Just when summer starts feeling steamy, sweaty, and all around sticky, Hallmark appears like a mirage in the desert, offering a week-long wintry respite complete with snow-covered town squares, marshmallow-topped hot cocoa, and sweet holiday romance. That’s right, it’s Christmas Keepsake Week, also affectionately known as Christmas in July.
Get out your Christmas pajamas, Santa mugs, and fir-scented candles—because from July 13th to 22nd, it’s all about celebrating Christmas on the Hallmark Channel. (Phew, just when we thought we’d never make it to this halfway-to-Christmas mark.) Expect to see your favorite holiday movies all week long, with some of Hallmark’s biggest romantic heavy-hitters scheduled every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
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During the opening weekend, July 13th to 15th, cozy up with heartwarming favorites: “Finding Santa,” “Christmas Next Door,” and “Coming Home for Christmas." During the closing weekend, July 20th to 22nd, swoon over holiday romances: “Christmas at Holly Lodge,” “Switched for Christmas,” and “A Gift to Remember.” It’s just the palette pleaser we need to make it to Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. (We're only 19 weeks away, but who’s counting?)
In addition to the healthy dose of holiday cheer, expect some surprises. On Saturday, July 21st, Hallmark Channel will air an exclusive special, titled Hallmark Channel’s Christmas First Look. Hallmark’s leading lady, Lacey Chabert, will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey of some of the first brand-new original holiday movies that will make up this year’s Countdown to Christmas, including an exclusive first look at “Christmas Joy,” starring Danielle Panabaker. If that doesn’t sweeten the deal enough, Happy the Dog (Hallmark’s adorable adopted pet and proclaimed pet ambassador) will be co-hosting the exclusive special.
To hold you over until July, head to Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Keepsake Week for DIY holiday crafts, seasonal recipes, and previews.