Christmas Comes to Willow Creek

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Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek.jpg
DVD cover for the film
Genre Family
Written by Michael Norell
Andy Siegel
Directed by Richard Lang
Starring John Schneider
Tom Wopat
Kim Delaney
Zachary Ansley
Music by Charles Fox
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Blue André
Jeffrey Fischgrund (co-producer)
Margaret Murphy (associate producer)
Cinematography Brenton Spencer
Editor(s) Gerald Shepard
Running time 96 min.
Production company(s) ITC Entertainment
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release December 20, 1987

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek is a 1987 American made-for-television drama film directed by Richard Lang and produced by Billie André and Blue André, with the screenplay written by Michael Norell and Andy Siegel.[1]

The film stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat[1] (reunited from The Dukes of Hazzard, and one of the few projects in which the pair didn't play the Duke cousins), with Kim Delaney, Zachary Ansley, Joy Coghill and Hoyt Axton. Music for the film includes songs written and recorded by Billy Milo.

Scenes set in Willow Creek were filmed in Dawson City, Yukon, with the Palace Grand Theatre's exterior representing the general store.


Willow Creek, Alaska is going through problems because the town's main business, a cannery, has closed and many residents no longer have jobs. Ray and Pete are brothers; although they share the same profession (truck drivers), they are different as day and night.

Pete (played by Tom Wopat) is trying to figure out what to do with his rebellious son Michael (played by Zachary Ansley), who is angry that his father is always on the road trucking; meantime, he also has to deal with Ray (played by John Schneider), a troublesome recluse who has problems of his own, including a pregnant spouse, who had left Pete for Ray in the first place.

Ray and Pete are hired by an old friend, Al Bensinger (played by Hoyt Axton), to bring Christmas presents and a very big surprise from California all the way up to his home town of Willow Creek, Alaska. The brothers do not realize that they will have to rely on one another and along the way, the brothers and Pete's son argue and get stuck in a blizzard; meanwhile Ray's wife goes into labor. As she gives birth, they finally reconcile with each other, and arrive at their destination greeted by a crowd of happy townspeople. Earlier in the movie, it is discovered that Ray was a champion chili cooker, and the surprise is that Al has loaded the truck with enough supplies to reopen the cannery and manufacture chili. Ray and his spouse like the small town and decide to stay and help the cannery get working again. Pete informs his son that Al has made him a partner in their company, so he won't have to drive a truck anymore and they can be closer together from here on out.



  1. ^ a b Heffley, Lynne (December 18, 1987). "TV REVIEW : 'Willow Creek'". Los Angeles Times. 

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