Fraser Valley gem where they film Hallmark movies IRL is a Christmas paradise

Dec 7 2022, 1:00 am

There’s a charming historic downtown district that’s so cute it routinely gets cast as the picture-perfect small town in films.

Less than a two-hour drive from Vancouver, you can find yourself in downtown Chilliwack. Far off the highway exit, it’s a secret spot most Vancouverites don’t know about yet.

When you get to the Central Village area, where Wellington Avenue and Mill Street meet, and the District 1881 area nearby on Yale, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a hidden small town filled with treasures waiting to be discovered.

This area is loved by Hallmark, who frequently film here using the streets and storefronts as the backdrop for holiday movies. Christmas Comes Twice and A Glenbrooke Christmas are two recent flicks that were filmed in the town.

Once you arrive, your first stop should be Creekside Home Decor, where they are fully decked out for the holidays – actually, most storefronts are totally decked out for the season.


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Plus, there’s something for everyone. Not sure what to get your zero-waste friend? Try PickEco Refills. Have a sister who’s a reading fiend? Stock their shelves at The Bookman.

So if you’re interested in giving the mall a break this season, why not take a mini-road trip instead and feel like you’re shopping inside a holiday movie, instead?

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