Hallmark’s New 2021 Christmas Movies: See the Lineup & Schedule So Far

Hallmark Christmas Movies 2021

Crown Media What we know so far about Hallmark's 2021 Christmas schedule.

Hallmark has officially announced some of the new Christmas movies that are going to premiere on The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this year. However, not all of them have been revealed yet, but Heavy has found details from other sources too to help fill in the gaps. Here’s the roundup of movies that we know so far.

Note that Hallmark sometimes changes movie dates at the last minute, so any of these dates are subject to change.


Danica McKellar & Benjamin Ayres’ ‘You, Me, And the Christmas Trees’ Premieres October 22

Danica McKellar’s new Christmas movie stars Benjamin Ayres and it’s called “You, Me, and the Christmas Trees.” Crown Media announced this will be the first Christmas movie to premiere in the Countdown to Christmas lineup on The Hallmark Channel.

McKellar was filming her new Christmas movie in Canada during a heatwave. She revealed in an Instagram story that filming was almost too much for her because it got so hot. The movie wrapped in mid-August.

Hallmark’s synopsis reads: “Olivia is Connecticut’s resident expert on evergreens who, just days before the holiday, agrees to help Jack, a fourth generation Christmas tree farmer in Avon. A mysterious illness has befallen their firs, causing them to die out and threatening his family’s 100-year business. As Olivia tries to get to the root of the problem and extends her stay in town, she and Jack spend more time together and feelings begin to develop.”


‘Boyfriends of Christmas Past’ Premieres October 23

According to Crown Media’s press release, “Boyfriends of Christmas Past” premieres on October 23 starring Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ayblack, and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. It premieres October 23 on The Hallmark Channel.

The synopsis reads: “Leading up to Christmas, marketing executive, Lauren, is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends. She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate.”


Luke Macfarlane & Heather Hemmens Are Starring in ‘Christmas in My Heart’ on October 23

Luke Macfarlane and Heather Hemmens are starring in “Christmas in My Heart” (whose working title was “Love Song for Noel.”) This movie will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, ET Online reported.

Crown Media confirmed the air date is October 23.

The description for that movie read: “Concert violinist Beth tutors the daughter of reclusive Country music star Sean to prep her for the holiday concert. They are joined through the connective power of music.”


Tamera Mowry-Housley & Paul Campbell Are Starring in ‘The Santa Stakeout’ on October 24

Tamera Mowry-Housley is starring in “The Santa Stakeout” (also called “I Spy Christmas.”) The movie was filmed in Canada and wrapped in mid-August. Paul Campbell and Joe Pantoliano are also starring, according to Crown Media’s press release. The movie is premiering October 24 on The Hallmark Channel.

The synopsis reads: “Tanya is a police detective who is reluctantly partnered with fellow detective Ryan to solve a recent string of heists taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. They go undercover as newlyweds Tasha and Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Miller, the jovial chair of the community’s Christmas committee…and the prime suspect in the case. As Tanya and Ryan partake in the neighborhood’s holiday happenings to keep up appearances and crack the case, they get swept up in Christmas. Before they know it, their cover story as a couple in love starts to become reality.”


‘Christmas in Harmony’ Stars Michelle Williams, Loretta Devine, Ashleigh Murray & Luke James & Premieres October 29

Michelle Williams, Loretta Devine, Ashleigh Murray, and Luke James are starring in “Christmas in Harmony,” which Crown Media has announced is premiering on October 29 on The Hallmark Channel. This movie was filmed in North Carolina and is a music-centered film. One of the locations included downtown Wilmington, Star News Online reported.

The synopsis reads: “Harmony is tricked into auditioning for the Holiday Chorus – directed by an ex-boyfriend. By Christmas Eve, they could be harmonizing in the key of love.”


Ryan Paevey & Janel Parrish Are Starring in ‘Coyote Creek Christmas’ on October 30

Ryan Paevey and Janel Parrish are starring in “Coyote Creek Christmas.” According to IMDb, also starring are Ana-Maria Alvarado, Adriana Ravalli, Daylin Willis, and Manny Hernandez.

Crown Media announced that the movie is premiering on October 30 on The Hallmark Channel.

ET revealed the plot for the new movie, noting that it’s about Paige (Parrish) planning an annual holiday party at her parents’ hotel, called Coyote Creek Inn. Real estate developer Dylan (Paevey) visits the inn with his son. While Paige is hoping to get a big promotion by planning a “Christmas Around the World” event for the guests, she doesn’t realize that her parents are considering selling the inn to Dylan.

The official synopsis simply reads: “A Christmas Around the World party helps two people find love at home.”


Dylan Bruce & Torrey DeVitto Are Starring in ‘The Christmas Promise’ on October 23

Dylan Bruce, Torrey DeVitto, Patrick Duffy, and Greyston Holt are starring in “The Christmas Promise.” The movie is about a woman dealing with grief who’s now renovating a home she was going to share with her fiance. This will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on October 30, according to a Crown Media press release.


‘Christmas Sail’ with Katee Sackhoff Premieres October 31

Another Hallmark movie in the works is called “Christmas Sail.” It’s about a woman who enters a Christmas boat parade to try to save her family home.

According to Crown Media’s press statement, the movie stars Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, and Terry O’Quinn and is premiering October 31 on The Hallmark CHannel.

The synopsis reads: “When Liz returns home to take care of her estranged father she is determined to give her daughter a perfect Christmas and reconnects with her best friend.”


Brennan Elliott & Alison Sweeney Are Starring in ‘Open By Christmas’ on November 5

Brennan Elliott and Alison Sweeney are starring in “Open By Christmas” (with the working title “Christmas Be Mine.”) Sweeney first revealed on an Instagram video that Elliott was her co-star. Erica Durance is also starring.

On Twitter in August, Elliott revealed that he would be starring in a Christmas movie this year with a “special lady who I’ve never worked with before.”

Early reports from the cast indicated the movie would premiere on November 6, but Crown Media’s official announcement places the movie as airing on November 5 on The Hallmark Channel, one day earlier. The synopsis reads: “When Nicky finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer, she and her best friend Simone search to find and thank the anonymous author.”


Christopher Lloyd Is Starring in ‘Next Stop Christmas’ on November 6

Christopher Lloyd is starring in “The Christmas Train” (also called “Next Stop Christmas”) alongside Lyndsy Fonseca, Eric Freeman, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, and more.

The movie is filming in Connecticut.

In a press announcement, Hallmark revealed the movie will air on November 6 on The Hallmark Channel.

The synopsis reads: “Angie wonders what her life would be like if she had married a former boyfriend who became a famous sportscaster. She takes the train home to spend Christmas with her family and inexplicably finds herself 10 years in the past. With the advice of the train’s enigmatic conductor, Angie has the chance to revisit that Christmas and learn what –and who –is truly important to her.”


‘A Mrs. Miracle Christmas’ Is Premiering on Hallmark Mysteries on November 6

Hallmark’s also airing a new “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle Christmas,” starring Caroline Rhea, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Steve Lund. This will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on November 6.

The synopsis reads: “When a family faces loneliness and loss of faith, Mrs. Miracle swoops in to renew their Christmas Spirit, and they experience a holiday of heavenly proportions.”


Jordin Sparks & Michael Xavier Are Starring in ‘A Christmas Treasure’ on November 7

The first 2021 Christmas movie officially announced by Hallmark was “A Christmas Treasure” starring Michael Xavier and “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks. Sparks’ original Christmas song, “Oh, It’s Christmas,” will be featured in the movie. She will also perform two classic Christmas songs during the movie: “This Christmas” and “Oh Holy Night.”

Deadline shared this synopsis for the movie: “After opening a 100-year-old time capsule and finding her grandfather’s old journal, Lou (Sparks) questions whether she should move to New York after Christmas to further her writing career or stay in Pine Grove to carry on her family’s local newspaper. Charming chef, Kyle (Xavier), is also at a crossroads, visiting Pine Grove for the holidays. When Lou and Kyle meet, they both have doubts about their future, but the magic of the holiday season and the connection they have, helps each of their journeys.”

Crown Media shared in a statement that the movie is airing on November 7 on The Hallmark Channel.


All the movies listed below either don’t have premiere dates or have tentative premiere dates that have not yet been confirmed by Crown Media.


Bruce Campbell & Eloise Mumford’s ‘One December Night’ Will Likely Air November 13

Bruce Campbell and Eloise Mumford are filming a Christmas movie for Hallmark called “One December Night” (the original working title was “Duet.”) The movie has a tentative release date of November 13 on The Hallmark Channel, but that could change. It’s filming in the Goshen region of New York in Orange County.

According to IMDb, the movie also stars Peter Gallagher, Brett Dalton, Didi Conn, Jenna Stern, Andrew Durand, Julia Blanchard, Beth Fowler, Mark Kenneth Smaltz, Sinclair Daniel, and Jasmine Forsberg.


Erin Cahill & Wes Brown Are Starring in ‘Every Time a Bell Rings’, Possibly Premiering November 18

Erin Cahill and Wes Brown are starring in “Every Time a Bell Rings” (previously called “The Search for Christmas”) The Advocate reported. It’s about three sisters who grow apart and how they find their way back together because of Christmas. The movie is expected to air in late November to mid-December, and it was filmed in Mississippi. A local town even hosted a fundraiser that included auctioning three roles in the movie.

The Natchez Democrat reported that the movie was premiering on November 18. However, a press statement from Crown Media did not give a premiere date, and also noted that this is going to be exclusive to Hallmark Movies Now.

The synopsis reads: “Three sisters reunite in their hometown of Natchez, MS at Christmas after a long time apart. They’re surprised to discover their late father had planned one last scavenger hunt for them to find the family’s wooden wishing bell, a beloved, annual holiday tradition when they were young. As they search for clues in the days leading up to Christmas, the trio visits local childhood haunts around Natchez that hold special meaning for them. In the process, their sisterly bond is rekindled and each learns an important lesson about what they want in life and in love.”


Trevor Donovan & Sarah Power’s ‘Nantucket Noel’ Might Premiere on November 19

Trevor Donovan and Sarah Power (Abigail from “Good Witch”) are filming “Nantucket Noel.” The movie is also being referred to as “Let It Snow.” Kirsten Hansen wrote and will be directing the movie.

Hansen wrote about the movie: “We’ve locked the most beautiful coastal locations, the story will hopefully touch your heart, make you laugh, swoon, and maybe even cry 🤞🏼, and our lead cast is just… sigh. 😍🙊 This has been such a rewarding experience with an incredible team and we haven’t even started shooting yet. Thank you, Universe. 🙏🏼”

The movie is currently scheduled to premiere on The Hallmark Channel on November 19, 2021, Hansen revealed on Instagram. The date is subject to change, as Crown Media has not confirmed the date.

In an Instagram story shared by both Donovan and Hansen, Hansen revealed that there will be a magical element to the new movie.


Niall Matter & Laura Vandervoort Are Starring in ‘Christmas Together With You’ with a Possible Premiere Date of November 20

Niall Matter and Laura Vandervoort are starring in “Christmas Alone Together” (also called “Christmas Together With You.”) According to IMDb, the movie is premiering on November 20 and also stars Harry Lennix and Liza Huget. However, Crown Media has not confirmed the premiere date.

The movie filmed in Canada in August, including downtown Vernon, FR24 News reported.


‘The Nine Kittens of Christmas’ Has a Possible Premiere Date of November 25

According to IMDb, the sequel to “The Nine Lives of Christmas,” called “The Nine Kittens of Christmas,” will be airing on November 25, 2021, on Thanksgiving Day. The date is subject to change, as it hasn’t been confirmed by Crown Media. This movie will air on The Hallmark Channel.

Brandon Routh will return as Zachary and Kimberley Sustad will return as Marilee. Gregory Harrison is also returning. David Winning will direct the movie.

This sequel has been in the works for more than a year. In July 2020, Sustad shared with The Bubbly Sesh podcast that she was already working on the sequel.

At the end of the podcast, Sustad said:

‘The Nine Lives of Christmas’ sequel is underway, in development, and it’s looking good. … We’re very excited. I’m really excited to put that character back on. Obviously, we’ve had some apprehension because of how popular it is, and Hallmark is very aware of it. … And I love that there’s been a lot of time in between. But it’s also nervewracking because there’s a lot of buildup. But no matter what, I think it will be very nostalgic and in the true manner of the voice and the feeling of that movie. It’ll just be us… We’ll be there…

Hallmark’s synopsis reads: “Cat lovers Zachary and Marilee are thrown back together at Christmas when they’re tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.”


Candace Cameron Bure Is Starring in ‘The Christmas Contest’ with a Possible Premiere Date of November 28

Candace Cameron Bure’s new movie is called “The Christmas Contest,” according to ACFC West’s update. Filming is expected to wrap on October 1. The name could change by the time the movie premieres, since Crown Media has listed this as the working title. This will air on The Hallmark Channel.

According to an IMDb listing, Barbara Niven is slated to star as Donna in the movie, along with John Brotherton who will star as Ben.

IMDb currently lists the premiere date as being November 28, 2021, which would have the movie airing Thanksgiving weekend. The date is subject to change, because Crown Media’s press statement did not list a premiere date. The statement did list John Brotherton and Barbara Niven as co-starring.

The synopsis reads: “Exes Lara and Ben compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. The city watches them battle and choose what is more important, victory or love.”


‘Making Spirits Bright’ Has a Tentative Date of December 1

Director David Bercovici-Artieda has been posting on Instagram about the Hallmark movie that’s currently called “Making Spirits Bright.” The movie is filming in Vancouver. According to IMDb, this movie is premiering on December 1. The date is subject to change, because Crown Media hasn’t included the movie in its official press statements yet.

John Cassini is starring. IMDb lists Jennifer Kathreen Larson, Jaden Oehr, and Marlee Walchuk as also being part of the cast.

It was originally called “All Is Bright.”

IMDb notes the following as the plot synopsis: “Grace and Tony are from two separate families who are in the business of decorating homes for Christmas. Unfortunately they have also been in feud for as long as anyone can remember. But this holiday season they must try to find a way to get everyone to work together in order to win a town competition that could save their livelihoods.”


‘A Dickens of a Holiday!’ Has a Tentative Premiere Date of December 5

“A Dickens of a Holiday!” (also known as “The Christmas Stand-In”) has a tentative premiere date of December 5. Paul Ziller (of “A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love”) is directing this movie. However, Crown Media has not yet confirmed this movie on its schedule.


Train’s Hallmark Movie, ‘Christmas in Tahoe,’ Will Premiere in December

Train is filming a Christmas movie for The Hallmark Channel that’s based on their own holiday album. In an interview on Audacity’s 96.5 TIC (Hartford), for the show “Christine & Salt,” Train’s Pat Monahan revealed that their holiday movie will premiere in December.

Monahan said during the interview:

We have a Christmas album that’s made. It’s called ‘Christmas in Tahoe’ and we add songs to it as time goes on. The album’s been out for about five years. But we’re shooting a movie for the album, called ‘Christmas in Tahoe,’ that will come out this Christmas on Hallmark…

The remainder of the movies below do not yet have tentative premiere dates. 

Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.


Lacey Chabert & Stuart Townsend Are Starring in an Overseas Castle-Themed Movie

Lacey Chabert is filming a castle-themed movie for Christmas in Europe. The movie was originally referred to as “Christmas at Castle Leslie” and now it’s being called “Christmas at Castle Hart.” The movie also stars Stuart Townsend. Additional stars’ names haven’t been released yet.

A post by West Coast Casting, which does casting calls for productions “in the West of Ireland,” requested extras for the movie while it films in Clare and Limerick in September.

Hallmark’s synopsis reads: “Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots. While there, she meets Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough. Mistaken for an elite event planner, she’s hired to host his castle’s epic Christmas party.”

This will air on The Hallmark Channel.


Tyler Hynes Is Starring in ‘An Unexpected Christmas’ with Bethany Joy Lenz

Tyler Hynes is filming “An Unexpected Christmas” with “One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Lenz.

The synopsis reads:

Jamie (Hynes) hasn’t told his family that he and his now ex-girlfriend Emily (Lenz) broke up. After an inopportune run-in with Emily at the train station in his hometown, Jamie convinces her to pretend they’re still a couple to avoid ruining Christmas for his family. Jamie and Emily engage in a week-long ruse of participating in his family’s holiday activities together. While they’re stuck in his family’s home, the pair discovers their relationship might still have some potential, resulting in a very unexpected Christmas.

Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.


Ashley Williams & Her Sister Kimberly Williams-Paisley Are Starring in Two Back-to-Back Movies

Ashley Williams and her sister Kimberly Williams-Paisley are starring in two back-to-back Christmas movies for Hallmark. These movies have been referred to as “Christmas at the Madison” and as “Sister Swap.” In March, Fox 13 reported that the two movies would be filmed back-to-back in Utah in April.

People reported that the movies will now be called “Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday” and “Sister Swap: Christmas in the City.”

Production List provided more details about the movies. The synopsis for “Christmas at the Madison: Part 2: Meg” reads: “The younger sister Meg travels to Salt Lake City, Utah to help Jennifer’s restaurant staff win an annual Christmas party competition despite the conflicting opinions of the handsome but stern General Manager, John.”

Crown Media has confirmed the movies will air on The Hallmark Channel, and confirmed that they will co-star Mark Deklin, Keith Robinson, Susan Yeagley, and Kevin Nealon.


Holly Robinson Peete Is Starring in ‘The Christmas Bond’

Holly Robinson Peete is starring in “The Christmas Bond,” which will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The movie also stars Nik Sanchez and Lyriq Bent, Variety reported. It’s about a single mother and her teenage son with autism. A premiere date has not yet been set.

According to Crown Media’s press release, the synopsis reads: “As a single mom and her teenaged son with autism come to a crossroad during Christmas, she must learn to let go so he can flourish as she finds her own heart healing in unexpected ways.”


‘The Christmas House’ Is Getting a Sequel

“The Christmas House” is also getting a sequel. According to BC Local News, the sequel is filming in Canada. Photos shared by the publication revealed Robert Buckley and Mattia Castrillo on set, and Jonathan Bennett revealed that he was also filming a new movie that he couldn’t give the details about yet.

Now Crown Media has confirmed the movie is premiering, with a working title of “Deck Those Halls.” The movie will also star Ana Ayora, Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, and Brad Harder. The synopsis reads: “The Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas House.” This will air on The Hallmark Channel.


Paul Greene Is Filming a Christmas Movie

In mid-September, Paul Greene shared that he was getting ready to film a new Christmas movie.

“I haven’t gotten clarity yet if I can share about my co-star yet,” he told his fans on Instagram. “I’m not sure if I’m allowed to, so I’ve just got to be careful. Wouldn’t want to ruin any surprises or anything, ya know?”

Some sources list the name of the movie as “Christmas CEO,” but this has not yet been confirmed. Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.


‘Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas’ Is on the Schedule

The fourth “Time” movie helmed by Blake Shelton is premiering this year on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. This one is called “Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas.” This is rumored to be starring Jessy Schram, but that’s not yet confirmed. The movie is listed on Production Weekly’s publication.


Merritt Patterson & Jon Ecker Are Starring in a Hallmark Movie

Merritt Patterson and Jon Ecker are also starring in a new Hallmark Christmas movie.

It’s currently called “Gingerbread Miracle” but few details are known about this one. Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.


Andrew Walker Is Starring in ‘My Family Christmas Tree’

Andrew Walker is also starring in a Christmas movie, currently called “My Family Christmas Tree.”

He wrote on Instagram: “This script was already a special one, but I think it’s going to come together even better than we imagined. This film is unlike any @hallmarkchannel movie I’ve worked on and I can’t wait for you all to see it. 🎄 🎁”

James Tupper is also starring.

Kendall Cross, Georgia Mae Orchard, Ava Telek, and Aimee Teegarden are also starring, SleepyKittyPaw shared on Twitter.

Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.


James Denton’s Christmas Movie Is Finally Airing

James Denton’s Christmas movie, which was on the schedule in 2020 and then dropped, is finally being filmed and airing. Rod Wilson is also starring. Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.


‘Christmas in Harlem’ Is Being Filmed

SleepyKittyPaw has shared updates on Hallmark’s new movie, “Christmas in Harlem.” The movie will star Eric Scott Ways, Layla Capers, and Chance Smith.

It’s being filmed in Connecticut, Shelton Herald reported.

IMDb does not have many details for the movie as of the time of publication. Hallmark has not yet included this movie in press statements.

There are a few additional rumored movies, but with even fewer details than the previous movies, so they aren’t on the list. There is a rumor that “When Hope Calls” may have a Christmas movie, but that’s also not yet confirmed.

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