Hallmark Channel’s newest Countdown to Christmas movie, “A Heidelberg Holiday,” premieres Sunday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central. The main roles are played by Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier.
“A Heidelberg Vacation” was largely filmed in the Heidelberg region of Germany
“A Heidelberg Vacation” was filmed on location in the Heidelberg region of Germany, with the beautiful Heidelberg Castle in the background of many scenes. Some scenes were also shot in Serbia.
Glass ornament artist Lindsay Designs shared their enthusiasm on Instagram for choosing Hallmark to create the beautiful ornaments you see in the film.
“Almost a year ago, a director from the Hallmark network reached out to me about designing ’12 Days of Christmas’ themed Christmas decorations for a movie they were making!!” they wrote. “@utpony and I collaborated to create 12 uniquely painted blown glass ornaments. I’m so excited to finally share this news! The film is called A Heidelberg Holiday and will air on the Hallmark Channel on November 12th! My ornaments will be featured throughout the film! Be sure to check this out!!! The featured ornaments will be available soon!”
A2Z filming location reported that much of the film was shot in Germany (as IMDb also confirmed) and that, unlike many Christmas films, this one was filmed in the winter from December 2022 to the end of January.
One of the filming locations was Heidelberg Castle itself, which can be seen in the film’s trailer. According to the Heidelberg Castle websiteKnown in German as Heidelberg Castle, it is considered a prominent landmark where it is considered a significant Renaissance structure. The castle is still partially reconstructed after it was demolished in the 17th and 18th centuries. It lies 260 feet above the northern slopes of the Königstuhl and is accessible via an intermediate station on the Heidelberg mountain railway.
There is a lot of authenticity in the film, including a tradition that dates back to 1863, said director Maclain Nelson.
Jonathan Bennett surprised Mason when he showed up while she was filming.
He divided that he was walking through Heidelberg when he saw a film that was very reminiscent of a Hallmark film. That’s when he met Mason and other people he knew and couldn’t believe it. He and his husband Jaymes Vaughan now make a cameo appearance in the film.
Meet the cast
The Hallmark synopsis reads: “Heidi Heidelberg receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handcrafted glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. There she meets Lukas, a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.”
Ginna Claire Mason plays Heidi. According to her biographyShe recently completed a multi-year stint as Glinda in the Broadway production of “Wicked.” Her credits also include national tours and Las Vegas productions, including roles in “Newsies,” “Flashdance” and “Duck Commander Musical.” In regional theater, Mason has showcased her talents in productions such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray and Grease. She is a Nashville native and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Elon University.
This year she welcomed a baby girl into her family!
Last year, Mason starred as Maggie in “A Holiday Spectacular.”
Frédéric Brossier is Luke. According to his biographyHe lives in Germany and was recently seen in the TV series “Die Heiland: We Are Lawyers”. His notable TV roles also include projects such as “All You Need”, “The Ship Doctor” and “Circle of Life”.
According to Hallmark’s press release, the following actors also star:
- Nick Wilder (Rudi)
- Rebecca Immanuel (Christina)
- Zoe Moore (Theresa)
- Elliott Woodruff (Dani)
- Dylan Blake Mendoza (Jonah)
- Anne Alexander-Sieder (Melanie)
- Nela Bartsch (grandma)
- Tim Williams (Jacob)
- Eric Carter (Mark)
- Sydney Lafaire (Kate)
- Alexander Schubert (Mr. Wiedmann)
- Robert Nickisch (taxi driver)
- Simon Morzé (delivery man)
- Patricia Meeden (Margot)
- Sara Bousiali (Anja)
- Maclain Nelson (Cameron)
- Maša Medić (Mira)
- Aleksandra Medić (Mira)
- Katarina Gojković (pastor)
- Adam Johnson (employee)
If you miss the premiere, you can catch up on these days:
- Thursday, November 16: 6/5c
- Tuesday, November 21st: 10/9c
- Sunday, November 26th: 4/3c
- Saturday, December 2nd: 2a/1c
- Saturday December 9th: 10am/9pm
- Wednesday December 20th: 2/1c
- Monday, December 25th: 8/7c
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