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Christmas is still three months away, but Hallmark Channel is already getting into the holiday spirit. The feel-good network has revealed a kickoff date for “Countdown to Christmas” 2021. As in the past, this year’s programming event begins before Halloween. 

‘Countdown to Christmas’ 2021 begins Oct. 22 

Hallmark revealed the kickoff date for the 2021 “Countdown to Christmas” event in a recent video. In the clip — which aired during the Sept. 19 episode of Chesapeake Shores and was later shared on Twitter — the network notes that it “celebrate[s] Halloween a little differently” before revealing that all-new Christmas movies will begin airing on Oct. 22.

Hallmark hasn’t revealed its 2021 ‘Countdown to Christmas’ movie schedule

While we now know the start date for this year’s “Countdown to Christmas,” Hallmark still hasn’t revealed its full 2021 Christmas movie schedule. Nor has the network announced how many new movies it plans to air this year. 

In the past, Hallmark has teased the number of new movies it will air every year well in advance of the Christmas season. The full schedule has typically been revealed in late September. 

New Christmas movies with Ryan Paevey and Kimberly Williams-Paisley to air on Hallmark 

Ashley Williams and Kimberly Williams-Paisley at the 2017 Summer TCA tour
Ashley Williams and Kimberly Williams-Paisley | David Livingston/Getty Images

The complete “Countdown to Christmas” 2021 schedule is still a mystery. However, we do have details about some new movies that will air later this year. 

Ryan Paevey will appear with Janel Parrish in Coyote Creek Christmas, about a woman (Parrish) who offers to help plan the annual holiday party at her parents’ hotel in the Rocky Mountains. Paevey will play a real estate developer and single dad who is a guest at the hotel. 

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will star in A Christmas Treasure as a young woman who is trying to decide whether to move to New York to further her writing career or stay in her hometown and work for her family’s newspaper. 

Kimberly Williams-Paisley and her sister Ashley Williams will appear on screen together in two Hallmark movies this year: Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday and Sister Swap: Christmas in the City.  

Chicago Med alum Torrey DeVitto will star in The Christmas Promise as a woman coming to terms with grief with the help of her grandfather (Patrick Duffy) and a carpenter named Joe (Dylan Bruce), Deadline reports. It will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. 

Holly Robinson Peete’s new Christmas movie will feature Hallmark’s first character with autism


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One of Hallmark’s upcoming holiday films will break new ground for the network. 

Holly Robinson Peete will star with Lyriq Bent and Nik Sanchez in The Christmas Bond. In the movie, Peete plays the mother of a teenage son with autism (Sanchez) who must learn to let go so he can thrive, People reported. 

The project is personal to Peete, whose 23-year-old son Rodney Peete Jr. is on the autism spectrum.

“I am making this movie for my son RJ, others with autism and their families,” she said in a statement. “I am grateful to Hallmark for bringing this story to screen with authenticity, respect and hope.”

The Christmas Bond will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as part of that channel’s “Miracles of Christmas” event.

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