This Hallmark Movie Is Set in the Hudson Valley

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Are you a sucker for a good Hallmark movie? One of the channel’s latest releases is a love story set in the Hudson Valley.

We’re not too proud to admit it: we love a good Hallmark movie. Can you blame us? There’s nothing like a romantic flick you know will end happily.

As you can imagine, we were especially excited by the release of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a holiday special loosely based on a series of mock trials that took place in Troy. In the Hallmark movie, litigants seek to determine just who authored the famous Christmas poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” which is generally attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. That fact was first called into question when a descendant of one Henry Livingston Jr.—a Poughkeepsie farmer-turned-poet who lived from 1748 to 1828—claimed that Livingston Jr. was the poem’s true author.


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It’s fitting that the film is set in Troy, since that is where the mock trials of 2013 and 2014 actually took place. Plus, the poem at hand was originally published by the Troy Sentinel in 1823. In Hallmark’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Madison (Torrey DeVitto), an actor looking to break into directing, comes to Troy when she hears of an opportunity to direct a play—well, part “play,” part mock trial. Sparks fly between her and Connor (Zane Holtz), her strapping star, but—of course, there’s always a “but” in a Hallmark movie—Madison has a rule against dating actors.


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We may never know for sure who wrote “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” but we can find a little solace in the Christmastime kismet of Connor and Madison. You can catch the movie on the Hallmark Channel at the following dates and times:

December 24, 2 p.m.
December 29, 12 a.m.
January 1, 6 a.m.


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No cable? No problem! ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas can also be streamed on platforms like Peacock, Hulu, and YouTubeTV. Ready to get into Hallmark movie mode?

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