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Christmas in July 2022 continues this weekend with the premiere of the Hallmark movie Christmas in Toyland.

“Excited to share with you all a Christmas in July special called: Christmas in Toyland,” wrote actor Jesse Hutch in a post to promote the movie on Instagram. “Everyone worked hard to bring you what I believe will be a fun-filled festive adventure that will tug on your heart strings… and yes! You will laugh. You know me… I always like to bring some comedy to the table. I play the character Grant: who is a kid at heart. Is there a slide in the film? Yes. I’ll see ya out there.”


The Hallmark movie Christmas in Toyland

Vanessa Lengies also stars in the romantic comedy, playing Charlie, a data analyst at a large toy store chain. When company executives decide to shift to an online-only model, Lengies becomes concerned about the hundreds of employees who will lose their jobs. Lengies gets permission from her boss to visit one location that has strong sales to see if there’s any way she can save the current business model.

But Grant, the manager at the store in question (played by Hutch), is less-than-receptive to her presence. It turns out he has a distrust of anyone from the corporate office and is reluctant to help her out.

But as the two spend time together, they bond over their love of toys. Charlie finds out Grant designs his own Christmas-themed toys. Together, they try to find a way to save the business using his designs.

According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “As their feelings for each other grow, they are reminded that growing up doesn’t mean losing your dreams.”

About the stars

Vanessa Lengies got her start as a child actress, performing on shows such as Caillou and 8 Simple Rules. After roles in the movies Stick It, The Substance of Things Hoped For, and The Perfect Man, she landed the role of Sugar Motta on the series Glee. She made her Hallmark debut in the 2019 movie Heart of the Holidays.

Jesse Hutch has had roles in the TV shows Heartland and Hallmark’s Cedar Cove. He also starred in the romantic comedy Snowmance, which has recently been airing on GAC Family (soon-to-be called the Great American Family network), as well as Hallmark’s Chateau Christmas.

Christmas in Toyland will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, July 23 at 8/7c.


The original movie My Grown-Up Christmas List will premiere during Hallmark’s Christmas in July 2022 lineup. Starring real-life couple and When Calls the Heart co-stars Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry, it is the first of three new Christmas movies to debut this month on Hallmark.

My Grown-Up Christmas List is based on a song written by Amy Grant and David Foster. In the movie, Wallace plays a journalist Taylor Nichols and McGarry plays Luke Malone, who is in the military. According to a synopsis from the network, the movie follows “the special bond that grows between them over the course of several Christmases spent together and apart.”

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This is the second movie that Wallace and McGarry have starred in together. In March, the pair headlined the romantic comedy Feeling Butterflies. Wallace played Emily, a lepidopterist (the scientific name for a butterfly expert) trying to build a business that releases butterflies at birthday parties and weddings.

“Which is an actual, popular thing,” Wallace said during an appearance on the Everything About Hallmark podcast. “I had no idea.”

She is hired to do a release at a birthday party for a little girl named Amanda (played by Alyssa Gervasi). Emily connects with both the birthday girl and her handsome, widowed father, Garrett (played by McGarry).

Through Garrett’s connections, she gets the opportunity to do a release at a socialite’s wedding, an event that could bring her business the publicity it desperately needs. Garrett and Amanda agree to help her get ready, and as Garrett and Emily spend more time together, she develops feelings for him. Things become complicated when Garrett’s ex-girlfriend shows up, and Garrett contemplates moving to New York City.

About the stars

A native of Canada, Wallace got her break on the Disney TV movie Descendants as a member of the chorus. She had parts on the TV shows Ice, The Good Doctor, and Breckman Rodeo. Wallace also starred in the TV movies Once Upon a Prince, Terrified at 17, and Undercover Cheerleader. She joined the cast of Hallmark’s hit series When Calls the Heart in 2019, playing Fiona Miller.

McGarry is also a native of Canada. He played Mitch Cutty on the series Heartland from 2015 to 2021. He also had parts in the Hallmark movies Love at First Bark, Autumn Stables, and Winter Castle. He joined the cast of When Calls the Heart in 2019 as Mountie Nathan Grant.

The pair have recently been sharing photos from a trip to Italy on social media, where they have been joined by co-stars Erin Krakow and Ben Rosenbaum. She posted a photo when the cast got the news that When Calls the Heart had been renewed for a 10th season.

“News just reached Italy🇮🇹 Mamma Mia! Here we go again!” she wrote on Instagram.


Three new Hallmark Christmas movies will have their premiere in July, including a romantic comedy that stars real-life couple and When Calls the Heart cast mates Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry. My Grown-Up Christmas List, Campfire Christmas, and Christmas in Toyland will air as part of Hallmark’s Christmas in July lineup.

The event will start early this year. On June 24, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries will begin a week-long Christmas movie marathon, airing holiday-themed movies round-the-clock.

Hallmark Channel will take over on July 1, airing winter favorites from 10/9c in the morning until midnight every day. Fans themselves can influence the lineup by voting for their favorites on the Hallmark Movie Checklist app.

“Viewers will be able to retreat from the hot summer sun and transport themselves to the snowy scenes of holiday movies,” according to a statement from Hallmark Channel.

Hallmark stars are available for personalized video messages on a new app. (Image: Hallmark Media)
Kevin McGarry and Kayla Wallace in My Grown-Up Christmas List (Image: Crown Media)

Three new Hallmark Christmas movies

The first of the new films to air will be My Grown-Up Christmas List, which stars real-life couple and When Calls the Heart castmates Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry. The romantic comedy is based on the hit song of the same name by Amy Grant and David Foster. A synopsis from the network reads as follows:

“Taylor (Wallace), a journalist, and Luke (McGarry), in the military, share a special bond that grows between them over the course of five Christmases that they spend together and apart.”

Next up is Campfire Christmas. Starring Tori Anderson and Corbin Bleu, the movie tells the story of a woman named Peyton (Anderson) who finds romance when her parents throw a Christmas-themed reunion at the summer camp they own and run.

Finally, Christmas in Toyland will premiere on July 23. The romantic-comedy stars Vanessa Lengies and Jesse Hutch. According to a description from the network, Lengies plays a data analyst and Hutch a toy store owner, who come together before Christmas to try to save hundreds of jobs.

The schedule

The movies will premiere on Saturday nights on Hallmark Channel.

My Grown-Up Christmas List will air on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, July 9 at 8/7c.

Campfire Christmas will air on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, July 16 at 8/7c.

Christmas in Toyland will air on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, July 23 at 8/7c.

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