The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

DVD Release: October 11, 2011
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas


When Santa crashes into the house and suffers a case of amnesia, a troubled family has 24 hours to save him and Christmas. They have to overcome their problems with each other to do so in James Orr’s holiday film “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas.”

Dove Review

When Santa’s head elf Nigel makes the mistake of sending him out to make holiday deliveries a day early, the Christmas magic is missing and he crashes onto a rooftop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fall causes Santa to lose his memory and the worldwide celebration of Christmas is threatened.

Santa takes up residence with a disjointed family of four who are not really in the Christmas spirit. The parents are too tied up in their work and their own affairs to appreciate the meaning of the season and each other. Mom, Dad, Hannah and Toby are faced with the seemingly impossible task of helping Santa regain his memory and save Christmas, even as they face their own family struggles. With just 24 hours to go, Nigel finds Santa, takes charge and soon this ordinary family finds that if they work together they might be able to restore Christmas.

Holiday busyness is a common theme for many families, and this lovely film is a whimsical reminder of what matters most. When the parents are faced with the harsh reality that they have unknowingly placed the demands of work above their children, they begin to make hard choices to show slightly churlish teenage Hannah and wistful young Toby how important they really are. Viewers are reminded throughout this film that what important is not what is seen, but rather what is unseen. While this story is a bit predictable, families of all ages will enjoy the antics of the irrepressible Nigel and this ordinary Midwest family as they pull off a little Christmas magic! We are happy to award this film the Dove Family Approved Seal for viewers of all ages.

Content Description

Sex: Kiss-2
Language: Stupid-3; OMG-2.
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Parental disrespect with consequences; lying with consequences.


Company: Cinedigm
Director: James Orr
Producer: Steve Solomos
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 96 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Nancy Bowens