The Santa Switch
Network: Hallmark Channel
Original Air Date: December 7, 2013
Ethan Erickson ... Dan Ryebeck
Anne Dudek ... Linda Ryebeck
Annie Thurman ... Sally Ryebeck
Griffin Cleveland ... Joe Ryebeck
Tiffany Adams ... Veterinarian Elf
John Balma ... Maitre d'
Julia Cho ... Elf Ronnie
Meg Cionni ... Gracie
Madison Dae Clarion ... Christmas Shopper- Child
Kayla Drew ... Girlfriend
Kate Gilligan ... Parent
Michael Lanahan ... Supervisor
Adam Lieberman ... Bartender
David Buehrle ... Boyfriend
Gabriel Suttle ... Young Dan Ryebeck
When Santa decides it's time for a vacation, he hands over the reins to his reindeer to an unassuming dad who needs more than a little Christmas magic to give his kids and soon-to-be ex-wife the best holiday yet.
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As the Christmas season approaches, Dan Ryebeck (Erickson) is facing unemployment, and struggling to pay for the gifts he thinks will impress his two kids, Sally (Thurman) and Joe (Cleveland). Always chasing a new business idea, Dan hasn't had time for family, including his wife Linda (Dudek), who is finally fed up and filing divorce papers. Threatened by Linda's handsome and successful young boss, Trevor (Steve Valentine, "Crossing Jordan"), Dan knows he must make this Christmas the best one yet to win his family back. But after auditioning for a mall Santa job and quickly losing his cool, Dan is frustrated and broke, blaming the holidays for his troubles. Little does he know his luck is about to turn around when the real Kris Kringle (Donovan Scott, "Matchmaker Santa") pays him a visit from the North Pole. Deciding to take a vacation and leave Dan in charge, Kris sends his hard-working elf assistant Eddie (Astin) to guide Dan as the new Santa Claus, hoping he'll learn a lesson in Christmas spirit. With the sudden power to impress Linda and the kids by making every wild Christmas wish come true, Dan soon gets carried away. As the fate of the whole world's Christmas rests in his hands, can Dan focus on what his family really needs without flubbing his greatest gig yet?
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