A HALLMARK MOVIE FILMING UP THE ROAD FROM WHERE WE LIVE?!?!?!?! PINCH ME!! Truly a dream come true! We’ve always said wistfully, ‘If only Hallmark would film near us….” And then last week we found out that they were, in fact, doing that very thing!!!
Newburyport is one of the most charming towns you will ever encounter. Situated on the North Shore of Massachusetts, it offers cobblestone pedestrian streets, brick buildings, wonderful architecture, great shopping and lots of delicious dining options. It is one of our favorite places and it is a PERFECT setting for a Hallmark movie.
A friend of ours who lives in Newburyport, posted on Facebook last Wednesday that a Hallmark Christmas movie was filming in town and she included a picture of a huge Christmas tree that had been put up in Market Square in the spot where the town’s Christmas tree stands every year.
We immediately figured out when we could get to Newburyport to see the movie filming! I was also hoping we’d be able to be extras in the movie – how cool would that be?! I emailed and messaged everyone I could think of to get more details on times of filming, etc.. I contacted the Chamber of Commerce, local paper, as well as the Instagram page for the movie but wasn’t able to get specifics so we decided we’d head there on Friday and see what happened.
Friday was a chilly but sunny day and we were excited. When we got to town, the crew was actually working on taking the ornaments off the tree!! That was a bit disappointing but we were so glad that it was still up and partially decorated. As we stood and admired it, we just so happened to run into another Hallmark-fanatic who was there doing the same thing we were. She told us she had come to Newburyport every day this week looking for the filming. Every day, that is, except last night when she later learned they had filmed the scene with the Christmas tree in the Square! We were disappointed for her and for us because we hadn’t known about that filming either and would have LOVED to be a part of it. They needed extras for that scene as well! Ahhh! We commiserated with our new friend a bit, got to know her and felt the instant camaraderie that you feel with a fellow Hallmark-lover. Our new friend was also kind enough to take our picture in front of the tree.
You’ll notice from the pictures that the weather had very accommodatingly provided 11 inches of snowfall earlier that week. No need to spray soap “snow” everywhere for this movie! We had the real deal!
After we took pictures with the tree, we checked with one of the men taking down the ornaments and learned that the movie was taking a couple of days off from filming and would be shooting again on Sunday and Monday. So, we immediately decided that we would be coming back to town one, if not both, of those two days! LOL.
We enjoyed browsing in shops and admiring some more beautiful Christmas decorations in town and took our pictures in front of “McMillen’s” which is the name of the store or restaurant in the movie.
Next to “McMillen’s”, we peeked in the window of what is normally Brine but what is “Frank’s Diner” for movie purposes and we saw the adorable decorations and how the place had been transformed into a 1950s-style diner.
We then had an absolutely delicious lunch at Lexie’s. If you are ever in town, you must get a burger and fries (and milkshake!) at Lexie’s. THE BEST! I had the”Green Muenster” burger, my mom had the “Fun Guy” burger and we got the sweet and spicy fries and a vanilla milk shake to share. It was all so unbelievably good. Lexie’s never disappoints – it’s one of our favorites.
Some other Newburyport favorites of ours are “Ireland on the Square” (a little bit of Ireland in Newburyport) and “Best of British”. The lovely lady working at “Best of British” recommended a new type of tea to us and we are so glad we took her recommendation. Glengettie Gold is fantastic! A new favorite.
Fast forward to the following Monday when we headed back to Newburyport, this time with my sister and nephews along for the adventure! It was a warmer day and, surprisingly, the tree was as it was on Friday – partially un-decorated but still in place. There was a section on either side of State Street (the main street running through downtown Newburyport) that had a lot of decorations that hadn’t been there on Friday. Then we spotted the large movie lights and cables. They were filming!!
We chatted with lovely store owners about the movie. My nephew and I took some pictures with the decorations 🙂
I hope that the way that the crew decorated both the tree and the streets inspires Newburyport to do more decorating than usual for Christmas next year. Newburyport really is the epitome of a Hallmark town and should be decorated as such. Typically they put only lights on the tree – no ornaments – and the streets don’t have much in the way of decorating. But the movie crew put gorgeous, large red, gold and silver ornaments on the tree which looked stunning and the extra decor along State Street was perfect.
I asked some crew members when the filming would begin – SOON! I also asked if they needed extras. The answer was unfortunately, no. But everyone I spoke to associated with this film was really kind and polite.
After another meal at Lexie’s (ha!), we took some pictures from across and down the street from the filming.
We headed home with happy hearts. We got to experience the making of a Hallmark Christmas movie in a small but wonderful way and it was a lovely experience. We can’t wait to see “A Ring for Christmas” when it airs and we’ll have our eyes peeled for our beloved Newburyport locations throughout.