The first movie will add a little winter holiday cheer to Halloweentime. 

I'll start this piece by prefacing that I used to make fun of Hallmark movies and everything they stood for. First off, Hallmark's commercials always make me weepy, which I do not enjoy. Add in the syrupy sweet holiday movies that aired over the usual Golden Girls time slot, and I was not having it.

Until I watched Snow Bride a few years ago. Now, I'm all in. I watch ALL the movies, play the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas Fantasy Game (as well as our own Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game!), and even clear my schedule to watch the Christmas in July showings. My TV is pretty much stuck on the two Hallmark channels during the Countdown to Christmas run.

Yes, I drank the Hallmark eggnog, and I don't think I have any shame about it.

Bust out the ugly holiday sweaters, which are the official Countdown to Christmas uniforms. 
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So (in my best town cryer voice) "Hear ye, Hear ye! Announcing the 2019 Countdown to Christmas lineup!"

The 10th Anniversary of Countdown to Christmas starts early this year, as it does every year, with the first movie A Merry Christmas Match, airing on October 25. I'm also a Halloween fanatic, and honestly, I can't wait to mix everything up into a monster mash of holiday celebrations. The final premiere will happen on December 28, so you can keep the seasonal cheer rolling into the new year.

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In all, 40 new Christmas movies will air between Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channels. Hallmark will debut 24 and the HMM channel will debut 16. That is in addition to the many, many other holiday movies that will run during the span of the viewing event (the company has made 176 original films to date). All of the OG actors from previous years' movies will make appearances, including a few new ones, like Dolly Parton!

In short, if you don't get your fill of shmaltz, cornball romances, and holiday themes, that's on you. 

Check out the new release schedule below, so you can plan your schedule around it. Check out more about Countdown to Christmas on Hallmark.com.

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Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas:

All premieres are at 8 p.m. ET/PT

  • Saturday, October 26: Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
  • Saturday, November 2: Merry & Bright
  • Sunday, November 3: Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • Saturday, November 9: A Christmas Duet
  • Sunday, November 10: The Mistletoe Secret
  • Saturday, November 16: Double Holiday
  • Sunday, November 17: The Christmas Club
  • Saturday, November 23: Picture a Perfect Christmas
  • Sunday, November 24: Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
  • Monday, November 25: Check Inn to Christmas
  • Tuesday, November 26: A Gift to Remember 2
  • Wednesday, November 27: Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen
  • Thursday, November 28: Write Before Christmas
  • Friday, November 29: Christmas at the Plaza
  • Saturday, November 30: Christmas in Rome
  • Sunday, December 1: Christmas Town
  • Saturday, December 7: Hallmark Hall of Fame—A Christmas Love Story
  • Sunday, December 8: Christmas at Dollywood
  • Saturday, December 14: Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
  • Sunday, December 15: Alice in Christmasland
  • Saturday, December 21: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Sunday, December 22: Holiday Date
  • Wednesday, December 25: When Calls the Heart Christmas
  • Saturday, December 28: New Year, New Me

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Miracles of Christmas:

All premieres are at 9 p.m. ET/PT

  • Friday, October 25: A Merry Christmas Match
  • Thursday, October 31: Nostalgic Christmas
  • Friday, November 1: Two Turtle Doves
  • Thursday, November 7: A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas
  • Friday, November 8: Holiday for Heroes
  • Thursday, November 14: A Christmas Miracle
  • Friday, November 15: A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love 
  • Thursday, November 21: Our Christmas Love Song
  •  Friday, November 22: Christmas Under the Stars
  • Friday, November 29: The Christmas Wish
  • Thursday, December 5: This Time of Year
  • Friday, December 6: Time for You to Come Home for Christmas
  • Thursday, December 12: Christmas in Montana
  • Friday, December 13: Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday
  • Thursday, December 19: An Unforgettable Christmas
  • Friday, December 20: A Family Christmas Gift

How excited are YOU for Hallmark's 2019 Christmas movie schedule? Which of the above premieres are you the most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below.