Hallmark Channel invites viewers to get into the holiday spirit with ‘Countdown to Christmas,’ starting on November 1, 2014, with a slate of heartwarming holiday movies. ‘Countdown to Christmas’ includes 1300 hours Hallmark’s fan favorites from previous seasons, as well as the World Premieres of the 12 New Movies of Christmas. Brief descriptions of the new holiday movies are listed in this article.
The first of the new holiday movies, “One Starry Christmas,” premieres on Sat., Nov. 1. New holiday movies will premiere every weekend, through Dec. 14. ‘Countdown to Christmas’ programming continues through New Year’s Day, when the 126th Tournament or Roses will air on Hallmark Channel. The parade will be co-hosted by Mark Steines and Cristine Ferrare, host of the daytime lifestyle series “Home & Family,” which will also feature new holiday programs over the season. .
2014 is the network’s biggest and most impressive holiday season, according to a press statement from Hallmark Channel media, in a statement from Michelle Vicary, Hallmark Channel’s Executive Vice President of Programming. “Crown Media Family Networks is the sole owner of Christmas and Hallmark Channel’s beloved ‘Countdown To Christmas’ has become an annual destination and a fundamental part of millions of families’ holiday celebrations. The holidays are the most magnetic time of year and this year’s programming promises to deliver above and beyond any standard the network has ever set. There is no stronger connection to viewers than the Hallmark brand to celebrate every aspect of Christmas, especially on television,”
Following are Hallmark’s new holiday movies, premiering during “Countdown to Christmas.” All of the new movies premiere on the designated days at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C.
“One Starry Christmas,” premiering Sat., Nov. 1, stars Sarah Carter and George Canyon in a romance about a woman (Carter) who is charmed by a cowboy (Canyon) while on holiday and has to decide between the adventurous cowboy or the safety of her practical boyfriend. One Starry Night a holiday romance on Hallmark
“The Nine Lives of Christmas,” premiering Sat., Nov. 8, star Brandon Routh and Gregory Harrison, in a romance about a commitment wary fireman who adopts a stray cat and meets an attractive veterinary student.
“A Cookie Cutter Christmas,” premiering Sun., Nov. 9, stars Erin Krakow (“When Calls the Heart”) and Alan Thicke, in a movie about two elementary school teachers, and long-time rivals, who feud over a cookie cutter contest and an attractive single dad.
“Northpole,” premiering Sat., Nov. 15, stars Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Max Charles, ‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover, Robert Wagner and Jill St. John. Santa and his elves work to restore Christmas spirit in a too-busy world. Northpole a magical holiday movie on Hallmark Channel
“Angels and Ornaments,” premiering Sun., Nov. 16, stars Jessalyn Gilsig in a romance about a woman who is helped by a mysterious stranger with a deadline.
“A Royal Christmas,” premiering Sat., Nov. 22, stars Jane Seymour, Lacey Chabert and Katherine Flynn. A commoner fights for acceptance from her future mother-in-law, a real ice-queen. A Royal Christmas a holiday romance on Hallmark Channel
“The Christmas Shepherd,”premiering Sun., Nov. 23, stars Teri Polo in a romance about an army widow who loses her late husband’s German Shepherd, Buddy, only to find he has been adopted by a single father. The Christmas Shepherd a holiday movie for dog lovers on Hallmark Channel
“Christmas Under Wraps,” premiering Sat., Nov. 29, stars Candace Cameron-Bure as a doctor who moves to Alaska when she does not get the prestige position she coveted. Christmas Under Wraps hits record ratings for Hallmark Channel
“One Christmas Eve,” premiering Nov. 30, stars Anne Heche as a newly single mother experiencing a disastrous Christmas. “One Christmas Eve” stars Anne Heche
“Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle,” premiering Sat., Dec. 6, stars Rob Morrow as an an angel sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who has lost her beloved father. ‘Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle’ stars Rob Morrow
“Christmas At Cartwright’s,” premiering Sun., Dec. 7, stars Alicia Witt and Wally Shawn. A struggle single mother goes to work as a department store Santa Claus and encounters a real-life angel.
“Best Christmas Party Ever,”premiering Sat., Dec. 13, stars Torrey DeVitto. A department store planner battles a corporation that threatens to shut down her Christmas party.
“The Christmas Parade,” premiering Sun., Dec. 14, stars AnnaLynne McCord and Drew Scott. A media personality finds seclusion in a small town and helps plan the Christmas parade.