We love Hallmark Christmas movies as much as the next girl. In fact, I might be watching one as I write this post (ok, I’m definitely watching one).
But you know what they say… the book is always better than the movie!
That got us wondering if any of the Hallmark Christmas movies were based on books. It turns to out that a lot of them are, so we’ve compiled a list.
This list could go on an on, but since we know half the fun is watching the movie after you finish the book, we’ve limited our list to 16 books that inspired Hallmark movies that are airing during the 2020 Christmas season, and we’ve even included a schedule of when each movie will be on TV (we’ll update the schedule as Hallmark releases the December air dates).
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Book Synopsis: Jessica is a NY wedding planner who is used to going the extra mile to make her clients' dreams come true, but this year she's going MANY extra miles to fulfill a famous client's wish for the famed Jingle Bell flower from Alaska. But when Jessica get's stranded in the last frontier she upends the life of Matt, a widowed botanist who also works at the local reindeer farm.
Hallmark Movie Title: Jingle Bell Bride
NEW IN 2020 - Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Monday, 11/23/20 @ 10 PM EST
Book Synopsis: Zoey is a charter pilot who inherits a struggling reindeer farm and three dozen unruly reindeer. The farm also includes Alec, the resident ranch hand with a troubled past. In order to succeed, she'll have to trust him with the farm, and maybe even with her heart.
Hallmark Movie Title: Northern Lights of Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Saturday, 11/21/20 @ 2 PM EST
Book Synopsis: This is the sequel to another popular Christmas read turned Hallmark Movie, Mrs. Miracle. In this story, Emily Merkle (aka Mrs. Miracle) is working at the last family owned department store in NYC. She encounters numerous people in need of Christmas miracles, including the store owners who only care about profits, and Holly Larson who is trying to care for her nephew while her widowed brother serves in Afghanistan. Mrs. Miracle is up to the task because she loves making children happy as much as she loves matchmaking.
Hallmark Movie Title: Call Me Mrs. Miracle
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Sunday, 11/22/20 @ 6 AM EST
Book Synopsis: Joy is a successful market researcher in DC, but when her aunt takes a fall that lands her in a rehab center for the holidays, Joy heads home to take care of the family farm even though the leave of absence may cost her a big promotion. In addition to taking on the farm, Joy also finds that she has to contend with her former crush, Ben - who always helps Ruby with the annual Christmas Home Tour. And then their Molly, the little girl that shows up at the farm unexpectedly.
Hallmark Movie Title: Christmas Joy
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Wednesday, 11/25/20 @ 6 AM EST
Book Synopsis: Allie is thrilled when she lands a job planning the Christmas gala festivities for the Ashford Estate, but dealing with the family is a whole other matter. Robert is cold and plans to sell the estate. His brother Kip, won't stop flirting with Allie. Their sister, Sloane, arrives home amid a divorce. And the grandma, Pippa, just grumbles at everyone from her mobility scooter. If it's going to be the last holiday for the family at the Ashford Estate, Allie is determined to make it a happy one no matter how hard they fight her on it.
Hallmark Movie Title: Coming Home for Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Monday, 11/30/20 @ 2 AM EST
Melissa and I share a passion for interior design, so this book immediately caught our eye!
Book Synopsis: Single mother, Abbey Fuller, had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold, but now she's been offered a chance to decorate a the huge Sinclair mansion for the holidays. She worries she might be in over her head with the design job, but when she meets the handsome owner, Nicholas Sinclair, she knows she's in real trouble.
Hallmark Movie Title: Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel in 2019: Saturday, 11/21/20 @ 2 PM EST
Book Synopsis: Finn Conrad wants to figure our why his late father left $50,000 to his nurse that he'd only known for a short six weeks. He travels to Bramble House Bed & Breakfast in Montana in search of answers.
Hallmark Movie Title: A Bramble House Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Sunday, 11/29/20 @ 4 PM EST
Book Synopsis: Layla is dreading her cousin's Christmas wedding because the groom is her ex-fiance. Seth, the ex's best friend, convinces Layla to be his date to the wedding, and then proceeds to announce that he and Layla are engaged (they're not!). But the news of Layla and Seth's (fake) impending nuptials isn't all bad, because it convinces a client that Layla might just be high-society enough to work for him, which could put her home-staging business on the map. But does Seth have other motives?
Hallmark Movie Title: A December Bride
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Friday, 11/20/20 @ 4 AM EST
Book Synopsis: David doesn't know much about kids, and when his brother unexpectedly dies, he is unprepared to gain custody of his grieving nephew. Sophie is a world-traveling, fashion photographer spending Christmas with her grandmother and her dog before heading off on her next assignment. When the boy and the dog become fast friends at the park, David and Sophie united as well.
Hallmark Movie Title: Picture a Perfect Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Wednesday, 11/18/20 @ 10 PM EST
Book Synopsis: Lacy's heard the legend of the Christmas Cottage - that any couple that spends the night will find everlasting love - but she doesn't buy it. She doesn't believe in happily ever after, but her best friend does, and she's the one who is getting married - so it's Lacy's job to make sure the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. But when she gets snowed in with the best man, all bets are off.
Hallmark Movie Title: The Christmas Cottage
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Thursday, 11/19/20 @ 10 PM EST
Book Synopsis: Willow returns home for the first time in years to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend. Widower David is grumpy about the Christmas season, but a kids under the mistletoe and the magic of the holiday season gives him hope for more.the m
Hallmark Movie Title: A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Thursday, 11/26/20 at 2 AM EST
Book Synopsis: A recently heartbroken woman takes to a blog to autonomously share her feelings under the handle LBH. Across the country, Alex is reading the blog posts and begins following a trail of clues to find LBH. He makes his way to her hometown just after Thanksgiving, but while searching for LBH, he begins to fall for Aria, a waitress at the Mistletoe Diner.
Hallmark Movie Title: The Mistletoe Secret
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Saturday 11/28/20 @ 6 AM EST
Book Synopsis: Event planner Eve Canaday and her secret crush, Dr. Ben Tyler, are unexpectedly drafted to help a little girl fulfill her late mother’s wish—a magical Christmas to create some happy memories. Eve sees this opportunity as a sign; Ben, as a glitch in his plan to leave Marietta behind for good.
This book was originally published under the title, The Christmas Wish.
Hallmark Movie Title: Holiday Hearts
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Monday, 11/23/20 @ 8 PM EST
Book Synopsis: It's 1952, and Verna is ready for a great Christmas season. But as she's leaving the bank, a strong wind blows her Christmas Club money out of her hands and through the streets of busy downtown Cleveland. Strangers come to her aid and set in motion an unexpected turn of events.
Hallmark Movie Title: The Christmas Club
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel in 2019: Sunday, 11/22/20 @ 12 PM EST
Book Synopsis: Twenty-year old Lauren spent her childhood in foster homes and still hasn't found a place to truly call home. When she witnesses a car accident, she finds herself pulled into life in a small town - first as a witness, then as a volunteer for the annual holiday fundraiser for a center for single mothers.
Hallmark Movie Title: Christmas Town
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel in 2019: Friday, 11/20/20 @ 6 PM EST
Book Synopsis: A bridal shop owner is excited to plan a Christmas wedding, but things get more complicated when she discovers that the bride's brother - who wants to help with the planning - is a gorgeous and famous movie star.
Hallmark Movie Title: Marry Me at Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Sunday, 11/29/20 at 6 PM EST