When the temperatures begin to dip, the leaves change colors and pumpkin spice abounds, you know Hallmark Channel’s seasonal programming to celebrate the fall, Halloween and Christmas can’t be far behind. We love the Hallmark Channel’s family-friendly programming that centers around love, community, seasonal gatherings, holiday traditions and everything cozy!
The south has always celebrated family and traditions, and to that end, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Hallmark movies airing in the 2019 holiday season with a southern connection. Whether the lead actor has roots in the south or the movie is set in a southern city, we’re sharing the ten Hallmark Channel movies we’re watching this season to get us in the mood for pumpkin patches, trick or treating… and of course, Christmas.
Love, Fall And Order
Airs Oct. 12th
Love, Fall & Order’s Erin Cahill hails from Stafford, Virginia. Of course, we’re watching this actress lead the way in this cinematically gorgeous ode to autumn.
When Claire goes home to save her dad’s annual Fall Fest on her family’s pumpkin farm, sparks fly with an old rival – the opposing lawyer she now faces in court.
Good Witch Halloween
Airs Oct. 19th
James Denton, the male lead in this popular series is originally from Tennessee. If you’re a fan of the show, you can just make out a slow, friendly southern cadence in his tone.
The Good Witch meets her match when Cassie’s long-lost college roommate, Autumn Delaney, makes an unexpected visit to Grey House on a mission to disrupt Middleton’s Halloween festivities.
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
Airs Oct. 26th
This movie offers a triple whammy of southernness! One, the lead actress in this movie, Jill Wagner, a staple on Hallmark is from Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from NC State. Go Wolfpack! Two, this movie is based on the book of the same name by Tennessee native, Jenny Hale and three, it’s set in Virginia!
Single mom Abbey takes a leap of faith to pursue her passion for interior design. When she gets hired to decorate the estate of local businessman Nick, Abbey must complete the job by Christmas Eve. With the holidays fast approaching, Abbey must figure out how to break down the wall between her and Nick, as this could be the opportunity that jump-starts her career.
A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas
Airs Nov. 7th
Hotel manager Willow (Rachel Leigh Cooke) returns to her stunning Virginia hometown to help her sister plan a Christmas wedding at the inn her family once owned. She must work with current owner and single dad David, who wants to let go of the past.
The Mistletoe Secret
Airs Nov. 10th
The Mistletoe Secret features country singer, Kellie Pickler from North Carolina. We’ve been watching her ever since she appeared on the singing reality show, American Idol and love her performances on the Hallmark Channel.
When Aria Eubank convinces a famous travel writer to do a feature story on her beloved hometown in Utah, it looks like the town’s tourism drop is about to be reversed. However, when the travel guru and his ghostwriter both show up, Aria finds her heart torn between the charismatic but pompous Sterling Masters and Alex Bartlett, the real talent behind Masters of Travel, and the man who has genuinely fallen for her.
Christmas At Graceland: Home For The Holidays
Airs Nov. 23
We can hardly wait to watch this Christmas movie set at icon Elvis Presley’s’ home, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee and featuring actress Priscilla Presley.
World-traveler Harper returns to Memphis for the holidays and nannies for wealthy widower Owen while awaiting news about a job overseas. As they grow close, Harper encourages Owen to break out of his routine and spend more time with his children, while Owen encourages Harper to have confidence. Harper and Owen prepare for a joint event at Graceland featuring a fundraiser for Owen’s company and an Elvis at Christmas exhibit Harper is producing. They develop feelings for each other, Harper realizes how much she enjoys living near family and must decide if her home for the holidays will be her forever home.
Christmas In Rome
Airs Nov. 30
Popular Hallmark actress, Lacey Chabert is originally from Mississippi. She hasn’t lived there in a long time, but she still considers herself a southern gal at heart, and that’s good enough for us!
Angela is an independent-minded American tour guide fired from her job in Rome just before Christmas. She crosses paths with an American executive named Oliver, who wants to buy a high-end Italian ceramics company. Oliver hires Angela to be his tour guide around the Eternal City, as the owner of the ceramics company won’t sell it to him until he learns the heart and soul of Rome. But is there another heart and soul that he may win?
Time for You to Come Home for Christmas
Airs Dec. 6
This movie, a sequel to the Blake Shelton-produced Time For Me To Come Home, based on his song of the same name, follows a recent widow Katherine (Allison Sweeney)and her son, Will, returning to her hometown to spend Christmas with family. On the train to Virginia, Katherine meets a veteran on his own holiday journey. Katherine and Jack part ways, only to discover they had the same destination. While volunteering for the local Christmas dance, a fundraiser for military families, the two grow closer. But Katherine struggles to move on from her late husband and Jack is focused on a mysterious mission that brought him to town. As Christmas nears, the two learn of a hidden connection that may be the Christmas miracle they were looking for.
Christmas At Dollywood
Airs Dec. 8
What can we say about Christmas At Dollywood? You can’t get any more southern than country music superstar and legend, Dolly Parton, right? This television movie is just one of many that the Hallmark Channel has set in and filmed at Dollywood Park & Resort in Tennessee.
Laurel (Danica McKellar), a Chicago-based business executive, travels to Memphis to close a deal to take over the city’s oldest family-owned bank. While she’s in town, she bumps into her old flame Clay, a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to stay focused on work, Clay pulls her back to the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Laurel finds herself drawn to the City of Blues—and Clay—as she dreams of making music once again.
The Sweetest Christmas
Airs Nov. 2
When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson learns she’s made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she thinks her competitive spirit has finally paid off and hopes the publicity will help her jumpstart her new café. There’s just one problem — the oven she’s supposed to use breaks down right before the contest. Determined to enter, she reaches out to Nick Mazannti, her old boyfriend from culinary school who gave up his dream of being a pastry chef to take over his family’s pizzeria. Nick allows her to use his industrial pizza oven at night to craft her ambitious gingerbread confections. As the two reminisce about the dreams of their youth, their romance is rekindled. But just as Kylie is on the cusp of taking the grand prize — and embracing true love — things get complicated when her ex-boyfriend takes drastic steps to win her back. Kylie realizes she must embrace the Christmas Spirit or risk losing both the contest and her new love.
What’s your favorite Hallmark Channel movie? And did we miss one with a southern connection? Let us know in the comments section!