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Best Hallmark Christmas Movies of 2018!

Hey, guys! I thought I would jump on here today and share some of what I think are the best Christmas movies Hallmark has put out this holiday season.

Now before getting started, I have to admit that I am playing catch up, so there are some that I've missed. I'll share my favorite things about each one I watched, and let you know my favorites. Here goes!

Road To Christmas-
My first time seeing Jessy Schram's acting (superb by the way), and I had only seen Chad Michael Murray in the Left Behind movie a few years ago.  This was one of mine and my family's favorites out of this year's movies.

The entire cast worked really well together, there was a lot of fun witty banter, as well as a heartwarming storyline of a family coming back together at Christmas. I think it also veered a little bit from the normal Hallmark story. Also, Cardi Wong (Derek Wise) brought a lot of hilarity to this movie. A classic that our family will rewatch time and time again. A 10/10.

Marrying Father Christmas-
Fans have enjoyed watching Ian (Niall Matter) and Miranda's (Erin Krakow) love story unfold over the past 3 years. To be honest, although this isn't my favorite in the series ( Engaging Father Christmas has that spot) it was still a wonderful tale. Still a 9/10 in my book, and will definitely watch again.

It's Christmas Eve-
Hallmark newcomers Tyler Hynes (also in Falling For You) and LeAnn Rimes bring this classic movie to life.  I'll share its storyline in the words of Tyler-
"It's Christmas, Eve is about a woman named Eve (surprise) who comes back to her hometown to do a job, which is to balance the budget of the school that she is handling because she is an interim school superintendent.  And in doing so, she cuts the arts program which I'm a part of because I'm a music teacher at that school. I'm also a single dad. In doing so, we come across each other and there's a little bit of friction, but that friction soon turns positive vibes and we decide we're going to raise money to save the school arts program. And maybe we fall deeply, deeply in love." 

Honestly, this is such a great movie with some of the catchiest music I've heard in a Hallmark movie! The family has already viewed this movie twice since it came out, as well as a family member receiving the dvd for Christmas.  A 9/10.

A Veteran's Christmas-
I've never seen either the actor or actress before (Sean Farris & Eloise Mumford) but I really, really enjoyed their portrayal of these characters.  Farris plays the hometown lawyer and Mumford the vet who gets in a wreck after just coming back home from Iraq, I believe.  A classic. 9/10.

Christmas At Graceland-
Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown

Even though our family has never been huge Elvis fans, that's not a requirement to fall in love with this movie! The main characters really clicked and were very believable in both the romantic chemistry as well as the friendships (old and new) throughout the story. I believe this was also the first movie to be filmed at Graceland.  (Also, the little girl is SO adorable!) Definitely a 10/10.

Hope At Christmas-

I've been looking forward to this movie since I first heard about it.  Ryan Paevey and Scottie Thompson did not disappoint!  Yes, it is the classic Hallmark storyline but, (and no offense meant, I love them all) I think this one had a little more depth. The actors really did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. 10/10

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe-
This modern retelling of Jane Austen's book has the roles reversed.  In this version, a girl is Darcy (Lacey Chabert).  While I can't really tell you how closely it follows the book (I'm pretty sure it doesn't 😉) it's a great movie.

 I told my sisters the minute I saw Brendan and Lacey were going to be in a movie together that it was a great pairing, and it definitely was! Lots of humor and another family favorite. 10/10.

Welcome To Christmas-
Eric Mabius and Jennifer Finnigan star in this movie.  This is more of a classic Hallmark storyline: city girl goes to small town and falls in love with the small town sheriff.  Still one of our favorites though, and loved seeing Eric in another Hallmark!  9/10.

Small Town Christmas-
This was one of my favorites of this year's movies.

 Starring Kristoffer Polaha and Ashley Newborough.
 Remember the classic Jimmy Stewart movie It's A Wonderful Life? Well, in this movie, Kristoffer channeled a little bit of Jimmy's character (George Bailey) and made this an instant classic.  It's subtle enough that it probably isn't your first thought when you see the movie, but it's definitely there!  I really hope Hallmark comes out with this one on dvd (and even a sequel, maybe?!). It's just a classic feel-good movie and you almost feel like it was from the 50s or 60s. 10/10

Reunited At Christmas-
I really enjoyed this movie because it wasn't your usual "romantic" storyline.

 It definitely focused on Nikki and Mike's characters but it also brought the family into it.  It shows the bond sisters have, her mother and father trying to mend the broken relationship they have after their divorce, etc.  A great movie and I actually had tears in my eyes multiple times while watching it.  9/10.

Jingle Around The Clock-
I actually just saw this movie last night. I will admit to mostly being excited about this movie due to the fact that Andrea Brooks and Jeremy Guilbaut were in it, as they're two of my favorites. However, I did end up loving the entire production!

This was the first thing I'd seen Michael Cassidy in, and I believe the second I had seen Brooke Nevin in.  One of my favorite parts of this was how it featured Elle's (Nevin's) friends, not just a focus on the two romantic leads. Also, for any Road To Christmas fans, there's a reference to Julia Wise in the movie! I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't seen it yet, but I love the ending! 9/10. And Hallmark, please give us a sequel!

When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing-
While I wasn't one of those completely heartbroken when Jack (Daniel Lissing) died towards the end of last season, I was sad to see him go.  But things happen, people move on, so enjoy them while you can and look forward to the future.  I was sort of wondering how Hallmark would try to continue the story showing Elizabeth moving on while not forgetting Jack.  Erin portrayed it perfectly and I love how Loughlin's character (Abigail) helps comfort her and brings the ladies of the town together to let her know she isn't alone.

 I loved the introduction of the characters that will be on the spin-off When Hope Calls (Morgan Kohan and Jocelyn Hudon).  The story of Gowen (Martin Cummins) and the little girl was so sweet, and Hickam (Ben Rosenbaum) added some comedy as well as Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) and Abigail.  Oh, and of course Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) did. I mean, when doesn't she?!?
 Without a doubt, a classic Christmas movie. 10/10

Now I'll share some that I enjoyed but didn't grab me quite as much as the others I mentioned above.

A Gingerbread Romance- 
I have to say, I was so looking forward to this movie and wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped.  I can't quite say what it was, but it just didn't really keep my attention.  5/10

Christmas In Vermont-
Justin Bruenig and Erin Cahill are the leads in this one.  While I admit to being excited about watching it, it didn't quite live up to expectations.  5/10

Christmas In Love-
I was really looking forward to this movie, and still enjoyed it very much, but it wasn't quite up to par with the ones I mentioned above, in my opinion.  Daniel Lissing and Brooke D'Orsay are favorites and I loved the pairing of the two, but the storyline just wasn't my favorite. 

 I will give it another go sometime, maybe I was just tired the night I watched it 😉. A 6/10.

Christmas Joy-
This is the first movie I've ever seen Matt Long in and the first thing I have seen Danielle Panabaker in in quite some time.  While it had the classic Hallmark storyline, there were some very humorous parts and I liked the chemistry of the cast. A 7/10 I think.

Christmas At The Palace-
This is the first royal Hallmark movie I've seen in quite some time. I really enjoyed it, and to me the best friend's (Brittany Bristow) storyline was just as interesting as Merritt and Cooper's. Humorous and touching at the same time. 8/10.

Entertaining Christmas-
This is such a sweet movie.  Directed by Hallmark favorite Robin Dunne, Jodie Sweetin stars as Candace (Full House reference, Hallmark? We see what you did there ;)  who is lost in her all-things-home-decor-related, talented mother's shadow.
Sweetin and Fehr

 She isn't geared towards those things, and instead has a passion for things like photography and reaching out to those who, like her, can' create the perfect meal or make that perfect craft.  She has to step in for her mom and go to a small town to welcome a military dad home (per his daughter's request).  There she meets the girl's uncle (Brendan Fehr) and, well, you'll have to watch the movie to figure out the rest. :)
An enjoyable storyline, but I liked Jodie's "Finding Santa" better. Still an 8/10.

Well done to Hallmark Channel on a very successful Holiday movie season.  Many of the premieres this year are on our family-favorites list and will be rewatched throughout next year, especially around the Christmas season! I can't wait to see what they have planned for next year!  I'd love to hear what some of your favorite movies were this year, so please, share in the comment section below!