Hallmark’s ‘Countdown to Christmas’ 2021: New Movies and What Else We Know So Far

Hallmark Channel is preparing to hang the mistletoe and pour out the egg nog. While Christmas is still months away, the network is already revealing some details about its annual ‘Countdown to Christmas’ celebration for 2021.

‘Countdown to Christmas’ 2021 will feature a new movie starring Jordin Sparks 

Jordin Sparks on the Today Show in 2019
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This year, Hallmark’s yuletide celebration will feature a brand-new movie titled A Christmas Treasure. It stars American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Michael Xavier, Deadline reports. Sparks will sing two classic Christmas tunes in the film, “This Christmas” and “Oh Holy Night.”

The movie’s familiar big city vs. small town plot follows a woman named Lou (Sparks), who has to decide whether to continue working for her family’s newspaper in Pine Grove or move to New York to pursue her writing career. Meanwhile, a chef named Kyle (Xavier), also at a crossroads, visits town for the holidays. Both Lou and Kyle have doubts about what the future holds, but their connection and the magic of the Christmas season help them figure out a way forward.  

“Christmas is so special to me and I’m thrilled that I get to share this festive movie with you all this year,” Sparks told Deadline. “I loved being able to perform some of my favorite Christmas melodies, one for the first time, as part of the movie. Joining the Hallmark family is a dream come true! I know people are going to fall in love with Lou and our story that truly represents the phrase, ‘Home is where the Heart is.’”

When does ‘Countdown to Christmas’ begin? 

Hallmark hasn’t yet revealed a list of this year’s “Countdown to Christmas” movies or their premiere dates.  However, a July 14 Instagram post from the network said that the programming event would kick off in 100 days. That places the start of “Countdown to Christmas” on Oct. 22, which aligns with the start date in past years. 

​​Other Hallmark Christmas movies are in the works

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So far, details about other Hallmark Christmas movies for 2021 are scarce. However, there are some hints about what other movies might be in this year’s lineup. 

Erin Cahill will star in a movie with the working title The Search for Christmas. It will begin filming in Mississippi in late August 2021, the Associated Press reported. Another movie, titled Christmas in Harmony, is filming in Wilmington, N.C., according to local news outlet WECT. 

Many Hallmark Channel viewers are likely wondering if this year will mark the return of the When Calls the Heart Christmas special. A feature-length episode of the popular frontier drama typically airs on Christmas Day, but Hallmark put the tradition on hold in 2020. Though production on the next season of When Calls the Heart is currently underway, there’s no word yet on whether Hearties will get a holiday episode this year. 

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