Directed by Wendy Ord, Lifetime’s ‘Single and Ready to Jingle’ is a romantic comedy film that follows Emma Warner, the Senior Vice President of a toy firm, who concentrates on Christmas for the entire year. All she wants is a non-Holiday vacation on a lovely beach surrounded by attractive guys, far away from the merriment of the holiday season. Her assistant arranges for her to take a trip to St. Johns, but she boards the wrong aircraft and lands in St. John, Alaska, a community that celebrates Christmas to the fullest.
Connor, the town’s holiday hero, is stuck dealing with Emma, whom he deems a scrooge until her recollections of her early Christmases help her warm up to the place and Connor. The Christmas movie delights the viewers with its nostalgic narrative and festive theme, and the vibrant locales of the fictional town of St. John make one wonder where is the Alaskan town. If you’re curious about the same, let’s find out together!
Single and Ready to Jingle Filming Locations
Though set in Alaska, Wendy Ord’s ‘Single and Ready to Jingle’ was filmed entirely in the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia, especially in Kamloops. Part of Lifetime’s ‘It’s A Wonderful Lifetime’ lineup, the film was originally titled ‘Destination Christmas.’ The principal photography for the Christmas movie seemingly commenced in March 2022 and wrapped up within weeks of the same year. Let’s find out more about the specific filming site of this heartwarming film!
Kamloops, British Columbia
‘Single and Ready to Jingle’ was shot entirely in and around Kamloops in the south-central part of British Columbia. The production team visited the BC Wildlife Park and other locations in Kamloops for the filming of this Lifetime movie. In conversation with CFJC Today Kamloops, Wildlife Park Executive Director Glenn Grant threw light on the filming locations. He said, “We’re doubling up as the St. John airport, the entrance and the lobby, the St. John Community Centre, they’ll be doing some snowshoeing out in the park setting, and our caboose will double up as a hot chocolate stand.”
Fun to see the 200 blk of Victoria st in downtown #Kamloops transformed into a Christmas scene for a Lifetime film called “Single and ready to Jingle.” Filming begins this afternoon and will run into the night with a “blizzard” created by movie magic. The film wraps after today. pic.twitter.com/i0sAL60stl
— Doug Herbert (@DHerbertCBC) March 10, 2022
Grant added, “Most of the other locations are here inside the visitors centre.” Filming also took place on Victoria Street between Second and Third Avenues. The Ruby Room, a clothes boutique on Victoria Street, was one of the venues used for the production. The streets were covered with snow, while adjacent stores and lampposts were decorated for Christmas.
The city is located east of Kamloops Lake at the meeting point of the west and south-flowing Thompson Rivers. It is also a part of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Apart from ‘Single and Ready to Jingle,’ Kamloops has been a famous filming location for different productions, such as ‘Love & Where to Find It,’ ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,’ and ‘Listen out for Love.’
Single and Ready to Jingle Cast
Natasha Wilson essays the role of Emma Warner. The actress might seem familiar to you due to her appearances in other productions such as ‘Crimson Point,’ ‘Dancer in Danger,’ and ‘Once Upon a Time.’ Edward Ruttle plays the role of Connor in the holiday movie. Edward is best known for his work in ‘Just One Kiss,’ ‘A Honeymoon to Remember,’ ‘Holiday Date,’ and others.
Other members of the cast include Storeigh Daniel (Oliver), Beth Fotheringham (Tanya Polansky), James MacDonald (Greg Polansky), Merry Lou Proudfoot (Lucy), Eva Tavares (Callie), and Crystal Tisiga (Anna), C J Wilkins (Droll Ticket Agent), and Lynn Whyte (Agatha Taylor). Judi Garner stars as a shopkeeper, while Catriona Leger appears as a cart vendor.