Vanessa Lengies (“Turner & Hooch,” Stick It) and Jesse Hutch (“Batwoman,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) star in “Christmas in Toyland,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, July 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel, as part of the network’s “Christmas in July” programming event.


When Charlie (Lengies), a data analyst at a large toy store chain, learns the company is planning to transition the business exclusively online, she discovers one of their brick-and-mortar stores is outperforming the rest and is sent to investigate why. If she can figure out what’s so special about this location, she might be able to save hundreds of jobs and keep the magic of the toy store experience alive. At the location, Charlie meets a convivial, yet stubborn, store manager Grant (Hutch), whose secret to success is the welcoming atmosphere he creates, making his store a popular destination for the community. When she first arrives, Charlie’s analytical approach doesn’t sit well with Grant, who has a chip on his shoulder about the corporate’s way of running things. As they bond over their shared goal of keeping the store open, Grant soon discovers Charlie has a secret creative side – designing holiday toys. With Christmas approaching, Charlie and Grant’s time together reminds them of the simple joys of the business they both love. As their feelings for each other grow, they are reminded that growing up doesn’t mean losing your dreams.


“Christmas in Toyland” is from Vortex Media. Bill Marks, Justin Rebelo and Sally Karam are executive producers. Jesse Ikeman and Christopher Giroux are producers. Bill Corcoran directed from a script by Courtney McAllister and Kate Pragnell.