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Hallmark Christmas Movies in the UK: 2020 Guide

Hallmark Christmas movies UK

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Looking for the best Hallmark Christmas movies in the UK for 2020?

Honestly, Hallmark Christmas movies are my favourite thing about Christmas. Closely followed by Lifetime Christmas movies.

This means that TODAY is officially one of my favourite days of the year – when I release my updated guide to the best Hallmark Christmas movies to watch in the UK.

This year (2020) is especially exciting because for the first time EVER we can watch the Hallmark Channel in the UK!

(Note: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning I get a small payment if you take out your trial using the links on this page) 

How to Watch Hallmark Channel in the UK

If you’re a customer of Amazon Prime, you can add specific channels to your TV package – and the Hallmark TV is now available for £4.99 per month. The channel carries a huge range of Hallmark movies, all available to stream in the UK. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that more titles will be added before December arrives.

If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial here. One you’ve done that, you’ll need to sign-up for this 7-day free trial of Hallmark TV.

Below is a list of my exhaustively researched, favourite Hallmark Christmas movies. Granted, some of these are technically Lifetime movies, but you get the idea. A feel-good film is a feel-good film, right?

These are all movies that deliver:

  • A plucky heroine
  • An unlikely plot twist involving the heroine ending up in a small town/ranch/picturesque Inn
  • A ruggedly handsome local vet/carpenter/single Dad OR a businessman who has lost sight of what REALLY matters at Christmas.
  • More fairy lights than you can share a stick at

OK. I’m just going to jump right in. Each of the movies below is available to watch in the UK either via Sky TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hallmark TV. I’ve included channel and screening info as I have it.

By the way, if for any reason you’re looking for non-Hallmark festive movies, then check out my ultimate Christmas movie guide.

 

25 Hallmark Christmas Movies You’re Going to LOVE this Year

If you’re looking for Hallmark Christmas movies on UK TV, here’s your comprehensive guide to the very best movies to watch:

By the way, at the time of writing (Oct 2020) the schedules for December on the Movies24 and Christmas24 channels have not been published, so bookmark this post and check back for updates! 

Christmas at Holly Lodge

Hallmark Christmas Movie Holly Lodge

Sophie has been running her family’s Vermont B&B for years and every Christmas guests land here for the evergreen trees, views, and winter sports.

Sadly, Sophie is behind on her mortgage payments and a big city development firm is looking to snap up the land. Probably to build a car park or something. In an entirely unexpected plot twist, the developer sends a handsome architect-type to check out the lodge at Christmas. And… you can guess the rest.

Catch the movie on Amazon Prime from Dec 1. It’s also on Movies24 from Oct 28.

Festive Rating: 8/10 

The Mistletoe Inn

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I know, I know. You are probably thinking, “Can’t you have too many movies set in festive-themed inns?” 

If you think the answer is yes, then sorry, you’re reading the wrong post.

In this Hallmark classic, an aspiring romantic novelist goes to a festive writing retreat. Once there she realises not only is her annoying ex-boyfriend in attendance, but she’s partnered with arrogant Zeke. This movie’s okay, but I give it some extra points because Alicia Witt is always fun to watch in a Hallmark movie. This fabulous Christmas movie is available on DVD at Amazon.

Festive Rating: 8/10 

A Very Merry Mix-Up

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This movie is a solid A+. City girl Alice runs her Dad’s antique store, and is engaged to a banker.

Before we start, you’re not going to feel bad for this guy. He wants Alice to sell the store to a developer, which is basically one step down from Satan in Hallmark-terms.

Anyway Alice flies off to meet her fiancé’s family and – what are the odds – winds up with ANOTHER family with the same name, who have a son named Bill. Just like Alice’s intended. Even more unexpectedly, THAT family has a handome, single son who loves to build beautiful furniture.

This movie pops up on Netflix occasionally, but if you want to watch it right now, you’ll need to order the DVD on Amazon. The good news is it’s part of a 4-pack box set collection and it’s only a fiver. I guarantee you will not regret it.

Festive Rating: 10/10 

A Wish for Christmas

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If you ever wondered what happened to Claudia from Party of Five, worry no more. She’s alive and well on the Hallmark channel. A Wish for Christmas is just one of several Hallmark Christmas movies Claudia/Lacey has made.

In this movie, Sara works in advertising but her best ideas keep getting stolen by her manager. Grrr.

At the office Christmas party, Sara makes a wish that she could speak up for herself – and for the next 48 hours, her wish is granted. Hurrah for the magical office Christmas Santa!

As luck would have it, Sara has to spend two days in a remote Vermont Inn with her handsome boss, trying to win an important new client.

Currently showing on Netflix UK

Festive Rating: 9/10

Rocky Mountain Christmas

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Sarah, a city girl nursing a broken heart, returns to her uncle’s ranch for Christmas. It turns out that a handsome actor is at the ranch learning all about life as a rancher for a movie role.

Don’t bother asking, “What are the odds?” We’re still in the early stages of this list; we can’t afford to be worrying about probability at this stage.

Reasons to love this movie: Kristoffer Poloha from Life Unexpected plays the romantic lead. Treat Williams (I *love* Treat Williams) plays the gruff uncle. And there’s a lot of festive baking. I can’t bake, so I enjoy fictional depictions of baking.

For my money one of the best Christmas movies on Sky TV this year, and it’s showing on Christmas 24 from Oct 28! Perfection 🙂

Festive Rating: 9/10

Crown for Christmas

A Crown for Christmas hallmark Sky TV

Sometimes the world of Hallmark Christmas movies is happy to look beyond Montana and Vermont for lush settings. And in those cases we head off to – imaginary European countries with bizarre names!

In this case, city girl Allie (played by Winnie from the Wonder Years), gets fired and moves to the tiny European country of Winshire. There she becomes governess to the King’s young daughter, who has gone all kids-from-Hell since the untimely death of her mother.

The handome young King is due to remarry. But I think we all know that’s not the way these movies go…

Showing on Christmas 24 on Dec 29, and it’s also available to stream on Amazon Prime at £3.99.

Festive Rating: 10/10

A Royal Christmas

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Contain your excitement, readers. For not only is this ANOTHER great Hallmark Royal Holiday movie, it’s also another Lacey Chabert gem.

In this gritty, realistic tale, Emily’s boyfriend, Leo announces that he’s actually a Prince, from the European country of Cordinia. Honestly, the country names are sometimes my favourite part of these films.

Anyway, Leo and Emily head off to Cordinia where they meet his icy mother, Queen Isadora. The Queen is played to perfection by Jane Seymour. Can true love overcome the Prince’s family? Who can guess?

Tragically, this one is not currently available on Netflix UK but if you have access to US Netflix you’re in luck. Otherwise, it’s another DVD purchase required, current price £4.94 (affiliate link).

Festive Rating: 10/10

Royal New Year’s Eve

Royal New Years Eve Hallmark

OK. If you want to seriously binge on the Royal-themed Hallmark Christmas movies, here’s my plan: (It’s not all available on Sky TV, but a bit of hunting will pay off BIG time, I promise).

Start with Crown for Christmas, then move on to A Royal Christmas and finish with this masterpiece. Yes, it’s a bold word but I think aptly used here.

Oh, and don’t forget Christmas Prince, Once Upon a Christmas and The Princess Switch. That should give you a solid weekend’s worth of comfort movie watching. 

Royal New Year’s Eve is the story of Caitlyn, a fashion designer in training, who is hired to design a dress for Lady Isabelle, who is about to marry her beau, Prince Jeffrey. Caitlyn works alongside Prince Jeffrey to organise a ball (you’d think he’d have staff for that…) and they begin to fall in love.  Everything about this film is amazeballs.

I can heartily recommend this 4-film box set on Amazon (affiliate link) that includes TWO of my recommended movies, Royal New Year’s Eve and Once Upon a Christmas. Winning! Royal New Year’s Eve is also showing on Hallmark TV (see above for details of how to get a free trial).

Festive Rating: 9/10

The Princess Switch

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A new arrival to Netflix in 2018, this royal holiday romance stars Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame. It’s a sort of cross between Monte Carlo and A Christmas Prince (and if you haven’t watched those gems, shame on you)

Vanessa is a waitress who finds herself in the tiny European kingdom of Belgravia, or some other equally unlikely name, for a gingerbread baking competition. Weirdly this is not the first Hallmark movie I’ve watched involving a gingerbread baking competition (see also: The Sweetest Christmas). Anyway, Vanessa goes off to Europe where she meets her doppelganger who is about to become a Princess. Cue role-swapping hilarity, snowballs and a weird sub-plot about baking sabotage. It’s spectacularly unrealistic but harmless fun.

Festive Rating: 7/10

A Christmas Inheritance

Oh, I love this movie. Big city rich girl Elle is set to inherit her father’s gift business, but she’s a brat! So her father insists that she takes an annual Christmas message to the family’s home town of Snow Falls.

In a bold storytelling move, there’s a snowstorm that traps Elle at the lodge for Christmas. Elle has to work at the Inn alongside the common folk, and comes to realise the true meaning of Christmas. This one is actually a Netflix movie, but it’s almost more Hallmark than Hallmark. Oh, and did you know you can get Netflix via Sky Q now? This is BIG NEWS.

Available on Netflix.

Festive Rating: 10/10

A Heavenly Christmas

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One of the loveliest things about Hallmark Christmas movies is spotting favourite actors you haven’t seen in ages. This movie stars Kristin Davis (Eve) and Shirley Maclaine as a recently deceased woman and her guardian angel.

It doesn’t sound overly cheerful and there ARE a few tear-jerking moments as Eve realises she overlooked all the important things in life, while focusing on her career.

Eve becomes a trainee angel and is sent to Earth to bring happiness to a young girl and her widowed Dad. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it’s heartwarming and comforting, even if it makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER.

Catch it via Channel 5 using Sky On Demand and Movies24 from October 28.

Festive Rating: 8/10

Christmas with a View

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The Thunder Mountain ski resort is buzzing when celebrity chef Shane Roarke is named the new head chef. Clara has just returned from the big city where her restaurant folded, and isn’t impressed by her new boss, Shane. But slowly their shared passion for cooking brings them together – hurrah! As an added bonus this Hallmark Christmas movie stars Bobby from Dallas! With a white beard! Currently streaming on Netflix.

Festive Rating: 7/10

Journey Back to Christmas

journey back to christmas

A small sub-set of Hallmark Christmas movies involve time travel. In this movie, a World War II nurse wakes up in 2016 (don’t miss the one where a knight ends up in modern day America if you’re a time-travel fan).

Anyway, the ridiculously wholesome nurse, Hannah, is rescued by a passing policeman, played by Oliver Hudson (sigh). He takes Hannah under his wing, and in return Hannah gives the whole town a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a gorgeous film and Tom Skerritt does a great job of playing Oliver Hudon’s Dad.

Showing on Movies24 from October 29.

Festive Rating: 8.5/10  (extra half mark because, well, Oliver Hudson)

Christmas in the Highlands

christmas in the highlands

I am very excited for this movie, which is packed with weirdness. It’s not a Hallmark Movie but it sounds just like one. In this film, big city sales whizz Blair is packed off to the Highlands to try and persuade a Scottish guy to sell the big firm a perfume. If you think this seems unlikely, just wait.

Blair meets Alistair who is the most English sounding Highlander you’ve ever seen. He also turns out to be an Earl (of course). He and his equally English family don’t want to sell the perfume so Blair pretends to be a documentary film maker.

It mean, it sounds bonkers. But also brilliant. Showing on Movies24 from Oct 28.

Festive Rating: 10/10 (not having seen it, this is guesswork) 

Switched for Christmas

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Kate and Chris are twins, but don’t get along. Each sister thinks their twin’s life is easier than their own. A year after their mother’s death, they meet for a pre-Christmas lunch and decide to swap lives until Christmas. They do what any identical twins in need of new outlooks would do: they swap lives until Christmas Day, and by doing so, each woman discovers the true meaning of her life and gains a deeper perspective and appreciation for what she already had. Showing on Hallmark TV, via Amazon Prime.

Festive Rating: 7/10 (not having seen it, this is guesswork) 

Holidate

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This brand new Christmas movie is launching on Netflix, from Oct 28. It’s not an official Hallmark Christmas movie but it is based on my favourite Christmas movie trope – THE PRETEND BOYFRIEND. That’s right. Sloane and Jackson agree to be friends with benefits but without the benefits, just until New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect way to avoid interfering families (look out for Kristen Chenoweth as Sloane’s aunt) and have fun in the process. I’m prepared to bet my right foot that they fall in love before midnight on New Years Eve.

Festive Rating: 9/10 (not having seen it, this is guesswork) 

Christmas in Evergreen

Christmas in Evergreen

Another one of those pesky Christmas storms leads to big city vet Allie being stuck in a small town with local doctor Ryan and his adorable daughter. There’s a magical snow globe that grants wishes, and oodles of small town, twinkling charm. This warm-hearted particular Hallmark Christmas movie is SO popular there’s a book version of the story and four (count ’em) spin-off movies. Showing on Hallmark TV via Amazon Prime.

Festive Rating: 10/10 

Christmas at Graceland

Christmas at GRaceland movie

Honestly, country music and Hallmark Christmas movies go together like mince pies and hot chocolate. Christmas at Graceland comes hot on the heels of such classic country-themed Hallmark classics as A Country Christmas, Sweet Mountain Christmas, and the Road Home for Christmas.

Luckily, I’m a country music fan (I might have squealed a bit when Blake Shelton produced his own Hallmark Christmas movie (Time for you to Come Home for Christmas), AND then announced the sequel).

Anyway, Christmas at Graceland is about business-woman Laurel, who is in Graceland at Christmas. While there, she connects with her old boyfriend, Clay, who is a local music promoter. Cue lots of romantic guitar strumming and gazes over the piano… this was popular enough that there’s also going to be a Christmas at Graceland 2, although it’s unlikely to hit the UK for a year or two.

Showing on Hallmark TV via Amazon Prime.

Festive Rating 8/10  

Once Upon a Holiday

Once Upon a Holiday

This is one of my top ten Hallmark Christmas movies, I think. Princess Katie is visiting New York, the city where her late mother used to live. Katie is bored of the restrictions of royal life (unimaginable wealth is such a chore)in her imaginary European country, and soon escapes her bodyguards. She’s soon rescued by local man Jack, who shows her the real heart of the city. It’s all lovely heartwarming stuff, and makes a change from small town Vermont inns, I think.  Available on Amazon Prime via Hallmark TV.

Festive Rating 9/10 

The Sweetest Christmas

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This is the world of Hallmark Christmas movies so it makes total sense that there is a national American gingerbread baking competition. And great news – Kylie (Lacey Chabert) has made the finals! She really needs to win this competition to start her cake business, but could handsome restaurant owner Nick distract her from her dreams? I give this movie a LOT of props because it has amazing gingerbread houses AND a scene where the heroine falls off a ladder decorating a Christmas tree, right into the arms of a handsome man. Sigh…. Showing on Hallmark TV.

Festive Rating 9/10 

Love You Like Christmas

Love you Like Christmas hallmark movie

In Christmas Valley, people really love Christmas.

An executive reconsiders her priorities and questions what she has been missing in life when car trouble leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas. High powered, big city executive Maddie takes a wrong turn and gets stuck in Christmas Valley where she OBVIOUSLY immediately meets a handsome single Dad (widowed, obvs) and gets caught up making adorable Christmas wreaths and attending candle-lit tree lighting ceremonies. It’s just lush, it really is. Showing on Hallmark TV.

Festive Rating 10/10 

A Christmas Getaway

A Christmas Getaway

Big city travel writer Emory books herself a perfect cabin for a Christmas vacation but due to a mix-up, the cabin is double booked. What are the odds? Anyway, it turns out not only to be double booked, but double booked by a handsome widower and his daughter.

The group decided to make the most of it and share the cabin, finding themselves getting sucked into arranging a perfect family Christmas in the country. Before long, Emory is realising that Scott might just be her Christmas present. Showing on Hallmark TV.

Festive Rating 8/10 

A Christmas Melody

A Christmas Melody

Friends, I might have saved the very best for last. This Hallmark Christmas movie is about a young single Mum who moves back to her home town and helps her daughter settle into a new school by joining the Christmas show. But what you really need to know is that this movie stars MARIAH CAREY as a COMPETITIVE MOM trying to take over the concert. Words cannot do justice to the JOY that is this movie.

  • Wonder as Mariah appears to be filmed under entirely different lighting to the rest of the cast!
  • Marvel at the number of close-up shots for a certain coffee brand that have no relevance to the plot but probably funded the movie!
  • Be amazed by Mariah Carey’s commitment to stealing every scene she stars in.
  • Disappoint yourself by still tearing up at the finale song because it’s Christmas and you’re an emotional wreck.

Available on Amazon Prime at £3.49 and this may also show again on Sky TV this Christmas.

Festive Rating 12/10 

So there you have it.

This is not an exhaustive list of Hallmark Christmas movies by any means, but hopefully this will inspire you to indulge your Hallmark Movie obsession along with me this Christmas. Sky On Demand, Sky Cinema and Christmas24 should be your best friends this festive season, and with the addition of Netflix to the mix, there’s no excuse for not indulging ALL your fantasies about moving to a small town with fairy lights and a Christmas parade…

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Creating my list of Best Hallmark Christmas Movies on Sky TV was made possible by the nice folks at Sky, who provide me with free Sky TV services so I can create posts like this one, and help you find fabulous movies this Christmas. 

Best of the Rest:

Already gone through my top 25 recommendations? Here are some other notable Hallmark Christmas movie-style movies to look out for this Christmas:

On Christmas24 (on Sky TV)

  • Winter Castle (from Oct 14)
  • Winter in Vail (from Oct 13)
  • The Sweetest Christmas (from Oct 26)
  • A Song for Christmas (from Oct 30)

Netflix:

  • Christmas Prince 3 (The Royal Baby): Queen Amber and Kind Richard are having a baby but it clashes with the renewal of a sacred truce! So inconvenient when that happens.
  • Let it Snow: An adaptation of three YA stories from John Green et al, this is one to watch with the teens in the family.

Amazon Prime

  • An Evergreen Christmas: Hollywood exec Evie has to return to her small home town to look after the family Christmas tree farm. Of course she does.
  • Christmas Encore: Charlotte is playing the lead in A Christmas Carol but the theatre has to close, and the cast are in need of a Christmas miracle!
  • Christmas at Grand Valley: Struggling artist Kelly returns to her small home town for Christmas where she is asked to help save the town’s lodge from developers. Then she meets the man in charge of the planning decision…
  • Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe: Darcy returns home for the holidays, and meets up with high school enemy Luke. But what’s this? They need to organise the Christmas gala together? How’s THAT going to pan out?

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

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Sally

Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

17 Comments

  1. Claire Thomas

    Sally I am all over this!
    Last year, I was off work recovering from brain surgery so not up to much. Attention span of a nat, not allowed to drive and needing day naps. You get the picture!
    Channel 5 started to show Hallmark/ Hallmark-esque films. Very soon I was watching 3-a-day back to back! I had a whole schedule: brunch during the first one if I hadn’t had brekkie and hot chocolate during the third one. Me under the blanket on the sofa, one of the cats on the blanket. Sometimes I would multi-task and internet shop at the same time (don’t judge me, I was ill!).
    Maybe it was a coincidence which I noticed because of my circumstances, but there were a lot of head injury-related ones (bang to the head / insomnia type things) and LOTS based in and around bakeries!
    Am pretty gutted that I am now back in the real world and can’t spend December in Hallmark world. Half of this list ring a bell, a tinkly little Christmas bell!!
    Damn, I might have to get Sky…..
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    • Vanesss

      Hi, will they be showing hallmark Christmas movies over here this year 2020? I hope there’s some new ones. I just love Christmas movies

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      • Sally

        Yes normally they start showing in October, so it’s almost time to get excited!

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  2. Susan Mann

    Oh I do love me a Christmas film. I really wish we had the Hallmark channel here, but this just about makes up for it. Thanks for collating them altogether. Now I just need to figure out where I can watch It’s Christmas, Eve as I love LeAnn Rimes. These are great, thanks, Sally xx

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  3. SheiLa

    Hello. I’ve enjoyed this post. Do you have one for 2019? Thank you.

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    • Sally

      This has been updated for 2019 🙂

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      • Christopher Bachini

        Hi any idea when the winter princess will be screened in the UK or even how to buy it on dvd region 2 ?

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        • Sally

          I think that’s a 2019 title – usually they won’t screen in the UK until 2020, and the DVD release would be expected to be around Mar/Apr time. If you wanted to watch this Christmas you’d need to have access to the Hallmark Channel online, I suspect.

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  4. Martine Brook

    Is there anyway to be able to subscribe to the hallmark channel from the uk ??? it is the best channel ever and can’t understand why it is not possible to pay for a subscription from the UK ?

    There is nothing remotely similar available here.

    Being able to join would be the best news ever, even to catch up on the last serie of when calls the heart.

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    • Sally

      The best way I’m aware of would be via a VPN, if you have one.

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    • Alicia Mejia

      Amazon Prime is offering the subscription (£5.00 per month)

      Reply
  5. Susan Mann

    I’ve seen several of these, but there’s always room for more xxx

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  6. Caroline

    Will they be showing The Town Christmas Forgot in UK in 2020 it’s my favourite Christmas film ever.

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    • Sally

      I think it was on C5 last year but isn’t listed on the schedule for this Christmas, sadly! You *can* order the DVD from Amazon if you have a region-free DVD player, otherwise you might need to wait until next Christmas!

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  7. Sandy Negrescu

    This is just what I needed. Yes I could trawl Netflix and Amazon for Christmas movies but this seems a one stop shop! Thank you so much. There are several here I have seen but, let’s be honest, we know how they will end if we have seen them before or not!!! Just need to wait for payday to subscribe to hallmark and bulk buy the tissues needed for the wonderful sentimental endings, and I am set.

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    • Sally

      You are very welcome – enjoy!

      Reply

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