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Where was The Noel Diary filmed? Festive filming locations explored

December is upon us, which means Christmas movies are coming out on the various streaming services.

The latest addition to Netflix’s celebratory film franchise is The Noel Diary, which stars Station-19’s Justin Hartley and This Is Us star Barrett Doss as their characters cross paths in unlikely circumstances.

Set in the state of Connecticut, The Noel Diary is a charming winter warmer of a movie, but where exactly was it filmed and did it really use locations in the state it’s set in?

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The Noel Diary release date and plot preview

The Noel Diary arrived on Netflix on November 24, 2022.

Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Paul Evans, the film tells the story of bestselling author Jake Turner, who returns home for Christmas to sort out his estranged mother’s estate.

When Jake discovers an old journal, he realizes it holds many secrets connected to his own past and that of Rachel, a fascinating woman on a mission of her own.

Together they embark on a journey of discovery and find a completely unexpected future by confronting their respective pasts.

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Where is The Noel Diary filmed?

The Noel Diary is filmed at multiple locations in the state of Connecticut, USA.

That’s right, the film is shot in the same location as its setting, which gives The Noel Diary a nice sense of authenticity.

What is not authentic, however, is the fact that the film’s production took place between May and June 2021, meaning it was shot during a summer heatwave and not the dead of winter.

Connecticut residents are likely to spot a few familiar spots, with Washington Avenue in Westport being home to the film’s central house – which was supposed to be in nearby Bridgeport.

However, Bridgeport features in the film because the Mechanics & Farmers Savings Bank hosted Jake’s book signing, which was said to be in Chicago.

RJ Julia booksellers in the city of Madison were also featured during production as they hosted the store where Rachel bought her first book written by Jake.

Meanwhile, the Griswold Inn in Essex functioned as the film’s Maple Falls Inn, while New Canaan City Hall served as the downtown area of ​​the fictional town of Maple Falls.

Finally, Remo’s Italian restaurant in Stamford served as the location for one of Jake and Rachel’s first dates.

According to The Cinemaholic, filming was originally scheduled to take place in Vancouver, Canada, but the production team had to relocate due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in the majority of the film being self-produced in Connecticut.

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Other projects filmed in Connecticut?

Over the years, Connecticut has become an increasingly popular location among filmmakers, thanks in part to the financial incentives offered by Connecticut’s Film and Digital Media Production Tax Credit.

More than 7,500 titles have been produced in Connecticut, according to IMDb, with some of the most notable including recent Netflix films The Good Nurse and Mr Harrigan’s Phone.

In addition, The Office US shot some scenes in Stamford, Connecticut during Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems, the TV series Departure, Leo DiCaprio with Revolutionary Road, 2005 War Of The Worlds and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull were also filmed in the state.

The Noel Diary © Netflix | KC Bailey

The Noel Diary is now available to stream on Netflix following its November 24, 2022 release.

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