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December 6, 2022

5 Hallmark Holiday Films to Watch Before the Year’s New Releases

Check these movies out before the new releases!


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We’re all about the cookies, the lights, and the tree—but also believe that nothing sets the mood for the holidays like a great movie. Before you get lost in an endless Hallmark holiday movie search, let us share a few of our favorite picks. The five movies that follow have been tried and tested by Santa.com’s own staff, and have become a beloved part of our holiday season. So pop your popcorn, slip into your coziest socks, and find a spot to curl up with the fam—we’ve got you covered with these picks.  

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!

What if a chance discovery revealed you were Jewish? That’s what happens to the heroine of this movie—with a good dose of interfaith family fun and a sprinkle of unexpected holiday romance too (cue Ben Savage!) Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or both, there’s something in this flick for everyone.  

Available to rent or buy on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, and VUDU

Next Stop, Christmas!

When a holiday season commute takes a twist and deposits Angie at home—and back in time—she has a chance to relive her own Christmas past. Featuring Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, this tale of lost love explores the power of second chances and the magic of the holiday season.

Available to stream on FuboTV

A Grandpa For Christmas

This movie stars Ernest Borgnine as an old song and dance man who discovers he not only has a young granddaughter—but he’s got to take care of her now, too! Of course, hijinks ensue, making it a fun and heartwarming pick that’ll please everyone. 

Available to stream on the Roku Channel and Up Faith and Family

It’s Christmas, Carol! 

A modern spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this movie follows a cold tyrant of a publishing exec as she’s haunted by the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. It’s the perfect movie to keep spirits light while still striking at the heart of what the holidays mean. Bonus: Carrie Fisher has a role!

Available to stream on VUDU

Crown for Christmas

Danica McKellar plays a woman who was just fired from her job in New York City and lands a gig as a governess to a young girl in a European castle. Part romance, part royal magic, and all warm and fuzzy. Let this flick transport you to the magic of Christmas-time. Enjoy the ride! 

Available to rent or buy on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, and VUDU

These movies are shown both on the Hallmark networks at certain times and available on the other platforms listed. Be sure to check your local listings.