Lacey Chabert’s Haul Out The Holly: Lit Up Doesn’t Feel Like A Hallmark Movie For Two Big Reasons, And I’m Sad About It


As the holiday season commences, Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas lineup is really getting into the swing of things. Fans of the channel will start recognizing familiar faces including the queen of holiday movies herself, Lacey Chabert. She pulls a double-header this year, starring in two different original movies (including one with a Party of Five co-star) that have now been released. Unfortunately, the highly anticipated sequel, Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up, doesn’t feel like one of the network’s signature yuletide flicks. 

Set a year after the events of 2022’s Haul Out the Holly, the new movie follows Emily (Lacey Chabert) and Jared (Wes Brown) as they plan to spend their first holiday as a couple. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Emily takes control of Evergreen Lane’s festive activities. At least, that’s the plan until a new family, who made it big in the holiday world as reality stars, moves in next door and wants to shake the proceedings up. 

After the success of the first film, I had high hopes for the sequel. Unfortunately, I was left feeling like I watched a mid-tier holiday movie on a streaming service, instead of the Hallmark variety I’ve come to love — and there are two important reasons for that.

Emily and Jared in Haul Out The Holly: Lit Up

(Image credit: The Hallmark Channel)

There Wasn’t Enough Romance 

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