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Hallmark Christmas movie filmed in Dahlonega slated to air on Thanksgiving
Jeremy Fanning and Gill Cureau, special effects technicians, work on making fake snowball piles Oct. 12 as the crew prepares to film a scene of "Christmas in Homestead" in downtown Dahlonega. Around 300 extras were used for the movie. - photo by Erin O. Smith

‘Christmas in Homestead’

Premieres: 8 p.m. Nov. 24

Station: Hallmark Channel (check local listings)

The Hallmark Channel movie “Christmas in Homestead” that used Dahlonega as a backdrop is slated to air at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

But the city of Dahlonega already has much to be thankful for in terms of the approximately $375,000 estimated economic impact.

“This has been the longest project we’ve had for filming, so in that sense I would say it was the most profitable or the most economic impact,” said Rebecca Shirley, the city’s downtown development authority director.

According to budget expenses submitted by the production company to Shirley, the spending costs from housing, catering, local labor and more reached roughly $375,000.

Shirley said the production team spent about three weeks in town, while key staff spent almost six weeks in Dahlonega and rented office space.

“They were here every day working 12-hour days downtown, hanging out, walking around, shopping, eating,” she said.

In comparison, most productions coming through the Lumpkin County city have had smaller crews and have only spent a few days.

The film centers around an actress coming to shoot a movie in the small fictional town of Homestead, where the mayor is displeased by the production. The actress stays at the Homestead Lodge, which is owned by the mayor’s family.

More than 300 extras were used in the production, and filming was finished in mid-October.

The movie will premiere at 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 on the Hallmark Channel. Check your local listings for the channel.