Hallmark Movie The Christmas Card locations

Nevada City, The Hallmark Christmas Card Movie locations

Have you seen the Hallmark movie The Christmas Card?  The movie stars Ed Asner, John Newtown and Alice Evans and takes place in Nevada City during the holidays.  The Outside Inn has hosted a number of movie fans from near and far over the last 5 years, so I decided it was time to make a locations map and help those who are looking for some of the picturesque spots from the film.  To help with the photo mission I brought along Carla Bonetti, of Nevada County Escapes.

South Yuba River, 49 Crossing

Our first stop was 49 Crossing of the South Yuba River.  In the film there’s a Veteran’s Memorial at this location, please note that the memorial doesn’t exist in real life, but you can still see the spot where the couple kissed down by the river.

Kubich Lumber, Grass Valley

Our next stop was the lumber mill in the film, which is Kubich Lumber Company in Grass Valley.  An intriguing site to see, the out of the way mill is an active working mill, please contact them direclty if you’re interested in visiting.

Hallmark Movie The Christmas Card church

We then returned to downtown Nevada City, picking up our handy locations list from the Outside Inn and walked downtown.  Our first stop was the Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street.

Hallmark Movie The Christmas Card Nevada City locations

Next up we walked down the street and visited the National Hotel and the Nevada City Classic Cafe (known as Curly Fries in the film).

Corner of North Pine Street and Commercial Street

And our last stop was the location of the Christmas Tree lot in the movie, which doesn’t really exist in downtown Nevada City, but you can visit the corner of North Pine Street and Broad Street to see where it was filmed (just behind where these photos were taken).  If you’re not familiar with the area please feel free to stop by the Outside Inn for our new map of all of these locations.  If you haven’t seen the movie you can buy it online or check the Hallmark Movie Channel for times.

The Christmas Card Movie

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60 replies
  1. Carla Bonetti
    Carla Bonetti says:

    Thanks for taking me along on this fun, rain day adventure.
    I appreciate the shout out for Nevada County Escapes! This will be a great little tour for those who love The Christmas Card!

        JEAN MATTHEWS says:

        Grace, the first song is I’d Do It In A Heartbeat (Carl Sealove, Ira Ingber) and the one Cody and Faith dance to is Back In Your Arms Once More (Carl Sealove, David William Darling) If you Google Carl Sealove, you will see his credit for this movie. I would love a copy of the lyrics also. If I ever find them, I will let you know.

  2. Kial
    Kial says:

    Very cool, thanks for the virtual tour. I recently visited the log cabin for a recent wedding reception. The owner of the home (a local doctor) was telling us how they (producer and director) left everything in place. He said it was pretty surreal watching Ed Asner in his front yard with the snow and sled as he was sitting on his deck sipping on hot cider…all while asking himself…”is this really happening?”

  3. Maria
    Maria says:

    I saw the Movie 3 times already and I can seeing it again and again is so Beutiful, all the amaising places in Nevada City, It feels so peacefuI. My Husband and I are planning a trip to Nevada City and visit all those places in the Movie.

  4. Lesley-Anne Kirkman
    Lesley-Anne Kirkman says:

    I have seen this movie so many times..and never never never tire of it…This is a place I would love to settle…it is absolutely beautiful…Nevada City?? Wow…and I am on the Emerald Isle..and I am really strongly (boldly) thinking of emigrating.. what have I to lose..son grown and moving on in his life..and just me and the quietness…thank you…thank you..thank you…!! 😀

  5. Darsi
    Darsi says:

    I would like to know where the dance scene was filmed for The Christmas Card. There are a few of us who have different ideas, but no one knows for sure. Could you clarify it for us…Thank you…..My favorite Christmas movie!!!

  6. Leann Q
    Leann Q says:

    My favorite Christmas movie. I plan to visit Nevada city in the spring or summer of 2014. Looking forward to taking pictures and hiking

  7. Joann Marksberry
    Joann Marksberry says:

    You read my mind. After viewing “The Christmas Card” almost 100 times, I loved the scenery, the downtown city pictured and wondered about a possible tour available to visitors. And here it is! Was considering planning a trip to Nevada City and now it moved from a possibility to a reality. Thanks much!

  8. Ginny
    Ginny says:

    Love the movie as well!!! I bought the DVD and play it frequently. Visiting Nevada City is a “must see” someday. This movie just reaches in and grabs your heart!

      • Tim
        Tim says:

        My wife and I are planning an anniversary trip there in August. One of the places she wanted to see was the pond “magic spot”. Is it available to see ?

  9. Jack
    Jack says:

    Love the movie and I would like to know the location of the “Magic Spot”. I have been to Nevada City many times and love the town!

  10. Colete
    Colete says:

    I loved this movie! Your photos bring back memories of the scenes captured there. Thanks for allowing us to tag along!

  11. Brooks
    Brooks says:

    Hi Erin,

    I found you through Instagram, and by coincidence, my family will be visiting Nevada City for the last weekend of Victorian Christmas this year. We’re fans of the motion picture featured here, so to learn you’ve highlighted some of the sites we wish to visit from the movie, will make the trip that much more terrific. Many thanks!

  12. Pat Muse
    Pat Muse says:

    Dear Sirs, I was wondering where the house was located that was filmed in the movie, that is, where the spellman family lived? Thanks. Pat

  13. Caryn Doyle
    Caryn Doyle says:

    I have been looking for the plans to the log home used in the Christmas Card movie. I do not want to see the home or the people in the home. I just like the floor plans. Is there anyway I could find out where to get plans for this house?

  14. Linda Rohland
    Linda Rohland says:

    My husband and I are near Nevada City and will be stopping to see the city from one of my favorite movies. We are RVing and may stay a few days. Looking forward to our stay.

  15. Sandi Richerson-Watsin
    Sandi Richerson-Watsin says:

    My family lived in Nevada City for a few years 57-60’s. My sister and I sang in the youth choir of the Methodist church in this movie.. We (along with my brother) were Baptized on a Easter Sunday there too… We lived up not far from one of the houses from the movie. It has been nice for my Grand & Great Grandkids to see a part of my youth..

  16. Susie
    Susie says:

    We were lucky enough to stay with you for 1 night in your delightful accommodation back in Dec 2015.
    I would love to know please where the bench is that was portrayed in the movie and the lake. Is it on Nevada City area please!
    Thank you so much

  17. Ledia Darrow
    Ledia Darrow says:

    It made me sad to find out, that the Vietnam memorial did no actually exist at the Yuba River the story made it sound so convincing. I love the movie.

  18. Cindy Cara
    Cindy Cara says:

    2016 The movie is on Wednesday night, November 16 at 9 PM on the Hallmark Channel! It will be on 9 times this year, including New Years Eve!

  19. Tanya Sieben
    Tanya Sieben says:

    My Daughter and Son-in law love the house.
    Next year they are planning on building their
    home. They want the house in the movie,
    Christmas Card. Please if anyone out there
    can direct me to where I can get the blue prints I would be very grateful. !! It was my Son-in law that introduced me to this wonder

  20. Chris Dawalt
    Chris Dawalt says:

    Were any of the locations (cabin, mill, etc.) actually used for the interior shots, or was that all done on movie sets?

    • erin
      erin says:

      The log cabin is a personal residence, so I don’t have any photos of the home. The Mill is a working mill, so when I went to visit, I was respectful of the business operation. Hope that helps.

      • Chris Dawalt
        Chris Dawalt says:

        I see, thanks. What I mean is when you watch the movie, there are scenes inside the cabin and the office above the mill. Were those scenes filmed in those structures, or did they shoot the interior video on a movie set? Sometimes they only use a building for exterior shots, and never film anything inside because it is easier to create a movie set than it is to cram all the lighting and other hardware (and film crew) into a small room.

  21. Gary Korsgaden
    Gary Korsgaden says:

    The Christmas Card is my all time favorite Holiday movie. Watched the DVD again last night second time over the weekend. Would love to visit and view the scenes. Is the Inn available for overnight….this movie keeps the spirit of Christmas alive all year…thank you

    • erin
      erin says:

      The Outside Inn is open year round and you’re welcome to come visit us for a night (we have a 2 night min on weekends May-Dec).

  22. Cynthia Lynch
    Cynthia Lynch says:

    I have watched this movie a dozen times for the scenery, the town and especially the final scene at the Vets Memorial plaque. It IS a real memorial, I rode a motorcycle up there, parked exactly where “Faith” was standing, and walked down to the plaque!! I even recognized the rocks that I sat on! This was around 1973, it DID EXIST!! My grandmother lived in Nevada City and is buried there.

  23. Mary Jimenez
    Mary Jimenez says:

    Oh my goodness! Here it is 2017 and I’m JUST discovering thus magical movie, and even better, thus magical place. I can’t wait to come for a visit! Of course I thought Nevada City was in Nevada- happy to hear it’s in California
    I’m going to go look up The Outside Inn right now. Thank you Erin for all your great comments and help!

  24. David Climo
    David Climo says:

    The Christmas Card is one of my favorite Christmas movies..love the town ,log home,mill and the rest of the scenery…Thanks for posting all the great pictures from some of the movie sites .someday I would love to visit Nevada City.

  25. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I would love to see a sequel to The Christmas Card. That movie was fantastic.My husband bought me the DVD . We watch it over and over and never are bored. Please consider it.

  26. Michelle Moore
    Michelle Moore says:

    I love the story in this movie. Can you please tell me which mountain is pictured?? I think it might be Mt. Shasta??
    Thank you!!

  27. Sean
    Sean says:

    I don’t think the location for the Christmas Tree lot is accurate. In the movie it’s clear that you can see Robinson Plaza and what was the Antiques Store and the location of Treats. The lot was not near Friar Tucks.

  28. A. Hunphries
    A. Hunphries says:

    I’ve owned the movie for many years. I’d like to know the location of the covered bridge that Cody rides through on his way into Nevada City.

    • John
      John says:

      As regards bridges in the film. Near the start of the film, he rides over a concrete bridge followed by the covered wooden bridge. The wooden bridge is the Bridgeport Covered Bridge in South Yuba River State Park near the Pleasant Valley Road concrete bridge. The concrete bridge in the film looks like that nearby later bridge at the same location. At the end of the film, the location is at the foot of the former Highway 49 arched concrete bridge across the same (South Yuba) river and the replacement bridge (known as the bent bridge) is seen in the background.

      The Christms tree lot was at the junction of Commercial Street and Main Street and not exactly at the location stated in the article, although it is quite close.

      As regards a query about the music played at the dance, the two songs do not appear in the music credits for the film. Does anyone know what they are – expecially the second one where Cody and Faith dance.

      • Jean M.
        Jean M. says:

        The songs were composed for the movie. Cody/Faith’s song is Back In Your Arms Once More (Carl Sealove, David William Darling)


    Can someone ID the song being played as Cody and Faith dance in the film? I cannot recall the title for the life of me. Thanks.

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