A Heidelberg Holiday Movie Review

We are traveling this week on Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas! We find ourselves in Heidelberg, Germany for “A Heidelberg Holiday” starring Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier in what is sure to be an absolute Christmas delight. Let’s get to traveling with “A Heidelberg Holiday” movie review.

Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier on the portico at the Schloss Heidelberg, looking out of the city of Heidelberg and the Neckar River

We are still early in the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas season, and we have had some fun movies so far, and I’m sure this one will not disappoint either! I have been looking forward to this movie all season because Germany holds such a special place in my heart, and Heidelberg is a very special city as well. Let’s dive right into “A Heidelberg Holiday” movie review and see how it played out.

Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier look over her to do list during a scene from A Heidelberg Holiday movie.

My Review:

I adored this movie. In fairness, I was going to love anything set in Heidelberg. But this was a really good movie, and I think it really captured a good bit of the German Christmas traditions and culture. I really enjoyed the movie. It had funny parts and to put the icing on the cake, the scenery was downright gorgeous!

Plot

Heidi (played by Ginna Claire Mason) has always dreamed of selling her hand-made Christmas ornaments at the Christmas Market in Heidelberg, which is the city where her grandmother grew up. It’s a very competitive market, but someone drops out and she gets a last-minute chance to go over and have a booth of her own. Her grandmother arranges for her to stay with a family she knows, Heidi strikes a bargain with a much cheaper postal carrier, sends her ornaments ahead of her, and then heads to Heidelberg.

Heidi hits it off with Lukas immediately upon arriving in Germany, and it turns out, his parents’ home is where Heidi is going to be staying. The family shows Heidi a bunch of ChLukas, a wood artist himself, shows her all around Heidelberg and they get her booth set up. Now all they need is her ornaments to arrive. The ornaments are delayed several times and finally arrive and all are completely broken.

Ultimately, Heidi and Lukas combine their two art forms into beautiful pieces and sell them at the market. Heidi’s grandmother arrives to join them for Christmas and they share a wonderful Christmas together. Heidi and Lukas are clearly on the path to a wonderful love story and they all live happily ever after.

Actors

Ginna Claire Mason is wonderful, as always. And Frédéric Brossier was new to me, but he was fantastic as well. And his German accent when he spoke English was an absolute delight. I thought they had great chemistry and I really enjoyed them together. The cast of “B” characters was also amazing in my opinion.

The Bottom Line

This movie was absolutely charming and like a warm hug for me. I adored it and truly enjoyed every single minute. I can’t wait to hear what you think once you’ve seen it!

“A Heidelberg Holiday” – The Deck The Hallmark Podcast Movie Review

What did The Deck The Hallmark guys think? You can listen or watch, whichever you like!

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Hot Takes!

Here’s a quick look at what the Deck The Hallmark Podcast Fellas thought about his movie:

  • Bran – “I loved this movie. I loved the family. I loved that we got to see different traditions with the German culture. I thought the art was pretty good. Lots to like for me.”
  • Brian – “A good one. I could definitely have used more scenery from Germany, specifically the German markets, especially at night time. I just want to see all the markets. The miscommunication due to the language barrier was hilarious, it just works for me every time.”
  • Dan – “This is the best Hallmark movie to fall asleep to. Ginna Claire Mason is really good. There’s a good arc and evolution to their relationship. It starts off strong and then lulls you to sleep. By the end, I wasn’t just chomping at the bit to see how it ended.”

Location, Location, Location

“A Heidelberg Holiday” was filmed in… you guessed it… Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg is actually a relatively small city in Germany, with a population of 160,000 people. One of the things it’s most famous for is its university, which is the oldest university in Germany, opened in 1386. 1386. That’s not a typo!! It has been open that long!

Heidelberg is a gorgeous city and definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Southern Germany.

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Fun Film Facts

Group family shot on the bridge in Heidelberg, Germany with the Schloss Heidelberg in the background.

This movie pulled at my heartstrings for the fact that… I’ve actually been to Heidelberg! And it is one of my very favorite cities in all of Europe. It was beautiful, charming, quaint, and full of so much history. Here’s a picture of me (a very young me 23 years ago) and some of the family in the summer of 2001, with the Schloss Heidelberg in the background! We are standing on the Alte Bruche (the Old Bridge) right on the Neckar River!

Wrap-Up – “A Heidelberg Holiday”

Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier embrace in the market in central Heidelberg during a scene from A Heidelberg Holiday movie.

We are off to the Christmas movie races and I couldn’t be more excited! I adore Christmas movies, and I’ll watch a TON of them this season. The Hallmark Christmas movies are my absolute favorites and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this season. I am wild about this movie and if you’ve not seen it yet, stop what you are doing immediately and go watch it! It’s wonderful and it will not disappoint! Let me know what you think once you’ve seen the movie! Until then, Happy Hallmarking!

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These movie reviews and any articles found on this site are my own and my own opinions. I am in no way affiliated or employed by The Hallmark Corporation, Crown Media, or The Deck The Hallmark Podcast. These opinions are my own and have no professional expertise involved. Any statements are simply opinions and advice.

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Christmas Books from the Deck The Hallmark Podcast:

Don’t forget, the Deck The Hallmark Podcast fellas have 2 books for sale!

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas Movies” has reviews of tons of Hallmark Christmas movies, along with entertaining ideas and recipes. I love mine and I look at it regularly. And also, this is a fantastic gift idea! Make sure you get your copy ordered in time for Christmas movie watching!

Dan and Bran wrote a children’s book! It’s called “When’s It Gonna Be Christmas Again” and it’s hot off the press just in time for the Christmas holiday season!

This is a fantastic story for kids and adults alike!

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