“Let It Snow” is a Hallmark Original Movie that premiered on Nov. 30, 2013, as part of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. The romance stars Candace Cameron Bure, Alan Thicke and Jesse Hutch.
The story opens with an icy meeting between Stephanie Beck (Bure) and her father Ted (Thicke), a detached executive who is sending her on an assignment just before Christmas. Stephanie is sent from the warm climate of Phoenix to Snow Valley Lodge, a resort in Maine that Falcon Resorts has just acquired.
Stephanie has a frosty attitude and gets off to a rocky start when Brady Lewis (Hutch), the son of retiring lodge owners Karla (Gabrielle Rose) and Paul (Dan Willmott), picks her up at the airport and splashes her with slush. The two dislike eachother but are destined to spend time together as Brady shows her the property.
The old-fashioned lodge was built by Brady’s grandfather and has been lovingly run by the family for generations. Paul made the deal to sell the lodge with the understanding that Ted would run Snow Valley in exactly the same manner as his family.
Falcon Valley caters to a demographic of hip adults (25-45) with no kids. The Snow Valley Lodge has a well established repeat clientele of families, including people of all ages.
Stephanie realizes that her father has misled the Lewis family and that Ted’s intention is to tear down their beloved lodge and start from scratch.
Stephanie has not celebrated Christmas since she was six, when her mother died, so she is not familiar with the Christmas traditions that Karla introduces. The lodge is all about Christmas during the holiday season and families gather there every year for the traditions and love.
“Let it Snow” is fun to watch, in part because of the Christmas traditions from different countries. Karla loves the holidays and enjoys passing the traditions on to the next generations, including Stephanie and the children that are guests at the lodge. Karla bakes cookies from recipes of Iceland and Switzerland, among other countries. The lodge also observes many other traditions, such as giving each guest their own ornament to hang on the Christmas Tree in the lobby.
A young girl explains the Austrian tradition of St. Thomas Night, to Stephanie. St. Thomas Night (Dec. 21) is the night when unmarried women (spinsters) can dream of their future husband after following specific steps. Stephanie gleefully gets into the spirit and follows the steps only to dream about Brady, a prospect that she finds horrifying.
The warmth of the holidays melt Stephanie’s frosty attitude and she starts to embrace Christmas and the lovely traditions with the enthusiasm of a child. She also starts to embrace a romance with Brady.
Christmas is fast approaching and Brady and Stephanie join in with the Christmas caroling around the Christmas Tree. On Christmas Eve, the lodge guests gather for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American tradition of eating seafood on the night before Christmas.
Brady is falling in love with Stephanie, but he is saddened by regrets about the sale of the family lodge. He had proposed many changes to update the property, but his father stubbornly resisted change. Now, it looks like it is too late and he realizes what he is losing.
A deadline to propose a property transformation from family lodge to mega-resort is due on Christmas Eve and Stephanie is under pressure to please her father by telling him what he wants to hear, but she would rather embrace tradition and let it snow! Is there a compromise that would make everyone happy?
“Let It Snow” stars Candace Cameron Bure (“Puppy Love,” “Moonlight & Mistletoe”) as Stephanie; Emmy nominee Alan Thicke (“The L.A. Complex”) as Ted; Jesse Hutch (“True Justice”) as Brady, (Gabrielle Rose, “Anything But Christmas”) as Karla; and (Dan Willmott, “The Circuit”) as Paul.