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An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.


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Ginny Grainger
Jack Grainger
Caleb Grainger
Abbie Grainger (as Elizabeth Harnois)
Robbie Magwood ...
Cal Grainger
Harry Dickens
Santa Claus
Molly Monaghan
Frank Crump
Herbie Conklin
Joy Thompson ...
Mrs. Monaghan (as Joy Thompson-Allen)
Mr. Noonan
Mrs. Noonan
Julie Beaulieu ...
Noonan Child
Geremy Dingle ...
Noonan Child (as Jeremy Dingle)
Jane Schoettle ...
Bank Teller
Damir Andrei ...
Bank Manager
Amah Harris ...
Girl in Bank
Rita Tuckett ...
Mrs. Claus
Sam Malkin ...
Garage Mechanic
Gareth Bennett ...
Harry Dickens' son (as Garreth Bennett)
Robin McCulloch
Rodger Barton
John E. Johnson
Gary Bush
Robert King
(as Genevieve Appleton)

Directed by

Phillip Borsos

Written by

Thomas Meehan ... (story) &
Phillip Borsos ... (story) &
Barry Healey ... (story)
Thomas Meehan ... (written by)

Produced by

Phillip Borsos ... executive producer
Michael MacDonald ... associate producer
Peter O'Brian ... producer

Music by

Michael Conway Baker

Cinematography by

Frank Tidy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Sidney Wolinsky

Editorial Department

Rosmary Conte ... assistant picture editor
Timothy Eaton ... assistant picture editor (as Tim Eaton)
Scott Eldridge ... assistant picture editor
Elaine McFeat ... post-production coordinator
Jan Nicolichuk ... assistant picture editor
Robin Russell ... assistant picture editor

Casting By

Gail Carr

Production Design by

Bill Brodie

Art Direction by

Tony Hall

Set Decoration by

Rondi Johnson

Costume Design by

Olga Dimitrov

Makeup Department

Ann Brodie ... makeup designer
Beverly Carr ... assistant makeup artist
Bryan Charbonneau ... hair stylist (as Bryan Charboneau)
Tony Marrero ... hair stylist

Production Management

David Coatsworth ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tony Lucibello ... first assistant director
Michael MacDonald ... second unit director
Elizabeth Scherberger ... second assistant director
David Till ... third assistant director
David Vaughan ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Chris Biden ... propsman
Ken Clark ... set dresser
Tom Doherty ... assistant art director
Mark S. Freeborn ... property master (as Mark Freeborn)
Caroline George-Kohne ... assistant art director (as Caroline George)
Fred Geringer ... stand-by painter
Debra Gjendem ... assistant art director
Joe Griffith ... production illustrator
Bill Harman ... construction supervisor
Willi Holst ... head painter (as Willie Holst)
Alicia Keywan ... assistant art director
Denis Kirkham ... set dresser (as Dennis Kirkham)
Alistair Macrae ... assistant art director (as Alistair MacRae)
Gustave Meunier ... set dresser
Nancey Pankiw ... assistant art director
Alex Russell ... head carpenter

Sound Department

David Appleby ... re-recording mixer
Anke Bakker ... assistant sound editor
Richard Cadger ... adr editor (as Rick Cadger)
Bruce Carwardine ... production sound recordist
Alison Clark ... sound effects editor
Robert Cooper ... assistant sound editor (as Bob Cooper)
Bruno DeGazio ... assistant sound editor (as Bruno Degazio)
Glen Gauthier ... dialogue editor / production sound recordist
Alan Geldart ... sound effects editor
Joe Grimaldi ... re-recording mixer
Howard Karp ... sound restoration
Roberta Kipp ... assistant sound editor
Robin Leigh ... adr editor
Susan Lindell ... assistant sound editor
Susan Maggi ... assistant sound editor
Sandra Moffat ... assistant sound editor
Bruce Nyznik ... sound designer / sound effects recording
Michael O'Farrell ... sound effects editor
Anna Pafomow ... assistant sound editor
Dale Sheldrake ... assistant sound editor
Peter Thillaye ... sound effects editor
Gord Thompson ... sound effects recording
Lise Wedlock ... foley assistant
Don White ... re-recording mixer
Leon B. Wood ... assistant sound editor (as Leon Wood)
Christian T. Cooke ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist (uncredited)
Bruce Nyznik ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Don White ... foley recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Jeremy Borsos ... technical effects: consultant
J. Tracy Budd ... special effects
William H. Orr ... special effects (as Bill Orr)
John Thomas ... special effects coordinator
David Neil Trifunovich ... special effects on-set technician (as Neil Trifunovich)

Visual Effects by

Peter Anderson ... visual effects supervisor


David Rigby ... stunt driver
T.J. Scott ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

David Crone ... camera operator: second unit
Tony Eldridge ... best boy
Noah Farrell ... best boy grip
Henri Fiks ... camera operator: second unit
Tony Guerin ... trainee assistant camera
Gail Harvey ... still photographer
Pauline Heaton ... trainee assistant camera
Perry Hoffman ... second assistant camera
Chris Holmes ... gaffer
Michael Kohne ... key grip (as Michael Dan Kohne)
Michael Rall ... assistant camera: second unit
Robert Saad ... camera operator
Neil Seale ... first assistant camera
Kerry Smart ... assistant camera: second unit
Richard Clark ... video playback operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Susannah Coneybeare ... additional casting
Janet Hirshenson ... casting: L.A.
Michael Hirshenson ... casting associate
Jane Jenkins ... casting: L.A.
Peter Lavender ... extras casting
Jill Simpson ... casting associate
Bonnie Timmermann ... casting: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gail Filman ... wardrobe dresser
Rose Mihalyi ... wardrobe dresser
Madeleine Stewart ... wardrobe mistress (as Madeline Stewart)

Location Management

Keith Large ... unit location manager
Howard Rothschild ... location manager: second unit

Music Department

Denise McCormick ... music editor
Glenn Morley ... score conductor / score orchestrator / score producer

Script and Continuity Department

Penny Hynam ... continuity (as Penelope Hynam)

Transportation Department

Stuart Hughes ... driver captain
Fred Ionson ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

Debbie Cooke ... production coordinator
Mark Dumas ... animal trainer (as Marc Weiner)
Prudence Emery ... unit publicist
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio ... executive coordinator (as Teri Fettis)
Orest Haba ... production assistant
Sarah Miller Hayward ... production associate (as Sarah Hayward)
Deborah Henderson ... executive assistant (as Debra Henderson)
Joanne Jackson ... production accountant
Rick Parker ... animal master
George Pothitos ... dialogue coach
Fred Roos ... production executive
Judy Roseberg ... production accountant
Paul L. Tucker ... production consultant (as Paul Tucker)


R.D. Perkins ... acknowledgment: Thebis tricycle courtesy of

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Plot Summary

Gideon, a Christmas angel, is sent, by Santa, to help Ginny Grainger. Ginny is a cynic, and she hates Christmas. She and her family (husband, Jack and two kids, Cal and Abbie) have fallen on hard times, making it even harder to believe in anything that can't be seen. With help from Abbie, and a trip to see Santa Claus himself, can Gideon find a way to make Ginny believe again? Written by jwhale9382

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Taglines Miracles do happen! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un Noël magique (Canada, French title)
  • Father Christmas (Canada, English title)
  • Disney's One Magic Christmas (United Kingdom)
  • Un drôle de Noël (France)
  • Navidades mágicas (Spain)
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  • 89 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Film debut of Sarah Polley See more »
Goofs When Mrs. Santa Claus opens the door to Abbie, from the back her hair is a markedly different color and texture to how it is from the front (and in all subsequent shots). The back shot was obviously filmed with a stand-in wearing a wig. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Is Hollywood Selling War to Kids? (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Sleigh Ride See more »
Quotes Gideon: Can you keep a secret?
Abbie Grainger: Yeah.
Gideon: Well, uh, I'm an angel. A Christmas angel.
Abbie Grainger: Oh, no, you're not, 'cause my dad told me you can't see angels. They're invisible.
Gideon: Well, they're invisible sometimes, but sometimes they have to show up.
Abbie Grainger: So, what's your name then?
Gideon: Gideon.
Abbie Grainger: Gideon? Was you a good person that died?
Gideon: Good person? Well, I was a cow hand... out, out west. And one Christmas, a long, long time ago, I was riding along the Snake River, and I heard this little... kid, uh, yelling to somebody, and, uh, so I jumped into the river to save him. Well, I saved him, all right, but I got myself drowned. 'Cause I didn't know how to swim. And, um, after that they, they made me a Christmas angel.
Abbie Grainger: What do Christmas angels do?
Gideon: Well, my job is to, every Christmas, have to help one person, that's feeling down, to get into the Christmas spirit.
Abbie Grainger: One person?
Gideon: Yeah.
Abbie Grainger: Could it be my mom? Could you make my mom like Christmas better, Gideon?
Gideon: Yeah. I think so, if you'll help me.
Abbie Grainger: Okay.
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