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Hearties are getting an extra Christmas treat this year. Though there won’t be a new When Calls the Heart Christmas special in 2020, Hallmark Channel will rebroadcast an earlier holiday movie for fans to enjoy. Plus, viewers who tune in to Hallmark on Christmas night will see a special preview of When Calls the Heart Season 8. 

‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 8 sneak peek airs Dec. 25 

The When Calls the Heart holiday special has been a Hallmark Channel Christmas tradition for the past several years. Since 2015, movie-length episodes of the period drama series have aired on Christmas night. But the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means there will be no When Calls the Heart Christmas special for 2020. However, viewers will still get to visit Hope Valley this holiday. 

On Dec. 25, Hallmark Channel will air the 2019 special When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas. The show’s cast — including Erin Krakow, Kevin McGarry, Chris McNally, and Pascale Hutton — will host. And there will be a never-before-seen clip from the upcoming season 8 of When Calls the Heart. 

‘When Calls the Heart’ returns in 2021

Elizabeth writing in a notebook
Erin Krakow in When Calls the Heart | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

The new When Calls the Heart clip will surely whet the appetite of Hearties, who are eager to know what’s next for their favorite Hope Valley residents. 

Season 7 ended with the show’s major love triangle unresolved, though there were hints that Elizabeth (Krakow) may be beginning to make up her mind about whether she prefers Lucas (McNally) or Nathan (McGarry). In a Nov. 18 tweet, Krakow also indicated the widowed Elizabeth may finally be ready to let another man into her life, with the actor writing that her character “won’t have to hug herself much longer.”

Elizabeth isn’t the only Hope Valley resident who is at a crossroads heading into the new season. Rosemary (Hutton) and Lee (Kavan Smith) are facing a decision about whether to start a family.

“We’ve been talking about it off and on for quite a few seasons now,” Smith told Entertainment Tonight in May 2020. “We both feel this is something that has to be addressed. It’s touchy. It’s hard to figure out the right way to go.” The actor added that the writers and the network agreed that Lee and Rosemary having a child was the next step in “the evolution of this family.”  

“We need answers … Kavan and I have been campaigning very hard behind the scenes for more of a resolution on that topic in season 8,” Hutton confirmed.

When will ‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 8 premiere?


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Hallmark Channel has not yet announced a premiere date for When Calls the Heart Season 8. But the past few seasons of the show have premiered in February, so there’s a good chance that’s when new episodes will begin airing in 2021. The network has also announced that the upcoming season will be a bit longer than usual, with 12 episodes rather than the usual 10. 

When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas and the When Calls the Heart Season 8 sneak peek air Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. 

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