Hallmark is debuting a whopping 40 new holiday movies in 2019, and you won’t have to wait long to watch a few of them. According to Entertainment Weekly, the network is releasing two of those new movies in—wait for it—July.
The first one, titled Christmas Camp, comes specifically from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. Here’s the official synopsis, courtesy of Hallmark’s website: “To get a promotion, Hayley, an advertising executive who specializes in social media, must land a toy company that is all about traditional Christmas as an account.” It stars Lily Anne Harrison, Bobby Campo, and Ben Gavin and is set to premiere July 7 at 9 P.M. ET.
A second film is coming the following week on the original Hallmark channel: A Merry Christmas Match, starring Ashley Newbrough and Kyle Dean Massey. This one, per EW, centers on a woman (Newbrough) whose annual tradition of directing a Christmas pageant in tribute to her later father is disrupted by a mystery man (Massey). Intrigued? Feeling festive? Me too! I’m fully prepared to decorate my pool chair with ornaments.
There’s an actual reason why Christmas is coming early this year. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is running its “Gold Crown Christmas” campaign from June 28 to July 14, while Hallmark has a “Keepsake Christmas” special going from July 12 to July 27. The brand has a history of airing Christmas movies in July as a ramp-up to its holiday slate, but last year’s lineup didn’t include any new additions. This year, we have two. It’s a Christmas miracle!
Hallmark’s 2019 holiday season is shaping up to be one of its most star-studded. Network favorites like Lacey Chabert and Candace Cameron Bure are set to appear in new Christmas movies, as is musical theater queen Kristen Chenoweth. Does this mean we’re getting a Wicked-inspired holiday flick? Fingers crossed.
Either way, catch me watching every single one of these movies—starting with the two airing in July. Hand me the SPF and a Santa hat.