If you’re regularly tuned-in to the Hallmark Channel during the holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ll spot Candace Cameron Bure on your screen at least a few times. Besides ‘Full House’ and ‘Fuller House,’ Cameron Bure’s second most famous body of work is for Hallmark TV movies, most notably Christmas Hallmark movies. Since starting her Hallmark Christmas movie career back in 2008, Cameron Bure has starred in eight holiday-themed movies. And according to Cameron Bure, these Hallmark movies are by far the biggest challenges in terms of filming.
I want to move to a Hallmark Christmas movie town. It seems like no one works for the whole month of December.
— emily (@EmilyEbarker) December 9, 2019
It might look appropriately wintery cold and snowy in these Hallmark films, but more often than not, everyone on set is probably boiling. That’s because the filming is done in warmer weather to be ready to go for a December release. It’s no small feat to have to walk around in sweaters, heavy coats, and boots and pretend there’s a chill in the air while drinking steaming mugs of hot chocolate when you’re actually sweating bullets underneath all those cold-weather layers.
According to Cameron Bure, that sweet, cozy, feel-good atmosphere that Hallmark movies are known for does not come easy. It’s thanks to the production crew that works tirelessly to create the perfect winter-wonderland set and keep it looking flawless. It can take up to four hours alone just to fluff and adjust the artificial Christmas trees.
Not only that, but the sets can often start to reek after a time with a fishy odor in the air. That’s thanks to the artificial snow that’s provided by local fish markets.
Oh to be a Hallmark Christmas movie protagonist, learning to follow her dreams and the meaning of Christmas all while finding the love of her life
— tenth avenue freeze-out song of the summer (@granitelefty) December 9, 2019
According to Cameron Bure, making one of these Hallmark Christmas movies is no walk in the park. And to her, it’s far more challenging than filming her TV show, ‘Fuller House.’
“The reality of making them is a much tougher job than Fuller House or any other series, really.” This is definitely some of the hardest work that I do because they’re such a grind: long hours, quick turnaround, putting on your happy face every day, and going out there to make Christmas happen,” Bure said
There are millions of people who tune in to watch Hallmark Christmas movies every holiday season. Even though they’re low budget, cheesy, predictable, and formulaic, people still enjoy watching them for a little Christmas cheer. Viewers respond that the movies are something comforting, always happy, and the films can help take their minds off the rest of the world.
They might be a grind to make, but the knowledge that they’re bringing the holiday spirit to so many viewers makes the projects worth it.