The Santa Squad

Theatrical Release: July 1, 2021
DVD Release: July 1, 2021


Allie, an out-of-work art teacher, is forced to accept a job with the Santa Squad and is assigned to help a wealthy widower and his two precious daughters rediscover the magic of Christmas. As Allie is lifting the Holiday spirits of the family with Christmas decorations, cookies and shopping, her kindness is rewarded with the most unexpected of gifts: Love!

Dove Review

Big budget cuts leave poor Allie (Rebecca Dalton)  chopped from the middle-school staff list.  Tony (Chris Sandiford), a good friend who runs the local community center, has just waved off the bus load of seniors on their way to a warmer place, and is delighted to see Allie.  Of course, Tony will offer her a job in the interim but when he hands her an ad for a job with The Santa Squad, they both agree she would be perfect!  Helping people shop, decorate, make cookies … she LOVES Christmas! 

Her first assignment: to create a Merry Christmas for the very wealthy Gordon Church and his two little daughters, Rose and Iris.  Their home is a multimillion-dollar mansion and Allie is mesmerized!  Daniel (Michael Therriault), Gordon’s efficient assistant, wastes no time in bringing Allie up to speed as to her duties and the importance of adhering to the rigidness of every little detail.

Allie is plunged into a situation where the father is very busy and his girlfriend Kimmee (Paniz Zade) is resentful and a snob. Daughter Iris is friendly and loves art, and daughter Rose is a bookworm who doesn’t know how to have fun.  Allie is shocked that these two little girls are deprived of the fun of Christmas. She sets out to make a difference and bring Christmas happiness to this dreary household.

Allie tells Tony she is shaking things up at the Church mansion with a Master List of Fun Christmas Activities!  She talks the girls into helping decorate the house and make homemade decorations — something they have never done before. They are having so much fun!  Kimmee is appalled and when she suggests the girls be sent to a boarding school and she will move in “to help with the transition,” Gordon has had enough!  It’s over.

Allie continues to bring happiness into the Church household, and the girls are conspiring to bring her and their father together.  Gordon is seeing his life and his girls in an entirely new light.  Will he find a way to stop and make every day count with the girls?  Will he acknowledge that Allie is responsible for this newfound happiness that has not been there for many years?  And will Allie stop thinking this is “just her job” and accept a love that is right there for her?

It’s a delightful movie and Dove-Approved for All Ages.

The Dove Take

A sweet movie about the importance of family and taking care of each other emotionally. The little girls will melt your heart.  

Content Description

Faith: Christian Christmas is celebrated.
Other: None
Sex: Gentle hugs and kisses.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Wine with dinner.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Reel One Entertainment
Writer: Mark Valenti
Director: John Bradshaw
Genre: Drama Family Romance
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Carole H.