By Paula @ Holiday World

Good ol’ Google Alerts saved the day again. Just a few hours ago, an email informed us our town of Santa Claus, Indiana, will be the setting for a Lifetime Movie called Snowed Inn Christmas.

And it premieres tonight at 7pm CST, with reruns throughout the weekend.

Snowed InnHere’s the description from Lifetime’s website: Jenna Hudson (Bethany Joy Lenz, “Colony”) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker, “A Bride for Christmas”) are polar opposites, working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn’s fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna’s past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together.

And here’s their trailer:

It looks to be a sweet, sentimental romcom.

Thing is, the flick wasn’t shot here in town. And the Inn that will be [SPOILER ALERT] presumably saved by the industrious (if lovelorn) protagonists does not exist.

That’s all well and good, you say. People understand that movies are nearly often completely made up and, at the very least, dramatic license is taken.

But those of us who have been around a while remember this darling commercial from 2008:

Melissa at our local Visitors Bureau still gets calls from people searching for Rudolph’s Diner. (Apparently it’s not listed on their RadioShack GPS device …)

And so, for those conducting middle-of-the-night research online, we provide this blog post as a public service. Although the inn from Snowed Inn Christmas does not exist, there’s still a lot of fun (and romance) to be had in this little town.

Oh, and we forgive you ahead of time if you ho-ho-ho when you get to the part of the movie when the commercial airline pilot announces their “descent into Santa Claus, Indiana.” Because, well, we don’t have an airport.

Merry Christmas to All!

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16 Responses to “Snowed Inn Christmas: fiction depiction”

  1. Ricky gargis

    I love the movie and if someone in santa Claus ind wants a good retirement than open a winter inn would be what I would do just saying. Thanks from north ala.

    • Bridget Beard

      Around that area they have MANY PLACES to stay and they also ALL year around!!!

  2. Ne1hrt

    And now you can’t find Rudolph’s Diner or Radio Shack!!! Snowed Inn was a cute movie!! And from experience every summer…..Santa Claus, IN is a ton of fun year round!!!!

  3. Judy Galloway

    I was with Francis Tours Mystery Trip in October; we made a stop in Santa Claus, Indiana. I throughly enjoyed our short visit there. I stopped in at the Holiday Food grocery store and was greeted by some very nice folks. Thank y’all for such a wonderful welcome.

  4. Bobbi

    Cute movie but I did have a hard time getting past the fact that they made an emergency landing in Santa Claus ?? And we hardly ever get snowed in in Southern Indiana


    Holiday World with Christmas Land and Thanksgiving Land not open in December nor November!!!! What happened?

  6. Maggie

    It’s hilarious because they are harping on and on about “landing” in Santa Claus. I think most people know that small towns don’t have commercial airports. It’s also hilarious that with all of the real estate and wide open spaces down there that they would need to bulldoze a historic inn, but a luxury hotel would be nice!

  7. Renee

    My husband and I absolutely LOVED this movie! We liked it sooo much that we purchased the DVD so we can watch it over and over again. Who doesn’t like a feel good story?

  8. Lynda L

    Found by accident, on a driving trip with my daughter and grand children, we visited for a number of years (in August).
    We found Santa to be wonderful, and have pictures, too. The store was great, Wish they made the movie there!

  9. Bridget Beard

    If they (Hollywood) is going to use the town for profit then they should shoot scenes there, NOT profit off of the town using fake everything!!!

  10. Cheryl Howell

    Santa Clause is still a magical town! I’ve visited several times and a former family member worked at Holiday World. So I’m watching the movie rerun today in West Plains, Mo.
    Merry Christmas

    • Lynn Wise

      We go to holiday world every summer and really enjoy it. When I saw the movie was referring to Santa Claus, IN, I thought it was great! This will definitely peak interest for people that have never heard of it or never gone there. I think it will increase its popularity.I do wish they had shot some of the movie there though to make it more “real”. Love the movie, I am watching it now and decided to look up the Inn.