6 must-see Hallmark holiday movies filmed right here in B.C.

6 must-see Hallmark holiday movies filmed right here in B.C.

Ten of Hallmark’s new Countdown to Christmas movies were made in Hollywood North, four of which have already aired on the W Network.

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Tis the season when the Hallmark Channel gives the gift of holiday-themed movies.

The American network is showcasing more than 40 festive films in its popular Countdown to Christmas programming this year. And a handful of the movies were filmed in B.C.

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Ten of Hallmark’s new seasonal films were made in Hollywood North, four of which have already aired on the W Network. According to Corus, which owns the W Network, Countdown to Christmas programming reached 12 million Canadians last year.

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“It truly is the most wonderful time of the year as W Network transforms into Canada’s holiday movie destination,” Troy Reeb, executive vice-president of broadcast networks at Chorus, said in a statement of the content partnership.

While the holiday programming has already been airing since the beginning of the month, if you’re a holiday purist and don’t deck the halls literally or figuratively until the end of November, there are still plenty of feel-good films to come.

Here are six must-see seasonal movies filmed in B.C. to check out during the Countdown to Christmas:

Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas

Airing: Nov. 30, 8 p.m.

In this Ali Liebert-directed, Vancouver shot film, Shenae Grimes-Beech plays Carly, a woman who moves to a small town to lead a church choir at Christmastime. Emotions are heightened as it’s Carly’s first Christmas without her mother. As for the romance part, well, Carly connects with a man (Chris Carmack) who is back in town after serving in the army.

To All a Good Night

Airing: Dec. 7, 8 p.m. 

This Victoria-shot film is about a small-town photographer (Kimberley Sustad) who saves the life of a mysterious man (Mark Ghanimé). But wait, there’s a twist. The mystery man may have come to town in the hopes of buying up the photographer family’s parkland, which just happens to be the site of the town’s annual Christmas celebration.

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Photo from movie Magic in Mistletoe
In Hallmark’s Magic in Mistletoe a social-media misstep leads to a love story. The Vancouver shot film stars Lyndie Greenwood and Paul Campbell. Photo by Courtesy of Hallmark/Allister Foster /jpg

Magic in Mistletoe 

Airing: Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Only Hallmark can turn cancel culture into cupid culture. In the Vancouver-shot Magic in Mistletoe, a publicist (Lyndie Greenwood) is brought in to help with damage control after a reclusive author (Paul Campbell) makes a major social-media misstep.

Christmas on Cherry Lane 

Airing: Dec. 9, 8 p.m.

If you think your holiday season is complicated and emotionally elevated, you’ve got nothing on this movie. In the Vancouver-shot film, a young couple is anxiously preparing for the arrival of their first child; an empty-nester and her fiancé are opening a new chapter; and another couple discover on Christmas Eve that they have the chance to expand their family. You might need a nap after watching this one. The film stars James Denton, Catherine Bell, John Brotherton, Darby Steeves, Vincent Rodriguez III and James Kot.

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Hallmark’s Christmas on Cherry Lane covers a lot of bases when it comes to big life changes for three couples. The film shot in Vancouver is airing on the W Network on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Photo by Courtesy of Hallmark /jpg

Heaven Down Here 

Airing: Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

Hallmark loves a country collab. A few years back it was with Blake Shelton. Now, it’s American country music singer Mickey Guyton and her song Heaven Down Here that inspired the Vancouver-shot story of four disparate people who, thanks to a whopper of a snowstorm, end up stranded in a local diner on Christmas Eve. Hopefully there was eggnog in the cooler. The film stars Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger and Richard Harmon.

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Sealed with a List

Airing: Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

Last year, holiday-loving Carley (Katie Findlay) made a list of resolutions but didn’t even really check the list once. This year, Carley says things are going to be different. And that abandoned list moves to the top of her to-do list in this Vancouver-shot film. With help from co-worker Wyatt (Evan Roderick), Carly gets her list on — and manages to find love and some dream-chasing confidence along the way.

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