You know the storyline: a high-powered exec goes to an adorable too-cute-to-be-real small town to save it, close a factory or store, open a business, etc., and finds true love just in time for Christmas. Yes, it’s Hallmark Christmas movie season. Add to your viewing enjoyment by playing Christmas movie bingo!
This is Hallmark’s 10th anniversary of its Countdown to Christmas featuring made-for-television holiday movies. This year alone, Hallmark has added 40 original movies to its traditional holiday programming being shown on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Adding to the count of holiday movies available are also new offerings from networks such as Lifetime, Ion and Netflix.
Playing Christmas movie bingo is simple. Settle in to watch the latest batch of holiday movies with family or friends. Hand everyone one of the specially-designed bingo cards that feature a character, event, scene or saying in each box. For fun, use Hershey’s kisses or other small candies as tokens. First one to fill in a row wins. The winner can shout Bingo – or perhaps something more holiday appropriate such as Merry Christmas, Deck the Halls, or Ho Ho Ho!
Getting the Bingo Cards
How do you get these special bingo cards? One of my favorites this year is a festive free printout of three different bingo cards from CNN. Bingo Baker also offers a free fun Hallmark Christmas movie bingo card. You can also purchase premade bingo cards from designer sellers on Etsy.
Or you can get blank bingo cards and create your own. Fill in the blank squares with typical holiday movie options such as a bakery, Santa appears, Christmas pageant, cookie baking, character returns home, a tiara, mistletoe, tree farm or lot, high school sweethearts, etc.
Time to warm up the cider or cocoa, have family and friends over, and play bingo!