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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Christmas in July 2021: Christmas Camp (2019)



Happy Christmas in July! It's Day #17 of the Christmas in July party. All month long I'll be celebrating Christmas TV episodes, specials, and movies with a FUN IN THE SUN attitude. Expect a run of Christmas in July stories, tropical yuletides, and island themes. Just a little something different and a way for me to show off the diversity of holiday stories I've collected in the encyclopedia Tis the Season TV (the updated and expanded 2nd edition being released later this year). 

This week I'm sharing summer camp yuletide stories. Today's Christmas in July discussion is on the TV movie Christmas Camp--think: summer camp getaway with a Christmas theme.


This Hallmark Movies & Mysteries TV movie debuted during the network's “Christmas in July” block of programming in 2019. The movie is adapted from the book by Karen Schaler. In this story, Haley Hanson really wants the toy company campaign at her work but her boss thinks she’s doesn’t have the right attitude to work on a Christmas promotion. Willing to prove her boss wrong, Haley commits to a week-long Christmas camp held at an inn to earn her certificate of completion. But the camp is far more difficult than Haley anticipated. Leaving behind her work duties and her cell phone are her first biggest challenge. As Haley participates in the camp’s daily activities centered around a theme such as love, hope, giving, sharing and inspiration, Haley gets closer to the Inn’s owner Ben and his son Jeff. When Haley helps Ben with a business idea about turning the Christmas camp into a franchise, Jeff is frustrated by her meddling with his father.

The cast includes Lily Anne Harrison as Haley Hanson, Bobby Campo as Jeff, and John James as Ben.




Our Christmas in July party discussions will continue all month long. Got another favorite summer camp Christmas program? There's more to come. Feel free to leave comments down below.


Joanna Wilson is a TV researcher and book author specializing in Christmas entertainment. More about the TV programs mentioned on this website can be found in her book "Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies." Her latest book "Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story" was released in 2016. She is currently updating and expanding the encyclopedia for a 2021 release. Her books can be found at the publisher's website: 1701 press.com

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