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Christmas in the City (2013)

With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save the store.


Marita Grabiak
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Williams ... Wendy Carroll
Ashanti ... Teanna Musk
Jon Prescott ... Tom Wolman
Shanola Hampton ... Angie
Kylie Noelle Price Kylie Noelle Price ... Grace Carroll (as Kyle Price)
David Ralphe David Ralphe ... Harry Wolman
Beverly Leech ... Meg Carroll
Josh Crotty ... Bruno
Michael Durrell ... Santa
Stewart Scott ... Ken Moore
Duncan Joiner ... William
Fred Mancuso ... Bob Henderson
Joel Rush ... Hunky Santa #1
Andrew Ashton Andrew Ashton ... Hunky Santa #2 (as Andy Ashton)
Michael Potter ... Bank Manager


Divorced for five years, single mom Wendy Carroll operates Carroll's Candy Shop, her late father's candy store in the small town of Quinton. She holds onto the store for dear life, for her mother Meg Carroll's sake, for the one tangible thing she has left of her now deceased father, and to preserve the only life she has ever known in Quinton - but now the bank has sent a letter of foreclosure on the business. It being early in the Christmas season, Wendy, with her young daughter Grace Carroll, moves to Los Angeles until Christmas, staying with her hometown friend Angie (who moved there to pursue a musical theater career) to find a seasonal job to earn enough money to stave off the business going under. Angie is able to get Wendy's foot in the door at Wolman's Department Store, where she has her day job. Run by its founder Harry Wolman and his nephew Tom, Wolman's is an old-fashioned business built on family values, treating staff truly like members of their family. Wendy is quickly ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Family | Romance



Did You Know?


The movie shown on the television in the apartment is from another Lifetime movie, Holiday High School Reunion, which had Jon Prescott (Tom) and Josh Crotty (Bruno) as cast members. See more »


When Tom Wolman sees the fax machine printing out a contract between Teanna Musk and the potential new Wolman Department Store backer, it comes out of the machine already crumpled. If there was a an issue with the fax machine and it was crumpling paper as it printed, the text would be blurred or illegible, as-is, the text is perfectly printed. Tom goes on to crumple the paper in disgust, suggesting that the same paper was used for multiple takes. See more »


Teanna Musk: What says Christmas more than shopping?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Dear Santa (2016) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune
Lyrics by Robert Burns (uncredited)
Performed by Maya Ayam
Arrangement by Maya Ayam and Russ Howard
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12 May 2017 | by cherycoleSee all my reviews

Someone else here said you will love this or hate this and I tend to agree with that statement. "Christmas in the City" is not meant to be groundbreaking art. What it is meant to do is to entertain an audience and it does. Maybe a little more effort could have been made in ways of the screenplay and that the final reveal of the department store with its Christmas display could of used a bigger wow factor would of helped the overall experience.

This film is all about love. Love you have with your family traditions and fearing of losing them. Not a perfect film but it is made with joy and the lead has a smile that becomes a star in its own right. I saw this on NETFLIX streaming.

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Release Date:

7 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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