We find ourselves in a small kingdom - somewhere in Fairyland. Et castle with towers and spires stands above a small, medieval village, surrounded by thick walls. In the castle, the small royal family - mother, father and daughter - lives alongside their staff and nobility.
The little princess Goldielocks (Gulltopp) disappears from the castle on the very night before Christmas. She has wandered off into the forest all alone to find the Betlehem Star, which she wants with all of her little heart. Her uncle, the dreadful and power hungry count, has deceived her into doing so.
Once the king and queen discover that the princess has disappeared, they become devastated with grief. The queen runs into the forest in despair to search for her daughter. The king curses the Betlehem Star, blaming the star for his misfortune. But the king's curse causes the Star to be distinguished, and when its light disappears, so does the queen. Great sorrow descends on the kingdom...
Many years later, a traveling group of performers and jokers arrive at the castle. It is Christmas Eve once more. In the group there is also one Sonja - a beautiful young girl. Once Sonja discovers the king's great grief, she offers to find the Betlehem Star for him, so that he may have his wife and daughter back. For the tellings of many Wisemen have said that if the light of the Star returns once more, then so will both the princess and the queen. Sonja leaves the castle and heads towards the forest to find the Betlehem Star, but the vicious Count follows her.
The hunted Sonja comes across some very helpful little people in the middle of the forest and eventually escapes the evil Count only to discover that her "helpers" are Santa's little helpers! They guide her to Santa's secret workshop; a place of magic, joy and toy-making. Once there, Santa Claus (Julenissen) vows to Sonja that she shall have one wish - whatever it may be - granted to her, since she has never once gotten a Christmas present in her life.
Sonja's wish is, of course, to have the Betlehem Star's light shining upon the kingdom once more, and as Santa Claus promised her, her wish comes true. But as Sonja hurries back to the castle with great joy, she is seized by a pair of strong arms and thrown into the darkest dungeon of all the castle.
Now, the ending I shan't be revealing to you, but it is hardly a secret that all ends well. After all, such is what should happen in a true fairytale!
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