Well it is officially after Thanksgiving here in the USA. So here come the movie lists for the season. As well as our holiday movie reviews
For the Family
Star Wars Holiday Special
Lucasfilm released today a brand-new trailer for the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, coming November 17 to Disney+, offering a fun and frantic sneak peek at what’s in store. In the trailer, Rey discovers an ancient “key” that sends her traveling through time and space, where she encounters legends of the past and seemingly brings together all Star Wars eras. Among the trailer’s many memorable moments, Rey battles Darth Vader, with both pausing to admire the Child’s cuteness; Lando opens presents, hoping for a cape; and two Han Solos politely ask each other who should shoot first. All told, the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special looks to capture all of the trademark in-joke humor and action of LEGO Star Wars, while giving fans the Star Wars mashup they’ve long dreamed about.
In the North Pole, preparations for the upcoming Christmas are quickly taking place. After the current Santa Claus’s untimely death five months prior, his son, Nick Kringle, is having difficulties trying to complete his training in order to become the next Santa. His younger sister, Noelle, who has been placed in charge of distributing and maintaining Christmas spirit, continues to support him, and even suggests taking the weekend off as to avoid the stress and relax before the big day. Complying, Nick takes off overnight with the reindeer, and doesn’t return following the weekend.
When the reindeer return without Nick and Noelle admits to giving him controversial advice, the elves get angry at her. The elf elders forcibly appoint her cousin Gabriel, the Kringle’s tech support, to fill in as the new Santa. Guilt-stricken and forlorn, Noelle deduces that Nick fled to Phoenix, Arizona, and takes off with the Sleigh and reindeer alongside her childhood nanny Polly.
They set down into a mall. With the permission of manager Helen Rojas and the customer’s support and belief that it was a Christmas exhibit, Noelle sets out into the city to find Nick, leaving Polly to tend to the sleigh and reindeer. She meets and hires Jake Hapman, a private investigator as well as a single father who had recently been divorced, to track down Nick. Noelle also interacts with Jake’s enthusiastic son Alex and several other people, discovering that she can understand and communicate in other languages (including American Sign Language), as well as tell the naughty from the nice.
Jake tracks Nick down to a yoga studio, where Nick is enthusiastic to see Noelle yet cannot make himself return north and become Santa. After a heated argument, Noelle leaves the building. She returns to the mall, where her reindeer friend Snowcone arrives with a letter from Mrs. Claus informing her about the situation back home and ordering her to find and bring Nick back home. During Noelle’s time away, Gabriel had used an algorithm to determine that there were only 2,837 “nice” children in the world, much to the horror of the elves and Mrs. Claus.
With help from Snowcone, Noelle tracks down Nick to a yoga retreat at the Desert Botanical Garden, and convinces him to return. Nick meets up with her and Polly at the mall the next day and Noelle has him continue to train by being a mall Santa. While Nick discovers the text message being sent to children from Gabriel, Jake discovers that Noelle told Alex about his Christmas wish, something that is awkward for him as his ex-wife remarried. Noelle breaks down and reveals that she is Santa’s daughter, causing him to leave. When Nick is accosted by the actual mall Santa, Noelle intervenes and accidentally hurts a police officer, resulting in her getting arrested and later hospitalized for psychological evaluation.
After a visit from Polly, who reveals her identity as an elf, Jake removes Noelle from the hospital and she makes her way back to the North Pole with Nick, Polly, and the reindeer before Christmas Eve. Back home after a meeting with the elders, Nick nominates Noelle as the next Santa, which stirs up controversy throughout the town but unanimously gains agreement from the elders as she naturally has the skills and there is no rule against a female Santa. Noelle, after a few mishaps, successfully delivers the presents across the world, as well as dropping Jake off at his ex-wife’s house to spend time with Alex.
Noelle is celebrated at the North Pole as Gabriel happily returns to tech support while Nick opens up a yoga studio and Polly becomes an elf elder. Noelle admits that she is proud to continue her father’s legacy for being the 24th generational Santa and that Christmas will go on.
Prep & Landing
Wayne, a Christmas elf, is part of an elite organization known as “Prep & Landing”, whose job is to ready millions of homes around the world for Santa Claus’s visit. After working with “Prep & Landing” for 227 years, Wayne looks forward to getting promoted to director of the naughty list. Instead, his former partner and trainee, Peterson, gets the promotion, and Wayne is introduced to Lanny, a freshly graduated rookie whom Wayne has to also train. Wayne is still bitter about the promotion, and decides to slack off during a mission. He permits Lanny to do all of the work, which is disastrous. Meanwhile, Santa is informed mid-flight of a massive snow storm and that Wayne and Lanny haven’t fully prepared the house yet. He is told to cancel the landing, which has never happened before; they promise to make it up for Timmy, a boy living at the house. Wayne and Lanny discover that the re-routing was a final decision, but after hearing Timmy thank them in his sleep, Wayne decides to fix it. He calls up Santa, telling him that he must land at Timmy’s house. Wayne and Lanny then work together to land Santa safely on Timmy’s roof. On Christmas morning, Santa shows Wayne that Timmy had a merry Christmas. Santa offers a promotion to Wayne as the director of the nice list, but he turns it down so he can work with Lanny.
Prep & Landing: Naught & Nice
The beginning of the special introduces the Coal Elf Brigade, a special unit of Christmas elves resembling coal miners that is responsible for delivering lumps of coal to naughty children. While seeming cruel to some, the brigade adds small, encouraging notes to the lumps such as “Try Harder next year,” in an attempt to steer the children back to the nice list.
With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a hacker identified only as “jinglesmell1337.” Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out (at the insistence of Magee) the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged younger (but larger) brother, Noel. Reluctant to take the extroverted Noel along with him, Wayne relents, and Noel joins the Prep & Landing team on the mission. During the trip, Noel and Wayne reminisce about their childhood, when they worked together far better than they do now. As the trio arrives at the hacker’s house, Wayne sets off a booby trap, imperiling the entire team; Noel manages to defend himself, Wayne takes a particular beating from the trap’s various mechanisms, and Lanny makes it into the hacker’s room, only to accidentally “sparkle” himself and end up taken captive.
The hacker then reveals herself to be Grace Goodwin, whose sole mission is to get herself off the naughty list, believing that she had been set up by her toddler brother, Gabriel, who had destroyed her favorite toy and ruined her chances to ask Santa for a new one by his crying. After a somewhat intoxicated Lanny suggests using the “magic word” to get the password for the device that will get her off the list, she does just that: using the word “please” as the password, since genuinely naughty kids never say “please.” At first, she appears successful in changing her status from naughty to nice, but the device malfunctions, threatening to place the entire planet on the naughty list unless she and the team can pull off a risky operation to fix the problem.
Meanwhile, Wayne is particularly bitter at being “shown up” by his younger brother, prompting a fight in the street in front of Grace’s house in which Wayne wishes he never had a brother. Shocked at his statement, Noel (who always idolized Wayne growing up) asks Wayne to say he didn’t mean it, then throws what he had intended to give Wayne as a Christmas present at him. The gift—a toy sled that Wayne had wanted as a boy but was never able to get—prompts Wayne to reconcile with Noel and carry out the mission. Grace, watching the whole argument as it unfolds, learns a powerful lesson and a newfound appreciation for her younger brother.
The next morning, the scene at the Goodwin house shows Gabriel giving Grace her new Christmas present, a replacement toy for the one he had destroyed a year prior. Meanwhile, back at the North Pole, Wayne and Noel both win the title of “Elves of the Year” for their efforts and cooperation (although the headline of the local paper misprints Wayne’s name as “Dwayne”).
Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), a successful toy salesman, prepares to spend Christmas Eve with his young son Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott wants Charlie to maintain his belief in Santa Claus, despite not believing himself. Scott’s former wife, Laura (Wendy Crewson) and her psychiatrist husband Dr. Neal Miller (Judge Reinhold) both stopped believing in Santa at a young age and feel that Charlie needs to do so as well. On Christmas night, Scott and Charlie are awakened by a noise on the roof. Scott investigates and finds a man standing on the roof, whom Scott startles into slipping and falling to the ground. The dead man’s body disappears and leaves behind a red suit and business card stating that if anything were to happen to Santa Claus, whoever is responsible would have to put on the suit and continue from where Santa left off. Ensured by the card that “the Reindeer will know what to do” and to please Charlie, Scott dons the suit and spends the rest of the night delivering gifts before the reindeer take them to the North Pole. Once they arrive, Bernard (David Krumholtz), the head elf, explains to Scott that because he put on the suit, he is subjected to a legal technicality known as “The Santa Clause”, meaning that he has agreed to accept all of Santa’s duties and responsibilities, and gives him eleven months to get his affairs in order before reporting back to the North Pole on Thanksgiving. Confused and overwhelmed, Scott changes into the pajamas provided to him and falls asleep.
The next morning, Scott awakes in his own bed and believes that the events of the prior night were a dream until he sees that he is still wearing the pajamas that were given to him. Over the course of the following year, Scott undergoes a drastic transformation; he begins to gain a large amount of weight, along with an increased liking for sweet food, especially milk and cookies. He later develops a thick beard that grows on his face in spite of attempts to shave it, and his hair whitens and proves immune to dyeing. Scott’s altered state brings Laura and Neal to the assumption that Scott is deliberately attempting to confuse Charlie, and they successfully petition a judge to suspend Scott’s visitation rights. Devastated, Scott goes to Laura and Neal’s house on Thanksgiving. Desperate to help his father realize how important he is, Charlie shows Scott a magical snow globe that Bernard had given him, finally convincing Scott that he is Santa. After Scott asks Laura and Neal a minute to talk to Charlie alone, Bernard appears and transports him and Charlie to the North Pole. Believing that Scott has kidnapped Charlie, Laura and Neal contact the police.
On Christmas Eve, Scott sets out to deliver the gifts with Charlie in tow. However, upon arriving at Laura and Neal’s home, Scott is arrested. The elves send a rescue team to help him escape from jail. Scott returns to Laura and Neal’s house and manages to convince them that he is Santa, and asks Charlie to spend Christmas with them as they are his family too. Laura burns the court papers banning Scott’s visitation rights and tells him that he can visit anytime. Bernard then appears and tells Charlie that if he shakes his snow globe at any time, his father will appear. Before leaving, Scott gives Laura and Neal two Christmas presents that they never got as children (which caused their disbelief in Santa). Shortly after he leaves, Charlie summons Scott back home with the snow globe. Laura agrees to let Charlie go with Scott for a short ride in the sleigh. Scott embraces his new role as Santa and leaves with Charlie to deliver the presents.
Santa Clause 2
Eight years after the events of The Santa Clause, Scott Calvin has become a great Santa Claus at the North Pole, until Head Elf Bernard and Curtis, the Keeper of the Handbook of Christmas, inform him that there is another clause – the “Mrs. Clause”. Scott is now pressed to get married before the next Christmas Eve or the clause will be broken and he will stop being Santa forever. At the same time, Abby the Elf delivers even more distressing news: Scott’s son Charlie is on the naughty list. Scott must return to his home to search for a wife and set things right with Charlie. He brings this up when visited by the Council of Legendary Figures, consisting of Mother Nature, Father Time, Cupid, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman. To cover for Santa’s prolonged absence, Curtis helps Scott create a life-sized animatronic Santa clone, much to Bernard’s horror. However, at Santa’s request, Bernard reluctantly plays along, and tells the other elves that Santa had a makeover, so they won’t question the double’s synthetic appearance.
Because of the impending end of his contract, Scott undergoes a “de-Santafication process” that gradually turns him back into Scott Calvin. He has a limited amount of magic to help him. Scott returns home to his former wife Laura, her husband Neal, their six-year-old daughter Lucy, and Charlie, whom Scott realizes has been vandalizing his school to get attention. He and Charlie face the ire of school principal Carol Newman when Charlie defaces the lockers.
At the North Pole, Toy Santa follows the rulebook too literally and begins to think that everyone in the world is naughty because of their small mistakes. As a result, Toy Santa takes over the North Pole using giant toy soldiers he made himself and unveils his plan to the elves to give lumps of coal to the world. Bernard exposes Toy Santa as a fraud, and Toy Santa places him under house arrest.
After a few failed dates, Scott finds himself falling for Carol. He accompanies her in a horse-drawn sleigh to the faculty Christmas party, during which she confesses she used to believe in Santa as a child, until she was forced to stop doing so by her parents after fighting with children who told her Santa wasn’t real. Using a little of his Christmas magic, Scott enlivens the otherwise dull party by presenting everyone with their childhood dream gifts. He makes a special presentation to Carol, and, with his last remnant of magic, wins her over and they kiss under mistletoe. However, when Scott attempts to explain to her that he is Santa, she believes that he is mocking her childhood, and throws him out. Later, Charlie confesses to Scott how hard it is for him that Scott is never around like other fathers, and reveals the pressure he is under to conceal the secret that his father is Santa. Lucy manages to convince Charlie not to be mad at him, which leads Charlie to convince Carol that Scott is Santa by showing her the magic snow globe.
Curtis flies in to tell Scott about Toy Santa’s plan. However, Scott has used up the last of his magic wooing Carol, and cannot return to the North Pole. With help from the Tooth Fairy, Scott and Curtis manage to get back, only for Toy Santa to find them and tie them up. Charlie and Carol spring him free by summoning the Tooth Fairy to fly them to the North Pole. Scott goes after Toy Santa, who has already left with the sleigh, riding Chet, a rambunctious reindeer-in-training, and they both crash back into the village. With an army of elves, Carol, Bernard, Charlie, and Curtis lead them into a snowball fight to overthrow the toy soldiers. Toy Santa is defeated and reduced to a six-inch height, Scott marries Carol in a ceremony, Scott transforms back into Santa, and Christmas proceeds as it always has. Scott and Charlie reveal the truth to Lucy about Scott being Santa Claus.
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12 years have passed since Scott Calvin took on the mantle of Santa Claus and married Carol Newman, who has now become a teacher in the North Pole. On Christmas Eve, she tells a group of young elves a story from her life with Scott while expecting their first child. Scott invites his in-laws, Sylvia and Bud Newman, to the North Pole, along with Scott’s former wife Laura, her husband Neil, their daughter Lucy, and Scott’s son Charlie. Meanwhile, he is summoned to a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures, consisting of Mother Nature, Father Time, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman, concerning the behavior of Jack Frost, who is jealous that he has no holiday or special occasion in his honor. Because he has been promoting himself during the Christmas season, Mother Nature suggests sanctions against him. When Scott says he is dealing with how to get the in-laws to come without revealing that he is Santa, Jack Frost negotiates a light sentence of community service at the North Pole, helping Scott and the elves put up various Canadian-themed paraphernalia, as Carol’s parents believe Scott is a toy-maker in Canada; Scott consents.
However, Frost’s ultimate goal is to trick Santa into renouncing his position. When elf Curtis inadvertently reveals the “Escape Clause,” Frost sneaks into Santa’s hall of snow globes and steals one containing Scott as Santa. If Scott holds the globe and says, “I wish I’d never been Santa at all,” he will go back in time and undo his career as Santa. When Lucy discovers this, Frost freezes her parents and locks her in a closet. He then orchestrates situations that make Scott think he must resign to make things better.
Frost tricks Scott into invoking the Escape Clause and both are sent to Scott’s front yard in 1994, when Scott caused the original Santa to fall off his roof and had to replace him. Frost causes the original Santa to fall off the roof and grabs Santa’s coat before Scott can, making Frost the new Santa. Scott is sent back to the present day, where he has been CEO of his old company for the last 12 years and business takes priority over family. Scott also learns that Laura and Neil divorced and Carol moved away years ago.
Scott goes to find Lucy and Neil, who are vacationing at the North Pole, which Frost has turned into a tourist resort. Christmas is now “Frostmas”, the elves are miserable, the reindeer are confined to a petting zoo, the kids are paid to be on the nice list despite being naughty and demanding for their presents which their parents buy. When Scott finds Lucy and Neil, Neil states that Charlie didn’t want him to be his father, causing the divorce between him and Laura. Scott confronts Frost and tricks him into recording his voice stating the Escape Clause. Scott has Lucy steal Frost’s snow globe and bring it to him; when Frost finds out and takes the globe back, Scott plays the recording of Frost saying, “I wish I’d never been Santa at all”, invoking the Escape Clause and causing Scott and Frost to be sent back again to 1994. Scott restrains Jack long enough to let his 1994 counterpart get the coat, making him Santa Claus again as well as taking him back to the North Pole in the present, where no time has passed.
Scott reconciles with his family and Jack is arrested by elf police. He reveals he cannot unfreeze his victims unless he unfreezes himself. Scott convinces Lucy via a snow globe he had given her earlier of her warmly hugging a snowman, to give Frost a “magic hug” to unfreeze and reform him. It works, Laura and Neil unfreeze and Frost becomes a new person. The “Canada” ruse is dropped and Scott appears as Santa to Carol’s parents. With two hours remaining before Santa must leave for his Christmas deliveries, Carol goes into labor.
Back to the present time, while Carol is telling the tale to her students, Scott walks in to reveal their baby boy, Buddy Claus.
The McCallister family is preparing to spend Christmas in Paris, France, gathering at Peter and Kate’s home in a Chicago suburb on the night before their departure. Peter and Kate’s youngest son, Kevin, is the subject of ridicule by his older siblings, Buzz, Jeff, Megan and Linnie. Later, Kevin accidentally ruins the family dinner and their flight tickets to Paris after a scuffle with Buzz, resulting in him getting sent to the attic of the house as a punishment, where he berates Kate and wishes that his family would disappear. During the night, heavy wind damage the power lines, which causes a power outage and resets the alarm clocks, causing the family to oversleep. In the confusion and rush to get to the airport, Kevin is accidentally left behind.
Kevin wakes to find the house empty and, thinking that his wish has come true, is overjoyed with his newfound freedom. However, he soon becomes frightened by his next door neighbor, Old Man Marley, who is rumored to be a serial killer who murdered his own family, as well as the “Wet Bandits”, Harry and Marv, a pair of burglars who have been breaking into other vacant houses in the neighborhood and have targeted the McCallisters’ house. Kevin tricks them into thinking that his family is still home, forcing them to put their plans on hold.
Kate realizes mid-flight that Kevin was left behind, and upon arrival in Paris, the family discovers that all flights for the next two days are booked. Peter and the rest of the family stay in his brother Rob’s apartment in Paris, while Kate manages to get a flight back to the United States but only gets as far as Scranton, Pennsylvania after flying from Dallas, Texas. She attempts to book a flight to Chicago, but again, everything is booked. Unable to accept this, Kate is overheard by Gus Polinski, the lead member of a traveling polka band, who offers to let her travel with them to Chicago on their way to Milwaukee in a moving van, which she gratefully accepts.
Meanwhile, Harry and Marv finally realize that Kevin is home alone, and on Christmas Eve, Kevin overhears them discussing plans to break into his house that night. Kevin begins to miss his family and asks the local Santa Claus impersonator if he could bring his family back for Christmas. He goes to church and watches a choir perform, then meets Old Man Marley, who dispels the rumors about him. He points out his granddaughter in the choir, whom he never gets to meet, as he and his son are estranged; Kevin suggests that he should reconcile with his son.
Kevin returns home and rigs the house with booby traps to take on the burglars. Harry and Marv break in, spring the traps, and suffer various injuries. While the duo pursues Kevin around the house, he calls the police and flees, then lures Harry and Marv into a neighboring home which they previously broke into. They ambush him and prepare to get their revenge, but Marley intervenes and knocks them unconscious with his snow shovel. The police arrive and arrest Harry and Marv, having identified all the houses that they broke into due to Marv’s destructive characteristic of flooding them.
On Christmas Day, Kevin is disappointed to find that his family is still gone. He then hears Kate enter the house and call for him; they reconcile and are soon joined by Peter, Buzz, Jeff, Megan, and Linnie, who waited in Paris until they could obtain a direct flight to Chicago. Kevin keeps silent about his encounter with Harry and Marv, although Peter finds Harry’s knocked-out gold tooth. Kevin then observes Marley reuniting with his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. Marley notices Kevin, and the pair wave to each other.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The McCallister family is preparing to spend Christmas in Miami, and gathers at Peter and Kate’s Chicago home. Their youngest son, Kevin, sees Florida as contradictory to Christmas, due to its lack of Christmas trees. Later, at a school pageant, Kevin’s brother, Buzz, pulls a prank against him, and Kevin retaliates, ruining the pageant. Buzz apologizes, but Kevin berates his family before storming to the attic, wishing to have his own vacation alone. The family accidentally oversleeps again and they rush to make their flight.
At the airport, Kevin loses sight of his family and inadvertently boards a flight to New York City. Arriving in New York, Kevin decides to tour the city. While there, Kevin meets a homeless woman tending pigeons in Central Park, which frightens him. Kevin goes to the Plaza Hotel and uses Peter’s credit card to check-in. Meanwhile, Harry and Marv have traveled to New York after recently escaping from a prison in Illinois, and immediately begin seeking a new target to build up a fortune.
On Christmas Eve, Kevin visits a toy store where he meets its philanthropic owner, Mr. Duncan. Kevin learns that the proceeds from the store’s Christmas sales will be donated to a children’s hospital, and provides a donation. As a token of appreciation, Mr. Duncan offers Kevin a pair of ceramic turtledoves as a gift, instructing him to give one to another person as a gesture of eternal friendship. After encountering Harry and Marv outside the store, Kevin runs back to the Plaza. The concierge confronts Kevin about the credit card, which has been reported stolen. Kevin flees the hotel, but is ambushed by Harry and Marv, who brag about their plan to kill him and break into the toy store at midnight, just before Kevin escapes.
Landing in Miami, the family discovers that Kevin is missing. After tracking the credit card, they fly to New York. Meanwhile, Kevin goes to his uncle’s townhouse, only to find the house vacant and undergoing renovations. In Central Park, he again encounters and befriends the pigeon lady. They go to Carnegie Hall, where the she explains how her life collapsed when her lover left her. Kevin encourages her to trust people again, and promises to be her friend. After considering the pigeon lady’s advice that he perform a good deed to make up for his misdeeds, he decides to prevent Harry and Marv from robbing the toy store.
Having rigged the townhouse with booby traps, Kevin arrives at the toy store during Harry and Marv’s robbery, takes their picture, and breaks a window, triggering the store’s alarm. He then lures them to the townhouse, where they spring the traps and suffer various injuries. While the duo searches for Kevin outside of the townhouse, he calls the police, and lures them into Central Park, where they capture him. The pigeon lady intervenes and incapacitates them. Kevin then sets off fireworks to signal the police, who arrest Harry and Marv. At the toy store, Mr. Duncan finds a note from Kevin, explaining the robbery. Remembering his fondness for Christmas trees, Kate finds Kevin making a wish at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
On Christmas Day, a truckload of gifts arrive at the McCallisters’ hotel room from the toy store. Kevin reconciles with his family, and goes to Central Park to give the pigeon lady the second turtledove, cementing their friendship.
Home Alone 3
Peter Beaupre, Alice Ribbons, Burton Jernigan, and Earl Unger are four internationally wanted spies working for a North Korean terrorist organization. After stealing a $10 million missile-cloaking microchip, the spies put it inside a remote control car to sneak it past security at the airport. However, a woman named Mrs. Hess inadvertently takes the spies’ bag containing the car, while returning home to Chicago. The four spies arrive in Chicago and systematically search every house in Hess’s suburban neighborhood to find the chip.
8-year-old Alex Pruitt is given the remote control car by Hess for shoveling her driveway, but she lectures him for scratching in public. He returns home and discovers that he has chickenpox and must stay out of school. The next day, Alex discovers the spies while spying on his neighbors. After two failed attempts at reporting them, Alex attaches a camera to the remote control car and uses it to spy on them, leading to the spies chasing it when they spot it. Wondering what they want with the toy car, Alex opens it and discovers the stolen chip. He informs the local Air Force Recruitment Center about the chip while asking if they can forward the information about the chip to the right authorities.
The spies finally realize that Alex has been watching them and decide to break into his house. Alex rigs the house with booby traps with help from his pet rat Doris and his brother’s loud-mouthed parrot. Beaupre, Alice, Jernigan and Unger break in, spring the traps, and suffer various injuries. While the four pursue Alex around the house, he flees and rescues Hess, who has been duct taped to a chair in her garage by Alice. Beaupre ambushes Alex, but Alex uses a bubble gun resembling a Glock to scare him off and rescue Hess.
Meanwhile, FBI agents arrive at Alex’s siblings’ school after being tipped off. Alex’s family brings the agents and the police to their house, where they arrest Alice, Jernigan, and Unger. However, Beaupre flees to the snow fort in the backyard. The parrot drives the remote control car into the snow fort and threatens to light fireworks, which are lined around the inside. Beaupre offers a cracker in exchange for silence, but the parrot demands two. Since Beaupre has only one, the parrot then lights the fireworks and flees. Beaupre is discovered and arrested.
Later, the Pruitts, Agent Stucky, and Hess celebrate with Jack returning home from a business trip, while Alex’s house is being repaired. The spies are shown to have contracted Alex’s chickenpox during their mugshots.
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
In 1843, on Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old businessman, does not share the merriment of Christmas. He declines his cheerful nephew Fred’s invitation to a Christmas dinner party, and rejects two gentlemen’s offer to collect money for charity. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit asks Scrooge to allow him to have a day off on Christmas Day to spend time with his family, to which Scrooge reluctantly agrees before leaving. In his house, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife like he was, carrying heavy chains forged from his own greediness. Jacob informs Scrooge that he will be haunted by three spirits, who will guide him out of his misery.
First, Scrooge is visited by the candle-like Ghost of Christmas Past, who takes him back in time to his childhood and early adult life. Scrooge relives his lonely childhood in a boarding school and his relationship with his beloved sister Fan, who became the mother of Fred. Scrooge later began a successful career in business and money lending as an employee under Fezziwig, and he became engaged to a woman named Belle. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how Belle left him when he became obsessed with wealth. A devastated Scrooge extinguishes the spirit with his candle snuffer cap and is rocketed back to the present.
Next, Scrooge meets the merry Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows him the joys and wonder of Christmas Day. Scrooge and the Ghost visit Bob’s house, learning his family is content with their small dinner. All the while, Scrooge starts to take pity on Bob’s ill son Tiny Tim. The Ghost abruptly ages, commenting that Tiny Tim will likely not survive until next Christmas. The Ghost warns Scrooge about the evils of “Ignorance” and “Want”; Big Ben begins tolling midnight as “Ignorance” and “Want” manifest themselves before Scrooge as two wretched children who grow into violent, insane individuals, leaving the spirit withering away.
Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrives, appearing as a dark shadow, and takes Scrooge into the future. He witnesses a group of businessmen discussing the death of an unnamed colleague, saying they would only attend the funeral if lunch is provided. After being chased across London by the Ghost, Scrooge recognizes his charwoman Mrs. Dilber selling the stolen possessions of the deceased. Shortly afterwards, Scrooge sees the aforementioned colleague’s body on a bed, followed by a vision of a family who is relieved that he is dead, as they have more time to pay off their debt. The spirit transports Scrooge to Bob’s residence, discovering that Tiny Tim has died. Scrooge is then escorted to a cemetery, where the Ghost points out his own grave, revealing Scrooge as the man who died. Realizing the consequences upon his actions, Scrooge decides to change his ways just as the Ghost forces him to fall into his empty coffin lying in a deep grave that sits above the fires of Hell.
Waking up in his own room on Christmas Day, with love and happiness in his heart, a gleeful Scrooge decides to surprise Bob’s family with a turkey dinner, and ventures out with the charity workers and the citizens of London to spread happiness in the city, and later attends his nephew’s annual Christmas dinner, where he is warmly welcomed. The following day, he gives Cratchit a raise and becomes a father figure to Tiny Tim, who escapes death. A changed man, Scrooge now treats everyone with kindness, generosity and compassion; he now embodies the spirit of Christmas.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
On Christmas Eve, in 19th century London, Charles Dickens (played by Gonzo the Great) and his friend Rizzo act as narrators throughout the film. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a cold-hearted, bad-tempered and selfish money-lender, does not share the merriment of Christmas. Scrooge rejects his nephew Fred’s invitation to Christmas dinner, dismisses two gentlemen collecting money for charity, and tosses a wreath at a carol-singing Bean Bunny. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit(played by Kermit the Frog) and the other bookkeepers request to have Christmas Day off since there will be no business for Scrooge on the day, to which he reluctantly agrees. Scrooge leaves for home while the bookkeepers celebrate Christmas. In his house, Scrooge encounters the shackled ghosts of his late business partners Jacob and Robert Marley (played by Statler and Waldorf), who warn him to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned to suffer in the afterlife like they were, informing him that three spirits will visit him during the night.
At one o’clock, Scrooge is visited by the childlike Ghost of Christmas Past who takes him back in time to his childhood and early adult life, with Dickens and Rizzo hitching a ride too. They visit his lonely school days, and then his time as an employee under Fozziwig (Mr. Fezziwig from the original story, played by Fozzie Bear), who owned a rubber chickenfactory. Fozziwig and his mother throw a Christmas party, where Scrooge meets a young woman named Belle, with whom he falls in love. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how Belle left him after he chose money over her. A tearful Scrooge dismisses the Ghost as he returns to the present.
At two o’clock, Scrooge meets the gigantic, merry Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows him the joys and wonder of Christmas Day. Scrooge and the Ghost visit Fred’s house where Scrooge is made fun of for his stinginess and general ill will toward all. Scrooge and the spirit then visit Bob Cratchit’s house, learning his family is content with their small dinner. Scrooge also takes pity on Bob’s ill son Tiny Tim (played by Robin the Frog). The Ghost of Christmas Present abruptly ages, commenting that Tiny Tim will likely not survive until next Christmas. Scrooge and the Ghost go to a cemetery, where the latter fades away. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come then approaches Scrooge, appearing as a tall, silent, cloaked figure. While Dickens and Rizzo abandon the audience to avoid being frightened, the Ghost takes Scrooge into the future.
Scrooge and the Ghost witness a group of businessmen discussing the death of an unnamed colleague, saying they would only attend the funeral if lunch was provided. In a den, Scrooge recognizes his charwoman, his laundress, and the local undertaker trading several stolen possessions of the deceased to a fence named Old Joe. The Ghost then transports Scrooge to Bob’s house, discovering Tiny Tim has died. Scrooge is escorted back to the cemetery, where the Ghost points out his own grave, revealing Scrooge as the man who died. Realizing this, Scrooge vows to change his ways.
Awakening in his bedroom on Christmas Day, Scrooge decides to surprise Bob’s family with a turkey dinner, and ventures out with Bean, Dickens, Rizzo, and the charity workers to spread happiness and joy around London. Scrooge goes to the Cratchit house, at first putting on a stern demeanor before revealing he intends to raise Bob’s salary and pay off his mortgage. Dickens narrates how Scrooge became a second father to Tiny Tim, who escaped death. Scrooge, the Cratchits, and the neighborhood celebrate Christmas.
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Mrs. Paws has just given birth to four adorable puppies named Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble. Four months later, the Santa Pups each have their own personalities. Hope is always ready to take action wherever she goes, but never takes caution. Jingle loves to sing, but she can only sing off-key. Charity still needs to learn how to share, and Noble pretends to be the leader of his sisters, and leads them into trouble. Meanwhile, in school, Noble asks Eli and Eddy if they can have their own magic crystals, but they have to understand the True Meaning of Christmas to earn one. The Santa Pups are then taken on a field trip to the cave of the Great Christmas Icicle, where they learn how magic is used, and how the Christmas Magic in the icicle is used to power the magic crystals. They see on the spirit map that Christmas spirit is highest in Pineville, USA where they learn an ambassador named Michelle Reynolds has recently passed away.
In Pineville, every citizen is overly ecstatic about Christmas, including Michelle’s widowed husband Thomas and their 8 year old daughter Sarah. However, their 12 year old son Carter has lost his Christmas spirit after his mother’s passing and has now become apathetic and cold-hearted.
When Mrs. Claus prepares to go to Pineville to find a new Santa Claus ambassador, Noble comes up with a plan of his own. His plan is to take Eddy’s magic crystal collar, and then fly to Pineville to prove that they are ready for their own crystals. Once in Pineville, Noble begins granting the first Christmas wish to a girl named Taylor who wishes to skate really well, and then to another girl named Sally who wishes for her two front teeth. But, after a furious Carter wishes for the Christmas spirit to disappear, Noble ends up granting a terrible Christmas wish that then affects all of the people in town. Everyone who Carter meets loses their kindness and Christmas spirit. The Santa Pups then meet a new friend Baxter, who his owner Jeb Gibson, is actually a dog catcher, and after being affected by Carter’s wish, loses his kindness to animals and catches the Santa Pups and takes them to the pound.
The Santa Pups then explain that if they don’t get the crystal back and reverse the wish, Christmas could be in big trouble. The Santa Pups then try to retrieve the crystal with help from Hope, but Hope is not careful on the descent, and accidentally wakes up Brutus. Brutus explains that his life has been pretty rough due to his owner having lost the Christmas Spirit. The Santa Pups agree to get Santa to take him off the Naughty List. Mrs. Claus, Carter, Sarah, the pups, and three sisters named Agnes, Dorothy and Blue, that Mrs. Claus met, try to bring the Christmas spirit back forever. They do this by airing on the radio and convincing everyone to act like normal. Carter wishes for the Christmas spirit to last forever all over the world. The pups are then able to reverse the wish. Noble gives Eddy his magic crystal collar, and then the Santa Pups, Eli, Eddy, and Mrs. Claus head back to the North Pole. The film ends with the Santa Pups, Eddy and Eli singing about what the True Meaning of Christmas is all about.
Babes in Toyland
Lisa Piper (Drew Barrymore), an eleven-year-old girl from Cincinnati, Ohio, takes care of her siblings and cooks for her family because her father’s passing has made her grow up too fast. She has no time for toys, and refuses to be treated as a child. During a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Lisa is transported to Toyland. She arrives just before Mary Contrary (Jill Schoelen) is to be wedded to the unpleasant Barnaby Barnacle (Richard Mulligan), although Mary loves Barnaby’s nephew, Jack Nimble (Keanu Reeves). Lisa stops the wedding and, with her new friends, finds out that Barnaby plans to take over Toyland. Lisa, Mary, Jack, and Georgie Porgie (Googy Gress) go to the kindly Toymaster (Pat Morita) for help, but he can only help them if Lisa really believes in toys. Barnaby confronts them and the Toymaster, finally showing his true colors, and steals a flask containing distilled evil that the Toymaster had been collecting, before leaving Lisa and company to be eaten by Trollog, a vulture-like monster with a single enchanted eye that Barnaby uses to spy on his enemies. They escape by blinding Trollog with paint and locking him in a chest, but are captured and imprisoned one by one in Barnaby’s hidden fortress.
Barnaby reveals that he had been creating an army of trolls to take over Toyland, and then attempts to corrupt his captives into being his servants with the contents of the flask, stating he would replace Trollog with Lisa and make Mary his Troll Princess. However, Lisa proves to be immune to the evil, and manages to reverse the effects on her friends. After escaping from Barnaby’s stronghold, they return to the Toymaster. When Barnaby unleashes his army of trolls upon Toyland, Lisa’s newfound belief animates an army of life-sized toy soldiers that the Toymaster had created, and they drive Barnaby into the Forest of the Night. Having lost control of his creatures and having failed at making Lisa his new Trollog, Barnaby is then banished from Toyland. Jack and Mary are then married. Lisa is taken home by the Toymaster—who is revealed to be Santa Claus—in a sleigh with wooden reindeer. They travel across the Milky Way until she wakes up at home, as though it has all been a dream.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween Town is a fantasy world filled with various monsters and supernatural beings associated with the holiday. Jack Skellington, respected by the citizens as the “Pumpkin King,” leads them in organizing the annual Halloween celebrations. However, privately Jack has grown weary of the same routine year after year and wants something new.
Wandering in the woods the next morning, he stumbles across seven trees containing doors leading to towns representing various holidays, and enters the one leading into Christmas Town. Awed by the unfamiliar holiday, Jack returns to Halloween Town to show the residents his findings, but they fail to grasp the idea of Christmas and compare everything to their ideas of Halloween, although they do relate to one Christmas Town character; its ruler, Santa Claus.
Jack sequesters himself in his tower to study Christmas and find a way to rationally explain it, but cannot. He ultimately decides that it’s unfair for Christmas Town alone to enjoy the holiday and announces that he and the citizens of Halloween Town will take over Christmas this year.
Jack assigns the citizens of Halloween Town Christmas-themed jobs, including singing carols, making presents, and building a sleigh to be pulled by skeletal reindeer. Sally, a beautiful rag doll woman that is secretly in love with Jack, experiences a vision that their efforts will end in disaster, but Jack dismisses this and assigns her the task of sewing him a red coat to wear.
He also tasks Lock, Shock and Barrel, a trio of mischievous trick-or-treating children, to abduct Santa and bring him back to Halloween Town. Jack tells Santa he will be bringing Christmas to the world in his place this year. Jack orders the trio to keep Santa safe, but the children instead deliver Santa to Oogie Boogie, a gambling bogeyman, who plots to play a game with Santa’s life at stake. Sally attempts to rescue Santa so he can stop Jack, but Oogie captures her as well.
Jack departs to deliver presents to the world, but the Halloween-styled gifts terrify and attack the populace. While the media sends word via radio about the Santa-impostor, the military takes action and shoots down Jack, causing him to crash in a cemetery. While the devastated residents of Halloween Town think he’s been killed, Jack has survived, and while he bemoans the disaster he has made of Christmas, he finds he enjoyed the experience nonetheless, reigniting his love of Halloween. But first, he realizes he must take action to fix his mess.
Jack returns to Halloween Town and finds Oogie’s lair. Oogie tries to kill Jack, but Jack defeats him by ripping apart a thread holding his cloth form together, causing all of the bugs that live inside Oogie to fall into his cauldron. Jack apologizes to Santa for his actions. While still angry at Jack for ruining Christmas and not listening to Sally’s warnings, Santa assures him that he can fix things and takes his leave.
As Santa replaces the Halloween-style presents with genuine ones, the townspeople of Halloween Town celebrate Jack’s survival and return. Santa then visits Halloween Town and brings them a snowfall for the residents to play with, which in a way, fulfills Jack’s original dream. As he flies away, Santa shouts out “Happy Halloween!” and Jack replies by shouting “Merry Christmas!” as snow falls. In the graveyard, Jack and Sally declare their love for each other.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Inspired by the 1892 short story “Christmas Every Day” by William Dean Howells. Huey, Dewey and Louie wake up one Christmas morning and open their presents, even though they are supposed to wait first for Daisy, Uncle Scrooge and Aunt Gertie to arrive. After the boys take their new sleds from their Uncle Donald (not reading the included card) they go sledding and have Christmas dinner in which Donald yells at them to learn their manners. While Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge and Aunt Gertie sing carols, the boys play with their new toys.
Later, it is time for the boys to go to bed and having enjoyed the day immensely, the boys then wish for it to be Christmas every day. Their wish is granted and at first, the three are joyful. After a few days, however, they begin to get tired of Christmas and soon realize that every day will be exactly the same as the day when they first made their wish. They then decide to change the course of action of the next day by playing tricks and pranks, including swapping the cooked turkey with a live one for the dinner table. It turns out to be a terrible Christmas for everyone, especially Donald.
Shortly after, the boys read the card that was given to them earlier by Donald and Daisy. The card wishes them love and explains that Christmas is not just about presents, it is also about being with family. The boys feel guilty and decide to make amends by making the next day the best Christmas ever. At the end of the next day, the boys finally realize the true meaning of Christmas and the time loop ends, leading into the day after Christmas.
Goofy and Max are mailing out a letter to Santa Claus. However, as soon as they get home, Pete, the neighbor, tells Max that Santa does not exist, predicting that he cannot fly around the world in one night. Things get worse when Goofy poses as Santa for some kids and Max finds out that he tricked him. Goofy is determined to prove to Max that Santa does exist and even stays up all Christmas Eve to keep an eye out for him while Max, still bitter over Goofy’s trickery, wishes for him to move on. But after a long time, and after mistaking a Beagle Boy (who was robbing Pete’s house) for Santa and falling off the roof, Goofy gives up hope of Santa coming. Now, Max does everything that Goofy did to make his father happy, including posing as Santa. In the end, the real Santa actually comes and gives Max the gift he had asked for earlier (as well as blowing some snow on Pete’s house when the cunning neighbor tries to flatter the legendary figure). When Max asks if Santa forgot Goofy’s present, Goofy answers that, every year, he asks for the same thing and, every year, he always gets it: Max’s happiness.
This segment of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas chronologically precedes the cartoon series, Goof Troop. Max is voiced by Shaun Fleming.
Based on the 1905 short story “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Mickey wants to get Minnie a gold chain for her one heirloom, her watch, so he works at Crazy Pete’s Tree Lot. Minnie wants to give Mickey something special for Christmas as well, so she works hard at her job in a department store to get a special bonus. When Mickey gives a short tree to a poor family who are unable to buy a Pete-10-Footer tree, his uptight and greedy boss Pete steals all of Mickey’s money and dismisses him from the store. Then, Pete accidentally puts his still-lit cigar into his pocket with Mickey’s money without noticing, which eventually sets himself, the money and his trees on fire, destroying his chance to sell his expensive 10-footers. Meanwhile, Minnie’s bonus from her stingy boss Mortimer Mouse proves to be nothing but a fruit cake. After playing music for a toy drive with the Firehouse Five, Mickey has the idea that he can trade his harmonica for the chain. The shop closes by the time he gets there and the owner rejects it, thinking it is not worth anything, but changes his mind after hearing its music. Back at Minnie’s house, Mickey gives her the chain for her watch and Minnie gives him a case for his harmonica. Of course, the irony is that Minnie no longer has her watch—just as Mickey no longer has his harmonica—so the gifts are essentially useless. As in The Gift of the Magi upon which this adaptation—penned by O. Henry—is based, the thought behind each gift is what counts.
The film concludes with a medley of various songs, “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, featuring the main characters from the three segments.
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
The narrator recites the first ten words of The Night Before Christmas before saying, “Oh, wait. Different story, but we’ll still see a mouse”. The narrator then announces new tales of giving and loving, and a book opens to show pop-up elves.
The narrator said it all started on the first segment when Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duckwere competing in an ice skating competition. The girls each are joined by their boyfriends, Mickey and Donald, as they prepare to take the ice. Daisy becomes envious of the crowd’s reaction to Minnie and attempts to steal the spotlight for herself. Minnie performs several daredevil stunts to regain the spotlight while Daisy summons the Fantasia Hippos, who become her backup skaters while her counterpart summons the alligators from the 1940 film. Fed up, Daisy and Minnie argue and shove each other, putting each other at risk and then try pulling dramatic stunts to draw the attention of the crowds as Mickey and Donald watch with worry. When Minnie accidentally slips on a fallen handbell while landing from a stunt blindfolded, Daisy helps Minnie up while feeling sorry for her actions. Minnie feels the same way, and they perform a grand finale.
The second segment tells the story of Huey, Dewey, and Louie celebrating Christmas Eve with Donald and Daisy Duck at Uncle Scrooge’s mansion in Duckburg. After causing trouble at dinnertime, the boys know that they are on the naughty list for sure, so they travel to the North Pole to write their names on Santa’s good list. At Santa’s workshop, the trio cause more trouble by making a mess, but they and the elves help clean up to save Christmas. Before they leave, they luck into an opportunity to add their names to the good list; however, they add Uncle Scrooge’s name instead, mindful of the fact that he was never written onto the list either. On Christmas Day, Santa leaves them a note that explains that their actions have caused them to be also put on the good list.
The third segment’s focus is about Max Goof and his father Goofy celebrating the holidays. A young adult Max brings home his girlfriend Mona to meet his father, Goofy. However, Max is unsure whether or not he wants Mona to meet his dad (Most of the story takes place within the song “Make Me Look Good”). Max at first is embarrassed by his dad, who shows baby pictures to Mona and wipes cocoa off Max’s face. While wondering outside, he notices that his scarf is made by Goofy and realizes that Goofy is always, well, goofy, and that is why he loves him. Max then forgets about being embarrassed and decides to join in the fun when the popcorn making machine goes haywire. Max tries to stop the machine but has popcorn filling his clothes until he lets go. He becomes embarrassed after having his clothes inflate in front of his girlfriend, Mona and flies across the room. Goofy tries to stop it next, but he is swung around in the air by the machine. Max, Goofy and Mona are all pushed up by the popcorn through the chimney and onto the roof. Following this, Mona then reveals to have the same kind of teeth like Goofy and Max; they all laugh and make snow angels on the roof.
The fourth segment focuses on Donald Duck and his Christmas wish of peace and quiet. Daisy Duck and Huey, Dewey, and Louie also appear. As Donald returns home from grocery shopping, he daydreams and misses his bus. He runs to catch after it, but he is slowed down by a series of well-wishers that begin to sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Donald becomes increasingly annoyed by the joyous people, and at home, he is annoyed to hear the same Christmas carols on his radio. When Daisy and his nephews arrive, Donald becomes annoyed that they want to go out so soon after he returned home, but Daisy drags him out. At the mall, Donald grabs a cup of hot chocolate and discovers various objects seeming to play the same Christmas carol; Donald thinks he is in complete peace inside a secret room, where he finds animatronics singing. Donald immediately wrecks them until he notices he is destroying the show at Mousy’s that Daisy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie and also the crowd were trying to see; Dewey tricks Donald into being heartbroken by saying Donald is not their uncle anymore, and Daisy agrees to leave with the boys. After he is thrown out of the mall by the mall guard for his lack of Christmas spirit and destroying the Mousy’s show, Donald walks home alone while feeling guilty for his lack of Christmas spirit. He finds Christmas carolers having trouble with singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, to which he urges to mentor the performers in singing. The other town residents join in to sing along. When Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie arrive, Donald apologizes and everyone happily sings the song, eventually Donald, who gets used to it.
The fifth and final segment stars Mickey as he makes decorations for the Christmas party, which Pluto keeps interrupting. When Pluto attempts to help by putting the star on the tree, he inadvertently destroys all the decorations (especially knocking down the Christmas tree), causing a frustrated Mickey yells at his dog, and sends Pluto to his doghouse as a punishment. Feeling like he is rejected from his owner, Pluto decides to run away from home and then finds himself shipped to the North Pole, where Santa’s reindeer adopt him and rename him “Murray”. Back at home, Mickey redecorates the house and, ashamed of how he unleashed his anger at Pluto, attempts to reconcile with him, only to find him missing. Mickey posts several “lost dog” posters and eventually turns to a department store Santa, who turns out to be the real one. Meanwhile, Pluto becomes homesick to which Santa and the reindeer help Pluto return home. As Mickey’s friends arrive, Pluto completes the Christmas tree decorations and everyone celebrates Pluto’s return, even Donald and Daisy Duck, who had just showed up with Huey, Dewey and Louie, Uncle Scrooge, Max, Goofy and Minnie Mouse (who is also entranced by the decorations). The film concludes with a medley of various carols as the book closes.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
It is the first Christmas season since the gates reopened and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday traditions, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. Elsa laments the fact that because she had isolated herself most of her life, she and Anna were unable to spend time with each other. Olaf decides to look for traditions with Sven’s help.
Going through the town, Olaf encounters various family traditions relating to Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter solstice. After a visit to Oaken, Olaf, Sven and their sleigh full of traditions travel through the snowy tundra only for a piece of coal (from a portable sauna that Oaken had given them) to set the sleigh on fire. They slide down a hill and Olaf and Sven end up separated by a chasm. With only a fruit cake, Olaf attempts to travel through the woods and is attacked by wolves.
Meanwhile, Anna and Elsa discover some forgotten items in their attic. Sven returns to Kristoff and informs him (in vain), Anna, and Elsa of Olaf’s plight. They gather the residents of Arendelle to go look for Olaf. Elsewhere, Olaf manages to escape the wolves, but loses the fruit cake to a hawk and gives up by a tree not too far from the kingdom. Anna and Elsa find Olaf and cheer him up by revealing that they do have a tradition: Himself. After Elsa and Anna had been isolated from each other, the latter began annually sliding cards and dolls of Olaf under the former’s door. As they all celebrate the holidays, the hawk drops the fruit cake on Olaf. Upon getting the fruit cake back, Olaf declares it “A Christmas miracle!”
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
A Christmas party is held at the Beast’s castle sometime after the spell is broken, attended by almost the entire village. While reminiscing about the previous year’s Christmas, Lumiere and Cogsworth get into an argument over who “saved” Christmas, prompting Mrs Potts to tell the story.
Going back a year, not long after the Beast saved Belle from the wolves, Belle anticipates the coming Christmas season, as do the other servants, though they reveal that the Beast is against the season since he was transformed into a Beast on Christmas Eve. To lighten his spirit, Belle teaches the Beast how to ice skate. They are observed from the West Wing by Forte, a pipe organ who was formerly the Prince’s court composer and does not want the spell to break (meaning he never wanted to be human again) as he is of more use in his enchanted form. He sends his piccolo minion, Fife, to sabotage their newfound friendship, causing Belle and the Beast to crash into the snow. Then, when Belle makes a snow angel, the Beast sees his snow figure as a shadow of a monster. He roars, thrashes the snow and storms off in a fit of rage. As Fife claims that Forte will be proud of him, the Beast stomps back into his castle in fury and depression.
Despite the Beast’s misgivings, Belle decides to celebrate Christmas without his consent, though the Beast gradually opens up to the idea with advice from Lumiere. Belle meets Forte in the West Wing and he suggests that she venture into the forest to find a Christmas tree, but he secretly tells the Beast that Belle is abandoning him. In fury, the Beast destroys the Christmas decorations in the dining room and storms off outside to look for Belle. Belle and a few more servants find and chop the tree down, but Belle falls through thin ice and almost drowns. The Beast intervenes and saves her in time, though he locks her in the dungeon for supposedly breaking her promise not to leave.
As Belle is comforted inside the dungeon by the servants, the Beast has a change of heart when he finds a storybook present Belle left for him. He reads it and frees Belle, giving his consent to celebrate Christmas. Forte attempts to use his powers to bring the castle down and kill everyone. Fife betrays him and aids the Beast and Belle. The Beast reaches the West Wing and after a brief fight, damages Forte’s keyboard. Forte smashes to the floor, destroyed. With Forte gone, the castle is repaired and Christmas is celebrated. The castle and servants are decked out in holiday decorations, right before Belle and the Beast do their famous ballroom dance from the first film.
Back in the present, Mrs Potts concludes that it was Belle who saved Christmas. Belle and the Prince enter the court to greet their guests, presenting Chip with a storybook as a present. As Fife, now the new court composer, leads the orchestra, the Prince and Belle share a moment on the balcony, where he gives her a rose as a gift.
The short was featured on early VHS releases of A Walt Disney Christmas, which featured the uncut scene with the blackface doll. The short was released on the 2006 Walt Disney Treasures DVD box set More Silly Symphonies. The film is included in the extra “From the Vault” section, because of racial stereotypes among the toys. The short was remastered in HD and released on Disney+ November 12th, 2019 with the blackface doll scene removed; despite Disney+ claiming that the short was presented as originally released. Disney has since removed this claim from the streaming service.
Good luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
The Duncan family plans to go to Amy’s parents’ new condo in Palm Springs, California for Christmas. However, they are separated en route when Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) makes a snap decision to give up her airline seat for a free ticket to prove to her parents she can go to Florida for her spring break with her best friend Ivy (Raven Goodwin). Unwilling to let her daughter travel alone, Amy (Leigh-Allyn Baker) also disembarks the plane, only to discover that the next flight to Palm Springs departs after Christmas. Meanwhile, the rest of the family arrives in Palm Springs, but things aren’t any easier as Bob (Eric Allan Kramer) tries to care for Charlie (Mia Talerico) under the watchful eye of Amy’s mother Petunia (Debra Monk), who strongly dislikes Bob and blames him for Charlie’s mischief and the other kids’ mishaps; PJ (Jason Dolley) learns the pros and cons of his grandparents’ pool after getting a sunburn; and Gabe (Bradley Steven Perry) quickly realizes the downfalls of teaching Grandpa Hank (Michael Kagan) how to play his favorite video game, Galaxy of Death, after Hank becomes more addicted to it than he is.
Stranded and in desperation, Teddy and Amy find unconventional ways to get to Palm Springs before Christmas, while keeping in contact with Bob via cellphone. On their journey, Amy reveals that she is pregnant again when they hitch hike with an elderly couple who turn out to be part of an alien abduction survivors network. When the two arrive in Las Vegas, their luggage is stolen, and they get into another argument, where Amy promptly blames Teddy for them getting them lost in the first place. Hungry, the mother and daughter perform Christmas carols to get money for a dinner. In a restaurant, they find Jordan, the girl who had stolen their luggage, and confront her. She breaks down in tears and explains how she has been stranded after running away from home to go to a music festival cross-country, which her mother forbade her from attending. Sympathizing with Jordan, Amy calls Jordan’s mother and smooths things over, and Teddy gives her plane ticket to Jordan to get her home for Christmas. This gesture helps Teddy and Amy bond from their previous arguments, and Amy finally acknowledges that Teddy is responsible.
Meanwhile, PJ, Bob, and Gabe drive to Las Vegas to pick up Amy and Teddy, but are mistakenly kidnapped on the way and participate in a paintball match based on Galaxy of Death in order to return to their car. Gabe wins the match by taking the “Stone of Mitrios”, which he was already planning to do since he started playing the game. In return, they get a free helicopter ride to find Teddy and Amy. Hank and Petunia then arrive with Charlie by car, and the entire family is finally reunited outside a diner in the desert. Amy admits not only that they finally got the Christmas vacation they wanted, but also that this was the best Christmas they’ve ever had. She then reveals that she is having another baby, much to the happiness of the Duncans and Blankenhoopers.
In the epilogue, on the way back to Denver from their Christmas trip, Gabe attempts to take the Stone of Mitrios on the plane ride back, but it is taken away by a flight attendant. Another flight attendant then announces the offering of a free plane ticket, which Teddy quickly accepts once again. Amy says to Bob, “Your turn” and Bob obediently goes after Teddy, jokingly promising Amy that they will be back by New Year’s. Amy smiles in response and says that she knows they won’t. A short blooper roll follows the epilogue.
The Small One
In the Galilean countryside near the city of Nazareth, a young boy and his father own four donkeys. Three of these donkeys are young and strong. The fourth donkey, Small One, is old and weak, but the boy loves him anyway. Every day, the boy and the donkey play together before they go to work, helping the boy’s father to collect wood.
The boy and his father take the donkeys to work one morning, as they always do. Many times, the boy loads Small One with small sticks, since Small One can’t carry heavy loads any more. Small One even has trouble carrying stacks of small sticks and the boy helps to carry them for him.
That evening, the boy’s father tells the boy that he has to sell Small One because he can no longer do enough work to cover the cost of his care. Devastated, but understanding, the boy asks if he can be the one to sell his best friend. The father agrees and tells him that he has to sell him for one piece of silver. That night, the boy comforts Small One and promises to find him a gentle and loving master.
The next morning, the boy takes Small One to the market. Their task begins by being tricked into a haunting visit to the local tanner by a guard at the city gates. Terrified, they quickly run out of the shop once they realize he only wants the donkey’s hide. As they wander the streets looking for a buyer, they encounter several townspeople, shop owners, and merchants, none of whom want to buy.
In a final attempt to find a buyer, the boy leads Small One onto the stage at a horse auction. The auctioneer has no interest in selling a “scrawny donkey,” which causes the boy to insist that Small One is “good enough to be in a king’s stable.” This prompts the auctioneer to laugh and poke fun, sarcastically playing along to embarrass them and rouse the crowd. When he attempts to sit on Small One, he shoves the boy out of the way. Upon seeing this, Small One rouses the strength to buck and kick the auctioneer off him, sending him crashing into the stage and knocking it over. Afraid and ashamed, the boy and Small One run around a corner to escape the unruly auctioneer.
As dusk falls on the city, the pair have run out of options, and sit on a street corner weeping, without hope. In this bleak moment, a kind man comes up to the boy and asks if Small One is for sale. The man needs a gentle donkey to carry his wife to Bethlehem, insists he will take good care of him, and offers one piece of silver. The boy accepts, says goodbye to Small One, and watches as the couple and Small One leave on their journey as a bright star appears in the sky.
One Magic Christmas
Ginny Grainger (Steenburgen) is the mother of two children, Cal (Robbie Magwood) and Abbie (Elisabeth Harnois). Her husband, Jack (Gary Basaraba), has been out of work since July, and they have to move out of the company house by January 1. Jack fixes bikes as a hobby in the basement and hopes to give one to his children’s poor friend, Molly Monaghan, for Christmas. Although he would like to open a bike shop of his own, doing so would use up all their savings, which Ginny sees as a foolish move. In order to make ends meet, she works as a cashier at a grocery store.
One night, Abbie goes across the street to the mailbox to send a letter to Santa Claus. After she mails it, Gideon (Harry Dean Stanton), an angel who has been watching the Graingers, retrieves it from the mailbox and returns it to her saying that her mother should mail it. She agrees, and as she’s crossing the street to return home, a car barrels down the road towards her. Gideon stops the impending accident and allows Abbie to cross the street without incident.
The next day, the Graingers visit Jack’s grandfather, Caleb. He gives the children presents: Cal a Christmas book and Abbie a snow globe of the North Pole. That night Gideon visits Abbie in her room only to learn that Ginny did not mail Abbie’s letter to Santa Claus. Gideon warns Abbie that some things are going to happen tomorrow and not to be afraid. Meanwhile, Ginny and Jack are in the kitchen talking about their finances. He reiterates his desire to open a bike shop, but she feels that he should find a new job, as the time to start turning a profit from a business would be too long. Frustrated, he storms out of the house to go for a walk. She races after him to try to work things out. Ominously, all the Christmas lights begin turning off all around her, as to show that the last of the Christmas spirit has been drained from her.
The next day, Christmas Eve, Ginny gets a ride to work from a friend. While at a gas station, she sees a man named Harry Dickens trying to sell some of his possessions in order to support himself and his son, with little success. She shrugs off the situation and goes on with her day. Meanwhile, Jack, along with the children, goes to the bank to take some money out of their savings to do some Christmas shopping. He tells them to wait in the car, but Abbie leaves to visit Ginny at the grocery store across the street. Abbie informs Ginny that Jack is at the bank which causes her to storm out to stop him, only to have her boss, Herbie Conklin, see her leave and fire her. She returns Abbie to the car and enters the bank only to discover that Harry is holding it up. Jack attempts to quell the situation, but Harry impulsively shoots, and Jack collapses onto the ground. A sobbing Ginny cradles her dead husband on the ground. In a panic, Harry flees the bank and steals Jack’s car with Cal and Abbie still inside. Ginny chases after him in his car, but it runs out of gas before she can catch up with him. He comes to a bridge where the police have set up a road block and tries to swerve around it, but skids off the bridge, plummeting to his death into the icy river below.
Distraught, Ginny returns home to an empty house and weeps in the bathroom. However, Caleb soon comes to the house to inform her that the kids have been found standing on the side of the road. The police believe that Harry dropped them off before the crash, when in reality Gideon rescued them from the river. When they return home, Ginny informs them that Jack has been murdered by Harry and is never coming home.
Later that night, Abbie runs away to the town’s Christmas tree in hopes of finding Gideon to ask him to bring back her dad. Gideon tells her that he can’t fix things like what has happened to her dad and that the only person who can bring him back is Santa Claus himself. Gideon takes Abbie to the North Pole to meet him. He informs her that he too cannot fix what has happened nor can he bring the Christmas spirit back to Ginny, but Abbie can. He then takes her through his factory (which is run by “ordinary, nice people,” not elves) and retrieves an old letter that Ginny had written when she was a child. He tells her that it may hold the key to helping her mother.
Gideon returns Abbie to her house and she gives her mother the letter. She reads it and finally realizes the true meaning of Christmas: to celebrate what you have and not what you want. She walks outside to the mailbox and mails Abbie’s letter. Just then, all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood come back on, Jack reappears, and Ginny hugs him much to his confusion as he is only returning from his short walk the previous night.
The next day, Ginny relives the events of that Christmas Eve with a much different attitude. She gets her boss to concede to let her take the day off so she can spend time with family. At the gas station she buys a camp stove from Harry who thanks her and wishes her a “Merry Christmas”. That evening, she attends the tree lighting in the village square, happily joining the participants in singing O Christmas Tree. Later, she writes a check to Jack for the bike shop and the family delivers one to Molly. As she is about to fall asleep, she hears something downstairs and finds Santa putting presents under the tree. He then stops and looks at her and says, “Merry Christmas, Ginny.” She smiles and with tear-filled eyes, finally says the words she has been unable to speak for so long: “Merry Christmas!”
The Ultimate Christmas Present
Two teen girls, Samantha Elizabeth “Sam” Kwan (age 13) (Brenda Song) and Allison Rachel “Allie” Thompson (age 13) (Hallee Hirsh) find a weather machine at a shack in the woods. After learning of its controls, they use it to make it snow in Los Angeles.
It turns out that the weather machine belongs to Santa Claus (John B. Lowe) and he informs Mrs. Claus about this. To help Santa Claus, she sends two elves, Crumpet (John Salley) and Sparky (Bill Fagerbakke).
A weather man named Edwin Hadley (Peter Scolari) tries to figure out what’s causing the strange weather and track it down to keep himself from getting fired by his boss Mr. Martino (Jason Schombing). Edwin’s boss expects Edwin to get down to the bottom of the sudden snow appearances.
When Sparky and Crumpet catch up to Santa Claus, they find a footprint of a type of girl shoes that are only made in California. Santa and the elves set off to interrogate each girl on the naughty list that wears those type of shoes.
Soon, the snowstorm gets so large that it spreads to San Francisco and Allie’s dad gets snowed in at the airport and may not make it home in time for Christmas. Allie tries to turn it off, but over night it turns itself back on and it creates a blizzard. They are unable to make it do anything now. Samantha shares sad stories with Allie about how her dad would spend Christmas, while Allie is sad about her dad missing Christmas.
During the blizzard, Edwin manages to trace the weather phenomenon to Allie’s house. Due to traffic, he manages to borrow a guy’s snowmobile.
When Allie and Sam head to the shed to get the flashlights, they encounter Santa, Crumpet, and Sparky who identify Allie as the next person on their naughty list while her best friend Sam is a positive overachiever and good role model in school. They managed to get proof that he’s Santa Claus when he tells the girls all about them and the weather machine.
Edwin arrives at Allie’s house and manages to gain entry. Edwin does manage to find the weather machine after Allie’s brother found it and berated him for messing with it. Upon being cornered in Allie’s room by the girls, Santa, and the elves, he announces his plans to be the best weather man in history and gain more publicity on television attempts. During his escape, he sees the guy he borrowed the snowmobile from and crashes into a chocolate making factory where he falls into a chocolate vat. The group follow his trail into the chocolate factory and follows Edwin’s chocolatey trail. Sparky follows him up into the raftings where he falls into a box of cotton candy. The group then reclaims the weather machine.
At Santa’s shack, he then works to find the problem in the weather machine. With Sam and Allie’s help, they manage to fix the weather machine (Santa forgot to put in the right batteries) and stop the weather. Santa then tells Edwin that there is another type of job that deals with weather.
Crumpet and Sparky pick up Allie’s dad just in time for Christmas morning. Meanwhile, Hadley gets a job in the Antarctic teaching scientists about the weather.
‘‘Twas the Night
A troubled and irresponsible man named Nick Wrigley (Bryan Cranston) is hacked by criminals who are looking for a bank account code to Nick’s boss. The criminals Bill (Jeff Geddis) and Harry (Sandy Robson) manage to find his apartment and start berating him for the Internet scam he has pulled on them. They tell him they want their money by Christmas or else they will have their enforcer Eliot (Jung-Yul Kim) beat him up. Bill and Harry leave and Nick decides to run away. Nick is leaving the building when Eliot sees him leaving and chases him. Nick manages to escape when he runs to a North Pole stage where kids meet Santa Claus. He steals the costume for Santa Claus and walks to the bus stop in disguise and goes to his brother’s house.
Meanwhile, the house’s mischievous 14-year-old Danny Wrigley (Josh Zuckerman) welcomes his uncle because he has a better relationship with him than any other person in his family. Danny’s father (Barclay Hope) however is less than thrilled to see his older brother, while his wife (Torri Higginson) welcomes Nick. Danny’s parents, both doctors, are called into the hospital and reluctantly leave Nick to look after their three children. After receiving a threatening e-mail from Bill and Harry that they are currently tracking him down to get the money out of him, Nick ends up having to unleash a virus to throw them off his trail. On Christmas Eve, Santa comes to the house with a device that can freeze time, in order to put the family’s presents under the tree unnoticed. An object hits the device, time goes back to normal, and Nick hits him unconscious. They decide to deliver Santa’s presents. While Nick is delivering the presents, unbeknown to Danny he is stealing from the houses. When Danny finds out that Nick is stealing he feels betrayed and goes back home in Santa’s sleigh.
Meanwhile, Danny’s younger siblings, Kaitlyn (Brenda Grate) and Peter (Rhys Williams) find an unconscious Santa (Jefferson Mappin) on the floor of their living room. He wakes up and convinces them that he is Santa. They find out that Danny and Nick have stolen the sleigh and presents and Santa says that Danny will be on the naughty list forever. When Danny comes back he apologizes to Santa, but the sleigh is broken.
Nick is sitting at a bus stop when he sees Bill, Harry, and Eliot. They ask him where the address to his brother’s house is as they don’t recognize him because he is wearing a Santa costume. Nick doesn’t answer them and they drive off. Nick realizes a second later they are going to his brother’s house, which means that his family is in trouble. Nick, who still has Santa’s device, races back to the house and get there just in time. He saves his family from the men using the device to shrink Eliot. This causes Bill, Harry, and Eliot to drive away terrified. Nick returns the device to Santa and then gives Santa his beloved laptop to fix Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas.
The next morning, Nick wakes up and sees Santa has given him the guitar that he has wanted since childhood, but never got for Christmas because he was on the naughty list. He agrees to sell the guitar to pay off his debts but entertains the family by playing it first.
Miracle on 34th Street
Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is indignant to find that the man (Percy Helton) assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is intoxicated. When he complains to event director Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), she persuades Kris to take his place. He does so well he is hired to play Santa at Macy’s flagship New York City store on 34th Street.
Kris directs one shopper (Thelma Ritter) instead to another store because the desired item is not available at Macy’s. Initially confused, but nevertheless impressed, because Kris tells the truth (and ignores prior instructions from Julian Shellhammer (Philip Tonge), head of the toy department, to steer parents to Macy’s items), she informs Julian that she will become a loyal Macy’s customer.
Attorney Fred Gailey (John Payne), Doris’s neighbor, takes the young divorcée’s daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) to see Santa. Doris has raised her to not believe in fairy tales, but Susan is shaken after seeing Kris speak Dutch with a girl (Marlene Lyden) who does not know English. Doris asks Kringle to tell Susan that he is not Santa, but he insists that he is.
Worried, Doris decides to fire him. However, Kris has generated so much positive publicity and goodwill for Macy’s that Macy (Harry Antrim) promises Doris and Julian bonuses. To alleviate Doris’s misgivings, Julian has Granville Sawyer (Porter Hall) administer a “psychological evaluation”. Kris passes easily, but Sawyer still recommends his dismissal.
The store expands on the concept of steering customers to competitors if necessary. To avoid looking greedy, Gimbels implements the same policy, forcing Macy’s and others to reciprocate. As a consequence, Kris does the impossible, reconciling bitter rivals Macy and Gimbel (Herbert Heyes).
Pierce (James Seay), the doctor at Kris’s nursing home, assures Doris that Kris is harmless. To alleviate Doris’s worries, Pierce suggests Kris stay with someone. Fred volunteers. Later, Kris makes a pact with Fred: he will work on Susan’s cynicism while Fred does the same with Doris’s. When Susan reveals to Kris she wants a house for Christmas, showing him a photo of her dream house torn from a magazine, he reluctantly promises to do his best.
In the company cafeteria, young employee Alfred (Alvin Greenman) tells Kris that Sawyer convinced him that he is unstable simply because he is kind-hearted. Kris immediately goes to Sawyer’s office to confront him, eventually striking him on his head with an umbrella. Sawyer exaggerates his pain to have Kris confined to Bellevue Hospital. Tricked into cooperating, and believing Doris to be in on the deception, Kris deliberately fails his examination and is recommended for permanent commitment. However, Fred persuades Kris not to give up.
At a hearing before Judge Henry X. Harper (Gene Lockhart), District Attorney Thomas Mara (Jerome Cowan) gets Kris to assert that he is Santa Claus and rests his case. Fred argues that Kris actually is Santa. Mara requests Harper rule that Santa does not exist. In private, Harper’s political adviser, Charlie Halloran (William Frawley), warns him that doing so would be disastrous for his upcoming reelection bid. Harper buys time by hearing evidence.
Doris quarrels with Fred when he quits his law firm to defend Kris. Fred calls Macy as a witness. When Mara asks if he believes Kris to be Santa, Macy starts to equivocate, but when pressed, he responds, “I do.” On leaving the stand, Macy fires Sawyer. Fred then calls Mara’s own young son (Bobby Hyatt), who testifies that his father told him that Santa was real. Mara concedes the point.
After his son and wife leave the courtroom, Mara then demands that Fred prove that Kris is “the one and only” Santa Claus on the basis of some competent authority. While Fred searches frantically, Susan writes Kris a letter to cheer him up, which Doris also signs. When a New York Post Office mail sorter (Jack Albertson) sees Susan’s letter, which is addressed to Kris at the New York courthouse, he suggests delivering all of the letters addressed to Santa Claus, in the dead letter office, to Kris.
When court resumes, Fred still has not found some competent authority to back Kris’s claim, but then an official gestures to Fred about the arrival of the mailbags at the courthouse. Fred presents Harper with three of the letters, addressed simply to “Santa Claus” that were just now delivered to Kris, asserting that the Post Office—a branch of the U.S. federal government—has acknowledged that Kris is the one and only Santa Claus. When Mara objects, on the grounds that three letters alone do not constitute sufficient proof, Fred tells Harper that he hesitates to produce many more such letters that he says that he has. Following Harper’s insistence for Fred to produce the other letters, Fred signals to the official to direct the postmen to dump all of the letters addressed to “Santa Claus”, in all of the mailbags, onto Harper’s desk. Unpiling himself from the deluge of letters, Harper (with great relief) dismisses the case.
On Christmas morning at a celebration at Dr. Pierce’s clinic, Susan loses faith in Kris when he does not give her the house she wanted. Kris offers Fred and Doris a route home that avoids traffic. Along the way, Susan sees the very image of her dream house with a “For Sale” sign in front. Susan demands that Fred stop the car, whereupon she joyfully runs into the house, exclaiming “Mr. Kringle IS Santa Claus!” Fred learns that Doris had encouraged Susan to have faith and suggests they purchase the house—a proposition with which Doris joyfully agrees. He then boasts that he must be a great lawyer since he proved an eccentric old man was Santa. However, when he and Doris spot a cane in the house that looks just like Kris’s, he is not so sure that he worked this miracle alone.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
During World War II, the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are evacuated from a London suburb to Professor Digory Kirke’s country home. Mrs. Macready, the strict housekeeper, explains he is unaccustomed to hosting children.
While the Pevensies play hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers a wardrobe and enters the fantasy world of Narnia. Seeing a lamppost, Lucy encounters a faun named Mr. Tumnus, who invites her to his home. He puts Lucy to sleep by playing a lullaby on his flute. When Lucy wakes up, she finds Tumnus grieving. He explains that Jadis, the White Witch, has cursed Narnia to eternal winter 100 years ago. If a human is encountered, they are to be brought to her. Tumnus cannot bring himself to kidnap Lucy, so he sends her home. When she returns to Professor Kirke’s house, hardly any time has passed, and her siblings disbelieve her story.
One night, Edmund follows Lucy into the wardrobe, entering Narnia. While searching for Lucy, he meets the White Witch, who claims to be queen. She offers him Turkish Delight and the prospect of becoming king if he brings his siblings to her castle. After she departs, Edmund and Lucy meet again and return. Lucy tells Peter and Susan what happened, but Edmund lies, to Lucy’s dismay. Professor Kirke suggests she is telling the truth, though they remain unconvinced.
While running away from Mrs. Macready after accidentally breaking a window, the four siblings retreat to the wardrobe and enter Narnia, Peter and Susan doing so for the first time. They briefly castigate Edmund for lying and force him to apologize to Lucy. Then, they discover that the Witch has taken Mr. Tumnus, and they meet a couple of anthropomorphic beavers, who tell them about Aslan. According to the beavers, Aslan intends to take control of Narnia from the Witch. The four must help Aslan; it has been prophesied that if two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve sit on the four thrones, the White Witch’s reign will end.
Edmund sneaks off to visit the Witch. When he arrives at her castle, she is furious he has not delivered his siblings. The Witch sends wolves to track down the children and the beavers, who barely escape. Edmund is chained in the Witch’s dungeon, where he meets Tumnus. The Witch demands Edmund reveal his siblings’ location. After Tumnus claims that Edmund knows nothing, The Witch tells Mr. Tumnus that Edmund betrayed him, then turns Tumnus to stone.
While Peter, Lucy, Susan, and the beavers travel, they hide from what they believe to be the White Witch; it is really Father Christmas, a sign that the Witch’s reign is ending. Father Christmas gives them weapons to defend themselves. Lucy receives a healing cordial that can heal any injury and a dagger to defend herself. Susan receives a magical horn that will summon help and a bow and quiver full of arrows. Peter receives a sword and a shield. After evading wolves led by Maugrim, the group reaches Aslan’s camp. Aslan is revealed as a huge and noble lion, who promises to help Edmund. Later, two wolves ambush Lucy and Susan. When Peter intervenes, Maugrim attacks him, only to be killed. Some of Aslan’s troops follow the other wolf to the witch’s camp and rescue Edmund. Peter is knighted by Aslan.
The White Witch journeys to Aslan’s camp and claims Edmund, but Aslan secretly offers to sacrifice himself instead. That night, as Lucy and Susan covertly watch, the White Witch fatally stabs Aslan, but breaks her word by sending an army to invade. Lucy and Susan send a message to the others, and Edmund persuades Peter to lead Aslan’s army. In the morning, both armies clash violently, but Aslan is resurrected, citing magic beyond the Witch’s understanding. Aslan takes Susan and Lucy to the Witch’s castle, where he frees the prisoners she turned to stone. Edmund saves Peter from the Witch by destroying her wand, but she mortally wounds him in turn. As the Witch fights Peter, Aslan arrives with reinforcements. The Witch overpowers Peter, but Aslan kills her before she can finish off Peter. After Edmund is healed from an otherwise fatal wound by Lucy’s cordial, the Pevensies are crowned King Peter the Magnificent, Queen Susan the Gentle, King Edmund the Just, and Queen Lucy the Valiant.
Fifteen years later, the Pevensie children, now young adults, chase a white stag through the forest. They encounter the lamppost Lucy saw earlier and suddenly tumble out of the wardrobe at the same time and day they left, becoming children again. Professor Kirke then finds the children, asking why they were in the wardrobe. In a mid-credits scene, Lucy later attempts to return to Narnia via the wardrobe, where Professor Kirke tells her he has tried for many years, and they will probably return to Narnia when they least expect it.
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
t’s Christmas Eve and Richie Rich, the world’s richest kid, is all excited to spend the day with his friends. While racing wildly with his friends in the snow, Richie’s butler, Herbert Cadbury, controls the cars using a remote and guides the children back to Richie’s house. He then reminds him about his responsibilities that are due to be executed on Christmas Eve, and instructs him to change his clothes and get ready for tea. Before going to do so, he visits his home scientist, Professor Keanbean, who shows him his recent invention, a wishing machine which works only on Christmas Eve. The day being that, Richie wishes for a “big pie” from it, and is given a “pig sty” instead. Cadbury is disgusted seeing this, and sends him off to change his clothes. He meets his parents, Richard and Regina Rich, to ask what they would like to have for Christmas. While with them, he also tries out his father’s new fishing rod invented by Keanbean, which hooks on to a tuna sandwich in the vicinity. He then goes on to change his clothes.
During tea, Richie meets his spoiled cousin, Reggie Van Dough, who wishes that he was as rich as Richie. Later, he dresses up like an elf with Cadbury as Santa Claus to distribute Christmas presents to the orphanage. While getting ready, Cadbury tells Richie about how he was a rock star in his youth days, in a band called Root Canal. When they take off in the sleigh with Richie driving it, Reggie takes control of it using the remote invented by Keanbean that Cadbury used earlier. He guides it through streets by shops, houses, and people, thus nearly destroying everything in the whole process. Richie and Cadbury end up in an accident in which the sleigh falls and literally explodes along with the presents, while Cadbury hurts his ankle badly. Richie runs off to fetch help, but once he enters the city, he sees that the situation has changed dramatically. Reggie is cooking up rumors about him, and all the people have turned against him.
Devastated and believing the whole incident was his fault, Richie goes into Keanbean’s laboratory and squats in front of the wishing machine. While fretting over his ill luck, he accidentally wishes that he was never born. The machine at once grants his wish, following which he is transported to another world in which he was never born and hence nobody recognizes him. Reggie has taken over as Richard and Regina’s son, and is now the richest kid in the world. He bosses around everyone. Roads and buildings are named after him. Reggie controls the entire town and including the police force. This world is very sad, and hunger and misery are seen all over. This makes Richie realize that things would not be better if he was not born, and hence decides to go back to the world in which he is Richie Rich.
Though his parents do not recognize him anymore, he is happy that his dog, Dollar, does. He takes Dollar with him, only to enrage Reggie, who is his current owner. Reggie orders policemen to search for Richie, who is falsely called the “dognapper”, and also announces a reward for catching him. After outsmarting various policemen who try but fail to catch him, Richie finds Cadbury, who is still part of Root Canal, and Keanbean, who runs his own laboratory called “Keanbean’s World of Wonders”. Richie questions Keanbean about the wishing machine, which he says, requires a Pegliasaurus wishing bone in order to be complete. Along with his friends who decide to help him, Richie goes to the city museum to retrieve the bone from the dinosaur skeleton. After passing through laser detection systems successfully, they get it, using the fishing rod invented by Keanbean. Before they get out of the museum, Richie and his friends spot Reggie’s parents, who are now working as night guards there.
Once they reach the lab, they get the machine to work properly. However, before Richie could wish himself back, Reggie arrives there with the policemen. Richie, Cadbury, Keanbean, and Richie’s friends are put in jail, while Reggie takes the machine home. At home, Reggie wishes for the ability to fly, but before he can make another wish, Dollar runs off with the wishbone. When it does not work the second time, he leaves the room in a huff, and retires. In jail, Richie and his friends are bailed out by Root Canal. They all rush to Reggie’s house, and while he is still sleeping, Richie tries to wish himself back. However, they find that the machine is no longer working, as Reggie had kicked it in anger earlier. While Keanbean is fixing it, Reggie wakes up and comes flying in, only to be attacked by Richie and his friends. They defeat him and everyone quits working for him, with Sgt. Mooney refusing to work for someone who would cancel Christmas. After that, the machine starts working again, and Richie wishes himself back as Richie Rich.
Richie sets right all the things that had gone wrong since his vanishing act, and is now much more grateful to be alive. As everyone is glad to have him back, they gather around the Christmas tree and sing.
The Christmas Star
Horace McNickle is a two-time felon serving prison time for counterfeiting. On the week before Christmas, he escapes from prison dressed as Santa Claus due to his uncanny resemblance to Santa resulting from his long white beard and heavyset features. He hides out from the police in a nearby suburban neighborhood where he is befriended and helped by two local children who think he is the real Santa. He takes advantage of their naïveté to help him get his counterfeit money hidden somewhere in a local department store while he develops kind-hearted feelings for his two con victims that make him slowly understand the true nature of Christmas.
Full Court Miracle
Alex Schlotsky (Alex D. Linz) is a 14-year old freshman at Philadelphia Hebrew Academy, where he and his friends are on the school’s struggling basketball team, the Lions. Without a good coach and with a dream of winning the Liberty Tournament and defeating their school’s rivals, the Warriors, Alex and his friends are determined to find their own Judah Macabee to coach their team. During one day of practice at a local park, Alex finds what he believes is their coach—Lamont Carr (Richard T. Jones), a college basketball star whose knee injury prevented him from getting to the NBA. After interrupting his practice, Alex and Lamont don’t get off to a good start. The next day, however, Alex offers to pay Lamont to coach their team for a while: Lamont reluctantly agrees.
During the boys’ first days of practice under Lamont’s coaching, they become exhausted and frustrated with his coaching style, but an intervention by Alex inspires Lamont to help the team love the game of basketball. During the days leading up to the tournament, there are many hurdles Alex and Lamont must overcome—throughout the movie, Lamont is homeless after leaving his wife and son in Virginia with the hopes of being signed by the Philadelphia 76ers: Alex must balance his mother’s desire for him to become a doctor as opposed to a basketball star. Also, among the challenges they must face is the school’s principal, Mrs. Klein, who tries to see if Lamont is safe to be with the players. This leads to her one-day trying to inconspicuously follow Lamont to where he goes in his van after practicing. With Alex knowing this and also knowing that Lamont is homeless, he tells him to go to a modern apartment complex where his dad is trying to get a tenant for a room he owns.
While Alex opens the door for Lamont, Mrs. Klein is outside the complex. Lamont and Alex’s dad compromise to an agreement where Lamont can live there for free until Alex’s dad can find a tenant. Later, before the big Liberty Tournament, the players are looking forward to, Lamont tells the team that he received an offer for a 10-day contract from the Philadelphia 76ers and he was going to accept it. This means the Lions must try to win the tournament without their coach. On the day of the final game, Alex finally confronts his mother and breaks through to her about his love for the game and she ends up convincing Alex’s best friend Julie to forgive him. However, the Lions have been successful, winning every game in the tournament.
While the game is going on, Alex’s mother drives Julie to the game, then goes to the stadium where Lamont is playing a game to try to convince Lamont to come to their game despite the fact that his van has broken down before he can leave for the airport. Once she arrives, she speaks to one of Lamont’s opponents about Alex’s dreams and understands him even more afterward. After she finds Lamont, his car works again and she finally seems to start to understand.
The final game in the Liberty Tournament takes place on a stormy night, which eventually knocks out the power in the school’s gymnasium. Resorting to the use of an emergency generator for the remainder of the game, the Lions and the Warriors play the duration of the game on the agreement that whenever the fuel in the generator runs out, the game will end and the team with the most points will win. The Warriors devise a plan to make sure it is them—when they are ahead in the game and it becomes clear that the fuel in the generator is moments away from running out, the Warriors call a timeout that lasts for the remaining time. The Lions are outraged and discouraged until Lamont appears in the gym and encourages them to not lose faith. The power then once again goes out in the gym, and the Warriors celebrate what they believe is their victory—until the power comes back on soon after with the generator restarting even though it is out of gas. The final moments of the game consist of the Lions catching up to the Warriors, and with the final seconds on the clock ticking down, Alex passes the ball (as opposed to his usual selfish ways), allowing them to score the winning basket.
The entire school celebrates, and Lamont’s wife and son enter the gym and plan to stay with Lamont, who reveals to the Lions that he plans to become their full-time coach. Alex’s mother is finally convinced by him to let him play basketball and in fact, only showed up at the end of the game so she could go get Lamont’s family for him while he went to help the team. The final scene of the movie consists of Alex’s and Lamont’s families (with Alex’s mother proving to be a good player) along with Julie playing a game of basketball, while Rabbi Lewis’ story of Hanukkah and its relation to the basketball game plays over the scene.
Pluto’s Christmas Tree
Mickey and Pluto are searching for a Christmas tree, while Chip and Dale are looking for acorns in the forest. Once the chipmunks see Pluto, they hit him with acorns and scurry from his chasing. Once Pluto is distracted, they hide in a tree. Mickey chops down that very tree, unaware that the two are in it.
Once they get home, Mickey and Pluto decorate the tree and Pluto admires it, but then he notices a light going on and off; his nose is near the light Dale was playing with. Pluto and Dale bark at each other and Dale throws some ornaments down for Pluto to catch. Mickey comes by and takes the ornaments from him to put back on the tree. Pluto chases Dale up to the top of the fireplace with Santa candle figures and gets the hat and beard from a figure near him. Pluto notices the strange figure, but he does not get a chance to expose him to Mickey. Pluto knocks the other figures away except Dale. Chip then notices from the tree what is going on. He rescues Dale and heads for the tree. Pluto gets his feet stuck in presents and has difficulty following the chipmunks up the ladder. While Pluto is barking, the chipmunks cause the ladder to fall and drop the star on top of the tree onto Pluto’s tail. While the chipmunks laugh in victory, Pluto, finally pushed beyond his patience, angrily dives in the tree to attack the chipmunks.
Mickey notices Pluto and tries to pull him out, but gets pulled in instead until the tree is stripped of its decorations and leaves. Mickey scolds Pluto for what he did, but notices Chip and Dale with only a few decorations and all of the branches bare, finally realizing what’s really going on. Pluto starts barking at the chipmunks for the trouble they caused until Mickey tells him to stop, saying that it’s just the holidays. At the window they see Donald, Goofy and Minnie singing “Deck the Halls”. While the three are singing, Chip and Dale join in and then Pluto howls in. Chip and Dale find it annoying, and therefore put a sticker that says “DO NOT OPEN TIL XMAS” over his mouth
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
On Christmas Eve in 19th-century London, Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Scrooge McDuck) is a surly money-lender who does not share the merriment of Christmas. He declines his nephew Fred (Donald Duck)’s invitation to Christmas dinner, then brushes off two gentlemen (Rat and Mole) fundraising aid for the poor. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit (Mickey Mouse) requests to have half of Christmas Day off, to which Scrooge reluctantly accepts, but says Cratchit would be docked half a day’s pay.
Scrooge continues his business and goes home just before midnight. In his house, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Goofy), who warns him to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife like he was, informing him that three spirits will visit him during the night.
At one o’clock, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket), who takes him back in time to his early adult life. They visit his time as an employee under Fezziwig (Mr. Toad). Fezziwig throws a Christmas party where the young Scrooge meets a young woman named Isabelle (Daisy Duck), whom he falls in love with. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how Isabelle left him when he chose money over her. A distraught Scrooge dismisses the Ghost as he returns to the present, lamenting his past actions.
At two o’clock, Scrooge meets the gigantic, merry Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant). Scrooge and the Ghost visit Bob’s house, learning his family is surprisingly content with their small dinner. Scrooge takes pity on Bob’s ill son Tiny Tim (played by Mortie Mouse). The Ghost comments that Tiny Tim will not survive until next Christmas and then disappears.
Scrooge is then transported to a cemetery, where he meets the Ghost of Christmas Future (later revealed to be Pete), who appears as a silent, cloaked, cigar-smoking figure. When Scrooge inquires about Tiny Tim, the Ghost reveals that Tim has died. As a devastated Scrooge asks if this event can be changed, he sees two gravediggers (Weasels) who are amused that no one attended the funeral of the man whose grave they are digging. As soon as the gravediggers are gone, the Ghost reveals the man who died to be Scrooge. Now terrified out of his wits, Scrooge decides to change his ways once and for all as the Ghost shoves him into the grave, where his empty coffin opens to reveal the gateway to Hell.
Awakening in his bedroom on Christmas Day, Scrooge decides to surprise Bob’s family with a turkey dinner and ventures out to spread happiness and joy around London. He accepts Fred’s invitation and then donates a sizable amount of money to the gentlemen he earlier spurned. Scrooge then goes to the Cratchit house. At first putting on a stern demeanor, Scrooge reveals he brought foods and gifts for them and intends on raising Bob’s salary and making him his partner in his counting house. Scrooge and the Cratchits happily celebrate Christmas.
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
On Christmas Eve, Winnie the Pooh is having trouble setting up his Christmas tree. Pooh slips and falls, and breaks a shelf holding a present he made for Piglet. When Piglet suddenly arrives, Pooh desperately searches for a new hiding place for the present (since the broken shelf can no longer stay up) as more of his friends arrive, eventually putting it in an empty honey pot and then helping himself to a full pot of honey with satisfaction, in which he forgets to answer the door. The gang eventually open the door themselves per Roo’s advice after wondering why Pooh won’t let them in. Although surprised to see Pooh eating honey, they begin helping Pooh decorate his tree. After Tigger briefly annoys Rabbit with jingle bells, everyone (including Rabbit) joins in and sing a Winnie-the-Pooh version of “Jingle Bells”. That night, Roo wonders if Santa is coming. Rabbit tells Roo the story of Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too which explains of how, on a previous Christmas Eve, their letter failed to reach Santa and that Pooh dressed up as Santa to bring gifts to his friends, but was unsuccessful. After a second failed attempt to deliver their letter, he returns with the bad news, but his friends say that he is more important than presents until Christopher Robin arrives with their presents. After Rabbit finishes the story, Pooh (who is once again dressed as Santa) arrives with a sack of gift for everyone.
The next day, it is Christmas Day and everyone heads outside to have fun. While playing in the snow, Tigger again annoys Rabbit with his jingle bells, forcing him to take them away. Tigger nevertheless lets Rabbit have them, who then discards them into a tree stump. Sometime later, Piglet gives Pooh some honey pots as a Christmas present. Remembering his own present, Pooh suddenly begins searching for it, but the search lasts until New Year’s Eve. When Pooh hears Christopher Robin calling for him, he heads outside to find him. After finding Christopher Robin, he reveals that he is preparing a party to celebrate New Year’s Eve, in which Pooh suggests having the party at Rabbit’s house. Pooh then takes the box of decorations and heads off there. At Rabbit’s house, Rabbit and Piglet are tending to a potted carrot. While Rabbit goes to get the plant food, Pooh suddenly comes in, scaring Piglet into hiding with the carrot. While Pooh examines the honey in the Rabbit’s cupboard, Rabbit returns and closes the cupboard, unknowingly pushing Pooh inside, but is shocked to find his carrot gone. A noise in the cupboard leads Rabbit to open it and finds Pooh inside eating honey, to his annoyance. After finding Piglet, another visitor knocks on the door, which turns out to be Tigger, followed by Eeyore emerging from the snow underneath them after Tigger bounces Rabbit. Tigger further annoys Rabbit after failing to catch a self-thrown snowball that lands in his house. When Pooh informs them of the party, an excited Tigger tries to decorate the place, but ends up making a mess, making Rabbit so angry that he throws everyone out, planning to move. Believing that their personalities are a threat to Rabbit, Pooh suggests doing a resolution (which Christopher Robin had told him about earlier), a promise which they must keep no matter what. Piglet starts behaving like Tigger, Tigger (who has a rock tied to his tail to keep him from bouncing) starts behaving like Piglet, Pooh starts behaving like Eeyore, and Eeyore starts behaving like Pooh (in which he is shown standing on two legs, eating honey, and wearing a red shirt that resembles Pooh’s).
As Rabbit prepares to move, his four friends return with their changed personalities, which immediately makes him leave, but after falling down a cliff, he is sent flying with his carrot. His friends find him stuck in a tree with bees attempting to abduct him. The four then regain their old personalities and Tigger unties the rock from his tail and rescues Rabbit. Rabbit reconciles with his friends, convincing them to just be themselves while admitting that he’s the one who needs to change just as Christopher Robin arrives. The gang then head back to Rabbit’s house to prepare for the party. Later at night and at the start of the New Year, Rabbit returns the Jingle Bells he took from Tigger. Pooh finally remembers where he left Piglet’s gift and goes home to get it. After returning with the honey pot containing the present, revealed to be a music box, he then gives it to Piglet. After singing a song to Piglet following the music, Piglet claims that Pooh is a greater gift and everyone sings “Auld Lang Syne” to celebrate the New Year.
Decorating Disney Holiday Magic
This one-hour holiday special takes audiences on a never-before-seen journey behind the scenes as both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are turned into the Merriest Places on Earth.
Angela loves Christmas more than anything. However, her family does not share her love for the holiday at all. When she is about to break down because of her family, she receives a peculiar snowglobe in the mail. When she winds up the snowglobe before going to sleep, she is transported into the world inside, where Christmas is the heart and soul of the kindly, childlike inhabitants. She discovers she can return to her world by going down a small path in the little forest at the edge of the village, and can return whenever she winds up the snowglobe.
After a long set of visits to this dream world, she is secretly followed by snowglobe inhabitant Douglas Holiday, Angela’s friend who introduces herself to her family. This is extremely confusing for Angela’s relatives, and since Angela does not want to explain to her folks where Douglas comes from, she takes him on a tour of the city. Douglas is delighted because he has never seen so much and is astonished. However, he can not understand the rudeness of some people. The next day Angela asks her neighbor Eddie to take care of Douglas during the day as she also has to go to work on Christmas. Eddie finds Douglas’ behavior and naïvety a bit strange, but puts up with it for the sake of Angela. But when Angela comes to her apartment, she not only finds half her family and Douglas, but also Douglas’ snowglobe friend Marie, who has also found her way out. Angela tries to tell Douglas and Marie that they need to get back in the globe because that’s their home. When Angela shows them the globe and presses the music box, only she is transported inside, and the globe falls to the ground, destroying the windup mechanism. Angela immediately tries to get out, but she is trapped. She is afraid to stay in the mini-world forever and everything that she had liked about it so far, she suddenly finds annoying. Someone takes pity on Angela and she is surprisingly sent a new snow globe. This time her house is in there, and so she comes back to her apartment where Eddie greets her joyfully. Douglas and Marie can also return to their world after Eddie carefully inserts the new ball clock into the old snow globe.
Once Upon A Snowman
During Elsa’s song “Let It Go”, Olaf the snowman is brought to life. Before he can do anything however, Elsa releases her cloak which flies and knocks him down the mountain side until he crashes into a tree. Not knowing who he is, or why he is alive, Olaf decides to find an identity for himself. He comes upon Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna (where Kristoff can be heard singing “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People” from the barn) and gets flattened by the front door by Anna who exits not noticing him and carrying a bag of carrots (which she will eventually give to Kristoff and Sven as payment).
Olaf enters the Post and meets Oaken. Olaf asks for a nose, possibly a carrot, for his face, but Oaken explains that he sold the last batch and decides to help him out by trying a variety of other objects. One of the objects is an old fashioned view master that features images of “Summer”. Olaf is immediately taken by it and wants to experience it before settling on a sausage for his nose.
As Olaf happily leaves with his new nose, a pack of wolves suddenly appear and begin to chase him through the snowy tundra, during which Anna and Kristoff can be heard arguing with each other over the concept of love. Olaf passes by them, again unnoticed, which gets the wolves to suddenly shift their attention to them. Olaf continues to slide and witnesses Anna, Kristoff and Sven making a leap across the gorge while ditching their sleigh. Olaf makes it to the bottom where he spots one of the carrots that gets dropped, but it gets crushed by the sleigh.
Olaf’s sausage nose breaks, which saddens him. Upon seeing one of the wolves whimpering pitifully at his nose, Olaf gives it to him, believing that he needs it more than him. The wolf happily licks him before leaving. Olaf comments that it felt like a warm hug to which suddenly causes him to remember Anna and Elsa’s time playing together as children. Finally realizing who he is, he comments “I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs.”
During the credits, Olaf is seen coming across Anna, Kristoff and Sven who will eventually give him his carrot nose.
For the adults
I’ll be home for Christmas
Jake Wilkinson (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), an 18-year-old attending the (fictional) in California boarding school, has not been home to Larchmont, New York for any holidays since his mother died and his father remarried 10 months later. A few days before Christmas Eve, his father offers to give him his vintage 1957 Porsche 356 if he is home by 6:00 PM Christmas Eve for Christmas dinner. Initially, Jake had traded in his airline ticket to New York City for two tickets to Cabo San Lucas to take his girlfriend Allie Henderson (Jessica Biel), who is also from New York. When she declines, Jake reconsiders his father’s deal and retrades the tickets back to New York. Allie agrees to ride with him.
With his trio of goons, Eddie Taffet (Adam LaVorgna), Jake’s nemesis and rival for Allie’s affections, leaves Jake in the desert dressed as Santa Claus to punish him for not getting an exam cheat sheet (a deal they had that Eddie secretly sabotaged on purpose). While Jake is stuck in the California desert, Eddie ends up giving a reluctant Allie a ride to New York after she thinks Jake bailed on her again.
Jake has only three days to get to Larchmont if he wants the car. He stumbles upon Nolan (Andrew Lauer), a simple-minded thief who is driving stolen kitchen goods to his dealer near New York. A police officer named Max (Sean O’Bryan) pulls them over in Red Cliff, Colorado for speeding, so Jake lies that Nolan is his elf, Snowpuff, and they’re donating the goods to the children’s hospital. The officer invites them to accompany him to North Platte, Nebraska to help him win back his wife Marjorie (Lesley Boone).
Meanwhile, Allie convinces Eddie to stay the night at a novelty hotel in a Bavarian village, the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa. They are unknowingly standing beneath mistletoe when a news anchor is reporting live. Jake sees them kiss while he’s waiting at the bus station in Nebraska and develops a scheme to convince the bus driver to drop him off at the Bavarian village. He obtains a cooler and a slab of meat, writes Allie’s name and address on the cooler, and convinces the whole busload that the cooler needs to be delivered to a little girl at the hospital in the Bavarian village for a transplant.
After Allie lets Jake into her and Eddie’s room, Eddie walks out of the shower only clad in a towel and Jake assumes he and Allie have slept together. Jake and Allie make up until Jake blurts out that Eddie prevented him from getting home by 6 PM. Upset that Jake cares more about the car than about her, Allie storms onto the bus and takes Jake’s seat.
Jake and Eddie drive off. Eddie suddenly becomes jealous realizing that Jake will get Allie and the Porsche if he makes it home, and throws Jake out of his car somewhere in Wisconsin. Jake decides to enter a Santa Claus race for a chance to win the $1,000 prize to buy an airline ticket to New York. Eddie is arrested after insulting (and possibly doing more) two policemen dressed as Christmas trees patrolling the race. While registering for the race, Jake meets a nice man named Jeff Wilson, whom he barely beats in the race. But en route to the airport, the taxi driver informs Jake that Jeff is actually the mayor of the town; he usually wins the race every year and uses the prize money to buy food for the impoverished. Jake feels bad and gives the money to the Mayor.
Jake talks to his sister, who arranges for an airline ticket for him from Madison, Wisconsin. The airline doesn’t let him board because he has no photographic identification, so he stows away in a dog kennel on a cargo aircraft with a large dog named Ringo. From the airport he hides on a train, tries to hitch a ride in a car, then steals a one-horse open sleigh from the local parade. When he reaches his street, he apologizes to Allie and they make up. Jake rides the sleigh home, arrives at 5:59 PM, and intentionally waits a few minutes to go inside so he isn’t in time to get the Porsche. When his father offers it to him anyway, he refuses. He also finally accepts his stepmother. The Wilkinsons and Allie get into the sleigh just as the parade arrives and join the procession.
12 Dates of Christmas
Kate finds herself reliving Christmas Eve (including a blind date with a man named Miles) over and over again. She must discover how to break the cycle – should she attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Jack, or should she pursue Miles, or something else?
Date 1 – Kate runs out to visit Jack. (Correlation to song – Partridge in a Pear Tree) She sees the ad for a partridge pin and pear earring ensemble.
Date 2 – She leaves because she thinks he’s married. (Correlation to song – Two Turtle Doves) After Kate sees the man with the lights, there is a quick shot of two children dressed as doves.
Date 3 – Skips it to Cook with her neighbor. (Correlation to song – Three French Hens) After the scene at the doctor’s office there is a quick shot of a chef holding a platter of cooked French hens with little flags.
Date 4 – She skips it to play with the Lee, but Miles comes to her apartment with her parents. She walks with him afterward in a sort of walking date. The first time they begin to have chemistry. However, she thinks the Toby is looping with her, which ends up ruining her date. (Correlation to song – Four Calling Birds) There are four birds in cages in the ring store.
Date 5 – She changes the date to a tree purchase date. He carries the tree up the stairs for her and they decorate her tree with all her old ornaments. She’s finally glad that her dad has married Sally. Sits next to her neighbor at midnight mass. (Correlation to song – Five Golden Rings) At the very beginning of the day, right after Kate wakes up, there is a close-up of the perfume the attendant sprays on her. The brand is “5 Golden Rings.”
Date 6 – Skips it to make cookies with her neighbor, Lee, and Miyoko. She seems to come up with ideas of helping the three of them with their love lives. (Correlation to song – Six Geese a-Laying) There are 6 children with Goose hats in the botanical gardens.
Date 7 – She changes it by asking him what he wants to do. Miles chooses to have her meet him after a hockey game and then they go to a skating rink and Prospect Park. She had decorated the “Poet’s Corner” with lights. She quotes him from Date 4 back to him.:) (Correlation to song – Seven Swans a-Swimming) When Kate approaches the man with the lights you can see plastic swan decorations in the foreground.
Date 8 – They only show her with Miles and her parents after the date. She uses her newly-acquired baking skills to give food to her parents and Miles. She leaves because Jack didn’t buy the ring. Though she does want Jack to propose to Nancy. (Correlation to song Eight Maids a-Milking) 8 milk jugs with maid pictures on them appear when she goes out to lunch with Jack.
Date 9 – Skips to wallow in self-pity after going to Nick’s early but leaving before Miles arrives. (Correlation to song Nine Ladies Dancing) There are 9 ladies dancing at Nick’s when she goes early to see Toby coming two hours early.
Day 10 – Starting to put it together. Gives a design to a star maker to impress Lee. Date 10 – Unshown. (Correlation to song – Ten Lords a-Leaping) Michael wears his Lords hockey hoodie (#10) as he leaps a barrier.
Date 11 – She reunites Michael with his home (helping him get a medical exemption for the puppy) and Miles. Has an anonymous date with Miles. (Correlation to song – Eleven Pipers Piping) When Kate stalks Michael the second time, there is a quick shot of an ad for an 11in pizza on a “Pied Pipers of Pizza” delivery truck.
Day 12 – She prepares Toby to meet Miyoko, and later introduces them. She introduces her neighbor, Margine, to Jim. Her “Marry Me” design of the star-maker is revealed. All six invited to her parents for dinner. She also got her sister’s family to come. Date 12 – Gets through all the parts that were awkward in earlier dates. She appreciates Sally all the more. Presumably, she helped Michael again, and the entire hockey team is invited to her parents. (Correlation to song – Twelve Drummers Drumming) At the very beginning of the day, right after Kate wakes up, there’s a quick shot of a pyramid of 12 nutcrackers with drums.
Fairy Tale Weddings Holiday Magic
Hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss, resident DJ for “The Ellen Show” and Allison Holker, “Dancing With the Stars” pro, this one-hour special follows two couples as they plan their dream weddings and make their way down the aisle.
While we were Sleeping
Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) is a lonely fare token collector for the Chicago Transit Authority, stationed at the Randolph/Wabash station. She has a secret crush on a handsome commuter named Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher), although they are complete strangers. On Christmas Day, she rescues him from the oncoming Chicago “L” train after a group of muggers push him onto the tracks. He falls into a coma, and she accompanies him to the hospital, where a nurse overhears her musing aloud, “I was going to marry him.” Misinterpreting her, the nurse tells his family that she is his fiancée.
At first, Lucy is too caught up in the panic to explain the truth. She winds up keeping the secret for a number of reasons: she is embarrassed, Peter’s grandmother Elsie (Glynis Johns) has a heart condition, and Lucy quickly comes to love being a part of Peter’s big, loving family. One night, thinking she is alone while visiting Peter, she confesses about her predicament. Peter’s godfather, Saul (Jack Warden), overhears the truth and later confronts her, but tells her he will keep her secret, because the accident has brought the family closer.
With no family and few friends, Lucy becomes so captivated with the quirky Callaghans and their unconditional love for her that she cannot bring herself to hurt them by revealing that Peter does not even know her. She spends a belated Christmas with them and then meets Peter’s younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman), who is supposed to take over his father’s furniture business. He is suspicious of her at first, but he falls in love with her as they spend time together. They develop a close friendship and soon she falls in love with him as well.
After New Year’s Eve, Peter wakes up. He does not know Lucy, so it is assumed that he must have amnesia. She and Peter spend time together, and Saul persuades Peter to propose to her “again”; she accepts, even though she is in love with Jack. When Jack visits her the day before the wedding, she gives him a chance to change her mind, asking him if he can give her a reason not to marry Peter. He replies that he cannot, leaving her disappointed.
On the day of the wedding, just as a priest begins the ceremony, Lucy finally confesses everything and tells the family she loves Jack rather than Peter. At this point, Peter’s real fiancée Ashley Bartlett Bacon (Ally Walker), who happens to be married herself, arrives and also demands the wedding be stopped. As the family argues, Lucy slips out unnoticed, unsure of her future.
Some time later, while Lucy is at work, Jack places an engagement ring in the token tray of her booth. She lets him into the booth (after he pays his fare), and with the entire Callaghan family watching, he proposes to her. In the last scenes of the film, they kiss at the end of their wedding, then leave on a CTA train for their honeymoon. She narrates that he fulfilled her dream of going to Florence, Italy, and explains that, when Peter asked when she fell in love with Jack, she replied, “it was while you were sleeping.”
The Mistle-tones A Musical
Holly is excited to audition for the Snow Belles, a Christmas-themed pop group founded by her late mother. However, lead Belles singer Marci denies Holly a chance to audition when she shows up late. Nevertheless, Holly takes to the stage and delivers a sensational audition and is upset when Marci passes her over in favor of Staci. Holly is depressed about being turned down, even after her sister suggests she start her own group.
Soon, though, Holly begins to see merit in the idea and decides to ask the manager of the local mall if she can perform at the local Christmas Eve celebration. The manager decides to hold auditions and a competition as a publicity stunt and agrees to let Holly’s group into the show. Holly recruits a group of her coworkers including her best friend, AJ, large and lovable Larry, and the shy HR manager, Bernie. They begin rehearsals in the company warehouse. After the second day of rehearsals, AJ says to Holly that he thinks they are doing well, but Holly thinks they need something more.
Later that evening, Holly skids off the road while driving home and crashes into a snowbank. While waiting on a tow truck, she seeks shelter in a nearby tavern and is shocked to discover her boss, the normally uptight and goal-oriented Nick, is a crowd favorite on the karaoke stage due to his energy and stage presence. He sings the song “Burning Love” and wows the crowd . Holly records his performance and uses it to blackmail him into helping her turn the group into solid competition for the Snow Belles. At first, Nick tells that group that he will help, but no one is to know and that they should not consider him a member of the group, too. Eventually, he begins to warm to the group and even joins in performing during rehearsals. It is during one of the last rehearsals where Staci who is hiding in the warehouse, videos the Mistle Tones with Nick singing along. The chemistry between Nick and Holly is more evident and obvious that they are attracted to one another. After the practice Holly invites Nick to join them for a drink at Dickens Tavern, where Holly first saw Nick perform Karaoke. At the bar, AJ, Larry, Bernie and Holly try to think of a name for the band. When she gets home she pulls out the mistletoe that she had removed from above Nick’s office door and comes up with the name the Mistle-Tones.
Having seen a video of the group’s performance, Marci begins to see Holly as a potential threat and offers her a spot in the Belles to ensure the Mistle-Tones won’t compete. Holly confides in Nick that she is considering the offer and begins to tell the others at their office Christmas party. Nick, however, interrupts her by singing “Winter Wonderland” and leading the group in an impromptu performance. Afterwards, Nick tells Holly that the Mistle-Tones are her group and they need her. Holly is just so touched by what he says. She looks up at the mistletoe in the corner and kisses Nick for the first time. She then says that the band needs his help. He says that he is already helping them, and kisses Holly again. She says no what she meant is that the only way the Mistle-tones can win the event is if he sings with them. He says nothing would make him happier. He will sing with the group the following day. However, as Nick is watching Holly get into her car he receives a call from a company executive telling him that he has the promotion and they want him to take over the South Asian division and for him to get on a plane that evening.
The next night at the audition, the group observe some of the other acts competing while waiting for Nick to arrive. Holly tries to call Nick, but only gets his answering machine. She realizes that he won’t be joining them on stage. Larry volunteers to take over Nick’s part and they go on stage without him. The performance goes well but is upstaged by the arrival of the Belles mid-performance. The audience ignores the rest of the Mistle-Tones’ song and the Belles go on to win the audition. Holly becomes despondent at the loss, but her father reminds her that her mother used to enjoy simply singing and that she used to end every show by singing onstage to Holly. After her father finishes their little talk, Holly receives a call from Nick. He tells her that he has been on a plane all night and that he is really sorry. He tells her that he was offered the promotion and that it was something he has always wanted. She wishes him the best then hangs up the phone. She goes into the family room where her father and sister Grace are watching a video of her mother singing to Holly when Holly was three years old.
The following week at the Christmas Eve show, Holly wishes the Belles a Merry Christmas. She stays for the entire show and then leaves. On the stairs she sees a mother talking to her daughter which brings up memories of the times shared with her own mother. When she gets to the bottom of the stairs she hears music and from a distance can see AJ, Larry and Bernie. She wonders what they are doing. As she gets closer she is excited by seeing her friends, but when the makeshift stage turns she sees Nick. He starts to sing “Baby Please Come Home” then stops and walks down the steps towards Holly and asks her to sing with him. She is shocked that he is there. She tell him no that she doesn’t want to sing. Her sister Grace tells her to go on to sing. When Nick sees her hesitate he asks the crowd if they would like to hear Holly sing. The crowd cheers. Holly smiles half heartedly then asks Nick what he is doing there. He proceeds to tell her that he refused the promotion, thinking that it is something that he has always wanted but now he realizes what he really wants is Holly. She smiles and tells him that she is going to “make him work for this” and he says that’s okay because he’s a workaholic. He begs her to sing with him and she agrees, dueting with Nick as the town and the Snow Belles enjoy the show.
Ten years ago, Andrew Farmer (Reed Diamond) married his childhood sweetheart, Beth (Kristin Davis) and the two live in Boston, Massachusetts. Now Andrew is a high-powered literary agent, and his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. After a marital argument about his possible infidelity, Beth runs out at midnight and, whilst trying to retrieve their neighbors’ dog in the middle of the street, she is killed by a car, on Christmas Eve. An angel, Lionel (Tim Meadows), gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days as if his wife was alive. There’s a catch: he cannot change the fate of his wife. There’s only one gift he can give to save her life and he only has a very short time to figure out what that gift is. So Andrew spends three days trying to make Beth as happy and figure how to keep her alive, while finding out what he would really be losing.