Christmas love is in the air with made-in-Hamilton holiday rom-coms

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Published December 18, 2023 at 2:01 pm

Yannick Bisson and Cory Lee in Baking All the Way (2022)

Is Hamilton the love capital of the world? That may be a stretch but the made-for TV Christmas movie capital?

We just might have a winner here, especially if very recent history holly and mistletoe-adorned rom-coms shot in the Steel City – sorry, Christmas Love City – is our guide.

Besides all the recent big-name productions filmed in Hamilton, like Umbrella Academy, Handmaid’s Tale and Self-Made, the city has also played a starring role in some sweet as apple pie, made-for-tv, Hallmark-style Christmas movies.

The pandemic may have been especially tough on the film and television industry, but once the restrictions were lifted producers got busy in a hurry, with no less than six holiday rom-coms filmed in the Hammer hitting the small screen in 2022.

So get out the hot chocolate and popcorn and settle in for a few cozy nights (or days, you do you) with these made-in-Hamilton holiday soon-to-be classics.

CHRISTMAS IN TOYLAND

A toy store chain analyst encounters a charming toy store manager who challenges her mind and opens her heart about love while saving hundreds of jobs right before Christmas.

Starring Vanessa Lengies, Jesse Hutch and Lara Amersey.

Local spots to watch for: The Pale Blue Dot, Christchurch Cathedral, Merry Farms.

Christmas in Toyland (2022), starring Jesse Hutch and Vanessa Lengies

SIX DEGREES OF SANTA

A Christmas enthusiast, former Silicon Valley tech worker and current shop owner tries to maintain her anonymity and traditional Christmas values when an Internet mogul takes an interest in the Secret Santa program she started.

The project, called Six Degrees of Santa, has gifts sent to people, who then pass the gift along until it gets to the sixth person, who gets to keep it. The final recipient of one gift, a children’s book, is the owner of the tech giant our shop owner and Secret Santa creator used to work for and is determined to find the sender, who he believes is his soul mate.

Starring Kathryn Davis, Steve Lund, Kimberley Huie.

Local spots to watch for: City Hall, Radius Café, Westinghouse HQ, the Scottish Rite, Studio 205.

Bonus Content: Ainara Marin-Alleyne, the Hamilton-based teen actor behind the Instagram page Ainara’s Bookshelf, has a starring role in the movie.

UNDERCOVER HOLIDAY

A Mexican-American singer and winner of Pop Star USA hires a 24/7 bodyguard after a security breach at her rented Los Angelas home. More concerned with what her family thinks of her new ex-Navy Seal protector than actual security, the singer tells her over-protective family her new constant companion is her boyfriend.

Love, in the near literal plot tradition of 1992’s The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner), ensues.

Starring Nina Gonzalez, Stephen Huszar, Ann Pirvu.

Local spots to watch for: Hamilton Museum of Stem and Technology, The Westchester Arms, Hamilton Academy of Perfforming Arts.

CHRISTMAS ON MISTLETOE LAKE

Sparks fly when an interior designer finds herself in the sleepy town of Mistletoe Lake helping a local renovate his boat for the town’s harbour Christmas Festival.

Starring Genelle Williams, Corey Sevier, Hattie Kragten.

Local spots to watch for: The Argyle

BAKING ALL THE WAY

An accomplished Chicago pastry chef finds herself in a small Wisconsin town famous for its gingerbread trying to convince a charming local baker to share his secret gingerbread house recipe for her upcoming cookbook. The baker, naturally, is not keen to share. Does love ensue?

Starring Yannick Bisson (who also directed), Cory Lee, Jayne Eastwood, Colin Mochrie.

Local spots to watch for: Spice Factory, Mulberry Café.

A CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS

A renowned chemist and perfume maker goes home for Christmas to help her dad with the family’s candle-making business. She then connects with a visiting writer while uncovering special family traditions, helping her realize that fairy tales do indeed exist.

Starring Nazneed Contractor, Mykee Selkin.

Local spots to watch for: Ancaster Mill, Westfield Heritage Village.

 

A Candlelit Christmas (2022) with Mykee Selkin and Nazneen Contractor

With files from Hamilton Tourism

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