Christmas in Paradise
Written by
  • Matt Dorff
  • Coraly Santaliz
  • Alejandro Berrios
Directed bySheldon Larry
Music byDave Resnik
Luis Marin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
  • Sarah Soboleski
  • Brenda Friend
  • Bill O'Dowd
  • Matt Dorff
  • Michael Espensen
  • Carlos Vazquez
  • Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly
CinematographyP.J. López
EditorNick Link
Running time90 minutes
Original release
ReleaseDecember 15, 2007 (2007-12-15)[1]

Christmas in Paradise is a 2007 American Lifetime television Christmas movie which originally aired on December 15, 2007.[2] Starring Charlotte Ross, Colin Ferguson, Devon Werkheiser, Josie Loren, Kenton Duty and Aria Wallace, the film tells the story of two families who find companionship during a Caribbean Christmas holiday, only to have their idyllic vacation disrupted by an unexpected visitor from the past.[3][4] The movie was filmed entirely on location on the island of Puerto Rico in 2007,[1][5] and has subsequently been rebroadcast on Lifetime every year during the holiday season as an annual Christmas film.[6][7][8]


Two families looking to escape painful holiday memories take a vacation to an exotic Caribbean island over Christmas. A widowed mother, Dana (Charlotte Ross), and her two sons, Chris (Devon Werkheiser) and Michael (Kenton Duty) meet a divorced father, Dan (Colin Ferguson), and his two daughters, Blair (Josie Loren) and Nell (Aria Wallace) when their cruise ship docks in Puerto Rico. Despite a rough start, the parents and kids begin to develop bonds over the course of their stay at a beautiful Puerto Rican beach resort. It looks like an idyllic Brady Bunch holiday for the two families as Dana and Dan try to put their personal tragedies behind them and begin to grow closer, until an unexpected visitor from the past appears and threatens their tentative romance. What promised to be a joyous Christmas filled with fresh hope and new relationships turns complicated as each member of the two families must sort out their feelings and choose their own path.[9][10]


Actor Role Ref.
Charlotte Ross Dana Marino [11]
Colin Ferguson Dan Casey
Devon Werkheiser Chris Marino
Josie Loren Blair Casey
Kenton Duty Michael Marino
Aria Wallace Nell Casey
Marta Martin Madeline
Abimael Linares Julio

Home video

On October 18, 2011, Lifetime, in association with A&E Entertainment, released a double-feature DVD of Christmas in Pradise along with Deck the Halls in the North American Region 1 DVD format.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Puerto Rico and Lifetime Celebrate 'Christmas in Paradise'". Reuters. November 30, 2007. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "A taste of television holiday fare, classic to current". USA Today. November 27, 2007.
  3. ^ Kathryn Shattuck (December 15, 2007). "What's On Tonight". New York Times.
  4. ^ Rick Bentley (November 22, 2007). "Strike can't ruin classic holiday TV". Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Rachel Wimberly (April 11, 2007). "Exotic locations, tax breaks a big incentive". Variety.
  6. ^ "Holiday TV lineup". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 30, 2008.
  7. ^ "Holiday TV Schedule". Greensboro News and Record. November 26, 2009.
  8. ^ "TV Time – Friday Prime Time". Waukesha Freeman. December 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Tonight's Best Bets – Christmas in Paradise". The Albany Herald. December 15, 2007.
  10. ^ "Christmas in Paradise – Official Movie Site". Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "'Christmas in Pradise' Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  12. ^ "'Christmas in Paradise'/'Deck the Halls' Double-Feature DVD". October 18, 2011.