8 Christmas Movies With Michigan Connections

We are officially gearing up for Christmas.

The best way to get ready for the holiday is to watch Christmas movies.

We all love The Santa Clause franchise and The Polar Express, especially because they have Michigan ties in them.

However, you may need to add these movies with Michigan connections to your holiday watch list!

Can you guess where this new movie was filmed?

You guessed it!

Filmed at the iconic Holly Hotel, this film follows Kathy who is a food critic in New York City. She is living her best life until her parents, who won the Holly Hotel, ask her to come back home for Christmas.

If you want to see the premiere of this new movie, you can grab tickets to see it at the Redford Theatre in Detroit this Sunday, December 4th at 5:00 PM.

Grand Rapids native, Tom Seidman, directed this movie about an orphan who rescues an injured rabbit on Christmas Eve.

The best part is…the entire movie was filmed in different Michigan towns, including the cities of Alto and Wyoming.

According to Hour Detroit,

“The bunny used in the 2010 film came from Critter Barn, a farm in Zeeland that helps introduce children to animals in a safe environment.”

If you want to watch The Christmas Bunny, you can watch it on Tubi.

Filmed and set in Rockford, this movie is the classic “busting into a home” situation. If you love Home Alone, you may have a new favorite Christmas movie on your hands.

This Christmas comedy follows Sherrif Rick Langston after he locks a man who claims to be Santa Claus.

You can watch this movie on Amazon Video.

Like Small Town Santa, A Dog For Christmas was filmed in Rockford.

Plus, according to Michigan.org, over 95% of the cast and crew of the movie are from Michigan.

There is even a cameo by a local favorite, The Corner Bar.

You can watch this movie on Amazon Video and on Tubi.

Rudolph is the most well-known reindeer for good reason. However, we cannot forget the other reindeer who make Christmas happen.

This movie was filmed in the town of Three Oaks, which is in Berrien County.

It follows Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, and eight-year-old Rebecca Harrell after they find one of Santa’s reindeer decorations has come to life.

You can watch this holiday classic on Hulu, Amazon Video, Apple TV, Redbox, or Vudu.

Filmed in the Brighton area, Miracle on Christmas may get you into the holiday mood.

If you are a fan of faith-based content, this movie will be a treat. If you live near these landmarks, you may enjoy seeing the Crooked Lakes neighborhood and the Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

You can stream this movie only on Amazon.

Michigan native Harold Cronk and the Salvation Army came together and created the movie, Silver Bells.

Filmed in Ludington and Grand Rapids, Silver Bells shows the importance of giving back, especially during the holidays.

If you want to add this to your holiday watch list, you can watch it on Amazon Prime.

Imagine two sisters with very opposing feelings about the holidays being plopped into a fairytale Christmas town.

Well, you do not have to imagine it because that is the plot of ‘A Christmas Movie Christmas.’

Plus if you love a Michigan cameo, you will be excited to see Christmas town itself, Frankenmuth, as the filming location.

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To watch this movie today, you have two options: YouTube or Hulu.

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