A young woman who left the year-round holiday party of "Santaville" - where her dad reigns as the resident St. Nick - returns to find her father's business in dire straits.


Karen Arthur


Joany Kane (teleplay), Duane Poole (teleplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Tom Arnold ... Nick Crosby
Candace Cameron Bure ... Holly (as Candace Cameron-Bure)
Christopher Wiehl ... Peter Lowdell
Barbara Niven ... Ginny
Matt Walton ... Ben Richards
Allan F. Nicholls ... Earl (as Allan Nicholls)
Kaily Smith Westbrook ... Brenda (as Kaily Smith)
Heather Remick ... Della Wallace nee Hamilton (as Heather Geromin Remick)
Bruce Bouchard Bruce Bouchard ... Mr. Covell
Richard Waterhouse Richard Waterhouse ... Mr. Jennings
Taylor Ampatiellos ... Willy
Lillian Pritchard ... Young Holly
Ari Larson ... Young Peter
Parma Parma ... Nick's Dog


In 'Saint' Nick Crosby's old-fashioned year-round Christmas village Santaville, working as an elf on Christmas preparations all year killed his daughter Holly's seasonal spirit. So she moved out, feeling neglected since her mother's death, to become a Boston toy firm's hardest-working sales executive. When Nick has a bad injury she returns to help out and finds Santaville outdated and near bankruptcy despite much generous help, especially from shy Peter. She tries to save it, counting on a plan proposed by charming financial advisor Ben Richards. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family | Romance


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This was Candace Cameron Buret's first Hallmark Christmas movie. See more »


When Nick is sitting in a chair reading the newspaper, the headline reads "Manny keeps it going", with a picture of a Red Sox player. Clearly a reference to Manny Ramirez, who played for the Red Sox until being traded in August 2008. This newspaper is from the summer of 2008 before Manny's trade to the LA Dodgers. But in the movie, Nick is reading the newspaper in December. Kudos to the movie staff for at least using a New England paper. See more »


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Sentimental, minor flaws
27 November 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Overall, a pretty good story for a Christmas season diversion. A year round Santa's village type place is suffering budget problems, and nearing bankruptcy. Tom Arnold stars as the owner/operator of the sentimental amusement center, but his dedication and festive spirit are not matched by any business sense. The place has fallen from better times, and is now nearing extinction through bankruptcy or sale.

Tom Arnold is usually an annoyance in any movie he appears, but he was pretty good this time out. He plays Nick as confused and frustrated yet faithful to his dream. Nick feels lost, as the world doesn't seem to care about this Arctic fantasy wonderland any more, even though several locals express fond memories of the once popular resort. He maintains that childlike hope that the crowds will soon return. To him, the era of this magical place is not over; it never will be over.

Enter Nick's daughter, a shrewd businessperson, who Nick fools into returning to her home town. She thinks she's there to tend to her ailing father. The only thing that's sick is the business, with thousand of dollars worth of unpaid debts, and creditors closing in. The shrewd businesswoman relies more on a sentimental approach, appealing to people to rally together to save the landmark institution. The sparks over their different approaches to Santaland, and a mysterious visitor to the town who woos Nick's daughter, provide for the main conflicts.

Some events seem just a bit too convenient for the story, but with enough Christmas spirit like Nick has, the movie works. Acting and direction are up to par for this style of movie. There's a nice spirit and message to it, and plenty of heart.

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