Holiday movie magic filmed right here in Ottawa

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Published on
December 21, 2022
Arts, heritage and events
A film production crew setting up to shoot a scene at night. A man sprays fake snow out through a tube to set the scene.
Film production for the movie T’was the Night Before Christmas. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Film Office. Photo taken by Albert Camicioli.

When you think of Ottawa, do you automatically think Christmas? The film industry sure does and, more often than not, you might have accidentally found yourself stepping onto a movie set while walking around town or heading to campus.  

The Christmas season could be found all-year-round with 16 feature-length holiday films shot in the city in 2022. These Christmas productions alone have contributed $28.5 million to our local economy according to the Ottawa Film Office. Throughout the entire year, another 14 feature-length movies were shot in the city and 14 television series, which together with the holiday films, brought in over $57 million.

What popular locations can you spot in these movies? Here are some spots that might be very familiar to you:

  • Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Ottawa City Hall
  • Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries
  • Confederation Park
  • Sparks Street
  • Mooney’s Bay Park
  • Algonquin College
  • Ben Franklin Place

The holiday season is in full swing and there is no better way to celebrate the approach of Christmas than to binge watch holiday movies filmed right here in Ottawa! You can explore the full list of movies and check out the full list of film locations by visiting the Ottawa Film Office website.

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