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A Christmas movie shot in Minnesota gets its premiere this weekend

The home of unapologetically schmaltzy guilty pleasures is premiering a new Christmas film, one which was shot in Northfield, Minnesota.
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If you tune into the Hallmark Mystery and Movie Channel this Sunday, you may see some familiar faces – and places.

The home of unapologetically schmaltzy guilty pleasures is premiering a new Christmas movie this weekend, one which was shot in Northfield, Minnesota.

Love Always, Santa was shot in the southeastern Minnesota city last December and January, according to Northfield News, with the straight-to-TV picture directed by Brian Herzlinger.

You might recognize the star, Marguerite Moreau, who is no stranger to Minnesota having appeared in the Minneapolis-shot Mighty Ducks series in the early '90s.

She also recently reprised her role in Wet Hot American Summer for a Netflix series alongside Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper, among others.

Although it premieres at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Northfield residents get the chance to get a sneak preview on Thursday, with the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce putting on a premiere at Northfield Middle School starting 6:30 p.m., the Star Tribune reports.

"We're totally excited," Director of Tourism Lisa Peterson told the Northfield News. "We've been sitting here for the last hour and a half (watching the movie) and cheering every time we saw someone from Northfield."

According to the synopsis, Moreau stars as Celia Banks, who has devoted her life to 7-year-old daughter Lilly after losing her husband – and as such as "given up on love."

But her plucky daughter doesn't want her mom to spend another holiday alone, so sends a letter to – you guessed it – Santa, wishing for her mom to be happy again. Rather than the "real" Santa though, the letter is given to struggling author Jake Platt, who strikes up a correspondence with Celia.

We're not trying to spoil anything, but we imagine they get together just in time for Christmas.

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