Let’s be real here. When it comes to Christmas movies, Hallmark is — and always will be — the undisputed champion. Watching Hallmark’s holiday films — including the cheesy ones, which is like, all of them, but in the best way — is practically the same as being wrapped in a warm hug. They’re the coziest, most nostalgic things in the world of television, and we bet the Ebenezer Scrooges of the world secretly love indulging in them.
This year, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are bringing their A-game by unveiling not just 10, not 20, but a whopping THIRTY FREAKING FOUR original Christmas films, proving once again that they’re the gift that keeps on giving. No, but actually, because this is a step up from last year’s 33 films and 2016’s 28 Yuletide flicks.
Twenty-two out of the 34 movies will premiere on the Hallmark Channel, while the rest will air on its sister network, Entertainment Weekly reports. And we’re so happy to inform you that Christmas will arrive *extra early* this year, as these films will start rolling out before you even put your Halloween decorations out. Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” begins on October 27th, while HMM’s “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” campaign starts on November 4th.
Mark your calendars accordingly.
The holiday fanfare will feature a bunch of familiar faces, including Danica McKellar who starred in last year’s Coming Home for Christmas. Kellie Martin will be at the forefront of HMM’s tentatively titled Vet, which tells “an emotional story of heroism and homecoming.” And I don’t know about you, but that sounds like our type of Christmas jam.
While October is still months and months away, you could always tune into the networks’ half-Christmas specials, which will include re-airings of your favorite Hallmark holiday classics. HMM’s “Gold Crown Christmas” will run from June 29th to July 8th, while the Hallmark Channel’s “Keepsake Christmas” will air from July 6th to July 15th.
Happy early Christmas, people!