My Grown Up Christmas List Movie Review

It’s Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July for 2022 and “My Grown Up Christmas List” is the first of 3 new Christmas movies for July! It’s awesome to have a few new Christmas movies to get us through until the new season starts later this Fall! And as you’ll see in “My Grown Up Christmas List” movie review, Hallmark started out strong with a good one!

Kevin McGarry and Kayla Wallace looking at each other while on a walk in a scene from "My Grown Up Christmas List"

Sing it with me now, “It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrrrrrrr……”. Ok, well, it’s the second most wonderful time of the year (The most wonderful being Hallmark’s Christmas season!). It’s Hallmark’s Christmas in July!!! And this year Hallmark is giving us not 1, not 2, but 3 new Christmas movies in July! It’s so exciting! “My Grown Up Christmas List” is the first of the three movie premieres for July, and it’s packed with Christmas and snow and all the good things everyone is missing when it’s the heat of summer! Let’s dive in!

In a scene of "My Grown Up Christmas List", Kevin McGarry is dressed like Santa Claus and is holding out a candy cane to Kayla Wallace

My Review:

I was so excited for a new Christmas movie, that I’m pretty sure I would have loved just about anything Hallmark put out this July. However, this was a great movie and I loved it! This was a great movie! I loved the characters. I loved the storyline. It was a little bit of a different story than the usual Christmas stories. Hey, you can only make so many Christmas movies before you start to recycle the plots here and there.

I really liked how this movie actually took place over a couple of years in the characters’ lives. It was great that the story moved on each year as time passed and the characters and relationships progressed along with time. I adored them doing their video chats. It was perfect that every little thing didn’t always just fall into place. I think it was good writing that sometimes things didn’t go as planned and plans had to change.

Also as a side note, I love that they showed Taylor’s (Kayla Wallace) character working hard and progressing in her career as a side story. She was moving her way up the ranks as a writer for an online publication and kept moving up the ladder of success as time went on. I really loved what the editor read out loud as Taylor’s articles she had written. The writers of this movie did a beautiful job with that part of the script for sure.

I was a big fan of this movie! Yay for Christmas movies in July, and yay that it’s not that long until the big crop of Christmas movies will be here in October!

My Grown Up Christmas List – The Deck The Hallmark Podcast Movie Review

What did The Deck The Hallmark guys think? You can listen or watch, whichever you like!

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Do you love the stars of this movie?! The Deck the Hallmark guys interviewed Kevin McGarry back in 2021! Of course, this interview won’t have anything to do with “My Grown Up Christmas List,” but it’s still a great way to learn more about Kevin McGarry!

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Location, Location, Location

“My Grown Up Christmas List” was filmed in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada in November/December 2021. It looks SO cold in some of the shots! Especially in the outdoor wedding scene! I’m pretty sure the good majority of that snow was real in this movie! According to, the average temperature in Ottawa in December is around a high of 25* for the HIGH. Whew, that’s chilly!

In a scene of "My Grown Up Christmas List", Kevin McGarry and Kayla Wallace hold shopping bags and speak to his dad in the movie, Lindsay Merrithew

Fun Film Facts

At the time of press in July of 2022, Kevin McGarry and Kayla Wallace are a dating couple in real life! How fun is that? They are both on “When Calls The Heart” and also starred together in “Chasing Butterflies” in the Hallmark Spring 2022 movies. I think they are absolutely adorable together and the on-camera chemistry is fantastic! I just love it when the characters are together in real life!

In the wedding scene of "My Grown Up Christmas List", Kevin McGarry and Kayla Wallace's characters getting married

Wrap Up – My Grown Up Christmas List Movie Review

Our first Christmas in July movie is in the books! I loved this movie and I’m so excited to see a lot of Christmas movies this month on Hallmark! Truly, Hallmark movies, specifically the Christmas Hallmark movies are just one of my favorite things in life. I adore them. And as you have read in “My Grown Up Christmas List” movie review, this one is no different. I really thought there were some fun new things Hallmark tried in this movie, and it definitely worked for me! Have you watched it yet? Let me know what you think when you do!


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The Deck The Hallmark Books:

Cover of the book "I'll Be Home For Christmas Movies" which is a red door with a Christmas Wreath hanging on it

Don’t forget, the Deck The Hallmark Podcast fellas wrote a book! And it’s the ultimate Hallmark Movie watching guide!

It has reviews of tons of Hallmark Christmas movies, along with entertaining ideas and recipes. I love mine and I look at it regularly. The recipes are delicious!

This is a fantastic gift idea as well! Make sure you get your copy ordered in time for Christmas movie watching!

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