It’s the second most wonderful time of the year! Clearly, by the title of this blog, you know I’m talking about Hallmark’s Christmas in July. I am a hopeless romantic who loves watching lovie dovie movies all year round.
Watching Hallmark movies with my girlfriends is by far one of my favorite traditions and pastimes. I never miss it! It’s a time to relax, escape from whatever is happening in the world, and watch multiple heartfelt movies that genuinely make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I absolutely love it and look forward to it all year round. Hey, they might be cheesy at times, but who doesn’t love a good love story.
I hear you; if you’ve watched one Hallmark movie, it seems as if you’ve seen them all. I totally understand why people think that all their movies have the same storyline and let’s be honest, we already know how any of their movie end. Queue in my husband walking in mid-way through any of their movies and say, “Did she fall in love with a prince? or did they say I love you after two days of knowing each other? or Did she give up everything and move to be closer to her true love?” I could go on forever with his side remarks, and trust me; it makes me giggle every time. However, I believe we all want joy in our lives, and Hallmark brings that to us consistently throughout the year. Thank you, Hallmark!
I love Hallmark and have no shame in watching. I can honestly tell you that I’ve spent countless hours watching hundreds of Hallmark movies which, many of them I’ve watched multiple times (so maybe thousands, not hundreds ha!). With that said, I decided it was time for me to round up my all-time favorites. I thought I would list only ten but who am I kidding, I love so many of them that I couldn’t decide. I will control myself and list my top 20. I’m calling it my 2020 top 20 Hallmark Christmas Movies Hall of Fame! Each movie below has the description listed from Hallmark, (as I’m sure we are well aware that their descriptions are on point) and each one is linked to their dedicated Hallmark page for you to gather details on the movie and their airtime. Let’s get started.
After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in an actual castle. After arriving, Allie learns the girl is named Princess Theodora and her father is Maximillian, the King of Winshire. The King informs Allie that the Princess has a tendency to terrorize authority figures, a predilection that has grown worse since her mother’s death. Yet governess and Princess wind up hitting it off while at the same time a spark forms between Allie and Max. However, Countess Celia is expecting to wed the King. Will Max take a stand for his feelings for Allie and make it truly a merry Christmas for all (or at least, most)?
Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen? Starring Merritt Patterson and Andrew Cooper.
One of the most famous actresses in the world heads to the Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa, to shoot a holiday-themed movie. She is thrown for a loop when a romance brews between her and local inn keeper and single dad, Matt. As she gets a taste of small-town life, she discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Stars Taylor Cole and Michael Rady.
As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store… until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all? Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane and Jean Smart.
Greta Kaine (Katrina Law) is always in search of juicy gossip. As a tabloid reporter at “Pulse! Gossip” in Los Angeles, it’s her job to expose the rich and famous for the entertainment of the magazine’s readers. So when word gets out that one of the late Senator Tannehill’s two sons might be proposing marriage at the family’s Big Bear compound during Christmas, Greta and her chief rival Wes (Tom Lenk) are challenged by their old-school editor to get the scoop. There’s incentive to be the first, too– the editorship of the magazine’s new online incarnation.
Greta’s assistant tells her that Wes has a head start to snowy Big Bear, so she dashes to the mountain resort. When she mistakenly ends up as a guest of the family, she’s in the middle of what could be her best story yet! However, she soon discovers that the family, including matriarch Maggie Tannenhill (Patricia Richardson) and caretaker Peters (Robert Curtis Brown), are more down-to-earth than she ever gave them credit for. Increasingly guilt-ridden about her game of subterfuge, Greta must make a decision: how far will she go for the sake of a story?
Lacey Chabert plays an independent-minded American tour guide named Angela, who is fired from her job in Rome just before Christmas. She crosses paths with an American executive named Oliver (Page), who wants to buy a high-end Italian ceramics company. Oliver hires Angela to be his tour guide around the Eternal City, as the owner of the ceramics company won’t sell it to him until he learns “the heart and soul of Rome.” But is there another heart and soul that he may win? Starring: Lacey Chabert and Sam Page
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. Stars Jesse Metcalfe and Fiona Gubelmann.
The movie centers around a photographer who returns home for the holiday to look after her grandmother and ends up lending a helping hand to a neighbor who needs assistance watching his nephew. Starring Merritt Patterson and Jon Cor
When identical twin sisters are stuck planning their respective Christmas parties, they’re convinced the grass is greener on the other side. Deciding to swap lives for the holiday, the lessons they learn along the way may turn out to make this the best Christmas ever. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Mark Deklin, Eion Bailey, and Happy the Dog.
After she is suddenly fired from her job, Krissy Kringle (Hilarie Burton) is in no mood for all the misdirected Santa mail she receives to her home on Candy Cane Lane. Even so, one package in particular stands out: Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” book, which he left behind when visiting a child. After Krissy realizes that the book is magical and will show her all the bad deeds of those around her, Krissy sets out to expose everyone she knows who has been naughty. Eventually, the naughty list hits too close to home, exposing a truth about her long-time boyfriend, Lance (Matt Dallas) and causing turmoil with one of her neighbors. With the help of her mother, Carol (Meredith Baxter) and father Walter Kringle (Michael Gross), Krissy discovers that the book’s powers also reveal the nice in people, not just the naughty. Stars Hilarie Burton, Matt Dallas, Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross.
The movie centers around a recently single Jessica who sends Christmas cards to people who have impacted her life — the aunt who raised her, her younger brother in the military, a popstar who was part of the soundtrack of her life, the music teacher who inspired her, and the best friend who always tells the truth. Starring Torrey DeVitto and Chad Michael Murray.
Lizzie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as house manager for the exclusive Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Lizzie 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 80-year-old matriarch, Pippa, a spitfire who doesn’t want to put the house up for sale at all. As Lizzie 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?
“A Perfect Christmas” follows a newlywed couple celebrating their first Christmas together. They invite their families to join them for the holidays, but when Steve (Dillon Casey) is laid off just before Christmas and Cynthia (Susie Abromeit) discovers she’s pregnant, they both keep their news secret in hopes that the celebration runs smoothly.
Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a single, working mom who has become somewhat of a Scrooge when it comes to the Holiday season. Even her six-year-old son Brian is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. When Jen’s Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler), a retired police officer, comes to visit for Christmas, he brings along a new friend, a nomad and Jack-of-all-trades named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie). The two met on a flight, and Morgan’s plans to continue on to Denver are cancelled when he finds out the city is completely snowed in. Jen is wary of the stranger, but at Ralph’s request, agrees to let him stay the night. She warms up to Morgan, especially when she sees how he interacts with Brian. Uncle Ralph approves of Morgan, too, but Jen’s boyfriend Richard isn’t nearly as receptive. Meanwhile, Morgan has started to really like Jen, but if she can’t manage to make Christmas about anything more than business, Morgan will be on his way to Denver, and she’ll have missed the opportunity that was right in front of her. Uncle Ralph has done what he can to keep Morgan around, but it’s going to take something more than that to get him penciled into Jen’s long-term plans. Jen just needs to learn “how to do Christmas,” and it turns out Morgan is the perfect one to teach her.
A chance meeting between two strangers who share a disdain for Christmas results in The Mistletoe Promise, a pact to help them navigate their holiday complications – together. But as they spend more time with each other and experience the magic of Christmas the phony couple discovers there may be more to their contract than business. Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Paul Evans. Starring Jaime King and Luke MacFarlane.
Two New York City-bound travelers find themselves inextricably linked when a snowstorm reroutes them to an airport hotel in Buffalo. Ever the eternal optimist and hopeless romantic, Paige desperately needs to find a way back home to meet her fiancee’s parents before her forthcoming wedding. And it’s somehow up to fellow passenger Dylan MacKenzie, who is permanently soured on romance following a recent heartbreak. Yet Dylan somehow rises to the occasion to become Paige’s chivalrous helpmate. The pair are joined on this misadventure by an older couple named Frank and Maxine trying to get to Connecticut. As their madcap journey ensues, our foursome will find plenty of surprises in store.
When Nick, a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted widower. There, he meets Julie, an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others. Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser and Clarke Peters.
With Christmas approaching in New York City, Jessica, an archival historian enmeshed in a declining romantic relationship, is hired to create an exhibition honoring the history of Christmas at The Plaza Hotel. There, she meets Nick, a handsome decorator who’s been commissioned to deck out the iconic landmark. When they’re paired together to prepare the exhibition, they wind up enjoying a host of holiday traditions together and find themselves falling for each other. Tensions soon rise as Jessica must figure out her romantic priorities and decide with whom she’ll ultimately spend Christmas at The Plaza. Starring Elizabeth Henstridge, Ryan Paevey, Bruce Davison and Julia Duffy.
While on a last-minute European holiday, a young woman finds herself in the middle of a real-life fairy tale when a chance meeting with a handsome local leads to something more. However, things get complicated when she learns that the “local” is actually a prince who is about to be crowned King, and whose mother is dead-set against her royal son’s romance with the tourist. Starring Merritt Patterson, Jack Donnelly and Samantha Bond.
Weeks before Christmas, Abbey is hired to decorate the estate of businessman Nick. She must break down the wall between her and Nick, all while keeping the holiday spirit alive. Starring Jill Wagner, Matthew Davis, and Donna Mills.
Phew, that took some effort to narrow that down and as I am writing, I thought of a few more – next list! Well, ladies
and gentlemen, if you haven’t seen the above Hallmark Christmas movies, I highly recommend you get started.
It’s time to mark your calendars and grab your girlfriends because Hallmark’s Christmas in July officially starts July 10th! For your viewing pleasure, you can find the full schedule below courtesy of Hallmark’s website. You won’t want to miss it. I know I am ready for a jam-packed Christmas cheer movie marathon. And while we need to continue our social distancing/staying safe we might as well kick off Christmas!
CHRISTMAS IN JULY – CHRISTMAS KEEPSAKE 2020 SCHEDULE
Check out the schedule of movies airing during this year’s Christmas in July!
All photos, movies, and schedule information were sourced from Hallmark’s website.
Saturday, July 11
12a/11c: The Nine Lives of Christmas
2a/1c: The Sweetest Christmas
4a/3c: Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
6a/5c: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
8a/7c: Christmas Next Door
10a/9c: Welcome to Christmas
12/11c: Miss Christmas
2/1c: Double Holiday
4/3c: Picture a Perfect Christmas
6/5c: Christmas Town
8/7c: Christmas at the Plaza
10/9c: Check Inn to Christmas
Sunday, July 12
12a/11c: A Royal Christmas
2a/1c: My Christmas Dream
4a/3c: A Wish for Christmas
6a/5c: A Very Merry Mix-Up
8a/7c: Jingle Around the Clock
10a/9c: The Christmas Cottage
12/11c: The Christmas Club
2/1c: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
4/3c: Snow Bride
6/5c: Christmas Getaway
8/7c: A Christmas Detour
10/9c: Christmas Under the Stars
Monday, July 13
12a/11c: It’s Christmas, Eve
2a/1c: With Love, Christmas
4a/3c: Christmas List
6a/5c: Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
8a/7c: A December Bride
12/11c: Christmas Joy
2/1c: A Gift to Remember
4/3c: Road to Christmas
6/5c: Sleigh Bells Ring
8/7c: Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe
10/9c: Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
Tuesday, July 14
12a/11c: Christmas in Rome
2a/1c: Holiday Date
4a/3c: Hats Off to Christmas!
6a/2c: Christmas at the Palace
8a/7c: Christmas Scavenger Hunt
12/11c: Picture a Perfect Christmas
2/1c: A Dream of Christmas
4/3c: A Christmas Duet
6/5c: A Wish for Christmas
8/7c: Reunited at Christmas
10/9c: Switched for Christmas
Wednesday, July 15
12a/11c: Write Before Christmas
2a/1c: A Cookie Cutter Christmas
4a/3c: On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
6a/5c: Enchanted Christmas
8a/7c: Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2
12/11c: Let it Snow
2/1c: 12 Gifts of Christmas
4/3c: Christmas Made to Order
6/5c: Christmas Land
8/7c: The Sweetest Christmas
10/9c: The Mistletoe Promise
Thursday, July 16
12a/11c: A Christmas Detour
2a/1c: Christmas Connection
4a/3c: Christmas Cookies
6a/5c: Crown for Christmas
8a/7c: A Royal Christmas
12/11c: Christmas at the Plaza
2/1c: Once Upon a Holiday
4/3c: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
6/5c: It’s Christmas, Eve
8/7c: Christmas Getaway
10/9c: The Christmas Cottage
Friday, July 17
12a/11c: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
2a/1c: A Cheerful Christmas
4a/3c: Christmas at Graceland
6a/5c: Christmas at Holly Lodge
8a/7c: Sharing Christmas
12/11c: A Perfect Christmas
2/1c: Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
4/3c: Christmas Town
6/5c: The Mistletoe Secret
8/7c: Mingle All the Way
10/9c: Christmas Next Door
Saturday, July 18
12a/11c: A Christmas Love Story
2a/1c: Christmas Under the Stars
4a/3c: Christmas at Cartwright’s
6a/5c: Let it Snow
8a/7c: A Christmas Duet
10/9c: Christmas Connection
12/11c: Switched for Christmas
2/1c: Reunited at Christmas
4/3c: With Love, Christmas
6/5c: Holiday Date
8/7c: Write Before Christmas
10/9c: Christmas in Rome
Sunday, July 19
12a/11c: A December Bride
2a/1c: Christmas Joy
4a/3c: Coming Home for Christmas
6a/5c: Merry & Bright
8a/7c: Picture a Perfect Christmas
10/9c: Christmas at Dollywood
12/11c: The Nine Lives of Christmas
2/1c: Crown for Christmas
4/3c: Christmas at the Plaza
6/5c: Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe
8/7c: Christmas Under Wraps
10/9c: A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
Monday, July 20
12a/11c: A Dream of Christmas
2a/1c: Christmas in Love
4a/3c: Christmas Made to Order
6a/5c: My Christmas Dream
8a/7c: Christmas Getaway
12/11c: On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
2/1c: Jingle Around the Clock
4/3c: Love You Like Christmas
6/5c: A Christmas Detour
8/7c: The Christmas Cottage
10/9c: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Tuesday, July 21
12a/1c: It’s Christmas, Eve
2a/1c: Christmas Scavenger Hunt
4a/3c: Once Upon a Holiday
6a/5c: Check Inn to Christmas
8a/7c: Christmas in Love
12/11c: A Christmas Love Story
2/1c: The Sweetest Christmas
4/3c: The Mistletoe Secret
6/5c: Christmas Next Door
8/7c: Christmas Town
10/9c: The Christmas Club
Wednesday, July 22
12a/1c: A Perfect Christmas
2a/1c: Merry & Bright
4a/3c: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
6a/5c: Hats Off to Christmas!
8a/7c: A Gift to Remember
12/11c: Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe
2/1c: Sleigh Bells Ring
4/3c: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
6/5c: Mingle All the Way
8/7c: Christmas at the Plaza
10/9c: Christmas Under Wraps
Thursday, July 23
12a/1c: Coming Home for Christmas
2a/1c: Double Holiday
4a/3c: Finding Santa
6a/5c: Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2
8a/7c: Miss Christmas
12/11c: Welcome to Christmas
2/1c: Marry Me at Christmas
4/3c: Write Before Christmas
6/5c: The Nine Lives of Christmas
8/7c: Christmas in Rome
10/9c: Reunited at Christmas
Friday, July 24
12a/1c: A Christmas Duet
2a/1c: 12 Gifts of Christmas
4a/3c: My Christmas Love
6a/5c: Christmas Land
8a/7c: Christmas List
12/11c: Christmas at the Palace
2/1c: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
4/3c: A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
6/5c: Let it Snow
8/7c: With Love, Christmas
10/9c: Picture a Perfect Christmas
Saturday, July 25
12a/11c: A Wish for Christmas
2a/1c: Road to Christmas
4a/3c: My Christmas Dream
6a/5c: Mingle All the Way
8a/7c: The Christmas Club
10/9c: Crown for Christmas
12/11c: Check Inn to Christmas
2/1c: Christmas Under the Stars
4/3c: Christmas Under Wraps
6/5c: The Christmas Cottage
8/7c: Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
10/9c: Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe
Sunday, July 26
12a/11c: The Mistletoe Secret
2a/1c: Once Upon a Holiday
4a/3c: Christmas at Holly Lodge
6a/5c: A Royal Christmas
8a/7c: Christmas Cookies
10/9c: Coming Home for Christmas
12/11c: A Cheerful Christmas
2/1c: The Mistletoe Promise
4/3c: Christmas Town
6/5c: A Christmas Love Story
8/7c: Switched for Christmas
10/9c: Holiday Date
A little glimpse at my Hallmark Christmas movie attire.
Comment below on which movies you plan on watching and/or which ones are your favorite! Happy Christmas in July!