CHESTER, Vt. (AP) – It might be spring, but it looks a lot like Christmas in Chester.

The Hallmark Channel has transformed the town into “Santaville” for the two-week filming of a television movie “Moonlight and Mistletoe.”

The film, produced by Edgewood Studios of Rutland, features Tom Arnold as the character Nick who operates a Christmas theme park that is threatened by a developer.

On Friday, 200 extras showed up with their winter coats to appear in the movie, despite the warm weather.

Crews sprayed pine trees with white foam and rolled out white snow blankets over the grass.

Sheri Goldberg, director of network program publicity for the Hallmark Channel, says plans were to film this winter but the script was delayed because of the writers’ strike.


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