Hallmark Movie 'Christmas at Cartwright's' Premieres Tonight, Stars Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan amd Wallace Shawn

Christmas at Cartwright's premieres December 6 on Hallmark Channel. Photo Credit: Copyright
2014 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Christos Kalohoridis
Hallmark Channel Original Movie Christmas at Cartwright's premieres on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The film stars Alicia Witt (Justified), Gabriel Hogan (Heartland) and veteran actor Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), and is executive produced by Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton.

With the holiday season at hand, single mom Nicky Talbot (Witt) is unemployed and struggling to afford a nice Christmas with her 8-year-old daughter. Hearing that Cartwright's Department Store is hiring temporary holiday help, Nicky rushes in to apply, but is rejected by Senior VP Fiona Aldrich (Gabrielle Miller, Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas), who considers Nicky a threat to the relationship she hopes to have with Bill (Hogan), a charming and handsome store manager. In a whimsical turn of events, Harry Osbourne (Shawn), claiming to be a consultant from corporate headquarters, encourages Nicky to dress up and begin working as Cartwright's store Santa Claus. With the magical help of Harry, who turns out to be a real-life angel, Nicky keeps the job and despite Fiona's attempts at sabotage, becomes the most popular store Santa Claus in Cartwright's history; however, nobody knows Cartwright's Santa Claus is a woman and Nicky fears she will lose her job if her secret gets out.

Before long, feelings develop between Nicky and Bill, who keeps crossing paths with Nicky when she's not in her Santa costume. With Christmas a few days off and Harry called away on another "assignment," Santa's true identity is revealed and everyone at Cartwright's is shocked to learn that Nicky is the department store Santa. Fiona fires Nicky on the spot and Bill, feeling deceived, questions whether or not he wants to continue their relationship. With her life falling apart again, Nicky is going to need a Christmas miracle to save the holiday season.

Watch a sneak peek of Christmas at Cartwright's below:

Christmas at Cartwright's is a Double H Television, Inc. Production. Patricia Heaton, David Hunt and Howard Braunstein are the executive producers. Steve Solomos is the producer. Deborah Marks is the supervising producer and David Anselmo is the co-producer. Graeme Campbell directed from a script by Margaret Oberman.

The cast includes T.J. McGibbon (Becky) and Linda Kash (Peg.

Christmas at Cartwright's is part of Hallmark Channel's annual "Countdown to Christmas" event.

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