Destination Fraser Valley: Hallmark The Christmas Secret filming in Abbotsford

It’s nothing unusual to see film trucks in our hometown. Abbotsford is one of the most beautiful places. I was a bit surprised when hubby and I were driving into old downtown and I saw lights surrounding one my favorite stores Spruce Collective. I had no idea what movie was being filmed in our Historic Downtown area. But it’s always a cool thing to see. 

Fast-forward a year later, I’m sitting in bed alone, ten days before Christmas Eve when I settle in to watch another Hallmark Holiday Movie. I’m like a junkie during this time of year, setting my PVR to record each and everyone that comes on television. And tonight I got lucky because I was about to watch one I had been waiting for called The Christmas Secret. 

When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination. Christine Eisley (Bethany Joy Lenz) is the mother of 7 yr old Zach and 5 yr old Haley.

Christine’s ex-husband provides no child support, and does nothing but makes her life difficult, using their children as pawns. Christine works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but loses her job because she’s always late to work, stuck between finding unreliable teenage sitters. 

Christine saves the life of the elderly woman who owns Wilson’s department store, her husband sets his grandson Jason (John Reardon) off to find her to thank her for saving his wife. But Christine has disappeared once again. Jason has no idea who the mysterious “Christine” is. An accountant by trade, he lost his job due to downsizing and is back in town to help his grandparents with Wilson’s over the holidays.

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I realized at this point while watching the movie that this was the movie Corey and I had seen being filmed downtown. They took my favorite store Spruce CollectiveΒ and turned it into Wilson’s Collective toy/vintage shop where Jason’s grandparents work. Spruce is where I buy all my DIY paints and knick-knacks for my home. It’s my one-stop inspiration shop here in Abbotsford, next to Creekside.

Tourists love to visit the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford has so much to see and do. It was extremely cool to see areas of my hometown in the movie, but more than that was the movie itself. I haven’t cried since watching the Christmas Shoes, another heartbreaking but wonderful Christmas tale.

Hallmark Marrying Father Christmas also filmed in Abbotsford

I don’t know if it was because I could relate to Christine’s character as a single mother down and out doing her best to raise her kids, but having an awful ex who didn’t pay support or even give a lick about the children. He was just using them to hurt her. Or if it was moments like one in the movie where Christine has to tell the kids Santa may not come to bring them what they asked for because his elves were busy. The kids of course understand but Christine leaves to the kitchen with tears of a mother heartbroken filling her eyes.

I used to be there. I used to be Christine. I had an ex that was a jackass, who didn’t care about my son at all, just hurting me. I used to sit up at night and worry about paying the rent, buying food or if we were going to be evicted or without electricity.

But just like the movie, my life changed because of love. The Christmas Secret is a movie that gives you hope that if you believe, hang on and push forward. Good things will come.

Have you ever had movies filmed near where you live?


  1. Betty S December 18, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Canadian Bacon was filed in the Hamilton Ontario the city where my children were born.

  2. Doreen R November 21, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    The same Wilson’s and Betty’s Bakery (same Betty too!) are also shown in the movie “The Christmas Note”, another Hallmark Movies & Mysteries holiday classic!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author November 23, 2019 at 10:19 am

      I didn’t know that. I just got that movie and haven’t watched it yet. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks Doreen!

  3. Vicki D October 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    This movie hits very close to home, except without the romance and happy ending, as of yet.. The struggle is real, for alot of mom’s just like Christine.. I love watching this movie, it gives hope to many of us. .

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author November 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      It did for me too. I was a single mom for a long time. Christine gives hope as you say to many people. I quite agree. Not just for love but how she fights to make her kids happy.

  4. Linda March December 15, 2015 at 2:50 am

    That sounds like an interesting movie. Not really for the Christmas Eve, but certainly in one of the next nights. I just have to see if I can get it by then.

    This movies really got your emotions out, since it reminder you of your past and it was filmed in the town that you live. I’ve actually had to check to see where Abbotsford was, since I didn’t knew the name. And then suddenly… Vancouver.

    I’ve heard that the area is one of the best to live in πŸ™‚

  5. caryn s December 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I will have check out this movie as it sounds wonderful!

    1. Jodi - Site Author December 15, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Oh it is so good. πŸ™‚

  6. kristen visser December 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

    hey that’s pretty cool!! I have seen clips of this movie during commercials. i have yet to see it but totally want to. It’s great when you find out certain things were filmed in your home town.

    1. Jodi - Site Author December 15, 2015 at 12:38 am

      Yeah it’s pretty cool to discover that.

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