Need a holiday pick-me-up? Head on over to Hallmark, where it feels like Christmas all year long. You'll soon be right with a dollop of small-town charm and a serious injection of joy. It just never gets old watching Christmas movies that have said small towns coming together to conquer a common goal, or more interestingly, to help someone fall in love. While Christmas films itself are tantalizing on their own, we can't help but swoon over holiday love stories. And seeing an embattled family put aside its differences to discover the true meaning of the season? Gets us every time.
But to effectively show that small town coming together, you need to find a small town to serve as the backdrop. Ideally, one that looks like one of those mini resin village displays come to life. So, the filmmakers at Hallmark have scoured the country in search of the most adorable spots to plant their tripods. (While not all of them are set in small towns — a few are set in the wilderness or New York City — the bulk of them are indeed filmed in exceedingly quaint locales). If you're looking to make some holiday memories of your own in one of these winter wonderlands, then you've come to the right place.
We tracked down 13 Hallmark channel movie filming locations you can visit today that will make you feel like you've stepped into one of your favorite seasonal Hallmark films. Scroll through these Christmas-y towns and plan a holiday getaway that'll knock the stockings off the Hallmark fan in your life.
Where Are Hallmark Christmas Movies Filmed? 13 Hallmark Christmas Movie Filming Locations
1. Monroe and Marietta Georgia
These charming Georgia towns are where the 2019 film Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses was shot. The movie follows single mom Abbey (Jill Wagner), an interior designer who gets hired to decorate the lavish mansion of a handsome businessman, Nick (Matthew Davis), for a holiday party. Will Nick discover the spirit of Christmas? Will they fall in love?
2. Dahlonega, Georgia
A little over an hour north of Atlanta is the quaint town of Dahlonega, where Christmas In Homestead was shot. This holiday film follows an actress, Jessica (Taylor Cole) as she comes to shoot a holiday film in the fictional small town of Homestead, Iowa. When she meets a local inn-owner and single Dad, Matt, she learns the appeals of small-town life and what Christmas is really about.
3. Farmington, Utah
There are numerous Hallmark movies that have been filmed around Utah and Salt Lake City like Check Inn to Christmas and Christmas Made to Order. But who could forget the 2015 film Christmas Land? The movie follows Jules (Nikki Deloach) who inherits a Christmas tree farm and the town of Farmington serves as the backdrop for the Christmas-obsessed town that surrounds the farm. Will she end up selling the farm? Or will the kind townspeople and handsome lawyer Tucker (Luke Macfarlane) change her mind?
4. Memphis, Tennessee
Why yes, the real Graceland really was the filming location for Christmas At Graceland: Home For The Holidays in 2018. The film followed Laurel (Kellie Pickler) as she comes down to Memphis from her home in Chicago with her children to visit Graceland before the holidays and secure a little business in the process. What will happen when the single mom crosses paths with ex-boyfriend Clay (Wes Brown)?
5. Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
In Christmas in Evergreen, a small-town veterinarian in the fictional Evergreen, Vermont wishes on a snowglobe for the most romantic Christmas she's ever had. Ashley Williams stars as Allie, who hopes that her Christmas wish will push longtime boyfriend Ryan (Teddy Sears) to propose. But in real life, the movie was actually filmed up in Canada, though the Vancouver and Burnaby areas are so dreamy you really can't tell the difference.
6. Chester, Vermont
Hallmark queen Candace Cameron Bure starred in the 2008 Christmas film, Moonlight and Mistletoe. Bure played Holly Crosby, daughter of the owner of Santaville, a Christmas-themed amusement park. Though they are estranged for many years she comes back to help her father (Tom Arnold) when he and the park are in financial trouble. Will she be able to save Santaville? Will she fall for Nick, the handsome nutcracker carver who works for her father? The small town of Chester, Vermont was the perfect location to bring this fictional theme park to life.
7. Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is already well-known for being a filming hub so it should come as no surprise that many Hallmark movies are filmed here as well. Though Christmas in Conway was set in Conway, South Carolina, it was filmed in Wilmington. The Christmas drama starred Andy Garcia, Mary Louise Parker, and Mandy Moore. Duncan (Garcia) decides to build his terminally ill wife (Parker) a Ferris wheel in their backyard for Christmas.
8. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
There was really only one place to film the 2019 holiday flick Christmas At Dollywood and that is the actual location of Dolly Parton's theme park in the Smoky Mountains. Obviously, Dolly plays herself in the film alongside a New York City event planner (Danica McKellar) who comes to Tennessee to help plan a Christmas celebration at Dollywood. Though she initially has conflicted feelings towards the head of operations, (Niall Matter), will they find a way to come together and throw the best event yet? And maybe find love in the process?
9. Nevada City, California
The historic setting of Nevada City was the ideal small-town setting for the dramatic holiday film that has most certainly made you cry more than once, The Christmas Card. Sergeant Cody Cullen (John Newton) is given a Christmas card by a fellow soldier while fighting overseas in Afghanistan. When that soldier is killed, Cody goes to his hometown of Nevada City to visit the man's widow, Faith (Alice Evans).
10. Cincinnati, Ohio
If you didn't realize that Mariah Carey directed and starred in her own Hallmark movie, allow me to remind you of the 2015 holiday film, A Christmas Melody. Also starring Hallmark regulars Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott, the film takes place in the small town of Silver Falls, Ohio, where Kristin (Chabert) has returned home and finds herself at odds with an old high school rival (Carey). Despite taking place in a small town, the greater Cincinnati area served as the backdrop.
11. Small Towns in Connecticut
Connecticut is full of charming small towns that are perfect as a Hallmark movie setting. Woodstock, Putnam, Hartford, and New Haven have all been used for the following festive TV movies — Next Stop, Christmas, One Royal Holiday, You, Me, & The Christmas Tree, and A Holiday in Harlem. Take a road trip all over the state and you'll constantly feel like you stepped into your favorite holiday movie.
12. New York City, New York
New York City is one of the most magical places to visit during the holiday season so it only makes sense that Hallmark would take advantage of that in one of their films. Christmas at the Plaza was filmed at the one and only Plaza Hotel in the heart of the city, a beloved location known for another Christmas movie, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
13. Vail, Colorado
Not all of Crown Media's movies take place in a small town. Some take place in the mountains, namely, in Colorado. While some Colorado-based Hallmark films were actually filmed in Canada, Winter in Vail, starring Lacey Chabert and Tyler Hynes, was actually filmed in Vail. This is technically more of a winter film vs a Christmas film, but all of the snow makes it feel magical like the Christmas season.
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This article was originally published in October of 2020 and updated in October of 2023.
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