‘When Calls the Heart’: What We Know So Far About the 2019 Christmas Special

A new season of When Calls the Heart won’t premiere until 2020, but the Hallmark Channel is preparing a special Christmas gift in store for Hearties. As in years past, the network will air a WCTH holiday special as part of its annual Countdown to Christmas event. Here’s what we know so far. 

‘When Calls the Heart Christmas’ will likely air in December 

When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing | ©2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

So far, details about this year’s WCTH Christmas special are sparse. We do know that it’s currently titled When Calls the Heart Christmas. That’s the same title as the 2016 Christmas special. But this will be an all-new movie featuring the show’s current stars, including Erin Krakow, Pascale Huton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Martin Cummins, and Andrea Brooks. 

Fans hoping that Lori Loughlin might return as Mayor Abigail Stanton for the Christmas special will be disappointed. Her name was not included in the cast list. Loughlin was fired from When Calls the Heart after her alleged involvement in a college admissions bribery scam was revealed.

A specific air date for the special has not yet been announced. Last year’s special, When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing aired on Christmas Day, and Hallmark may opt for a similar schedule this year. The 2018 special was the most-watched scripted cable drama of the holiday week, with 4.8 million people tuning in. It was also the highest-rated episode ever of the series. 

How to watch old Christmas specials 

The Christmas Wishing Tree
Jaiven Natt and Erin Krakow in When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree | Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Alan Zenuk

December is months away, but Hearties who want to get into the Christmas spirit early can catch up on past holiday specials. 

So far, there have been four When Calls the Heart movie-length holiday specials, and three are currently streaming on Netflix: 

  • New Year’s Wish (2015) 
  • When Calls the Hearts Christmas (2016) 
  • The Christmas Wishing Tree (2017)  

Last year’s Christmas special isn’t yet on Netflix. However, you can rent The Greatest Christmas Blessing on Amazon or iTunes.

When will a new season of ‘When Calls the Heart’ premiere?

Hallmark Channel announced in April that it had renewed When Calls the Heart for a seventh season. 

“I’m also thrilled to announce When Calls the Heart Season 7 coming next year. We can’t wait to get back to Hope Valley,” star Erin Krakow said at the time.

While the network hasn’t yet set a premiere date for the series, new episodes typically arrive sometime in February, so chances are that’s when season 7 will debut. 

Meanwhile, Hearties can check out When Hope Calls, a brand new, streaming-only series from Hallmark Movies Now. Though not set in Hope Valley, the series does feature characters introduced in last year’s Christmas special as well as special guest appearances from some When Calls the Heart cast members. It premieres August 30. 

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