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Wilmington-filmed ‘Christmas in Conway’ premieres

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Mary-Louise Parker and Andy Garcia star in “Christmas in Conway,” filmed in Wilmington this summer. Image courtesy Hallmark Hall of Fame.

Four months after wrapping production in Wilmington, the locally-filmed, holiday-themed “Christmas in Conway” makes its television premiere tonight on ABC.

The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie—the second to be filmed in Wilmington in the past three years—stars Mary-Louise Parker as an ailing woman whose husband, played by Andy Garcia, decides the perfect Christmas gift for his wife is a ride on a Ferris wheel, reminiscent of the one they were on when he asked her to marry him.

A 50-foot Ferris wheel towers over the backyard of homeowner Erin Thompson, whose home in Forest Hills is serving as a primary location for 'Christmas in  Conway.' Photo courtesy Hallmark Hall of Fame.

A 50-foot Ferris wheel towered over a home in Wilmington’s Forest Hills during filming for ‘Christmas in Conway.’ Photo courtesy Hallmark Hall of Fame.

To pull the gift off, he has a Ferris wheel built in their own backyard—much to the chagrin of their neighbor, played by “Saturday Night Live” alum Cheri Oteri, who has entered her garden in an upscale magazine’s “Christmas showcase” contest, according to a synopsis on Hallmark.com.

The movie was filmed primarily at a home in Wilmington’s Forest Hills neighborhood this summer. Other locations include Greenfield Lake Park, where a nighttime shoot illuminated the lake in late August.

A synopsis on the Hallmark Hall of Fame website describes “Christmas in Conway” as “a testament to love, filled with scenes of hilarity.”

Co-starring Mandy Moore and Riley Smith, “Christmas in Conway” airs at 9 p.m. on ABC. A trailer for the film can be seen here.

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9 Responses to Wilmington-filmed ‘Christmas in Conway’ premieres

  1. Drew Reply

    December 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I live in Conway SC.

  2. Sue Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I watched the tv movie, Christmas in Conway”. Initially I watched it because I love South Carolina and everything about it. It turned out to be a wonderful movie. I plan to buy it at Hallmark so that I can watch it each year and share it with others.

  3. Denise Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Forrest:
    Will they ever know who Tommy and Natalie are? The real identities?
    I would like to know what inspired the writers the true reason
    and story behind?

    Made in Forest Hills Wilmington did u catch that??

    Always&Forever,
    Denise

  4. Denise Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Was the very short cameo of Family Kingdom real?

    We NATIVE South Carolinians LOVE
    Family Kingdom only one they hav not torn down
    Yet!!

    Signed,
    Long time MB Family Kingdom
    Patrot

  5. Angela Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    A beautiful movie,that showed TRUE LOVE.

  6. Robert Santen Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    As a South Carolinian, living in Horry County, I thought the movie was very touching

  7. J Mauney Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 12:03 am

    LIKED THE MOVIE – i LIVE IN South Carolina – and the Myrtle beach and Conway area hold a lot of good memories . It did look like it was filmed around Myrtle beach and Conway. so why didn’t you film there? And who wrote the story?

  8. Liz Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I’m from Conway & was really dissapointed that the movie wasnt actually filmed in Conway :(

  9. Keith Reply

    December 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    My question is, if they filmed it in Wilmington, then why didn’t they call it “Christmas In Wilmington?” I resent them calling it “Conway” when it was filmed in a neighboring city only 75 miles away.

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