Hallmark Channel’s ‘Countdown to Christmas’ 2021 Movies: What You Need to Know (PHOTOS)

Sister Swap, A Kiss Before Christmas, A Holiday in Harlem
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It’s that time of the year: Christmas movies! Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” is underway, after the first movie premiered on Friday, October 22.

Throughout the holiday season, viewers will be treated to sequels of past movies (2020’s The Christmas House and 2014’s The Nine Lives of Christmas), cast reunions (Fuller House, The Wonder Years, and Back to the Future), and familiar and new faces in the Hallmark family with this year’s selection of films. Plus, real-life sisters (and Hallmark staples) Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams play sisters in two interconnected movies.

Scroll down for all the details you need to know (casts, airdates, and synopses) about the movies coming to the Hallmark Channel in the coming months as part of its annual “Countdown to Christmas” event (all air at 8/7c, except where otherwise noted).

Benjamin Ayres, Danica McKellar in You, Me and The Christmas Trees
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You, Me & the Christmas Trees

Stars: Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, Jason Hervey

Air date: Friday, October 22

Olivia is Connecticut’s resident expert on evergreens who, just days before the holiday, agrees to help Jack, a fourth generation Christmas tree farmer in Avon. A mysterious illness has befallen their firs, causing them to die out and threatening his family’s 100-year business. As Olivia tries to get to the root of the problem and extends her stay in town, she and Jack spend more time together and feelings begin to develop.

Raymond Ablack, Catherine Haena Kim in Boyfriends of Christmas Past
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Boyfriends of Christmas Past

Stars: Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Air date: Saturday, October 23

In the days leading up to Christmas, marketing executive Lauren is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends. She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate.

Joe Pantoliano, Paul Campbell, Tamera Mowry-Housley in The Santa Stakeout
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The Santa Stakeout

Stars: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Paul Campbell, Joe Pantoliano

Air date: Sunday, October 24

Tanya is a police detective who is reluctantly partnered with fellow detective Ryan to solve a recent string of heists taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. They go undercover as newlyweds Tasha and Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Miller, the jovial chair of the community’s Christmas committee…and the prime suspect in the case. As Tanya and Ryan partake in the neighborhood’s holiday happenings to keep up appearances and crack the case, they get swept up in Christmas. Before they know it, their cover story as a couple in love starts to become reality.

Ashleigh Murray, Luke James in Christmas in Harmony
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Christmas in Harmony

Stars: Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace

Air date: Friday, October 29

Harmony is tricked into auditioning for the Holiday Chorus — directed by an ex-boyfriend. By Christmas Eve, they could be harmonizing in the key of love.

Janel Parrish, Ryan Paevey in Coyote Creek Christmas
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Coyote Creek Christmas

Stars: Janel Parrish, Ryan Paevey

Air date: Saturday, October 30

A “Christmas Around the World” party helps two people find love at home.

erry O'Quinn, Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui in Christmas Sail
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Christmas Sail

Stars: Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, Terry O’Quinn

Air date: Sunday, October 31

When Liz returns home to take care of her estranged father, she is determined to give her daughter a perfect Christmas and reconnects with her best friend.

Merritt Patterson, Jon Ecker in Gingerbread Miracle
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Gingerbread Miracle

Stars: Merritt Patterson, Jon Ecker

Air date: Friday, November 5

Two old friends from high school work together over Christmas to sell his uncle’s Mexican bakery famous for its magical gingerbread cookies that grants wishes.

Christopher Lloyd, Lyndsy Fonseca in Next Stop Christmas
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Next Stop, Christmas

Stars: Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd

Air date: Saturday, November 6

Angie wonders what her life would be like if she had married a former boyfriend who became a famous sportscaster. She takes the train home to spend Christmas with her family and inexplicably finds herself 10 years in the past. With the advice of the train’s enigmatic conductor, Angie has the chance to revisit that Christmas and learn what – and who – is truly important to her.

Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier in A Christmas Treasure
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A Christmas Treasure

Stars: Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier

Air date: Sunday, November 7

After opening a 100-year-old time capsule and meeting a charming chef, Lou questions whether or not she should move to New York after Christmas and further her writing career.

Alison Sweeney, Brennan Elliott in Open By Christmas
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Open by Christmas

Stars: Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott

Air date: Friday, November 12

When Nicky finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer, she and her best friend Simone search to find and thank the anonymous author.

Aimee Teegarden, Andrew Walker in My Christmas Family Tree
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My Christmas Family Tree

Stars: Aimee Teegarden, Andrew Walker, James Tupper

Air date: Saturday, November 13

When Vanessa receives the results from her Family Tree DNA test, she discovers a family she didn’t know existed and travels to their home for Christmas.

Olivia Washington, Will Adams in A Holiday in Harlem
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A Holiday in Harlem

Stars: Olivia Washington, Will Adams, Tina Lifford

Air date: Sunday, November 14

After her grandmother, Mama Belle, turns away her usual gift delivery, expecting “presence over presents,” jetsetting executive Jazmin heads uptown to Harlem for a quick visit. However, when Mama Belle is injured, Jazmin agrees to stay in the neighborhood and take over co-chairing their block’s annual Christmas Jamboree with her old best friend Caleb. A successful corporate fixer, Jazmin expects the job to be easy but quickly finds that she has a lot to learn about the community and her heart.

Sarah Power, Trevor Donovan in Nantucket Noel
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Nantucket Noel

Stars: Trevor Donovan, Sarah Power

Air date: Friday, November 19

During the Seaside Noel celebrations, Christin learns of a developer who is planning to tear down the wharf that is home to her toy store. Tensions rise as she falls for the developer’s son, Andy.

Niall Matter, Laura Vandervoort in A Christmas Together With You
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A Christmas Together with You

Stars: Harry Lennix, Laura Vandervoort, Niall Matter

Air date: Saturday, November 20

During the Christmas season, Megan and her father-figure Frank head out on a road trip to find his long-lost love. Along the way, Megan finds the love of her own life.

Teri Hatcher, James Denton in A Kiss Before Christmas
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A Kiss Before Christmas

Stars: James Denton, Teri Hatcher, Marilu Henner

Air date: Sunday, November 21

Real estate development executive Ethan Holt (Denton) is a married father with two teens. On Christmas Eve Ethan is disappointed to learn he’s losing out on a promotion and laments that his “nice guy” way of doing business has held him back in his career. Thanks to some Christmas magic, Ethan’s casual wish that his life had taken a different course becomes reality. He wakes up the next morning and is shocked to find everything is different – he isn’t married to Joyce (Hatcher), he doesn’t have two teenaged kids and he’s CEO of his company. Joyce is the key to Ethan being able to reclaim his original life and the family he loves – he must convince her that their happily-ever-after is waiting for them…and he only has until Christmas Day.

Gregory Harrison, Brandon Routh in The Nine Kittens of Christmas
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The Nine Kittens of Christmas

Stars: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Gregory Harrison

Air date: Thursday, November 25

Cat lovers Zachary and Marilee are thrown back together at Christmas when they’re tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.

Marisol Nichols, Paul Greene in Christmas CEO
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Christmas CEO

Stars: Marisol Nichols, Paul Greene

Air date: Friday, November 26, 6/5c

A small toy company CEO gets a once in a lifetime offer to merge with a mega toy company but will need her estranged ex-business partner’s signature to seal the deal. What he helps her rediscover will change both of their lives.

Tyler Hynes, Bethany Joy Lenz in An Unexpected Christmas
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An Unexpected Christmas

Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz, Tyler Hynes

Air date: Friday, November 26

A writer convinces his ex-girlfriend to pose as a couple for Christmas.

Carlo Marks, Taylor Cole in Making Spirits Bright
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Making Spirits Bright

Stars: Taylor Cole, Carlo Marks

Air date: Saturday, November 27, 6/5c

The son & daughter of rival holiday decorating families help mend their fathers’ decades-old feud, finding romance along the way as they compete in the town’s holiday decorating contest.

Stuart Townsend, Lacey Chabert in Christmas Castle Hart
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Christmas at Castle Hart

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Stuart Townsend

Air date: Saturday, November 27

Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots. While there, she meets Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough. Mistaken for an elite event planner, she’s hired to host his castle’s epic Christmas party.

Pat Monahan, Laura Osnes in Christmas in Tahoe
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Christmas in Tahoe

Stars: Laura Osnes, Kyle Selig, Pat Monahan, George Lopez

Air date: Sunday, November 28, 6/5c

To save her family hotel’s Christmas show, talent booker Claire must ask for help from her ex- boyfriend Ryan, the lead guitarist of a now-famous band that fired her as their manager years ago.

Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton in The Christmas Contest
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The Christmas Contest

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, Barbara Niven

Air date: Sunday, November 28

Exes Lara and Ben compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. The city watches them battle and choose what is more important, victory or love.

Jake Epstein, Inbar Lavi in Eight Gifts of Hanukkah
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Eight Gifts of Hanukkah

Stars: Inbar Lavi, Jake Epstein

Air date: Friday, December 3

An anonymous suitor sends optometrist Sara a gift for each night of Hanukkah. On her journey to find her secret admirer, she learns her one true love might be someone she never expected.

Emily Osment, Casey Deidrick in A Very Merry Bridesmaid
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A Very Merry Bridesmaid

Stars: Emily Osment, Casey Deidrick

Air date: Saturday, December 4

Leah’s 30th birthday is on Christmas Eve, the same day as her brother’s wedding. Her childhood crush is back in town for the wedding and he is determined to make sure her birthday does not go by the wayside.

Ashley Williams, Kimberly Williams- Paisley in Sister Swap
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Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday & Sister Swap: Christmas in the City

Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, Keith Robinson, Susan Yeagley and Kevin Nealon

Air dates: Sunday, December 5, and Sunday, December 12

In these interconnected movies, Jennifer and Meg Swift are sisters who couldn’t be closer despite living hours apart. Jennifer is in Salt Lake City, running a successful restaurant she started with her late husband and raising her teenaged son Simon. Meg stayed in their hometown of Hazelwood, helping their parents run the local bakery. This Christmas is the family’s first since the passing of Uncle Dave who owned the town’s beloved theater, the Madison, where many memories were made over the years. When Jennifer and Simon return home for the holiday, they become wistful for one more Christmas at the Madison, despite that it’s for sale and in need of repairs. Meanwhile, Meg is helping Jennifer’s restaurant staff in Salt Lake prepare for a Christmas competition among local restaurants with the winner earning money for the charity of its choice. With the sisters switching cities leading up to the holiday, they find a new sense of purpose and discover what they both truly need in life and in love.

Kristoffer Polaha in A Dickens of a Holiday
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A Dickens of a Holiday!

Stars: Kristoffer Polaha, Brooke D’Orsay

Air date: Friday, December 10

To make the 100th anniversary of her hometown’s Victorian festival a success, Cassie invites action movie star and former high school classmate Jake to play Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”

Julian Morris, Megan Park in A Royal Queens Christmas
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A Royal Queens Christmas

Stars: Megan Park, Julian Morris

Air date: Saturday, December 11

A prince finds his way to Queens during Christmas when a local woman enlists his help with a children’s Christmas show.

The Cast of The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls
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The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

Stars: Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, with Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams and Brad Harder

Air date: Saturday, December 18

The Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas House.

Travis Van Winkle, Rachael Leigh Cook in 'Tis the Season to be Merry
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’Tis the Season to be Merry

Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Travis Van Winkle, Karen Malina White

Air date: Sunday, December 19

Looking for a fresh angle to her book on relationships, Merry heads to snow covered Vermont. She finds a new perspective and Christmas cheer with charismatic aid worker Chris.