Every year I do this think where I go into ranking Hallmark Christmas romance movies I’ve been watching. Or at least I do in a “so far” sense. This year I haven’t been watching Christmas movies with the same kind of enthusiasm as prior years, something that has probably reflects in the content here. Partially this is for personal reasons and also because, to be frank, there’s simply too many Christmas movies anymore. It takes away some of the magic, but that’s a publication for another day, something I also intended to write on. Irrespective of these feelings, I’m going forward with my “so far” rankings. Better late than never? That’s the adage we’ll roll with.
To be transparent, I almost decided against even publishing this. I mean, it IS the 24th, and no one is going to be interested at this point. But the small part of me that still loves these rankings and a challenge couldn’t let the year pass without doing this. Plus, who knows! If I’m THAT ambitious, maybe I’ll share another post if I see a certain number additionally. Since I pretty much said all there is to say in the above opening… we may as well jump into the list.
RANKING THE 2021 HALLMARK CHRISTMAS ROMANCE MOVIES
As always, this is from least to most favorite!
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14: MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
My instinct for this one said it wouldn’t be one I loved which is why I put it off. I finally did watch it only to be proven right. There’s some production flubs, and I also don’t like it’s subtle women-are-better message. There’s just something missing from this one about the children of former and now rival Christmas décor company owners. Taylor Cole and Carlo Marks star.
13: YOU, ME AND THE CHRISTMAS TREES
This one is average. Nothing really overtly wrong with it, but also nothing I love. I’m particularly annoyed by the message of doing Christmas without all of the traditional trappings (a gag gift exchange, handmade ornaments, etc) means you aren’t doing Christmas “right.” Just because we have different traditions doesn’t mean they don’t still matter to the person. If you’re a fan of Danica McKeller, you’ll probably enjoy this one.RANKING THE 2021 HALLMARK CHRISTMAS ROMANCE MOVIES: SO FAR! #RANKINGHALLMARKMOVIES #CHRISTMASMOVIES #HALLMARKCHRISTMASMOVIES #COUNTDOWNTOCHRISTMAS Click To Tweet
Cute, and a different concept for Hallmark, but it’s not great. The film, like many others, has more of a good friend vibe going than “like.” However, on the one hand this is good given the SHORT timeframe these films run, and on the other, we all like a bit of romance. Tamera Howry-Housley co-stars with Paul Campbell.
I suspect I’m in the minority in not loving this one. It’s cute and the concept is fun (finding a letter you never saw), but I just didn’t fall head over heels.
I’m not sure why I have this one down so far, but if I had guess, it’d be the repeated plot. I’m really over the whole-misunderstanding-and-getting-mad trope. However the cast makes up for this with Janel Parish and Ryan Paevey, and fun fact, Janel starred in one of my most favorites of 2020, Holly and Ivy.
Don’t love this one, but also don’t not like it. Does this make sense? It’s fun to see another 2021 title set in Ireland but the mistaken identity trope is way overdone.
8: A CHRISTMAS TREASURE
Didn’t get this one watched in its entirety, but it was pretty good. There’s still a small town (which isn’t my favorite), but it also allows for the reality that sometimes, no matter how someone loves the people, we want and should be able to have, change. Plus, Jordin Sparks is good in the lead role.
Fans of Paul Greene will love this one. I think, when it comes to a concept about CEO characters, I still prefer the one from years ago, Christmas Incorporated, but this one is fun, too.
This one isn’t “the best” going by plot, but it takes a few different cues through the acknowledgment of firsts during a Christmas season and also its setting helps to set the film apart.
This one is one that pleasantly surprises me. I like the different storyline about boats, and decorating boats, and it’s fun to see Katee Sackhoff in a Hallmark after seeing her in 24 (years ago) and Longmire. The ending does get a little cheesy with the whole “declaration” bit, but it’s still good.
Fun and lighthearted, and probably one of the better “royal romance” tropes from the network for a while. This one uses the prince-comes-to-America angle, and while there’s flaws (don’t love one of the leads, accents slip, the get-mad-and-be-over scene), it does have charm, too.
Finally watched popular Christmas “queen” Candace Cameron Bure’s and aww, it’s cute! I love that even though she’s played the consummate professional career woman before, this go round “feels” different and it’s fun to see her reunite with her Fuller House co-star, too. Additionally, I feel like the script allows for more honesty in this would-be romance rather than the let’s-dance-around-everything-and-anything scenario.
Don’t think this one will stay in the “top spot” overall (note: wrote this back 4-5 movies), but this one is fun! Lots of nostalgia for the character and while I cannot remember the title, it reminds me almost mirror exact of another Christmas movie. Part of my enjoyment of this one is Lyndsy Forseca who co-starred in Nikita.
This one is just all kinds of darling. It may not end up being my most favorite of the year given I plan to watch a few more, but it’s cute and fun, and the leading couple? THEY. ARE. FABULOUS. At least I think so, but perhaps that’s my bias showing for finding Emily Osment a good actress. I mostly love how easy and natural everything feels between the leads.
What about you??? As always, I’d love to chat with you all on how YOU’D rank these or if you have already! Or, do you agree or disagree with my rankings? Which of these did you love best? Which ones do I absolutely HAVE to watch still? Comment all the best advice (or disagreement) down in the comments below! Let’s chat.
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