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‘The Real Housewives of the North Pole’ was filmed in Utah

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | Dec 8, 2021

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"The Real Housewives of the North Pole" title card is shown.

Although the 2021 holiday flick was filmed in Utah, the setting for “The Real Housewives of the North Pole” is actually a town called North Pole — in Vermont. Kyle Richards and Betsy Brandt star in this Christmas story about friendship, jealousy and true love.

The town’s “Christmas Queens” are Trish, played by Richards, and Diana, played by Brandt, who have been best friends for ages. Every year they join forces to win the golden reindeer trophy for Best Holiday House, a decorating competition that brings out their competitiveness. This year, however, things go awry when the two have an epic fight and end up bitter enemies.

Diana’s son Jake (Kyle Selig) and Trish’s daughter Skye (Jearnest Corchado) decide to get their mothers back together. But that is a tall order considering everything they try backfires.

Now a webzine writer (Tetona Jackson) comes to town to get the behind-the-scenes story of the two women who are legendary, due to their holiday decorations. What she ends up getting is a gritty expose about their breakup and subsequent squabbles, not to mention their misadventures when, for the first time, they compete against each other for the coveted golden reindeer trophy.

This is a Christmas movie, so you already know how it’s going to end. But getting from A to Z has a plenty of enjoyable twists and turns. Yes, it’s predictable, but it is a rather cute story. Their treachery knows no bounds when it comes to winning that golden reindeer. Tempers, and snowballs, fly when all bets are off. This is a fight to the finish and you’ll enjoy every round.

The Real Housewives of the North Pole began streaming on Peacock Monday.

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