By Elizabeth Latenser
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Skiers and snowboarders are not the only people praying for snow this time of year. For many directors, the winter in Utah is prime for framing the perfect holiday shot. (Though thanks to the talents of set designers, editors and special effects, it can be Christmas year round.)
Utah has welcomed more than 20 films home for the holidays over the last 20 years with themes ranging from classically heartwarming to mischievously grinchy. Directors spread out all over the state to find the coziest cabins, best mountain vistas, nostalgic city-scapes and enchanting Christmas towns.
The latest holiday movie filmed in Utah titled My Christmas Love is airing on December 17 on the Hallmark Channel. Tune in to watch the story of a hopeless romantic who begins to receive the 12 Days of Christmas gifts from an anonymous person. As she tries to figure out who is sending the gifts, she begins to believe that the mystery suitor could finally live up to her expectations.
For those near and far who want some holiday shows in the queue, check out a list of Christmas films with connections to Utah with some tips on how to watch them:
- My Christmas Love – Hallmark Channel TV Movie airing December 17, 2016
- 12 Gifts of Christmas – Hallmark Channel TV Movie airing now (2015)
- A Christmas Eve Miracle – On DVD and Netflix (2015)
- Christmas Under Wraps Hallmark Channel TV Movie airing December 17, 2016 (2014)
- A Magic Christmas (2014)
- The Christmas Dragon – On Hulu and Amazon (2014)
- Christmas For A Dollar – On Christiancinema.com (2013)
- Christmas Oranges – On Christiancinema.com (2012)
- A Christmas Wish – Hallmark Channel TV Movie airing now(2011)
- Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas – On Amazon Video (2011)
- Unaccompanied Minors – On Amazon Video (2006)
- The First Christmas – On Amazon Video (2005)
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2002)
- Christmas In The Clouds -Amazon Video (2001)
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas – On HBO, YouTube and Amazon (2000)
- It Wasn’t Nearly Christmas (TV Movie) (1989)
- A Hobo’s Christmas – On Amazon Video (1987)
- Nutcracker – For Purchase On Amazon Video (1986)
- Better Off Dead – On DVD (1985)
- Silent Night, Deadly Night – On Amazon Video (1984)
- Mr. Kruegar’s Christmas – On Youtube (1980)
- Christmas Lilies In The Field – Amazon Prime (1979)
Contributing writer Elizabeth Latenser is a film fan, mountain momma, dog lover and tree hugger.