What to Make and Eat While Watching Hallmark Holiday Movies
Countdown to Christmas with Allrecipes and Hallmark holiday movies. From royal romance to hometown hijinks, this year's Hallmark holiday movie line-up has love and laughter for everyone. But seasonal feel-good movies need some yummy foods to go with them, and Allrecipes has all the match-ups of recipe suggestions and other fun options you need to make your Hallmark binge a total delight.
While these movies have official launch days on this schedule and movie guide — with previews, cast lists, photos, upcoming additional showings, and teaser videos — these movies will run at other times as well so you have plenty of viewing options. Check your local listings for more showings and opportunities to countdown to the holidays, the Hallmark way. Watch the movies in your jammies or Hallmark viewing t-shirt with a Hallmark movie watching blanket and eat the snacks as you celebrate the holidays with Hallmark and Allrecipes!
Hallmark's "Christmas CEO" introduces the main character's love interest as a toy company CEO who needs the help of her ex-business partner to seal a big deal. Is this a formula for love? As you watch their love build in and out of the toy-making space, try a toy soldier cocktail and nibble on some mini berry pavlovas or melted snowman cookies. If you want to put your hands to work this holiday, try creating a flower bouquet with an adult Lego flower kit or put together a holiday-themed puzzle.
"An Unexpected Christmas"
The holiday season can be filled with unexpected surprises and maybe even, love. In a Hallmark movie, definitely love! In "An Unexpected Christmas," exes reunite at the holidays when a writer needs a temporary girlfriend for Christmas. Enjoy the hijinks and surprises as you nosh on some ex-girlfriend's mom's salsa fresca and baked tortilla chips or get sweet with some boyfriend brownies. Gift your favorite writer a festive red Moleskin journal to write in for the holidays and into the new year.
"Making Spirits Bright"
When late-fall and winter days are dreary, a Hallmark holiday movie like "Making Spirits Bright" can lighten the season. Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate, some Rice Krispies Christmas trees and a Nutella pastry Christmas tree while rival families go on a holiday quest to win a town decorating contest, find romance and fix a feud. Fill up a making spirits bright travel mug with some peppermint hot chocolate to get in the spirit. Will they fall in love and find peace? Tune in to find out (spoiler alert, they will!)
"Christmas at Castle Hart"
Will Brooke Bennett find love and luck when she goes to Ireland to search for her roots in "Christmas at Castle Hart?" Will she ultimately find her Irish background, meet an earl, fall in love, get mistaken for an elite event planner and get hired to decorate his castle for an epic Christmas party? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes. Will you create an Irish-themed spread to celebrate along with her? (Say yes?) You might not fall in love with an earl but you can enjoy Irish fudge, Irish bread, and Irish cocktail cupcakes, all with some warming Irish coffee. During the commercials, shop for Irish-themed gifts like a lovely sterling silver Claddagh ring.
"Christmas in Tahoe"
Take a trip to Tahoe with talent booker Claire in the holiday romp, "Christmas in Tahoe." You can sip strawberry shooters and nibble on flourless eggplant pizza while she tries to save her family's hotel Christmas show. An ex-boyfriend and lead guitarist of a now-famous band is her only chance to save the holi-day. Big complication: His band fired her as their manager years ago. Will they make beautiful music together and have a wonderful Christmas? Watch and find out as you sing along with a fun karaoke microphone.
"The Christmas Contest"
As you watch "The Christmas Contest," you can decide who wins between delicious French silk chocolate pie and caramel pecan kringle. The movie pair of exes won't have time to make and enjoy a slice of pie or kringle; they'll be too busy competing in a charity Christmas contest. Ultimately, they have to solve the time-old Hallmark holiday movie dilemma: Do they want love or a win? Your only question: pie or pastry? After the movie, enjoy a rousing contest of Hallmark Channel holiday edition Monopoly.
"Eight Gifts of Hanukkah"
After last year's Hallmark Hanukkah movie, the network offers up "Eight Gifts of Hanukkah." The main character goes on a journey to find her secret admirer during the Hanukkah season. Serve up some mom's potato latkes and sweet challah as you find out if she finds the gift of love. If you visit a Jewish friend over the holidays or you join them for a Hallmark holiday movie marathon, simple Hannukah-themed tea towels can be an easy hostess gift.
"A Very Merry Bridesmaid"
Holiday weddings? They're lovely for everyone except Leah in "A Very Merry Bridesmaid." She travels to attend her brother's wedding on her birthday on Christmas Eve. Will there be a gift under the tree for her as she tries to celebrate all three events? Even though her brother's wedding and the Christmas holiday is the focus, a childhood crush is also (fortunately) back in town for the wedding too. His goal for the holidays is to make her birthday special and merry. You can enjoy a special duo of snacks and toast the new couples with some wedding sangria and Italian wedding cookies.
"Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday"
At the holidays, family is often a focus. "In Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday," Jennifer and Meg are separated by where they live and their individual lives. The local family theater is in danger of being closed, which is enough to bring Jennifer and her son back home to help save it. If saving their family theater isn't enough, widow Jennifer has to face her high school debate team rival too. The family and community work to repair the theater and Jennifer tries to repair her heart. As you watch the healing, rebuilding, and sisterly love, try some Sister Beth's carrot cake with a hot beverage in cute Santa Claus mugs. After the movie ends, tie on a Hudson Durable Goods waxed canvas apron and enjoy some family time decorating gingerbread row houses or decorate a snowman.
"A Dickens of a Holiday"
Watch as Cassie makes history at her hometown's Victorian festival in "A Dickens of a Holiday." The town might be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dickens but Cassie celebrates new love with a former high school classmate when she invites him to play villain-turned-good Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." He's now an action movie star and she's in love with her home town — love is definitely in the smalltown air. You're invited to to fall in love some caroling wine or white hot hot chocolate along with Cassie's Zucchini Brownies.
"A Royal Queen's Christmas"
A royal Christmas may be the best holiday with extravagant decorations and music and food. In "A Royal Queens Christmas," the tables are turned when a prince goes to Queens in New York during the holidays to help the movie's heroine with a children's Christmas show. Toast the new happy couple with bottles of Hallmark Jingle & Joy wine and enjoy some royal treats: Princess Cookies, Prince of Wales Cocktail, and Maids of Honor pastries. Create or complete your own Dickens village with a Department 56 sweet spot house.
"Sister Swap: Christmas in the City"
Swapping cities at the holidays sounds complicated, but real-life sisters and actresses Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams make it look easy as they count down the 12 days before Christmas in "Sister Swap: Christmas in the City." Try your own snack swap with your Hallmark viewing buddies and try some Ann's Sister's Meatloaf Recipe or sweet Cappuccino Bonbons. The sisters make each city seems like home (and you can too) with pine tree centerpieces, ice skating ornaments, snowflake lights, movie tree ribbon garland, movie reels as a Christmas tree topper, popcorn box tree ornaments, and poinsettias.
"Sugar Plum Twist"
Natalia returns to her home town of Richmond at the holidays, and her background as a professional ballerina is met with Latin dance and the potential for love in "Sugar Plum Twist." A ballet slipper pink peppermint cupcake is a great holiday snack or try some spicy holiday guacamole while you watch love bloom on the dance floor in a new Nutcracker version. Add these ballerina nutcracker ornaments to your holiday decor, or make them a fun take-home gift for your Hallmark holiday movie marathon.
"The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls"
Deck the halls and a Christmas house with the Mitchell brothers in "The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls." You can bake and create your own old-fashioned gingerbread or Christmas gingerbread house while you watch the competitive brothers looking for love. You'll love an easy mini gingerbread village kit to make, decorate, and eat your own memorable holiday buildings.
"Tis the Season to Be Merry"
The holiday season is snowy when Merry goes looking for her own merry holiday in Vermont. "Tis the Season To Be Merry" is best watched with a hint of Vermont in your snacks: some Vermont Maple Bacon Dip and Carol's Vermont Chili to warm your belly as Merry's heart slowly warms to "charismatic aid worker" Chris. Serve up the dip and chili in some fun . Merry might be writing a book on relationships but she's destined to find a new outlook on Christmas cheer and romance too!