In 2018, Netflix unleashed a truly bonkers Christmas film on all of us: The Christmas Chronicles, starring Kurt Russell as a wisecracking, svelte, thoroughly unpredictable Santa Claus who takes siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce (Darby Camp and Judah Lewis) on a rollicking adventure to try and save the holiday. This flick is a wild ride, alternating between campy jokes, abrupt blues performances, and hard turns into darkly sentimental family drama. And now, Netflix has announced a sequel for more holiday insanity — The Christmas Chronicles 2 is coming to the streaming service during the 2020 holiday season. And they’ve shared the Christmas card-ready first image.
In a delightful bit of meta-casting, Russell’s real-life wife Goldie Hawn played Mrs. Claus in the first film. And with this first image, it looks like returning director Chris Columbus (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, aka the best Christmas movie ever made) is leaning into their natural chemistry. Frankly, I would watch home movies of Russell and Hawn just celebrating Christmas IRL. But you know that I will be there to stream whatever insanity this trio has cooked up this time.
Check out the first look of The Christmas Chronicles 2 below, plus the burgeoning synopsis for the film. The film comes to Netflix in the 2020 holiday season.
In the sequel to 2018’s THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES, Kate Pierce — now a cynical teenager — is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy Christmas forever.