Newest Holiday Movies filmed in Mystic
Mystic really is the quintessential New England village. With a charming downtown area that features amazing small shops, to the Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport, to the quaint Olde Mistick Village, it’s no secret to us how wonderful Mystic really is. And Mystic at Christmas time? It’s pure magic. With the premiere of two new Christmas movies both filmed in Mystic, now the rest of the country will get to see how special Mystic is during the holiday season.
Where Are You, Christmas?
Filmed in March and April of 2023, “Where Are You, Christmas?” is one of Hallmark’s new Christmas movies for their Countdown to Christmas. The movie premiered at the end of October, and stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O’Heir, and Julie Warner. Set in the fictional town of Red Lake Falls, “Where Are You, Christmas?” features a woman named Addy (Fonseca) who has created a Santa app and is feeling overworked and stressed out. When she comes home to visit her family, it’s just too much Christmas and too much everything. She wishes that Christmas didn’t exist, and that is exactly what happens. Addy wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic to restore Christmas.
Much of the movie was shot at Olde Mistick Village, with scenes also being filmed at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, and state Sen. Heather Somers’ Groton home. The film used some of the stores at Olde Mistick Village, as well as the green with the gazebo. For the Christmas-doesn’t-exist scenes, the store Sofia’s Mystical Christmas was renamed Sofia’s Thanksgiving Store. Olde Mistick Village also brought back its Christmas decorations that had been shipped to Pennsylvania where they were being refurbished and stored, to decorate for the movie.
Another Christmas movie filmed in Mystic earlier this year, Mystic Christmas, might best be described as a love letter to Mystic. The seasonal romance stars Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey, and Patti Murin. Schram plays a woman named Juniper who spends the winter holidays working in Mystic, where she reunites with an ex-boyfriend (Massey) who runs a local pizza place. The movie was filmed just after “Where are you, Christmas?” over fifteen days, in May of 2023 and also premiered in October.
Mystic’s best-known tourist sites, including Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum, Olde Mistick Village, and the downtown drawbridge are all featured in the movie. Many local businesses were also featured. As a traveling marine veterinarian currently working at the Mystic Aquarium, Juniper stops most mornings at Sift Bake Shop for yummy baked goods for her staff. Sawyer, her ex-boyfriend, is a manager of the popular pizza place in town, Mango’s Pizza.
One of the stars of the film is Cork, an Atlantic Harbor Seal. Hallmark was prepared to use a computer generated seal but Cork, who played Peppermint, was easily trained and did everything asked.
Have you watched Hallmark Channel’s new Christmas movies yet? How many spots were you able to pick out around town?? And thanks to Hallmark Channel’s live camera footage of Downtown Mystic (check it out here), you can experience the magic of the season in Mystic from the comfort of your screen!