Northpole: Open for Christmas (2015)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Last year Bailee Madison starred in a Hallmark original titled Northpole. The story was simple albeit darling and boasted an excellent cast. If you were to tune in to Hallmark tonight, you’d discover that the follow up film would be premiering. The story would go something like this.

Mackenzie (Lori Loughlin) is a successful appraiser who has no attachments or loved ones to weigh her down. You see, she moves all the time which means she doesn’t invest in relationships. That is her motto until she learns she was left her aunt’s old hotel. Crumbling after years of disrepair and neglect,  McKenzie's return reminds of her the magic in the hotel, but she doesn’t have time to operate a hotel, does she? It’ll take, Jack (Dermot Mulroney), a handsome, and an elfin guest, Clementine (Madison) to convince Mackenzie there is a place for her at this inn.  

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Anyone who enjoys seasonal pieces of fluff that invests in sparking the imagination as regards the myth of Santa Clause is sure to love these little telefilms. Though this isn’t a direct sequel to Northpole (which focused on another family), it has threads of the familiar thanks to the return of Bailee’s enthusiastic Clementine. The stories feel sort of like a Mrs. Miracle set up only instead of a miracle worker of a nanny, we have Clem; one of Santa’s best elves and a lifter of the Christmas spirit.  

Keeping true to its theme, this film is packed as full as it can be with Christmas cheer; between the decorations, snow and quaint setting, there isn’t anything left untouched by some sort of Christmas magic. The whole of the film pretty much involves the character scrambling to spruce up and reopen the inn and of course, part of that means decking the inn to its most festive. Between the tinsel strung on the tree and the sweet romance between the commitment-phobia Mackenzie and the single dad, Jack, this is another family-friendly cutie that fans of this genre are certain to enjoy.

On that note, I’ll close out this little promotional rambling for ‘Open for Christmas.’ You all know my feelings about this Countdown to Christmas set of originals, so naturally you know what my conclusion is. Tune in and discover the magic for yourself. After all, the North Pole is “open for business” and brings some friends along for the ride.  

Catch Northpole: Open for Business tonight, Saturday the 21st on Hallmark Channel.


  1. Thanks for the great review Rissi. I haven't seen this one, but I was recently in Illinois for a couple of weeks and I watched several Hallmark Christmas movies that were festive and I enjoyed. I'll look for this one! :)

    1. My pleasure, Katie! Thank you for reading. This one is really cute, so I hope you enjoy it. If you've liked some of Hallmark's other movies, you should like this one too. :)

  2. Enjoyed reading your review, Rissi, especially since I also saw this movie in advance and reviewed it for my readers. It was an absolute joy to watch from beginning to end! Bailee was once again a true sparkling light! I loved how you compared her character to Mrs. Miracle. That is " so true " , since she was the only true reoccurring character, and she's always there to help out! Maybe next time (if there is one!) they will keep the same Santa, as he's Hallmark's best!!

    It's so fun to share the excitement & joy of Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas movies with such a sweet "blog" friend! :)

    Blessings to You!!! Net

    1. Hi, Net! Thank you. I need to read your review as well. As always these Hallmark's are cute for sure. I really enjoyed some of there others are well including tomorrow nights - have you seen that one?

      As for Bailee, I agree. She is definitely a delightful actress; she has great characterization and it's been fun watching her become a familiar face on Hallmark. :)

      I agree! Thank you so much for visiting and for sharing the excitement; I love this community! :)


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