Finding Santa & A Joyous Christmas Start Filming in Vancouver Area

Filming of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas original movie series continues in the Vancouver area this week with Finding Santa and A Joyous Christmas (from the Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas).

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Hallmark's Finding Santa stars Jodie Sweetnin
Image via Instagram / @jodiesweetin

Finding Santa (TV Movie)

Another familiar Full House star will be appearing on the Hallmark Channel soon. Known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the show, Jodie Sweetin is in town for Finding Santa. The story follows Jessica, who has recently taken over the ‘reins’ for her town’s Christmas Day parade since her mother’s passing.

Henry, the parade’s Santa for the past 30 years, becomes too sick to participate and Jessica is left to search for a replacement. She first tries to secure one of the students that Henry trained at his Santa School, but it turns out that they’re all booked. As a last ditch effort, Jessica decides to go on a road trip several hours North to find Henry’s son, Ben. He may be an Uber driver now, but Jessica’s hope is that the perfect Santa is somewhere inside him.

Despite some obstacles during their journey back, the two eventually make it in time for Ben to slip into the cozy red suit for the parade. As the new Santa slowly begins to reignite his Christmas spirit, he also begins to realize he may have found his Mrs. Claus.

Jodie will be joined by Eric Winter (Days of Our Lives, GCB, Witches of the East End) who will likely play Henry.

Here’s some behind the scenes photos shared from the set of Finding Santa:

Ready to start day 1 of my @hallmarkchannel movie #findingsanta ! Here we go!!

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Enjoying a little "snow" on an October day shooting @hallmarkchannel movie #findingsanta !

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Finding Santa starts films in British Columbia from September 28th to October 19th and will premiere November 24th at 8pm on the Hallmark Channel in the US.

A Joyous Christmas (aka Christmas For Joy) (TV Movie)

After a horrible accident occurs and a woman nearly dies, an unexpected stranger named Joy offers her assistance. Although Joy is having a difficult time in her own life, her selflessness inspires the woman, teaching her that helping others when they’re in need may lead to true love, happiness and success.

A Joyous Christmas stars Natalie Knepp (Z: The Beginning of Everything), presumably as Joy. She’s joined by Steve Bacic (Garage Sale Mystery Series) and Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood). Michael Rady (UnREAL) will be seen alongside Natalie, Steve and Bonnie in the movie.

Here’s some behind the scenes photos shared by the cast while on the set of A Joyous Christmas:

W the talented @natalieknepp on #AJoyousChristmas

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A Joyous Christmas continues filming in British Columbia until October 14th and premieres November 18th at 8pm on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries in the US.

For a full list of what’s filming in Vancouver and British Columbia right now, check out our In Production page.

Wrapping Up in British Columbia This Week

  • Ice – Season 2 (TV Series) with Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto, Ray Winstone, Audrey Marie Anderson, Judith Shekoni, Laura Vandervoort, Jocelyn Hudon, Ashley Thomas, Amy Madigan, Diane Pierce and D.B. Sweeney wrapped up in Vancouver on September 26th and is moving to South Africa for the rest of the season
  • Snowpiercer (TV Pilot) with Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Annalise Basso, Sasha Frolova, Alison Wright, Susan Park and Lena Hall wraps up September 29th
  • Secretly Santa (aka Secret Santa) (TV Movie) with Emilie Ullerup and Aaron O’Connell wraps up September 30th

If you see any of these productions, including Finding Santa or A Joyous Christmas filming in British Columbia, be sure to let us know by tweeting us (@WhatsFilming) or via our Submit a Location page.