Live your Hallmark movie moment with these 6 filming locations in CT

Connecticut has been the snowy, jolly backdrop for a number of equally snowy, jolly Hallmark holiday movies. 

Over the years, these made-for-TV movies have invaded the state, transforming downtown streets, bakeries and inns with Christmas decorations in the sweltering heat of July all the way through the colorful foliage of October.

Not many people can say they live in a real-life Hallmark Christmas movie, but Connecticut residents come pretty close.

Check out these six Connecticut towns that have served as the backdrop for Hallmark Christmas movies.

Norwich
'Sugar Plum Twist,' 'Next Stop, Christmas,' 'Holiday for Heroes'

Filmed in: Stonington, Mystic, Colchester and Norwich Locations included: Stonington Borough, Camp Niantic, Harkness Memorial State Park, Norwich City Hall and Noah’s Restaurant in Stonington. Network: Hallmark Starring: Melissa Claire Egan and Marc Blucas
Filmed in: Stonington, Mystic, Colchester and Norwich Locations included: Stonington Borough, Camp Niantic, Harkness Memorial State Park, Norwich City Hall and Noah’s Restaurant in Stonington. Network: Hallmark Starring: Melissa Claire Egan and Marc Blucas
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Jamie Gray Hyder as Natalia on Hallmark's "Sugar Plum Twist"

Jamie Gray Hyder as Natalia on Hallmark's "Sugar Plum Twist"

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This October, Norwich played host to the film crew for “Sugar Plum Twist,” a new Hallmark holiday movie about a ballerina who puts on her own Sugar Plum Fairy performance with the help of a retired ballerina from the New York Ballet. The movie specifically used downtown Norwich and Norwich City Hall for its backdrops.

There are plenty of things to do in this town, from art museums to breweries and quaint cafes and picturesque waterfalls. Other Hallmark holiday movies filmed in Norwich include “Next Stop, Christmas” and “Holiday for Heroes.” 

Hartford
'Holiday in Harlem,' 'One Royal Holiday' 

Holiday lights on display in Hartford on December 17, 2019

Holiday lights on display in Hartford on December 17, 2019

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Hallmark movie "Christmas in Harlem" filmed in parts of Hartford, Conn. the weekend of Sept. 18- 19, 2021.

Hallmark movie "Christmas in Harlem" filmed in parts of Hartford, Conn. the weekend of Sept. 18- 19, 2021.

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Hallmark movie "Christmas in Harlem" filmed in parts of Hartford, Conn. the weekend of Sept. 18- 19, 2021.

Hallmark movie "Christmas in Harlem" filmed in parts of Hartford, Conn. the weekend of Sept. 18- 19, 2021.

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Behind-the-scenes footage of "Holiday in Harlem," a Hallmark film shot in Hartford, Conn. 

Behind-the-scenes footage of "Holiday in Harlem," a Hallmark film shot in Hartford, Conn. 

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Hartford was dressed in her Christmas best this year as early as September for the filming of “Holiday in Harlem.” The movie tells the story of a girl who returns to her hometown of Harlem to reconnect with her past. Specific locations include the cozy Rinconcito Peruano restaurant and gastropub the Republic at Linden. For extra holiday magic, visit the Hartford Holiday Light Fantasia. Other Hallmark holiday movies filmed in Hartford include “One Royal Holiday.” 

Avon
'You, Me & the Christmas Trees'

The Avon Theatre on Bedford St. in Stamford, Conn., photographed on Thursday December 8, 2011, is competing for best storefront holiday decorations.
The Avon Theatre on Bedford St. in Stamford, Conn., photographed on Thursday December 8, 2011, is competing for best storefront holiday decorations.
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Avon has not been the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie, but it is the home of Hallmark screenwriter Julie Sherman Wolfe. Her latest film “You, Me & the Christmas Trees” is set in the town of Avon on a Christmas tree farm, even though it was actually filmed in Canada. Avon has a lovely downtown center with plenty of small shops and restaurants, including Seasons Restaurant and Tap Room, The North House Restaurant and Knit and Pearls craft store.

Putnam
'One Royal Holiday'

The Putnam Restaurant holiday window display at 373 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual holiday window decorating contest for town businesses. The contest is open to all local businesses with a store front and is not limited to Chamber members. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
The Putnam Restaurant holiday window display at 373 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual holiday window decorating contest for town businesses. The contest is open to all local businesses with a store front and is not limited to Chamber members. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
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When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown of Kentsbury, Connecticut encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.

When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown of Kentsbury, Connecticut encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.

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Another of Wolfe’s Christmas films, “One Royal Holiday,” was filmed in Putnam and based in an imaginary Connecticut town called Kentsbury, a mash-up of Kent and Simsbury. Downtown Putnam is classically New England with plenty of little cafes and restaurants to create your own cozy Hallmark moment, like Chubby Dog Coffee, The Hare and the Hound Irish Pub and Bill’s Bread and Breakfast. Take in a performance of “White Christmas” at the Bradley Playhouse and participate in the town’s annual cookie crawl.

Essex
'Christmas at Pemberley Manor'

The chefs at the Griswold Inn have created an 3 course menu for $60 per person. Dinner seatings begin at 5:30pm and guests can listen to piano in the Tap Room from 5:30-8:30pm. End the evening by dancing into 2019.
The chefs at the Griswold Inn have created an 3 course menu for $60 per person. Dinner seatings begin at 5:30pm and guests can listen to piano in the Tap Room from 5:30-8:30pm. End the evening by dancing into 2019.
In December, The Griswold Inn’s Holiday Bill of Fare returns with popular game offerings as well as more traditional menu items. Call 860.767.1776 for reservations.
In December, The Griswold Inn’s Holiday Bill of Fare returns with popular game offerings as well as more traditional menu items. Call 860.767.1776 for reservations.
Filmed in: Essex and Old Lyme. Locations include: Griswold Inn and private residence in Old Lyme. Network: Hallmark. Starring: Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady.
Filmed in: Essex and Old Lyme. Locations include: Griswold Inn and private residence in Old Lyme. Network: Hallmark. Starring: Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady.
Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018) Filming locations: Old Lyme, Essex, Connecticut Plot: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett, a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy, a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue." - Hallmark Channel

Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018)

Filming locations: Old Lyme, Essex, Connecticut

Plot: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett, a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy, a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue." - Hallmark Channel

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The cross section of Jane Austen fans and Hallmark holiday movie fans might want to take a trip to Essex. The town was the filming location for “Christmas at Pemberley Manor,” a Hallmark film inspired by the characters of classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.” The titular Pemberley Manor was played by Essex’s historic Griswold Inn. “The Gris,” as it is affectionately called by its patrons, gets decked out every year in lush holiday décor, with lights, wreaths and Christmas trees galore.

Wethersfield
'Rediscovering Christmas,' 'Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane'

Filmed in: Wethersfield. Locations include: Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre, Silas Robbins Bed and Breakfast, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Lucky Lou’s. Network: Hallmark. Starring: Alicia Witt and Colin Ferguson.
Filmed in: Wethersfield. Locations include: Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre, Silas Robbins Bed and Breakfast, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Lucky Lou’s. Network: Hallmark. Starring: Alicia Witt and Colin Ferguson.
Filmed in: Wethersfield and Hartford Locations included: Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre, downtown Wethersfield and Pratt Street in Hartford. Network: Lifetime Starring: Jessica Walter, Jessica Lowndes and Mark Famiglietti Premiere date: December 15, 2019
Filmed in: Wethersfield and Hartford Locations included: Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre, downtown Wethersfield and Pratt Street in Hartford. Network: Lifetime Starring: Jessica Walter, Jessica Lowndes and Mark Famiglietti Premiere date: December 15, 2019
HOLIDAY TOURS: The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour shows in detail how the American holiday season evolved over the past 300 years. WDS holiday tours, located at the three-house museum on Main Street in Wethersfield, will be offered through Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sundays 1-4 p.m., closed Tuesdays). Admission for tours is $12.

HOLIDAY TOURS: The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour shows in detail how the American holiday season evolved over the past 300 years. WDS holiday tours, located at the three-house museum on Main Street in Wethersfield, will be offered through Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sundays 1-4 p.m., closed Tuesdays). Admission for tours is $12.

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Wethersfield has been the filming location for two Christmas movies, “Rediscovering Christmas” and “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane.” Heirloom Market was used in both films. Every year the farm-to-table market and cafe is decorated for Christmas. Other Wethersfield holiday movie locations include the Silas W. Robbins House Bed and Breakfast, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grill, according to VisitCT.com.