[adrotate banner=”7″]Just when the world has got you down, suddenly a parade happens and makes everything all better. That’s the premise of The Christmas Parade, as a hotshot reporter takes off from her troubled personal life and ends up embroiled in the affairs of a small town thanks to the magic of community service. Luckily, the local Christmas parade will solve everything, and she’ll learn life lessons and stuff, all without the help of magical angels or magical dogs! Shocking, but a parade is just as good as an angel, according to this statistic I just made up based on this movie!
Hailee Anderson (McCord), a well-known entertainment reporter for a network morning show, is humiliated when her oft-absent investment banker fiancé, Jason (Scott) is revealed to be linked to a Beverly Hills socialite coming her way to the Big Apple. Hailee takes off in her car to find peace, abandoning a Christmas special she is due to host for her producer, Monica (Gibson). After running over a small town judge’s Christmas display, she instead finds herself stuck in the town of Carver Bend with a $100 fine and sentenced to 25 hours of community service. While there, she’s befriended by Beck Thomas (Brown), a budding artist. He asks for her help to save the local community art center he runs for the town’s kids, by helping them build their float for the annual Christmas Parade – the winner will receive enough money to save the center from a pending sale. Short on Christmas spirit, due to an experience in her past, Hailee has to find a way to inspire both the kids and Beck – as well as herself – to bring back the spirit of what Christmas is all about, love.
The Christmas Parade is directed by Jonathan Wright (Baby’s First Christmas) and is written by Robert Vaughn (not that Robert Vaughn) and Carley Smale. The Christmas Parade stars AnnaLynne McCord as Hailee Anderson, Jefferson Brown as Beck Thomas, Jennifer Gibson as Monica Wilson, Drew Scott as Jason Keppler, Frank Moore as Judge Joe Morris, Brian Mifsud as Roy, and Michael Hanrahan as Mayor Richard Braverman.
The Christmas Parade premieres December 14th on Hallmark Channel! It’s one of the 12 New Movies of Christmas as part of their Countdown to Christmas celebration.
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