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Hallmark ‘Countdown to Christmas’ December 2023 Lineup — The Joy Continues

There will be nine new movies in December, and this is your guide to them all, from plot lines to who's who!


If you spent much of your November glued to the television screen for the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movie offerings, you haven’t seen anything yet. What follows is our look at the Christmas flicks for December, a total of nine of them between December 1st’s My Norwegian Holiday and December 17th’s Friends and Family Christmas. Let’s face it, nobody does Christmas like Hallmark, and they’re ready to prove it to you all over again with the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas in December.

My Norwegian Holiday (December 1)

Grieving the loss of her grandmother and looking for inspiration for a dissertation she has to write, J.J. (Rhiannon Fish) comes across Norweigna Henrik (David Elsendoorn), whose discovery of a troll figurine from his hometown leads to a deepening connection between the two of them that dovetails perfectly with Christmas and his sister’s wedding.

You may recognize Rhiannon Fish from: Hallmark films Remembering Love and You’re Bacon Me Crazy as well as the TV series The 100.

You may recognize David Elsendorn from: His role as Dutch footballer Jasn Mass in Ted Lasso.

A Not So Royal Christmas (December 2)

Brooke D’orsay is tabloid journalist Charlotte, who is trying to land an interview with a reclusive count. What she doesn’t know is that the count took off a long time ago, but his family attempts to keep the illusion of him alive by having Will Kemp‘s role of the groundskeeper pretend to be royalty. Bet you can’t guess what happens next.

You may recognize Brooke D’orsay from: Hallmark movies A Fabled Holiday, Wedding of a Lifetime!, A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love.

You may recognize Will Kemp from: Hallmark films The Dancing Detective: A Deadly Tango and Christmas Waltz.

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Christmas with a Kiss (December 3)

When Mona (Mishael Morgan) returns to her home town for Christmas, photo journalist Dez (Ronnie Rowe, Jr.) reunites her with Fletcher (Jamie M. Callica), a love from her past.

You may recognize Mishael Morgan from: Her roles of Hilary Curtis and Amanda Sinclaire on The Young and the Restless, a show that garnered her the first Daytime Emmy Award for a black actress.

You may recgonize Ronnie Rowe, Jr. from: The Hallmark movie Jingle Bell Bride as well as Star Trek: Discovery and In Contempt.

You may recognize Jamie M. Callica from: Such TV shows as Batwoman, Nancy Drew, Wayward Pines and UnREAL.

Magic in Mistletoe (December 8)

Paul Campbell and Lyndie Greenwood
Paul Campbell and Lyndie Greenwood in Magic in Mistletoe© and courtesy Hallmark Channel

Reclusive mega-successful author Harrington (Paul Campbell) returns to his home town for Christmas followed by his publicist, April (Lyndie Greenwood), who is there to do damage control as a result of his recent controversial comments. What they find is a growing connection between them.

You may recognize Paul Campbell from: Hallmark movies Christmas by Starlight, Wedding Every Weekend, The Last Bridesmaid, Surprised by Love, Hearts of Christmas and A Godwink Christmas.

You may recognize Lindie Greenwood from: The TV shows Sleepy Hollow and Nikita, as well as the Hallmark film Girlfriendship.

Christmas on Cherry Lane (December 9)

On Christmas Eve a group of characters are going through life-changing experiences, among them a young couple preparing to welcome their first child, an empty-nester and her fiance beginning a new chapter in their lives, and a couple who is unexpectedly given the opportunity to expand their family. The cast includes Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton and Vincent Rodriguez.

You may recognize Catherine Bell from: Jag, Army Wives and Hallmark’s The Good Witch.

You may recognize Jonathan Bennett from: Hallmark films The Christmas House, Wedding of a Lifetime and The Holiday Sitter.

You may recognize John Brotherton from: Hallmark movies The Christmas Contest and Lights, Camera, Christmas!.

You may recognize Erin Cahill from: Hallmark movies Christmas Bedtime Stories, Hearts in the Game and Every Time a Bell Rings.

You may recognize James Denton from: Desperate Housewives, The Good Witch and Hallmark movies Stranded in Paradise and For Love & Honor.

You may recognize Vincent Rodriquez III from: TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Insatiable and With Love.

Round and Round (December 10)

Pictured: Vic Michaelis, Bryan Greenberg Hallmark Countdown to Christmas December
Pictured: Vic Michaelis, Bryan Greenberg in Round and Round. Hallmark Countdown to Christmas December ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Craig Minielly

A nice mixture of sci-fi and romance as Rachel (Vic Michaelis) finds herself in a time loop, resulting in her continually reliving her parents’ Hanukkah party. The only way out may be Zach (Bryan Greenberg), a “nice boy” that her grandmother has attempted to set her up with.

You may recognize Vic Michaelis from: Amazon Prime’s Upload and non-scripted streaming shows on Dropout TV.

You may recognize Bryan Greenberg from: One Tree Hill, How to Make It in America and the fifth and sixth seasons of The Mindy Project.

The Secret Gift of Christmas (December 15)

Pictured: Christopher Russel and Meghan Ory Hallmark Countdown to Christmas December
Pictured: Christopher Russel and Meghan Ory. Hallmark Countdown to Christmas DecemberCrown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Courtesy Johnson Production Group/Luba Popovic ; Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Astorga

Personal shopper Bonnie (Meghan Ory) has taken on the personal mission of reconnecting the newly widowed Patrick (Christopher Russell) with his daughter. We suspect there may be more than one connection made in this film.

You may recognize Meghan Ory from: Once Upon a Time and the Hallmark films The Memory Book and Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow.

You may recognize Christopher Russell from: Hallmark films Love, Again; Midnight Masquerade, Where Your Heart Belongs, All Summer Long, Love Unleasened and Merry Matrimony.

Sealed with a List (December 16)

Pictured: Katie Findlay and Evan Roderick Hallmark Countdown to Christmas December
Pictured: Katie Findlay and Evan Roderick.Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steven Ackerman ; Hallmark Media/Photographer: Sven Boecker

Carley (Katie Findlay) decides to spend the holiday season achieving the list of resolutions she’d made the year before. Aided by Wyatt (Evan Roderick), a coworker, she is able to follow her dreams and find love.

You may recognize Katie Findlay from: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, How to Get Away with Murder and Nancy Drew.

You may recognize Evan Roderick from: Hallmark movies A Tale of Two Christmases and Autumn in the City.

Friends and Family Christmas (December 17)

Pictured: Humberly Gonzalez and Ali Liebert Hallmark Countdown to Christmas December
Pictured: Humberly Gonzalez and Ali Liebert.IMDb ; Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Astorga

Set up by their parents, entertainment lawyer Amelia (Ali Liebert) and artist Daniella (Humberly Gonzalez) decide to placate them by pretending to be dating during the holidays, but romance blossoms between them.

You may recognize Ali Liebert from: Hallmark films A Gift to Remember, Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2 and Cooking with Love.

You may recognize Humberly Gonzalez from: Killer High, The Dark, Utopia and the Netflix series Ginny and Georgia.

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