Take a Peek at Hallmark Channel's Five-Film Thanksgiving Feast
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The five holiday films premiering on Hallmark Channel during Thanksgiving week star favorite celebs like Candace Cameron Bure, Kimberly Williams Paisley and Dermot Mulroney.
With Love, Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 8/7c
Emilie Ullerup stars as Melanie, an ad executive who butts heads with her uptight coworker (Aaron
O’Connell) over a Christmas commercial for one of their client.
Melanie is also Donovan's office Secret Santa and her thoughtful gifts and spot-on notes cause his heart to melt. But when someone else starts stealing Melanie’s credit, Melanie must work to prove she Donovan's his true Santa.
The Mistletoe Inn
Thursday, Nov. 23, 8/7c
Alicia Witt stars as an aspiring romance novelist who signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont inn shortly before Christmas. After she butts heads with her soon-to-be-published ex-boyfriend Garth (Casey Manderson) and her intrusive assignment partner Zeke (David Alpay), she plunges herself into the writing exercises and surprises herself.
Friday, Nov. 24, 8/7c
Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin plays Jessica, a woman tasked with running the Christmas festivities of her New England town. But when the parade’s legendary Santa (Jay Brazeau) falls and is unable to fulfill his jolly duties, the only replacement is the Santa’s reluctant son Ben (the aptly-named Eric Winter), who never wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Jessica tries to lure the holiday heir back to town, knowing that the annual parade will be the focus of a national
The Christmas Train
Saturday, Nov. 25, 8/7c
David Baldacci’s beloved book comes to life in this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. When globe-trotting journalist Tom Langdon (Dermot Mulroney) must travel by train from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles in time for Christmas, he finds himself westbound with a quirky variety of characters, including a renowned movie producer (Danny Glover), the producer’s script doctor and protégé (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and an eccentric woman (Joan Cusack) who seems to know Tom’s business better than he does.
Mulroney explains that part of what made The Christmas Train a treat to film and a joy to watch is that the tale contains classic storytelling and characters whose personal journeys mirror their literal ones. And Mulroney felt that kismet on the set of The Christmas Train. “Every once in a while, you get a movie — you never know which it is, sometimes it’s one you don’t even want it to be — and everybody is perfectly cast and it comes together and has this, like, ‘ping’ of magic,” Mulroney shares. “And I’ve done enough of them now that I know this is one of them.”
Switched for Christmas
Sunday, Nov. 26, 8/7c
A year after the death of their mother, estranged twin sisters (both played by Candace Cameron Bure) meet for an obligatory pre-Christmas lunch.
The dramatically different women are both frustrated with their own lives and decide to swap and live as each other until Christmas Day.
This holiday week, Hallmark Channel offers up a healthy serving of original films. The network is premiering five festive flicks over five consecutive nights, in a Thanksgiving film feast that has become an annual tradition.
Dermot Mulroney, who stars in Saturday's Hallmark Hall of Fame movie The Christmas Train, muses that in addition to his film's story about train travel serving as a perfect metaphor for slowing down and enjoying the moments of the holiday season, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to cozy-up on the couch. “You’ve got a slow, long weekend,” he says. “It’s a great time to sit down and watch a movie.”
It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means there are plenty of holiday TV movies to watch! Check out this complete list and schedule of Hallmark Channel films.
Hallmark's schedule for its five new original films is below. Plus, as an appetizer, check out the gallery above for a few pics from the films.
With Love, Christmas, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 8/7c
The Mistletoe Inn, Thursday, Nov. 23, 8/7c
Finding Santa, Friday, Nov. 24, 8/7c
The Christmas Train, Saturday, Nov. 25, 8/7c
Switched for Christmas, Sunday, Nov. 28, 8/7c