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Christmas Films at Ames Public Library

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Santa & Pete (DVD FAMILY SAN)  90 min.  1999.  

Describes how St. Nick got his sleigh, reindeer, and red suit and how he became Santa Claus. Starring Hume Cronyn, James Earl Jones, and Erica Fox.

Santa Baby 2; Christmas in Boston; Snowglobe (DVD FAMILY SAN) 259 min. 2011. 

Holiday triple feature from ABCFamily.

Santa Buddies (DVD FAMILY SAN)  88 min.  2009. 

When Puppy Paws, fun-loving son of Santa Paws gets tired of the North Pole, he finds Budderball on Santa’s naughty list and figures he’s just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup.  But when the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt and the world begins to forget the true meaning of the season, it’s up to Puppy Paws and newfound friends to save Christmas.

The Santa Clause (DVD FAMILY SAN)  97 min.  1994.  

Scott Calvin is distressed to learn that his ex-wife and her husband have informed his son, Charlie, that there is no Santa Claus. While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings him outside. It turns out that there is a Santa after all and Scott has just accidentally killed him. Because of the “Santa clause,” Scott inherits the job of Santa. As the next year passes, Scott rapidly gains weight, grows a white beard, and meets the elf, Bernard. Charlie’s step-dad becomes concerned about Scott and forces him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Santa Clause 2 (DVD FAMILY SAN)  104 min.  2002. 

In this sequel to The Santa Clause, Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the past eight years and his elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa’s world is turned upside down when his son gets on the naughty list. If Scott doesn’t marry soon, he will stop being Santa forever.

Santa Clause 3 (DVD FAMILY SAN)  92 min.  2007. 

With another Christmas season fast approaching, and with Mrs. Claus expecting a little Claus, Santa Claus/Scott Calvin is feeling even more pressure. A visit by Scott’s ex-wife, her husband, and their daughter also complicate matters. Chaos follows when Jack Frost, jealous that Santa has a holiday of his own, tries to sabotage the toy factory and compel Scott to invoke the little-known Escape Clause and wish he’d never become Santa.

Scrooged (DVD COMEDY SCR)  101 min.  1988. 

Modern version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, with Bill Murray portraying a nasty, uncaring, and unforgiving television network president. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts who show him the error of his ways.

The Search for Santa Paws (DVD FAMILY SEA)  88 min. 2010. 

In this prequel to the hit holiday classic Santa Buddies, Santa Paws and his new canine and kid friends embark on a journey in New York City to find Santa Claus and restore the spirit of Christmas.

Silent Night (DVD DRAMA SIL)  86 min.  2005. 

A German mother and her son seek refuge in a cabin during WWII. When her house is invaded by three American soldiers and three German soldiers, she convinces them to keep the peace on Christmas and share dinner.

The Sonny & Cher Christmas Collection (DVD CONCERT SON)  120 min.  2004. 

A compilation of highlights from the three and only Christmas programs from the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and the Sonny & Cher Show.

Stealing  Christmas (DVD FAMILY STE)  90 min.  2004. 

A burglar on the run is mistaken for a Santa hired to promote a Christmas tree farm.  He decides to stick around for the three week run and ends up casing the local bank.  He finds himself torn between his criminal past and the widowed woman and her daughter whom he is growing close to.

This Christmas (DVD COMEDY THI)  119 min.  2007. 

For the first time in years, the entire Whitfield clan comes home to celebrate Christmas and learn through the drama and emotional baggage how to be a family once again.

12 Days of Christmas Eve (DVD FAMILY TWE)  90 min.  2004. 

When Calvin (a modern-day Scrooge) wakes up in a hospital bed on Christmas Eve, he is visited by a mysterious, no-nonsense nurse who gives him 12 attempts to make the best Christmas ever.

Where God Left His Shoes (DVD DRAMA WHE)  100 min.  2009. 

A Gulf War veteran and washed-up prizefighter Frank Diaz, finds himself and his family evicted from their New York City home. But after months living in a homeless shelter and working as a day laborer, Frank finally receives good news on Christmas Eve: there’s an apartment available in a nearby housing project if Frank can prove he’s legally employed.

White Christmas (DVD MUSICAL WHI)  120 min.  1954. 

Two song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up in show business after the war. Joining forces with a sister act, they trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. The real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover the inn is run by their old army general, who is now in financial trouble.

A White Christmas (DVD CONCERT LIN)  85 min.  2001. 

Lori Line on piano with the Pop Chamber Orchestra present a holiday musical concert set in the Historic State Theater in Minneapolis.

The Wiggles: Wiggly Wiggly Christmas (DVD FAMILY WIG)  93 min.  2008. 

Join the Wiggles and their friends as they take you on a sleigh-riding Yuletide sing-along adventure with new holiday tunes and old favorites.

The Wiggles: Yule be Wiggling (DVD FAMILY WIG)  48 min.  2001. 

As Santa prepares for his trip in his sleigh, the Wiggles will help you count down the days until Christmas. It’s a time of joy and cheer, so dance and sing your way through the Christmas season.

The Year without a Santa Claus (DVD FAMILY YEA)  90 min.  2006. 

New live-action original movie based on the Rankin and Bass animated holiday classic.  When Santa takes a year off, two of his elves face Mother Nature’s sons to go on to prove the world has not forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.


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