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To kick off the month of watching the best (and most ridiculous) holiday movies on streaming TV, let’s dig into a Hallmark tale about an heir to a grocery store empire who … falls in love with a ghost

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The Ringer ’s 25 Days of Bingemas is a guide for people who love original holiday movies; it’s a guide for people who hate original holiday movies; it’s a guide for people who occasionally watch these movies and want more; it’s a guide for people who hope to never watch these movies but would like to watch one writer descend into madness as she attempts to differentiate between 25 unique forms of holiday magic, 12 different fake countries, and eight different male leads who make you wonder, “Wait, is that the guy from Mean Girls ?” (It isn’t, except for the one time when it is .) Every day for the next 25 days, Jodi Walker will feature one of this season’s 169 original holiday movies, answering a curated series of questions in order to showcase the genre’s masterful formula, the dedication to chaos, and the commitment to consistently widowing lumberjacks that launched an entire genre of TV movie. On the first day of Bingemas, we turn our cheerful spirits to …

What are we watching?

Ghosts of Christmas Always .

Where are we watching it?

The Hallmark Channel, streaming on Peacock.

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Why are we watching it?

Because, per Hallmark , “Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store.” (The “something unusual” is interdimensional horniness.)

How many Vanessa Hudgenses are in this?

No Vanessa Hudgenses star in Ghosts of Christmas Always . Instead, Ian Harding from Pretty Little Liars stars as Peter—and in terms of character arcs to be known for, dating a ghost is a big upgrade from dating a teenager . He is utterly delightful with said ghost woman, played by Kim Matula.

How believable are the leads’ ostensible careers?

Well, Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present. In the grand scheme of things, she’s in a pretty niche industry—but in the Hallmark scheme of things she’s chosen, like, one of the eight available career paths. Peter is the heir to a grocery empire, and if I’ve learned anything from the Bachelor franchise, it’s that “ heir to a grocery empire ” is the most desirable job a single man can have. Unfortunately for Peter, he hates capitalism and loves philanthropy, so it’s not his dream job as much as it’s his Dickensian burden to bear.

Say, are these two opposites?

Peter is the rare Hallmark male lead who is neither grumpy nor begrudging and who actually has an endearing amount of anxiety over whether he’s a good person. But , since Katherine is … straight-up dead, yeah, these two are about as existentially opposite as hot people can be.

Is there a villain who sows discord?

Yeah, it’s Peter’s dad, and he sucks . You know he’s a villain because it looks like his hair has been dyed with printer ink in all the scenes from the past when he’s talking on a Zack Morris cellphone and ditching his family to work on Christmas Eve. In a classic Christmas Ghosts mixup—due mostly to men naming their progeny after themselves and then making them take over their grocery empires in the name of legacy—the ghosts end up visiting Peter Baron (yes, their last name is Baron) instead of Robert Peter Baron, and as you can imagine, straightening things out becomes a whole to-do.

Who’s dead?

Oh, almost everyone is dead! Katherine, Roy (Reginald VelJohnson!), and Arlene (Lori Tan Chinn) are ghosts, and we eventually learn that they became Christmas ghosts because they all died on Christmas Eve. Peter’s beloved grandparents are also dead, taking with them all the philanthropic leanings of their company that Peter hopes to bring back. And Peter’s mom might as well be dead for all the character development she’s given. Literally and figuratively, most of the people we’re watching in this movie are dead.

Are there any fake towns, or perhaps a whole fake country?

Weirdly, this movie about ghosts and holiday spirit takes place in the very real city of Hartford, Connecticut. There are apparently so many scrooges in Hartford that it has its own devoted door at the Department of Restoring Christmas Spirit. (The whole Christmas ghosts construct rests somewhere between Monsters, Inc. and The Good Place .)

How problematic is the meet-cute on a scale of “one saved the other from falling in a snowbank” to “one is the other’s boss and they fall in love on a work trip”?

In terms of power dynamics, I’m a little foggy on ghost magic, but the main issue here is that because so many people are dead and so many people are from Hartford, you spend most of the movie wondering whether Katherine is, in fact, Peter’s grandmother. For a second it seems like things are gonna get very Back to the (Ghosts of Christmas) Future very fast.

Is there any magic?

IS THERE ANY MAGIC?! There is ONLY magic . And it honestly holds up pretty well logistically speaking, right up until the end, when they introduce the idea that these ghosts can just choose to un-dead themselves if they have a solid 10-year plan for this mortal plane and have met a hot enough grocery store magnate. You see, each year, the Christmas Ghosts trio visit one scrooge, repair their Christmas spirit through time travel, and then leave them with no memories of what happened and just a lingering feeling of joy. Only this year, the scrooge wasn’t scroogey at all, and his heart of gold and jaw of steel introduced a heretofore unexplored level of horniness to the Christmas magic equation.

How modest are the wardrobe choices?

At one point, when Katherine and Peter are about to head out on a time travel date, Reginald VelJohnson snaps his fingers and changes Katherine’s clothes from a turtleneck and tartan peacoat to a crewneck sweater and a slightly more modern tartan peacoat. Everyone oohs and ahhs at the makeover, but she obviously looked hotter in the turtleneck—at least then we could be like, Hey, maybe there are three boobs under there or something . (The ooh- ing is much more appropriate when Peter changes from pajamas into a chunky fisherman’s sweater because a chunky fisherman’s sweater is the sluttiest thing a man can wear in December.)

Does anyone almost kiss, only to be interrupted?

These beautiful idiots do not kiss once while Katherine is a ghost. They wait until Katherine walks through the doors labeled “THE GREAT UNKNOWN,” at which point she just … becomes Peter’s IRL wife . That means that when they do finally kiss it kind of just feels like an episode of Modern Family . Where’s all the hot, inter-cosmic hands stuff?

At the end of the movie, does the title make sense?

“ Ghosts of Christmas Always ” does not make any sense at all. First of all, by self-resurrecting, Katherine becomes the opposite of an always-ghost; she is an occasional-ghost, an opt-in-only ghost, a Ghost of Christmas Sometimes. And we have no idea whether she even remembers being a ghost once she crosses over into THE GREAT UNKNOWN, or whether she and Peter are implanted with some sort of alternate history where they met at a gingerbread-house contest where she was a pastry chef and he was a grocery store magnate judge (prequel alert!).

Did this movie make me cry?

Oh most definitely, for the majority of the final act. As soon as it was revealed that Katherine was best friends with Peter’s grandmother , and died going out to give blankets to the unhoused moments after introducing Peter’s grandparents, therefore guaranteeing his existence on Earth and her existence as a Christmas ghost … and then Peter’s grandmother dedicates the community center she starts to her dearly departed best friend , only for Peter and Katherine to revive said community center in the present and dedicate it to the grandmother … they should’ve called this The Ghosts of Christmas Sobs , amirite???

What is the meaning of Christmas, as stated by the film?

The movie has three constantly repeated messages: “Life is a series of choices”; “All is as it should be”; and “Be brave enough to see where you want to go.” These are all solid options for a piece of canvas art from HomeGoods. None of them has anything to do with Christmas.

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Who, What, When: Ghosts of Christmas Always on Hallmark Channel

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Countdown to Christmas 2022 continues on Hallmark Channel with Ghosts of Christmas Always starring Kim Matula and Ian Harding.  

Christmas takes an unusual turn for Katherine, a Ghost of Christmas Present who works for the Department of Restoring Christmas Spirit. This year’s assignment is a man named Peter (Harding), and neither one of them has any idea what’s in store for them.  

Here’s the Who, What and When about Ghosts of Christmas Always . 

Who is in Ghosts of Christmas Always?

Kim Matula is known for her role as Hope Logan on The Bold and Beautiful for over five years. She also starred in unREAL and LA to Vegas , and she’s recently appeared in The Resident, The Sex Lives of College Girls , American Crime Story: Impeachment and 9-1-1 .

Ian Harding got his big break on Pretty Little Liars , for which he won a Teen Choice Award for 2010 Male Summer Breakout Star followed by wins from 2011 to 2015 for Choice TV Actor: Drama. Harding has appeared in several movies, including Ford v Ferrari and Adventureland .

Ghosts of Christmas Always also stars Reginald VelJohnson ( Family Matters , Die Hard , The Christmas Lottery ), Lori Tan Chinn ( Turning Red , Orange is the New Black ), Beth Leavel, Christopher Innvar and Kate MacCluggage.

The movie was directed by Rich Newey from a script from Zac Hug and Annika Marks, based on Hug’s story.

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What is Ghosts of Christmas Always about?

Here’s the synopsis from Hallmark Channel:

“Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store.”

When is Ghosts of Christmas Always on?

Ghosts of Christmas Always premieres on Sunday, October 30, at 8pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. 

If you miss the premiere, don’t worry because all of the Countdown to Christmas movies will repeat throughout the holiday season. You’ll also be able to find every new movie on Hallmark On Demand the day after it premieres.

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“Ghosts of Christmas Always,” starring Kim Matula and Ian Harding, featuring Reginald VelJohnson and Lori Tan Chinn, aired on Hallmark Channel during the 2nd weekend of 2022’s Countdown to Christmas, on October 30, 2022. It was filmed in Hartford, Connecticut.

The delightful screenplay was written by Zac Hug with Annika Marks.  Longtime Hallmark fans will know Hug’s work from the Evergreen series, Matching Hearts and A Homecoming for the Holidays .  Rich Newey directed, having previously directed Christmas House 2 and Crashing Through the Snow , which are both awesome movies.

In a nutshell

I. LOVED. THIS. MOVIE.  This is one that I will never miss when it re-airs.  I adored the cast, I loved the script, I loved the entire thing.  LOVED IT.

The Plot of “Ghosts of Christmas Always”

Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store.

Actors & Chemistry

This entire cast was sublime.  The comedic timing of every single person was impeccable.  The two actors pictured below, Reginald VelJohnson and Lori Tan Chinn, were great.  VelJohnson wasn’t used as much as I anticipated, but even had he been used more, it was Tan Chinn who stole this movie.  She was fantastic.

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But Matula and Harding, our leads, were both fantastic as well.  Ian Harding as Peter was so fun and charming and adorable, while Matula’s chirpiness and bouncy attitude could have veered into annoying in lesser hands, but never did.  They had tremendous chemistry in every scene and my goodness I hope they do more for Hallmark and do more together.

Find the Tropes!

To be honest, I was thoroughly enjoying this movie so much that I hardly even took note of tropes.  I was that enthralled. CGI snow. Baking pies. A red truck during Katherine’s flashback.  House with a front porch. I’m sure there were others, but I didn’t write them down.  Comment below and let me know what you saw.

Did I Hear/See That Right?

The weird song at the Christmas party that Susan (played by Beth Leavel) sang – she was singing and then suddenly just stopped without finishing the song?

Did the movie explain that the ghosts could be corporeal?  I know that the alive people could touch the ghosts to travel through time and space, but they were also still invisible.  Does this mean when Katherine moved a box in the attic of the Rooty Tooty that to any other person that box was floating in midair from one spot to another?

Why did they choose to put a commercial break right after the line, “You were always the assignment?” spoken to Katherine? That was poor planning on the network’s part to cut there.

While the reunion of Peter and Katherine at the end of the movie was a bit confusing (HOW did he know she was real and not a ghost anymore?) I did not care one bit.

The snappy dialogue, the funny dialogue, the quick pacing, the magic of it all – the entire movie was one big feelgood.  I did thoroughly love the fact that when Peter first saw the three ghosts and was talking about the Christmas Carol movies, he brought up the Carrie Fisher version, WHICH IS A HALLMARK MOVIE.

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Re-watchability of “Ghosts of Christmas Always”

Oh yeah – I’m not only rewatching it, but I’m not deleting it from my DVR, just so I can watch it anytime I want this holiday season and beyond.  I LOVED THIS MOVIE.

The Rankings

You guys.  This movie is so far and away my favorite of 2022 that it actually made my top 5 of ALL TIME on my rankings list.  I don’t see how another movie could possibly catch up to this one this year.

  • Ghosts of Christmas Always (air date: Oct 30) – 732 pts – weighted score: 122.4 (85.9%)
  • A Kismet Christmas (air date: Oct 24) – 664 pts – weighted score: 113.2 (79.4%)
  • Two Tickets to Paradise (air date: June 25) – 664 pts – weighted score: 111.4 (78.1%)
  • Just One Kiss (air date: Apr 2) – 660 pts – weighted score: 111.2 (78.0%)
  • The Presence of Love (air date: Mar 13) – 650 pts – weighted score: 110.9 (77.8%)
  • Wedding of a Lifetime (air date: Sept 17) – 640 pts – weighted score: 108.2 (75.9%)
  • Dating the Delaneys (air date: Aug 20) – 638 pts – weighted score: 106.5 (74.7%)
  • Love, Classified (air date: Apr 16) – 624 pts – weighted score: 106.1 (74.4%)
  • A Royal Runaway Romance (air date: Apr 9) – 617 pts – weighted score: 105.9 (74.3%)
  • Jolly Good Christmas (air date: Oct 29) – 625 pts – weighted score: 105.7 (74.2%)
  • We Wish You a Married Christmas (air date: Oct 22) – 623 pts – weighted score: 105.7 (74.1%)
  • Rip in Time (air date: May 22) – 622 pts – weighted score: 105.3 (73.9%)
  • We Need a Little Christmas (air date: Oct 22) – 614 pts – weighted score: 105.1 (73.7%)
  • Campfire Christmas (air date: July 16) – 621 pts – weighted score: 104.9 (73.6%)
  • Noel Next Door (air date: Oct 21) – 609 pts – weighted score: 104.8 (73.5%)
  • Caribbean Summer (air date: June 11) – 636 pts – weighted score: 104.7 (73.5%)
  • A Cozy Christmas Inn (air date: Oct 28) – 626 pts – weighted score: 104.6 (73.5%)
  • Always Amore (air date: Apr 3) – 618 pts – weighted score: 104.5 (73.3%)
  • Hidden Gems (air date: Jun 4) – 611 pts – weighted score: 102.3 (71.8%)
  • Pumpkin Everything (air date: Oct 8) – 603 pts – weighted score: 101.6 (71.3%)
  • Autumn in the City (air date: Oct 15) – 594 pts – weighted score: 100.2 (70.3%)
  • Love in the Limelight (air date: Aug 6) – 604 pts – weighted score: 100.0 (70.2%)
  • Second Chance at Love (air date: Mar 26) – 585 pts – weighted score: 99.7 (69.9%)
  • Romance in Style (air date: Aug 13) – 562 pts – weighted score: 97.2 (68.2%)
  • Big Sky River (air date: Aug 7) – 568 pts – weighted score: 97.1 (68.1%)
  • Game, Set, Love (air date: Aug 27) – 552 pts – weighted score: 95.3 (66.9%)
  • A Tail of Love (air date: Apr 23) – 557 pts – weighted score: 94.4 (66.2%)
  • The Perfect Pairing (air date: Jan 15) – 563 pts – weighted score: 92.7 (65.0%)
  • Christmas in Toyland (air date: July 23) – 544 pts – weighted score: 92.4 (64.8%)
  • The Wedding Veil Legacy (air date: Feb 19) – 543 pts – weighted score: 92.0 (64.5%)
  • Welcome to Mama’s (air date: Feb 26) – 540 pts – weighted score: 91.9 (64.5%)
  • Butlers in Love (air date: Jan 29) – 527 pts – weighted score: 91.3 (64.0%)
  • Feeling Butterflies (air date: Mar 12) – 542 pts – weighted score: 91.2 (64.0%)
  • To Her, With Love (air date: Sept 11) – 536 pts – weighted score: 89.4 (62.7%)
  • The Wedding Veil Unveiled (air date: Feb 12) – 515 pts – weighted score: 86.9 (61.0%)
  • My Grown-Up Christmas List (air date: July 9) – 514 pts – weighted score: 86.9 (60.9%)
  • Road Trip Romance (air date: May 14) – 492 pts – weighted score: 85.9 (60.3%)
  • Don’t Forget I Love You (air date: Jan 22) – 508 pts – weighted score: 85.8 (60.2%)
  • The Wedding Veil (air date: Jan 8) – 508 pts – weighted score: 83.3 (58.4%)
  • Where the Heart Belongs (air date: Jan 1) – 435 pts – weighted score: 74.5 (52.3%)
  • 14 Love Letters (air date: July 31) – 420 pts – weighted score: 73.5 (51.6%)

To see where this movie lands in my overall rankings of Hallmark movies, visit my Hallmark Movie Rankings page!

What did you think of “Ghosts of Christmas Always”?  Comment below and let me know!

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8 thoughts on “ Ghosts of Christmas Always ”

Can’t wait to see this one! It’s next in my queue.

This one restored my faith in Hallmark movies. The plot was fresh, the actors were all great, the script was clever and I wasn’t channel surfing at the first set of commercials. It was a wonderful effort on the part of Hallmark and reminded me of how some of my former enjoyment of Christmas movies past used to feel. It gets an A from me.

Every once in a while a movie comes along that is clearly a Christmas classic from its opening moments, filling one’s heart with holiday cheer with its joyful message. Ghosts of Christmas Always is one of these movies, a memorably meaningful reminder of the things that matter most at the holidays: charity toward our neighbors, mindfulness in the present moment, the matchless treasure of our most meaningful relationships, and all things working together for our good in God’s providence. Loved this movie and have already rewatched it twice with family and friends!

Why is Ghosts of Christmas always not being shown on Hallmark? They rerun all the other movies and this is not on. I loved this movie and enjoyed the cast, the storyline.

I agree that “Ghosts” was fantastic (it ended up being my #1 Christmas movie for 2022!). I’m not sure why they didn’t reair it, but it completely deserved to be shown over and over again!

Fantastic+++ Hallmark favorite of all time—not just 2022. WHEN WILL THE DVD BE AVAILABLE?

What is the name of the song being sung at the very end of the movie “Ghosts of Christmas Always”?

That song, “Deck the Halls of My Heart,” was recorded just for the movie – it was not released as a single. Beth Leavel, who played Susan Kraine in the movie, is a Tony-award winning actress who recorded the track to be used in the film.

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‘Ghosts of Christmas Always’ Hallmark movie premiere: How to watch without cable

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"Ghosts of Christmas Always" airs on the Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas on Sunday, Oct. 30. ©2022 Hallmark Media

Ghosts of Christmas Always will premiere on the Hallmark Channel Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8/7c.

Those who want to catch the movie premiere, but have ditched regular cable, can still tune in live with Philo or FuboTV .

If you’re not sure which streaming service to go with, we can break it down for you.

Philo is one of the cheaper live streaming services charging its users only $25 a month with over 60 channels to choose from live and on-demand.

Those who are fans of Lifetime or Hallmark in general can watch most of the networks’ films with Philo as well.

Other popular channels offered by the streaming service include HMM, AMC, HGTV, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, CMT, BET and more.

Meanwhile, FuboTV is one of the better alternatives to regular cable.

It’s a sports focused streaming service. It also offers over 100 other channels to choose from with shows like Saturday Night Live, Yellowstone, The Voice and more for $69.99 a month.

Both streaming services offer free trials for first time users, so you can watch Ghosts of Christmas Always for free before committing to anything.

What is Ghosts of Christmas Always about?

The official description of Ghosts of Christmas Always is as follows:

Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit.

However, this year has something unusual in store.

Kim Matula, Ian Harding, Beth Leavel, Lori Tan Chinn and Reginald VelJohnson star.

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'Ghosts Of Christmas Always' Hallmark Movie Premiere: Cast, Trailer, Synopsis

Hallmark Channel's merry holiday season continues with the newest "Countdown to Christmas" holiday premiere, "Ghosts of Christmas Always." The film, starring Kim Matula and Ian Harding, premieres Sunday night.

The film will be a treat for Hallmark fans, as it is the first time any of its stars are appearing in a film on the network. Of course, the cast is known for roles in other projects. Matula, for example, is well-known for her role as Hope Logan on "The Bold and the Beautiful," as well as roles as Tiffany James on "UnREAL" and Ronnie on "LA to Vegas." Harding, meanwhile, is best known for his roles as Phillip Davis on "Chicago Med" and Ezra Fitz on "Pretty Little Liars."

Matula and Harding aren't the film's only stars of course. Reginald VelJohnson ("Family Matters") and Lori Tan Chinn ("Awkwafina is Nora From Queens") also star.

So what can fans expect from the film? Let's find out.

"Katherine (Matula) works for the Department of Restoring Christmas Spirit as a Ghost of Christmas Present," a synopsis reads. "She loves her job, visiting Earth every Christmas to help one unsuspecting soul rediscover their Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store for her."

This year, the assignment Katherine gets is a bit peculiar.

"Along with her co-workers, Ghost of Christmas Past Arlene (Tan Chinn) and Ghost of Christmas Future Roy (VelJohnson), their assignment is a man named Peter (Harding)," the synopsis continues. "They're not sure why they've been assigned to him because, unlike their typical cases, Peter's Christmas spirit is on point."

However, despite the confusion initially, it soon becomes clear why they were assigned to him.

"When it appears that Katherine and Peter just might be fated for each other, their assignment starts to head down an unusual path none of them could have expected," the synopsis concludes.

"Ghosts of Christmas Always" premieres Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. EDT on Hallmark Channel.

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Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store.

Ghosts of Christmas Always was originally released on the Hallmark Channel October 30, 2022.

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Directed by Rich Newey, Hallmark’s ‘Ghosts of Christmas Always’ is a romantic drama film that follows a Ghost of Christmas Present, Katherine, who, along with her colleagues at the Department of Restoring Christmas Spirit — Ghost of Christmas Past, Arlene, and Ghost of Christmas Future, Roy — embarks on a mission to reignite the holiday spirit of a soul named Peter. However, the past year in Peter’s life will make the task challenging for Katherine and her crew. The movie is loosely based on acclaimed author Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, ‘A Christmas Carol.’

The heartfelt and feel-good movie continues the trend of Hallmark’s traditional Christmas-themed comedies that bring the holiday spirit into your living rooms. The beautiful locations elevate the Christmas spirit of the movie. Therefore, viewers must seek details about the filming sites. Likewise, the fresh lead pairing makes many curious about the film’s cast. In that case, we have gathered everything you need to know about the filming locations and cast of ‘Ghosts of Christmas Always.’

Ghosts of Christmas Always Filming Locations

‘Ghosts of Christmas Always’ is set in a metropolitan city resembling New York. The film was primarily shot on location around Hartford, a city in Connecticut. Principal photography on the project took place in early 2022, mainly in March. In an interview, actress Kim Matula spoke about filming the movie in Connecticut. “It was very chilly, and we really wanted our coats. There was real snow on the ground, and I really was thrilled about that,” Matula told MediaVillage .

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The Constitution State is known for its vibrant Christmas celebrations and winter weather, making it an ideal filming spot for the movie. Let’s take a closer look at the exact filming locations of the Hallmark movie!

Hartford, Connecticut

The cast and crew of ‘Ghosts of Christmas Always’ were stationed in Hartford, the capital of Connecticut,  and shot most of the movie in the city. The city is the county seat of Hartford County and the fourth-largest city in the state. A few scenes were taped in the Bushnell Park area in the heart of Hartford, specifically at the amusement park ride, Carousel, at 1 Jewell Street. Bound by Elm, Jewell, and Trinity Street, it is the oldest publically funded park in the country and is the location of several festivals and musical events in Hartford.

Owing to its stunning landscape and production facilities, the city is a popular filming location, and films such as ‘Road Trip,’ ‘ One Royal Holiday ,’ and ‘Giving Up Forever’ were shot in the city. Aside from its appeal as a shooting destination, Hartford is renowned for its history, art, culture, and contribution to literature. The city is also a famous tourist destination, and local attractions include Hartford Seminary, Old State House, Connecticut State Capitol, and the Cheney Building.

West Hartford, Connecticut

Some scenes of the Hallmark movie were recorded in West Hartford, a city located 5 miles west of downtown Hartford in Hartford County. The cast and crew shot a major portion of the film at 34 Foxcroft Road in West Hartford. Highland Street was also utilized to tape a few shots. As a result, viewers can spot several storefronts and local hot spots from the area in the movie. The town is an educational hub and is also known for hosting events such as the Elizabeth Park Concert Series and Celebrate West Hartford.

Ghosts of Christmas Always Cast

‘Ghosts of Christmas Always’ stars actress Kim Matula in the lead role as Katherine AKA the Ghost of Christmas Present. The film marks Matula’s debut collaboration with the Hallmark Channel. The actress is well-known for portraying Scarlett Wexler in the medical drama ‘ The Resident ‘ and Laura Ingraham in ‘ American Crime Story .’

Actor Ian Harding stars opposite Matula in the role of Peter Baron, a businessman who serves as the story’s lost soul. Harding is well known for his performance as Ezra Fitz in the young adult series ‘ Pretty Little Liars .’ His other credits include movies and shows such as ‘ Ford v Ferrari ,’ ‘Chicago Med,’ and ‘Magnum P.I.’ The cast also comprises Reginald VelJohnson ( ‘Die Hard’ ) as Roy; Beth Leavel as Susan Kraine (‘This Is Where I Leave You’); Lori Tan Chinn (‘Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens’) as Arlene; and Kathleen Garrett ( ‘Inventing Anna’ ) as Mrs. Winchester.

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