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Ready for Christmas yet? Get in the spirit with these Hallmark movies

Candace Cameron Bure stars in ‘Journey Back to Christmas.’ The Hallmark original film, first aired in 2016, is part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. It will air again at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 (Central).
Candace Cameron Bure stars in ‘Journey Back to Christmas.’ The Hallmark original film, first aired in 2016, is part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. It will air again at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 (Central). TNS

For Hallmark Channel movie fans, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

Countdown to Christmas, the family-friendly channel’s annual holiday movie extravaganza, starts this weekend, with the orange and black of Halloween still going strong.

The 2017 season starts at 1 p.m. Friday with “A Royal Christmas,” starring Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan and Jane Seymour. Fun fact: Chabert, a regular in Hallmark Channel films, was born in 1982 in Purvis and is 5 feet, 3 inches tall. Her father, Tony Chabert, is of Cajun, Sicilian and English descent and worked as a maintenance operations representative for an oil company.

The premiere for the channel’s first new Christmas movie of the season, “Marry Me at Christmas,” is at 7 p.m. Saturday. It stars Rachel Skarsten, Emily Tennant and Trevor Donovan. A bridal boutique owner finds out she’ll be working closely with her celebrity crush, the brother of one of her bridal customers.

Sister channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries also gets in the festive spirit with The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas; nonstop holiday viewing begins at 5 p.m. Friday. This channel’s first holiday premiere is at 8 p.m. Sunday, with “Home for Christmas Day,” starring Catherine Bell and Victor Webster. A woman falls in love with an active-duty soldier, and her worried mother tries to steer her away from the long-distance romance.

Altogether, both Hallmark channels will air 33 new Christmas movies. That’s 21 on the Hallmark Channel and 12 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

For the full schedules, go to hallmarkchannel.com/schedule and hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/schedule.

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