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12 (mostly) holiday movies filmed in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Film Commission recently announced its holiday movie recommendation list, and, no surprise, all the films on it had at least one locally filmed scene.

Utah Film Commission Director Virginia Pearce said in a press release that she’s not surprised Utah is featured so often in Christmas movies.

“We continue to be an attractive destination for holiday season content. Location is key, and it’s often the more mundane, unexpected and even off-the-beaten-path locations that are the most appealing for this genre. From the festive magic of the Midway Ice Castles, Temple Square and Thanksgiving Point, to our ‘every town USA’ quaint suburbia, and of course our many world-class ski resorts, we have such a diverse and unique offering,” Pearce said.

The movies include:

“Mr. Krueger’s Christmas” (1980)

This NBC Christmas special included scenes filmed in Utah, as well as an appearance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. James Stewart, who starred in the perennial holiday favorite “It’s A Wonderful Life,” played Mr. Kreuger.

Where to watch: DVD, YouTube

“Better Off Dead” (1985)

While not exactly a holiday movie, winter scenes in this John Cusack teen romantic comedy were filmed at Snowbird, Alta and Brighton resorts. Cusack's character, who becomes suicidal after his girlfriend dumps him near Christmas, is an avid skier.

Where to watch: DVD, YouTube

“Dumb and Dumber” (1994)

Another one that isn't really a Christmas movie, "Dumb and Dumber" features a number of winter ski scenes — and don't forget that Jim Carrey's character is named Lloyd Christmas. The Aspen scenes in this Carrey and Jeff Daniels comedy were actually filmed in Park City.

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

While Whoville is the setting for Jim Carrey’s live-action version of the Dr. Seuss classic book, the end mountain scenes in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" were filmed at the Solitude Mountain Resort.

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes

“Good Luck Charlie, it’s Christmas!” (2011)

This Disney Channel Christmas special about a mother and daughter separated during a family road trip was filmed in Salt Lake City and St. George.

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes

“Christmas Under Wraps” (2014)

"Christmas Under Wraps" tells the story of a doctor who moves to Alaska and unexpectedly falls in love. This Hallmark movie was filmed in Salt Lake City, Payson and Heber City.

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes

“Christmas Land” (2015)

This made-in-Utah film focuses on a woman who changes her mind about selling off a Christmas-themed village and tree farm she inherited from her grandmother. Lagoon's Pioneer Village stood in for the Christmas-themed village.

Where to watch: Hallmark Channel

“Switched for Christmas” (2017)

Candace Cameron Bure plays both twins in this Christmas Hallmark film, who switch lives during the holiday months. The movie was filmed in downtown Salt Lake City, Federal Heights and a Utah State Park.

Where to watch: Hallmark Channel

“Enchanted Christmas” (2017)

Another Hallmark movie that debuted in November, "Enchanted Christmas" was largely filmed at Midway’s Zermatt Lodge. The main character leaves Utah at a young age, but now must return to save a hotel before a winter dance.

Where to watch: Hallmark Channel

“Wrapped Up In Christmas” (2017)

A Lifetime Christmas movie about a mall manager who falls for a fill-in Santa Claus was filmed at the Provo Towne Centre.

Where to watch: Vimeo

BONUS: “Little Women” (expected 2018)

This modern retelling — much of which was shot in Utah — of Louisa May Alcott's classic book stars Lea Thompson and will be released next year in time for the 150 year anniversary of "Little Woman."

The UFC’s list did not include “A Christmas Wish,” which was a 2011 Hallmark film filmed in Mapleton. The film got more snow than it may have wanted when it snowed for all three weeks of the film’s shooting schedule, the Deseret News reported.