Where was Happiest Season filmed? Filming Locations Guide in Pittsburgh City

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Happiest Season is a holiday rom-com featuring various cool locations shot in Pennsylvania.

The storyline revolves around a young woman who is invited to meet her girlfriend's parents at the annual Christmas dinner. On the way over, she learns that her partner hasn't actually come out yet to her conservative family.

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis

The cast is headed up by Twilight Saga star Kristen Stewart as Abby, while Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire, The Turning) plays her girlfriend and “roommate”, Harper.

Happiest Season is set and filmed in and around Pittsburgh. The city already proved to be a great source for filming locations in the Mindhunter series.

Happiest Season city location
The movie opens with Abby and Harper going on a walking tour to Candy Cane Lane.

The Candy Cane Lane in DuBoistown (a borough in Williamsport) is considered the best neighborhood Christmas light display in Pennsylvania.

From Thanksgiving to New Years', the area known as the 200 block of Summer Street boasts spectacular Christmas decorations.

However, as the Tribune-Review reported, the scene was actually filmed at the intersection of California and Cleveland Avenues in Avalon near Pittsburgh.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Happiest Season Pittsburgh
The next morning Abby meets her friend John (played by Dan Levy, the creator of popular Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek) at The Vandal coffee shop in Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh).

Abby and Harper's apartment is above the corner of Butler and Fisk (4059 Butler Street), also in Lawrenceville.

After a short visit to Samantha Skelton's Jewelry shop at 4049 Penn Avenue (renamed Maggie Srmayan, after the movie's set designer), they go for a stroll down Butler Street.
Image courtesy of Hulu - Maps: The Vandal / Jewelry store


Happiest Season house
But where is the magnificent Caldwell country house? In a press release, film director Clea DuVall stated that production designer Theresa Guleserian decided to build the entire house, where much of the movie takes place, on a soundstage at 31st Street Studios in Pittsburgh.

However, the location of the manor used for the exterior shots has not yet been revealed.
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The restaurant with a chimney
The restaurant with the central fireplace, where the family has dinner along with Harper's ex-boyfriend Connor (played by Jake McDorman), is one of the halls of the Chartiers Country Club.

This family-oriented private club with the golf course is located in the hills of Robinson Township, just a few minutes away from downtown Pittsburgh.
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Margot Pennsylvania
The fictional Margot Community Center Ice Arena is actually the Belmont Complex ice rink in West Hills.
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Fox Chapel Golf Club
Atlas of Wonders has tracked down the location of the country club where, according to John, “they didn't let women have their own memberships until the early 2000s” to the Fox Chapel Golf Club.

The historic Brandon Smith and Alden/Harlow building is a registered architectural landmark.
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Ross Park Mall
Pittsburgh Current reported that the shopping center where Lauren Lapkus and Timothy Simons make a cameo as security guards is the Ross Park Mall in Ross Township, located north of Pittsburgh.
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The shoot in Grove City
Abby ends up eating alone on Christmas Eve in Nonni's Corner Trattoria and walks by the 1927 Guthrie Theatre on Broad Street in Grove City.

However, the interior of the movie cinema that appears again at the end of the movie is not the Guthrie, but the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead.

According to IMDb, the gay bar where Abby and Riley (played by Aubrey Plaza) have a drink is a tribute to The Oxwood Inn, a lesbian bar in Los Angeles that closed in 2017.

For Happiest Season, The Oxwood was filmed at Real Luck Café in The Strip (Pittsburgh).
Image courtesy of Hulu - Maps: Broad Street / Carnegie of Homestead / Real Luck Café


Sewickley drehorte
The scene where Abby and Riley are walking down the street and Harper is browsing in a wine shop was filmed on Beaver Street in Sewickley.

This residential suburb is located about 15 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The Love's Travel Stop is the one in Slippery Rock, a small town in Butler County.
Image courtesy of Hulu - Maps: Gather store / Gas station


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4 comments
  1. The Candy Cane Lane linked above is incorrect. It is outside Philadelphia, not Pittsburgh. The Candy Cane Lane in Happiest Season is in Avalon, PA.

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  2. Just saw this movie. Adding to the locations: Abby & Harper's apartment is above the corner of Butler and Fisk in Lawrenceville - it can be seen outside their window. John and Abby walk down Butler past Hambone's pub with a flyer in the window advertising the real upcoming Letitia Van Sant concert...and businesses such as the Deli, Bierport, Merchant Oyster and Wildcard can clearly be seen in the shot. It's almost the exact same location where the American Pickle shoot also took place, but they did a lot less set dressing than Rogen's movie did - in fact, almost none.

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  3. Yes... the scene was filmed in the third-floor apartment above Thunderbird Cafe!

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