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Hallmark starts its 'Countdown to Christmas' with new movies

It’s Halloween weekend and you know what that means on TV – it’s time for Christmas movies.

Yes, the Hallmark Channel is again kicking off its popular “Countdown to Christmas” holiday movie extravaganza on Halloween weekend. This year, Hallmark will air 1,500 hours of holiday fare starting with the premiere of “A Wish for Christmas” at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and continuing nearly non-stop through Jan. 1.

There will be 19 new original movies including the 255th movie in the 65-year history of the Hallmark Hall of Fame and the first produced by Crown Media Production. Additionally, Hallmark’s sister station, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, begins its holiday programming Nov. 6 with the first of seven new movies.

Hallmark stars Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Dylan Neal, Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow, Brennan Elliott and Cameron Mathison each have a holiday movie this season. Hallmark viewers also will be happy to note the return of Wes Brown, Alicia Witt, Danica McKellar, David Haydn-Jones and Rachel Boston.

Here’s a quick look at the premieres.

Oct. 29: “A Wish for Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. After her big idea is stolen by her boss, a woman’s wish to speak her mind is granted by Santa for 48 hours. Starring Lacey Chabert and Paul Greene.

Luke MacFarlane and Jaime King star in "The Mistletoe Promise." (Credit Crown Media/Ryan Plummer)

Luke MacFarlane and Jaime King star in "The Mistletoe Promise." (Credit Crown Media/Ryan Plummer)

Nov. 5: “The Mistletoe Promise,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Two strangers make a pact to get through the holidays together by pretending to be a couple. Starring Jaime King and Luke MacFarlane. Based on the bestselling novel by Richard Paul Adams.

Nov. 6: “Love Always, Santa,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. A girl asks Santa to help her widowed mom find love. Starring Marguerite Moreau and Mike Faiola.

Nov. 12: “Every Christmas Has a Story,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. A TV personality who slips up and says she hates Christmas on the air, tries to repair her image by doing a story in the “Most Christmas-y” town in America where she has to work with her ex-boyfriend. Starring Lori Loughlin, Colin Ferguson and Willie Aames.

Nov. 13: “Christmas Cookies,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. A businesswoman sent to shut down a Christmas cookie company faces a big dose of small-town holiday spirit and an owner determined to keep the factory open. Starring Jill Wagner and Wes Brown.

Nov. 13: “Finding Father Christmas,” 9 p.m. on HM&M. A woman following clues to find the father she never knew, has to make a difficult decision when she locates him in a small town. Starring Erin Krakow, Niall Matter and Wendie Malick.

Danica McKellar stars in "My Christmas Dream," premiering on Nov. 19 on Hallmark Channel. (Credit Crown Media/Ryan Plummer)

Danica McKellar stars in "My Christmas Dream," premiering on Nov. 19 on Hallmark Channel. (Credit Crown Media/Ryan Plummer)

Nov. 19: “My Christmas Dream,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Hoping to land a coveted job at a Paris shop, a department store manager asks a recently fired artist to help her create a winning holiday window display. Starring Danica McKellar, David Haydn-Jones and Deidre Hall.

Nov. 20: “A December Bride,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. A woman attending her cousin’s wedding to her ex-fiance gets swept up in a fake engagement that may help her land a big client. Based on the book by Denise Hunter. Starring Jessica Lowndes, Daniel Lissing.

Nov. 20: “Operation Christmas,” 9 p.m. on HM&M. After a single mother’s new boyfriend is deployed before Christmas, her family pitches in to help struggling military families. Starring Tricia Helfer and Mark Blucas.

Nov. 23: “Broadcasting Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Two TV anchors vying for the same promotion have two weeks to find the most meaningful Christmas stories. Starring Dean Cain and Melissa Joan Hart.

Nov. 24: “Christmas in Homestead,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. A famous actress filming a holiday movie in a small town might just learn the true meaning of Christmas and romance. Starring Taylor Cole and Michael Rady.

Nov. 25: “Christmas List,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. When her boyfriend doesn’t show for a storybook Christmas she planned, a woman finds it challenging to fulfill her holiday tradition list. Starring Alicia Witt and Gabriel Hogan.

Nov. 26: Hallmark Hall of Fame: “A Heavenly Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. After her untimely death, a workaholic has to help a struggling musician heal family wounds to become a Christmas angel. Starring Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack and Shirley MacLaine.

Nov. 27: “Journey Back to Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. This time-travel romance finds a World War II nurse transported to 2016 where she meets a man who helps her discover the timelessness of Christmas. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson and Tom Skerritt.

Nov. 27: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” 9 p.m. on HM&M. When her estranged dad shows up with his dog, a young assistant district attorney invites him to stay until Christmas as they work through their problems. Starring James Brolin, Mena Suvari and John Reardon.

Dec. 3: “A Dream of Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Wishing to be single again, an unhappy woman wakes to a new life that she soons learn isn’t her dream life. Starring Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker.

Dec. 4: “Looks Like Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. A mom nicknamed Christmas Carol for her over-the-top handling of the holidays and the school pageant, meets her match with the arrival of a new single dad. Starring Anne Heche and Dylan Neal.

Dec. 4: “Hearts of Christmas,” 9 p.m. on HM&M. An executive looking to cut costs by eliminating jobs at a hospital has a change of heart after seeing nurses work with premature babies. Starring Emilie Ullerup, Kristoffer Polaha and Sharon Lawrence.

Dec. 10: “A Nutcracker Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. When her niece achieves her dream of performing in “The Nutcracker,” a former ballet star faces the man she felt betrayed her years earlier. Starring Amy Acker, Sophia Lucia and Sascha Radetsky.

Dec. 11: “Love You Like Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. An executive’s car trouble lands her in Christmas Valley, where strangers help her see a new side to her life. Starring Bonnie Somerville and Brennan Elliott.

Dec. 11: “The Sound of Christmas,” 9 p.m. on HM&M. A music teacher and single dad who meet at a Christmas tree lot work together to save her school when they learn his company is buying the building. Starring Lindy Booth and Robin Dunne.

Dec. 17: “My Christmas Love,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. A woman tries to solve the mystery of who is sending her gifts from the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Starring Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo and  Gregory Harrison.

Dec. 18: “Sleigh Bells Ring,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Working on the town’s Christmas parade in hopes of a promotion, a single mom finds an old sleigh that seems to possess some holiday magic. Starring Erin Cahill and David Alpay.

Dec. 18: “A Christmas to Remember,” 9 p.m. on HM&M. Waking with amnesia after crashing her car in a blizzard, a TV personality is taken in by a widower and his three kids. Starring Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison.

Dec. 25: “When Calls the Heart Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. This two-hour movie, based on the Hallmark TV series, finds the residents of Hope Valley creating a holiday for displaced settlers after a peddler teaches them lessons about giving. Starring Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner and Lori Loughlin.

Jan. 1: “A Rose for Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. After her dad falls ill, an artist has to supervise the creation of a Rose Parade float where she clashes with a businessman. Starring Rachel Boston.

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