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Last Updated on December 10, 2023 by Stefanie Hutson
Few people will ever claim that Hallmark (and Hallmark-style) movies are great cinema. They're mass produced, they typically take no more than 2-3 weeks to film, and they're engineered to reliably generate the same few emotions, over and over.
That doesn't mean they can't be fun – especially if you're looking for a distraction from grey winter skies and hectic Christmas plans.
What you may not have realised, though, is that there are a number of Hallmark (and Hallmark-style) movies filmed or set in the UK. They aren't necessarily the most authentic representations of British life and culture, but their intentions are good and most are just light-hearted fluff.
If you're the kind of person who occasionally enjoys a bit of cheesy holiday goodness, this list is for you…
British Hallmark Christmas Movies You Can Stream
Jolly Good Christmas (2023)
Jolly Good Christmas is perhaps one of the most authentic of all “British Hallmark movies” in that it's a Hallmark production that was actually filmed in London. As any die-hard Hallmark fan will know, a great many of their movies are actually filmed in Canada. It's tax-friendly, efficient to do it all in one place, and it's a lot easier to find snow in Canada than, say, Hollywood.
When an architect, David, struggles to find the perfect gift for his girlfriend, he hires free-spirited shopper Anji to help. Unfortunately, a series of unfortunate events forces them together for the entire process, sending them scrambling around London and nearly ruining his career in the process. As they spend time together, it doesn't take long to realise they're each what the other has been missing. Watch it HERE
A Not So Royal Christmas (2023)
Brooke D'Orsay and Will Kemp star in this film about a London journalist who attempts to get an interview with a reclusive count. Because the real one left ages ago, the family convinces a groundskeeper to pose as the count in an attempt to fool her. Coming December 15th on Philo or Hallmark.
A Royal Corgi Christmas (2022)
Though filmed in Dublin, A Royal Corgi Christmas uses a number of British leads and tells a Christmas story about a corgi-loving royal family. In an effort to earn his mother's approval, Prince Edmond gifts his mother a corgi, hiring Cecily to train the new dog. In time, Edmond and Cecily will bond over the dog and of course, live happily ever after. Watch it HERE
A Merry Scottish Christmas (2023)
When two estranged siblings are invited to spend Christmas in Scotland with their mother, family secrets begin to emerge – like the fact that mom is a duchess and she grew up in a castle. As they sort out their issues, sister Lindsay (Lacey Chabert) begins to fall for the handsome Glengrave property manager. Premieres December 15th on Hallmark and live TV streaming services like Philo or Sling.
The Royal Nanny (2022)
When a talented MI5 agent, Claire, goes undercover as the royal nanny, she expects her biggest challenges to involve security and out of control children – not resisting the charms of the handsome Prince Colin. Watch it HERE
Christmas in Notting Hill (2023)
Christmas in Notting Hill follows a famous football star who’s always been too busy for love until he heads home to Notting Hill at Christmas and meets a visiting American who has no idea who he is. Watch it on December 15th on Hallmark or live TV services like Philo or Sling TV.
British Hallmark-Style Christmas Movies You Can Stream
The movies in this section are not technically Hallmark movies, but they share the same basic feeling and types of characters. One big difference, though, is that the films in this section aren't bound by the strict Hallmark “rules” about what's acceptable – so you may hear slightly more offensive language or see the characters in more “adult” situations than you'd see in a typical Hallmark film.
Your Christmas or Mine (2022)
After parting on Christmas Eve at Marylebone Station, Hayley and James can't stand the idea of being apart for Christmas. Instead of contacting one another, they each decide to surprise the other, unwittingly swapping trains and ending up trapped with the opposite families for Christmas. Watch it HERE on Prime.
Your Christmas or Mine 2 (2023)
This sequel to Your Christmas or Mine sees the two families from the first film heading off to the Alps. Unfortunately, there's been another mix-up, and each family is staying in the other's accommodations – and they are not even remotely comparable. Watch it HERE
Christmas at the Castle, aka Christmas in the Highlands (2019)
When a perfume expert is sent from New York to Scotland in search of a rare fragrance, she doesn't expect to fall in love with the dashing aristocrat who won't sell. Watch it HERE
A Castle for Christmas (2022)
Like a lot of “British” Netflix productions, you may find this one is a bit too American-ised for your tastes – but it IS set in Scotland. Brooke Shields stars as Sophie Brown, a woman who ventures to Scotland on her own in hopes of buying a castle. The owner, Duke Myles (Cary Elwes) isn't convinced her wants to sell to a foreigner – but she might just convince him. Watch it on Netflix.
Christmas in Scotland (2023)
When an installation designer travels to Scotland to help put together a Christmas lights display, she finds herself fighting against a wealthy heir who has his own ideas about how things should be done. As they learn to work together, a bit of Christmas magic brings them closer… Watch it HERE or on Peacock, Pluto TV, or Paramount+
A Christmas Exchange (2020)
When Molly of Westport, CT swaps her snowy farmhouse for Patrick's posh London apartment, it seems like a straightforward switch. As they begin to exchange texts and emails, though, sparks begin to fly. Watch it HERE
Saving Christmas Spirit (2022)
In an attempt to revive her department, archaeology professor Lucy heads to Scotland in search of an ancient shrine. While there, she meets handsome whisky distiller Duncan, who offers to be her tour guide – and ends up becoming much more. Watch it HERE or on Tubi, Peacock, AMC+, or Roku Channnel
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