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Did You Know These 6 Holiday Movies Were Filmed in WNY?

Cinema, Culture & Arts

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Written by Andrea Diedrich

Published on November 9, 2022
Photo courtesy of Vidler’s 5 & 10

If you are looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, we know just the way.

There’s no better time to watch a holiday movie than now and it just so happens that Buffalo makes the perfect backdrop to some major holiday films! In a snowy region like WNY, it would only make sense that filmmakers flock here to create some *holiday magic.* Can these movies be a bit hokey? Yes. But we love them anyway.

Interested in spotting some familiar places around the region as they play out on your screen? Grab a blanket and cozy up –here’s 6 movies to add to your binge-watching list this Holiday season:

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1. A Christmas in Vermont

Plot Description on IMDB: A company executive is tasked with liquidizing a small town outerwear manufacturer over the Christmas season.

You probably known Chevy Chase from the Christmas Vacation films but more recently he starred in A Christmas in Vermont. While the movie takes place in Vermont, WNY is the main filming location for this movie. In the trailer you can spot a clock that says “Ellicottville” and the main strip of shops in East Aurora.

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • East Aurora
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Holiday Valley in Ellicottville

2. The Best Man Holiday

Plot Description on IMDB: When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

As a sequel to The Best Man (1999), this holiday version which came out in 2013 did most of its filming in Toronto but all the football scenes seen in the film were at Buffalo’s very own Bills Stadium!

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • Bills Stadium
  • Buffalo Niagara Film Office

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3. A Christmas Princess

Plot Description on IMDB: Jessica is a struggling chef living in a trendy New York borough. Prince Jack, who’s in the city for his family’s annual Christmas charity dinner, finds himself in need of a last-minute chef for a royal event when he meets Jessica.

In just the trailer alone you can spot Chippewa (peep the old Mighty Taco in the background), The Black Sheep (RIP), Hotel Lafayette, and the Brisbane Building. See what other locations you can spot throughout the movie!

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • Downtown Buffalo
  • East Aurora

4. A Prince for Christmas

Plot Description on IMDB: Wanting to escape an arranged marriage, a European prince flees to the United States. There, he meets a struggling young waitress who may just be his one true love.

As part of the many movies that take place in East Aurora under director Fred Olen Ray, in the trailer you’ll spot Vidler’s 5 & 10 as well as other WNY attractions including the Park Country Club and the Attica & Arcade Railroad.

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • Attica & Arcade Railroad
  • Park Country Club
  • Old Orchard Inn
  • Elma Meadows
  • East Aurora

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5. A Royal Christmas Engagement

Plot Description on IMDB: Lauren, a hard-working advertising executive, begins to fall for Paul, a consultant she has been paired with to land a big account for the upcoming holiday season. Unbeknownst to Lauren and everyone else, Paul is actually Prince Edward Charles, European royalty in disguise as a commoner.

In the trailer for this movie, Lauren mentions conducting a product survey at the Winter Carolcade (which is a real-life event that happens in East Aurora). If you’ve never been, it truly feels like stepping into a holiday movie. Keep an eye out and you’ll also see the Aurora Theatre.

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • East Aurora
Photo courtesy of Vidler’s 5 & 10

6. A Royal Christmas on Ice

Plot Description on IMDB: Looking to escape his Royal life, a dashing prince comes to the United States to start a business in a small town in upstate New York and winds up falling for a former Olympic ice skater.

A Royal Christmas on Ice is the most recent movie to be made in East Aurora, this time featuring owner of Vidler’s, Don Vidler. The movie just made its television premiere so be on the look out for the iconic knick knack shop when you watch it!

Buffalo/WNY Landmarks:

  • East Aurora, specifically Vidler’s 5 & 10
Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/andrea-diedrich/" target="_self">Andrea Diedrich</a>

Written by Andrea Diedrich

Andrea is a Content Coordinator and writer for Step Out Buffalo. By day she enjoys using her creative side and researching all things Buffalo. By night you’ll find her exploring Buffalo’s waterfront, dining with friends or catching the latest show/concert in town.
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