When the movie began, I wasn't sure that it was something that I would like. The opening scene was a department store called The Great American Store. Store owner, Mr Crouch, played by Gary Chalk, was furious because one of the employees had mistakenly ordered 60,000 sets of Christmas lights instead of 60. Mr. Crouch's daughter, Dianne, had just began working at the store and had always had everything handed to her on a silver platter. She was gearing up to take over ownership of the store. She and her father insisted that the employee pay for the excess Christmas lights.
Lou Boyd, played by Robert Maloney, had returned to the small town to help his mother take care of his father who had Alzeheimer's. He convinced Crouch and his daughter that they should put on a contest to get rid of the excess Christmas lights instead of making the employee pay for them.
The Light up the Night Christmas contest was announced. The Great American Store put all Christmas lights on sale in order to provide residents of the county with lights to decorate their properties. Light up the Night turned neighbor against neighbor and a contest war took over Chestnut Street.
Unknown to county residents, Crouch planned to announce Lou Boyd as the winner. He would then give the 4 hour shopping spree prize to charity and the store would be allowed to write the shopping spree off as a charity donation. The store made money hand over fist in the first two days of the light sale. Everyone wanted the 4 hour shopping spree.
Lou Boyd and Dianne Crouch decorated his parent's place as Santa's Village. But on the night the judges viewed the entries, Lou's father did something that changed everything. The heart touching ending saw Dianne Crouch and her father learn the real meaning of Christmas.
I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned Christmas without all the commerialism of today's word. I would rate it 4 out of 5. There are times when it is comical, times when it is sad and the ending is out of this world.
I hope everyone has a great day. Remember to give to the less fortunate this Christmas season. ~Blessings, Mary~