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These New England towns are straight out of a holiday movie

The camera crews may be gone, but these destinations are still worth a visit this holiday season.

The holiday movie “Christmas on Ice” was filmed in Worcester in February and debuted on Lifetime this fall. It’s not the first holiday movie filmed in New England — and it likely won’t be the last.

New England is the perfect region for capturing holiday spirit, according to John Stimpson of H9 Films in Worcester, who directed the film and several others over the years such as “Christmas a la Mode,” “The Spruces and the Pines,” and “The March Sisters at Christmas.”

“The authenticity of New England is what has made our movies successful,” Stimpson said. “It’s quintessential Christmas … the architecture, the feel of the smaller towns, the gazebos, the Christmas tree farms. You don’t have to fake it. It’s the real deal.”

All COVID-19 travel restrictions must be followed when crossing state lines, and be sure to follow guidance from local officials as well.

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Here are 11 holiday movies that used New England as a scenic backdrop. (Know of more? Let us know in the comments below.)

Worcester: ‘Christmas on Ice‘ (2020)

An ice skating scene from “Christmas on Ice,” which was filmed in Worcester earlier this year.

Old Wethersfield and Hartford, Conn.: ‘Rediscovering Christmas‘ (2019)

Pratt Street in downtown Hartford, where scenes for “Rediscovering Christmas were filmed.

Worcester, Sutton, Auburn, and Boxborough, Mass.: ‘Christmas a la Mode‘ (2019)

The fictional White’s Ice Cream created for “Christmas a la Mode” at Whittier Farms in Sutton.

Wethersfield, Conn.: ‘Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane‘ (2018)

Silas W. Robbins House bed & breakfast in Wethersfield, Conn., featured in “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane.”

Shirley, Ayer, Bolton, Groton, Sudbury, Mass.: ‘A Snow White Christmas‘ (2018)

The outside of Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, a town featured in “A Snow White Christmas.”

Lowell, Mass.; Portland, Kennebunkport, and York, Maine: ‘Buttons, A New Musical Film‘ (2018)

A room decorated for Christmas at Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine. The mansion was featured in “Buttons, A New Musical Film.”

Essex and Old Lyme, Conn.: ‘Christmas at Pemberley Manor‘ (2018)

The Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., featured in “Christmas at Pemberley Manor.”

Ayer, Bolton, Stow, and Townsend, Mass.: ‘The Spruces and the Pines‘ (2017)

A scene from the movie “The Spruces and the Pines” at Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton.

Grafton and Worcester, Mass.: ‘The March Sisters at Christmas‘ (2012)

A scene from “The March Sisters at Christmas” in downtown Grafton.

West Warwick and Cranston, R.I.: ‘Saving Christmas‘ (2017)

Joy Homestead in Cranston, a town featured in “Saving Christmas.”

Bethel and Portland, Maine: ‘12 dogs of Christmas‘ (2005)

A sleigh ride in Bethel, Maine, a town featured in “12 dogs of Christmas.”

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