Santa’s Boots (2018)

When it comes to Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies, sometimes two pleasant people getting to know one another is enough. That’s the case with Santa’s Boots, a movie that adds a little glitter to conventional storylines thanks to the chemistry of its two stars. The main characters, Holly and Nick, are at a career crossroads with one considering whether to take over the family business and one worrying about losing the family business.

They meet when both get last minute jobs as a department store Santa and elf. Nick (Noah Mills) is on hiatus from his Uncle Ralph’s Christmas tree farm and is told to stay away until he figures out what he wants to do in life. Actually, he’s figured it out and wants to make custom furniture, but that’s difficult to confess that when he’s been groomed for a another career. Holly (Megan Hilty) faces a similar predicament. Her dad wants hopes she’ll run the store where she’s now playing elf, but she’s happy living that Seattle lifestyle where she works at an athleisure company and bikes a billion miles a year. A potential buy-out could change her perspective on things though.

The best parts of the movie aren’t related to plot development but to the growing relationship between Holly and Nick. Look, horrible things are happening in the world, and all I want for Christmas is to see two strangers who are able to connect and be vulnerable with one another in a way that isn’t creepy or threatening. Granted, Nick is sometimes caught in a state of undress that makes it seem like he’s on break from a sexy Santa calendar shoot, but generally the two are just low-key folks talking out the kinks in life. I like their normality and gentleness, and I especially like that Nick’s kitchen isn’t bursting with Christmas decorations.

The movie might not have pulled it off so well with a different pair of actors. Hilty and Mills are a well-matched pair, and together they capture their characters’ easy-going personalities. The film only drops the ball towards the end when Santa’s actual boots come into play. The shoes form a silly plot point to bring Holly and Nick back together, and it turns out that the couple maybe don’t know each other as well as they think they do.

Released: 2019
Dir: Shawn Tolleson
Writer: Shannon Phipps, Shawn Tolleson
Cast: Megan Hilty, Noah Mills, Matt Hamilton, Carmen Aguirre, Andrea Brooks, Garry Chalk, Marc-Anthony Massiah, June Squibb
Time: 90 min
Lang: English
Country: United States
Network: Lifetime
Reviewed: 2019