6 Hallmark Christmas Movie Sets You Can Visit In Real Life

These magical small town settings from your favorite holiday flicks really do exist!

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Bettina Strauss

There's nothing quite like cozying up with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and watching a feel-good . Often, the films are set in decked out for the season and filled with the kind of quirky personalities you can only find in tight-knit communities. Happily, Hallmark is debuting this year (). But what if you could experience that small-town movie magic in real life? It turns out, you can! The majority of Hallmark movies are filmed in Canada, and typically they're set in larger cities near Vancouver. But a few of the filming locations for your favorite holiday flicks are charming, tiny towns located in both the U.S. and Canada. Time to start planning an epic holiday road trip!

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1 Moonlight & Mistletoe (2008)
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E.J. Camp

The Setting:

In this fan favorite, Tom Arnold and  (aka the queen of Hallmark Christmas movies) play a father and daughter fighting to save their Christmas village, called Santaville. It's fitting that a story this charming would take place in the small New England community of Chester, Vermont (population 3,000), known for its historic "stone village." The local was featured in the film, as was the front of , which served as "Santa's house" and also happens to be right now.

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2 Christmas In Homestead (2016)
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Curtis Bonds Baker

The Setting: 

Although supposedly set in the "Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa," this holiday rom-com was actually filmed in Dahlonega, Georgia (population 6,437). The movie follows a famous actress, who goes on location to shoot a holiday movie in the small town and winds up falling in love. In real life, Dahlonega is actually pretty . The town hosts a month-long celebration with daily activities including a lighting ceremony, an old-fashioned Christmas parade, visits with Santa, a Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane, and more. Interestingly, Homestead, Iowa  (population 148), is a real place, too—and the actual hometown of actor Ashton Kutcher. 

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3 A Christmas Wish (2011)
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The Setting:

Kristy Swanson (perhaps best known for portraying Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the 1992 cult classic) stars as Martha Evans, a mother of three whose husband abandons the family during the holidays. Martha and her kids start over in a small town, which in real life is actually Mapleton, Utah, a mountain town located eight miles south of Provo. The snow seen in the movie is apparently real— reported that it snowed throughout the three-week shoot. The diner owned by Les (played by Edward Herrmann of Gilmore Girls), where Martha scores a job, used to be Mapleton's Model A Cafe, but the roadside eatery has since closed.

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4 Christmas Land (2015)
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The Setting:

The heir to a Christmas tree farm called Christmas Land decides she'll sell it—until the town and one handsome lawyer cause her to have a change of heart. For the Christmas Land scenes, Hallmark decorated the Main Street of , a reconstructed old Western town located in Farmington, Utah's . The cast and crew also filmed in nearby Riverton and Salt Lake City.

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5 Christmas Cookies (2016)
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Bettina Strauss

The Setting:

When the leading lady in this cute holiday flick attempts to shut down a cookie factory in a small town, she inadvertently falls in love with the factory owner—and the town itself. It's easy to see why. Some of the scenes are set in the sweet little Canadian town of Squamish. Nestled in the mountains near Shannon Falls, the stunning city is an ideal place to shoot a Hallmark movie; the Christmas-themed installment of the Murder, She Baked murder-mystery seriescalled A Plum Pudding Mysterywas also shot in downtown Squamish.

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6 Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle (2009)
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Curtis Bonds Baker

The Setting:

In a festive twist on Mary Poppins, James Van Der Beek (of Dawson's Creek fame) hires Doris Roberts as a nanny for his rambunctious kids—and she ends up playing matchmaker for him, too.  lists the small village of Fort Langley, B.C., (population 3,400) as a film location for at least a portion of Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle. Fort Langley is a National Historic Site, former trading post, and "The Birthplace of British Columbia." The American town of (population 16,526was reportedly also used for overview shots.

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