Chandler Massey and Jessy Schram in the new Christmas movie Mystic Christmas, which will premiere as part of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas lineup. (Image: Hallmark Media)

The new Christmas movie Mystic Christmas stars Jessy Schram and Chandler Massey. Filmed on location in Mystic, Connecticut, the film follows a marine biologist on temporary assignment at the Mystic Aquarium who finds herself falling for the owner of a local pizza shop.

The movie, which is part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas lineup, will premiere this weekend.

New Christmas movie

In Mystic Christmas, Jessy Shram stars as Juniper Jones, a marine biologist who enjoys traveling the world and has no plans to settle down. When a friend from college asks her to take a temporary assignment in the quaint town of Mystic, Connecticut, she agrees.

At the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Center and Aquarium, she helps staff members prepare a seal named Peppermint for release back into the wild. When she is not working, Juniper finds herself exploring the town.

She is surprised when she runs into Sawyer (Chandler Massey), the owner of a local pizza shop, with whom she shared a romantic evening a few years earlier. Their reunion is awkward but they find they still have chemistry. They begin seeing each other with the understanding that their romance will be temporary. Juniper is determined to leave Mystic once her assignment is finished and Sawyer says he never wants to live anywhere other than Mystic.

But as Juniper joins in the town’s Christmas activities, she finds herself wondering if a life of traveling is really what she wants.

Mystic, Connecticut

The movie was filmed on location in Connecticut. The scenes that take place at the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Center and Aquarium were shot at the Mystic Aquarium. Other scenes were shot in Olde Mistick Village, a shopping center designed to look like an 18th-century New England village.

About the cast

Jessy Schram got her break as a guest star on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. In 2005, she was cast as Susan Davis in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries series Jane Doe, the daughter of government-agent-turned-homemaker Cathy Davis (played by Lea Thompson).

She has appeared on Mad Men, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Nashville, House, Lucifer, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med.

In addition to the nine movies in the Jane Doe series, Schram has appeared in the Hallmark movies A Smile as Big as the Moon (2012), Harvest Moon (2015), Birthday Wish (2017), Royal New Year’s Eve (2017), Road to Christmas (2018), Country at Heart (2020), Amazing Winter Romance (2020), A Nashville Christmas Carol (2020), and Time For Them to Come Home For Christmas (2021).

Chandler Massey has played Will Horton on the soap opera Days of Our Lives off and on since 2010, a role for which he has been awarded three Daytime Emmy awards.

He has appeared on the show Bunk’d, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. He has also starred in the Hallmark movies Next Stop, Christmas (2021), Heart of the Matter (2022), A Tale of Two Christmases (2022), and The Professional Bridesmaid (2023).

Mystic Christmas will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, October 28 at 8/7c.

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