“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier 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. Once there, he meets and falls in love with the woman who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of her family. Yet their romance seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.
Screenwriter Joany Kane had never 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 suggested Nevada City. He was familiar with the town because his parents grew up in Nevada City. Alice Evans (who portrayed Faith) talks about Nevada City:
“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 (Nevada City Classic Cafe), 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.”
Visit Nevada City at Christmas
Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand. During the holidays the downtown is decorated with the red flags, pine boughs, and cedar garland, just like what you see in the movie. You can also attend Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features holiday activities for all ages: live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! The event is held in December, two Wednesday nights, and three Sunday afternoons. There is no admission charge.
Lodging: Overnight visitors are encouraged to book local accommodations early. You can even stay in the recently renovated National Exchange Hotel where Sgt. Cullen spent his first night in Nevada City. There are numerous historic and charming bed and breakfast inns and several comfortable hotels, motels, and campgrounds 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 stop by our office located at 132 Main Street in Nevada City to pick up a map of film locations on your visit.
For more information about “The Christmas Card” and air times, please visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.