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Help for the Holidays (2012)

Sara Vancamp ('Eva LaRue') is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bradford May

Writers:

Abbey Cleland (story by), Abbey Cleland (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Airs Wed. Dec. 12, 6:00 AM on HALL

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Summer Glau ... Christine
Eva LaRue ... Sara VanCamp (as Eva La Rue)
John Brotherton ... Dave Gabriel
Dan Gauthier ... Scott VanCamp
Izabela Vidovic ... Ally VanCamp
Mason Cook ... Will VanCamp
Steve Larkin ... Santa
Jessie Lande ... Gabby
Valorie Hubbard ... Hannah
Jerome V. Green ... Hot Dog Man
Ben Adams ... Doorman
Tom DeTrinis ... Village Elf
Michael Dempsey Michael Dempsey ... Village Santa
Jesse Bean ... Photographer
Loren Lester ... Daniel
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Storyline

Sara Vancamp ('Eva LaRue') is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole, comes to the real world to help the VanCamp family, mom Sara (La Rue), dad Scott (Gauthier), and their two kids, re-discover Christmas spirit. Written by chrisdvanne

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Help for the Holidays See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Summer Glau has stated that this is her father's favorite of all her projects. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Dave and Ally find out, how Christine's magic book works and use it to find out, where she is. However, just about a minute after that, they realize that Will has disappeared and start searching for him instead of using the book to find out where he is (as they just did before to find Christine). See more »

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Joy to the World
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Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
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User Reviews

 
I DO believe.....and Santa Larkin cinches it....
6 December 2014 | by itsjoanSee all my reviews

With all the reruns and infomercials of late and my personal intentions of avoiding stores until after the Christmas 'feeding frenzy' has ended....the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies are a welcome refuge. Albeit predictable at times...most offerings are definitely 'feel good' and a spoonful-of-sugar antidote to the ills of an otherwise wonderful season.

The storyline fits so many families today with parents so involved in making a living, that family life isn't as warm and closely woven as it could be. Many could use the assistance of one of Santa's magical elves.

P.S. I'd like to see more of Steve Larkin. So believable as Santa and anyone else as well.


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