A king who is struggling to live up to his father's name hires an ice skating choreographer for a special Christmas Eve performance to celebrate the founding of his nation.


Peter Hewitt


Joie Botkin (teleplay by), Matthew Coppola (story by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Merritt Patterson ... Katie
Andrew Cooper ... King Alexander
Brittany Bristow ... Jessica
Nicholas Banks ... Nicholas
Geraldine Fitzgerald Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Aunt Patricia
India Fowler India Fowler ... Princess Christina
Esh Alladi ... Doctor
Antonio Aakeel ... Clerk
Jo Cameron Brown ... Tour Guide
Linda Marshall Miller Linda Marshall Miller ... Ice Rink Manager
Reece Griffin ... Nathan
Zsolt Kerekes Zsolt Kerekes ... Skating Choreographer


Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

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Merritt Patterson and Andrew Cooper were both on the TV show The Royals. She played Ophelia who dated Prince Liam the heir to the throne and he played Beck a Lord who dated Eleanor, Liam's twin sister. See more »


During the pageant, a camera is shooting at 24 fps. While this is likely the frame rate the movie itself was shot at, and would be correct for shooting in North America, the setting was clearly somewhere in Europe, where they would be shooting at 25 fps (or more likely 50 for a live event). See more »


References How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) See more »


Jingle Bells
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Good Movie. Merritt Patterson and the Romanian Castle Shine.
18 January 2019 | by geheweSee all my reviews

First time I have seen Merritt Patterson and what a bright spot she was. She was in two movies in 2017 A ROYAL WINTER and THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE. I will watch these other movies. She could be the 3rd sister in a movie with Amber Marshall (Heartland) and Megan Parks. Andrew Cooper as the king was OK, but I think less screen time would have been better. Loved the beginning scenes where she didn't know he was the king and he didn't tell her. Loved him having the name the Grinch King. What is not to love about this movie. It falls short of excellence. Maybe more of an emotional tie between her and the princess. Maybe some more realistic figure skating. Brittany Bristow did do a pretty good spiral. Hope Merritt makes more Christmas movies.

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Release Date:

22 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Christmas at the Palace See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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