The movie was shooting at Memorial Peace Park Tuesday and will continue shooting all week through the Maple Ridge downtown. (Screenshot/Special to The News)

The movie was shooting at Memorial Peace Park Tuesday and will continue shooting all week through the Maple Ridge downtown. (Screenshot/Special to The News)

Memorial Peace Park decked up for white Christmas in September

A new holiday movie filming begins in Maple Ridge

Christmas has come early to Maple Ridge once again this year with the filming of a new movie Secret Santa.

The film, starring Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison, has a filming schedule in Maple Ridge this week, said executive producer Tara Cowell-Plain on Tuesday.

The crew was filming an outdoor Christmas scene at the Memorial Peace Park despite the rains, followed by night scenes at the same location.

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“We are so excited about this shoot and just a big thank you to the community for supporting and tolerating such productions in the community,” she said.

In a social media post, Mathison said, “Lots of laughs working with the awesome @jenniegarth on a sweet Christmas movie called Secret Santa right now:)”, while Garth wrote, “So excited to bring this fun Christmas movie to life! #SecretSanta @gactv

The movie is through the new production house GAC Media and set for a December 2021 release.

“It has been a challenging year and a half but the industry is motivated to make it work; there are so many people sitting in front of their TVs and we are motivated to make content for them,” said Cowell-Plain, for whom, this will be her third production since the pandemic.

“It has been so great to be back on sets; everybody works together, does their best to stay socially distant, it works. We also try to support and go to as many local businesses as we can,” she said.

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Tara Cowell-Plain, executive producer with the movie, is excited to shoot in Maple Ridge. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Tara Cowell-Plain, executive producer with the movie, is excited to shoot in Maple Ridge. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)