{Review} Hallmark Hall Of Fame - Christmas With Holly

Hallmark Hall of Fame Presents 
Sean Faris and Eloise Mumford Star in New Movie Premiering on ABC Sunday, Dec. 9

Sean Faris (The Vampire Diaries, The Lost Valentine) and Eloise Mumford (The River, Lone Star) headline the Christmas with Holly cast; the 247th Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation premieres Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 911 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. It is directed by Emmy Award winner Allan Arkush (The Temptations, Caddyshack II). 

Faris plays Mark Nagle, the uncle and guardian of sixyearold Holly, whose single mother (Mark’s sister) passed away unexpectedly. Mark owns the coffee shop and roasterie in Friday Harbor, Washington State. Maggie Conway – played by Mumford – comes to Friday Harbor as a refugee of sorts from Seattle. Maggie was abandoned at the altar by her husbandtobe; it’s a perfect time for her to achieve her longheld dream of opening a magical toy store in the town where she spent her summers as a girl.

Mark has help raising Holly, from his two older brothers. All three uncles have their hearts in the right place. But they’re charmingly inept in their new roles – and they’re not helped by the fact that Holly hasn’t uttered a word since losing her mother. That’s where Maggie comes in. Despite the approach of the busy Christmas retail season, she gives extra attention to Holly every time the young girl comes into Maggie’s welcoming shop.

Maggie assumes Mark is “spoken for” during the whole gettingtoknowyou dance, because Mark is in a relationship with Shelby, played by Alex PaxtonBeesley (Warehouse 13, The Firm). But that relationship is floundering, and Mark and Maggie keep bumping into each other, which is not surprising given the cozy size of the village of Friday Harbor.

The teleplay for Christmas with Holly is by P’Nenah Goldstein (Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Loving Leah and November Christmas); it is based on the novel Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. Brent Shields (Firelight, A Smile as Big as the Moon) is the executive producer; Andrew Gottlieb (Beyond the Blackboard, The Lost Valentine) is producer.

When we meet 6 year old Holly, we soon learn that she has not spoken since her mother passed away. Her uncle Mark, has become her legal guardian and must learn how to become a parent, while running the local coffee shop. With the help of his two brothers, they embark on a journey to create an environment of love, with the hopes that Holly will talk again.

When a new toy shop opens in town, the new shop owner, Maggie seems to always cross paths with Mark. Holly and Mark step into the new toy store, and a change comes over Holly. She smiles and seems to relax, when she sees a beautiful fairy house! 

Over time Mark and his brothers find the key to help Holly, and try their best to create a happy holiday season. Through a few failures, chuckles, and a circle of love; Maggie and Mark find that Holly is a beautiful thriving child, who loves everything about Christmas! 

For more details go to Hall Mark Hall of Fame, or find them on twitter @HallmarkHOF  #christmaswithholly or on Facebook!

Join Hallmark Hall of Fame, and gather your family for Christmas with Holly, premiering on ABC on December 9th! 


  *I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a preview copy to share with my family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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  1. I thought this movie was so touching. I have been so excited to see this movie, and some co-workers of mine from DISH have been telling me to read the book. I was so happy that my DISH Hopper automatically records the primetime shows on the four major networks using the PrimeTime Anytime feature. I completely forgot that Christmas with Holly aired last night, and when I got home I was so excited to see that it was on my DVR. This movie is definitely a Hallmark movie, and I am so glad they showed it during this Christmas season.


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