Hallmark Christmas Movies 2022 Rankings

October 22, 2022

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Who loves Hallmark Christmas Movies?

I love catching Hallmark Christmas movies each season. I've had several friends ask if I could review them so they know what movies to watch and what movies to skip. Here is my annual Hallmark rankings of each movie!

 

Now as the season goes on sometimes the way I rank movies, I end up liking one's better vs how I initially ranked them. My rankings list is the go to order I would watch them again in.

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2022 Movie Rankings in order that I would watch again

  1. Three Wise Men & a Baby
  2. Ghosts of Christmas Always
  3. Haul Out the Holly
  4. A Kismet Christmas
  5. In Merry Measure
  6. Noel Next Door
  7. A Maple Valley Christmas
  8. Lights, Camera, Christmas!
  9. Christmas at the Golden Dragon
  10. Long Lost Christmas
  11. My Southern Family Christmas
  12. The Royal Nanny
  13. A Cozy Christmas Inn
  14. A Jolly Good Christmas
  15. Inventing the Christmas Prince
  16. A Tale of Two Christmases
  17. We Need a Little Christmas
  18. We Wish You A Married Christmas
  19. Our Italian Christmas Memories
  20. A Magical Christmas Village
  21. All Saints Christmas
  22. Christmas Bedtime Stories
  23. When I Think of Christmas

Most Watch Movies this season

  • Three Wise Men & a Baby- A 5 🎄 Movie
  • Ghosts of Christmas Always- A 5 🎄 Movie
  • Haul Out the Holly- a 5 🎄 Movie
  • A Kismet Christmas
  • In Merry Measure
  • Noel Next Door
  • Lights, Camera, Christmas!
  • Christmas at the Golden Dragon

Middle of the road movies

  • A Maple Valley Christmas
  • Long Lost Christmas
  • The Royal Nanny
  • A Cozy Christmas Inn
  • A Jolly Good Christmas
  • Inventing the Christmas Prince
  • A Tale of Two Christmases
  • My Southern Family Christmases

Not my favorites

  • We need a Little Christmas
  • We Wish You a Married Christmas
  • Our Italian Christmas Memories
  • A Magical Christmas Village
  • All Saints Christmas
  • Christmas Bedtime Stories
  • When I Think of Christmas
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Noel Next Door

This movie pleasantly surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much but found myself laughing at several parts, and overall had a good time. Could it be because it’s the first Christmas movie of the year and I over rate it? Probably as that happens to me every year 😂 but I liked it 🤷🏼‍♀️

Now I will say my mom who only watches the Christmas movies thought it was slow. So if you drop in just for Christmas it might not be your cup of tea. 

As someone who works with menstrual cycle health the tampon joke made the movie for me. I also found myself laughing out loud during Natalie Halls blind date scene. 

Natalie and Corey had smoking chemistry and were both so great in their respective roles. 

Henry (the kid) is actually the worst, he constantly kicked the ball against the wall of his neighbors house, that would annoy anyone. He lies to his mom and is manipulating her to get his way. The mom doesn’t think to ask follow-up questions also not the greatest look. 

I thought the movie moved at a good pace until the last hour, it seemed to slow down and wasn’t quite as many funny moments to get me through. 

If you’re thirsty for new Christmas movies I think we are off to a decent start this season.

What did you think? 

4 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄

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We Wish You a Married Christmas 

Well this was a movie I was looking forward to and it didn’t live up to my expectations. The bickering couple for half of the movie didn’t do much for me. Plus it seemed like they didn’t really know each other at all and had been married for 13 years 🤷🏼‍♀️

I love Kristoffer Polaha but this movie didn’t do much for me, and I loved Cranberry Christmas. The alpaca farm was the highlight of the movie for me. 

It had a weird pacing to it so I found it hard to get into for some reason. 

Since I enjoyed last nights movie a lot more than this one the ranking is pretty low, and my high expectations might have been this movies demise for me. Overall I found the movie to be a bit boring. 

What did you think? 

2 out of 5 🎄🎄

We Need a Little Christmas 

The friendship between Irene and the little boy was so beautifully done in this movie. My pregnant self is probably going to cry most movies and mysteries movies this year I’ve realized. 

I thought this movie was full of heart felt scenes and the message of hope. The lead was recovering from grief after her husbands death and celebrating their first Christmas. 

If you’re in the mood for a more serious holiday movie that is well done this is one the hit on all of those notes.

3.5 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄.5 Christmas trees 

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A Kismet Christmas

A Kismet Christmas 

The opening throwback scene was a hit for me! The bad hair, the ugly Christmas sweater, magic cookies I was all in those first 20 minutes. 

Was this movie airtight no, the ages mentioned were a bit baffling (not sure why an 8 year old would want to hang out with a 4 year old who wasn’t related to them)  hiding the author at the bookstore for the scavenger hunt might not be the best hiding spot if you were truly trying. But, I still was into the kismet of it all!

This movie will be one that I can have on playing in the background as I bake cookies this holiday season. It has great Christmas feels, a fun magical cookie recipe, two leads who I really enjoyed plus Marilu Henner who couldn’t pass this one up! 

4 out of 5 Christmas Trees 🎄🎄🎄🎄

A Cozy Christmas Inn

I’m reviewing it not comparing to Christmas Under Wraps as I loved that movie and it was a sequel of sorts 🤷🏼‍♀️

I did enjoy the repeat characters such as Andy and his father, and Hattie, the diner owner turned cappuccino maker. This movie had a lot of dialogue between the two leads which always slows down the movie for me and not in a good way. 

I’m all for the “That’s Garland for you” bit but it was a bit overdone🤪 I also missed not having Frank in the scenes with people besides via FaceTime in a few scenes. That felt like an odd choice and would have loved having a scene or two at his factory to show more of the town. 

I think this might have suffered from my high expectations, since it was in my top 2 most looking forward to movies.

Overall it felt a bit slow, I wanted more from the plot, than we got. I did enjoy the leads but don’t know if the my had much to work with. 

Middle of the road movie for me 

3 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄 Christmas trees

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A Jolly Good Christmas

Another middle of the road movie for me. A lot of the chatter was around Will Kemps fake American accent, I didn’t find it distracting personally. I enjoyed both of the leads together and the fun adventure of a day they were having finding the perfect gift for Davids girlfriend. 

It just again felt a little off. I did enjoy seeing London during the Christmas season that was a fun treat! It was the most grownup breakup I’ve watched on a Hallmark movie. 

Overall not my favorite but not the worst. It moved a bit slow for me and always struggle to get into the slower paced movies on the regular Hallmark Channel. 

3 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄 Christmas Trees

Christmas Bedtime Stories

I love Erin Cahill and Steve Lund, without them as leads I really would have struggled to make it through this one. If you’re looking for a movie that is military based that will pull at your heartstrings this one will be the movie to watch this season. 

This might not be a popular opinion but I don’t tend to enjoy the Hallmark military movies. Often they are super sad, pull at your heartstrings and usually not super accurate. 

I enjoyed the premise of reading the bedtime stories  and seeing real life reminders occur the next day. I wouldn’t mind seeing another movie like that but maybe an actual fairy tale and seeing things occur in real life that might have peaked my interest more.

Without spoiling anything the ending was an interesting choice. 

Overall 2 out of 5 🎄 🎄 

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Ghosts of Christmas Always

My favorite of the year thus far. I loved the entire cast, the leads, the ghosts, the mystery, originality and fast paced movie. I loved the phrase Scrooging they used to describe the effect they were doing to help change peoples minds about life. 

Both of the leads were ones I would love to see again they were perfection in their roles. I laughed out loud several times during this movie with quick one liners. A heartfelt turn towards the end of the movie that just keeps you engaged throughout the entire movie. 

I loved Peter and seeing his relationship evolve with his dad and the growth they both had by the end of the movie. Perfect ending, just an overall great movie! 

5 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

A Magical Christmas Village

This movie felt a bit slow from time to time, a bit all over the map in what it was trying to do. Was it trying to be a love story, or trying to reconcile a mother/daughter, or trying to do both in a short period of time? The village scene with the young daughter I thought could have been played up a bit more. It felt like it was sometimes overlooked or just thrown in there and than a quick scene to what her mom and Luke were doing 🤷🏼‍♀️ 

It just felt a bit strange. I love Luke and thought he did great, Allison I really enjoy in the mysteries with her more serious tone. Again Marlo Thomas helped me give this a 2.5 rating as I thought her energy really helped the film and did laugh out loud a few times at her jokes. 

It’s also never a good sign when I look at the clock to see how much time is left and there was still 30 minutes, and I couldn’t wait to go to bed and these movies end at 9pm my time, 😬. 

Needless to say not a favorite and so far the Friday night movies have been my least favorites of the new ones (besides Bedtime stories..) so maybe it’s a Friday night thing 🤷🏼‍♀️

2.5 out of 5 🎄🎄.5 

A Magical christmas village
lights, camera, christmas!

Lights, Camera Christmas!

I love that Hallmark started poking fun at itself in this movie. John Brotherton played the king of Christmas part to kick off the movie brilliantly. Kimberly Sustad was wonderful as usual.

I enjoyed how they filmed this movie back and forth from the LA scenes to the flashbacks of them filming the movie. There were a few slower parts to the movie in which could have been wrapped up a bit quicker. I’m thinking the halfway point of their dinner date on the movie set so they would have had at least 10 minutes to wrap the movie up.

The last 5 minutes was a bit of a whirlwind trying to tell us everything that happened the past year and wrap the movie up in a tight little bow. Which could have been expanded on just a bit.

My favorite line was Who’s your favorite Santa now?

If you want a fun cute, light hearted movie this one will check all of those boxes!

4 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄

A Maple Valley Christmas

Well, give me a farm or ranch and I’m in love 😬. So this movie hit all the notes for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ I can relate to the family dynamics of deciding what should we do with the land that surrounds us. The siblings needing to be on the same page and decide how to proceed with the farm. It’s hard and a real issue for farm families. I also loved that it was an all lady farm team, a unique twist to the farm life.

Will this movie excite you? Maybe…If you also enjoy a good farm, ranch, family dynamics and business movie. Plus some smoldering chemistry between the leads while they stare into each others eyes and a kiss in the first 20 minutes.

Wow, her zinger towards the end of the movie- you’re a “rich kid who’s lost and thinks he will find himself by putting on a Stetson and playing cowboy” 🤯  she has her walls up. There were some serious grown-up dialogue between the leads and I was here for it.

If you’re in the mood for a more serious holiday movie that of course still has a happy ending this movie

4.5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

a maple valley christmas
All Saints Christmas

All Saints Christmas

This movie started slow and continued to be a slower paced movie which are never my favorite. I enjoyed the adult conversations during the movie but there were so many that I found myself losing interest. I like the fake fiancé angle and thought they could have played that up for more laughs or antics.

The actual story seemed thin, there seemed like there were a lot of commercials in this one, and a ton of b-roll footage of them doing things without dialogue. The mother and daughter age gap was a bit of a head scratcher  in real life the mom is 5 years younger than Lisette. I enjoy  both of them but seemed to be an afterthought on casting. I love the dad and have seen him in other Hallmark movies, would love for him to have an even bigger role someday.

Ledisi can sing and is a gospel singer in real life that is where she looked the most comfortable on stage singing. I would have loved to see her have more random singing parts throughout the movie. Roger Cross was wonderful as the male lead and would love to see him in future movies.

They did nail the ending it didn’t feel rushed, it felt like things were wrapped up well. The fake snow in New Orleans was the head scratcher there.

Overall a 2.5 out of 5 Christmas Trees 🎄🎄.5

In Merry Measure

I didn’t know they still made CD’s?, Creepy basement, the feminist football coach. This movie had lots of great lines and dialogue that I truly appreciated.

This was a fun movie that had great chemistry amongst the cast. I loved seeing the evolution of the chorus squads. I think the football coach and sister were wonderful. I had several laugh out loud moments throughout the entire movie. There were so many quick one liners thrown in the movie. I was thinking they nailed the ending it had time to breathe and was wrapped up nicely. Then they threw in a strange montage at the very end. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I feel they could have just left it with a big ole kiss but that’s a minor critique.

I had no expectations with this movie and right now it’s landing in my top 3!

4 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄

In Merry Measure
The Royal Nanny

The Royal Nanny

I liked the originality of the plot. It was a mystery inside of a regular Christmas movie. I’m not usually a royal movie fan nor do I typically enjoy the nanny movies. I did enjoy the undercover nanny element so it felt like a fresh idea for one of these movies.

There was a kidnapping in a Hallmark movie, they talked about crypto currency as a demand, it’s a new Hallmark era! Was I confused about exactly what was going on/forgot all of the agents names? Yes. Did I still enjoy the movie and would probably catch some of the subtle things mentioned with a second viewing? I think so.

I loved the Lansbury nanny agency though was confused at exactly who employs them is it just royals or all nannies are getting trained for combat in London?

My other question was the Lansbury nanny name a wink to the late great Angela Lansbury? They also jokingly gave the title of Dame to Clare the lead. Which Angela Lansbury also held? 🤔 or was it just be overthinking/hoping.

Overall it is one to catch but have your full attention devoted to, so you catch all the names of people you don’t usually need to recall in a Hallmark movie.

3.5 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄.5 Christmas Trees

Our Italian Christmas Memories

This movie was beautifully done, Sarah Power and Beau Bridges were both fantastic. The rest of the cast were perfect as well. My grandfather had dementia so any storyline with that as a plot always is difficult for me to watch. As a total side note as a current pregnant mama I enjoyed seeing another pregnant mama in a movie.

I enjoyed the partner telling her wife I’m here to remind you to do what makes you happy not just please your family. Which is new in a hallmark movie. Seeing the little brother struggle with his own insecurities but work through them was nice to see.

The meal at the very end looked delicious and I didn’t even cry but there was a definite The Family Stone gift giving moment where I was close!

Overall 3 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄as it was one I wasn’t mad I saw but probably wouldn’t seek out again.

Our Itailian Christmas Memories
Christmas at the Golden Dragon

Christmas at the golden dragon

I actually enjoyed the 8 different storylines and thought they interweaved them very well. I’m not sure I really needed or wanted more to anyone’s story line in particular. I think they each were compelling in their own unique way. They had character flaws which are realistic to people who don’t live in a Hallmark movie. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Two scenes I thought were hilarious- the family caroling to their neighbors who weren’t having any part of it and the brother throwing the snowball and hitting her right in the stomach. Having 3 brothers myself I could see them doing something like this.

The Chex Mix and Wal-Mart ad placement were quite in your face, but it did make me hungry for puppy chow after watching so mission accomplished!

I enjoyed the ending even though it might not be realistic for people to drop their plans last minute to help out the local restaurant on Christmas Day. But the voiceover scene showing how different people celebrate Christmas and there is no one right way I thought nailed it!

4 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄

Inventing the Christmas Prince

I was drifting in and out of the movie for most of it.. I did however tune fully back in the last 30 minutes which I found delightful. Here were some of my notes on the movie in general; the boss making people work all day Christmas Eve & maybe a 1/2 day on Christmas brutal…

I loved seeing Ronnie Rowe Jr. character develop throughout the movie and thought him telling stories to the children was hilarious. Even my hubby passing through paused and said that guy seems awkward. So I think Ronnie nailed the character and by that end scene when he looks at Tamara in the carriage, serious smolder with some serious smolder in his eyes. I thought Tamera was wonderful and did a great job throughout the entire movie of showcasing a strong female presence.

The little blonde bully kid was the worst! I don’t know if I could have the restraint Tameras character did on not yelling at him. For me though the ending of the movie was adorable. I loved the carriage scene and coming to school. Even if you knew that was going to happen it still worked for me.

Overall because I was drifting in and out and it didn’t fully hold my attention it was a middle of the road movie for me but with a great ending.

3 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄

Inventing the Christmas Prince
3 Wise Men & A Baby

Three Wise Men & a Baby

This movie had a lot of hype to live up to and freaking knocked it out of the park! This movie is hilarious, Tyler Hynes delivery on lines was perfection. Andrew Walker playing the responsible brother was amazing with the baby. Paul Campbell playing the introverted, not a big people person knocked it out of the park. Plus a surprise cameo from Kimberly Sustad who also co-wrote the movie with Paul was perfection. Finally Margaret Colin as the mother was the perfect glue to the family ties.

Highly recommend this movie I was laughing throughout the entire movie. One of the best movies in a few years and one I will be rewatching!

5 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 trees

Long Lost Christmas

This movie dealt with a niece looking for the uncle she never knew she had. Her mother was adopted and had a picture with her brother as a kid and after her husband died thought about her long lost brother. Taylor Cole is an interior designer who runs her own business  and sets out to find him. Along the way she meets Benjamin Ayres who is business partners with her long lost uncle.

I love that she got to develop a relationship with her cousin and helped her business out in the process. I had a slight crush on the actor who played Gordon I thought he was a good looking guy 🤷🏼‍♀️ The fight between the uncle and the niece, I’m not quite sure I understood why it was such a big deal.

This movie was one of my favorites on the HMM channel this year. It wasn’t too sad, it had some good feels, good acting and a storyline that I was invested in. My expectations were low for this movie so I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Overall 4 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄 Christmas Trees

Long Lost Christmas
When I think of Chrisstmas

Long Lost Christmas

This movie dealt with a niece looking for the uncle she never knew she had. Her mother was adopted and had a picture with her brother as a kid and after her husband died thought about her long lost brother. Taylor Cole is an interior designer who runs her own business  and sets out to find him. Along the way she meets Benjamin Ayres who is business partners with her long lost uncle.

I love that she got to develop a relationship with her cousin and helped her business out in the process. I had a slight crush on the actor who played Gordon I thought he was a good looking guy 🤷🏼‍♀️ The fight between the uncle and the niece, I’m not quite sure I understood why it was such a big deal.

This movie was one of my favorites on the HMM channel this year. It wasn’t too sad, it had some good feels, good acting and a storyline that I was invested in. My expectations were low for this movie so I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Overall 4 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄 Christmas Trees

My Southern Family Christmas

The mothers guilt trip for their daughter wanting to reach out to her biological father was not an ideal reaction. It’s not an easy decision to make to reach out to biological family for fear of rejection. The mom has to realize it’s not about her it’s about her daughters needs. The father had a much more emotionally balanced reaction.

I love Moira Kelly and was so happy to see her in a Hallmark movie! Overall though this movie was a bit slow and the lying and deception seems to be a theme on Hallmark the past few weekends. I would rather have upfront adult touch conversations happening but understand it helps leave a bit of mystery to the movie 🤷🏼‍♀️ We also got another rushed ending where the issues are handled after the last commercial break so it felt super rushed and leaving you wanting more resolve. I’m not sure the sisters would instantly be happy I feel like there would be a few more questions being asked.

This will land towards the bottom middle for me. I enjoyed seeing the Louisiana take on Christmas as it’s something new to me so that was fun! I wish they would have resolved the daughter/father reveal earlier and shown that movie instead but overall would watch again.

3 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄 trees

My Southern Family Christmas
Haul Out the Holly

Haul Out the Holly

I loved this movie! Give me all of the funny, quirky off the wall antics and I’m usually in. This movie started off with quirky parents who gave you a reverse Christmas in the Franks situation. Melissa Peterman and Stephen Tobo were amazing supporting characters in this film. I love Melissa and her comedic timing was perfection in this film.

Two fun Hallmark cameo surprises that also made me laugh out loud. A neighborhood snowball fight with snowmen clearly not made of snow still couldn’t stop me from having a great time with this film. If you want a serious movie that hits on real intense conversations, this isn’t the movie for you. Wes Brown’s ugly Christmas sweater was epic! Lacey I thought was the best I’ve seen her in years. Plus the white sweater with the santa hat, major Mean Girls Christmas pageant vibes!

Overall I will watch this one again, and again! You could feel everyone in the movie had a great time making this one and didn’t take themselves too seriously. Which I think was the point of this quirky, unique movie!

5 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

A Tale of Two Christmases

A magic Santa 🎅🏽 which I love bringing some magic to the movie!

I loved the two storylines and seeing what life has in store based on fate. I would have preferred a more interesting storyline happening in both stories to really enjoy this movie.

I enjoy the leading lady who was in Good Witch but felt like this movie was just slightly missing something. Maybe it’s too hard in a hour and 24ish minute movie to nail both storylines and make you feel attached to either vision 🤷🏼‍♀️ though I’ve seen them do it before with  Switched for Christmas.

This is not a throw on movie and multi-task type of movie or you will miss the back and forth between her two possible life outcomes. There were some funny scenes to start the movie but it didn’t quite stick the landing.

Overall this one will be a middle of the road movie for me.

3 out of 5 🎄🎄🎄

A Tale of Two Christmases

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