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TV Movie Goodness Preview: Hallmark Channel’s Northpole [VIDEO and PHOTOS]

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Hallmark Channel has hitched its Countdown to Christmas campaign firmly on Northpole, complete with a full Hollywood premiere last week to celebrate the premiere and kick off the holiday season.

Starring Tiffani Thiessen and Bailee Madison, the movie follows a single mom, Chelsea (Theissen), who moves with her son, Kevin (Max Charles), to a quaint town that’s dangerously close to taking a pass on Christmas. This has implications up at the Northpole, where the world’s abandonment of happy threatens to literally stop the production of Christmas.

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Luckily there’s a plucky elf named Clementine (Madison) who’s determined to fix it, and she’s joined by Kevin on her quest. It’s a fun family film that asks you to check your disbelief at the door and fall headfirst into the season. The production and set designs on the town of Northpole are dazzling, and the kids will be locked in on all the colors and lights. Look for Cougar Town‘s Josh Hopkins as Kevin’s teacher who sparks with Chelsea, and Robert Wagner and Jill St. John as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Here’s the formal logline: Northpole, the magical city where Santa and his elves live and work is in trouble. Families around the globe have gotten too busy to enjoy the season together, and Northpole depends on their holiday happiness to keep running. In the hopes of turning things around, a determined young elf befriends a little boy with a lot of spirit. His skeptical journalist mom doesn’t have room in her heart for anything but the facts, so it’s going to take a little nudge from his charming teacher to create an unbeatable Christmas team to turn around this town and share the importance of the season with the whole world.

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: : Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Crown Media United States, LLC

Northpole premieres Saturday night on Hallmark Channel at 8/7c and repeats throughout the holidays. The film, and supporting merchandise, will also be available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores.

Here’s a sneak peek:

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