There’s only one thing on our minds… Christmas.
If you’re fully ready to get into the festive spirit, then Hallmark has released its highly anticipated “Countdown to Christmas” 2020 movie schedule, and they appear to have gone all out this year. But of the list, there’s one particular movie that people can’t stop talking about because it includes a gay couple playing the lead – a first for the company.
So prepare to sit back, relax, and take in all the holiday goodness as we reveal what’s in store for you on the countdown to Christmas.
“When Jessica travels to a remote town in Alaska to track down a rare flower for her wedding client, she becomes smitten with the small-town charm and one of its locals.”
“A world-class pianist returns home for some much-needed R&R, but an old ex uses this time to remind her of the ambitious girl she once was.”
“Right before she moves on from her assistant title, Jessica helps her boss one last time by caring for his younger brother’s orphaned nieces and nephews. In due time, she learns the complications that arise from mixing business with pleasure.”
“Anna rescues a mother and son during a blizzard, only to learn that they are actually royalty — part of the Royal Family of Galwick, to be exact. She takes this opportunity to show the young prince how to celebrate Christmas the non-royal way.”
“Maggie is gearing up for another Christmas on her own … until an unexpected houseguest shows up at her doorstep. She makes the most out of the situation, and even finds comfort in having someone to celebrate with.”
“Two game designers use everything that the holidays bring — festive cheer, mistletoe moments, and more — to dream up a scavenger hunt throughout the city.”
“While in Vienna for a violin concert, Jess rediscovers what made her fall in love with music in the first place, all thanks to a new flame.”
“Charles travels from 1903 to 2020 to experience a futuristic Christmas, with the help of his charming tour guide.”
“Just as Vivienne is about to accept a new job across the country, she’s reminded that leaving everything she built isn’t necessarily the best way to move forward. The Spirit of Christmas Past and the Spirit of Christmas Present show her just that.”
“Firefighter Kevin is the only thing standing in Erin’s way of planning the best Christmas celebration ever. That means, it’s up to her to win him over to get a celebration-worthy spruce tree from his property.”
“When two TV hosts are forced to cozy up to the competition over the holidays, they learn that they have more in common than they thought.”
“Lisa is determined to secure a five-star rating for her dad’s bed & breakfast. But when she meets a mysterious B&B guest, she’s shocked to learn he’s the travel critic behind the review.”
“The days for The Starlight Café are numbered. That is, until Annie meets Williams, who works for the development firm looking to demolish the restaurant. He proposes an out-of-the-box idea that forces Annie to consider how low she’s willing to go to save her family’s business.”
“Avery turns to her dance instructor for guidance after the wedding of her dreams is unexpected cancelled.”
“A bright and cheery publicist works with a scrooge-like business owner and his team of The Wizards of Oz-inspired characters to help a good cause.”
“Since Michelle has plenty of wedding planning her plate, she leans on Hannah to wrap up the launch of the new Evergreen museum. All the while, she begins to question her own future — and if Elliot is really Mr.Right.”
“Kayleigh is heartbroken to learn that her romance column is canceled right before the holidays. While home with her family, the person who canceled her column shows up at her door to tie up loose ends.”
“Lina and Max face the unexpected when a storm hits, potentially ruining their holiday plans. The two of them are forced to work together to figure out a way home — without taking it out on each other.”
“By the looks of it, Emily has it all: She’s a well-respected newscaster, and loved by many. But in her eyes, she lost the thing that matters most — her first true love. A ride on the carousel at the town’s Christmas carnival brings her back in time, giving her a second chance at the love and life she deserves.”
“Lila (Boston) partners up with the Prince of Marcadia to repair the Royal Family’s carousel by Christmas.”
“In the height of the holiday craziness, Christina gets back a DNA test and learns that she’s actually Jewish. This leads her down a path of self-discovery, even finding romance along the way.”
“Meg is eager to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition, but things get complicated when she discovers that her new beau is linked to the demolition-hungry developer.”
“Molly worries that she’s falling in love with two different men: Josh, a widower who recently moved to town, and one of her clients. But what happens when she discovers that they’re actually the same guy?”
“A separated couple plays pretend, using their ‘perfect marriage’ to give their town’s Christmas festival a boost. Along the way, they question if rekindled love is possible, or something they should leave in the past.”
“Melody decides that the best way to help her terminally-ill neighbor is by adopting her children, Holly and Ivy. But first, she must transform her fixer-upper.”
“A reporter takes her latest story to heart: While telling the love story behind an antique engagement ring, she turns to the ring owner’s grandson to learn more about his family’s history.”
“After an accident halts her dreams of being a professional violinist, she finds ways to heal her body and heart, leading her to an old friend.”
“Joan takes over the wedding planning duties for her son after his wedding planner quits. Then the bride’s uncle offers to pitch in, which causes the two to grow close.”
“Just a week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright heads to an assignment far from home. There, she meets someone from her past who reveals some life-changing news.”
“Holly asks an investigative reporter to help her track down the owner of a lost charm bracelet before Christmas Eve.”
“A writer is determined to solve the town’s biggest holiday mystery: Who is the person granting all of the wishes on the angel tree? In the process, she reconnects with someone from her childhood who helps her find the answer.”
“A local reporter sets sail on a Tiger Cruise over the holidays, where she befriends the naval officer and digs deep into the ship’s past.”
“Five people are randomly (or possibly, not so randomly) invited to celebrate Christmas at the local inn. Shortly after her arrival, Sarah learns that the guest list may help her — and everyone else, for that matter — learn more about their past.”
“After returning home, Sam catches himself stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie.”
“Jessica knows this may be her last normal Christmas, so she escapes to a small town for peace and quiet. Things heat up as soon as she meets the town’s fireman.”
“Kate and Kevin go on a wild goose chase to figure out who left the mysterious key and holiday riddle on their doorstep — and what it really means.”
“An antique seller and cleaner can’t agree on how to prepare an over-the-top estate for the holiday season. They start at square one, uncovering the home’s hidden treasures … and secrets.”
“Lucy plays Santa all season long, granting wishes and helping families prepare for the holiday. But one little girl’s wish leads her to discover a dream of her own.”
“Phylis and Bill hope that having their two sons at home over the holidays will help them find a way to grow stronger as a family. While there, both sons reveal that they are also struggling with problems of their own.”
This will be the company’s first-ever Christmas movie with a gay couple in the lead.
While other companies such as Lifetime and Hulu have already advertised their Christmas stories featuring gay couples, it seems as though Hallmark is finally hopping on the bandwagon and we’re totally here for the inclusivity.
Johnathan Bennet, one of the men playing the lead characters said he’s “happy to be part of the progress.”
“This movie is so important because I’m part of the progress, and it feels good,” he said. “I can only imagine what younger me would have thought seeing a Christmas movie with a storyline like this; two men in love, having a baby together. I think I would have been so excited, and I know I’m excited.”
“Representation is so important, and to represent this storyline on Hallmark Channel, it’s an honor to make a little history.”
We’re living for it!
Keep your eyes peeled for this all-new movie that is set to be available to watch from November 22nd.