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There are two types of people in this world: those who love Hallmark Christmas movies and those who are, well, Grinches. Love them or hate them, the time of year for cheesy Christmas movies is here.
According to the Utah Film Commission, six holiday-themed movies were filmed in the Beehive State in 2022 alone. So before you grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa to curl up in and watch your next holiday movie, find out which of your favorites was filmed right here in Utah.
‘Falling in love with Christmas’ (2022)
Lindsay Lohan’s return to acting has millennials flocking to Netflix to watch Lohan’s heartwarming family-friendly film “Falling for Christmas.” The new release is currently on Netflix’s Top 10 list. The plot follows a spoiled hotel heiress who hits her head in an accident on the slopes and, while suffering from amnesia, finds herself in the care of a handsome widower. The elegant hotel that Lohan is heir to is portrayed by the Goldener Hirsch Hotel in Park City. Screenrant.com writes that the ski scenes were shot at Deer Valley Resort, with the fictional North Star Lodge being portrayed in part by Stein Erikson Lodge.
‘Mister. Krueger’s Christmas’ (1980)
Mr. Krueger’s Christmas may be an oldie, but the beloved classic Christmas movie is still a favorite that brings many viewers to tears. Jimmy Stewart of “It’s a Wonderful Life” stars in fame as Mr. Krueger. Krueger is a lonely widower who rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas after interacting with a group of friendly carol singers. Those familiar with downtown Salt Lake City will recognize the street scenes filmed there, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir also makes an appearance.
‘Christmas Land’ (2015)
This Hallmark made-for-television movie was filmed entirely in Utah. It centers on a young career woman from New York City who inherits a quaint town and a Christmas-themed tree farm from her grandmother. She is faced with difficult decisions about selling the property after being seduced by the townspeople and a handsome local lawyer.
According to the film’s IMDB page, the scenes showing the Christmas Land barn and shops were filmed in the Pioneer Village portion of the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington. Other scenes were shot in Salt Lake City and Riverton.
‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)
“It’s the… the… the… the Grinch!” The live-action film version of the Dr. Seuss classic stars Jim Carrey as the titular Grinch. The film gained a cult following in the early 2000s that remains today. And, yes, most of the movie was shot on the famous Whoville set built at Universal Studios. But Utah can claim a small role in the fourth highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time: the snowy mountain scenes were filmed at Solitude Ski Resort!
‘Check Inn to Christmas’ (2019)
Tucked away in tiny Huntsville is the Compass Rose Lodge, a cozy 15-room boutique hotel. The Ogden Valley gem even boasts its own observatory for stargazing. Sounds magical, right? The Hallmark Channel must have thought so too, because they filmed “Check Inn to Christmas” there. The plot follows a woman who is home for the holidays helping her family run her inn while she feuds with a rival business competitor. (The rival is, of course, handsome.) The Heber Valley Railroad is shown in one opening scene, and another takes place on the main street of Bountiful.
‘Secret Christmas’ (2014)
“Christmas Under Wraps” has the distinction of being Hallmark’s most popular Christmas movie. Candace Cameron Bure stars as an aspiring surgeon who loses a scholarship in a big city and ends up in a small town called Garland, Alaska. But after falling in love with the charming city and building relationships with its inhabitants, she may, after all, forget about the big city. The film’s IMDB page lists the filming locations for it as Salt Lake City, Payson, and Heber City.
‘A Cozy Christmas Inn’ (2022)
This new Hallmark movie is something of a sequel to “Christmas Under Wraps.” “A Cozy Christmas Inn” tells the story of a real estate executive who heads to Alaska to get property for her boss, only to discover that her ex-boyfriend owns said inn. (What’s the deal with movies and Hallmark inns?) The setting is fictional Garland, Alaska, but the movie was shot, get this, in Huntsville at the Compass Rose Lodge. If you’re keeping count, that now makes two Hallmark movies shot there. The hostel’s on-site coffee shop, First Lift Coffee, is even featured in the film.
‘Mistletoe Mix’ (2021)
A workaholic woman with no interest in romance or vacations meets two great guys on the same day. Who will she choose? Unbeknownst to her, they are siblings and a sibling rivalry ensues. The film stars 1990s heartthrobs Joey and Matthew Lawrence as the brothers vying for the heart of Danielle C. Ryan. The film was filmed primarily in Heber City and Midway, including scenes at the Midway Bakery on Main and the Holiday Lanes bowling alley in Heber.
‘Jingle Belle’ (2018)
A Lifetime movie, “Jingle Belle” follows the story of two former high school sweethearts who meet at a small town Christmas pageant. The fictional town of Masonville is portrayed as Brigham City – you can see the Box Elder County Courthouse in the opening scene. Tatyana Ali from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” plays the lead role of Belle Williams.
‘Christmas Tree Lane’ (2020)
Southern Utah County was the filming location for this Hallmark movie. The plot involves a brave young woman trying to prevent the family owned music store on the eponymous Christmas Tree Lane from being demolished. As she fights to save the neighborhood, she discovers that her love interest, Nate, has other plans. Filmed in Payson and Provo, downtown Payson experienced christmas in june when the Hallmark channel was there filming in the summer of 2020.
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