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Remember the Christmas movie that was filmed in Gulfport? Here’s when to look for it

Part of the Harbor Lights Festival in Gulfport’s Jones Park was used for a scene in the upcoming Lifetime movie “Christmas in Mississippi.” The Harbor Light Festival opens Friday, Nov. 24.
Part of the Harbor Lights Festival in Gulfport’s Jones Park was used for a scene in the upcoming Lifetime movie “Christmas in Mississippi.” The Harbor Light Festival opens Friday, Nov. 24. Sun Herald File

Christmas may be about two months away, but it will be here sooner than we think, especially when it comes to holiday movies.

While the Hallmark Channel started showing its Christmas favorites on Friday, Lifetime also has some Christmas movies on the way, including one that features Gulfport as its backdrop.

Country Living reports the channel will start airing its holiday fare on Nov. 25. But South Mississippi residents will have to wait until December to see the the Coast wrapped in tinsel and lights, at least on the small screen.

“Christmas in Mississippi” will make its national debut on Saturday, Dec. 9, Country Living reports.

According to Country Living, “Jana Kramer plays a photographer who returns home to Mississippi to help her hometown rebuild after a hurricane. However, she faces a few challenges when her high school sweetheart comes back into her life.”

“Christmas in Mississippi” currently does not have an IMDB page.

The film was shot in Gulfport during the summer. A mini Christmas festival was set up in Jones Park for the movie. The Jones Park scenes were originally scheduled to be shot Aug. 26 but were rescheduled due to Hurricane Harvey.

It is the third Lifetime movie to be filmed in Gulfport. “Nanny Seduction” and “A Deadly Affair” aired earlier this year on Lifetime and both were shot in Gulfport.

“Christmas in Mississippi” was produced by Daniel Lewis, who shot “Mississippi River Sharks” in Ocean Springs. He also produced the Christmas “classic” — “Christmas on The Bayou.”

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