November Christmas

November Christmas

Promotional poster
Written by P'Nenah Goldstein
Greg Coppa
Directed by Robert Harmon
Starring Sam Elliott
Karen Allen
John Corbett
Sarah Paulson
Emily Alyn Lind
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) David A. Rosemont
Cameron Johann
Cinematography Attila Szalay
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame
Distributor CBS
Original release
  • November 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)
Preceded by When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
Followed by The Lost Valentine

November Christmas is a 2010 American film based on a short story written by Greg Coppa. The movie premiered on CBS on November 28, 2010. It was presented through Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was shot in Nova Scotia.[1][2]


A small Rhode Island community comes together to create special Halloween and Christmas moments several weeks early for Vanessa Marks, an 8-year-old girl with a life-threatening illness.

At the beginning of the film, the father (John Corbett) gives Vanessa a snow globe of a little girl holding a snow globe, and inside that globe is another little girl holding a snow globe. The mother (Sarah Paulson) tells Vanessa that she has to shake the globe to make it snow. Vanessa is fascinated with the snow, having never seen it before, and wishes that she could see it for Christmas. The father, hearing this, becomes concerned that Vanessa may not live to see December.

After the father quietly asks a neighboring farmer (Sam Elliott) about buying pumpkins - and later Christmas trees - the farmer figures out that the father is trying to speed up the holidays so that Vanessa will have a Christmas before she dies. The farmer, searching for pumpkins to surprise the family, heals an old friendship that he'd lost when his own son had died, and is rewarded with an invitation to be his old friend's best man at the friend's upcoming wedding. Together, the two men sneak a truckload of pumpkins onto the family's front porch, much to the surprise of the daughter who decides she wants to have a Halloween party. The mother tries to explain that it's too early, but the father agrees to the party and Vanessa (and her younger brother) begin to plan their Halloween costumes.

As a show of appreciation, the father goes to the farmer's home and invites him and his wife to the party. The farmer goes to town and mentions it to Tammy, a young waitress (Elizabeth McLaughlin) at the local restaurant whom Vanessa had befriended. Later, the farmer gives the father a box of Halloween decorations to help decorate the family's house, and on the night of the party the waitress arrives with the town's children to help celebrate. Vanessa who was prohibited from going to school and meeting other children because of her illness is overjoyed at having so many playmates. The farmer, his wife, and his friend and his new wife follow carrying trays of food. Tammy tries her skills as a storyteller and tells a ghost story that makes the children scream and laugh.

Together, the farmer, his old friend, and the waitress help the family celebrate Halloween - and each holiday thereafter - a month early, and in doing so unite an entire community and teach everyone that what really matters in life is love.

As Vanessa and her family return home one night from a particularly sorrowful hospital visit, they find that the neighbors have decorated their homes and streets with brilliant lights and holiday decorations a full month early. The farmer, his friend, and the neighboring community line the family's driveway to greet Vanessa as she arrives home; her own house covered in beautiful lights. Everyone is invited inside the home to celebrate with food given by the town's local restaurant, and later, Vanessa runs outside with her snow globe just as an early snow begins to fall, duplicating the little girl inside the globe.

Later, Tammy writes a children's book about Vanessa's life, with pictures that Vanessa had made herself during her illness. In the final scenes, a young woman (reading Tammy's book to children at the local library) explains that she is Vanessa; she survived her illness after that early Christmas. Afterwards, she goes to the farmer's Christmas tree lot where she reunites with her family and the farmer; to select the town's annual tree.



Greg Coppa wrote a short story sequel to November Christmas titled "A Partridge in a Persimmon Tree".


  1. "Movies Filmed in Nova Scotia « Nova Scotia Films". 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  2. CA. "A November Christmas in Wolfville - Entertainment - The Register/Advertiser". Retrieved 2013-01-15.
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