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For many, the Fourth of July will be more festive than ever, but for those who prefer cooler climes, Hallmark Channel is putting its attention on a far colder holiday season, with the formal start of its 'Christmas in July' holiday programming extravaganza. The network is providing viewers a dose of the joyful holiday season, replete with Christmas music, presents, knitwear, and, of course, countless kisses beneath the mistletoe, by presenting many of their classic romances from past years taking place in winter villages and towns. If you like more chilly winter entertainment this Fourth of July, there will be something for you when the celebrations begin on Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. See the whole schedule below.
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Beginning July 1, the candy cane is handed to Hallmark Channel, which will broadcast the holiday movie "merry-thons" from 10 a.m. ET to midnight daily all through the month of July, with the first weekend including fan favorites chosen by fans via the Hallmark Movie Checklist app.
Friday, July 1:
10:00 am: 'A Christmas Detour' (2015)
Candace Cameron Bure plays a self-conscious writer who is about to spend Christmas with her fiancé and visit her soon-to-be in-laws for the first time. Of course, if things were that simple, we wouldn't have a film to see. As a result, Bure's Paige's flight to New York is canceled due to a blizzard. The ensemble as a whole offers a good performance that remains fascinating throughout, and Bure is as adorable as imaginable as the frantic Paige. Overall, the film is a fun diversion over the holidays.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene
12:00 pm: 'Boyfriends Of Christmas Past' (2021)
Lauren is visited by the spirits of three ex-boyfriends in the run-up to Christmas. Nate, her best friend, is counting on her to learn to open her heart. In a nutshell, this film is ninety minutes of Catherine Haena Kim and Raymond Ablack's lovely faces. The film doesn't have much going for it in terms of plot, so it's only natural that it focuses on its other assets, mainly its actors. Sure, the performers give some much-needed variety to the Hallmark lineup, but Ablack, in particular, adds some emotional gravitas.
Starring: Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack
2:00 pm: 'Christmas Made To Order' (2018)
'Christmas Made to Order' stars a man who must have hosted several Food Channel baking competitions. Viewers will be thrilled that Jonathan Bennett, an openly homosexual actor, has found a home on Hallmark. Regardless, he is playing straight leading men! The actress, who has acted in several films for the channel, will not be appearing with her husband Carlos PenaVega this time, but rather opposite actor Jonathan Bennett. PenaVega plays Gretchen, a holiday decorator; will she be able to instill some festive cheer in Bennett's workaholic Steven? Fans will have to tune in to find out.
Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Jonathan Bennett
4:00 pm: 'The Mistletoe Secret' (2019)
Kellie Pickler, a country music artist, plays a lady who persuades a travel writer to feature her hometown, only to be divided between him and his ghostwriter. The "mistletoe secret" at hand is either a long-buried collective pain shared by the inhabitants from their dark history... Or it might be the whole ghostwriting issue.
Starring: Kellie Pickler, Tyler Hynes, Patrick Duffy
6:00 pm: 'One Royal Holiday' (2020)
When Anna (Osnes) lends refuge to a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) in a blizzard, she discovers they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna demonstrates how her village celebrates Christmas, asking him to open his heart and be true to himself. Despite being one of Hallmark's oldest conceptions, Christmas combined with royalty has been an often explored region for it for centuries, and 'One Royal Holiday' is one of the better, if not the best, 2020 Hallmark Christmas films. It doesn't get off to a good start, but it improves over time.
Starring: Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit
8:00 pm: 'Switched For Christmas' (2017)
When identical twin sisters are forced to arrange their different Christmas parties, they believe the grass is greener on the other side. 'Switched for Christmas' is a delightful Hallmark Christmas movie that, to be honest, is evident from the start, but it is an entertaining distraction owing to Candace Cameron Bure's affable attitude and abundance of Christmassy music, and of course, decorations.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Mark Deklin
10:00 pm: 'Christmas With The Darlings' (2020)
When an assistant gives her notice, she is enticed into assisting her affluent boss's handsome younger brother in caring for his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas. When the primary character in a Hallmark movie announces upfront that their objective is to give someone the most authentically New England Christmas possible, you know you're in for a treat. And that's exactly what 'Christmas with the Darlings' is: a Hallmark delight with superbly cast characters who conflict in all the right ways (she likes lists, he solves issues by having fun!) and ultimately come together most finely.
Starring: Katrina Law, Carlo Marks
Saturday, July 2:
10:00 am: 'Christmas Next Door' (2017)
Eric Randall, a lifestyle bachelor book author, is put in the care of his niece and nephew for the holidays. Eric seeks assistance from his friend April, a Christmas enthusiast. If you enjoy the lightheartedness and innocence of a Hallmark Christmas movie, 'Christmas Next Door' is for you. It all begins with Jesse Metcalfe and Fiona Gubelmann, who have a laid-back acting approach and look great in seasonal attire. Then there are the snow-covered streets lined with Christmas booths, tons of lights, and many more garlands.
Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gublemann
12:00 pm: 'Christmas At The Plaza' (2019)
Even amid Manhattan's rush and bustle, the romance 'Christmas at the Plaza' revels in the past of a New York landmark with a protagonist battling with her conflicting present. When historian Jessica (Elizabeth Henstridge) is hired to design the Plaza's Christmas display, she discovers more than facts while working with beautiful decorator Nick (Ryan Paevey) to make the show come to life. Bruce Davison and Julia Duffy also appear in the film. In a narrative rich in seasonal customs, 'Plaza' is a wonderfully written holiday romance set in a great, historic setting.
2:00 pm: 'Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Sweater' (2020)
Maggie, a single mother, is facing Christmas alone until Lucas enters her life and becomes an unplanned houseguest. They overcome Christmas together, finding solace in their deepening friendship. The key selling factors, like with many of the finest Hallmark movies, are the protagonists and their relationship. 'Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater' is a true Hallmark movie — and a very pleasant Hallmark movie.
Starring: Ashley Williams, Niall Matter
4:00 pm: 'A Royal Christmas' (2014)
Humble Emily Taylor (Lacey Chabert), a Philadelphia seamstress, has a beautiful lover Leo (Stephen Hagan), who seems to be harboring a major secret: he's a royal. How appealing is that? This isn't a new season of 'Secret Princes,' but rather the Hallmark Channel's 'A Royal Christmas.'' A Royal Christmas' is a dash of 'Wills and Kate,' two parts 'The Princess Diaries,' one part 'Cinderella,' and "earn a vacation to 'Downton Abbey.' 'A Royal Christmas' strikes all the right notes in a fun way: there's the customary ball preparation montage, Emily learning to waltz thanks to Victor, and a breathtaking staircase drop. Lessons are taught, snow falls, and love triumphs.
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan
6:00 pm: 'Christmas Under Wraps' (2014)
If "fish out of water" is your favorite movie trope, then this is the film for you. The uptight doctor meets small-town heartthrob in this case, and holiday shenanigans ensue. A cute idea, beautiful landscape (the Alaska vistas are stunning), and superb acting combine to make this a delightful film.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, David O’Donnell
8:00 pm: 'On The 12th Date Of Christmas' (2020)
Hallmark arrives in Chicago in Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes features as coworkers having something to prove to their superiors and each other in 'On the 12th Date of Christmas. The 12th Date of Christmas' is a wonderfully Hallmark holiday event in many respects. The film also has two leads who have the impossible task of creating scavenger hunts. They not only compose treasure hunts, but they do it in a firm operated like an advertising agency, equipped with high-stakes presentations and wacky job names (Wizard of Operations, Creative Overlord, etc.). It makes no sense, which is why it is amazing.
Starring: Mallory Jansen, Tyler Hynes
10:00 pm: 'A Christmas Treasure' (2021)
As Lou meets a lovely chef in a little village, food is at the heart of this fascinating narrative. But should she abandon him to pursue her literary career in the big city? Jordin Sparks is so natural and easygoing in this film, and you'll be flanked by Hallmark B-listers.
Starring: Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier
Sunday, July 3:
10:00 am: 'Christmas At Pemberley Manor' (2018)
In this festive retelling of 'Pride and Prejudice,' Elizabeth, a novice party planner, collaborates with the all-business William Darcy to prepare a Christmas Festival at Pemberley Manor. You'll like this film whether you like classic stories reinvented or you're a die-hard Hallmark fan. 'Christmas at Pemberley Manor,' with its breathtaking snow-capped finish and stunning manor estate, brings in Hallmark's season with flair and, of course, romance.
Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Michael Rady
12:00 pm: 'Christmas In Evergreen: Letters To Santa' (2018)
Lisa Palmer returns to Evergreen for the holidays, fulfilling the wishes of a Christmas Past and discovering a relationship full of Christmas enchantment. This story has Christmas enchantment, a wish-granting snow globe, The Most Fascinating Santa in the World, and a tremendous amount of telephone service!
Starring: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin
2:00 pm: 'The Christmas Cottage' (2017)
Lacey, an interior designer and maid of honor at her best friend's wedding, gets snowed up at the Christmas Cottage with her ex-boyfriend. This is another enjoyable Hallmark Christmas film that offers the charm and look that, to be honest, makes you feel at least wintry, if not Christmassy. When it comes to the plot, though, there aren't many surprises.
Starring: Merritt Patterson, Steve Lund
4:00 pm: 'Pride, Prejudice, And Mistletoe' (2018)
One of Hallmark's great Christmas romances is 'Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe.' It's lovely and has lots of touching moments. It will not only fulfill your romantic side, but it will also carry the spirit of the season home with you! With its message of giving and being true to one's heart, it's a film that the entire family will appreciate!
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny
6:00 pm: 'The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year' (2008)
'The Most Wonderful Time of the Year' is a pleasant and entertaining Christmas romantic comedy. It may have been created for television, but it is every bit as brilliant as any recent big-screen romantic comedy. It's a great movie to see to get in the festive spirit, and with Henry Winkler giving his charm and meddling coolness, it brings smile after smile even if it's all so evident.
Starring: Henry Winkler, Warren Christie, Brooke Burns
8:00 pm: 'The Nine Lives Of Christmas' (2014)
It's a charming holiday film with a predictable plot and appealing protagonists. It's not too precious or sickeningly sweet. The characters are drawn well enough for the viewer to care about them, the acting is generally good, and the cats bring a touch of accessibility and fun.
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kimberly Sustad
10:00 pm: 'The Christmas Contest' (2021)
'The Christmas Contest' is a decent Christmas love comedy. Exes Lara and Ben compete in a Christmas fundraiser to raise funds for a charity of their choice. The city watches them fight and decides if triumph or love is more essential.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton
Monday, July 4:
10:00 am: 'It’s Christmas, Eve' (2018)
When a school administrator is compelled to make budget cuts, he meets a widowed music instructor and his 9-year-old daughter. 'It's Christmas, Eve,' a small-town holiday film, lacks high-concept holiday enchantment and fairytale-like mansions - and it's all the better for it.
Starring: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes
12:00 pm: 'Christmas Waltz' (2020)
After Avery's fairy-tale Christmas wedding is canceled, a dancing instructor helps her overcome her life's worries and realize her ambition of learning to dance. The story 'The Christmas Waltz' is beautiful. It provides beautiful images and helps viewers like it more since they know who is behind the camera. It's a delightful way to spend an evening.
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Will Kemp
2:00 pm: 'Let It Snow' (2013)
'Let It Snow' is just another Hallmark Christmas movie that revamps an overused premise and sets it in a picture-perfect Christmas backdrop with a gorgeous cast. It makes 'Let It Snow' one of those movies where you don't have to pay attention to keep up with what's going on but it's sort of enjoyable when you do.
4:00 pm: 'The Christmas House' (2020)
'The Christmas House' has everything, from the truly amusing story to the loving actions to the portrayal. Not only is there LGBTQ representation, but also Lantix representation. 'The Christmas House' features a large Christmas table and everyone is welcome!
Starring: Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, Shannon Lawrence, Treat Williams
6:00 pm: 'A Timeless Christmas' (2020)
'A Timeless Christmas' takes a different approach to the traditional Christmas Hallmark movie. It's not your standard Hallmark Christmas movie narrative, and that's what makes it so delightful and simple to watch. The premise is odd yet compelling, and the film is well-thought-out.
Starring: Erin Cahill, Ryan Paevey
8:00 pm: 'The Sweetest Christmas' (2017)
'The Sweetest Christmas' is exactly what you'd expect from a Hallmark Christmas movie, which means it's full of cliches. But even before it begins, this movie is already a winner owing to the ideal combo of it being a Hallmark Christmas film featuring Lacey Chabert.
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco
10:00 pm: 'A Crown For Christmas' (2015)
Allie loses her job at a posh New York City hotel and accepts a temp job (the gig economy!) as a governess for a small kid. After starting the job, Allie quickly finds she's working for royalty, and in true Hallmark form, she begins to fall for the king, her boss, who is about to marry a countess. Will they or will they not work things out?
Starring: Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones