The Christmas Shoes (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  1 December 2002 (USA)
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A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.



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Airs Wed. Dec. 02, 7:00 AM on ABCF

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Andrews (as Kimberly Williams)
Nathan Andrews
Kate Layton
Jack Andrews
Dalton Gregory
Ellen Layton
Rhonda McLean ...
Tom Wilson
Dean McGraw
Brian Heighton ...
Jake Cardwell
Geoff Herod ...
Young Adult Nathan
Dr. Mather
Dr. Julian


Two separate stories mesh - in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert's firm. When Robert's mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan's paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter. Written by

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1 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les souliers de Noël  »

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Did You Know?


The book that the screenplay was based on, was based on the lyric written by Eddie Carswell for the song of the same name - a #1 song by the group New Song. See more »


It is supposed to be set in 1985 (as evidenced by the dates on the grave markers at the beginning and end of the film), but many later-generation cars (mostly from the '90s) can be seen throughout the film. See more »


Maggie Andrews: Honey, what's the matter?
Nathan Andrews: Your heart. I just wanted to see if it was still beating.
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Featured in The Nostalgia Chick: The Christmas Shoes (2011) See more »


The Christmas Shoes
Written by Eddie Carswell and Leonard Ahlstrom
Performed by Newsong
Courtesy of Reunion Records
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Great performances-highly recommended for family viewing!
25 December 2002 | by (West Chester, OH) – See all my reviews

This is now my all-time favorite Christmas movie.I am hoping to buy the video as soon as it is available. I have not read the book, but have the song. I am so glad they made a movie such as this one and I can't believe it wasn't a Hallmark movie-it should be.

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