Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas starts Friday!

Whether you’re a self-professed “Hallmarkie” (I admitted my own weakness a few years back), or just can’t resist their holiday movies, get your TDS TV remote ready. Hallmark Christmas movies start this Friday, October 26—and the 36 (!!) new ones start on the 27th.

With so many choices, I thought it would be fun to update last year’s popular Hallmark Christmas bingo and create fresh cards with details you’ll see in the new 2018 flicks.

It’s a fun while-you-watch activity that’s perfect for the whole family—no matter if they like the movies or like to mock the movies. Grab some Hershey’s Kisses or another favorite holiday candy for markers (or use some stickers or pens if you prefer something non-sugary). Keep some cards next to your favorite TV watching spot and you’re good to go.

Hosting a party? The bingo cards could also make a fun grown-up party game if you’d like to substitute beverages for markers.

I used MyFreeBingoCards.com and am including six all-new cards for you below. If you need more, keep scrolling.


If you’d like more cards than what’s here, feel free to make some extras of your own (either on the web or by filling in a blank card by hand). To make it easy, below you’ll find a list of typical character, plot, co-star, setting, and scene details to use, plus a list of words specific to the 2018 movie line-up.

Character and plot-related words:

  • Workaholic
  • Prince/princess
  • Up for a promotion
  • Down on their luck
  • Diff love interest at start
  • Old flame
  • Hates Xmas
  • Loves Xmas
  • Cute career (hat maker, baker, bridal shop owner, professional shopper—not “normal’ jobs)
  • City slicker (character was/is successful in the big city
  • Townie (never left the small town they grew up in)
  • Family tragedy (usually in the past around the holidays)
  • Former child star (I’m looking at you, Lacey Chabert, Candice Cameron Bure, and Danica McKellar)
  • Business’ last chance
  • Doesn’t believe in Santa
  • Mistaken identity
  • Magical wishes/miracles
  • $ needed ASAP
  • A miscommunication (leads to heartache or hijinks)
  • Business rivals
  • Rediscovers Xmas (and the joy of Christmas)

And the movie co-stars:

  • A meddling parent or grandparent
  • Precocious son/daughter (bonus points if there’s both!)
  • A celebrity from the past (Roger Moore, Jane Seymore, Alan Thicke, Shirley Maclaine, Florence Henderson, etc.)
  • A dog or cat
  • Wacky neighbor or best friend
  • A character who looks exactly like Santa

Typical scene settings:

  • Fancy holiday/ball dress
  • Snowball fight
  • Build a snowman
  • Ice skating
  • Ice carving
  • Christmas tree decorating
  • Christmas carolers
  • Christmas crafting scene
  • Musical montage/interlude
  • Drinking coffee or hot chocolate
  • Movie ends with a kiss
  • Mistletoe
  • Christmas cookies
  • Sleigh ride
  • Sledding

You’ll also often notice:

  • “Wow” Xmas décor (it’s often quite over-the-top)
  • Cute character name (Merry, Holly, etc.)
  • Cute town name (Garland, Fool’s Gold, to name just a few)
  • Fake snow (batting!)
  • Trees with leaves (when it’s supposed to be cold and snowy)
  • Real snow (it happens, I swear, but it’s always notable IMO)

2018 details specific to the new movies:

  • Event planner
  • Small Town
  • Local billionaire
  • Holiday festival
  • City slicker
  • Old crush
  • Relative needs help
  • Holiday promotion
  • Christmas special
  • TV producer
  • X-mas wedding
  • Carriage
  • Graceland
  • TV show
  • Teacher
  • Budget cuts
  • Hometown
  • Baker
  • Veteran
  • Producer (TV and/or music)
  • Family feud
  • Dating app
  • Proposal
  • Save special place
  • Inheritance
  • Bookstore
  • Coffee shop
  • King
  • Princess
  • Lessons
  • Lawyer
  • Artist
  • Reviewer
  • Rival
  • Estranged relative
  • Sell house
  • Car trouble
  • Reindeer
  • Architect
  • Decorator
  • Hospital
  • Music star
  • Old letters
  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Deadline

For more details about the movies, a programming guide, video previews—and even information about their Countdown to Christmas Sweepstakes—head to the Hallmark Channel’s special Christmas section.

P.S. I already posted the full list of new movies, including when and where they’re airing.




  1. These are fantastic! I can’t wait to try them out this Christmas season! Thanks! I am definitely sharing these on the blog media! Thanks!

  2. 5 of them are the same…. 🙁

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