Whereas some would possibly say it’s too early for vacation motion pictures, The Hallmark Channel definitely doesn’t agree. Their Countdown to Christmas has been going since October twentieth, churning out a number of new motion pictures each weekend. Like all Christmas-obsessed one who additionally loves an excellent romance story, I not too long ago spent the weekend catching up on all the brand new releases I’ve missed. Whereas most observe the proper commonplace Hallmark method (which I like), The Santa Summit stunned me with its distinctive spin on the cliches we’ve come to count on and love.
Impressed by real-life SantaCons, the film follows three finest associates who placed on their finest Santa fits to take part within the city’s annual Santa Summit. Jordin (Hunter King) is the ringleader of the group, who ropes her associates into becoming a member of her as a result of she wants assist getting over her ex. On the first location, she hits it off with a fellow Santa, however, sadly, they get separated within the sea of individuals. In the meantime, Ava (Amy Groening) is decided to inform her crush she loves him and cynic Stella (Stephanie Sy) finds herself slowly entering into the vacation spirit.
The Santa Summit is stuffed with proficient actors, a enjoyable premise, and hijinks which can be paying homage to big-budget vacation motion pictures. I hope it helps usher in a brand new period of Hallmark Christmas motion pictures. Why? You ask. Properly similar to the women within the film, you must hold transferring ahead (aka studying) to search out out:
It’s Places Friendship At The Forefront
Most motion pictures that air on The Hallmark Channel in the course of the winter season are centered round romance. An enormous metropolis lady comes house to her small city and falls in love. A company businessman is distributed to a rural city to search out the proper Christmas tree, and he finally ends up falling in love with the farm’s daughter. That form of factor. Whereas there’s undoubtedly romance in The Santa Summit, a big portion of the film focuses extra on the platonic love these three finest associates have for one another.
Although they do get misplaced within the romance of all of it at one level, Jordin rightfully will get them again on observe declaring that the night time is supposed for them and them alone. They find yourself having the most effective time, egging one another on as they take part in varied actions (like sled racing and line dancing). They’re there for one another once they’re feeling low, and so they know when to push one another to place themselves on the market. In the long run, the trio are nearer than ever, proving that friendship is a very powerful factor on this film. It is refreshing to see a vacation film about feminine friendship!
None Of The Common Hallmark Traditions Are Right here
Throw out the whole lot about Hallmark Christmas motion pictures, as a result of The Santa Summit doesn’t observe any of the same old cliches. Okay, that’s not completely true. There’s a tree-lighting ceremony on the finish of the film, however that’s it!
The remainder of the flick is stuffed with enjoyable and distinctive actions that don’t often make the minimize in these varieties of flicks. I undoubtedly didn’t have “silent disco” on my Bingo card, that’s for certain. There’s karaoke, line dancing, and plenty of ingesting. Because it broke away from the standard actions, I used to be glued to my seat questioning what was going to occur subsequent.
There’s Three Blissful Endings In One
Let’s be sincere, it wouldn’t be a vacation Hallmark film if there wasn’t somewhat little bit of romance. Whereas the movie does emphasize friendship over the whole lot else, our trio of lecturers nonetheless get their fortunately ever afters as promised.
With three love tales to wrap up, there was much less time for these grand romantic gestures that may typically really feel tacky. The film made up for it with grounded, actual moments that made the three distinctive love tales all of the extra actual.
The Santa Summit felt on par with trendy vacation flicks like Netflix’s Holidate, whereas nonetheless bringing that very same heartwarming facet that I solely discover in Hallmark motion pictures. If that is the path the channel goes in, I can’t look ahead to extra.
The Hallmark Channel is at present within the midst of their Countdown to Christmas festivities. You may catch reruns of The Santa Summit on the cable community or with a fuboTV subscription. Don’t overlook to take a look at our Upcoming Hallmark Films listing and 2023 Christmas Film Schedule so that you don’t miss any vacation cheer!