A Madea Christmas

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Get in the Spirit with These Holiday Movies Made in Georgia

It's the most wonderful time of the year!...for holiday movies, we mean. Come November, your television is full of commercials for box office and small screen films set around Christmas and other winter holidays. But did you know some of them were filmed in Georgia? Here are a few to watch with your loved ones this season, making sure to spot local landmarks.

Christmas in the Smokies (2015)

Dahlonega farm featured in Christmas in the Smokies. Photo courtesy Hallmark, Imagicomm Films

Dahlonega farm featured in Christmas in the Smokies. Photo courtesy Hallmark, Imagicomm Films

In Hallmark's "Christmas in the Smokies" TV movie, a family fights to save their farm against all odds during the holiday season. But don't let the name fool you! The film, which stars Sarah Lancaster, Barry Corbin, Alan Powell and Jill Wagner ("Teen Wolf"), was actually filmed in the scenic town of Dahlonega in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery and much of downtown were used for filming.

Christmas in Homestead (2016)

Also from Hallmark, "Christmas in Homestead" is about a famous actress that visits Homestead, Iowa, to film a movie during the holidays but ends up falling for a local innkeeper. And like with the previous movie, it was actually filmed in Dahlonega. Taylor Cole ("The Originals") stars alongside Michael Rady. 

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) and Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016)

The NBC hit story of the life of country superstar Dolly Parton "Coat of Many Colors" led to a second film, set during the holidays "Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love." Both movies star Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder and Alyvia Alyn Lind, and were filmed in film hot spots Covington and Conyers, including Gaither Plantation. Dolly even makes some cameos in the Emmy-nominated movies. 

Almost Christmas (2016)

A dysfunctional family comes together after the matriarch's death in this holiday film from 2016. If they can make it through five days together, it will be a Christmas miracle. The all-star cast includes Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union ("Being Mary Jane"), Mo'Nique and Omar Epps. Filming took place in Atlanta and Covington.

A Bad Mom's Christmas (2017)

In the follow up to "Bad Moms," stars Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn return for more motherly hijinks during the holidays. They decide to rebel against the expectation of moms during the season, but then their own mothers come to town. Filming took place at Atlanta-area malls, including Lenox Square, Cumberland Mall and Phipps Plaza.

Office Christmas Party (2016)

Company branch manager and family screwup Clay throws an epic office Christmas party when his CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch. Jennifer Aniston ("Wanderlust"), Jason Bateman ("Ozark"), Olivia Munn and T.J. Miller star in the film, which was produced in Chicago as well as in Atlanta and HiramThe St. Regis Atlanta hotel in Buckhead was used for filming.

A Madea Christmas (2013)

Tyler Perry has made his mark on Georgia film with his popular Madea series, and 2013’s "A Madea Christmas" was no different. Everyone's favorite grandmother visits a small town with a friend to surprise her daughter, but she sees that her Christmas cheer is needed when family drama unravels. Larry the Cable Guy and Kathy Najimy also appear. Filming took place in Atlanta and McDonough.  

Published: October 2019
Written by: Caroline Eubanks