Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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A Solstice Carol 

Over one holiday night, Xena and Gabrielle stage mini-dramas in King Silvus' bedroom to get him to change his bitter ways.


John T. Kretchmer


Rob Tapert (created by) (as Robert Tapert), John Schulian (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Joe Berryman ... Senticles
Peter Vere-Jones ... King Silvus
Sher Booth Sher Booth ... Melana
Daniel James ... Lynal
Genevieve Lucre Genevieve Lucre ... Orphan #1
Jaimee Kaire-Gataulu ... Orphan #2
Nicko Vella Nicko Vella ... Orphan #3
Junior Chile Junior Chile ... Orphan #4
Hemi Rudoph Hemi Rudoph ... Head Guard (as Hemi Rudolph)
Mike Howell Mike Howell ... Guard #1
Lucas Young ... Bearded Guard
Tony Bishop Tony Bishop ... Donkey Owner
John Glass John Glass ... Man (as Johnny Glass)


Over one holiday night, Xena and Gabrielle stage mini-dramas in King Silvus' bedroom to get him to change his bitter ways.

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Xena impersonates Clotho, "First of the Fates whose province is the past". The three fates, or moirai: Clotho spins the thread of life; Lachesis allots or draws out the thread of life; Atropos cuts the thread and ends life. In Plato's 'Republic' Lachesis sings of things that were, Clotho sings of things that are, and Atropos sings of things that will be. See more »


King Silvus: Wait a minute. You're one of those Solstice lovers, aren't you? One of those rebels who thinks that everything and everyone should stop once a year just to raise a glass, eat a goose, unwrap gifts! Well, you know what I say to that?
Xena: Bet I can guess.
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Senticles was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, several chimneys are in dire need of repair. See more »

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A Solstice Carol
7 July 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A festive cheer, although this is A Christmas Carol disguised as a Winter Solstice story.

Xena and Gabrielle strive to keep an orphanage from closing down. King Silvus has no time for the winter solstice and the orphanage cannot pay its taxes.

His assistant Senticles was once a toy maker now fallen on hard times as toys have been banned.

Xena goes to King Silvus as three spirits. His wife left him at this time of the year and that his why he comes down hard when people try to celebrate this time of the year.

It is Christmas done the Xena way. Although it also comes across as a lazy retread which the show has been guilty of in the past.

Senticles even ends up in a Santa costume dishing out presents to the kids. There is a donkey that Gabrielle acquires and I suspect that Silvus will discover the errors of his way.

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Release Date:

9 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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