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The Iron Lake Christmas Tree Festival


Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A nighttime Christmas celebration.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A.  In the town square on Main Street of the small town of Iron Lake, New York.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 9, "Cold Snap".

    Although we see Christmas decorations all over Iron Lake, we only have one brief glimpse of this Christmas Festival, near the end of the episode, when Dexter has killed Matt, and is driving through town on his way to stop Harrison from boarding a bus.

    He and Angela had a date to meet at the Christmas Tree Festival, but he was forced to stand her up because of the twin emergencies,

    But as he drives down the town's main street, we can see a small crowd gathered in an open space, with a Christmas tree and lots of lights. Angela is there, with her daughter. But Dexter just drives right past.










Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. This is simply a small empty lot.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This empty lot is along the south side of Bridge Street in Shelburne falls, Massachusetts. It is the very same empty lot next to which Dexter Parks when he first arrives in town. It is located at the southeast corner of Bridge Street and Deerfield Avenue.

It was the former site of a furniture store, before the store closed and the building was torn down a few years ago. The address of that store (and the now-empty lot) was 19 Bridge St.

They probably wouldn't have gotten away with using such a small lot if the scene had been a lengthy one, in the daytime. But it was a very brief scene, after dark, only glimpsed briefly as Dexter drives by. So all they had to do was put up the Christmas tree, string a few lights, a snowman, and add the crowd for a festive look.

But they also put up a number of fanciful, cabin-like booths right across Deerfield Avenue from the lot, giving it more of a holiday appearance.


    Above is a poster placed in some Shelburne Falls     
    store windows, advertising the Christmas Tree Festival.    



    Here is a Google StreetView of that empty lot:




Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This was simple, because I recognized that row of small Christmas cottages that they had erected along the west side of Deerfield Avenue, next to Bon Salon. Those little booths were visible in a number of different scenes.

    And I had also seen photos shot during the actual filming, which showed the booths being put up, and that allowed me to figure out exactly where they would be before I even watched the show.


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