Twas the Night Before Christmas (2022 Hallmark)

Twas the Night Before Christmas (2022 Hallmark)

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Cast: Torrey DeVitto, Zane Holtz

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

A former actress trying to break into directing tests her skills with a town’s annual Christmas Eve courtroom production in which the true authorship of the famous poem ‘A Visit from St. Nick’ is debated.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Connor is an actor who is also a single father and heads to upstate New York for a production of the play about the poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas. He leaves his daughter and mother behind at Christmas. 

Madison Rush is a famous actress who wants to focus on directing theater, much to the horror of her agent. The lead actress, Lena DeLorean, is the producer’s girlfriend and doesn’t have much experience. Connor and the rest of the cast are unimpressed.

Connor and Madison do research on the town, which is the town the poem was discovered. A man follows them around, dressed in Victorian Garb. They cast him in the play but is he the REAL GHOST writer. (I guess the ghost light isn’t working in the theater.) 

The play goes into rehearsals, and the producer has a lot of opinions. They don’t even make it through a full run three days before the performance because Livingston isn’t the easiest to work with because he is a ghost.

Connor and Madison do a lot of research into who Livingston is and assume that he is a reenactment guy from the town. 

At the first full run-through, a broadway actor/producer watches on upping the pressure. Lena DeLorean almost blows it due to stage fright, but she pulls it off. The play is set up like a trail, which is a choice! (The Crucible, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and Legally Blonde: The Musical all feature iconic stage courtroom scenes!) A new Victorian-Era ghost comes and claims to have written the poem. The actors just roll with it and aren’t even phased because they are professionals!

We take a Christmas play break for a decorating Christmas Tree Montage!

Lena gets an opportunity to film a movie as the second lead! She has to leave town immediately, and so does the producer. Madison goes in after some encouragement from Hayley. 

Madison takes the stage with her cast and is better than Lena! Thankfully the movie rushes through this part with a montage of people YELLING IN COURT.  

Madison and Conner have a spark on stage. Are they just good actors, or are they in love?!?! The ghosts show up again and mess up the play, and again the actors improvise like pros. 

Clark Moore is declared the author of the poem, and the crowd goes wild! The cast takes bows and says, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!”

The ghosts have a good laugh! 

Madison and Conner kiss in the street outside of the theater, and it begins to snow. Merry Christmas! 

Side Note

Zane Holtz is my #1 Hallmark Hunk, for sure. So hot.  

Minority Report: Hayley, Jefferson, Judge, Historian, Town Crier, Sophia, Crew. 

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Christmas Trees represent the Christmas vibes. 

 I will use the following tags for those who want to know if they should watch or skip: Pour it Up (Would Recommend) or Put A Cork In It (Would Not Recommend). 

Overall rating

Christmas Feels: 🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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1 Comment

  1. The ending was a let down. Expected a “climax” between the “ghosts”, not one was deceiving the other not to appear in the final scene. To me, there was so much more potential.

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