We now have Christmas movies galore in 2018. For the first time I’m joining forces – all the networks in one blog post, but I am letting you know next to the title what network it is. I’m still keeping the same categories:
- A must Watch for all: It would have positive reviews by men, family fun and objectively would get a positive rotten tomato or critics award – i.e. it could be in Movie theaters
- Watch if you love Christmas Movies: It is the creme of the creme of Christmas movies, but it is a Christmas movie, so for those who are not fans or have bitter dark cold hearts stay away. Could be watched every year
- Predictable & Nice: These are the categories where we start with Christmas lovers. These movies are Predictable, because 80% of Christmas movies are but are so well done and moving that it really doesn’t matter. Stands for multiple watching
- Predictable & Naughty: these are the bad that they are so good movies. The ones that apart from being predictable are formulaic or have terrible plot or other flaws but still can sustain one viewing in the light of the spirit
- Do not waste your time: Stay away from these ones. Not even I, a Christmas movie addict can justify them.
Within those categories they are ranked in order of preference. Here so far the 31 movies I have watched so far (I might have done little else). There are more movies coming out, so as soon as I see them I will update this post, so keep it bookmarked if you want.
If you want to check out some suggestions on which movies to watch from previous years: ABC Family Movies, 2016-2017 Hallmark Movies, Last year Netfiix and Lifetime movies, and my All About Hallmark Channel X-Mas Movies and All About Lifetime Movies.
A must Watch for All
Christmas Chronicles – NETFLIX – this is an old school classic that will light up the Christmas mood of everyone. It really reminded me of Home Alone.
Official Blurb: Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles, which tells the story of a brother and sister who try to catch Santa on camera on Christmas Eve. “After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas,” Netflix’s summary teases. “As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa—as you’ve never seen him before—and his loyal elves to save Christmas before it’s too late.”
Watch if you love Christmas Movies
IT’S CHRISTMAS, EVE – HALLMARK – This had all the things that I love about a Xmas movie, especially a lot of good Xmas music. It’s sweet and actually very well made
Official Blurb: As interim school superintendent, Eve (Rimes) trims budgets and now she’s in her hometown where it’s personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam (Hines) is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who’s created a website for donations directly to save the arts program. Launched during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam’s students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam, and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE – HALLMARK – you would think that all the normal girl meets a prince of a tiny imagined nation movies would already be made, but no. This is one is new and it actually feels a bit fresh and not rehashed. I think the figure skating element made it even more appealing
Official Blurb:Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?
CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY MANOR – HALLMARK – I am a Jane Austen Super fan so of course I was going to love a Christmas movie that was Jane Austen inspired. The cast is great and it will full all your Xmas movie wishes
Official Blurb: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.
A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS – HALLMARK – Candance Cameron Bure is Hallmark’s queen of Christmas and there is a reason to it. She is wonderful in all her movies. This one, a little Christmas Carol meets fashion is a sweet Christmas movie that is one of my favorites of the year.
Official Blurb:As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store… until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?
PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND MISTLETOE – HALLMARK – Another Christmas movie with Jane Austen hints, and the runner up Christmas Queen, Lacey Chabert at her peak. Party planning, mistletoe , snow and cooking – what’s not to like
Official Blurb: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love.
ROAD TO CHRISTMAS – HALLMARK – this was sweet and although could veer in the predictable (its almost falling off this category) I enjoyed it enough to put it here, it was a great Christmas movie with all the ingredients! Also how can a road trip + cooking show not be a winning combination in my book
Official Blurb: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother’s (Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie’s secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.
Princess Switch -NETFLIX – you definitely will know whats going on and whats going to happen but its cute, Vanessa Hudges is great and its a sweet Christmas story as it comes. It also hits all the formulas in the book. It’s as if Netflix mixed all the tried formulas and put it here: switches, royalty, cooking shows, young kids, loss of Xmas spirit.
Official Blurb:It’s a classic trading-places comedy, in which Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro, switches roles with a lookalike “commoner” from Chicago named Stacy, a week before Christmas. Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s coworker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s prince fiancé. We predict more than a few hijinks will ensue.
Predictable & Nice
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND – HALLMARK – this is a super sweet movie oozing with traditional and predictable Christmas ingredients: Travel snafu, old boyfriends, hometown, lost career path etc. however it works really well and I enjoyed it a lot!
Heidi, who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery’s big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas high-school dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, capturing the Christmas spirit. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley
CHRISTMAS CONNECTION – HALLMARK – A somewhat more refreshing take on the common theme of stranded flight stories. I think the best part of this one is the casting!
Official Blurb:Flight attendant Sydney is tasked with looking after Leah, an unaccompanied minor. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Jonathan, Sydney finds a package Leah left behind and delivers it to Leah. She missed her connection, and Jonathan invites her to spend the holidays with them
CHRISTMAS JOY HALLMARK – i love Cooking in Christmas Movies and this one has cookie baking all over the place. You know whats going to happen from minute one, but it is charming, sweet and everything nice.
Official blurb: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company’s top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account’s CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby’s best friend back home in Crystal Falls, NC. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn’t be worse, Joy immediately comes to her Aunt’s bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrews (Long), son of Ruby’s best friend Shirley. Joy also must navigate Ruby’s stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town’s legendary annual Cookie Crawl, a walking home tour where owners display holiday decorations and treat each other to Christmas cookies all while vying to win the prized Golden Wreath Award. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take her aunt’s place as chair of the Cookie Crawl much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben’s attempts to “co- captain,” she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home for the holidays
MINGLE ALL THE WAY – HALLMARK – A very enjoyable Christmas Romantic story. Do you know whats going to happen at the end? of course! but this one has enough twist and turns and nice little surprises to keep you on your toes. They are also a super cute couple so big points on the casting.
Official Blurb: Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app, and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they’ve already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.
CHRISTMAS IN LOVE – HALLMARK – Predictability is high, but the casting is spot on and I loved how this small town girl has more ambition than her usual counterparts!
Official Blurb:Ellie Hartman is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it’s the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn’t better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick’s laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.
Christmas Harmony – LIFETIME – This is probably Lifetime’s best movie of the season in my book. Really good music and singing, great casting and a very sweet story. Also i am a Pitch Perfect fan, so if you are too this one’s for you!
Official Blurb: Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing
Jingle Belle – LIFETIME – Another very solid and super cute musical offering by Lifetime. It has tons of music, beautiful singing by Tatyana Ali and lots of heart. The main song in the movie I still have stuck in my head, i am going to look if its out to download to put in my Christmas Playlist.
Official Blurb: Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet?
The Truth About Christmas – FREEFORM – A solid, if not predictable offering by Freeform. It’s Liar Liar meet Christmas, but it kind of works out to a solid movie
Official Blurb: Kali Hawk (“New Girl”) stars as Jillian, a successful political consultant, confident in her ability to put a spin on anything whose next big project is the upcoming mayoral campaign for her boyfriend, George (Damon Dayoub, Freeform’s “Stitchers”). On the way to meet George’s family for the first time during the holidays, an unusual confrontation with a toy store Santa results in a drastic change in Jillian where she can’t stop herself from wildly spilling the truth. Ali Ghandour (Freeform’s “Alone Together”) costars as George’s brother Blake, who believes you should always be true to yourself but thinks Jillian just might be losing it. Jillian must find a way to make it stop before her holidays, her job and her relationship are ruined.
The Holiday Calendar – NETFLIX – Not the best of Netflix’s Christmas movies but still a pretty solid and kind of original movie.
Official Blurb: In The Holiday Calendar, a photographer inherits an antique advent calendar—which predicts the future. “Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?” Netflix’s synopsis asks. Here’s betting the answer is yes.
CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA – HALLMARK – Its a sequel to Evergreen Christmas but really you dont need to have watched that one to enjoy this one, it stands on its own. Great casting and a solid story makes this a romance well worth watching
Official Blurb: When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.
The Christmas Contract– LIFETIME – This One Tree Hill actor reunion movie was actually a little bit less predictable that I thought it was going to be and a whole lot more enjoyable than expected. A great Christmas movie option, all about the Bayou Christmas
Official Blurb:It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack, home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for.
A Very Nutty Christmas – LIFETIME – It’s so ridiculous its good. And also how can you not root for Melissa Joan Hart (nostalgia alert!) and Nutcracker music?
Official Blurb: Hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto, immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room
Predictable & Naughty
Poinsettias for Christmas – LIFETIME – It is not terrible, its just the tier 2 and 3 type of Christmas movies, that you watch, like me, when you have already seen everything else. Not only is it predictable but a little stale as well. On, the plus side it is the top of the Predictable and Naughty list so it has that going for it.
Official Blurb:It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is – the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local
My Christmas Inn – LIFETIME – A great cast, a very predictable hometown story.
Official BlurbWith the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for
A Christmas Prince 2: Royal Wedding – NETFLIX – The First movie was nice this is jsut naughty. Somethings should just be left where they were gerat and sequels should not ruin the great original.
Official Blurb: It’s the sequel to the wildly popular A Christmas Prince, and it promises more romance and holiday cheer than ever. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding features Prince Richard and Amber as they plan their wedding, deal with pre-nuptials jitters, and navigate a political crisis.
HOPE AT CHRISTMAS –HALLMARK – It really was completely predictable, but not in a good way, but in a can it be over soon I want to watch a better one way. The cinematography of this one was all wrong too so dark and gloomy it was not Christmassy spirit. The fact that it was mostly based in a bookstore plus a cute kid was the redeeming factor.
Official Blurb: Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson), recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his ‘nice’ list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.
A TWIST OF CHRISTMAS – LIFETIME – This fell into this category because the first half of the movie is Do not watch but the second half is predictable but nice, so I compromised. A serviceable and cute Christmas movie , there are just better ones out there.
Official Blurb: In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process
Christmas Perfection – LIFETIME – The cast just really didn’t have the charisma to pull this tired story to life. It is serviceable as Christmas fare But this Groundhog day meets Christmas type story just needed a little more oomph.
Official Blurb: As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that “perfection” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
A Christmas Arrangement – LIFETIME – I’m going to be superficial here but what annoyed me the most about this movie was the character of Poppy and her hair! I think the production values could not have been that low that proper hair extensions were not in the budget? The concept of flower arrangements is cute, but the flower arrangements were not good! Again watch if you are bored and no other Christmas movies are on.
Official Blurb: Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the under appreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop.
Do not waste your time
Life Size 2 – FREEFORM – Another movie where the sequel does not live up to its original. Life Size one was a classic of made for TV movies, with Lindsay Lohan at her best. This just pales in comparison and I think Tyra Banks has grown even more annoying with age. This was probably one of the most anticipated movies of the holiday season and it think it definitely did not live up to expectations.
Official Blurb: Grace, the young CEO of Marathon Toys, is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis as she struggles with her job. With the help of her young neighbor, Grace’s old doll magically awakens to help get Grace back on track.
Christmas with a View -NETFLIX – I am using the workd Netflix lightly because it is not a Netflix original flashy film. It is a film i saw in Netflix and that makes all the difference. It has Christmas + Chefs and I still thought it wasnt worth it vs the others, so it is safe to say is not good! it is also really low in production values
Official Blurb: Still reeling from a business failure, the restaurant manager of a ski resort finds her world jolted by a new chef, who has his own hidden past.
A VETERAN’S CHRISTMAS – HALLMARK – hallmark dissapointed me with this one. I couldn’t really believe it was a 2018 Hallmark new movie, i thought it was a UP or ION production that’s how lame and low production value I thought it was. A classic Veteran comes home and finds herself story, it just did nothing for me in the Christmas Happiness scale.
Official Blurb: Honorably discharged from the Marines, Grace is driving to Cincinnati, when her jeep breaks down, and Judge Joe Peterson offers his guesthouse until it’s repaired. As they spend time together they fall in love, but Grace worries Joe isn’t over his ex, Marnie, and Joe must decide if he should move to Chicago to be a District Court Judge. If he does, Grace sees no reason to accept a job heading the town’s Search & Rescue. Overhearing Joe talking to Marnie, Grace is brokenhearted, and leaves, until Joe unleashes a surprise that could make Grace stay in River Crossing forever
You Can’t fight Christmas– NETFLIX – like Christmas with a View this is a movie you find in Netflix not a Netflix original and it shows. It really is terrible, the only redeeming moment is a musical interlude where they sing a nice song called You cant fight Christmas. Everything else you can skip. The worst part was that its a movie all about how the Christmas decorations in a hotel are amazing, and they were just terrible!
Official Blurb: After stepping in to revitalize his family’s hotel, a money-minded businessman clashes with the hotel’s cheery, Christmas-loving decorator