I love when holiday movies take a real place in the world and make it the backdrop. It somehow makes the story more believable — plus you can visit real locations and have the best selfies. But sometimes, the cities set in make believe aren't real at all. If the movie does a good job, you won't know the difference. You also don't want to get your hopes up about visiting the location if it doesn't exists at all. With Hallmark's latest, Welcome to Christmas, you'll soon wonder is Christmas, Colorado a real place?
It sounds lovely enough — a town named Christmas in a setting that also reminds you of Christmas — but no, Christmas, Colorado does not exist, despite it being a focal point of the Hallmark original movie, Welcome to Christmas. According to The Accuracy Project, there are five U.S. cities named Christmas, and alternate places named Christmas City, Christmas Cove, Christmas Valley and Christmasville. The states with a Christmas-named town are Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, and Mississippi. The alternates, as mentioned, are located in Utah, Maine, Orgeon, and Tennessee, respectively. If you're looking to travel to a Christmas-themed city (but not necessarily named Christmas), there's actually quite a few. Whether it's Santa Claus, Georgia, or Rudolph, Ohio, the U.S. has a lot to choose from when you're feeling like a festive road trip.
Even though Christmas, Colorado doesn't actually exist, it does in Welcome the Christmas when resort developer Madison Lane (Jennifer Finnigan), is given the job of finding a special place for the next big project — a new ski resort. While Mountain Park is her first choice, her boss wants her to do something else first: travel to Christmas, Colorado to get all the details of the incentive package they're offering before any big decisions are made. Everything seems OK until she hits the town's welcome sign on her way to meet the mayor. Oops. Fortunately, she has a friend (and maybe, eventually more) in Town Sheriff, Gage McBride (Eric Mabius) who offers her a ride to the meeting while her car is worked on.
Everything should go more smoothly, right? That would be too easy. When she arrives, the townspeople have gathered to make their plea for Madison to choose Christmas. And, because she's stranded, she has little-to-no choice other than to listen to their pitches. Sprinkle in a little Christmas, Colorado magic and a dash of Sheriff-inspired chemistry and you've got a Countdown to Christmas winner — even if the town isn't even real.
You can visit all the towns named Christmas, though it won't be in Colorado, or, you can try one of the Christmas towns instead. For instance, if you're looking for hot chocolate, Snowflake, Arizona, serves up to 1,000 cups of the stuff after annual holiday parade. If you want to get real into the Christmas spirit, there's always North Pole, Alaska where you'll see 2.2 million pounds of ice turned into beautiful winter wonderland sculptures. I've heard that's where Santa lives, but don't quote me on that. No matter where you go, or don't go, Welcome to Christmas puts the Christmas in, well, Christmas.
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