Hallmark’s “The Christmas Card” Showtimes

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This November and December “The Christmas Card,” the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original film of all time, will be aired on the following dates (Pacific Time):

*** be sure to check your local cable guide for the exact times***

Remaining 2011 Showtimes:
• December 24, 10:00am
• December 24, 8:00pm

For more information visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand at Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features holiday activities for all ages: childrens’ pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! The event is held in December, three Wednesday nights, and two Sunday afternoons. There is no admission charge.

“The Christmas Card” in Nevada City

“The Christmas Card”; filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

Screenwriter Joany Kane had never even heard of Nevada City when she wrote the screenplay for “The Christmas Card.” The story was originally set in a mill town in Vermont. Budget constraints led the production team to look for sites in California, and one of the producers, Lincoln Lageson, suggested Nevada City. He was familiar with the town because his parents grew up in Nevada City. Alice Evans (who portrayed Faith in the movie) talks about Nevada City:

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Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) and Cody Cullen (John Newton) seem to be hitting it off as they work at her father’s Christmas tree stand. Unbeknownst to her, he is the recipient of a Christmas card she sent to “a member of the U.S. Army.”

“But there is one that looks even better; so perfectly preserved and warm and welcoming that you have to pinch yourself the first time you take that walk up the hill towards the church, just to make sure it’s real.

“Well, this town turned out not only to be the perfect town, but to have the perfect inhabitants, who were delighted not only to welcome “The Christmas Card” to their town, but also to loan out their diner, hotel, church and of course their people, who served as the most brilliant supporting artists all through the film.”

“It was a match made in heaven,” Kane said. “The city really is a character in the movie.”

This December “The Christmas Card,” the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original film of all time, will be aired on the following dates (Pacific Time):

*** be sure to check your local cable guide for the exact times***

December 10th at 6 p.m.,
December 11th at 10 a.m.
December 25 at 8 p.m.
December 26th at 10 a.m.
December 31st at 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.

For more information visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand at Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features holiday activities for all ages: childrens’ pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! This year the event will be held Wednesday nights, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Lodging: Overnight visitors are encouraged to book local accommodations early. A dozen historic and charming bed & breakfast inns and several comfortable hotels and motels are located within walking distance of downtown Nevada City, or a short drive from nearby Grass Valley.

For more information contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY.

“The Christmas Card” 2010 Showtimes

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“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, stars Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, Peter Jason and Lois Nettleton. It tells the story of a soldier (Newton) with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. Upon returning to the United States, he seeks out the person who sent him the card (Evans), only to fall in love with her and be accepted by her family, including her former-soldier father Luke (Asner).

2010 Showtimes on the Hallmark Channel:

This December “The Christmas Card” will be aired on the Hallmark Channel on the following dates:

*** be sure to check your local cable guide for the exact times ***

December 10th at 6 p.m.,
December 11th at 10 a.m.
December 25 at 8 p.m.
December 26th at 10 a.m.
December 31st at 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Dinner for “Christmas Card” Screenwriter

Wednesday, May 19, at the National Hotel in Nevada City, CA.
Social hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25— including tax and tip—with a choice of prime rib, chicken marsala or salmon.
Seating is limited, call the National Hotel at 265-4551 to make a reservation.

The Nevada City Chamber received a beautiful letter from Alice Evans, that will be read to screenwriter Joany Kane at the dinner. Below is an excerpt, in which Alice (who portrayed Faith in the movie) talks about the challenge producers had finding a town as beautiful as those featured on Christmas cards:

“But there is one that looks even better; so perfectly preserved and warm and welcoming that you have to pinch yourself the first time you take that walk up the hill towards the church, just to make sure it’s real.

“Well, this town turned out not only to be the perfect town, but to have the perfect inhabitants, who were delighted not only to welcome “The Christmas Card” to their town, but also to loan out their diner, hotel, church and of course their people, who served as the most brilliant supporting artists all through the film.”

Please join us at the National Hotel to give Joany an old-fashioned Nevada City welcome.

“Christmas Card” Screenwriter To Visit Nevada City

By: Steve Cottrell, Nevada City

Before a movie can be filmed, there must first be a story –– a screenplay –– and no screenplay has had a more positive impact on Nevada City than the Hallmark Channel’s 2006 holiday offering, “The Christmas Card.”

The storyline of a soldier stationed in Afghanistan receiving a Christmas card from a woman in the United States, (and his quest to find the woman and thank her for the card), was written by Joany Kane, who lives in rural Massachusetts.

Now, thanks to the underwriting support of the Nevada City Advocate, National Hotel, Utopian Stone and other local businesses and individuals, Joany will soon have an opportunity to finally visit the town she saw for the first time in late 2006 when Hallmark provided her with a DVD of the film’s final cut.

She will arrive in Nevada City on May 18. An itinerary has been set that will provide the award-winning screenwriter with an opportunity to visit locations used in the movie, meet several merchants and city and chamber officials, and others, and be guest of honor at a community appreciation dinner scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 19, at the National Hotel. (Details of the dinner will be announced soon).

Joany’s original script was set in a fictional logging town in New England, but by the time cameras rolled in early 2006, the setting had been changed to Nevada City. And that was just fine with the screenwriter.

“After seeing it for the first time, I fell in love with Nevada City,” she said. “It was the ideal town for ‘The Christmas Card,’ and I truly believe the story found the home it was meant to have.”

When it first aired in December 2006, “The Christmas Card” became the highestrated program in the history of the Hallmark cable network, and it continues to draw millions of viewers each time it is rebroadcast.

This past December, for instance, it had six airings –– including Christmas Day –– and the resulting spike in visitors to the chamber’s website was undeniable evidence of the movie’s ongoing promotional and marketing value for Nevada City.

“Whenever the movie airs, our office staff is kept very busy the next few days responding to e-mail inquiries and telephone calls,” explained chamber executive director Cathy Whittlesey. “But truth is, there isn’t a week in the year –– regardless of the season –– when people don’t walk in the chamber office and ask directions to one or more of the locations used in the movie. It’s the greatest marketing tool Nevada City has ever had,” Cathy added, “and it didn’t cost the chamber a dime.”

During the May 19 dinner, Joany promises to reveal how “The Christmas Card” script came to be written, and will answer any questions the audience might have of her. “The real-life story of how I came to write ‘The Christmas Card’ is actually very romantic,” she hinted.

The Nevada City Advocate has underwritten Joany’s transportation costs and the National Hotel is providing a suite for three nights. Other local businesses, including Utopian Stone, have also stepped in to help ensure that Ms. Kane receives an appropriate Nevada City welcome.

The Christmas Card Movie 2009 Showtimes

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“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, stars Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, Peter Jason and Lois Nettleton. It tells the story of a soldier (Newton) with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. Upon returning to the United States, he seeks out the person who sent him the card (Evans), only to fall in love with her and be accepted by her family, including her former-soldier father Luke (Asner).

2009 Showtimes on the Hallmark Channel

November 28th – 6 p.m.
November 29th – 10 a.m.
December 6th – 10 p.m.
December 7th – 4 p.m.
December 13th – 6 p.m.
December 14th – 2 p.m.