... Dana Redford
Andrew Jackson ... Bruce
Mary Long ... Sarah Redford
Brent Crawford ... Conrad Brummel
Evan Cleaver ... Ted
Jacob Blair ... Steve
Kevin Claydon ... Jack
Christian Potenza ... Ryan
Cassius Crieghtney ... Caroler #1
Nicky Lawrence ... Caroler #2
Ma-Anne Dionisio ... Caroler #3


Storyline via Hallmark: Eric Randall, an author of bachelor lifestyle books, is left in charge of his young niece and nephew for the holidays. Eric turns to his neighbor April, a lover of all things Christmas, for help.

A confirmed bachelor’s life is turned upside down when he takes in his young niece and nephew a week before Christmas, his absolutely least favorite time of year. As he struggles to “make Christmas” for the kids, with a little help from his lovely next door neighbor, he learns some valuable lessons about the value of family, love, and the joy of Christmas, as seen through the eyes of children.

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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ben Mark Holzberg


  1. Joyce in CarolinaMonday, December 04, 2017

    Excited about this one! I've been hoping for another Fiona Gublemann movie ever since Tulips in Spring. She was so good in that and has this fantastic smile! The fact that Jesse Metcalfe is it too just ads sugar to the pot! Lol!

    I have to say I have been some what disapponited in some of the new movies this year. My favorites so far are:
    Bramble House Christmas
    A Joyous Christmas
    Engaging Father Christmas
    Miss Christmas

    Still have many more to watch! Blessings to you Net!

    1. Oh my goodness, I just adored Fiona in "Tulips in Spring," too! I'm also overjoyed to see her return and I sure hope this means we will see even more of her on Hallmark! She has infectious energy and joy in "Tulips" and judging by these promo pics for "Christmas Next Door," it looks like she carries that same enthusiasm with her in this! Jesse Metcalfe definitely adds that extra sweetness! (That is so cute, Joyce, what you said about him adding sugar to the pot! Love it!)

      I've heard such great things about all the ones you mentioned, but I haven't seen all of those, yet, but they are recorded and I can't wait to see them all!

      Thanks so much for sharing!
      Blessings and Merry Christmas!!! Net :)

  2. Oh, I was so happy to see Jesse Metcalf cast in a Christmas movie! Love him in Chesapeake Shores and one of my all time faves is A Country Wedding.

    Joyce, I'm with you. I love Hallmark, but I do feel they are resting on their laurels somewhat. My favorites so far are:

    A Bramble House Christmas
    Coming for for Christmas Day
    Engaging Father Christmas
    The MIstletoe Inn and
    Christmas in Angel Falls

    Looking forward to Christmas Encore and Maggie's Christmas Miracle.

    I also think the HMM has the better stories.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. All such wonderful choices, Barbara! Isn't it fun to have so many to choose from? It's such a blessing! I can hardly pick which one to watch next off my recorder, since I keep hearing such wonderful things about so many of them!

      Thank you for sharing your top favorites, so far, Barbara, for this year! Many more to go and from all the promos I've seen... they look really good!!! :)

      Blessings & Merry Christmas!!! Net :)

    2. Thanks so much, Net, for this website. I check it several times a day in case I miss something! Just watched Bramble House Christmas I think for the 4th time, and same for Coming Home for Christmas Day. Love the story lines in that one. Looking forward to Brennan Elliott tonight in Christmas Encore. It's snowing now in the Boston area, so it really looks and feels like Christmas!

  3. Enjoyed this one. Does anyone know where to get the hats that she wears? Also in the scene when Jesse comes to her door she has a long cream sweater on, any ideas where that is from? The sister had a great sweater too I would love to find!

    1. Oh my goodness, she's absolutely adorable in all of her winter hats! I just love them!

      As for the ivory and grey sweater, that's from the GAP, but it was sold out this morning, when I last looked. Maybe, there will be some returns after Christmas, and you can still find one! 😊

      Merry Christmas!!! Net

  4. Net, this is such a cute movie! Do you know if it’s possible to buy the decorations she had in her house? The ones that have a reindeer, snowman, Santa each in a separate globe tapping their feet to the music? It showed them in the scene where she took the kids over to get decorations for their tree. My daughter and I laugh so hard at them every time we watch the movie! Thanks! :)

    1. So glad to hear how much you & your daughter enjoyed this movie, too, Kim! I haven't seen those Christmas decorations anywhere, yet, but I'll be sure to keep a look out! So cute! Could they possibly be Hallmark??? 🎅⛄🎄

    2. I would like to find those movable decorations too!��

    3. The decorations are limited edition, "Happy Tappers", made guessed it, Hallmark!

  5. Hello.
    Great movie. I loved the coats Brittany Bristow wore in the movie. Does anyone know where to get the black coat with the flowers and the long black and blue sweater she wore.
    Thank you.

  6. There is a great jazzy tune playing when April and the kids are making Christmas Cookies. I can't find the name of it anywhere? Any "name that tune" folks who can help me?

  7. I've been searching for the song myself! I've looked under every name I can think of...

  8. I would love to find out the name of the song she is playing in the restaurant toward the end of the movie, just before he comes in and gives her the necklace. That song is so beautiful (not the Christmas carol). I can’t read the credits because the are all squishy from the commercial playing above them.

  9. There is a scene where the sisters were walking out of the house. Fiona has on a tan sweater vest and the sister had on a long teal sweater coat. I need to find that teal sweater coat! Does anyone know where it came from?

  10. This movie was great, but couldn't there have been somebody who showed the actress how to hold a violin especially the bow? It was awful to look at! One look at YouTube would have helped!

  11. Loved the movie. Hallmark movies are the best! Does anyone know where to purchase the sweaters Brittany Bristow wore in the movie? I LOVE the black coat with the flowers and the long black and blue sweater she wore. Thank you.

    THIS WAS Fiona Gubelmann PLAYING THE VIOLIN AND Brittany Bristow AT PIANO.

  13. CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE NAME OF THE MUSIC PLAYED IN CHRISTMAS NEXTDOOR.Brittany Bristow played the piano and Fiona Gubelmann played the violin

  14. I am also wanting the name of the song on the piano. I would love to hear the whole thing.

  15. This one is cute! My only complaint is that his house looks really ugly. Even the ice skating place doesn't look that Christmasy. But other than that I really liked it!

  16. It's driving me crazy also. Such a beautiful piece. I have tried searching, and get nothing. This also is one of my all time favorite movies. It's to bad Hallmark doesn't have a page identifying the songs used in their movies. I haveto admitt they some great music!


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