Is Candace Cameron Bure Really the Christmas Queen? Breaking Down Hallmark's Roster of Leading Ladies

Looking for some girl power this holiday season? Just turn your TV to the Hallmark Channel and keep it on through the New Year. 

Over the course of its decade (and counting) run, Hallmark has quietly assembled a surprisingly stacked line-up of leading ladies, most of whom return each year to lead a Christmas rom-com during their Countdown to Christmas programming.

One of its go-to moves it to cast a familiar face—whether they’re a former child star the public watched grow up or an actress who appeared on a hit teen drama—playing into the “nostalgia factor.” While other networks are going with revivals to capitalize on the trend, Hallmark is just going for star power…and it’s working, especially for their wildly successful Countdown to Christmas programming, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year after continuously making the network the highest rated cable channel in the fourth quarter for the last several years.

“We’re all about creating traditions and celebrating family and celebrating who people want to spend time with, whether it’s a romantic relationship or a friendship or a parent or a sibling,” Hallmark exec Michelle Vicary previously told E! News. “Why couldn’t we recreate that as a television experience? We know our audience would like to see these people because they are iconic television stars who they can relate to, who they aspire to be like or that they feel like are family or friends and would like to see more of them. When we strategically cast them that way, our audience said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what we want.'”

And no star represents the Hallmark Channel brand better than Candace Cameron Bure, the Full (and Fuller) House lead, who has become the network’s golden girl, leading their Countdown to Christmas (C-to-C in our households) charge and starring in the hit Aurora Teagarden film series.

Her latest film for Hallmark, Christmas Town airing on Dec. 1, marks Candace’s eighth Christmas outing, but she’s not the only female lead to hit her eighth film in 2019, with Party of Five and Mean Girls star Lacey Chabert also returning (and heading to Rome).

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In our imagination, the creative teams behind the Hallmark Christmas movies assemble at the beginning of each year for a leading lady draft of sorts, bringing scouting reports, comparing stats and eyeing a star to lead their film. (We kind of love that these movies tend to be all about the female lead, and also love to imagination the network’s top ladies staging their own fantasy football-esque draft to choose their male co-star for their movie each holiday season. Dibs on Andrew Walker!)

So we decided to do our own scouting report of sorts, rounding up many of the female leads who have starred in multiple Christmas films for the network over the years (and limited our list to stars who have one debuting this 2019 season).

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The Sweetest Christmas, Lacey Chabert

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Danica McKellar, Christmas 2019

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Jen Lilley, Mingle All the Way

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Nikki DeLoach, Two Turtle Doves

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Jill Wagner, Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses

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Finding Santa, Jodie Sweetin

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Alicia Witt, I'm Not Ready for Christmas

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Ashley Williams, Christmas in Evergreens

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Erin Krakow, When Calls The Heart

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Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser

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Rachel Boston, Check Inn to Christmas

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The Christmas Cottage, Hallmark Christmas in July

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Brooke D’Orsay, Miss Christmas

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Kellie Pickler, Christmas at Graceland

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Jessica Lowndes, A December Bride

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