Blue skies, high heat and Christmas trees in downtown Summerland as a film crew hits town

Record heat and...Xmas?

Under blue skies and 30 C temperatures, downtown Summerland was turned into Christmas in July this week.

Shop windows on Main Street are now adorned with snowflakes and decorative balls and garlands, Christmas presents and tiny winter wonderlands. Wreaths, ribbons and snowflakes hang from each of the light posts -- all for a Lifetime Family TV movie ‘The Christmas Yule Blog’ being filmed from July 28 to 31.

For the TV-movie, Summerland will stand in for a small town in New Mexico.

Outside the Beanery Café stands a huge Christmas tree while neighbouring businesses are also looking festive.

Plenty of people turned out during evenings this week in hopes of watching the movie being filmed and maybe seeing who is starring in the show. Rumour has it local actress Andrea Agur might have a role. 

District chief administrative officer Anthony Haddad recently told council that the film crews will be at various public and private locations around Summerland for a few weeks. He said shooting will take place on Main Street, Victoria Street, the KVR train station and private properties.

Production companies seem to be increasingly choosing B.C. to film over locations in the U.S., which is seeing a huge resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Dr. Bonnie Henry gave filming companies the green light to come film here in the province’s Phase 3 opening of B.C.

Passers-by have been visibly impressed with downtown’s transformation. One group pointed out that the film crew are using Summerland’s light up snowflakes on the light posts.

A woman named Cheryl, who came downtown in hopes of watching them film, said her family celebrated Christmas in July in Summerland every year because most of the family lived on the coast and didn’t come up in winter.

“We’d exchange presents, cook a turkey, all the Christmas traditions in July,” she said.

Filming is expected to take place mostly in the evenings to minimize disruption to businesses.

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