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A Christmas Detour
Directed by Ron Oliver
Produced by Harvey Kahn
Written by Mark Amato
Starring Candace Cameron Bure
Paul Greene
Sarah Strange
Music by Sebastian Cano-Besquet (composer)
Cinematography Dave Vernerey
Edited by Bridget Durnford
Produced by Front Street Pictures
Distributed by Hallmark Channel
Release date November 28, 2015
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Christmas Detour is a 2015 American-Canadian Christmas made-for-television romantic comedy film directed by Ron Oliver and starring Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene and Sarah Strange. Written by Mark Amato, the film is about two airline passengers whose flight to New York City is rerouted to Buffalo due to a snowstorm. The television film first aired on November 28, 2015 on the Hallmark Channel and achieved 4.78 million viewers.


Radiant Bride magazine writer, Paige Summerland (Candace Cameron Bure), boards a flight to New York City on her way to meet her wealthy "soulmate" fiancé and future in-laws. Her romantic optimism leaves her convinced that her upcoming wedding to Jack Collins (Marcus Rosner) is destined to be as perfect as her picture-perfect magazine articles and her "vision board", with photos reflecting her life goals. She sits next to Dylan MacKenzie (Paul Greene), a cynical unromantic bartender who is traveling to see his family for the first time in four years—a reunion he is not looking forward to. Due to a heavy snowstorm, their flight is rerouted to Buffalo, New York. They take a shuttle bus to the Buffalo Airport Hotel, where she is assigned an adjoining room next to Dylan.

Convinced that a flight will shortly be leaving to New York, Paige heads back to the airport terminal, where she befriends a married couple, Frank and Maxine, whose twenty-year marriage seems less than ideal. Unfortunately, the snow storm has turned north and completely closed down Buffalo for at least two days, making a "perfect Christmas" at the in-laws look very unlikely. Dylan pulls up in a four-wheel drive SUV and offers her, Maxine, and Frank a ride to New York. As they make their way along the back roads of upstate New York, the snowstorm forces them to stop at a small town, where they spend their Christmas Eve at the O Tannenbaum Inn. Paige and Dylan get to know each other and talk about Dylan's former fiancée, who left him for his own brother.

That evening at a local pub, after Frank and Maxine rediscover their love for each other and take to the dance floor, Dylan invites Paige to dance, but she feels uncomfortable with her new-found friendship with Dylan and walks away. Later they walk to the town center, where she admits that while she dreamed all her life of spending the perfect Christmas with someone like Jack, this Christmas with Dylan indeed seems right, and they kiss beneath the mistletoe. Disturbed by her feelings for Dylan, Paige leaves early the following morning hitchhiking a ride alone with a truck driver, who takes her all the way to New York City. Meanwhile, Dylan drives Frank and Maxine to their house in Connecticut, where Maxine reveals that Paige will be having dinner with her fiancé and in-laws at the Glen Rock Country Club.

After returning to his mother's home and reconciling with his brother and ex-fiancé, Dylan drives to Glen Rock and delivers Paige's "vision board", but includes a photo of Paige and Dylan together. Realizing that she is in love with Dylan, she returns her engagement ring to Jack, and follows after Dylan. Sometime later, Dylan and Paige arrive at his mother's loving home to spend Christmas together.


  • Candace Cameron Bure as Paige Summerland
  • Paul Greene as Dylan MacKenzie
  • Sarah Strange as Maxine
  • Barbara Niven as Susan
  • Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Bryce
  • Marcus Rosner as Jack Collins
  • David Lewis as Frank
  • Mark Brandon as Weatherman
  • Mackenzie Mowat as Cynthia
  • Andrea Ware as Airline Representative
  • Nelson Wong as Airline Attendant
  • Edwin Perez as Hotel Clerk
  • Alisson Amigo as Young Woman
  • Ingrid Tesch as Tina


A Christmas Detour was filmed on location in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.