Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha in the new Hallmark movie A Biltmore Christmas. (Image: Hallmark Media)

Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha will headline the new Hallmark movie A Biltmore Christmas, which was filmed on location at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. The film, which was made in January 2023, is part of the 2023 Countdown to Christmas lineup.

New Hallmark movie

In A Biltmore Christmas, Bethany Joy Lenz plays Lucy, a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the 1947 holiday movie classic, His Merry Wife, which was filmed at the historic Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.

Lucy travels to the estate to do research. After discovering an enchanted hourglass, she goes back in time to 1946 and finds herself on the set of the original version of His Merry Wife. She meets Jack Huston, (Polaha) one of the movie’s stars, and the two begin to spend time together. But when she realizes that her presence in the past could affect whether the film gets made, Lucy has to decide whether to give up on her budding romance.

Biltmore Estate

A Biltmore Christmas made headlines when crews began filming shortly after Christmas last year. A network executive said the landmark made the perfect backdrop to a Christmas romance.

“Each year we look for ways to create exciting, new holiday viewing experiences for our audience,” said Samantha DiPippo, senior vice president of development and programming at Hallmark Media. “We know fans will love being transported back in time and the iconic, beautiful Biltmore Estate is the perfect setting to help fans get into the holiday spirit.”

The 175,000-square-foot Biltmore Estate took six years to complete. The home of George Washington Vanderbilt, it was opened to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1895. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau includes 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.

About the cast

Bethany Joy Lenz played Haley James Scott on the popular TV series One Tree Hill. She has also appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Life Unexpected, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Colony.

Lenz has starred in the Hallmark movies The Christmas Secret (2014), Snowed-Inn Christmas (2017), Royal Matchmaker (2018), Bottled With Love (2019), A Valentine’s Match (2020), Just My Type (2020), Five Star Christmas (2020), and An Unexpected Christmas (2021).

Kristoffer Polaha

Kristoffer Polaha played Nate “Baze” Bazile in the TV series Life Unexpected. He has also starred in the TV shows Hawaii Five-O, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Lethal Weapon. He played Travis Burke in Hallmark’s Mystery 101 series.

He has also starred in the Hallmark movies Dater’s Handbook (2016), Hearts of Christmas (2016), Rocky Mountain Christmas (2017), Pearl in Paradise (2018), Small Town Christmas (2018), Double Holiday (2019), A Dickens of a Holiday (2021), We Wish You a Married Christmas (2022), and Haul Out the Holly (2022).

A Biltmore Christmas will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, November 26 at 8/7c.

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