It bothered me too -- I mean, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree? Doesn't exactly evoke a continental atmosphere.
I totally forgot the strudel. Should have known. (Hallmark loves this pastry -- Christmas in Vail's plot basically revolved around Lacey Chabert's Uncle Grady's famous strudel recipe)
The baking cookies trope was so transparent and silly -- the violinist could easily have gone into any famous shop there to purchase local delicacies for the kids.
I appreciate Brennan Elliot as one of their stock company leads -- he is definitely not the typical blandly handsome, wooden, model-type guy they usually use, but in this story I was sort of hoping the diplomat would be blonde, good-looking, and with a European air. Brennan is, well, kind of schlumpy. He's real, yes, but in this kind of story not anyone's romantic ideal, at least for me.
The child actors weren't obnoxious and squeaky voiced as they usually are in these things. That was a plus, plus some actual authentic location filming in Vienna. The lead actress -- I forget her name -- was also rather pleasant.