Made-in-Manitoba Movies: ‘Tis the Season! A Film Training Manitoba Guide to Manitoba-shot Holiday Movies

Happy Holidays! The crisp winter air is finally here. It’s time to cosy up to the fire with a cup of hot cocoa in hand and a film playing on your tv screen. Not sure what to watch?

Well, we’ve got a select list of Made-in-Manitoba movies you’ll want to check out while you keep warm from the snowy outdoors.


Crashing Through the Snow (2021) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Maggie and Sam are crashing Christmas. When he proposes that they team up against his sister’s perfect Christmas, neither of them are prepared for the blended family challenges that lie ahead.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Amy Acker, Warren Christie, Brooke Nevin

Director: Rich Newey

Writer(s): Tamar Laddy

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Snowkissed (2021) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: A travel-averse journalist chases her dream assignment where she soon finds herself mentoring a handsome B&B owner who wants to be a tour guide.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Jen Lilley, Chris McNally, Amy Groening

Director: Jeff Beesley

Writer(s): Kim Beyer-Johnson

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Christmas By Starlight (2020) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Annie, a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William, makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Darren Martens

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Paul Campbell, Kimberley Sustad

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Project Christmas Wish (2020) | Runtime: 85 min

Synopsis: For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Carman

Starring: Amanda Schull, Travis Van Winkle, Averie Peters

Director: Jeff Beesley

Writer(s): Anne Abramowitz Junget, Joie Botkin, Brook Durham

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Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve (2020) | Runtime: 87 min

Synopsis: Two college sweethearts reconnect while coordinating a wedding just in time for the holidays.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg, Niverville

Starring: Kyla Pratt, Brooks Darnell, Nancy Sorel

Director: Jeff Beesley

Writer(s): Carley Smale

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Always and Forever Christmas (2019) | Runtime: 87 min

Synopsis: When marketing exec Lucy learns that she’s inherited her grandfather’s year-round Christmas store, “Forever Christmas,” she makes a trip back home to support the store during its final Christmas season before she sells it to a hip athletic leisurewear company. But once she is back in Vermont, she begins to understand why her grandfather’s shop is so special with the help of local diner owner, Scott and the magic of a Christmas stranger from the north.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk, Stonewall, Trappist Monastery Provincial Park

Starring: Lexi Lawson, Mark Ghanimé, Beth Broderick

Director: Siobhan Devine

Writer(s): Blaine Chiappetta, Damon Tod Hill

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Our Christmas Love Song (2019) | Runtime: 82 min

Synopsis: When country star Melody Jones is accused of plagiarizing her holiday single, she returns home to spend Christmas with her estranged family and old flame and learns what is important in life

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Alicia Witt, Brendan Hines, Andrea del Campo

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Nancy Grace, Josh Sabarra, Julie Sherman Wolfe

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Christmas at the Plaza (2019) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: With Christmas approaching in New York City, historian Jessica is hired to create an exhibition honoring the history of Christmas at The Plaza Hotel. When she is paired with Nick, a handsome decorator, they wind up enjoying a host of holiday traditions together and find themselves falling for each other.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Elizabeth Henstridge, Ryan Paevey, Bruce Davison

Director: Ron Oliver

Writer(s): Ron Oliver

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The Christmas Club (2019) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Two busy strangers meet when they help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings. Thanks to fate and Christmas magic, they also find something they were both missing: true love.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell, Cameron Mathison, Zoe Fish

Director: Jeff Beesley

Writer(s): Barbara Hinske, Julie Sherman Wolfe

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Two Turtle Doves (2019) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Dr. Sharon Hayes (DeLoach) searches for a beloved family heirloom in a small Christmas town. When she unexpectedly discovers an adorable little girl and her disheartened father (Rady), she realizes that Christmas miracles really do happen.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Nikki Deloach, Michael Rady, Michaela Russell

Director: Lesley Demetriades

Writer(s): Ian Carroll, Lesley Demetriades, Christine Demetriades

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Merry & Bright(2019) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Cate, CEO of the Merry and Bright Candy Cane Company, meets Gabe during the busy Christmas season. She assumes Gabe is the suitor her well-meaning mother is trying to set her up with when in reality, he works for Empire Corporate Recovery, which has been hired to take a closer look at Merry and Bright’s operation and find ways to make the company more profitable. As Cate and Gabe begin to work together, they find ways to elevate the business and find that they have more in common than savvy business sense.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Jodie Sweetin, Andrew W. Walker, Sharon Lawrence

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Mary Kay Andrews, Karen Wyscarver, Sanford Golden

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One Winter Proposal (2019) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Cara and Ben return to the resort where they fell in love a year earlier. They invite her friend Megan, hoping she’ll reconnect with Ben’s friend Sean, now the resort’s doctor. During the trip Cara finds a jewelry receipt, leading her to expect a proposal from Ben, but a misunderstanding may ice his plan.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Taylor Cole, Jack Turner, Rukiya Bernard

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Eric Brooks, Erinne Dobson

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Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018) | Runtime: 83 min

Synopsis: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger’s time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris’ journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Brett Dalton, Lolita Davidovich

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Erinne Dobson, Shannon Dobson

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No Time Like Christmas (2019) | Runtime: 85 min

Synopsis: When the successful hardworking marketing executive Emma finds her gift to a former lover in a pawn shop, emotions she thought she had sworn off begins to surface. Forced to spend Christmas in Vermont while crunching a deadline, she reconnects with an old college flame and his adorable daughter forces her to re-evaluate her whole life.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Kyla Pratt, Edward Ruttle, Sophia Bachart

Director: Jeff Beesley

Writer(s): Carley Smale, Anita Hughes

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Amazing Winter Romance (2020) | Runtime: 82 min

Synopsis: When journalist Julia goes back home to find inspiration, she discovers her childhood friend has built a giant snow maze which prompts her to find her way to true love.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg, St. Adolphe

Starring: Jessy Schram, Marshall Williams, Zoe Fish

Director: Jason Bourque

Writer(s): Barbara Kymlicka, Ray Galletti

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Radio Christmas (2019) | Runtime: 87 min

Synopsis: A radio host from Philadelphia is forced to relocate her show ‘Radio Christmas’ to a small town where she meets a handsome local and discovers a big town secret. As she settles in and the pair start to bond, an accidental broadcast will jeopardize not only her career, but her new found home and romance.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg, Stonewall

Starring: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Michael Xavier, Nakai Takawira

Director: Jeff Beesley

Writer(s): Cassie Doyle

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A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (2018) | Runtime: 85 min

Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Noelle is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store… until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbour, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Is Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all? Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane and Jean Smart.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, Jean Smart

Director: Michael Robinson

Writer(s): Rick Garman, Beth Harbison

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Snowed Inn Christmas (2017) | Runtime: 99 min

Synopsis: Jenna Hudson and Kevin Jenner are polar opposites working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn’s fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna’s past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz, Andrew Walker, Belinda Montgomery

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Carley Smale

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Snowmance (2017) | Runtime: 90 min

Synopsis: No man is perfect enough for Sarah Groves, except perhaps the impressive snowmen she sculpts annually with her childhood pal, Nick. In mid-December, her snowman disappears, and in his place, materializes Cole, who seems too perfect for Sarah to be true.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Ashley Newbrough, Jesse Hutch, Adam Hurtig

Director: Douglas Mitchell

Writer(s): Blaine Chiappetta

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Journey Back to Christmas (2016) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: WWII has ended and Hanna is still grieving over her husband’s disappearance. When the Christmas Comet appears for the first time in 70 years, Hanna is caught in a terrible storm and knocked unconscious. When she wakes up, she’s in 2016.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, Brooke Nevin

Director: Mel Damski

Writer(s): Maria Nation

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Silent Night (2012) | Runtime: 94 min

Synopsis: The police force of a remote Midwestern town searches for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue

Director: Steven C. Miller

Writer(s): Jayson Rothwell

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The Christmas Heart (2012) | Runtime: 90 min

Synopsis: The tight-knit neighbours on Arthur Avenue have proudly lit Christmas luminaries for 40 years, but that long-standing tradition is cancelled this year when Matt Norman, a teenage boy in the neighbourhood, is hospitalized in desperate need of a heart transplant. As his parents Ann and Mike anxiously pray by his bedside, a donor is found, while in Detroit, a mother is in anguish at her own son’s bedside. When Matt’s neighbours decide to honour him in the best way they know-how, they just might help save his life.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Teri Polo, Paul Essiembre, Ty Wood

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Michael Heaton

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Lucky Christmas (2011) | Runtime: 90 min

Synopsis: Lucky Christmas is the story of Holly Ceroni, a single mom trying to get back on her feet, but who is crushed to learn her winning lottery ticket is in the glove compartment of her recently stolen car. Mike Ronowski, the construction worker behind Holly’s missing property, goes along with a master plan to befriend Holly and coerce her into giving him half of her winnings. Mike unexpectedly falls in love with Holly and learns there are more important things in life than quick money in time for the holidays

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Stonewall

Starring: Alicia Witt, Brendan Hines, Andrea del Campo

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Elizabeth Berkley, Jason Gray-Stanford, Mitchell Kummen

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The Christmas Hope (2009) | Runtime: 90 min

Synopsis: After the recent loss of her son Sean, Patty Addison devotes herself to finding homes for needy children. The loss of their son has strained Patty’s relationship with her husband Mark, but they reconnect emotionally when they take in Emily, a 9-year-old orphaned in a car accident similar to the one that killed Sean. At the same time Dr. Nathan Andrews is trying to find the parents of a boy who died in the ER, and Mark is trying to help one of his son’s friends.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Madeleine Stowe, James Remar, Ian Ziering

Director: Norma Bailey

Writer(s): Wesley Bishop, Donna VanLiere

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Holiday Switch (2007) | Runtime: 89 min

Synopsis: A week before Christmas, Paula finds herself struggling with bills and life with her blue-collar husband Gary and her two daughters. When Nick, her high school boyfriend returns to town, a wealthy art gallery owner, Paula wonders if she made the wrong decision when she took the wrong date to the prom. What would her life have been like if she stayed with Nick?

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Nicole Eggert, Patricia Mayen-Salazar, Bret Anthony

Director: Bert Kish

Writer(s): Gayl Decoursey

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A Christmas in Tennessee (2018) | Runtime: 90 min

Synopsis: Allison Bennet, along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha, run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew, a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor – with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk – comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg, Stonewall

Starring: Rachel Boston, Andrew W. Walker, Patricia Richardson

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Cassie Doyle

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’Tis the Season to be Merry (2021) | Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Looking for a fresh angle to her book on relationships, Merry heads to snow-covered Vermont. She finds a new perspective and Christmas cheer with charismatic aid worker Chris.

Filming Locations in Manitoba: Winnipeg

Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Travis Van Winkle, Karen Malina White

Director: Gary Yates

Writer(s): Jen Kirkman, Duane Poole

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