Production of a Christmas film is entering its next phase in Bracebridge.

Residents may have noticed full holiday lights and decorations along Manitoba Street as the Netflix production The Knight Before Christmas moves to downtown exterior shots next Wednesday, May 15th.

Starting at 4:00pm that day until 6:00am the next morning Manitoba Street from Taylor Road to Ontario Street will be closed to the public. Also, Taylor Road from Hiram Street to Manitoba is going to be closed.

Economic Development Programmer for the Town of Bracebridge, Jill Harris says the boost to the local economy for the project starring Vannessa Hudgens has been massive.

Over an eight week period between $2 million and $3 million has been spent locally she estimates.

“They have spent nearly $250,000 in motel nights alone,” Harris confirms. Add to that restaurant, set rentals, hiring locals for all manner of needs, and the number blossoms quickly.

She said even though Manitoba Street is completely dressed for Christmas the filming is still a week off.

“The set dressers get their work done early,” she says.

Lots of the rentals being done by the production company are for private properties, including Santa’s Village, that despite flooding, was converted into a winter wonderland last week.

Residents are invited to go downtown and watch the filming but should remember the parking restrictions in place.

The Town of Bracebridge sign on Manitoba at Taylor Road has a festive flair to it despite it being May. (Doug Crosse Photo)