The new Hallmark romance movie Holiday Hotline transports us to the picturesque Winnipeg district of Manitoba Province in Canada through its filming locations.
Mark Jean directed the movie from a script written by Duane Poole and Julie Sherman Wolfe, the movie follows the story of two strangers who meet on a holiday and fall in love.
Ellie Kanner, Howard Braunstein, and Joey Plager are executive producers and Juliette Hagopian is the producer under Love Birds Films Inc.
Now, let’s answer the question, you all have been waiting for.
Holiday Hotline Filming Locations
Holiday Hotline was filmed in Winnipeg district of Manitoba province in Canada during the course of three weeks. The shooting began on Sept 18 and finished on Oct 9, 2023, as per Actra reporting.
Winnipeg provided a perfect wintry backdrop for Holiday Hotline. The cast and crew filmed at locations across the city to capture the Christmas spirit.
Downtown Winnipeg was decorated for the holidays during the filming dates, allowing the movie to showcase festive streets, shops, and buildings.
The Forks is shown covered in twinkling lights with a large Christmas tree on display, creating a magical holiday setting.
Mylva Volk, the sweet child actress posted a beautiful picture of her on Instagram to celebrate her First Day on the filming set.
From her picture, we can say that she joined the cast on the 12th day of the beginning of principal photography.
Cora Matheson posted a photo of her on the set during the final days of filming. She previously shared a few pictures to show the arrival of fall season in Winnipeg.
Local businesses, restaurants, shops, hotels and private residences opened their doors for production crews. If you are a resident you can spot many local establishments throughout the movie.
Some of the shooting was done behind Cinematheque, a non-profit film and arts organization founded by a group of film enthusiasts who wanted to create a space where people could come together to watch and discuss films. It has since grown to become one of the leading film centres in Canada.
A whole beautiful holiday set was created behind Dave Barber Cinematheque during the WNDX Festival of Moving Image, an event held in Winnipeg every year.
Dave Barber Cinematheque is located just 2 Kms away towards west of The Forks at 100 Arthur St, Winnipeg. It screens the best Canadian world cinema highlighting those underrepresented artists that deserves some recognition, as per their official website.
This year, the event was held between 4-8 October and that’s why filmmakers decided to capture the actual beauty of WNDX festival of Moving Image.
Here’s another group of people enjoying the WNDX Festival on 7 Oct at the same location where the actual shooting of the movie took place.
Canadian locations have always been popular among Hallmark filmmakers due to their friendly residents, tax benefits, and appropriate filming environment to shoot a holiday movie.
Holiday Hotline Behind the Scenes
Myla took to Instagram to share her experience filming Holiday Hotline movie. She wrote:
“I had the BEST experience filming this one with an incredible cast and crew ❤️”
Holiday Hotline Cast Hallmark
Emily Tennant as Abby
Emily Tennant is a Canadian actress who is best known for her role as Madison on the Influencer movie. She has also starred in several Hallmark movies, including The Wedding March, Christmas in Canaan, and The Game of Love.
Niall Matter as Jack
Niall is a famous Canadian actor who was recently seen on the set of The Santa Summit as DJ Ginger Jeff. His other credits include in When I Think of Christmas (2022), Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, The Secrets of Bella Vista, etc.
Other cast members include:
- Erik Athavale as Roger
- Myla Volk as Jessica
- Sydney Sabiston as Addie
- John B. Lowe as Gary
- Cora Matheson as Erica
- Jan Skene as Diane
- Michael Strickland as Mike
- Lindsay Nance as Tami
- Kalyn Bomback as Carla
- Dan De Jaeger as Tony the Mafia Guy
An anonymous caller struggling to make the perfect holiday turkey connects with a British woman who has recently moved to the US to follow her passion of cooking.
Where to watch Holiday Hotline?
The movie Holiday Hotline is set to premiere on Hallmark Channel on Nov 19, 2023 inside the United States. For Canadian viewers, the new film will be released on W Network.
If you have missed the premiere, you can rewatch the movie on the same channel on the following dates:
- Nov 23 at 4/3c
- Nov 26 at 12/11c
- Nov 29 at 10/9c
- Dec 7 at 2/1c
- Dec 12 at 6/5c
- Dec 25 at 2a/1c