40 Best Hallmark Christmas Movies, Ranked
Christmas is here. Along with the snow, we’re getting days off from our responsibilities. Sure, we spend those days with our families, because that’s what Christmas is really about. That being said, you may still have some more free time. What are you going to do when everyone is at home, and you need to figure out something a group of people can do?
We have a suggestion—movies! Christmas movies, specifically. Most Christmases, we watch the same films over and over, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Story, but there are other options. Hallmark has some especially great movies to watch, and they show every single year. Most, if not all, are family-friendly, so everyone can gather around the television to watch people fall in love and discover the meaning of Christmas.
Granted, many of them have a very similar plot. A man or woman may not be a fan of Christmas or may even hate the holiday. People get involved, and the main character begins to fall in love with that person. Do they have very similar plots? Yes. Does that mean that we aren’t going to watch them all? Absolutely not. Hallmark movies are the pinnacle of the Christmas season, and we made a list of the cream of the crop. These are the 40 best Hallmark movies you can watch this season. For convenience, we’ve ranked them so you can decide which ones you gotta catch on your days off.
A Gingerbread Romance (2018)
A Gingerbread Romance is a movie everyone can relate to. Who hasn't had to construct a life-sized gingerbread house at work and fallen in love along the way? Am I really the only one? This might be a silly premise, but if you're a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, you're already used to that. And for fans of 90s sitcoms, you might recognize Tia Mowry in the lead role for the film!
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays (2019)
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays is basically The Godfather Part II of Hallmark Christmas movies--it blows the original out of the water. It's got your typical Hallmark love story, but that's not why it's great. What makes it really special is a cameo by Priscilla Presley herself--Elvis' former wife.
Christmas Cookies (2016)
Would it be a Hallmark Christmas movie without a busy and ruthless businesswoman learning the true meaning of the holidays? In that respect, Christmas Cookies does not disappoint. This story follows a corporate agent as she travels to a small town to shut down their cookie factory--but something tells me that a beautiful man and a little Christmas magic are gonna change her mind...
Switched for Christmas (2017)
Switched for Christmas follows a set of twins who are both unhappy with their lives as they switch places with one another in the days leading up to Christmas. And, like always, what would be insane in real life turns into a heartwarming lesson about appreciating what you've got within the context of a Hallmark movie.
The Christmas Cottage (2017)
You've got two people who hate each other and are stranded in a cabin because of snow--clearly someone is falling in love in The Christmas Cottage. The couple stuck with each other couldn't be more different, which basically demands an arranged marriage in the world of Hallmark Christmas movies.
The Sweetest Christmas (2017)
The Sweetest Christmas is about an aspiring baker who enters a baking competition for the prize money, which is needed to start her own business. Unfortunately, things don’t go her way when her oven breaks. She’s forced to borrow her high-school sweetheart’s oven just to make her delicious pastries. Hey, when you're Hallmark, you don't mess with formulaic success.
My Christmas Love (2016)
This movie is many women’s dream, unfortunately. A hopeless romantic can’t seem to find the right man until she suddenly starts receiving anonymous gifts from a possible suitor. Well, she’s gotta solve that mystery, doesn’t she? FYI, the couple is cute as a button in this one, but when are they ever not?
Journey Back to Christmas (2016)
So, this one breaks the mold a little bit. It’s about time travel. A WWII-era nurse is transported to 2016 and meets a man, who helps her find the true meaning of Christmas (of course). What we can say is that the time travel part comes into play when you least expect it—a little bit of mystery there.
The Christmas Train (2017)
The Christmas Train stars Dermott Mulroney, which already has us signed up. He plays a writer who takes a cross-country journey by train. Things are going great until he runs into an old flame. He gets to know everyone on the train and realizes that he may still have feelings for his old girlfriend.
A Crown for Christmas (2015)
Remember Winnie from The Wonder Years? She’s in A Crown for Christmas! This film is about a girl named Allie, who just got fired from her job at a fancy-schmancy hotel. She decides to take a temp gig as a governess. Naturally, she begins to fall for the King.
Let it Snow (2013)
Let It Snow is a film about an executive, Stephanie, who wants nothing more than to shut down the Snow Valley Lodge to transform it into a new hotspot, because it wouldn't be a Hallmark movie without some high-powered executive that hates Christmas. The movie is basically like a real-life How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Catch a Christmas Star (2013)
Fame isn’t everything. Catch a Christmas Star is about Nikki Crandon, a huge pop star, who falls for her high school sweetheart. Now, he’s a single father of two, and still has major feelings for Nikki. The kids see the same thing and decide to play matchmaker. Because nothing says Christmas like your kids being your wingman.
The Christmas Ornament (2013)
Losing a spouse is difficult, but The Christmas Ornament approaches it delicately. This movie is about a woman who has lost her husband, but she’s beginning to get feelings for a new guy. She’s torn between her feelings for her late spouse and the new hunky, Christmas-tree salesman. Let's just hope this new guy is employed outside the holiday season as well.
The Christmas Card (2006)
What about our troops? That’s what The Christmas Card focuses on. While serving in Afghanistan, a (super hot) soldier receives a Christmas card that warms his heart. When he returns to the United States, he searches for the sender. There’s only one issue: she has a boyfriend. I smell holiday adultery afoot.
Finding Christmas (2013)
Finding Christmas is a twist on the usual city-country couple trope. It follows Sean, a big-city ad-man, and Owen, a countryside musician. The two swap homes for a little change, and both fall in love with a woman in their new locales. Oh, love is in the air!
A Royal Christmas (2014)
A Royal Christmas is what you get when you combine Princess Dairies with Christmas. So do with that what you will. It’s about a seamstress who finds out her boyfriend is a prince, and she has to convince the Queen that she’s the right woman for her son. One of our favorite parts of this movie is Jane Seymour, who plays the Queen.
A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)
Fans love this film, but we’re still on the fence due to the premise. A Very Merry Mix-Up is about a woman who goes to her fiancé’s family for Christmas. As time passes, she begins to fall for her future husband's brother. She begins to question her future at that point. It's fun for everyone--except the guy she's probably gonna dump.
Meet the Santas (2005)
An oldie, but a goodie, Meet the Santas is one that everyone should watch this holiday season. The movie is about Nick Clause as he gets ready to tie the knot, but first, he has to impress the in-laws. Meanwhile, he has to hide what he does every Christmas night.
Sleigh Bells Ring (2016)
It’s hard to get in the holiday spirit when you’re a single mother that’s busy with life and planning her hometown Christmas parade. It's a problem that seems to plague most of the women of Hallmark. Thankfully, a handsome woodworker steps in to restore the Christmas sleigh, and he makes her realize she can love again.
Christmas Under Wraps (2014)
This one stars Candace Cameron Bure, who is apparently the only woman who wants to be in a Hallmark movie judging by how many she's made. She plays as Dr. Lauren Brunell, a woman that has every second of her life planned out. Unfortunately, things go awry, and she has to improvise. She becomes the head doctor at a hospital in Alaska, a job she thinks is temporary, but her feelings begin to change when she meets a handsome man with a surprising family secret.
The Mistletoe Promise (2016)
The Mistletoe Promise is based on the best-selling novel by Richard Paul Evans. Two lonely strangers who hate Christmas (how original), decide to make a pact to attend their holiday parties and events together. Only, they figure out that Christmas doesn’t have to be as lonely as they thought.
Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle (2009)
We love Doris Roberts, even if she's in a Hallmark movie. She plays a miracle worker who convinces a widower and his kids’ teacher that it’s alright to fall in love. It’s so sweet and heartwarming, but you may need some tissues for this one.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014)
Christmas might be about peace and love, but in this movie it's more about a monomaniacal goal that would make Captain Ahab blush. A group of coworkers discover a Christmas card, and they’re determined to deliver it—whatever it takes. It’s so heartwarming and sweet that you’ll have to watch it over and over and over.
Christmas Connection (2017)
Christmas Connection isn’t the most original film, so it's in good company on this list. But, like the others, it’s incredibly sweet and sentimental. It’s about a flight attendant who returns a package that was accidentally left behind on her flight. When she goes to deliver the package to the little girl who it belongs to, she misses her Christmas flight home, but she won’t spend the holidays alone.
Christmas at Cartwright's (2014)
Christmas at Cartwright’s stole our heart when we saw Wallace Shawn, aka Mr. Inconceivable (Princess Bride) himself. He plays an angel who sees how a single mother is struggling, and he has to intervene. With a few positive changes, a new man comes into her life, and the possibility of romance is as fresh as the air.
Hear us out. Northpole doesn’t sound like a home run, but it really is. This movie follows an elf named Clementine who visits a small town, where the residents canceled their annual Christmas-lighting ceremony. Why? Because the North Pole is running out of power! It’s goofy and fun to watch in a way that you won’t finish it without a smile.
Every Christmas Has a Story (2016)
Lori Loughlin is the star of Every Christmas Has a Story, but don't worry--she's not bribing anyone. She plays a journalist who accidentally let it slip that she hates Christmas. Well, now she has to repair her image in a town that adores the holiday. Her and her ex-boyfriend, the producer of her show, work on it while the town attempts to change her mind.
November Christmas (2010)
Be prepared: November Christmas is incredibly emotional. Now that your tissues are ready, we can tell you what it’s about. A young girl remains incredibly brave while fighting cancer and this affects everyone around her, including her father who is determined to make her happy.
A Heavenly Christmas (2016)
A Heavenly Christmas is widely regarded as one of the best Hallmark Christmas movies to date. It’s about a workaholic who passes and becomes a Christmas angel for heaven. She’s not too great at it, but she connects with her assigned case: helping a man repair his fractured family. It doesn't get much more Hallmark-y than that.
A Season for Miracles (1999)
A Season for Miracles is a classic, and possibly one of the best Christmas movies out there. Heck, it even beats Miracle on 34th Street...maybe. It’s about a family that consists of two poor, neglected children, their incarcerated mother, and their aunt. She tries to be protective, but there’s only so much she can do. Her goal is to keep them out of the foster system, which gets a little easier when she meets a literal angel.
The Christmas House (2020)
We all want family home for the holidays. In The Christmas House, a mother and father are working through some difficult decisions. To help them, they summon their two grown sons home for Christmas.
The Christmas Waltz (2020)
As one of the popular tropes, a woman is dumped by her fiance a month before her perfect Christmas wedding. She decided to go ahead and take the series of ballroom lessons she had intended for her wedding dance. As you can guess, she is swept off her feet.
Holly & Ivy
There's nothing like love during Christmas. In this case, it's not only a romantic love, but a compassionate love. A contractor helps a woman renovate a house so she can adopt a sick neighbor's two children. This one will have you all in your feels!
Five Star Christmas (2019)
The Ralston family pretends to be guests in their dad's bed and breakfast when a travel writer shows up unexpectedly. The family hopes to receive a good review from the writer. However, Lucy falls for the writer, but can't reveal their secret. We love cuddling up to watch this one!
Holiday for Heroes (2019)
In this Christmas movie fave, the plot follows a woman and a soldier who exchange letters for a whole year before their worlds inevitably collide.
Christmas Town (2019)
In this classic, Lauren stops in a small town where she meets a handsome, single handyman who has a foster kid. She also gets to know many other locals leading up to Christmas. Our hearts could watch this one over and over!
Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018)
With the cliche big city girl being sent to a quaint small town, a New York event planner is sent to organize a small town's Christmas festival. Will she find love? There's pretty much a 100% chance she will.
Frozen in Love (2018)
A hockey player with a bad reputation and a struggling bookstore owner have to team up to help rehabilitate each other's image. Of course, they start off mutually perturbed at each other, but that turns into a mutual attraction. It seems opposites do attract.
A Shoe Addict's Christmas (2018)
Noelle is a holiday hater (ironic name, right?). On Christmas Eve, she finds herself locked in a department store. While there, she meets her guardian angel who introduces her to the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future. What does all this have to do with the handsome fireman who just moved into the apartment above her?
Memories of Christmas (2018)
A young businesswoman travels to her childhood home, intending to sell it. It's Christmastime and she is in her hometown—I think we can see where this is going! She finds renewed love for the holidays.