The festive season is almost upon us and if you’re already in the mood for cheesy Christmas rom-coms, then look no further than Hallmark – a channel in the US which is renowned for its vast range of trashy TV films.
While Hallmark is currently unavailable as a linear channel in the UK, Amazon Prime boasts an extensive selection of the brand’s Christmas films which star the likes of Dermot Mulroney, Shirley MacLaine, Joan Cusack and Chad Michael Murray.
Those interested in films centered around festive train rides, time-travelling romances and gingerbread-making competitions can subscribe to Hallmark TV through Amazon Prime with a seven day free trial (£4.49 per month after that).
Here are some of Hallmark’s best Christmas films that are available to stream in the UK.
The Christmas Train
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack.
Starring Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride), The Christmas Train follows a journalist as he embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas, but finds himself on a journey to open up his heart on the way.
Journey Back to Christmas
Cast: Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, Brooke Nevin
Set just after World War II, Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) stars as Hannah, who’s still grieving over the loss of her recently-disappeared husband. When Hannah is knocked unconscious after getting caught in a terrible storm, she wakes up in the year 2016.
A Heavenly Christmas
Cast: Kristin Davis, Shirley MacLaine, Eric McCormack
Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis plays Eve Morgan, a trainee Christmas angel who’s tethered to her mentor Peal (Shirley MacLaine) and tasked with helping a struggling singer Max (Eric McCormack) to use music to heal old family wounds.
Annie Claus is Coming to Town
Cast: Maria Thayer, Sam Page, Randy J Goodwin, Vivica A Fox
Starring Maria Thayer, this Hallmark classic follows Santa’s daughter Annie on her first trip away from the North Pole during the Christmas period. She finds herself in sunny California and lands a job at an old-fashioned toy shop, where she starts to develop feelings for the store’s owner Ted (Sam Page).
Northpole: Open For Christmas
Cast: Lori Loughlin, Bailee Madison, Dermot Mulroney
When Mackenzie Reed (Loughlin) inherits her aunt’s once-majestic hotel, she decides she wants to sell it before Christmas – however, fixing up the dilapidated building while dealing with the hotel staff proves more difficult than she initially expected.
Love on the Slopes
Cast: Katrina Bowden, Thomas Beaudoin, Elysia Rotaru
Love on the Slopes stars 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden as Alex, a New York-based copy editor who’s sent to Ridgeline Resort for a travel writing competition. While she gets off to a bad start with extreme sports enthusiast Cole (Beaudoin), Alex offers to help him with his local arts festival in exchange for being her guide around the resort.
The Sweetest Christmas
Cast: Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco, Jonathan Adams
Starring Mean Girls’ Lacey Chabert, The Sweetest Christmas follows struggling pastry chef Kylie, who finds out that she’s made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition but soon realises that her oven has broken down just before the contest. She leans on her ex-boyfriend from culinary school Nick (Coco) to save the day.
The Christmas Pageant
Cast: Melissa Gilbert, Robert Mailhouse, Edward Herrmann
Demanding Broadway director Vera Parks (Gilbert) is fired from yet another job, leaving her no choice but to take a gig directing the small town Christmas pageant in uptown New York. While initially unimpressed, Vera warms towards the town and gets back in touch with her former fiancé Jack (Mailhouse).
A Christmas to Remember
Cast: Mira Sorvino, Cameron Mathison
A controversial TV personality heads to a small town mountain retreat for a break, but when she’s caught in a blizzard and crashes off-road, she wakes up with complete amnesia. It’s up to a friendly passerby to take her in and help restore her memory.
A Gingerbread Romance
Cast: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry, Melissa Peterman
Sister Sister’s Tia Mowry-Hardrict stars as Taylor, an architect who is entered by her firm into a contest in which teams design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. When Taylor’s pastry chef backs out, she meets single dad and baker Adam, who agrees to be her partner for the competition.
Road to Christmas
Cast: Chad Michael Murray, Jessy Schram, Teryl Rothery
LA television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) falls in love with Danny Wise (Murray) and plans to reunite him with his two brothers during his mother’s show Julia Wise Lifestyle. However, when the live broadcast goes awry, Maggie is forced to fix the situation.
Subscribe to Hallmark TV through Amazon Prime with a seven day free trial (£4.49 per month after that).