Christmas in Evergreen (2017) Script

In northern Vermont, so far north that on clear days, you might be able to see the north pole, lies the magical town of evergreen.

Some say it was the decorations that made this little town so special, but others believed it was because of something else entirely, something you wouldn't expect at all...

A snow globe...

But this wasn't just any snow globe.

No, they say that if you shake this one just so, and make one wish, the true wish of your heart, Christmas magic will make it come true.

Now, I know what you're thinking.

Could a snow globe really Grant wishes?

Well, maybe the story of Christmas in evergreen will help you believe.

Hey, everyone, here we come!

These guys have got all their shots, and they're ready for their first Christmas.


I can't get over how cute they are!

How's our mama doing?

Molly definitely has her paws full with these guys.

They sure are going to miss you.

Mm, I'm going to miss them, too.

I'm going to miss all my furry patients.

Wait a minute.

You don't have any furry patients in D.C.?

No, I will, but I'm going to be working in a big clinic.

I don't know if I'll have time for a pile of pugs.

But aren't you going to miss it?

Of course I will, but this is a big opportunity.

I can't pass it up...

And you have Dr. Myers' info in Montpelier, right?


He's great.

Yes, he is, but it's going to be different.

I know, but different is good, right?

Like, having a whole bunch of puppies is different, and that's a good thing, right?

Yeah, I can't wait to find these guys a new home.

Bye, Allie.

Now we've just got to find a new home for you, Frank.

Joe, she's here!

Hi, honey.

Oh, Allie!

My baby!

No, this is not goodbye.

I'm just dropping off Frank.

Besides, you promised you wouldn't cry.

I'm not! I was just...

Chopping onions.

I'm going to be home right after Christmas.


And then you're going to be leaving again right after that, for good, and all I'm going to have to remember you by is the goldfish.

Maybe I should, uh, just take care of Frank, okay?


Washington, D.C. has modern conveniences.

I know.


I know.

I hear they even have an airport now.

Honey, I just want to make sure that you're sure, 'cause this is a big change, Allie.

I'm sure.

It's a great job, and besides, I'm ready for a change.

And I'm not just talking about just the job.

No, mom, no.

We've been over this.

Spencer and I, we're testing the waters.

Mm-hmm, and there was a reason that you two broke up, honey.


We couldn't handle the long-distance thing, so now we're going to be in the same city, and it's not a big deal.

You're going to be spending Christmas with him, Allie, and that is a very big deal.

You're just hugging me right now just to hush me up, aren't you?

No, I'm hugging you because I love you.

The hushing is just a bonus.

I've got to go.

I love you.

I love you.


Oh, so sorry!

In a hurry to get your Christmas plans started?


Just about to head out of town.

Well, be sure to check the weather before you go to the airport.

Mother nature can be unpredictable.


Hey, I was just heading out the door.

Happy "moving to D.C. day!"

Hey, it's not moving to D.C. day.

It's "coming to D.C.

To sign the new lease on my apartment day."

I'm sorry, do they make a card for that?

They make a card for everything.

I cannot believe we are finally going to be living in the same city together, just five blocks apart.

Well, the commute will definitely be a lot easier.

So, I've got some incredible stuff lined up for us...

Dinners, parties... Oh...

And on Christmas day, you and I are going to be going to my boss' swanky estate out in the Hamptons.

One of the partners even said that we can use his helicopter to get there.

A helicopter?


Hey, you better get used to it, okay?

This is going to be a brand-new start for us, Allie.

Right, and I'm excited about that.

I just want to make sure that we're not getting ahead of ourselves.

Allie, I get it.

I totally get it, okay?

I just want to put the last couple of months behind us.

I mean, this is Christmas.

It's a time for new beginnings.


And, you know, also...

I love swanky parties.


Um, I should get back to work, though.

I can't wait to see you tonight.

All right. I'll talk to you soon.



I can do swanky.


I've got to go. Christmas calls.

Okay, bye-bye.


Last work call, I promise.

You said that after the last one...

And the one before that, and the one before that, and...

Oh, okay!

Hey, Zoe, now I'm officially on vacation.

Just you and me off to Florida and our big cruise on Christmas day.

Won't that be fun?

Sure! We can have fun in Florida.

I mean, Christmas is supposed to be cold with snow, but...

According to who?


That's why he wears a suit.

Oh, you know, I didn't know that.

But how about this? I'll tell you what.

When we get there, soon as we get into our hotel, we will crank the air conditioning up really high, uh, we'll fill the pool with ice, and it'll be just like living in the north pole.

Oh, dad...

You could've walked to D.C. by now.

Don't we have enough real snow?

Oh, this is for the Christmas festival.

You know, the one you're going to miss?

Yes, I'm aware I'm missing the Christmas festival.

Thank you for the reminder.

Boy, I'll tell you, whoever decided to take over after you planned this thing is crazy.

You're taking over the planning!

Like I said...

Oh, boy, don't tell me you are taking this thing to D.C.

Of course I am.

This is my grandpa's truck. I love this truck.

Obviously, it doesn't love you.

Why are we friends again?

Because I'm the only one that's going to tell you that you will never get this thing to start.

Oh, yeah?

Watch this!

Ho, ho, ho! It worked.

Oh, great!

Now you can take me to town hall.

No, I've got to go to the airport.

Well, it's on the way, and this box is awkward, so let's go.

Allie, you've got to come in.

I've got to go!

But I want you to see the layout.

We're changing some things.

Come on.

Okay, one minute. You have one minute.

This looks amazing!

You did such a good job. Thank you.

This snowflake needs a little bit more...


Sparkle? Okay.

Uh-oh. Here comes the mayor.

I haven't had enough coffee for this.

Not enough coffee in evergreen.


I have an idea.

Good morning, Ezra.

Former resident.

I haven't even left yet!

What's your idea this time, Ezra?

I think we should have an app.

You know, an interactive experience.

The festival is in five days.

We can't get an app made in five days.

Well, we need to find some way to make the festival current.

You know, we need to shake things up.

This is my first time in charge, and I don't want to shake things up.

It's my first year as mayor, and I want things shaken.

Your dad was mayor for 30 years, and this was good enough for him.

That's my point!

We don't want this to be our parents' festival.


Oh, don't look at me. Soon-to-be former resident.

Hey, everyone.

Came to help.

Barbara, hi! How's the inn coming along?

Oh, my goodness, so great!

I'm opening in two weeks. Can't believe it.

It's so nice to have someone come to evergreen to open a business...


Instead of business owners moving away.

Okay, meanie.

Don't make me tell them about the incident in second grade.

Best of luck in your new job.

Michelle, since doc Hadley retired and moved away, we need to find someone new to play Santa.

Now, I'm thinking that we go against type...

Younger, more... handsome.

Too late.

I already got a guy out of Burlington.

Oh, I think I saw him.

He looks like Santa Claus even without the costume.

Wait, he's here already?

Must be getting ready for the role.

Well, okay, if you guys want to be "traditional," but what about the children's choir?

Can't they do some newer Christmas songs?

Give me a break.

We've got angels, Blitzen, candy canes, decorations, elves...


Fireplace isn't a Christmas word.

It's what Santa comes down.

Santa comes down the chimney.

Okay, okay.

Um, how about...


Pretty good.

Pretty good?

Okay, my turn.

Your turn.



Um... angels, Blitzen, candy canes, decorations, elves, fruitcake, and...



That's a good one.


Except for now I'm hungry.

Okay, you know what?

Um, yeah, I think we have time to stop.

We've just got to make it quick. We've got a flight to catch.

Evergreen! Let's go there!

Yeah, sure. Sounds good.

Merry Christmas! Hi.

Hey, Henry.

What's wrong?

Oh, no, no, no, she's not due for...

Oh, no, Henry, I'm on my way to the airport.

Can't you call Dr. Myers?


Right, okay.

All right, well, I'll be there as soon as I can.

Okay, bye.

We're here, dad. It's so pretty.


I know you don't want me to leave, but this is ridiculous.

Oh, wow.

This place is beautiful.

How have I never been here before?


It's perfect here.

This is what Christmas is supposed to look like.

Well, Florida's going to look like this, too, only more palm trees, you know?


Hi there.

Hi. Do you need some help?

Oh, no. It'll start...


Wishing you luck.



Did you just do that, dad?

You know, when I tell the story later, I fully intend to take credit, so yes, let's say I did.

Well, how can I ever thank you?

You could actually direct us to a good place for lunch.

Oh, well, the Chris Kringle kitchen is right here.

It's the best diner in town, and I'm not just saying that because my folks run it.

The Chris Kringle kitchen... Goodness.

You guys really do take Christmas seriously around here, don't you?

Yeah, we sure do.

Well, thanks a lot for your help.

Couldn't have done it without you.


Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Hey, Henry.

Hey, doc!

Sorry, Henry.

She is not in labor.

Are you sure? I heard her mooing.

Cows moo.

It's a common occurrence.

It was a different kind.

It was a...

"I'm about to give birth" moo.

You better brush up on your bovine, 'cause she's fine.

What are we going to do if it happens when you're gone?

You're going to call Dr. Myers in Montpelier.

I have a plane to catch.

Oh, dear.

You know, big city living's going to change you.

Oh, change isn't a bad thing.

Look at that!

You built a whole new barn.

It's not a bad thing.

Haven't moved in yet, and it's still just a barn.

Well, I'll still be Allie, just in a new city.

So what are you going to do with the old barn once you move in?

I don't know.

Tear it down, probably.


See that, Henry? Even more change.

It's in the air. You can feel it.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas, doc.


There we go. Bye.


Glad you liked it.

Thanks for coming.

There you go.

Thanks a lot.

Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.

Does the snow globe really Grant wishes?

Well, like the sign says, "only if you know what your heart really wants."

Where did it come from?

See, nobody knows.

One day, right after we opened this diner, it just showed up on our doorstep, and it's been here ever since, with that sign.

People come from all over to make wishes.

It's a tradition here in evergreen.

Have you ever made one?


I have.

When I first got it, I wished to have a little girl just like you, and you know what?

My wish came true.

So would you like to try it?


All right.

Careful, Zoe.

I wish we could have Christmas here...

In evergreen.

Your turn, dad.

No thanks.

Oh, come on, dad. Don't be shy.

I'm sure whatever Zoe wished for is good enough for both of us.


Thank you!

You come back and tell us how that wish turned out, okay?

Okay. Bye!

Bye, honey.

Merry Christmas.

Can't we stay a little longer?

Zoe, the sooner we get to the airport, the sooner we get to Florida!

Florida will be great, but...

But what?

Just look at this place.

I promise, Florida is going to be so much fun, and you and me, we are going to have the best Christmas ever.


Okay, dad.

Okay, all right.

In you go, kiddo.


You're on your way.

All packed up and ready to go.


I'm not going to cry.

You're going to be back next week.


We'll have time for our big emotional goodbye then.


Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas, sweetheart.

You travel safely.

I will.

Bye, daddy.

Goodbye, sweetheart.

Family hug.

Okay, okay.

I love you guys.

Chopping onions?


It's this way.

There you go. Have a nice flight.

Thanks so much.


Here you go, sir. Have a nice flight.

Washington, D.C., please.


Okay, please tell him that Dr. Bellamy called and that I'll be back after the new year.

Okay, thanks so much.

Last work call.

I promise.

It's okay, dad. I'm having fun.


Okay, what's been your favorite part so far?

Evergreen, of course.

Oh, hey!

If it isn't my mechanic and her assistant.

Hi! What are you doing here?

Taking an airplane.

We are, too.

We're going to Florida.

Washington, D.C.

I'm Allie, by the way.

I'm Ryan, and this is Zoe.

Hi, Zoe.

How was lunch?

It was great!

And I made a wish on the snow globe.

I'm pretty sure it's what my heart wanted.

You know, my grandpa used to say, "the heart knows what it wants even when the head doesn't."

So what did you wish for?

I can't tell you, or else it won't come true...

But I'm starting to worry that it's not going to come true anyways.

Well, maybe you should wish for it again, give it a little turbo boost.

But I don't have the snow globe.

Oh, it's pretty powerful.

I bet it'll be able to hear you from all the way over here.

Ladies and gentlemen, um, sorry to report that due to heavy snow, we are closing the runways and canceling all flights.

Come on...

Okay, great, thanks.

Hey there.


Did you find a hotel for the night?

We did, yeah.

We're just going to grab something to eat.

Did you?

I'm going to head back to evergreen.

It's not far.

Are you sure you're okay to drive in this storm?

Oh, please.

My truck's seen way worse than this, and besides, hopefully tomorrow, everything will be up and running again.

Does the flight being canceled mean we aren't going to Florida?

No, we will still have plenty of time to catch our cruise.

Ooh, a cruise?

That sounds like a fancy Christmas.

Certainly a lot warmer.


It'll be great.


It was nice to meet you.

Nice meeting you, too.

Maybe we'll see you round here tomorrow.


And if not, merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Allie!

Two, please! Yeah.


Hi! Bad news.

The flight got canceled because of the snow.

I was just heading out to the airport to pick you up.

Oh, I'm sorry.

It'll be sometime tomorrow, hopefully.

I'm working tomorrow.

Oh, that's okay.

I can just get a cab from the airport.

No second thoughts, right?

Spencer! I didn't cause the snow.

Let's just get me there. Everything's going to be fine.

Sure, of course.

Call me tomorrow?

Of course. Bye.

Oh, no, come on. Really?

I thought you wanted me to be in evergreen!

Can I sit anywhere?

Okay. Thanks.


Oh, hi!

Oh, hi, I thought you were going back to evergreen.

Oh, I was.

I've been trying to get my truck started for the last hour.

Do you want us to pretend to fix it again?

Thank you, but no, I'm going to get a bite to eat, and then I'll try again.

If it still doesn't start, I'll get a hotel for the night.

Come sit with us, Allie!

You can tell us about evergreen.

What would you like to know?

Well, what do you do for Christmas?

Oh, well, every year, we have this big festival...

Thank you...

With food, games, and a choir.

People come from all over the place.

It's the town's biggest tradition.

What do you do in evergreen?

I run a veterinarian practice, or I did, but now I'm moving to Washington, D.C.

To start a new job and... for a change of scenery.

So you're not going to spend Christmas in evergreen?

No, for the first time in...


The festival sounds like fun.

It is...


But not as fun as Florida.

Come on, the beach!

Yeah. It'll be great.


Can I show you something?

Sure. Check it out.

Okay, you do a fold, and another fold, and then these tiny little tears, okay?

Little triangles...

And then...

You unfold to reveal the magical snowflake.


Yeah, my mom taught me that.

She said this way, I could always carry the magic of the evergreen Christmas with me wherever I go.


My mom used to make a lot of our Christmas decorations.

Do you want to learn how to do it yourself?


'Kay, I'll show you. Napkin!


All right.

Your turn. Fold in half.

This way?

You're a natural. Good work.

I learned from the best.

The key is tearing these little triangle pieces.

Like this?

I spoke to Allie.

What'd she say?

She got a hotel room, and she's going to try to fly out tomorrow morning.

See? You know it's bad if they close the airport.

Luckily, we're not landing planes, we're just having a festival.

Yeah, my first festival, and we get a blizzard.

Ezra, relax.

Everything will be just fine.

Great. Well, thank you so much for checking.

No problem.

Okay, uh, well, thank you anyway.

With all the flights that were canceled, there's no more rooms.

They won't let me stay another night.

Same with us, and there's no rooms anywhere, it seems.

Well, I'm going to go see if I can get my truck started.

If I can, you're welcome to come back to evergreen.


I mean, yeah.

We could go back to evergreen again.

Right, dad?

That's very nice of you, but where would we even stay?

Is there a hotel, or...?

Sort of.

Oh, hi, Allie, hi.

Oh, that's terrible.

I'm so sorry.



Well, yes, it'd be wonderful to have them stay here, just as long as they know it's not quite finished yet...

But I can easily make up a guest room.


Okay, I'll see you then.


Wow, how about that?

My first guests! Yes!


All right, guys, you can just throw your luggage in the back.

Hop on in, kiddo.

Here we go.


All right, guys, buckle up.

Evergreen, here we come!

Allie? Yep?

My dad's a people doctor, and you're a pet doctor.

So you're kind of the same.

Except, well...

Except my patients can tell me where it hurts.

Oh, you've obviously never met an unhappy reindeer.

You get a lot of this.


Ooh, it's Henry. Will you hold it?

Hey, Henry.

Doc, buttercup's in labor.

No, no, no, I told you, she's not due for another week...

But she's mooing like crazy.


Oh, yeah, and loud.

All right, well, I'm actually headed back into town right now.

You're coming back?

No, I know, it's a long story.

I'll be there as soon as I can.

Thanks, doc.


Well, guys, I'm afraid we're going to have to take a little detour.


Henry, you were right.

She's in labor.

Told you I knew their moos.

What can I do to help?

Uh, all right.

Henry, go get me a big bucket of hot water, and Ryan, bring me my bag.

Got it.


Uh, what can I do to help?

You can, um, take apart a bale of hay, 'cause we're going to make a little nest for the baby.

You got it.

This is a disaster. What are we supposed to do?

We can fix it.

We don't have the money to fix it.

Hey, guys, what's going on?

I just got your message.

Getting a little lesson in municipal finance from Mr. stingy over here.

A water pipe burst in the town hall.

Water everywhere, which then froze.

It's like an ice skating rink in there.

We can fix it in time.

Sure, we could, if there was enough in the town hall preservation fund, but the festival was raising money for the town hall preservation fund.

Which is kind of ironic, if you think about it.


She's so beautiful.

She is. She's awesome.

Thanks for your help.


Yeah, you!

I couldn't have done this without you.

Allie has a point.

Zoe, I think you should be the one to name her.

Okay, but this is big.

I'm going to need a minute.

What should I call you?

Hey, um... Thank you.

For what?

For making Zoe feel so special.


Lot of special in that moment.

Nice to spread it around.

I'm really going to miss this.

After seeing how good you are with animals, I have a feeling that they're going to miss you, too.

Hey, everybody!

I've decided that the baby's name should be...



I love it.

Dinner time!

Come on, up you get!

Push. There you go.

Over there. Go see mommy.

There you go.

So what are we supposed to do?

Cancel the Christmas festival?

No, no! You can't cancel the festival!

The entire town looks forward to it all year.

Well, the only way we're going to have it this year is we find someplace else to do it.

There's no place else in town with enough space!

That's it.

I'm calling Allie.

No! No, you can't!

This is not her problem anymore!

You can't call her!

Zoe, we need to go.

But I love snowflake!

I swear, she's going to try and smuggle that thing in her suitcase.

Your herd gets any bigger, you're going to have to keep this old barn.

Or finally put that new barn to good use.

Oh, hold on one second.

Allie Shaw.

Whoa, Ezra, calm down. I can't understand you.

Oh, no.

Guys, we may have to cancel the festival.

Somewhere else to do it?


Zoe, come on!

Hey, Henry...

I think I've got an idea how we could put your new barn to really good use.

How would you like to host the Christmas festival?

Sure thing!

Wow, dad, look!

It's beautiful!

Come on, let's go inside.

Yeah, let's go inside.

Next up...

This is the dining room.

It's like we're in a storybook!

When did you have time to decorate?

Oh, I've been working non-stop.

The only thing I haven't been able to do is get a tree.

Oh, I haven't gotten one either.

Well, the inn looks beautiful, Barbara.

Thank you so much for letting us stay the night.

Oh, are you kidding?

I am so happy to have you here.

Do you want to see the rest of the place?

Yes. Yeah!


You know what? Why don't you go ahead?

We'll catch up with you in just a moment.

Okay! Bye.

Thanks. Bye.

Listen, um...

I just wanted to say thank you one more time for just taking such good care of us today.

It's my pleasure, and hopefully, the airport will be open tomorrow so you guys can be on your way.

Yeah, yeah, although as detours go, this has been a pretty eventful one.

I doubt we'll see too many cows on the cruise.

Oh, a cow cruise! That sounds fun.

So, wait, if you don't mind me asking, why Florida?

Sarah, my wife, she...

She died last year, just before Christmas, which was really hard, you know?

So every candy cane, every Christmas tree, was like a reminder.

So anyway, this year, I wanted Zoe to have sunny, palm trees, Florida...

Stay as far away from Christmas as possible.

And then I brought you to the Vermont version of the north pole.

Well, it's like north pole adjacent.

It's like a suburb of the north pole.

Yeah, like, right there on the commuter line.

Right there.

Well, listen, if it's any consolation, I think she's okay.

More than okay.

She's an awesome kid.


Wish I could take credit for it, but that was all Sarah.

Even after I pulled back from patient care, I work so much that, um...

I think you're too hard on yourself.

You don't have to be super dad to be a good dad.

Well, um...

Anyway, thank you.



Careful, you two.

You're standing under mistletoe.



I, um...

I should go.

Have a good night.

You didn't have to bring me food.

I'm your mother. Of course, I did...


Why did you put up all your Christmas decorations if you're not even going to be here?

I know, I couldn't help myself, but at least I didn't put up a tree.

I'm not completely Christmas crazy.

Just a little Christmas crazy.


So, did you get Ryan and Zoe all settled?

Yes, they're at the inn.

He seems like a good guy.

He does, yeah.

Yeah, he's a doctor and a single dad.

I don't know how he does it.

So, have you talked to Spencer?

I have.

Yeah, a little while ago.

Everything's fine.

Honey, as long as you feel like you're doing the best thing for you, then I'm on board.

I do, thank you.

Just not going to be the same without you around here.

I think that's partly why your dad and I are talking about retiring.

You are?

Actually, your father is doing most of the talking, and I am listening very politely.

You don't want to do it?

I can't imagine leaving evergreen...

But if my brave daughter can start a new chapter in her life, then I guess her parents can, too.

But don't tell anyone, especially not Ezra.

I don't think his heart could take it.

I don't think so either.


And I've got to go, 'cause I'm going to be late.

Where you off to?

To spread a little Christmas cheer...

And you know, I think maybe we'll stop by the inn for Zoe and Ryan.

Well, I want a little cheer.

Can I tag along?

Yes, you can tag along.

Go get your coat.


Do you have any sevens?

Go fish.

Ugh, again?

I'm just that good.

What is that?

♪ 'Tis the season to be jolly Oh, look!

Merry Christmas!

Hi, Allie.



Where's Zoe?

Oh, she's back at the inn with Barbara.

I heard the airport's open again.

Thought I'd come and see if we could hitch a ride back with you.

Oh, of course, yeah...

I want you to meet, um, my friend, Michelle Lansing.


Hi, Michelle.

And I think you've met my mom and dad.

Hi, nice to see you again.

This is Dr. Ryan Bellamy.


And this is mayor Ezra green.

You're a doctor? I am, yes.

You know, our town doctor just retired, and...

Leave him alone, Ezra.

Right. Sorry.

More important matters at hand.

Listen up, everybody.

I have some bad news.

They had to shut down the highway.

Wait, what?

The storm last night caused a rock slide.

Oh, I don't believe this.

Why is that a problem?

There's only one road in and out of town.

And now it's blocked by a bunch of big rocks.

Uh, well, when will it open?

Tomorrow... maybe.

Tomorrow? We're going to miss our flight!


Okay, well, there's got to be some other way out of town.



A helicopter?

Forget about people getting out.

How's anybody going to get in?

Nobody's going to be able to come to the Christmas festival.

This is terrible.

Everyone in evergreen can come.

I've got people coming from Montpelier and Burlington.

Allie, what are we going to do?

All right, all right.

Why don't we meet at Henry's barn this afternoon and start setting up for the festival, and if the road clears, great, and if it doesn't, then this year, the festival will just be for evergreen...

And guests.

Oh, okay, well, I guess I feel better.

You know, I think this is another situation that could've been solved if we had an app.

Oh, Ezra, please...

No, this is a good thing.

I mean, this will light up the whole...

Hey, I'm so sorry.

If I hadn't invited you here, you wouldn't be stuck.

You didn't cause the rock slide.

Did you?

No, I didn't.

My neighbor has my jackhammer.

I just wanted this Christmas to be better.


Y'all are stuck here another day.

Maybe I could help make Christmas a little better...

For Zoe.

We do have plenty of snow.

What do you think?

I think he's perfect!

Good work, you guys!

It's so awesome.

I've got to get a picture.

All right, ready?

One, two, three!

Oh, you know what? I'm getting a phone call.

I'll be right back.




Are you at the airport?


The storm last night shut down the highway.

I'm going to be here another day at least.

Why didn't you just stay in Burlington?

All the hotels were booked.

I would've had to sleep in my truck.


So, what's the plan?


I'm thinking at this point, it might make most sense for me to stay here.

Allie, what about Christmas?

Spencer, my folks are talking about retiring.

This could be my last Christmas in evergreen.

I mean, I was just really looking forward to spending it with you, is all.

I know.

Me too, but I can come after Christmas, and we can have plenty of time then.


Yeah, okay.

I'll call you tomorrow.

- Bye. Bye.


Hey, look at you guys!

We're making snow angels.

They're gorgeous!

Mine looks more like a snow gorilla.

A Christmas gorilla.

It's so much fun here.

We should so something nice for Barbara, 'cause she's been so nice to us.


That's really sweet.

I got an idea.

Ho, ho, ho!

You here?

In here.

What's this?

Well, we figured, since we have to impose on you for one more night, the least we could do is get you a Christmas tree.

Oh, you didn't have to do that...

But I'm glad you did!

Can we decorate it?

Oh, of course!

Let's go get some ornaments.

Shall we trim it up?

Let's do it.


Mm, sappy.

How's that "steering clear of Christmas" going for you?

Really well, clearly.

I'll tell you, there is just something about this place that makes it just tough to resist the Christmas spirit.

Evergreen'll do that to you.

I decorated my place this year. I'm not even going to be here.


Actually, it's a good thing I did.

What do you mean?

It turns out I don't think I'm going to go to D.C.

For Christmas this year.

No? Why not?

It's complicated.


A boy.



Two years of long distance in a relationship that just couldn't handle the distance part...

But we were going to spend this Christmas together and just sort of see if there was something... There.

No, I get it. I get it.

Sarah and I were long distance when we started.

I was in Boston, she was in this little town in Ohio.

And that worked out well, though, right?

Yeah, I guess we just knew we'd wind up together, so it helped us get through it.

I actually considered going there and becoming a small-town doctor.


Now I kind of wish I had.

My work doesn't allow the kind of time I'd like to spend with Zoe, which is hard.


Don't tell mayor Ezra that.

He'll open up an office for you in town hall.

Doc Bellamy.

It's got a nice ring.

Yeah, Dr. B! The doctor is in.


I've got to say...

This is the last place I thought I would find myself three days before Christmas.

Same here.

But, um...

Guess it's not so bad.


It's not bad at all.

You guys ready? We got the ornaments.

Come on, let's decorate the tree!

Yeah, let's!

This is, like, the best tree ever!

I agree.

I bet the one at the festival won't be anywhere near as nice.

We'll see when we go to the barn later tonight.

Is there a Christmas festival where you're moving to, Allie?

Oh, I think there is, but it's nothing like the one in evergreen.

Then why do you want to move there?

Well, I've lived here my whole life, and it's a wonderful place.

It really is, but there's a whole big wide world out there.

I want to see it.

I'm ready for a change.

You know, my grandpa used to say, "the further you get from where you started, the closer you get to where you belong."

But what if you belong here?


I think we are ready for the angel.

Who wants to do the honors?

Me, please!

Okay, go for it, Zoe.

All right.


Here we go!


Okay. Everybody ready?


And drumroll! Drumroll, yep!


Look at this!


Hey, dad?

Can I be in the choir?

That's for the festival, kiddo.

We're not going to be here, remember?


Merry Christmas!

Are you sure you want to put the craft booths in the back?


You are driving me crazy.

I am in charge of the festival.

Me, not you.

The festival is an important part of the town, and I am mayor of the town.

Me, not you.

Your daddy retired, and nobody else wanted the job.

A win is still a win.

Ezra, I've got this under control.

Okay? There are no problems. Hello?


Right. Got it.

Okay, now we've got a problem.

I knew it.

Wait, what? What's the problem?

We're not going to have any food for the festival.


Mrs. Wallace and the ladies from the church are usually in charge of the feast and the cookies, but they went to Montpelier yesterday for a book club, and now...

And now they can't get back

'cause the road is closed.

Right, and even if it got fixed tomorrow, there still wouldn't be enough time for them to prepare everything that we need.

All right, all right, there's got to be something we can do.

Hold on a second.

I've got an idea.

Excuse me, everyone.

May I have your attention, please?

Raise your hand if you like to bake.

A couple more?

Anyone else?

Hey, what happened to all the flour?

It's all over you.

I guess it is.

We're almost out of butter, too.

You know what?

Take my keys.

Go on down to my parents' restaurant.

My mom and dad will have all the extra supplies you need.

Zoe, are you good hanging here with Allie for a little while?

Yeah. Bye, dad!

Take that as a yes.

Have fun!

And in the meantime, why don't I teach you how to decorate Christmas stockings?


Come on!

You got it?

Great, Carol. Thanks so much.


Making cookies for Santa?

For the festival.

But it's nice you're doing that.

Oh, it's the least we could do.

Everyone's been so nice to us, especially Allie.

I just wish there was something I could do to return the favor.

Well, a little bird told me she doesn't have a Christmas tree.

No, she doesn't.

Thank you...

Oh, hey...

I didn't catch your name.

I'm Nick.

Merry Christmas.


You know what?

It's like we're elves in Santa's workshop!

You're right!

I told you this would be fun.

It is.

Be sure to tell dad, okay?


He doesn't like me to be sad.

He worries about that a lot since mom died.

I just like to let him know that I'm okay.

But you know it's okay to be sad sometimes, too, right?


And I am, sometimes...

And so is dad.

Well, I think that's normal...

But also, sometimes you're happy, right?

Like when you think about your mom, you think about fun things you two would do during Christmas time?


My favorite was, we'd find a Christmas thing for each letter of the alphabet.

Me and dad play it now.

I love that!

Wait, what would you do for the letter "z"?


What do you think?

I love it! Look at this.

Who knew reindeer liked candy canes?

I'll glue 'em on. 'Kay.

Ooh, that's probably your dad.

I'll put it on.



How did you get here?


Remember I told you I had that partner who was going to let us use his helicopter?

You took a helicopter here?


Landed just outside of town... Took a cab here.

I mean, come on, that's...

That's really something, hey?

Yeah, that's... Definitely something.

Look, I don't totally understand this whole "one last Christmas in evergreen" thing, but...

I couldn't bear the thought of not spending it with you, so here I am.





Hey, Michelle.

Hannah, why aren't you home making fruitcake?

You're in charge of fruitcake.

I finished.

Well, make something else!

Half the town is cooking.

There's going to be enough food for, like, five festivals.

There is no such thing as "enough" when it comes to a Christmas feast.


Okay, Michelle, um...

Do you want to have a seat over here?

I think you need to relax.

I can't.

I have too much to do.

And there's plenty of time to get it all done in.

It's going to be fine.

It can't be fine.

It has to be incredible.

It will be.

You're doing an amazing job.

It's just...

Allie always made everything look so easy.

Allie had a lot of help.

She didn't try to do everything by herself.



Well, maybe I should go make a wish on the Christmas snow globe.

You wouldn't be the only one.

You made a wish? What'd you wish for?


I don't know if you know this, but I just love Christmas.

No... I didn't know.



This is going to sound silly, but...

I wished to find someone special, someone who loves Christmas as much as I do.

Well, that's not silly. That's sweet.


I just figured, what could it hurt, right?

I mean, it's Christmas, a time when magical things happen.

How late is that diner open? Come on.

Thank you. Mm-hmm.

So you just brought this guy and his kid back here?

Yeah, kind of.

It seemed like the best option at the time.


Listen, did this have anything to do with you wanting to stay in evergreen for Christmas?

No! No, no, no.

No, that was all me.


Oh! Dad's back!


What do you think?

You got a Christmas tree!

I can't believe you got a Christmas tree.

Yeah, well, it's for...

Oh, this is Spencer.

Spencer, this is Ryan.

Spencer, Washington, D.C. Spencer?

That's right.

He flew here on a helicopter.

Really? Can we borrow it?

Uh, no, they just dropped me off.

Sorry, who's the tree for?

It's for Barbara, at the inn.

But we just got her a tree.

Right, but...

We got her a... a tree for the... the living room, and this... This is a tree for the lobby.

This is the lobby Christmas tree, because at Christmas time, you can never have too many Christmas trees.

Am I right?

You're right.

So, listen, we should go.

The road might be open tomorrow, and, you know, if that's the case, we can get ready to get on out of here.

Right. Escape from evergreen! That's right.

You know what?

Why don't you take my truck with the tree in it to Barbara's house, and then we can just walk there and see if she's got a room for Spencer.

Thank you. Yeah, that's a good idea.

Spencer, nice to meet you.

You too. Bye, Zoe.



Let's go, kiddo.

Get on out of there.

You okay to walk?

Well, it's no helicopter, but... sure.

Okay, I'll get my coat.

You know, you really should have gotten a tree for Allie's house.


That would have been nice.

I really like her.

So do I.

Still can't believe you took a helicopter to get here.

It's pretty cool, huh?

Doesn't it seem a little extravagant?

It only seems that way because you're not used to it yet.

Nah, you know me.

I have simple tastes.

I'm an evergreen girl.

And now you're going to be a D.C. girl.


Come on, Allie.

Aren't you just a little excited about starting your new life?

Aren't you happy to finally be getting out of this little town?

I love this place.

I know it might not seem like much to you, but this is my hometown.

I mean, look around.

This is what Christmas is supposed to look like.

I get it, okay?

I know that you have a soft spot for this place.

That's why I came all the way here...

To be with you.

I know, and I appreciate that, but...

Aren't we supposed to be taking things slow?

That's why I had to see you.

I don't need to take things slow.

I know what I want.

The question is...

Do you?

Hey, uh, how's it going?


Was just checking on some flights to D.C. here.


You're not taking the helicopter back?

No, no, no.

That's a, uh, favor we can only use one time.

Oh. We?

I thought Allie was staying here for Christmas.

Uh, yeah, well, she was, but we spoke last night, and I'm kind of hoping she might change her mind, so...

Oh. Well, that's, uh...

That's good.


Yeah, I think that once we get to D.C.

And she gets settled into her job, it's going to be... Smooth sailing, so...


There she is!



Hey. Hey.



Why is everybody just standing around?

Uh, we should go... To the diner.

Ezra was going to stop by and give us an update of the roads...

On the roads... About the roads.




Um... 'Kay.


Listen up, everybody.

I have an update on the road situation.

Is it open?

It's not...


It will be by tomorrow night, so we can have the Christmas Eve festival the next day as planned!


Thank you.

You're going to love it.

Spencer flew in on a helicopter?

Oh, mom, don't start.

I thought you said it wasn't a big deal?

That's big.

It's not.

It was a small helicopter.

What about Ryan?

What about Ryan?

Allison Louise, I can tell there's something between you two.

It's not. There's nothing.

There's nothing happening, and it's no big deal.

So, that's good news!

You'll be able to head to Florida after all.

Yes, yeah, that's great news.

Right, Zoe?

Isn't that great news?

Yeah, it's great.

I'm counting on you!

Well, this is terrific.

I mean, if the road opens by tomorrow night, we can still make it to D.C. for Christmas...

I mean, if we decide that's what we want to do, of course.

Right. We just have to decide. right.


Since we'll all be here at least a little longer, what do you want to do?

Good afternoon.

Beautiful weather for ice skating.

Can we go ice skating?


Well, that sounds fun.

You know, there's a gorgeous ice skating rink in town.

Shall we all go? Yeah!

That sounds great, yeah. Why not?

I would love to, but I've actually got a conference call, and it could take a couple of hours...

But you guys go ahead, and I'll just...

I'll catch up with you later.

Wait, really? Are you sure?


Okay. Okay.

Well, now we just need to find y'all some skates.


I know! It's sliding on the ice.

This is a lot of fun. I have not skated in forever.


For me, it's been years.

Has it?

So a lot more recently than you.

I'm going to take a break.

Okay, I'm going to do that, too.

All right, have fun, Zoe!

I feel like I'm flying!

Does she ever get tired?

She would stay out here all night if we let her.

How can there be that much energy in that tiny little body?

Medically speaking, it's impossible.

Nobody knows.


Everything okay?

What? Yeah. Great.

'Cause if you want to go be with Spencer, I totally get it.

Oh, no, um, this is fun, and he's working anyway.

It's fine.

He seems like a good guy.

He is.

You know, I always...

I always thought that we were in the same place even though we lived far apart.

We always saw things the same way, wanted the same things, but...

Now that we're going to be living in the same place...

I don't know if that's true anymore.

What do you want?

I mean, like, for Christmas.

Like, like... What's your wishlist for Santa?

A pony.


Probably more reliable than your truck.

Hey, don't knock my truck.

That's my grandpa's truck.

I love that truck.

So, to answer your question, what do I want...


I think I want...

To always feel the way that I do here in evergreen.

The feeling of home.


So, how about you?

What do you want?


I can fly! right there.

That's all I need.

Come on, guys!

I'm going to go check to see if she has a battery pack or something.

Yeah. I've got a phone call.

Oh, it's Hannah. Hey!

Whoa, what's going on?

Yeah, he's right here.

Okay, all right.

Yeah, we'll be there as soon as we can.

Okay, bye.

Is everything okay?

I'm so sorry to do this to you, but we need a doctor.

Okay, so, what happened?

I don't know.

We were working on the festival, and then she started to get all woozy.

Is she going to be okay?

No, I'm not okay.

Honey, just give us a moment, okay?



And the barn, and then outside, and in two days, there's not enough time, and we're supposed to be...

Okay, Michelle, Michelle...

Just need you to breathe, okay?

I don't have time to breathe!

Michelle, do you remember the twelve days of Christmas?

What was it?


Twelve drummers drumming, right?

That's right, that's right. Okay, what's next?

Pipers piping. Eleven.

Great, okay. Keep going.

I don't know ten. I don't know it.


Lords. Ten lords a-leaping.

Um... uh...

Then it's nine ladies dancing, and eight maids a-milking, right?

Swans, geese, uh, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves...

Great. How do you feel?


What'd you do?

You were having a panic attack, and counting is one of the things that can alleviate it.

I just thought we'd stick to a Christmas theme.

Are you okay?

Yes, I am. I just...

I was really crazy to think that I could do this as well as you've done for so long.

Oh, don't say that. This is amazing.

Hey, let me tell you something.

I have never seen a group of people more dedicated to anything in my life.

The way you have pulled everyone together and turned this place into...

I mean, come on, look at this!

This is what Christmas is all about.

It's true.

The festival is going to be great...

And it's all because of you.

Thanks, doc.

Hello, you two.

Homemade Christmas cookies.

Thank you very much.

Allie's a very good Baker, too, by the way.



Hey, everybody!

Ezra just called, and great news...

The road will be cleared tonight!


I thought we had a deal.

What's wrong, Zoe?

Well, I made a wish on the snow globe, and I thought it was coming true, but now I'm not so sure.


Well, was it something your heart truly wanted?


My whole body wanted it, even my toes.

Ha ha ha!

In that case, I don't think you have anything to worry about.

Are you sure?

I'm sure.

You just have to be patient.

Wishes are like Christmas cookies.

It sometimes takes a while for them to be fully baked.




Kiddo, our cocoa's getting cold.

What about you, Ryan?

Have you changed your mind about making a Christmas wish?

Uh, no.

No, I don't really believe in that sort of thing.

You know, people get busy, and they forget about the magic of the holidays, but all they have to do is stop for a moment and open their eyes...

Because that magic...

It's all around us.

So you can just take the truck and return the keys to Barbara.

Okay, thanks.

Yeah, mm-hmm.

This really is a special place.


It really is.

So, you're all set?

We are, yeah.

Off to Florida.

And that's what you wanted, right?


And you, you're off to D.C.?

Yeah. That's the plan.

Looks like we both got what we wanted.

Looks like it.


Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.


I... I wanted to...


Hey! Allie!

Will you promise to send me pictures of the festival?

I want to see the stockings, the choir, and the tree.

Don't forget the tree.

Well, I won't, I promise.

It's the only tree I have this year!

Merry Christmas, Zoe.

Merry Christmas, Allie.

Merry Christmas, Ryan.

Merry Christmas, Allie.



Where is Santa going to leave all of Allie's presents if she doesn't even have a tree?

Good evening.

Good evening.

Are you ready for the Christmas festival?

Yes, I am.

Ready for the Christmas festival.

Are you?

I'm definitely ready for Christmas.

It's a time when wishes come true.

I always thought that.

But you don't anymore?

No, I, I'll always believe in Christmas wishes, but...

What if you don't know what to wish for?

Is this about leaving evergreen?


Or Spencer?

How did you know that?

It's amazing what you learn sitting at a table in the town diner.

Oh, right. Of course.


Well, I think it's... It's kind of about both.

So what did you wish for on the snow globe?

Well, I wished that everyone that I love have a merry Christmas, even though we can't be together.

And yet here you are, in evergreen, with all the people you love.

But I'm supposed to be in Washington, D.C.

The further away you are from where you started...

The closer you get to where you belong.

Sometimes, you end up right back where you started because that's the place you're supposed to be.

Oh, my dear.


There, there.

Good night.

Good night.


Spencer, what are you doing here?

Well, I wanted to stop by.

I figure if we leave first thing in the morning, we can still get to the airport and make it to the firm's Christmas Eve party on time.

The swanky one?

Yeah, the swanky one.


Allie, what's wrong?

Don't you want to go to D.C.?

I'm so sorry, Spencer.

I think I want to stay here.

For Christmas, or...?

For Christmas and...

I don't know...

But why don't you stay here for Christmas?

I love this place, and I love these people, and I want you to understand why.

Allie, I love Washington, D.C., and I love my job, and the people that I work with are really great.

I mean, that's where I belong.

Spencer, I don't think it was just the distance that was getting in our way.

Allie, don't do this, okay? Please.

You do belong in Washington, D.C., and I don't.

I belong here.

But what about your new job?

I love my job here.

I get to take care of tiny little puppies, and I get to birth calves.

That's incredible...

And I have family and friends and Christmas in a place that I love.

Listen, I think you're just nervous about making such a big change.

Well, see, that's the thing.

I think I thought I was ready for this big change, and I am, but I think I thought I had to leave evergreen in order to find it.

I kept telling myself I needed more.

Everything I needed was right here all along.

What can I do to convince you that I'm right about this?

I think you'd be trying to convince yourself.

Merry Christmas, Spencer.

Merry Christmas, Allie.

Allie... Zoe was worried that Santa might not have a place to put your presents if you didn't have a tree.

We hope you get everything you want for Christmas... even the pony.

Thank you for everything.

Ryan and Zoe.

Home sweet home.

Hi, mom.

Welcome back, Frank.


Have you talked to him?

Oh, he went back to D.C.

Oh, honey, not Spencer.


Why would I talk to Ryan?

Allie, he bought you a tree!

In fact, he bought you two trees, if you count the one at Barbara's.

Mom, it is not like that.

I know.

I know...

And, uh, I'm not saying that whatever happened with Spencer had anything to do with Ryan.

I mean, those are two totally different things, but Allie...

They are both things, and I just want to make sure that you're...

Okay with how both of them ended.

They might not have left yet.

I love you.




Hi, what are you doing here?

I was just hoping to catch Ryan and Zoe before they left.

Oh, I'm sorry, sweetie.

The cab picked them up about an hour ago.

They're probably at the airport by now.


Ladies and gentlemen in the boarding area for flight 993, we have been informed that there is a small mechanical issue on the plane, and we need to delay boarding.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Boy, that sounds familiar, huh?

We should go back to evergreen.

Zoe, the flight's delayed.

It isn't canceled.

So if it gets canceled, we can go back to evergreen?

No, honey.

I want a ruling from the judges.

Sorry, kiddo.

They're with me on this one.

Don't you miss it already?

Don't you miss Allie?

She isn't mine to miss.

Come here.

They look delicious.

Take any one you want.

Congratulations, Michelle!

Aw, thanks.

I think we actually pulled it off, with the help of a snow globe, of course...

Of course.

And Hanna, what about you?

Any developments on this wish you had?

Oh, no!

It was just a silly little wish, anyway.

Oh, I'm so sorry!



I'm Hannah.



Did you want to get some hot chocolate or apple cider?

Yeah, I'd love that.


Oh, merry Christmas, everyone!

Oh, it's just magical.

Merry Christmas.

Henry, thank you so much for letting us have the festival here.

You saved Christmas!

Oh, no.

You think?

Michelle, everything looks amazing.

Oh, thanks.

Isn't it amazing, Ezra?

Well, actually, there's...

Not a single thing I'd change.

There you go.

And I just heard the great news that evergreen's veterinarian is staying put.

Yes... Yes, she is.

Just wish we could've convinced that doctor to stay.


Me too.

He's probably in Florida by now.

Ho, ho, ho!

Merry Christmas!


Santa has presents!

Children first.

It shouldn't be too much longer, kiddo.

It's okay, dad.

I'm going to go see what's going on.

I'll be right back.

Thank you.

Oh... Spencer? Hey.


What are you doing here?

Uh, still trying to get to Florida.

You? Same?

Yeah, still trying to get to D.C.

Seems like all the flights are booked, though.


Is, um, Allie here?

Uh, no.

No, she's, uh... She's staying in evergreen...



Um... I'm really sorry.

Thanks. I...

Thank you.

Well, I'm going to try the other airlines, see if I have any better luck.

Uh, merry Christmas.

Yeah, merry Christmas.

What's wrong, dad?


This Christmas...

It's been the best!

Really? You think so?

It felt like Christmas again.

Like before mom.


I guess... I guess it did.

I just don't understand why the snow globe didn't work.

What did you wish for?

That we could have Christmas in evergreen...

But Florida will be great, too.

Did you make a wish?

I did.

I wished for a merry Christmas.

And did it come true?

Zoe, as long as I'm with you, it is going to be a very merry Christmas.

So your wish came true.

I wonder why mine didn't?

Attention in the gate area, all passengers for flight 967 to Orlando.

I'm sorry to tell you that we are having some mechanical difficulties with the airplane, and at this point, it looks like we are going to have to cancel the flight.

Merry Christmas, Allie.

Oh, merry Christmas, Santa.

You were great in there.

The kids love you.

They are the true spirit of Christmas...

But I have to ask you, did your Christmas wish come true?

Oh, I think it did.

Yeah, maybe not in the way that I'd hoped, but...

I think I learned something.

And what's that, my dear?

Sometimes, you end up exactly where you're supposed to be.

I guess that's why it's called Christmas magic.


Can I offer you a ride into town?


I have my own transportation.



You came back!

We missed you.

I missed you, too.

Zoe? You're here.

Do you want to be in the choir still?

We go on in a couple minutes.

Can I, dad?

Go have fun.

What are you doing here?

Heard you may be looking for a small-town doctor.

Oh, careful.

You don't want Ezra to hear you say that.

He'll never let you leave.

Did your flight get canceled again?


But that's not why we came back.

It's not?


This has been a completely unexpected, amazing, magical Christmas for both Zoe and me...

Because of you.

I'm not moving to Washington D.C.

I know.


Because this is where you're supposed to be...

And Allie, I don't know if this is where I'm supposed to be or not, but...

I need to find out.

Because something keeps bringing me back here.

Is it... A magical Christmas snow globe?


Ho, ho, ho!

Merry Christmas!

Let's go listen! Come on!

Looks like you got your doctor.


The Christmas feast that year was truly special.

Surrounded by family and friends old and new, the spirit of the holidays was all around them, and it lived on for many yuletide seasons to come...

But perhaps these are stories for another time.

Until then, hold tight to the magic of Christmas.

You never know when the next wish might come true.

A toast!

A toast!

A toast to family, to friends, and to evergreen.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!