You may be rolling your eyes at those TV commercials for Black Friday sales long before Thanksgiving, or amazed at how stores are pulling out the Christmas merch even before Trick-or-Treaters take to the streets. But one event that never comes too early is the Hallmark Channel’s annually anticipated Countdown to Christmas, a lineup of 31 original holiday movies that began on October 20, 2023, goes through November, and ends on December 17th.
While we’ve already enjoyed a third of the films of the list, we’re still brimming with anticipation for the premieres this month. Here, we outline all the juicy details — from the plot to the actors to everything in between — for each of the 16 movies airing for Hallmark Countdown to Christmas in November. That way you can plan accordingly (or schedule your DVR) to watch the ones you’re looking forward to the most, and feel those warm-and-fuzzies all month long.
Hallmark Countdown to Christmas November movies
Tune in to the Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in November at 8/ET — with a special movie on Thanksgiving day and a double feature the last weekend in November — to watch each of these feel-good, festive films.
Flipping for Christmas (November 3)
As Christmas approaches, realtor Abigail (Ashley Newbrough) reluctantly agrees to give her sister a hand with a so-called “simple flip” of a home she recently inherited. Difficulties arise — and sparks fly — when the property’s other inheritor, Bo (Marcus Rosner of the hit Hallmark series The Ride), doesn’t necessarily agree with what they’ve got in mind.
You May Recognize Ashley Newbrough From: The Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies Christmas Love Letter, Love Under the Stars, Small Town Christmas and Love in Glacier National: A National Park Romance.
You May Recognize Marcus Rosner From: Hallmark’s Notes of Autumn and Romance to the Rescue.
Never Been Chris’d (November 4)
When best friends Naomi (Janel Parrish) and Liz (Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes) return home for the holidays, they find themselves involved in a romantic triangle with their high school crush, Chris Silver (Tyler Hynes). Beyond making them feel like it’s high school allover again, the situation forces them to take a hard look at their lives and how much they value their friendship with each other.
You May Recognize Janel Parrish From: Hallmark’s Family History Mysteries: Buried Past and Coyote Creek Christmas.
You May Recognize Pascal Mamothe-Kipnes From: The CW’s Charmed and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as well as the the film Heart of Gold.
You May Recognize Tyler Hynes From: Hallmark original movies A Picture of Her, Three Wise Men and a Baby, Time for Hime to Come Home For Christmas and Always Amore. (Click through to our sister site to see more Tyler Hynes Movies.)
The Santa Summit (November 5)
Revelers get together in Santa suits and move around various locations in their town to eat, drink and, of course, be merry at the annual “Santa Summit.” This year, best friends, including Jordin (Hunter King), are all looking for love and just may find it. It’s especially true for Jordin, who encounters a Santa by the name of Liam (Benjamin Hollingsworth), who she sparks with immediately, but then loses in a sea of Santas.
You May Recognize Hunter King From: Hallmark movies Hidden Gems and Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths.
You May Recognize Benjamin Hollingsworth From: A wide variety of TV guest appearances and an upcoming starring role in Hallmark’s A Splash of Love.
Everything Christmas (November 10)
To honor her late grandmother, Lori Jo (Cindy Busby) sets off on a road trip to the place where Christmas is celebrated throughout the year, Yuletide Falls. Accompanying her is roommate Tori (Katherine Barrell), and en route they meet Carl (Corey Sevier) and Jason (Matt Wells). Things go well for the foursome for a time, but then events threaten the spirit of the entire trip.
You May Recognize Cindy Busby From: The TV series Heartland as well as many Hallmark films, including Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Royal Hearts, Love in the Forecast, Romance on the Menu, Chasing Waterfalls and Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance.
You May Recognize Katherine Barrell From: Hallmark’s A Tale of Two Christmases and A Goodwink Christmas: Miracle of Love. On top of that, she directed Flipping for Christmas, which kicks off this list of movies.
You May Recognize Corey Sevier From: Hallmark and Lifetime movies Northern Lights of Christmas, Grounded for Christmas, Love in Translation, The Secret Sauce, Road Trip Romance, The Dog Lovers Guide to Dating and Heart of the Holidays (for which he also served as director).
You May Recognize Matt Wells From: His touring as a singer/songwriter, guest appearances on shows like Designated Survivor, Titans and Schitt’s Creek and the upcoming movie Who’s Yer Father?.
Christmas Island (November 11)
The first private flight being flown by Kate (Rachel Skarsten) is diverted by a snowstorm from Switzerland to Christmas Island. There she meets a traffic controller (Andrew Walker) with whom she must work with in order to lock down her dream job of becoming the family’s pilot.
You May Recognize Rachel Skarsten From: The CW series Batwoman and Hallmark’s The Royal Nanny.
You May Recognize Andrew Walker From: A whole lotta Hallmark movies, among them A Dream of Christmas, The Perfect Catch, My Christmas Family Tree, Christmas on My Mind, and Maple Valley Christmas. (Check out 23 best Andrew Walker movies, ranked)
A Heidelberg Holiday (November 12)
A dream comes true for Heidi Heidelberg (Ginna Claire Mason) when the opportunity presents itself go to Germany to sell her handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market. What she doesn’t expect is to connect with Lukas (Frederic Brossier), who in turn helps her reconnect with her own heritage.
You May Recognize Ginna Claire Mason From: The world of theatre, where she spent years as Glinda in Wicked and been on the national tours of Wicked, Newsies, Flashdance and Duck Commander Musical.
You May Not Recognize Frederic Brossier Unless You Watch German TV: His credits include SOKO Wismar and All You Need.
Navigating Christmas (November 17)
Here’s one way to deal with divorce: Melanie (Chelsea Hobbs) and her son decide to spend Christmas on a remote island, but as things work out, they find themselves running a lighthouse. There, a connection is made with the “curt but cute” owner of it, Peter (Stephen Huszar).
You May Recognize Chelsea Hobbs From: Hallmark’s The Holiday Sitter, June in January, The Nine Lives of Christmas, Mr. 365 and Killer Ending.
You May Recognize Stephen Huszar From: Hallmark’s The Jane Mysteries: Inheritance Lost, Return to Christmas Creek, Undercover Holiday and Love in Glacier National: A National Park Romance.
A Merry Scottish Christmas (November 18)
You May Know Lacey Chabert From: The TV series Party of Five (where she first worked with Scott Wolf) and a wide variety of movies and TV shows, including animated series she’s provided her voice for. For Hallmark she’s been seen in Moonlight in Vermont, All of My Heart, Matchmaker Santa, A Royal Christmas, All of My Heart: Inn Love and The Sweetest Christmas, among others.
You May Know Scott Wolf From: Party of Five (naturally), the remake of V and The Night Shift.
Holiday Hotline (November 19)
Abby (Emily Tennant) takes a job at a cooking hotline after leaving London for a new start, and while at work she is connected to a single father named “John” (Niall Matter), who is actually an anonymous caller. What she doesn’t realize is that “John” is actually somebody she’s become attracted to in her real life.
You May Recognize Emily Tennant From: Hallmark’s The Wedding March, Christmas in Canaan and The Game of Love.
You May Recognize Niall Matter From: TV shows including Eureka, Primeval: New World and ER, and for Hallmark he’s starred in Family History Mysteries: Buried Past, The Secrets of Bella Vista, A Rip in Time, When I Think of Christmas, A Christmas Together with You and Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater.
Catch Me If You Claus (November 23)
Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movie on November 23rd — Thanksgiving day! — starAvery Quinn (Italia Ricci) finally achieves one of her dreams by being given the job of serving as news anchor for her station’s Christmas morning newscast. Unfortunately, that’s jeopardized by a home intruder dressed in red, claiming to be Santa’s son and going by the name of Chris (Luke Macfarlane). The connection they make exposes truths about themselves and draws them closer together.
You May Recognize Italia Ricci From: The Lifetime TV movie Fatal Memories.
You May Recognize Luke Macfarlane From: Hallmark’s Christmas Land, The Mistletoe Promise and A Birthday Wish.
Letters to Santa (November 24)
A magic pen from Santa Claus may be the key for a pair of siblings who yearn to have their parents (played by Katie Leclerc and Rafael de la Fuente) get back together. Christmas, of course, is the time of miracles …
You May Recognize Katie Leclerc From: Switched at Birth, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS.
You May Recognize Rafael de la Fuente From: The reboot of Dynasty, Nickelodeon Latin America’s series Grachi and American Horror Story: Cult.
Holiday Road (November 24)
A group of people from different walks of life are stranded at the airport due to inclement weather, including a tech entrepreneur (Warren Christie) and a travel writer (Sara Canning), so they decide to rent a shared van to try and get to Denver by the holidays. Needless to say, chaos (and deepening relationships) ensue.
You May Know Sarra Canning From: Kyle XY, Smallville and The Vampire Diaries.
You May Know Warren Christie From: Hallmark’s If I Only Had Christmas, Crashing Through the Snow and The More Love Grows.
Christmas in Notting Hill (November 25)
With soccer being so integral a part of his life, sports superstar Graham Savoy (William Moseley) has never really slowed down to explore love. That may be changing when he comes home to Notting Hill and encounters a visiting American named Georgia (Sarah Ramos), who he finds very attractive — especially because she knows nothing about him or his fame.
You May Know Sarah Ramos From: American Dreams, Runaway, Parenthood, Midnight, Texas; and Hallmark’s A Kismet Christmas.
You May Know William Moseley From: Artemis Fowl, On the Line and My Sweet Audrina.
Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up (November 25)
This is a sequel to Haul Out the Holly, which had the distinction of being the most-watched TV movie of 2022, with Lacey Chabert and Wes Brown reprising their respective roles of Emily and Jared, who are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas as a couple.
You May Recognize Lacey Chabert From: The listing for November 18th’s A Very Scottish Christmas.
You May Recognize Wes Brown From: Many Hallmark movies, among them A Nashville Christmas Carol, Sweet Pecan Summer, Every Time a Bell Rings, My Southern Family Christmas and, of course, Haul Out the Holly.
Our Christmas Mural (November 26)
Returning home for Christmas, the last thing single mom Olivia (Alex Paxton-Beesley) is expecting is that her mother entered her into a mural contest, but she finds romance when partnered with local teacher Will (Dan Jeannotte).
You Might Recognize Alex Paxton-Beesley From: TV movies Proposing Murder: A Crossword Mystery,, Is There a Killer in My Family?, A Mother’s Lie and The Holiday Swap.
You Might Recognize Dan Jeannotte From: Designated Survivor, Fargo, Dark Matter, Beauty and the Beast and the movies Red II and Death Race.
A Biltmore Christmas (November 26)
The last movie in November for the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas line-up follows screenwriter Lucy Hardgrove (Bethany Joy Lenz) as she finds herself propelled back to 1947 and the set of the Christmas movie His Merry Wife!, the remake of which she’s writing. There she encounters actor Jack Huston (Kristoffer Polaha), which sets off a chain of events that could change the future.
You May Recognize Bethany Joy Lenz From: Hallmark’s Five Star Christmas, Bottled with Love and Just My Type. Additionally, she spent nine-years on the CW series One Tree Hill.
You May Recognize Kristoffer Polaha From: Playing Travis Burke in seven Hallmark Mystery 101 TV movies, as well as A Dickens of a Holiday!, We Wish You a Married Christmas and A Winning Team.
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