A Different Kind of Christmas (1996)

TV Movie   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Different Kind of Christmas (1996) Poster

When you're the city attorney you don't need the kinds of problems that her father was giving her. After her mother died, her father began doing his "Santa Schick," as she called it, much ... See full summary »

Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.



See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

23 December 2002 | vchimpanzee
What if Santa Claus lived in your neighborhood?
Lots of people go overboard with their Christmas decorations. But in June? And the newcomer to this charming neighborhood has a white beard, wears a red suit and drives a bright red Cadillac. His name is Robert George, and he once worked as a barber in Nebraska, but he wasn't happy. Then he saw a vision of what he could do to make the world better. His goal: to give children Christmas year-round in a theme park. Shelley Long plays the pretty city attorney who is given the unfortunate job of shutting down this 'Santa Claus' after neighbors complain about noise, traffic and trash (as well as the outrageous decorations). Long is also running for mayor and dealing with a developer who wants to tear down the historic train station. And her son, whose father left years ago, doesn't like being neglected by his ambitious mother. He doesn't believe the man is Santa at first but later becomes one of the man's strongest supporters. Barry Bostwick is a cynical newspaper reporter who was fired from the New York Times and doesn't like being sent to do fluff stories. But this is the story that may advance his career. He later dates Long's character. You won't believe why this Santa Claus chose this town, and why he knows so much about the people. Later, the man has to get a real job, but he is so compassionate he loses every job he tries (well,almost). As with most movies like this, it takes a near-tragedy and a couple of miracles to make everything come out all right. A nice family film.

Critic Reviews

More Like This

  • Engaging Father Christmas

    Engaging Father Christmas

  • A Christmas to Remember

    A Christmas to Remember

  • Love at the Christmas Table

    Love at the Christmas Table

  • A Season for Miracles

    A Season for Miracles

  • The Santa Suit

    The Santa Suit

  • Fallen Angel

    Fallen Angel

  • A Christmas Story Documentary: Road Trip for Ralphie

    A Christmas Story Documentary: Road Trip for Ralphie

  • Marrying Father Christmas

    Marrying Father Christmas

  • Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

    Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

  • Borrowed Hearts

    Borrowed Hearts

  • The Boyfriend School

    The Boyfriend School

  • Anything But Christmas

    Anything But Christmas


Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama | Romance

"The Hot Zone" Tops This Week’s TV Picks

There's no way we're missing the live recreation of two Norman Lear classics, the dark wit of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and the terror of "The Hot Zone."

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

See what movies and TV series IMDb editors are excited about this month and check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com