Every year you can count on the Hallmark Channel to roll out a massive slate of original holiday movies. At this point, you know the formulaic plot that’s bound to include something like: a career woman (with a job not many people actually have), a quaint, snow-covered small town, and either a rekindled romance or new flame between a couple who bonds despite their differences-or maybe all of the above-but that won’t stop you from marathoning these cloying holiday treats. Whether you shamelessly love these family dramas, fantasy movies, and rom-coms, or they’re you’re annual guilty pleasure, there are a lot of new ones coming this holiday season to catch in between your viewings of Christmas classics or other TV specials. Here’s all of the new Christmas movies coming to Hallmark that you can watch throughout December until the big holiday, and when to catch them.
When to watch: 8pm on December 3; 6pm on December 5; 10pm on December 11; 8am on December 16; 6pm on December 20; 6:30pm on December 25 It wouldn’t be Christmas without one Candace Cameron Bure Hallmark movie. The Full House actress plays a publicist who helps a grumpy businessman with being charitable around the holidays.
When to watch: 10pm on December 3; 4pm on December 5; 8pm on December 8; 8am on December 14; 2pm on December 20; 5pm on December 25 Former Mean Girls star and now Hallmark queen Lacey Chabert plays a would-be bride, had her wedding not gotten derailed, who gets cheered up by a dance instructor.
When to watch: 12am on December 4; 2pm on December 11; 12pm on December 19; 5am on December 25 It’s all in the title: It’s Christmas in Vienna, which is where a concert violinist travels to reignite her love for music (and a new man).
When to watch: 12pm on December 4; 10pm on December 13; 4pm on December 16; 2am on December 25 An adaptation of the cozy holiday-themed novel of the same name about a single mother who falls for an unexpected houseguest.
When to watch: 8pm on December 4; 8am on December 10; 10pm on December 20; 2pm on December 25 Get out your cowboy boots for this one because it giddy-ups down to Nashville for a country music take on A Christmas Carol, as a woman producing a country Christmas special is visited by a series of ghosts.
When to watch: 10pm on December 4; 12pm on December 6; 2am on December 9; 12am on December 20; 12:30pm on December 25 A woman planning her town’s holiday celebration vies for the perfect spruce in a local fireman’s yard, and must convince him to let her chop it down. As Hallmark movies go, she is probably not just vying for the tree.
When to watch: 8am on December 5; 2am on December 15; 8pm on December 24 A wedding planner travels to a quaint Alaskan town-not because she has an event there, she’s supposed to find a rare flower for a demanding client-and finds herself taken with the locale (and one of its residents).
When to watch: 10am on December 5; 4am on December 11; 8am on December 24 Heart of the Holidays has a plot that’s really the heart of nearly every Hallmark movie ever, simply about a girl who heads back to her hometown for the holidays and reunites with her high school sweetheart.
When to watch: 2pm on December 5; 8am on December 12; 8pm on December 14 Like Anchorman, but G-rated and set at Christmastime, Good Morning Christmas! is about two rival TV hosts who are sent on assignment to a small town around the holidays to co-host a show.
When to watch: 8pm on December 5; 4pm on December 6; 8pm on December 10; 6pm on December 12; 12pm on December 16; 10pm on December 25 Hallmark devotees should be familiar with the spirited town of Evergreen where more than a few of the network’s original movies are set. The latest focuses on Michelle’s (Holly Robinson Peete) wedding.
When to watch: 6pm on December 6; 8pm on December 11; 6pm on December 19; 3:30pm on December 25 When a young woman hears whispers of a travel writer coming to anonymously stay at her father’s new bed and breakfast, she tries to make the best visit possible for whomever the guest might be.
When to watch: 8pm on December 6; 10pm on December 10; 2pm on December 12; 8pm on December 16 Unfortunately, the reference in the title doesn’t mean the heroine of this movie will be solving murders around Christmastime. Instead, her dating column gets canceled, setting her up for a blue Christmas-until her coworker chases after her.
When to watch: 10pm on December 7; 10am on December 12 A woman offers shelter to a traveling family when a snow storm hits, and they turn out to be royals on the road. They also happen to have a prince son the same age as their thoughtful host.
When to watch: 2pm on December 7; 10am on December 19; 11pm on December 24 Two game designers are tasked with creating a holiday scavenger hunt for their town. Of course, they butt heads and can’t help but falling for each other.
When to watch: 8am on December 8; 2pm on December 12; 9:30pm on December 24 A famed pianist vacations at a fancy chateau with her family around the holidays, and incidentally runs into an ex during her stay.
When to watch: 6pm on December 11; 2pm on December 17; 2:30am on December 25 The assistant to a wealthy businessman offers to help his younger brother, who just became the guardian to a pair of orphans, over the holidays.
When to watch: 8pm on December 12; 4pm on December 13; 6pm on December 16; 10pm on December 19 When a woman discovers around the holidays that she’s Jewish, she’s introduced to family members she didn’t know she had, and a new romance played by Ben Savage.
When to watch: 6pm on December 13; 2pm on December 16; 6:30am on December 25 A man from the early 1900s is magically transported to modern times where he meets the woman who gives tours of his historic mansion.
When to watch: 8pm on December 13; 8pm on December 17; 4pm on December 19; 6pm on December 21 Tamera Mowry-Housley plays an astrophysicist who accidentally travels back in time at a Christmas carnival in this sci-fi holiday mash-up.
When to watch: 12am on December 14; 6pm on December 17; 9:30am on December 25 An older couple request that all of their now-adult children come home for the holidays to resolve family strife. It’s like The Family Stone but Hallmark.
A Christmas Carousel
When to watch: 8pm on December 19; 4pm on December 20; 8pm on December 22; 6pm on December 24 When a woman is tasked by the royal family of the fictional Marcadia to help fix their beloved carousel, which must be functional by Christmas for some reason, she finds herself falling for the prince.
Cross Country Christmas
When to watch: 8pm on December 20; 10pm on December 21; 6pm on December 23 Rachel Leigh Cook and Greyson Holt play former classmates struggling to travel back to their hometown together when a snowstorm hits.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.
Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.
What is special about the year of the Rabbit?
As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.
What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?
There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.
New South Wales
Darling Harbour Fireworks When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.
Dragon Boat Races When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.
Lion Dances When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.
Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.
Auntie Philter When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.
Lunar New Year Festival When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.
BriAsia Festival When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.
Chinatown Adelaide Street Party When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.
Crown Perth When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.