The Iron Lake Christmas Tree Festival
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.
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
Here is a Google StreetView of that empty lot:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
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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