It’s the holiday season, and that means 24 hours a day Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel! People make fun of these movies, but audiences love them. In fact, the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies’ ratings are so high that Lifetime and UpTV have copied their 24 hours programming strategy. Netflix and Prime Video have their own original Christmas films too. These channels have an insatiable need for new movie ideas, which is good news for creators.
These movies are warm, comforting, and just what people need during the holiday season. People love Christmas. It’s a magical time of year when anything is possible, especially finding true love.
Let’s unwrap why these festive flicks are the cinematic equivalent of a mug of hot cocoa with extra marshmallows!
They’re Like a Holiday Hug
Predictable? Sure, but in the best way possible. Hallmark movies are the friends we know will never let us down. They promise happy endings and deliver them with a bow on top. Watching these films is like coming home to a familiar, joyful place where everything turns out. They remind us that love is the most amazing magic of all.
The Christmas We Wish We Had
These movies are a nostalgic sleigh ride into a fantasy past. They’re packed with everything we love about the holidays — snowball fights, twinkling lights, and heartwarming family moments. They are the perfect cinematic Christmas we dream about, filled with romance, laughter, and sometimes a sprinkle of holiday magic. It’s hard not to get swept up in the festive spirit when love and miracles are in the air!
The Coziest Community Ever
These films show us quirky small towns where everyone knows your name and has your back. These are places we wish we could visit.
A Feast for the Eyes
Hallmark movies are a visual treat. The festive decor, twinkling lights, and picturesque winter scenes are the perfect backdrop to their heartwarming stories. It’s like stepping into a Christmas card!
Christmas Movie Genres
All Hallmark Christmas movies are romances. After all, love is the greatest Christmas gift. Each genre within the Hallmark Christmas movie universe adds its own sprinkle of yuletide cheer. Let’s jingle our way through the different genres as broken down in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hallmark: Writing a Made-for-TV Christmas Movie by Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton.
1. Hometown Christmas – A successful city girl must go to or return to a picturesque small town and accomplish some Christmas related task.
2. The Fake Boyfriend – A fake relationship transforms into genuine love. People take a fake boyfriend or girlfriend home to meet their family, or they need an attractive date for a work function.
3. Christmas Magic – This covers Santa, time travel, angels, and magic wishes. New versions of A Christmas Carol fall into this category.
4. Christmas Royalty – This is the classic Cinderella story where a young woman, usually from the middle class, meets a prince or minor royalty. Complete with ball gowns, grand palaces, and a touch of royal intrigue, these movies are a fairy-tale lover’s dream come true.
5. Snowstorms Ahead – Winter weather provides a perfect stage for cozy conflict with couples confined together because of snowstorms.
6. The Christmas Cynic – A person who dislikes Christmas must learn to love it, or at least convince someone like a boss or a TV audience, that she does. Or the cynic must shut down some beloved Christmas related business like the town’s ornament factory.
7. The Musical Christmas – A melody-filled genre where music plays a central role. It could be about a struggling musician finding his muse, a Christmas pageant, or a caroling competition.
8. The Christmas Switcheroo – Two women decide to switch places to see how the other half lives. While living another person’s life, they each fall in love.
Hallmark Christmas movies are the ultimate holiday treat. They’re a blend of comfort, cheer, and a bit of holiday magic. Do you have an idea for a Christmas romance? Watch as many as you can for inspiration. Grab your favorite holiday snack, snuggle up, and let the merry marathons begin!
If you need a palate cleanser from all the sugary Christmas romance, try the Christmas action triple feature of Diehard, Lethal Weapon, and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.
Check out my holiday gift guide for writers.
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