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18 Black Hallmark Christmas Movies

These Black Hallmark Christmas movies are on my favorite list of Christmas movies because they are great to watch during the holidays or Christmas break. These titles feature family-friendly, romance, and comedy titles.

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These Hallmark Black Christmas movies feature some of my favorite Black actors:

  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Tamera Mowry-Housley
  • Briana Price
  • Rukiya Bernard Hannah
  • Colin Lawrence
  • Chaley Rose
  • Rome Flynn
  • Brooks Darnell
  • Ronnie Rowe
  • Tia Mowry

What are Black Hallmark Christmas Movies?

In short, they are movies created by the Hallmark Channel featuring a predominantly Black or African-American lead or cast.

According to the IB Times:

“When it comes to African American and Asian romantic leads in 2017 Hallmark movies, the number is zero. ” 

William (Bill) Abbott, the president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, the parent company of the Hallmark networks said “I think that you will see significant change over the years as we continue to evolve our content.”

At that point, there was a concerted effort to create more Hallmark Christmas movies with Black actors.

“Christina Milian and Jerrika Hinton are making their Hallmark debuts this Christmas, but they’ve already made Hallmark history. 

The two are the first black actresses to be cast as romantic leads in a Hallmark Christmas movie, with Milian, an Afro-Latina, taking that place on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries with “Memories of Christmas” and Hinton on Hallmark Channel with “A Majestic Christmas.” “(Source: IB Times)

In 2019, “the network's record 24 original holiday movies this season, four of them have black leads, according to Bill Abbott, who serves as CEO of Hallmark parent Crown Media Family Networks. And that's down from last year, when five of its 21 original holiday movies had black leads.

18 Black Hallmark Christmas Movies

As I reported in our Hallmark Christmas Movies List (Updated for 2023), there are three new Black Hallmark Christmas Movies premiering in 2023:

Premieres Sunday, December 3, 2023

Christmas with a Kiss (working title) 

Starring: Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Jaime M. Callica
Synopsis: In this Mahogany Presentation, a woman (Morgan) returns home to assist with her family's Christmas Carnival, leading to the spark of romance. A photojournalist (Rowe) arranges a surprise reunion.

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Premieres Thursday, December 14, 2023

Heaven Down Here

Starring: Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon, Phylicia Rashad 
Synopsis: Drawing inspiration from Mickey Guyton's song of the same name, “Heaven Down Here” unfolds the story of four distinct individuals who find themselves snowed in at a local diner on Christmas Eve.

Imami (Brown), a widowed mother of two struggling to make ends meet, reluctantly agrees to work the Christmas Eve shift, leading to clashes with her boss Dan (Harmon), a person who doesn't exactly exude the Christmas spirit. Felix (Riedinger), a local pastor, is in a race against time to secure food for his congregation, all the while grappling with a strained relationship with his son.

Clara (Lifford), a hospice nurse with a challenging patient (Rashad) and a daughter moving away, begins questioning her place in the world. As the evening unfolds, these four individuals alternate between arguing, bonding, and unwittingly providing each other with answers to their respective dilemmas.

Premieres Sunday, December 17, 2023

12 Games of Christmas

Starring: Johnny Ramey, Felisha Cooper
Synopsis: In “12 Games of Christmas,” a group of long-time friends and neighbors are transported into a Christmas-themed board game during a Christmas gathering.

All Saints Christmas

Lisette is a popular R&B singer who's getting ready to travel home to New Orleans for Christmas. When the media mistakes a photo of her with her ex as an engagement announcement, her family insists that he join her on the trip.

Inventing the Christmas Prince

Shelby is about to quit her job as a rocket engineer when her daughter becomes convinced that her Scrooge-like boss, Evan, is the Christmas Prince from a story Shelby invented years ago.

Holiday Heritage

Ella returns to her hometown to mend fences with her fractured family. With the help of Griffin, her ex-boyfriend, she encourages her family to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa and to heal their past wounds before it’s too late.

The Holiday Stocking

RJ is a new angel, who is given the chance to address his one regret, that he didn’t help his sisters reconcile while he was still alive. Returning to earth as a stranger, he gets each of them to revive The Holiday Stocking, their parent’s old tradition to encourage charity at Christmas.

Jingle Bell Bride
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julie Gonzalo, Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Actors)

Jingle Bell Bride

A wedding planner ends up in a remote Alaskan town and falls in love with its Christmas pageantry, as well as the local man helping her find a rare flower.

A Christmas Duet
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn (Actors)

A Christmas Duet

During the chaos of planning a Christmas festival and vying for the Top Winter Lodge Award, an innkeeper rekindles her love of music as well as her love for her former music partner.

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A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado

Erin is planning the town's Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.

Falling for Look Lodge
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clark Backo, Jonathan Keltz (Actors)

Falling for Look Lodge

Lily dreams of being a hotel event coordinator and is thrilled when she's given the chance to do so by helping Noah, a hotel guest, finish planning his… sister Justine's wedding at a remote lodge.

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Deliver By Christmas

Molly meets Josh, a widower who recently moved to town with his young son. At the same time she is charmed by a mysterious client of her bakery whom she's never met in person, and doesn't realize that they're one and the same.

The Christmas Doctor
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Holly Robinson-Peete, Adrian Holmes (Actors)

The Christmas Doctor

Zoey is a traveling doctor who prefers short assignments to staying put, so when she is assigned to a small town clinic for the holidays, she is surprised when she starts to feel at home.

A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Erin is planning the town's Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.

Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Antonio Cayonne, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven (Actors)

Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing

As Michelle's wedding approaches, Hannah steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot.

A Christmas Miracle
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tamera Mowry-Housley, Brooks Darnell (Actors)

A Christmas Miracle

Ever-optimistic single mom Emma Sanderson is looking for a Christmas miracle to write about for the lifestyle magazine at which she has landed a temporary job. While following her lead on the story, Emma discoveran s unexpected romance with a supportive colleague and takes it upon herself to bring about a Christmas miracle for a lonely street musician.

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Christmas Tree Lane

Music store owner Meg spearheads community efforts to save her street from demolition. She's shocked to find out that the man she's falling for is actually working for the company Meg's fighting.

Christmas Comes Twice

Emily is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to her Christmas present.

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A Family Christmas Gift
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Holly Robinson Peete, Dion Johnstone, Patti LaBelle (Actors)

A Family Christmas Gift

When Amber spends the holidays with her Aunt Dora and helps plan a fundraising Christmas Concert, it brings Amber closer to her aunt and new love into her life.

A Gingerbread Romance
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry (Actors)

A Gingerbread Romance

An architect spends with a baker and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for Christmas, and exploring Philadelphia at Christmas, filling her with a longing for a place to call home.

Christmas Everlasting
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield, Patti LaBelle (Actors)

Christmas Everlasting

Lucy gets the best Christmas news ever when she learns she’s made partner at her law firm. However, when her sister with special needs, Alice, passes away, Lucy must return home to learn the terms of her sister’s eccentric will.

Memories of Christmas

Noelle, a star San Francisco financial dealmaker, returns to her quaint Michigan town to pack up and sell her inherited childhood home and attend the annual Christmas Charity Gala established by her late Christmas-obsessed mother.

As the town braces for the sale of the beloved lodge where the Gala is held, Noelle makes the deal of a lifetime, all while experiencing renewed joy in the holidays and discovering unexpected love.

Christmas in Canaan

In the rising heat of the Civil Rights Movement, Daniel Burton a widowed farmer struggling to make ends meet, forces his young son, DJ, who has begun to show racist tendencies, to spend time with his black classmate, Rodney, leading to an unexpected friendship. 

A Husband For Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Vivica A. Fox, Ricco Ross, Eric Roberts (Actors)

A Husband for Christmas

Two co-workers agree to a loveless marriage of convenience, but as they become acquainted, an unrealized chemistry grows between them. wrath on the world.

A Christmas Cruise
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Vivica A. Fox, Jessica Morris, Kristoff St. John (Actors)

A Christmas Cruise

When her best friend invites her along on a holiday-themed sail, an aspiring novelist unexpectedly finds the love of her life onboard.

If you're looking for more Christmas movies featuring Black actors, you'll want to check these out, too:

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