Hallmark’s 2017 Countdown to Christmas movie, The Mistletoe Inn, is about an aspiring novelist who finds love when she goes on a writing retreat. Hallmark has a wonderful way of filling their movies with Christmas magic, snow, and a wintry feel no matter when or where they’re filmed. But that special retreat where our main character discovered love won’t be found in the United States. Like many (but not all) Hallmark movies, this film was shot in Canada. The movie is re-airing in 2020.
The Mistletoe Inn was filmed in Canada, including in Vancouver (Langley specifically) and British Columbia. And the beginning of the movie was filmed in Unionville, Ontario, according to viewers familiar with the area.
BC is such a popular location for Christmas films that What’sFilming referred to it in August as being in “a perpetual state of Christmas.” Hallmark also filmed A Gift to Remember and The Christmas Train in BC around the same time.
Here are some of the locations where the movie was filmed:
- 86a Avenue and 222nd Street in Langley
- Viva Mexico Restaurant on Fraser Highway in Langley
- Original Applewood Motors on Fraser Highway in Langley
- Norman Rudy’s in Squamish (It’s a beautiful restaurant with views of mountains, forests, and ponds from a massive patio at The Executive Inn & Suites.)
- The New York scene showed the Birks store sign at the corner of West hastings and Granville in Vancouver, a commenter noted below.
- The very beginning of the movie was filmed in Unionville, Ontario, a commenter noted below.
Much like many other Hallmark Christmas movies, the movie was filmed in August and early September. A talented production crew was able to turn the hotter summer months into a winter wonderland that’s very convincing.
Here are some photos from the filming:
Viva Mexico restaurant was one of the locations. It’s a favorite in the town:
How does Hallmark give its movies such a wintery feel, even in the summer? Much of this is due to the crew. Jamie Lake, production manager for a different Hallmark Christmas movie, told The Wall Street Journal, “Every movie wants that small cute town and there’s only so many small, cute towns within driving distance of the film zone [Vancouver area].”
So how is snow made in the summer? There are different ways, including snow blankets, a product called Krendl that’s tough to clean, fire-retardant foam, ice shavings taken from ice blocks, snow from ski slope machines, and crushed limestone. Whichever method they choose for a film, it always seems to work.
Mistletoe Inn is part of a collection of books by Richard Paul Evans, a New York Times bestselling author.
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