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 – are any of the Hallmark Christmas movies based on books? It turns to out that a lot of them are, so we did what we do best… we compiled a list!
This list of holiday Hallmark movies based on novels 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 20 book-inspired Hallmark movies that are airing throughout the 2021 Christmas season. We’ve even included a schedule of when each movie will be on TV. The currently available air dates are listed below each book, and we’ll continue to update the schedule as Hallmark releases the December air dates.
Book Synopsis: Emma Wallace is a digital designer who has always lived by the work-before-play mantra. This year, though, year she's promised her every-patient boyfriend that this year she'll spend Christmas with him, rather than in the office.
But that was before she learned that she had a chance at winning the account for a huge corporate rebranding. As Christmas Eve draws near with her deadline still looming, Emma debates on breaking her promise and jeopardizing her relationship with Sam.
She is visited by three boyfriend “ghosts” of Christmases past, who come bearing the gift of hindsight.
Hallmark Movie Title:Boyfriends of Christmas Past
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Saturday, 10/23/21 @ 8 PM EDT Saturday, 11/6/21 @ 2 pm EDT Tuesday, 11/23/21 @ 10 am EST
Book Synopsis: This is a follow up to two other popular Christmas reads turned Hallmark movies, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle. In this story, Laurel and her husband have been praying for a baby. They have also moved in with her beloved grandmother, Helen, who’s having trouble taking care of herself. But when Laurel contacts a local home-care organization, there are no caregivers available. Until Mrs. Miracle arrives at the door offering the family the help they need.
Hallmark Movie Title:A Mrs. Miracle Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Saturday, 11/6/21 @ 10 AM EDT Sunday, 11/7/21 @ 6 PM EST
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
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Thursday,10/28/21 @ 2 PM EDT Tuesday, 11/2/21 @ 10 AM EDT
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, 10/30/21 @ 12 PM EDT Wednesday, 11/1/21 @8 PM 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: Tuesday, 10/26/21 @ 10 AM EDT Friday, 11/5/21 @ 4 AM EDT Monday, 11/8/21 @ 8 AM EST Friday, 11/19/21 @ 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: Tuesday, 11/2/21 @ 2 PM EDT Friday, 11/19/21 @ 12 AM EDT
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: Friday, 10/29/21 @ 12 PM EDT Thursday, 11/4/21 @ 6 PM EDT Sunday, 11/28/21 @ 6 AM EDT
Book Synopsis: Haley Hanson has spent years climbing the corporate ladder as an ad executive. She's also a holiday Grinch. Her idea of the perfect Christmas is heading to the Caribbean where she can get work done while avoiding all the traditional Christmas distractions.
In an ironic twist of fate, in order to reach her goal of making partner, she need to win an ad account with a Christmas toy company. But first her boss thinks she needs a holiday attitude adjustment and ships her off to a Christmas Camp to help her find her Christmas spirit.
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: Wednesday, 10/27/21 @ 2 PM EDT Saturday, 11/6/21 @ 6 AM EDT Tuesday, 11/16/21 @ 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: Saturday, 10/30/21 @ 6 AM EDT Tuesday, 11/2/21 @ 6 AM EDT Monday, 11/22/21 @ 4 PM EDT
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: Thursday, 11/4/21 @ 4 AM EDT Sunday, 11/21/21 @ 2 AM EDT Tuesday, 11/23/21 @ 8 AM EDT
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: Monday, 11/1/21 @ 4 AM EDT Friday, 11/5/21 @ 6 AM EDT Sunday, 11/21/21 @ 8 AM EDT
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.
Hallmark Movie Title: A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Thursday, 10/28/21 at 2 PM EDT Monday, 11/1/21 at 4 PM EDT
Book Synopsis: Three years ago, Elise's husband cheated on her with her best friend. Their divorce left her distrustful. So you can imagine her reaction when a stranger approaches her in the mall food court with the proposition that they pretend to be a couple for the eight weeks leading up to Christmas Eve. A contract with clear rules makes Elise feel more comfortable: (1) No probing personal questions; (2) no drama; (3) no telling anyone the truth; (4) the contract is void on Christmas day.
This is the first book in the popular Mistletoe Collection series.
Hallmark Movie Title:The Mistletoe Promise
Movie Airs on Hallmark Channel: Thursday, 10/28/21 @ 12 PM EDT Sunday, 11/21/21 @ 4 AM EDT
Book Synopsis: This is the second book in the popular Mistletoe Collection series. After two failed engagements and a divorce in her past, Kimberly is alone, but she's scared of getting her heart broken. However, she's also finally ready to follow her dream of becoming a romance writer, so she signs up for a 9-day writing retreat in Vermont where she meets another aspiring writer who may just change her mind about relationships.
Hallmark Movie Title:The Mistletoe Inn
Movie Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Friday, 10/29/21 @ 2 AM EDT Friday, 11/5/21 @ 10 AM EDT
Book Synopsis: This is the third book in the popular Mistletoe Collection series. 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: Monday, 11/8/21 @ 2 AM EST Wednesday, 11/17/21 @ 12 PM 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: Thursday, 11/4/21 @ 10 AM EDT Wednesday, 11/17/21 @ 12 AM 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: Wetowndnesday, 10/27/21 @ 2 AM EDT Monday, 11/1/21 @ 6 AM EDT Thursday, 11/25/21 @ 2 AM EDT
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: Sunday, 10/31/21 @ 4 AM EDT Friday, 11/5/21 @ 10 PM EDT Saturday, 11/27/21 @ 10 AM EDT
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 Movies & Mysteries: Monday, 10/25/21 at 11 PM EDT Thursday, 11/4/21 at 2 PM EDT Saturday, 11/13/21 at 4 PM EST