GenreRomance, Comedy, Drama Music directorCharles Sydnor WriterRoger Schroeder LanguageEnglish
Release dateNovember 27, 2004 (2004-11-27) CastKelli Williams (Holly Grant), Charles Durning (Santa Claus), Patrick Muldoon (Ryan Hughes), Bruce Thomas (Ted Powell), Shannon Wilcox (Joanna Grant), Martin Mull (Martin Grant) Similar moviesThe Santa Clause, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Santa Clause 2, The Nightmare Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bridget Jones's Diary
A Boyfriend for Christmas is a 2004 American romantic Christmas film starring Patrick Muldoon and Kelli Williams, which aired November 27, 2004 on the Hallmark Channel. The film was directed by Kevin Connor and written by Roger Schroeder.
When she was 13, after she helped a boy take his little sister to see Santa, Holly Grant told a shopping mall Santa Claus that she would like to have a boyfriend for Christmas. Twenty years later, Holly is a romantic skeptic and is more focused on her career as a social worker. At the time, she is in court helping a mother get her children back from foster care. When the mother's lawyer, Ryan Hughes, does not show up in court, Holly is extremely angry and sends Hughes a letter via her secretary. On Christmas Day, she opens her door to a man carrying a Christmas tree and a bow on his chest. He hands her a note that says, "As promised, one boyfriend for Christmas," and introduces himself as Douglas Firwood. She assumes he is a gag present from her friend Diane, and invites him into her home. Later that day she takes him with her to her parents' house for Christmas dinner. Hoping to keep her matchmaking family, especially her manipulative sister-in-law Carol, off her back, she tells everyone that Douglas is her long-term boyfriend, and Douglas plays along. On New Year's Eve, Holly learns from her scheming ex-boyfriend Ted that Douglas is really Ryan Hughes, who was sent to her by Santa Claus. She accuses him of lying to her and tells him to leave. After persuasion by Santa Claus and refusing Ted's marriage proposal, she follows Ryan. They meet up at a park, where they finally remember where they first met - at age 13 when she helped him take his little sister to see Santa - and they watch the New Year's fireworks together.
Kelli Williams as Holly Grant
Patrick Muldoon as Ryan Hughes/Douglas Firwood
Charles Durning as Santa Claus
Bruce Thomas as Ted Powell
Shannon Wilcox as Joanna Grant
Martin Mull as Martin Grant
Bridget White as Carol Grant
David Starzyk as Ian
Jordan Orr as Noah Grant
Shane Baumel as Neal Grant
Erica Gimpel as Beth
Maeve Quinlan as Diane
John Dybdahl as Stu
Kenneth Danziger as Harrison Lane
Rodger Bumpass as Russell Parker
Laura Kirk as Sheila Denning
Kelli King as young Holly Grant
Brent Toney as Philip
A Boyfriend for Christmas was a made-for-TV production, which aired on the Hallmark Channel November 27, 2004. It earned a 2.7 Nielsen Media Research household rating, placing it as the number two broadcast for its time period for ad-supported cable networks, and the number one broadcast for adults aged 25–54 and women aged 25–54.
A review in TV Guide says of the film "like fruitcake, [it] is sweet but full of empty calories."
In The New York Times, A Boyfriend for Christmas is identified as bland, yet pleasant and harmless."