Normally, the first film in a series is, typically, the best. Not so, in this case. I enjoy the original, Northpole; but, this film far surpasses its predecessor. This film has a more mature theme with more fleshed-out characters. Lori Loughlin, Dermot Mulroney, and Bailee Madison are wonderful. Add in Donovan Scott, from"Matchmaker Santa," as Santa and you have a film that rekindles the true spirit of the holiday. Since receiving the DVD, I have watched it at least 6-9 times already. I have already recommended this film to others.