“Take Me Back for Christmas,” the new Hallmark movie, was originally titled “The Christmas Reboot,” and was supposed to come out during the holiday time. However, the title underwent a little change because July can be Christmas too, according to the host of movies that Hallmark has been dumping as of late. The movie just recently premiered on the channel and is up for your viewing experience. The following article will articulate key features of Take Me Back for Christmas, especially where it was shot and what its cast looks like. 

What is the movie about? 

In the heartwarming holiday romance “Take Me Back for Christmas,” the story revolves around Renée, a dedicated gift shop employee who, years ago, sacrificed her dreams to care for her mother and moved to the suburbs. Feeling worn out by the pressures of her marriage and financial struggles, Renée finds herself yearning for a different life as Christmas approaches.

To her surprise, Renée wakes up one day to discover that she has achieved remarkable success but is no longer married to her husband, Aaron. Determined to win back his love, she seizes an opportunity to work with Aaron on a Christmas meal kit project through her company. As they collaborate, their rekindled connection sparks a whirlwind romance. However, this newfound reality also brings unexpected challenges, forcing Renée to reassess her choices and confront the consequences of her decisions.

Where was Take Me Back to Christmas shot? – Filming Locations:

“Take Me Back for Christmas” was filmed in the picturesque province of Ontario, capturing moments in Toronto and the charming city of Hamilton. 

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The production embarked on its principal photography in November 2022, immersing the cast and crew in the festive spirit of the holiday season. The cameras continued rolling until mid-December of the same year, ensuring every scene radiated warmth and romance.

The key shooting locations for the Hallmark movie are as follows: 

Toronto, Ontario

The capital city of Ontario, Toronto, took center stage for the production location of ‘Take Me Back for Christmas.’ The filming unit embarked on a journey across the landscape of the Great White North’s largest city, seeking out various locations to capture pivotal sequences against suitable backdrops. 

The team transformed actual establishments and residential properties into authentic settings, ensuring that the interior scenes exuded a genuine atmosphere.

When it came to capturing the exterior shots, the production team utilized the vast terrains of Toronto’s neighborhoods and streets. 

As viewers immerse themselves in the film, they can expect to glimpse some iconic landmarks and notable buildings gracing the backdrop of certain scenes. From the stunning heights of the CN Tower to the picturesque Humber Bay Arch Bridge, the timeless charm of the Royal Ontario Museum, and the majestic presence of Casa Loma, these recognizable sights lend an extra touch of magic to the story.

Hamilton, Ontario

In addition to its production in Toronto, the cast and crew of ‘Take Me Back for Christmas’ also moved to the port city of Hamilton, situated in the southeastern part of Ontario. Nestled at the far end of Lake Ontario, this city is renowned for its rich cultural history, vibrant art scene, museums and galleries, picturesque landscapes, breathtaking waterfalls, industrial heritage, and a myriad of natural parks and trails, among its many attractions.

Hamilton’s allure as a filming location stems not only from its stunning vistas but also from its well-established reputation as a sought-after destination for the film and television industry. 

Over the years, Ontario has gained global recognition as a favored filming location, boasting sites, favorable weather conditions, and a wealth of resources and facilities that ensure seamless production for a range of projects. 

Take Me Back for Christmas Cast: 

Vanessa Lengies as Renee

Vanessa Lengies, who brings the character of Renee to life in ‘Take Me Back for Christmas,’ embarked on her career in Canadian television, captivating audiences with her appearances on various children’s shows. 

Notably, she lent her voice to the beloved character of Emily in the PBS animated series “Arthur.” In 2000, Vanessa’s career reached new heights as she secured the main role in the Showtime film “Ratz,” demonstrating her ability to captivate audiences on the big screen. 

Continuing her journey in the entertainment industry, she has recently worked in the “Turner and Hooch” series and has just concluded filming for the upcoming project “The True Meaning of Christmas,” a venture that promises to embody the joy and spirit of the holiday season.

Corey Sevier as Aaron

Corey Sevier takes on the role of Aaron in ‘Take Me Back for Christmas.’ Hailing from Canada, Corey is recognized  for his notable portrayals that, include Gabriel McKay in the Fox series “North Shore.”

Additionally, he has starred in the series “Lassie” while making guest appearances in various television series. Famous shows like  “Psych,” “CSI: Miami,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” and “Murdoch Mysteries” have all been a part of his resume. 

Other cast members of Take Me Back For Christmas include:

  • Paula Boudreau (Maria)
  • Kimberly-Ann Truong (Elf)
  • Brynn Godenir (Tasha)
  • Miguel Rivas (Jerry)
  • Gerry Mendicino (Jeff)
  • Moni Ogunsuyi (Ashley)

Is ‘Take Me Back For Christmas’ available to stream on Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, or Prime Video? 

No, Take Me Back for Christmas is not available to stream on Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, or Prime Video. It premiered on Hallmark on July 15th and can be seen on reruns. 

However, you can watch it on Peacock for 72 hours after it airs on Hallmark. You can watch it on-demand via Frndly TV, Hulu, Sling TV, and Philo.

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