Ottawa serves as the backdrop for these Christmas movies this holiday season


Ottawa and Eastern Ontario will take center stage on the small screen this holiday season.

A total of 15 holiday movies were filmed in Ottawa in 2022, with six airing on CTV Life over the next two months.

Ottawa has become a hotspot for Christmas movies, with ten films filming in Ottawa in 2020 and 11 in 2021.

Here’s a look at the schedule of movies shot in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario and airing on CTV Life Channel this holiday season.

Reindeer Games Homecoming (Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.)

Reindeer Games Homecoming stars Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Ava Cheung, Dorian Giordano, Shannon McDonough, and Brian Sills.

“Sparks fly between a Vermont biology teacher and her high school crush as they square off in a holiday fundraising tradition,” says the film’s synopsis on Rotten Tomatoes.

Important locations in the Ottawa region:

  • Mooney’s Bay Park and Beach
  • Terry Fox Athletics Facility
  • Manotick Community Center and Mike O’Neil Arena
  • Ottawa Fire Station 94 on Manotick Main Street in Manotick
  • Robert Simpson Park in Arnprior, Ont.
  • John Street North in Arnprior, Ont.

A Delicious Christmas (Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.)

A Delicious Christmas stars Alex Mallari, Vanessa Marano, Elana Dunkleman, Kathy Maloney and Bobby Flay.

“Since inheriting the Haven Restaurant and Inn, Abby Richmond has been determined to uphold the traditions her parents lovingly cultivated in this scenic Vermont location. But when she’s forced to implement new ideas to secure Haven’s future, how far can she bend without breaking not only tradition but also her heart?” says the synopsis of the film.

Important locations in the Ottawa region:

  • Clarendon Lane – ByWard Market
  • Le Moulin de Provence – ByWard Market

Designing Christmas (Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m.)

Christmas design with Jessica Szohr, Marco Grazzini, Mykee Selkin, Leighton Williams, Fiona Highet, Eugene Clark, Nicole Power and Hilary Farr.

“Stella Murphy (Jessica Szohr) and Pablo Belmonte (Marco Grazzini) co-hosted the home improvement show ‘House Sweet Home’ for six years, entertaining viewers with their pointed banter and often clashing styles, all while delighting the owners with stunning transformations. But their latest makeover is hitting much closer to home…and this time it’s personal,” the Discovery Plus statement read.

Important locations in the Ottawa region:

  • Filmed in Almonte, Ontario. and Ottawa

Hotel for the Holidays (Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.)

Hotel for the Holidays stars Madelaine Petsch and Mena Massoud, and includes Max Lloyd-Jones and Kayleigh Shikanai.

“Hotel for the Holidays revolves around a cast of staff and guests at the charming Fontaine Hotel in New York City during the Christmas period,” explains the synopsis for the film from Amazon Studios.

“Georgia’s work and personal life become entangled when she is caught between charming hotel chef Luke and the sophisticated ex-prince staying at the hotel. The stories of Georgia and the eclectic guests of the hotel twist, turn and come together, as they find friendship, love and inspiration.”

Important locations in the Ottawa region:

  • Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • Knox Presbyterian Church
  • 160 Elgin Street
  • spark street
  • Healthy Pets Headquarters on Bank Street

Holiday Legacy (Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.)

Holiday Heritage stars Lyndie Greenwood, Brooks Darnell and Holly Robinson Peete.

“She returns to her hometown to mend barriers with her fractured family. With the help of ex-boyfriend Griffin, she encourages her family to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa and heal their past wounds before it’s over. too late,” according to the film synopsis.

It was Christmas Eve (Friday, December 23 at 9 p.m.)

It was the night before Christmas with Torrey DeVitto, Zane Holtz and Amanda Baker.

“Follow a former actress as she must take charge of a town’s annual Christmas Eve courtroom production to debate the true authorship of the poem ‘A Visit from St. Nick,'” reads the synopsis of the film.

Important locations in the Ottawa region:

Other Christmas and holiday films filmed in Ottawa this year

  • A Diva’s Christmas Carol: Aphrodite
  • The most colorful time of the year – Hallmark
  • Everything I didn’t want for Christmas
  • A Christmas Fumble – OWN
  • Record Christmas
  • Time machine under the mistletoe
  • Great Holiday Baking War – OWN
  • Well suited for Christmas – Lifetime
  • Christmas next door

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