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How to watch Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas

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Grab some mistletoe. And some tissues.

It’s the most magical time of year again—or at the very least, it’s time for Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas, the channel’s annual marathon of feel-good holiday movies. This year Hallmark is premiering 22 new Christmas movies that are sure to make you long for home and eggnog in equal measure. Here’s the complete Hallmark Christmas movies 2018 list and everything you need to know to watch online for free, whether you’re streaming the Hallmark Channel, binging Hallmark Movies & Drama, or testing out Hallmark Movies Now.

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How to watch Hallmark Christmas movies online: 5 streaming options

If you want to watch Hallmark Christmas movies, you’ll want access to both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The two channels will basically split the premieres for the Countdown to Christmas (complete schedule below). But not every live TV streaming service offers both channels in the same package, and some (Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV) don’t carry either one. Thankfully, each of the services below offers a free trial, so you can get started without breaking the bank or making a long-term commitment. Here’s what you need to know to stream Hallmark Christmas movies.

1) FuboTV

For what’s largely considered a sports streaming service, FuboTV has a surprisingly well-rounded collection of channels that includes both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Even better, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR, so you can record plenty of Hallmark Christmas movies. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)

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2) Philo

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  • Cost: $16 per month
  • Philo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices

When it comes to live TV streaming, Philo is by far your cheapest option for Hallmark Christmas movies. The budget service added all three Hallmark channels just in time for the Countdown to Christmas. With free cloud DVR and at just $16 per month, you’ll absolutely get your money’s worth here. Philo’s also the cheapest way to watch AMC online, not to mention MTV and Comedy Central. 


3) Sling TV

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By the numbers, Sling TV is the most popular streaming service around. While Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries aren’t included in either one of its base packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue (each $25 per month), you can add the Lifestyle Extra collection to either one for just $5 more per month to get both channels, along with VH1, BET, and the Cooking Channel, among others. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)


4) DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now, the digital version of DirecTV, offers four tiers of service, all of which include Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here to figure out just how big you want to make your package.


5) PlayStation Vue

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  • Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

Of all the live TV streaming services, PlayStation Vue is the only one of two to offer Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama, but you’ll pay an arm and a leg for all of it. While the standard Hallmark Channel is available in the introductory package, you’ll have to upgrade to the Elite package, at $59.99 per month, to get the other two. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)


Other ways to watch Hallmark Christmas movies

1) Hallmark Everywhere

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Cost: Free to download, login required to access Hallmark movies

Devices: Roku, Apple TV, web browsers, iOS and Android devices

Traveling for the holidays? Hallmark Everywhere, a free app, makes it easy to watch Hallmark Christmas movies no matter where you are. Your login credentials for FuboTV or PlayStation Vue will suffice, but for some reason (presumably because it’s only available as an add-on) you can’t use Sling TV. It’s unclear if DirecTV Now works, but DirecTV definitely does.

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2) Hallmark Movies Now

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Cost: $4.99 per month (with 12-month commitment) or $5.99 per month

Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Android and iOS devices

Hallmark Movies Now is Hallmark’s standalone subscription service. It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to watch any of the Hallmark Christmas movies from the three channels discussed at length above. They’re all mutually exclusive services. However, on Oct. 29, Hallmark Movies Now will be stuffing its stocking full of holiday movies in its Mistletoes & Movies section.

Hallmark Christmas movies 2018 list

All movies start at 7pm CT/8pm ET

Oct. 27Christmas at Pemberley Manor | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 3Christmas Joy | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 4Road to Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 4Marrying Father Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 10It’s Christmas, Eve | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 11A Veteran’s Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 17Return to Christmas Creek | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 17Christmas at Graceland | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 18A Godwink Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 18Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 19Last Vermont Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 20Hope at Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 21Christmas at Grand Valley | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 22Christmas at the Palace | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 23Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 24Christmas Everlasting: A Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation | Hallmark Channel

Nov. 24Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Nov. 25A Shoe Addict’s Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 1Welcome to Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 1Mingle All the Way | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 2A Majestic Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 2Northern Lights of Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 8Memories of Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 8Homegrown Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 9Once Upon a Christmas Miracle | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 9Christmas Wonderland | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 15A Gingerbread Romance | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 15Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 16Reunited at Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 16Entertaining Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 22Jingle Around the Clock | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 22Small Town Christmas | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 23Christmas Belles Are Ringing | Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Dec. 23Christmas Made to Order | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 25When Calls the Heart Christmas | Hallmark Channel

Dec. 29A Midnight Kiss | Hallmark Channel

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.