Campfire Christmas Movie Review

It’s the middle of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July for 2022 and “Campfire Christmas” is the second of three new Christmas movies for July! It’s a whole new spin on Christmas in July and as you’ll see in the “Campfire Christmas” movie review, Hallmark really had a fantastic idea here!

Tori Anderson and Corbin Bleu posing in front of wooden doors

I’m loving the new Christmas movies in July! Yay Hallmark! Sing it with me again… “It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrrrrrrr……”. Ok, well, it’s the second most wonderful time of the year (The most wonderful being Hallmark’s Christmas season!). We are almost halfway through Hallmark’s Christmas in July event and I am LOVING it! Not only is it a fun reminder that Christmas is coming, but it’s fun to watch a little holiday magic in the middle of the summer. “Campfire Christmas” is the second of the three new movie premieres from Hallmark this season, and it’s fantastic! Let’s do this!

Tori Anderson and Corbin Bleu in ponchos walking away from the main camp buildings in the rain

My Review:

I was a big fan of this movie! I’m a sucker for any movie that has multiple storylines and an ensemble cast. I just love how they all intertwine and come together. Add to that, it’s a story of second chances at first loves? Be still my heart! I was immediately loving “Campfire Christmas.” The flashbacks were kind of fun and helped move the story along and explain the history between the two main characters, Peyton and Thomas.

I LOVED the camp and the nostalgia of camp combined with an entire week of Christmas! The camp games, like “Capture the Wreath” were super fun too! And the reunion of old friends is always so much fun to watch.

Real World, Real Problems

I loved that the writers didn’t just say everyone was going to sail off into the sunset and be happy. There were legitimate conflicts and obstacles to overcome! Peyton and Thomas don’t live anywhere near each other and it was clear someone had to move to be together. Beckett and Chris lived even further apart on opposite coasts and in the end, decided maybe it WOULD be worth the effort of going on a few dates before they wrote off their sparks. I loved the dynamic between Janice and Dave and the very real fear of becoming parents. Hallmark doesn’t always show up and address real-life logistics and I was here for that!

Happy Ending

And lastly, I adored the end of the movie where they were all together in Peyton’s (I think?) apartment. Peyton and Thomas get engaged, Janice and Dave are going to be parents, Peyton’s parents are loving retirement, and Beckett and Chris seem to be going strong in their love story, too!

I thought this was a super fun movie and I enjoyed it very, very much. It had camp nostalgia mixed with Christmas in July fun and I thought it was awesome.

Campfire Christmas – 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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The camp set and scene for Campfire Christmas movie

Location, Location, Location

“Campfire Christmas” was filmed in British Columbia on Vancouver Island, which is not the same as the city of Vancouver. Vancouver Island is over 300 kilometers long (186.4 miles!) and is full of forest and nature and small villages and beaches and wilderness!

And this looked like a warm and fun summer movie, right? Not so much! It was filmed in the winter! So even though it’s summer in the movie’s setting, it’s not when they were shooting. So in between takes the actors had to bundle up!

Want two more fun movie location facts? Hallmark’s “The Baker’s Son” and the tv series “Chesapeake Shores” were/are also filmed on Vancouver Island! This location looks absolutely gorgeous in all three of these movies/shows! I’m absolutely putting it on the travel bucket list for a visit!

Fun Film Facts

There is an actual Camp Evergreen in Alberta, Canada, but it has nothing to do with this movie, nor do they do a Christmas in July week. How sad!

The main cast of Campfire Christmas counting down in the scene where they light the Christmas lights

Wrap Up – Campfire Christmas Movie Review

Alright! We are now two-thirds of the way through our new Hallmark new Christmas in July movies! I’ve really enjoyed both movies so far and I’m looking forward to the third one too! And it won’t be too long before the Hallmark Christmas movies start in earnest!! I really enjoyed “Campfire Christmas” and I thought it was a really nice break from the usual Christmas movies and was a super fun watch! I hope you enjoy it too!


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The Deck The Hallmark Books:

Cover of the book "I'll Be Home For Christmas Movies" which is a red door with a Christmas Wreath hanging on it

Don’t forget, the Deck The Hallmark Podcast fellas wrote a book! And it’s the ultimate Hallmark Movie watching guide!

It has reviews of tons of Hallmark Christmas movies, along with entertaining ideas and recipes. I love mine and I look at it regularly. The recipes are delicious!

This is a fantastic gift idea as well! Make sure you get your copy ordered in time for Christmas movie watching!

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