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How to watch Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas

Grab some mistletoe. And some tissues.


Austin Powell


Posted on Oct 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:12 am CDT


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) Philo

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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 $20 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. 


2) Sling TV

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 $30 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.)


3) 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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4) AT&T Now

  • Cost: $60-$135 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Samsung TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


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.


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 2020 list

Road to Christmas 

Christmas Cookie Matchup 

A Rose for Christmas

Christmas Camp

Finding Father Christmas

Christmas Festival of Ice

Broadcasting Christmas

The Case for Christmas

Meet the Peetes Christmas Special

Home for Christmas

The Christmas Angel

How Sarah got her Wings

Small Gifts

The Wishing Tree

The Good Witch’s Gift

Horses of McBride

My First Miracle 

Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove

Keepsake Ornament Club

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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*First Published: Oct 26, 2018, 5:30 am CDT