Hallmark Unveils Their Holiday 2022 Movie Lineup, Including Its First LGBTQ+ Film

published Oct 14, 2022
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Naughty or nice, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Hallmark has announced their movie schedule for the holidays. And because Christmas is the season when no one should feel left out, the company is coming out with inclusive content, like their first LGBTQ+ film, “The Holiday Sitter.”

Its synopsis reads: “Sam is a workaholic bachelor who babysits his niece and nephew before the holidays when his sister and her husband have to go out of town. Completely out of his element, he recruits help from their handsome neighbor Jason and finds himself in an unexpected romance.”

The film is Hallmark’s response to the criticism that they only put out stories with white leads in heterosexual romances. Other titles in their schedule also recognize the importance of on-screen representation, as they now feature more actors of color, as well as plots focused on Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

“Words can’t describe what it feels like to have executive produced and starred in such an incredible story that will mean so much to so many,” said “The Holiday Sitter” actor Jonathan Bennett. 

“A huge applause to @hallmarkchannel and all the leadership and executives, they not only believed in this story but took such good care of it, championed it wholeheartedly the entire process. December 11 will be a very special day.” 

40 new and original holiday films will be released starting October 21, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday well into December. All premier times for Hallmark Channel are 8 p.m. ET, except for the Thanksgiving weekend doubleheaders at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, meanwhile, will air their titles at 10 p.m. ET.

Check out the full 2022 movie schedule below:

October 21

  • Noel Next Door

October 22

  • We Wish You a Married Christmas
  • We Need a Little Christmas (Movies & Mysteries)

October 23

  • A Kismet Christmas

October 28

  • A Cozy Christmas Inn

October 29

  • Jolly Good Christmas
  • Christmas Bedtime Stories (Movies & Mysteries)

October 30

  • Ghosts of Christmas Always

November 4

  • A Magical Christmas Village

November 5

  • Lights, Camera, Christmas!
  • A Maple Valley Christmas (Movies & Mysteries)

November 6

  • All Saints Christmas

November 11

  • In Merry Measure

November 12

  • The Royal Nanny
  • Our Italian Christmas Memories (Movies & Mysteries)

November 13

  • Christmas at the Golden Dragon

November 18

  • Inventing the Christmas Prince

November 19

  • Three Wise Men and a Baby
  • Long Lost Christmas (Movies & Mysteries)

November 20

  • When I Think of Christmas

November 24

  • My Southern Family Christmas

November 25 

  • #Xmas
  • A Royal Corgi Christmas

November 26 

  • A Tale of Two Christmases
  • Haul Out the Holly
  • Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas (Movies & Mysteries)

November 27

  • A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe
  • A Holiday Spectacular

December 2

  • A Big Fat Family Christmas

December 3

  • A Fabled Holiday
  • The Holiday Stocking (Movies & Mysteries)

December 4

  • Undercover Holiday

December 9

  • The Most Colorful Time of the Year

December 10

  • Christmas Class Reunion
  • The Gift of Peace (Movies & Mysteries)

December 11

  • The Holiday Sitter

December 16

  • Holiday Heritage

December 17

  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Five More Minutes (Movies & Mysteries)

December 18

  • Hanukkah on Rye