The Christmas Candle

Theatrical Release: November 22, 2013
DVD Release: November 4, 2014
The Christmas Candle


Limited Theatrical Release – Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.

When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.

Dove Review

This whimsical Christmas tale warms the heart and delights the eyes! A young minister named David struggles with his faith after a family tragedy. This story takes place quite some time ago and the long dresses and old horses and carriages add to the visuals. The movie has a definite authentic feel to it.

Eventually David goes back into the ministry in a small town. The people of the church have strong traditions and David attempts to do things differently but this doesn’t seem to be working. According to a legend, an angel came down and blessed a candle and now whoever lights it and prays will receive an answer from God. David emphasizes that the faith in the prayer is what matters, not a candle in and of itself. When a lady needs a roof David helps out and soon others do too as the people begin to realize that they can be an answer to each other’s prayers when they come together as a community. The movie’s climactic scene restores the minister’s faith in the power of prayer as he finds himself once again desperate for the need of divine intervention. This terrific movie features Susan Boyle as a singer and actress and she does a remarkable job. We are pleased to award this fabulous movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. We encourage everyone to go see “A Christmas Candle” and believe you will want to light one yourself when you’re done.

Content Description

Sex: One kiss between a couple.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A lady falls in church by tripping over a man that fell during a fire but a man helps her up; a man dies from heart attack and there is grief.


Company: EchoLight Studios
Writer: Based on the book by Max Lucado, screenplay by Candace Lee and Eric Newman
Director: John Stephenson
Genre: Limited
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter