How to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies to Get in the Holiday Spirit

How to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies to Get in the Holiday Spirit

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Nothing screams guilty pleasure more than a cheesy Hallmark movie—extra points if it’s Christmas themed. Hallmarks Countdown to Christmas 2023 movie guide has been ongoing since late October, with new movies dropping every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 8pm EST /7pm CST. Not to worry if you’ve missed all the previous action—all aired movies are still accessible to watch through a variety of streaming services.

Plus, there’s still three more releases to come through this weekend, starting off with The Secret Gift of Christmas airing tonight, Friday, December 15th. Starring Meghan Ory and Christopher Russell, it tells the tale of Bonnie, a personal shopper, who helps her new, widowed client Patrick reconnect with his young daughter. What happens next? Tune in to see.

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FRIENDS AND FAMILY CHRISTMAS, from left: Ali Liebert, Humberly Gonzalez, (aired Dec. 17, 2023). photo: Allister Foster / ©Hallmark Channel / Courtesy Everett Collection
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Not sure how to access the Hallmark Channel without a cable subscription? You can sign up for a few select streaming services that house Hallmark movies and TV shows. Keep reading to see how you can catch tonight’s movie premiere (and all the other holiday-themed entertainment the channel has to offer).

When do new Hallmark Christmas movies air?

New Hallmark Christmas movies drop every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 8pm EST /7pm CST. The final installment of new releases beings tonight, December 15 and wraps on Sunday, December 17.

How to watch Hallmark movies for free

Hallmark Channel is available to stream live on services like DirecTV Stream, Fubo, and Philo. DirecTV Stream offers a five-day free trial and starts at $74.99 per month after the trial ends. Philo offers a seven-day free trial and costs $25 per month after the free trial ends. Fubo offers a seven-day free trial and starts at $74.99 per month after the trial ends. Peacock doesn’t offer Hallmark Channel as a live channel, however, users can stream new Hallmark movies and TV shows on the service the day after thye air. Peacock starts at $5.99 per month

Best Overall Pick to Watch Hallmark Movies: DirecTV Stream

Direct TV is our best overall pick to watch Hallmark movies for free for its free trial, price, and channel selection. DirecTV Stream offers a five-day free trial. DirecTV offers four plans: Entertainment, which costs $74.99 per month with the first three months at $64.99 per month; Choice, which costs $99.99 per month with the first three months at $89.99 per month; Ultimate, which costs $109.99 per month with the first three months at $99.99 per month; and Premiere, which costs $154.99 per month with the first three months at $144.99 per month.

All four plans include Hallmark Channel, while both Entertainment and Premier also include Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark Drama can be added to all four plans for an additional price. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries can also be added to Entertainment and Choice.

As for other differences between the plans, Entertainment includes more than 75 channels, the ability to stream on unlimited devices in your home, unlimited cloud DVR storage, and a special offer on premium channels. Choice, which is the most popular plan, includes more than 105 channels, regional sports networks, and everything included in Entertainment. Ultimate includes more than 140 channels and everything included in Entertainment and Choice. Premiere includes more than 150 channels including premium channels like HBO and Starz and everything included in Entertainment, Choice, and Premiere. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch Hallmark movies with DirecTV Stream’s free trial. 

  1. Visit streamtv.directv.com
  2. Click “Shop Packages”
  3. Click “Try It Free” for the plan of your choice
  4. Enter your information and payment method
  5. Search for Hallmark Channel and start watching

Best Free Trial Pick to Watch Hallmark Movies: Philo

Philo is our best free trial pick to watch Hallmark movies for its price and free trial length. Philo offers a seven-day free trial and costs $25 per month after the trial ends. Philo offers Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as similar channels like Great American Faith & Living, Great American Family, and Lifetime. As for what else it includes, Philo offers more than 70 channels, as well as an unlimited DVR service. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch Hallmark movies with Philo’s free trial. 

  1. Visit Philo.com
  2. Click “Start Free Trial”
  3. Enter your information and payment method
  4. Search for Hallmark Channeland start watching

Best Budget Pick to Watch Hallmark Movies: Peacock

Peacock is our best budget pick to watch Hallmark movies for its price. Peacock offers two plans: Peacock Premium for $5.99 per month, and Peacock Premium Plus costs $11.99 per month.

As for the differences between the plans, Peacock Premium offers more than 80,000 hours of TV shows and movies including Hallmark and Peacock originals; live sports and events; current episodes of NBC and Bravo shows; and 50 live channels. Peacock Premium Plus offers everything included in Peacock Premium, as well as no ads; the ability to download and watch select titles offline; and 24/7 live access to your local NBC channel. Though you can’t watch Hallmark Channel live, Peacock also offers new Hallmark movies and TV shows the day after they air. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch Hallmark movies with Peacock.

  1. Visit PeacockTV.com
  2.  Click “Get Started”
  3. Select your plan
  4. Enter your information and payment method
  5. Search for Hallmark movies and start watching

Best Upgrade Pick to Watch Hallmark Movies: Fubo

Fubo is our best upgrade pick to watch Hallmark movies for free based on what it offers. Fubo offers a seven-day free trial (two days longer than DirecTV Stream) and offers three plans: Pro, which costs $74.99 per month; Elite, which costs $84.99 per month; and Ultimate, which costs $99.99 per month. All three plans include Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama.

As for the difference between the plans, Pro includes 180 channels, 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR, and the ability to watch on up to 10 screens at once. Elite includes everything in Pro, as well as a total of 256 channels and 4K resolution. Ultimate includes everything in Pro and Elite, as well as a total of 299 channels, Showtime, and Red Zone NFL Network. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch Hallmark movies with Fubo’s free trial. 

  1. Visit Fubo.TV
  2. Click “Start Free Trial”
  3. Enter your information and payment method
  4. Search for Hallmark Channel and start watching
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