Life, in reality, may not be colorful, glittery, or full of love and sparkles — but Hallmark, with its bright, holiday-themed movies at least attempts to make us believe the opposite. One such example is its Christmas in Evergreen tv movie series, the events of which take place in the small, picturesque eponymous town of Evergreen. And Tidings of Joy is the third feature that is set in this quaint, magical town.
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy released on December 4, 2019, on Hallmark as a part of the channel’s Countdown to Christmas 2019. So, if you have watched this movie, you would know that it is about a freelance writer named Katie who visits the town to write about the locale’s obsession with Christmas. When she lands here, she is mesmerized by the area’s striking surroundings, snowy landscapes, and scenic mountains — pretty much like us.
Now, you must be wondering where is this idyllic town located? Does it even exist? Well, let’s find out. Maybe we can help you plan your next vacation getaway! But first, let’s get an idea of the film’s fantastic cast.
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy Filming Locations
The primary location where the filming of Tidings of Joy takes place is Canada. To be more precise, a majority of the scenes are shot in Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby, British Columbia. In Christmas in Evergreen 1, the film describes Evergreen as follows: “so far north that on clear days you might be able to see the North Pole.” And the Burnaby Village Museum serves as the perfect location that fits this description. It is designed to resemble a Canadian province from a bygone era, which also contains a general store, trolley, and an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor.
— Burnaby Village (@bbyvillage) December 10, 2019
In fact, the Burnaby Village Museum is a historic hamlet that you can visit in reality. It was built way back in 1971 and is a reflection of Canada’s rich history. There’s a bakery, bank, blacksmith shop, log cabin, and church — all of them, which look like constructions from forgotten times.
During the filming of the movie, the store was decorated with garlands and lights and the bakery, which is Chris Kringle Kitchen in the feature, was packed with sugar cookies in the shape of snowflakes and trees.
If you wish to visit the Burnaby Village Museum, you would be happy to know that it is seasonally open every year during the spring break and summer. In Halloween, it is transformed into a Haunted Village, which you can tour after paying a minimal ticket price.
Additional filming locations for Tidings of Joy also include Vancouver, British Columbia and the Deer Lake Park. The cast posted several clips from the aforementioned sites when they were shooting in the midst of continuous rains. Check them out below:
CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: TIDINGS OF JOY is getting close to the finish line. Barbara Niven has wrapped her part, as the production winds down in rainy Vancouver. https://t.co/rfcJDTUNlT
— Ho! Ho! Holiday Viewing! (@SleepyKittyPaw) September 17, 2019
Both Holly Robinson Peete and Paul Greene shared photos with the Robbins twins, yesterday from the rainy set of Hallmark's CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: TIDINGS OF JOY. pic.twitter.com/ZCNZ11yJnn
— Ho! Ho! Holiday Viewing! (@SleepyKittyPaw) September 13, 2019
Deer Lake Park serves as the cultural hotspot of the City of Burnaby’s arts and heritage amenities. It is located amidst lush, serene natural flora and fauna and is connected through walking trails with a lake, the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Hart House Restaurant.
For some more behind the scenes glimpses into Tidings of Joy, you can watch this small clip on Hallmark’s website here.
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy Cast
Playing the lead role of Katie in Tidings of Joy is Maggie Lawson, an actress who debuted in Hollywood by playing the character of Kim in Hang Time when she was just eight years old. Later, Maggie went on to star in Santa Clarita Diet, Psych, Gamer, Cleaner, and Pleasantville. Joining her as Ben is Paul Greene — who is best known for his work in movies like Somewhere, Bitten, Harry’s Law, and Beautiful Girl.
Accompanying the lead protagonists in other important roles are Holly Robinson Peete as Michelle Lansing, Barbara Niven as Carol Shaw, Rukiya Bernard as Hannah Tucker, Jill Wagner as Lisa Palmer, and Ashley Williams as Allie Shaw.