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Hallmark Holiday Season Line-Up Reveals 40 New Movies, Diversity, and Wine

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A little extra holiday cheer is just what 2020 needs, if you ask me, and Hallmark Channel is coming in clutch this year.

The network has decided to deck all the halls this season — which they’ve decided starts all the way in October.

Hallmark’s Most Ambitious Holiday Season

In a time when a global pandemic has forced filming to a halt, Hallmark isn’t ready to throw in the towel. In fact, Hallmark hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. This is set to be the network’s most ambitious holiday season to date.

In fact, the new lineup reveals a whopping 40 new movies.

That’s good news for all of us who might need a little extra cheer this year.

Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Miracles of Christmas” campaigns are actually set to begin on October 23. That’s more than a week before trick-or-treating and the turning back of clocks.

Be prepared for the usual sleighloads of unlikely romances, heartwarming adoptions, charming holiday homecomings, and more happy endings than you can shake a stick at.

Plenty of Familiar Faces Returning for the Holiday Season

Hardcore Hallmark fans will recognize plenty of their favorite Hallmark holiday season stars in this year’s lineup.

Candace Cameron Bure will play a cheerful publicist in If I Only Had Christmas, which airs November 29. Tamera Mowry-Housley returns to Hallmark holidays to play an ambitious reporter attending a Christmas Carnival on December 13. Familiar face Lacy Chabert is pulling double duty with Christmas Waltz (November 28) and Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas (December 5). We’ll also see Holly Robinson Peete in The Christmas Doctor, and Alicia Witt in Christmas Tree Lane.

There are plenty of fresh faces making their Hallmark movie debut this season, too. One Royal Holiday, airing November 1, features Broadway favorites Krystal Joy Brown, Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, Tom McGowan, and Aaron Tveit. Janel Parrish, Marisol Nichols, Alvina August, and Jeremy Jordan will also grace us with their presence this season.

Fresh faces and fresh snow aren’t the only new things this holiday season, either. Hallmark is charting new territory with its most diverse lineup to date.

Branching Out With More Diversity

This holiday season will see Hallmark’s first LGBTQ+ holiday film when Christmas House airs on November 20. The film’s story line features a gay couple (played by Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder) looking to adopt during the holiday season.

This year’s lineup also features its first Hanukkah film, Love, Lights, Hanukkah! It is set to premiere on December 20. It stars Canadian actress Mia Kirshner, actress Marilu Henner, and Ben Savage of Boy Meets World fame.

In case that wasn’t enough to get your Yule log going, Hallmark is expanding their holiday empire with wines. I’m assuming they’ll pair perfectly with all those feel-good Christmas miracles.

Don’t get too excited — there’s only two varieties to choose from. But even still, they’ve managed to bottle a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon for red lovers, and a crisp 2019 Sauvignon Blanc for those who prefer a nice white.

Of course, we’ll see the return of the Bubbly Sesh podcast, holiday-themed episodes of Hallmark Channel’s talk show Home & Family, and as always, enough reruns of previous Hallmark Christmas movies to keep you glued to the couch till January.