All posts by Damien Nelson

Damien Nelson loves Christmas and writing, in that order. By day she works at Toronto's Flip Publicity. By night she sneaks down the chimneys of unsuspecting friends, leaving a trail of gifts in her wake. (Or maybe just a lump of coal.)

The Christmas Chronicles Filming Locations!

In 2018 Netflix released a new holiday film called The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell. We were very excited about this new Christmas movie – and then we found out that The Christmas Chronicles filming locations were right here in Canada! There is not much we love more than Christmas movies – unless that movie was filmed in Canada!

The Christmas Chronicles follows Teddy and Kate Pierce as they try to celebrate Christmas after the recent passing of their father. Teddy resents the holiday, while younger sister Kate still takes great joy from the spirit of Christmas. After a series of mishaps, the Pierce children must help Santa (Kurt Russell) deliver gifts around the world before it is too late.

Eight tiny reindeer. Two squabbling siblings. And a Santa who’s full of surprises. It’s a Christmas Eve they’ll never forget.

– The Christmas Chronicles tagline

The Christmas Chronicles takes place mostly in Lowell, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois but most of the movie was filmed in Toronto at Pinewood Studios and throughout the city.

The Christmas Chronicles Filming Locations!
We could be wrong, but is that a GO Train?

It quickly became a fun game to point out all of The Christmas Chronicle filming locations that were obviously in Canada. Whether it is a car chase, a jail break, or a touching conversation between two characters, Toronto and the GTA look so good in this movie!

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Wookiee Cookies

Star Wars has had a strong Christmas connection since the release of the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978. When a new Star Wars film is released, it normally happens in December which is an awesome gift to millions of fans out there.

We got into the Star Wars Christmas mood this week, in honour of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when we made gingerbread Wookiee Cookies!

Wookiee cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Christmas Specials of Modern TV Past

December is a magical time for TV. Television shows take a break until the new year, but before they do – it’s time for Christmas specials! As we have mentioned before, the 90s was full of awesome sitcoms, but hilarious Christmas gems are still being produced by our favourite shows in modern times. We have picked some memorable Christmas episodes from the best comedy shows from the past decade (give or take a couple years)!

The Office: Christmas Party
Over their nine seasons The Office had some fantastic Christmas specials but our favourite is Christmas Party. In this episode Michael Scott turns the $20 limit on Secret Santa on it’s head when he buys Ryan an iPod. When Michael receives a homemade gift from Phyllis, he turns declares Secret Santa is now Yankee Swap, which causes some Christmas chaos.

Yankee Swap

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A Christmas Story Live Cast Favourites

When FOX announced it was going to produce A Christmas Story Live, we were very excited. We were even more excited when they announced it will be inspired by the original 1983 movie and A Christmas Story: The Musical, which opened on Broadway in 2012. And we couldn’t believe when they revealed the cast would include Matthew Broderick, Ana Gasteyer, and Ken Jeong!

A Christmas Story Live

A Christmas Story, which was filmed in various Ontario locations, is widely considered one of the best Christmas films of all time! Ty the Christmas guy even wrote a book about it! A Christmas Story Treasury tells the story behind the film’s unlikely success and reveals it’s humble Canadian beginnings.

As the Canadian authority of all things A Christmas Story, we have been counting the days until A Christmas Story Live! finally airs on FOX and on City in Canada.

We thought this would be the perfect time to look back on our favourite roles from the stars from A Christmas Story Live!

Maya Rudolph (playing Mother Parker)
Her time at Saturday Night Live produced some of the best sketch comedy ever, but our absolute favourite is, of course, Bridesmaids! That scene in the dress shop is unforgettable!

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I Heart XMas with Jenna Mo

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Today we’re talking to Jenna Mo from Mornings with Jesse & Jenna on JUMP! 106.9 in Ottawa, Ontario. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Mornings with Jesse & Jenna
Mornings with Jesse & Jenna

 

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
For as long as I can remember, my family has always had a real Christmas tree, but it’s not the most beautiful one on the lot. Every year we go and pick out the ugliest ‘Charlie Brown’ tree so that it can also have a nice home during the holidays.

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