Where Was 'Welcome to Christmas' Filmed?
Welcome to Christmas was filmed in Canada in September, not in Colorado where the movie's story takes place. The movie is based on the book "The Trouble with Christmas" by Debbie Mason.
Part of the movie was filmed in Vancouver, according to What's Filming. Part of the movie was also filmed in a ski-mountain town in the interior of British Columbia, according to an interview with Jennifer Finnigan on OnTVToday. She said in the interview, "One week of shooting this was out in this ski-mountain town in the interior of British Columbia, a place I’d never been to … and probably would never get to, if not for this movie, so I thought it would a fun little adventure for my family. We spent (daughter Ella Jack’s) first birthday in this adorable little town, and they even put up this sign that said, 'Thanks, Hallmark, for giving us that Christmas spirit!'"
Well, that quaint little ski town is named Revelstoke, according to Revelstoke Mountaineer (the movie was originally going to be titled The Trouble with Christmas.) You can watch a video of the filming here. Since it was filmed in September, the crew had to bring in their Christmas magic (including snow blankets) to get that wintry feel. Revelstoke is a mountain resort west of Calgary, on the banks of the Columbia River. It's definitely a fun place to visit.
Here's a complete cast list from the movie, provided by Hallmark: Eric Mabius (Gage), Jennifer Finnigan (Madison), Susan Hogan (Nell), Lauren McNamara (Annie), Payton Lepinski (Lily), Daniel Bacon (Ethan), Sarah Edmondson (Rachel), Taylor Hastings (Chelsea), Lorne Cardinal (Tom), Jovanna Burke (Dana), Michael Kopsa (Joe), and James Kirk (Harrison.)
Recap & Looking Ahead: The synopsis from Hallmark for Welcome to Christmas reads: "Resort developer Madison Lane (Finnigan) is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she’s prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colo., to consider the location and the incentive package they’re offering. On her way into town to meet with the mayor, Madison has a minor fender-bender with the town’s welcome sign. Town Sheriff Gage McBride (Mabius) gives Madison a ride into town so she can attend the meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know that the town is on a mission to convince Madison that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?"
A shorter synopsis by Hallmark reads: "Sheriff Gage McBride and the residents of tiny Christmas, Colorado work to convince resort developer Madison Lane to build her company’s newest resort nearby, which will save the struggling town. Workaholic Madison finds herself falling for the charming town, as well as the kind and handsome widowed sheriff."
And here's what's coming up on Hallmark's original Christmas movies: For December we have a lot more original, new movies. On Dec. 15 is Entertaining Christmas, Dec. 16 is A Gingerbread Romance, Dec. 22 is Jingle Around the Clock, Dec. 23 is Christmas Made to Order, Dec. 25 is When Calls the Heart Christmas, and Dec. 29 is A Midnight Kiss. Then in January, we'll have new Winterfest movies on Hallmark every Saturday night.