‘Christmas in Vienna’: Was Hallmark’s New Christmas Movie Actually Filmed in Vienna?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Brennan Elliott and Sarah Drew in Christmas in Vienna

If there’s one factor Hallmark excels at, it’s bringing Christmas magic to life on display screen. The feel-good channel’s annual batch of vacation motion pictures options quaint small cities, picture-perfect inns, and lovely properties decked out with lights, wreaths, and mistletoe, the place not a single strand of tinsel is misplaced. 

While most of the channel Christmas motion pictures are filmed in Canada, Hallmark sometimes ventures farther afield. Take the upcoming film Christmas in Vienna. It was filmed on location within the European metropolis identified for its magical Christmas markets. 

A proficient violinist finds love in ‘Christmas in Vienna’ 

Brennan Elliott and Sarah Drew in Christmas in Vienna
Brennan Elliott and Sarah Drew in Christmas in Vienna | ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Petro Domenigg

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In Christmas in Vienna, Grey’s Anatomy alum Sarah Drew performs Jess Waters, an achieved violinist who has misplaced her ardour for music. She’s traveled to Vienna for the vacations, the place she’s been invited to carry out at a prestigious Christmas Eve live performance on the Vienna Music Hall.

While visiting town, Jess reconnects along with her friend Tori (Alina Fritsch). Tori works as a nanny for her cousin Mark Olson (Brennan Elliott) a widowed diplomat with three children. Jess rapidly bonds with Mark’s children, who assist her rediscover her love of music. Soon, she begins to develop emotions for Mark as properly. 

‘Christmas in Vienna’ stars Brennan Elliott and Sarah Drew discuss filming on location    

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In a Hallmark Channel behind-the-scenes video, Drew and Elliott opened up about what it was prefer to movie Christmas in Vienna on location in Austria. 

“This is the perfect Christmas romance because we are in the most beautiful place you can possibly imagine,” Drew stated. “It’s so special to be here in Vienna.”

Some scenes had been filmed at one among Vienna’s well-known Christmas markets, the place Jess’s friend Tori sells her crafts. In order to let her friend make the most of the chance, Jess agrees to take care of Mark’s kids, which results in her vacation romance. 

Brennan Elliott says ‘Christmas in Vienna’ options ‘the funnest ice skating scene’

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Allegra Tinnefeld, Abigail Vollinhofer, and Oscar Ricketts in Christmas in Vienna | ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Petro Domenigg

Another memorable scene takes place on the Rathausplatz ice rink. Every 12 months, the sq. exterior town corridor is reworked into an space for skaters.

“They build out all these ice trails,” Drew defined. “They’re going around corners and twisting under things.”

“It’s like going through a labyrinth. I mean, it was amazing,” Brennan stated. “It was the funnest ice skating scene I’ve ever done.”

Sarah Drew calls Vienna at Christmas an ‘incredible wonderland’ 

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Brennan Elliott and Sarah Drew in Christmas in Vienna | ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Petro Domenigg

Drew advised Entertainment Tonight that filming in Vienna at Christmastime was an unbelievable expertise. 

“We got to go to Vienna when the whole world goes to Vienna, which is right at Christmastime,” she stated. “We were there in December, so it was already magically lit for Christmas with all the lights and the Christmas markets.” In addition to filming on the vacation market and ice skating rink, Christmas in Vienna additionally contains scenes shot inside Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 

“We got to literally just plop ourselves in the middle of this totally incredible wonderland,” Drew added. “We shot in the middle of actual crowds, like, actual tourists in those Christmas markets… It was truly magical in every way. I got to bring my husband to Vienna. We got to have this really beautiful and romantic time.”

Christmas in Vienna airs Saturday, Nov. 14 at eight p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. 

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