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Utah’s Most Well-Known Role as Anytown, USA

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Specifically, if you’re a big fan of Holiday made-for-TV films.

Did you know that Utah plays a significant role in many of these films? From 25th Street in Ogden to Main Street in Bountiful and downtown Salt Lake City, from Park City Main Street to the quaint towns of Midway and Heber, and busy streets of Provo, and everything in between; Utah’s role as Anytown, USA has been solidified in this genre. This year, we have 5 filmed-in-Utah holiday movies premiering on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. Read more about them below!

(screenshot from Lifetime film, ‘Staging Christmas’, produced by Hybrid, LLC)

 

The Road Home For Christmas

Premiered on October 26th on Lifetime Channel.

The Road Home for Christmas follows Lindsay and Wes, who are two rival musicians paired as dueling piano partners. When the pair suddenly find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve, they decide to road trip to their neighboring hometowns together. During the drive, they find themselves surrounded by Santa conventioneers, saving a Christmas nativity play, performing onstage in Nashville with music royalty, and braving a massive snowstorm which just may lead them to make sweet music together.” 
Starring Marla Sokoloff, Rob Mayes, and Marie Osmond.

 

Check Inn to Christmas

Premiered on Hallmark Channel on November 26th.

Check Inn to Christmas follows Julia Crawley as she returns to her Rocky Mountain hometown and her family’s lovely inn for the holidays, she finds herself at the center of a generations-old feud with the family that runs the town’s other inn. As the ongoing competition between the two inns escalates, “forbidden” romance blossoms between Julia and Ryan Mason, whose family runs the inn that is her family’s big competitor.”
Starring Rachel BostonWes Brown and Richard Karn.

Check out this BTS video from Hallmark on the making of the film.

 

Staging Christmas

Premiered on November 29th on Lifetime Channel.

“In Staging Christmas, Lori stages homes for a living and her busiest season is Christmas! Though she normally only stages homes that are for sale, she’s intrigued when a wealthy widower named Everett asks her to stage his home for the holidays to cheer up his daughter, Maddie. As Lori starts remaking Everett’s home, she finds that Maddie isn’t the only one in desperate need of the Christmas spirit. As Lori spends more and more time with Everett and Maddie, she starts to feel like part of the family. While she was initially hired to simply stage the perfect Christmas in their house, she ends up creating it for the father and daughter in every way imaginable.”
Starring Soleil Moon Frye and George Stults.

 

Matchmaker Christmas

Premieres December 14th @ 6/5 c, on Lifetime Channel.

“As the Christmas party for a book publishing company approaches, editor Maggie volunteers to help her boss Amanda find a date. Matchmaking is a bit of a hobby for Maggie, but she is thrown off her game when Jaxson, her old boyfriend from her college years, shows up at her work—as a newly signed, successful author. Maggie would love to deny she feels anything for him still, but Jaxson isn’t making it easy. She’ll have to face her decisions of the past, along with Amanda eyeing Jaxson, to bring together the perfect matches at Christmas.” 
Starring Emily Rose and Corey Sevier.

 

Christmas Hotel

Premieres December 21st @ 8/7 c, on Lifetime Channel.

“Go-getter, Erin Roberts, works at the high-end Windsor Hotel in New York City hoping to soon be promoted to manager of the luxury chain’s upcoming hotel in Rome. But things take an unexpected turn when her boss instead puts her in charge of opening up a brand new Windsor Hotel in Erin’s hometown of Garland Grove, a small mountain town that loves all things Christmas, all year round. Upon returning to Garland Grove Erin learns she has her work cut out for her as the town isn’t pleased with the new chain hotel and it’s up to her to find a way to get everyone on board and please the Windsor investors. To make things more complicated the man spearheading the movement against the new hotel is Connor, Erin’s childhood friend who she had a secret crush on in her youth. When Erin decides to make the new Windsor Hotel a year-round “Christmas Hotel” to win over the town’s approval she turns to Connor for his knowledge in all things Christmas and the two work together to make Christmas Hotel a magical wonderland. Soon Erin’s love for both Garland Grove and Christmas is reignited as her connection with Connor grows to new levels making her question everything she thought she wanted.” Starring Tatyana Ali and Sean Patrick Thomas.

Previous filmed-in-Utah holiday movies:

2018:

Shoelaces for Christmas
Christmas Wonderland
Jingle Belle
My Christmas Inn
Christmas Made to Order

2017:

Wrapped Up in Christmas
Enchanted Christmas
Switched for Christmas

2016:

My Christmas Love

2015:

12 Gifts of Christmas
I’m Not Ready for Christmas
Christmas Land

2014:

Christmas Under Wraps

2012:

The Mistle-Tones 

Allie Russell is the Marketing Coordinator at the Utah Film Commission and is based in Salt Lake City.
For any press and media inquiries, contact the Utah Film Commission at cmmartin@utah.gov.

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