Today’s post is entirely self-indulgent – I don’t have a clue if anybody else will enjoy it, but I don’t care because it’s something that I love. We’re talking about the best Hallmark Christmas movies to watch this season, people!
P.S. Nothing says Merry Christmas like The Godfather DVD box set sitting behind me …
But, really – I’m definitely one of those people that gets very into these movies. I usually get through one a night during the holiday season, and more times than not I just have the channel on in the background for noise and cheesy entertainment. Who cares that these movies are downright ridiculous and horribly predictable?! Not me! They’re a great way to get lost for a couple hours. And, even though every network is trying to capitalize on the same concept this year, nobody does it quite like Hallmark!
I made a list of my all-time favorites if you’re new to this cult-following phenomenon, or if there’s one that you haven’t seen yet! Granted there’s SO many out there compared to this short roundup, but these are the ones that I feel like you just have to see.
The best Hallmark Christmas movies to watch this season
The Christmas Cottage. A mystical cottage myth that causes a cynical twenty-something to reconsider her feelings for her best friend’s brother/her ex-love? Well, of course that’s how it works! I love this movie. Like, love, love, LOVE it. Why? Who knows. It just makes my heart happy. From the annoying best friend to the ridiculous maid-of-honor duties (we’ve all been there), to the pure enjoyment of PG holiday fun, it’s all there.
Switched for Christmas. It’s a tale as old as time – twins, of course played by the one and only Candace Cameron-Bure, switch lives and all holiday happiness and mild-drama breaks loose. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve watched this one.
The Christmas Train. This was one of the first Hallmark Christmas movies that got me into the obsession. Dermot Mulroney – hello, silver fox – is a journalist that embarks on a cross-country train ride that he has no idea will force him out of his Grinch-like ways. Not to mention reconnect with his former love, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Plus Danny Glover and Joan Cusack, it’s a star-studded cast not to be missed.
Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe. Oh, Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert) – her hair is still so big but now it’s full of holiday cheer instead of secrets. 😉 Here she plays a successful businesswoman who returns home to reconnect with her father and possibly find love with an old rival. So predictable, yet SO good.
Merry and Bright. Duh, Jodi Sweetin – the key to your failing candy cane’s company success is to release rare flavors of candy canes! But, really – the real star of this movie is the rescue dog that Jodi’s mom is going to surprise her with at the Christmas jubilee.
Christmas at Graceland. Who could resist Kellie Pickler rediscovering her Southern roots and Christmas singing chops? Not me. My only gripe with this movie is her kid. Beyond obnoxious. Like nails on a chalkboard. You’ve been warned.
A Royal Christmas. A commoner falls in love with a royal prince and as a result has to prove herself to who she hopes will be her future mother-in-law – aka THE QUEEN. Sound familiar? Yeah, it has been done 100x over, but who cares. It’s a formula that works and pleases for a reason.
A December Bride. A heartbroken interior designer has to watch her cousin and ex-fiance tie the knot. Then she ends up fake engaged to the guy who introduced said ex-fiance and the cousin, but the fake feelings become real feelings. You know the drill! This is about as cheesy as they come. And, that’s saying something since these all have a high-level of cheese. Yet, I can never turn it off.
A few honorable mentions: A Crown for Christmas; Picture a Perfect Christmas; Jingle Around the Clock; A Dream of Christmas; and Check Inn to Christmas (I’ve only seen the beginning of this one, but it seemed pretty cute!).
You can find a complete schedule on Hallmark’s website. Happy viewing!
Do you have a favorite Hallmark Christmas movie?
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