Can a daughter carry on the traditions that her mother started to celebrate Christmas on Candy Cane Lane? The neighborhood goes all out to welcome visitors and spread the joy of the season. Does this movie spread joy? Read on for my review and everything you need to know about the cast, and the story.
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane Synopsis
In Icicle Falls there is one street that is known for going all out to celebrate Christmas. When you live on Candy Cane Lane, it's just something that you have to accept. That decorating your house like Clark Griswold is just part of the rules. But for Ivy (Andrea Barber), Christmas on Candy Cane Lane has gotten hard since her mother passed away a few years ago.
Ivy's mother Muriel was the Queen of Christmas. She owned a Christmas store. And, she was the head of the committee that ran all of the activities on her street. When Muriel passed away, Ivy thought it was her responsibility to take over everything. Not only did she take over running the store. But, she also moved into her mother's home so that she could continue the Candy Cane Lane traditions.
While Ivy doesn't want to be compared to her mother, it is naturally what everyone does. And the pressure of trying to keep up with everything her mother did for the holidays put a strain on everything in her life. Her marriage to Rob (Dan Payne) ended and her teenage daughter Jordan (Kerensa Cooper) is tired of their life revolving around the neighborhood activities.
The Book Christmas on Candy Cane Lane
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is based on the book by the same name written by Sheila Roberts. It is book #8 of 11 in her Life of Icicle Falls series. I have never read any of Sheila's books, but the reviews on Amazon are good. This particular book has a rating of 4.3 stars, and most of her other books have upwards of a 4.6 rating. She is a best-selling author known for her Christmas novels.
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane Review
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is produced by Candace Cameron Bure's company Candy Rock Entertainment. So I guess it's no surprise to see her Fuller House BFF Andrea Barber in the lead role. This is great if you are a Full House and Fuller House fan, but if you're looking for a character with more depth than Kimmy Gibbler, you may be disappointed. Not that Ivy is just like Kimmy, but I just find that Andrea's acting style is very familiar no matter what the role is.
The Verdict: Cute. I didn't hate the movie, but it definitely isn't one of my favorites. It's just kind of meh. My favorite part was seeing Ivy and Rob dressed up like Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The costumes used for those scenes are stunning, and really made the movie for me. I also liked Dan and Kerensa as Ivy's husband and daughter, who are both hoping that the family will get back together.
I'm also a sucker for a movie with a good message, so that probably helped this movie in my review. It's easy to lose site of what's important at Christmas time and this movie reminds us of that. We also need to follow our own dreams, and not try to carry-on traditions and legacies that aren't ours to carry on. If something is more of a burden, than a gift, then let it go.
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane Recap
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is one of those movies that I wouldn't go out of my way to watch, but if it happened to be on I'd sit and casually watch it. The decorations and festivities of the neighborhood are fun to see. And, I enjoyed some of the sub-plots running through the story as well. But ultimately, some of the actors drove me crazy so it's not one that I can recommend.