Hallmark Channel to Present Seasonal Programming Event 'Winterfest' This January

On the heels of Hallmark Channel's unprecedented #1 rated 'Countdown to Christmas,' the network invites viewers to continue the celebration and cozy up at home with its seasonal programming event 'WINTERFEST.' The holiday cheer doesn't have to end once the season concludes, as the network will premiere three new original movies for viewers to fall in love with by the fireplace. Julie Berman, Andrew Walker, Merritt Patterson, Jessy Schram and Luke Macfarlane are just some of the stars set to warm up the cold, January nights and help you kick-off the New Year to a bright, fresh start!

Hallmark Channel will also engage viewers on social and digital platforms to celebrate Winterfest. The network will solicit viewers to "Show Us Your Snow" where fans can upload photos of their winter festivities on their social media platforms and engage with Winterfest enthusiasts. Users are encouraged to use the hashtag #ShowUsYourSnow and tag @HallmarkChannel to help create a social wall that features fans enjoying the snowfall this winter - whether it's skiing, vacationing, building snowmen or sharing majestic landscapes the beauty of Winter has to offer. Additionally, the network will also host on HallmarkChannel.com "Season Your Selfie," where viewers can select filters to add the merriment of the winter season to their personal photos. Lastly, Hallmark CHANNEL will also offer its Winterfest Sweepstakes, featuring a grand prize pack including a home entertainment center, sofa and more to help our viewers stay cozy and warm at home while enjoying Hallmark Channel! The sweepstakes will run from January 1, 2017 - January 27, 2017.

Tis the season for ice skating, snowball fights and hot chocolate and Hallmark CHANNEL is ready to deliver the entertainment!

LOVE ON ICE - Saturday, January, 7, 9 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Julie Berman ("Chicago Med"), Andrew Walker ("A Dream of Christmas"), Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue")

Former FIGURE SKATING champion, Emily James, now 27 years old and considered a relic in the world of figure skating, gets an improbable shot to reclaim skating GLORY when a young coach sees greatness in her. Together, they find their love of skating goes far beyond the ice.

A ROYAL WINTER - Saturday, January 14, 9 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Merritt Patterson ("The Royals"), Jack Donnelly ("Atlantis")

While on a last-minute European holiday, a young woman finds herself in the middle of a real-life fairy tale when a chance meeting with a handsome local leads to something more. However, things get complicated when she learns that the "local" is actually a prince who is about to be crowned King, and whose mother is dead-set against her royal son's romance with the tourist.

BIRTHDAY WISH - Saturday, January 21, 9 p.m. ET/PT

Stars: Jessy Schram ("Falling Skies"), Luke Macfarlane ("Brothers & Sisters")

With her thirtieth birthday approaching, Gwen Turner (Schram), a young TV commercial director who plans every detail of her life, hopes her boyfriend, Alex Stone, will finally propose and fulfill her goal of being engaged by the time she's thirty. Gwen meets Dave McKinley (Macfarlane), a charming commercial director with a spontaneous approach to life, when an upscale ad agency pairs them to work together. When Alex does not propose, a disappointed Gwen makes a birthday wish: to see what her life will look like in ten years. The next morning, her wish miraculously comes true when she sees a vision of her future in which she is a happily married mom. But to her surprise, the man she's married to in her vision is Dave, not Alex.

ABOUT Hallmark CHANNEL Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks' flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 89 million homes. As the country's leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark CHANNEL delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as "Good Witch," "When Calls the Heart" and "Chesapeake Shores"; annual specials including "Kitten Bowl" and "Hero Dog Awards"; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, "Home & Family." Additionally, Hallmark CHANNEL is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed HALLMARK HALL OF FAME franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life's special moments, Hallmark CHANNEL also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including "Countdown to Christmas," "Countdown to Valentine's Day," "Summer Nights," "Fall Harvest" and "Winterfest." Rounding out the network's diverse slate are some of television's most beloved comedies and series, including "The Golden Girls," "The Middle," "Last Man Standing," and "Frasier." Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks. Hallmark CHANNEL on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram

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