Christmas Made to Order is a 2018 cozy Hallmark holiday movie about an executive assistant who finds love with her boss around the Christmas season.
Directed by Sam Irvin from the screenplay of Matt Marx and Anna White, the Hallmark Channel original movie stars Alexa PenaVega and Jonathan Bennett in the lead roles of Gretchen and Steven.
True to Utah’s magical winter charm, the movie was primarily filmed on location across towns in Northern Utah. Let’s take a closer look at the actual shooting locations.
Where was Christmas Made to Order filmed?
Christmas Made to Order was filmed in several locations in Utah, including Kaysville, Clearfield, Layton, Ogden, and Centerville. The Chantilly Mansion in Layton served as the location for Gretchen’s charming bed and breakfast.
The quaint town of Kaysville, Utah, serves as the backdrop for Steven’s home, offering a charming blend of traditional architecture and festive decorations.
Main Street was decorated with festive trimmings to become the ideal small-town backdrop. Other Kaysville landmarks like the Historic City Hall and Kaysville Theatre make brief appearances adding to the holiday feels.
Clearfield, Layton, Ogden and Centerville
Along with Kaysville, the production crew also shot scenes on location in Clearfield, Layton, Ogden and Centerville.
These Northern Utah towns provided the perfect snow-covered landscapes for showcasing Christmas magic. The houses on wide streets beautifully captured the essence of a Hallmark holiday movie.
Specific sites included Steven’s home decorated with Christmas trimmings and the grand Chantilly Mansion in Layton. Local extras and real Christmas decorations from residents further added to the authenticity.
Alaskan Inn, Ogden
A crucial setting in the movie is the Silverpine Inn owned by Aunt Lindsay. This was actually filmed at the unique Alaskan Inn in Ogden, Utah. Set along the banks of the Ogden River, the inn’s 23 themed cabins and suites made ideal backdrops.
From the signature welcome drinks and chocolates to the rustic Grizzly Bear cottage, viewers are treated to the charming hospitality of a Hallmark-style country inn against Utah’s wintry panoramas.
Utah is a popular filming location among Hallmark filmmakers because Utah Film Commission has made the cinematography easy for producers.
Some of the famous holiday productions that were shot at the same location includes Christmas Under Wraps, Christmas Wonderland, Jingle Belle, The Christmas Bow, A Christmas Wish, Destined at Christmas Sister Swap, The Housewives of the North Pole, etc.
Behind The Scenes
PenaVega shared some details about her character as she plays Gretchen, a holiday designer who enjoys Christmas decoration while Bennett portrays Steven, an overworked architect who has put everything to build his career.
Both the characters shared their wonderful filming experiences, Alexa revealed that she had so much fun during the shooting. Jonathan Bennett also shared some funny behind the scene moments on Instagram.
Christmas Made to Order Cast
The cast of Christmas Made to Order includes the following:
- Jonathan Bennett as Steven
- Alexa PenaVega as Gretchen
- Jo Marie Payton as Rachel (as JoMarie Payton)
- Andrew Roach as Tom
- Jacob Young as Jeff
- Chelsea Gilson as Marie
- Nathan Nonhof as Nolan
- Tamari Dunbar as Lindsay
- Bailee Michelle Johnson as Paige (as Bailee Johnson)
- April Matson as Kirsten
- Rick Macy as Ben
- Darya Gemmel as Leader
- Anne Sward as Ellen
- Scott Christopher as Davis
- Greylin Rue as Samantha
- Nicole Duke as Party guest
- Lisa Benson as Caroler
- Julie Benson Surjopolos as Caroler
- John Forker as Office Worker
- Grey Vega
What is the plot?
Steven, a workaholic architect, is unexpectedly given a task to host his family for Christmas. Overwhelmed by the responsibility, he turns to a professional Christmas coordinator, Gretchen, to transform his home into a festive wonderland. As they work together, Steven begins to rediscover the joy of Christmas and the importance of family.
Where to watch Christmas Made to Order?
The 2018 movie ‘Christmas Made to Order’ will air on Dec 3, 2023 at 12/11c, Dec 14 at 6/5c, and Dec 30 at 10/9c only on Hallmark Channel inside the United States.