Hallmark came in clutch with their Christmas movie roster this year and here are the best ones

As everyone was winding down the Halloween month, the Hallmark Channel slowly began to creep Christmas movies onto our TVs. I start anticipating Christmas the moment the leaves start changing color, so naturally I caught the premiere of Marry Me At Christmas just before Halloween rolled up. I have to say, even though I know all Hallmark movies follow a predictable pattern, a made-for-TV cinematic romance just makes you feel all fuzzy inside.

The irony of these movies is that the stories are nothing like reality. But Christmas and sappy movies go together like milk and cookies and you just can’t help but stop and watch. These are my picks, and ranked worst-best to best if you feel like joining in on the spirit of all things Christmas.

9. Coming Home For Christmas

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“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.”

The holidays is a time when you get to take a break and go home to be with your family. To build a movie for a character to spend time with a group of unknown characters, it doesn’t quite feel like a traditional Christmas. The movie is more focused on the story-line, and less on Christmas. Um, boring. Nonetheless, sounds like Lizzie will be coming in between two brothers vying for her love and Christmas-time drama can be entertaining.

Premiering Nov. 18

8. With Love, Christmas

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“Ad executive Melanie is teamed up with uptight coworker Donovan to come up with the ultimate Christmas commercial for a new cell phone. To complicate matters, Donovan is also Melanie’s Secret Santa recipient.”

I mean, where does Hallmark find these hotties? Tinder? The holidays comes with what people refer to as “cuffing season.” It’s where you’d like to be linked to someone for the Winter months. Where better to look then at work. Two co-workers putting their differences aside to cuddle together. So cliche, right? Not to mention, office romance rarely lasts.

Premiering Nov. 22

7. The Mistletoe Inn

mis Hallmark came in clutch with their Christmas movie roster this year and here are the best ones

“When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, 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.”

I’ve actually always been quite curious to know if writing retreats are what they’re like on TV. Hallmark is notorious for having romance stories of an Ordinary Someone falling in love with a Very Famous Someone. It ends up being fun to watch the “star” being more into finding love with the someone who doesn’t really have their life together. But, would that really happen in reality? Like, would Drake really fall for, say, a small town girl from Minnesota?

Premiering Nov. 25

6. The Sweetest Christmas

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“When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson (Chabert) 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 (Coco), her old boyfriend from culinary school who gave up his dream of being a pastry chef to take over his family’s pizzeria.”

A gingerbread competition? Who wouldn’t enter? What this movie gets right is that it touches on memories of building gingerbread houses from our childhood, and incorporates it into adulthood. Heck, I may just build a gingerbread something while watching it.

Premiering Nov. 11

5. Christmas Encore

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“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 finds 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 are need of a Christmas miracle.”

There is truly nothing like Christmas in New York—the lights, Rockefeller Center, colorful decorations in every store—it’s magical. To set a movie in New York, something Hallmark rarely does, is a welcome change. The show must go on they say, so I’m looking forward to seeing how these two can keep the theater running.

Premiering Dec. 9

4. Switched For Christmas

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“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.”

Alas, the poster child of Hallmark returns. Candice Cameron Bure will forever give us that feeling of comfort and home. (Thanks Full House.) I’d be genuinely looking forward to this movie even if it wasn’t Christmas themed. Plus, who doesn’t love a good old fashioned twin switcheroo?

Premiering Nov. 26

3. Enchanted Christmas

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“Weeks before Christmas, interior designer Laura is sent to her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico to remodel a landmark hotel. As Laura is kept busy with the renovations, her 8-year-old daughter Nicole is introduced to the art of salsa dancing at a local dance studio. Laura is surprised to find that the studio’s owner is Ricardo, her old high school sweetheart and former salsa dance partner.”

Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega get to be a real-life couple AND a couple on TV? When did life become so unfair?? But if their on-screen chemistry is anything like their reality, watching these two love birds fall back in love will be a treat to watch. (Or, will we all just be envious?)

Premiering Nov. 12

2. The Christmas Train

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“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.”

You had me at Dermot Mulroney. He may be going a little silver, but he still giving me feels like this is The Wedding Date. Doesn’t get more magical than spreading holiday cheer on a train-ride. Is this The Polar Express part two?

Premiering Nov. 25

1. Finding Santa

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“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.”

We want Santa! We want Santa! Call me crazy, but in the back of my mind I think I still believe in the North Pole. A Christmas movie is nothing without Santa, and this plot does it so right by centering everything around the jolly man in red. I’m looking forward to seeing Ben flourish into a Santa, and find his Mrs. Claus.

Premiering Nov. 24

Bonus Pick A Royal New Year’s Eve

“That first kiss of the New Year is special: It’s supposed to signify that special person with whom we’ll spend the next year, and possibly, forever. So it’s wise not to squander those affections. When everyone else just puckers up to the nearest set of lips, Robin has always kept her wits — and her mouth — to herself. An established photographer at a lifestyle website, she’s assigned to work on a New Year’s Eve story with a new hire, Todd. When she confides in Todd that she has never kissed anyone as the clock strikes midnight, he sets about to correct this, by finding someone for Robin to kiss at the magic hour.”

Christmas will be well over with by the time this movie premieres. But if you don’t have any NYE plans this year, pour the champagne, put on that onesie and sit down in your most comfiest spot in your home because Hallmark is here to make it all better.

Premiering Dec. 30

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