Hallmark movies in general are my absolute favorite & I love the Christmas season more than Buddy the elf, so you can guess how excited I get about Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas! In case you’ve never seen one of their movies, they’re basically the happiest, cheesiest, most endearingly cliche pieces of holiday cheer ever. And they’re on 24/7!

It was so fun to see the responses to my blog post last year where I ranked my top 30 Hallmark Christmas movies, so I’m expanding that post now to include ALL of the ones I’ve seen recently. Watching 100+ Hallmark movies in the span of 2 months miiiiight sound like I have no life, but we’re going to pretend it’s an accomplishment…

And I know I usually stick to blogging about books, so watch me tie that in somehow: you can currently find four books on Netgalley that Hallmark Publishing based on their movies! So just roll with my fangirling here because I’ll be doing my best in 2018 to convert y’all to intense fans, too.

The world is serious enough right now, so bring on the lighthearted, feel-good cheer.

My Ranking System
  • 5 stars: SO ADORABLE. It had all of the Hallmark Cheer™ and I would totally watch it multiple times in one season
  • 4.5 stars: loved it, but just not at the full level of enthusiasm as the 5 stars
  • 4 stars: really enjoyed it
  • 3.5 stars: there were parts I definitely liked, but I’m not in a rush to watch it again
  • 3 stars: I was probably just there for one of the actors or the general Christmas feeling, but wasn’t particularly into the story
  • 2 stars: I was bored & probably wouldn’t watch it again
  • 1 star: that was just painful to sit through.
  • DNF: couldn’t even finish it


Ok, full disclaimer: I probably gave a lot of movies an extra star just because I was there for the actors. I will watch & love anything with Andrew Walker, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar, Steve Lund, Rachel Boston, Bailee Madison, Candace Cameron Bure, Brendan Penny, Sam Page, Luke Macfarlane, or Trevor Donovan.

I linked all of the titles to their youtube trailers and left a few random comments:








  • A Grandpa for Christmas
  • The Santa Suit
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
  • Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Santa Jr.
  • The Christmas Heart

Pretty sure you can tell how much I love HAPPY, formulaic stories if you follow my reviews. I’ll never understand why Hallmark movies, YA books, “chick lit,” or any other entertainment where women are the primary consumers tends to be labeled a guilty pleasure. I’m unapologetic and totally serious about my love for all of those things… buuut can also admit that one of my favorite parts is also laughing at these movies in an affectionate way.

If you can’t handle the cheesy story, you can entertain yourself trying to spot the not-so-subtle Walmart & Folgers product placements, the clever ways to hide Apple logos, how the writing seems to think its target audience is 75+ when it comes to technology, and how it’s supposed to be winter while the July sun is directly overhead and the trees have green leaves underneath varying types of hilariously fake snow. I love it all. And 10 points to Gryffindor if you can name other movies that used the exact same locations & footage.

Or you could always play 6 Degrees of Hallmark because everyone‘s been in a movie with everyone else at this point (except I’m still waiting for an Andrew Walker + Rachel Boston movie please & thank you). But speaking of the cast, it’s been great to see the movies become a bit more diverse this year! I’m really hoping Caitlin Stryker, Natasha Burnett, or Ashely Santos will be moved to a leading role next year… and that Manish Dayal will join the rest of the 90210 guys to do a Hallmark movie.

I’ll be adding more to my list above throughout the next few weeks because there are SO many good ones coming soon (like Royal New Year’s Eve omg yes). I’ll also be doing another post soon with 50+ Lifetime, UP, and ABC Family Christmas movies that kind of feel like Hallmark — some of my favorites are in that bunch!

What are your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies? Let me know in the comments <3


7 comments on “Ranking 100+ Hallmark Christmas Movies”

  1. Have to admit: I really enjoyed “A Gift to Remember,” “Enchanted Christmas” and “A Song For Christmas,” the first two the best of the three. (Oh, and ‘Nine Lives’ is one of my favorites – glorious sappiness and all. :D)

    “A Princess for Christmas” and “Dashing Through the Snow” are both DARLING!! And I spy SO many other favorites on this list too. Gotta’ love all the Hallmark movies. 🙂

    REALLY fun post, Cait.

  2. I’m new to Hallmark this year and have been looking to find a master list like this! By this time next year I’ll be set with own rankings!

  3. Andrew Walker and Rachel Boston are starring in a Christmas movie together this season – but it’s on Lifetime! I think it’s called “Tennessee Christmas” or something like that. Lifetime stole Andrew Walker last year at Christmas too. Enjoy it!

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