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Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas event began Oct. 20, 2023.

Hallmark Channel has been a go-to network for holiday movies for decades. With their stable of actors, feel-good stories and cozy movies, this year adds to the holidays with a strong lineup of films sure to brighten the season and add some fuzzy memories to your evenings.

Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas began Oct. 20. Here is the lineup for the rest of October:

Friday: “Christmas by Design”

Rebecca Dalton and Jonathan Keltz pair up as a fashion designer (Dalton) gets accepted into a Christmas challenge to create a new holiday-themed collection and not only finds the inspiration for her next line but also decides to redesign her approach to what’s most important in life.

Saturday: “Mystic Christmas”

Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey, Patti Murin and William R. Moses star in a film that might bring back memories of the movie “Mystic Pizza.” Juniper (Schram) travels to Mystic, Connecticut, during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer (Massey), the owner of the pizza shop.

Sunday: “Joyeux Noel”

Jaicy Elliot pairs with Brant Daugherty. When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea (Elliot), she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark (Daugherty) to uncover the mystery behind the artist.

Also, mark your calendars for the November offerings:

Nov. 3: “Flipping for Christmas”

This film stars Ashley Newbrough and Marcus Rosner in a tale about a busy realtor, Abigail (Newbrough), who agrees to help her sister with the “simple flip” of a recently inherited home. Unfortunately, co-beneficiary Bo (Rosner) has other plans in mind.

Nov. 4: “Never Been Chris’d”

Janel Parrish, Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, and Tyler Hynes are home for the holidays when BFFs Naomi (Parrish) and Liz (Lamothe-Kipnes) reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver (Hynes). A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives and find the value of friendship.

Nov. 5: “The Santa Summit”

This film stars Hunter King and Benjamin Hollingsworth in a Santa story. It’s time for the annual Santa Summit, in which revelers put on Santa suits and hop around designated locations in town to eat, drink and be merry. Three best friends decide to go together: Jordin (King), a recently dumped art teacher looking to cut loose; Ava, a shy woman hoping to run into her crush; and Stella, a Christmas cynic with no interest in the Santa Summit whatsoever. At the start of the night, Jordin meets and bonds with Liam (Hollingsworth) but doesn’t get his name before getting separated and lost in a sea of Santas. As the night progresses and high jinks ensue, amidst the chaos, celebration and a sea of Santas, they all find what they’re looking for: Christmas spirit, potential romance and a strengthened bond of friendship.

Nov. 10: “Everything Christmas”

Katherine Barrell, Cindy Busby, Corey Sevier and Matt Wells join together in this story focusing on Lori Jo (Busby), whose love for Christmas takes her on a road trip to Yuletide Springs with her roommate Tori (Barrell), where Christmas is celebrated year-round, to participate in a longstanding town tradition to honor her late grandmother. Along the way, the friends meet Carl (Sevier) and Jason (Wells), and the foursome make stops during their journey to enjoy more small-town Christmas attractions. But when a series of events puts a damper on their plans, a little Christmas magic may put this trip back on the right path.

Nov. 11: “Christmas Island”

Pairing Rachel Skarsten and Andrew Walker, this is a snowy story. When a snowstorm diverts Kate’s (Skarsten) first private flight en route to Switzerland to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller (Walker) to secure her dream job as the family’s pilot.

Nov. 12: “A Heidelberg Holiday”

Ginna Claire Mason joins with Frédéric Brossier in a story of entrepreneurship when Heidi Heidelberg (Mason) receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. While there, she meets Lukas (Brossier), a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.

Nov. 17: “Navigating Christmas”

Pairing Chelsea Hobbs with Stephen Huszar, this is the story of recently divorced Melanie (Hobbs) and her son Jason who visit a remote island for Christmas, only to find themselves running a real, working lighthouse where she connects with the curt but cute owner (Huszar).

Nov. 18: “A Merry Scottish Christmas”

Hallmark veterans Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf are paired together. When estranged siblings Lindsay (Chabert) and Brad (Wolf) Morgan travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother, Jo, a big family secret is revealed.

Nov. 19: “Holiday Hotline”

Emily Tennant and Niall Matter star in a story about Abby (Tennant) who, after leaving London, connects with an anonymous caller while working at a cooking hotline. The caller is single dad “John” (Matter), who Abby unknowingly has become smitten with in real life.

Nov. 23: “Catch Me If You Claus”

Italia Ricci and Luke Macfarlane are paired in this fun and newsy story. Avery Quinn (Ricci) is an aspiring news anchor who’s finally getting her big break on her station’s Christmas morning newscast. But that’s put in jeopardy when she captures an intruder in her home wearing a red suit claiming to be Chris (Macfarlane), Santa’s son, who is on his first mission. A night of adventure ensues as they find themselves being pursued by the police as well as some shady characters. Along the way, they connect over living in the shadow of their parents and inspire each other to go after their dreams.

Nov. 24: “Letters to Santa”

Katie Leclerc and Rafael de la Fuente star in this magical movie. When young siblings receive a magic pen from Santa that appears to be granting wishes, they request a Christmas gift they want more than anything — for their separated parents (Leclerc, de la Fuente) to reunite.

Nov. 24: “Holiday Road”

Sara Canning joins with Warren Christie. When bad weather leaves each of them stranded at the airport for the holidays, a tech entrepreneur (Christie), a travel writer (Canning), a devoted mother (Enid-Raye Adams) and her son (Kiefer O’Reilly), a stubborn senior (Trevor Lerner), an enigmatic woman with a hint of mystery (Brittany Willacy), a couple traveling from Hong Kong (Sharon Crandall, Ryan Mah) and a social media influencer (Princess Davis) all agree to rent a shared van to embark on a road trip to Denver. When their unexpected journey brings them into uncharted territory, they navigate a series of misadventures together and form a deeper bond that just might change the trajectories of each of their lives. Inspired by true events.

Nov. 25: “Christmas in Notting Hill”

This film stars Sarah Ramos and William Moseley (no, not Hugh Grant, ladies!). Famous soccer star Graham Savoy (Moseley) has always been too busy for love, but when he comes home to Notting Hill for Christmas, he changes his mind after meeting Georgia (Ramos) — a visiting American and the one person who has no idea who he is.

Nov. 25: “Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up”

This is another holiday film with Chabert, who joins with Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Ellen Travolta, Seth Morris and Jennifer Aspen. As the holidays approach, Emily (Chabert) and Jared (Brown) are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again, this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane’s uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned (Tobolowsky), Mary Louise (Travolta) and Pamela (Peterman) to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the best yet — even if being the HOA president’s girlfriend doesn’t stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty (Morris, Aspen), it looks like this year’s competition is about to heat up. As the welcoming committee prepares for the new arrivals, only one thing is certain — this Christmas, Evergreen Lane is going to sleigh!

Nov. 26: “Our Christmas Mural”

Alex Paxton-Beesley and Dan Jeannotte join together for this holiday story about Olivia (Paxton-Beesley), a single mom who returns home for Christmas. Her mom secretly enters her into a mural contest; she wins but partners with teacher Will (Jeannotte) to create a Christmas masterpiece.

Nov. 26: “A Biltmore Christmas”

Starring Bethany Joy Lenz, Kristoffer Polaha, Jonathan Frakes and Robert Picardo, this is an entertaining tale about Lucy Hardgrove (Lenz), a screenwriter, who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved holiday movie classic “His Merry Wife!,” which was filmed in 1947 at beautiful, historic Biltmore House. When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of “His Merry Wife!” through the help of an hourglass. While on set, she and Jack Huston (Polaha), one of the film’s stars, spend time together and become close. But her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever.

Almost Christmas. Here’s the December lineup:

Dec. 1: “My Norwegian Holiday”

Rhiannon Fish and David Elsendoorn are paired in this film. JJ (Fish), grieving the loss of her grandmother and seeking dissertation inspiration, stumbles upon an unexpected holiday destiny. Meeting Henrik (Elsendoorn), a Norwegian from Bergen, their connection deepens when he discovers she has a troll figurine from his hometown. To explore the troll’s history and her grandmother’s ties, JJ agrees to join Henrik on a journey to Norway. In Bergen, they’re drawn into Henrik’s family Christmas and wedding traditions, with his sister’s wedding the day before Christmas Eve. JJ embarks on a holiday adventure, uncovering the troll’s origins and finding her own path to healing, love and family.

Dec. 2: “A Not So Royal Christmas”

Brooke D’Orsay and Will Kemp star as a tabloid journalist Charlotte (D’Orsay) who attempts to land an interview with a reclusive count. In response, the royal family has a groundskeeper (Kemp) pose as the count since the real one fled years ago.

Dec. 3: “Christmas with a Kiss” (working title)

This film stars Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr. and Jaime M. Callica in a Mahogany presentation. A woman (Morgan) returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival and romance ignites. A photo journalist (Rowe) curates a surprise reunion.

Dec. 8: “Magic in Mistletoe”

Lyndie Greenwood and Paul Campbell join for this magical tale. Harrington (Campbell) is the author of a popular book series but commercial success has left him a bitter recluse. As he returns to his hometown for an annual Christmas festival celebrating his books, he’s joined by April (Greenwood), a publicist for the major publishing house he works with. April is there for damage control after Harrington’s recent comments on social media have ruffled some feathers. But as she gets to know him better, hope springs that April can unlock Harrington’s guarded heart and help him rediscover the spirit of the holiday.

Dec. 9: “Christmas on Cherry Lane”

Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton and Vincent Rodriguez III make up a veteran Hallmark cast. A young couple preparing to welcome their first child (Brotherton, Cahill); an empty-nester (Bell) and her fiancé (Denton) ready to start a new chapter; and a couple (Bennett, Rodriguez III) who unexpectedly have the chance to expand their family on Christmas Eve celebrate the holiday as they navigate these turning points in their lives.

Dec. 10: “Round and Round”

Vic Michaelis, Bryan Greenberg and Rick Hoffman are going in circles. Rachel (Michaelis) is stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her parents’ Hanukkah party. Can Zach (Greenberg), the “nice boy” Grandma’s trying to set her up with, help her make it to tomorrow?

Dec. 15: “The Secret Gift of Christmas” (working title)

Meghan Ory joins Christopher Russell in this take on holiday merchandising. Bonnie (Ory) is a personal shopper who helps her new, widowed client Patrick (Russell) reconnect with his young daughter. Though Bonnie and Patrick’s ideas of shopping couldn’t be more different, she is determined to get Patrick and his daughter everything on their wish list.

Dec. 16: “Sealed with a List”

Katie Findlay and Evan Roderick star in a lighthearted tale. This holiday season, festive Carley (Findlay) sets out to conquer her list of abandoned resolutions from last year. Aided by co-worker Wyatt (Roderick), she finds love and the confidence to chase her dreams.

Dec. 17: “Friends & Family Christmas”

Humberly Gonzalez joins with Ali Liebert for a friendly story. Daniella (Gonzalez) has recently moved to New York to pursue an art career and decides to stay in town to share the holidays with her circle of artist friends, instead of going home to see her sweet, if overbearing parents. Amelia (Liebert) is a talented entertainment lawyer trying to stay focused on her work after a broken engagement. When Daniella and Amelia are set up by their parents, they agree to pretend that they are dating, to appease them for the holidays. However, as they spend time in each other’s worlds, they soon build a connection that is deeper than either of them could have hoped for.

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