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Top 10 Tennessee Small Towns That Feel Like Hallmark Movies

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Tennessee, with its picturesque landscapes and charming communities, boasts small towns that seem to have stepped right out of a Hallmark movie.


These towns offer a dose of nostalgia, with their quaint streets, warm hospitality, and a sense of timelessness that evokes that Hallmark feel.

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Whether you're looking for a romantic story, a holiday tale, or simply a cozy, small-town atmosphere, these towns in the Volunteer State have it all.


In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey to explore the Top TENN small towns that capture the essence of a Hallmark movie. (listed in no particular order)

 
Jonesborough

Jonesborough, Tennessee, embodies the quintessential Hallmark movie setting with its timeless charm and picturesque allure.


This historic town, Tennessee's oldest, boasts a delightful Main Street lined with charming shops and cozy cafes where residents greet you with genuine warmth and hospitality.


Its rich history, vibrant arts scene, and dedication to storytelling create an atmosphere that feels straight out of a storybook.


Whether you're strolling through its well-preserved architecture, enjoying the local festivals, or immersing yourself in the town's storytelling culture, Jonesborough provides the perfect backdrop for heartwarming Hallmark stories and evokes a sense of nostalgia that's hard to resist.

 
Collierville

Hallmark filmed scenes from its movie "Wedding at Graceland" on Collierville Town Square. And when you visit, it's easy to see why.


Collierville, Tennessee, captures the essence of a Hallmark movie with its enchanting small-town charm.


The historic town square, complete with a meticulously preserved train depot, sets the scene for a heartwarming tale.


During the holiday season, the square comes alive with twinkling lights, creating a magical ambiance that feels right out of a Hallmark film.


The friendly and welcoming community, along with a quaint assortment of shops and eateries, adds to the idyllic atmosphere.

 
Franklin

Landmark Booksellers, a delightful bookshop located in a historic early 1800s building on Franklin's Main Street, offers a backdrop that could easily inspire captivating narratives.


Perhaps you'll discover a timeless love story while sitting in a vintage armchair, or you might uncover profound life lessons within the pages of a cherished book.


This charming shop even took center stage in Karen Kingsbury's New York Times bestselling novel, "The Bridge," which was adapted into a Hallmark movie.


The story unfolds around Landmark's owners, Joel and Carol Tomlin, as they grapple with the challenges of a flooded store, all while two college students embark on a romantic journey.


This enchanting setting and the tales it has inspired truly make it a place where stories come to life.

 
Columbia

Columbia served as a backdrop for scenes in the 2022 Lifetime movie "Steppin' into the Holiday," featuring Mario Lopez.


Downtown Columbia, Tennessee, is a charming and historic district located in Maury County, just south of Nashville. It's known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, and a welcoming community.


The downtown area is characterized by its historic buildings, many of which date back to the 19th century. The architecture reflects the town's rich heritage and adds to its small-town charm.

 
Bell Buckle

Nestled in Middle Tennessee, Bell Buckle is known for its historic charm, annual festivals, and welcoming community.


The town's Victorian-style homes and unique shops make it a perfect backdrop for a heartwarming Hallmark story.

 
Sweetwater

A trip to Sweetwater feels like a journey back in time, particularly during the holiday season.

Sweetwater transforms into a scene straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie.


The town center features a charming Gazebo where Christmas carols fill the air each afternoon, and along Main Street, local shops offer a shopping experience that goes beyond mere list-checking; it's an immersive and festive adventure.

 
Granville

A single step into the heart of downtown Granville transports you into what seems like the set of a Hallmark movie. However, the magic is real, and the warmth of hospitality is genuine.


Often referred to as Tennessee's own Mayberry, you'll find festive Christmas decorations adorning every corner as you journey toward the Andy Griffith and I Love Lucy Museum.


The T.B. Sutton General Store is a cherished National Historic Registry landmark. Be sure to embark on a tour of the Sutton home place for a taste of a Victorian Christmas and a deeper understanding of the town's history.


While Granville, TN may be small, it's brimming with museums, shops, and the timeless beauty of yesteryears that you'll want to fully immerse yourself in.

 
Dandridge

Dandridge is often referred to as the "Heart of East Tennessee” on “the Lakeside of the Smokies.”


In the second oldest city in Tennessee, with its timeless homes and charming downtown, you'll discover numerous Hallmark-like picturesque locations for memorable family photos scattered throughout the city.

 
Rugby

In the historic village of Rugby, an old-fashioned Christmas celebration comes to life during the first two Saturdays of December, capturing the holiday spirit in the Victorian-era settlement.


The streets are adorned with live garland and glowing window candles, transporting visitors to the ambiance of the 1880s.


Christmas in Historic Rugby offers a delightful array of activities, from a special visit from Father Christmas to village carolers serenading the festive atmosphere, along with cozy beverages, sweet treats, holiday shopping, all reminiscent of a scene straight out of a Hallmark movie.

 
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, a joyful holiday retreat, transforms into a magical wonderland adorned with shimmering lights and festive decorations.


The 2019 Hallmark holiday movie, "Christmas at Dollywood," unfolds its heartwarming story within the theme park and throughout the charming town of Pigeon Forge, where the iconic Dolly Parton makes a cameo appearance as herself.


The film beautifully showcases the town's splendid natural scenery and the lively holiday festivities.


During the holidays, the Old Mill historic district is visible for miles with illuminated scenes and colorful Christmas lights.

 

For more information about Small Towns in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Family Vacation Explore page.

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