My Hallmark Obsession

Hallmark Movie Review: The Santa Stakeout

This was such a cute little Christmas caper!

If you are an avid Hallmark fan (like me) you may have had to double check the channel you were watching….this Christmas flick was very reminiscent of the mysteries found on Hallmark’s Movies & Mysteries channel year round—a lighthearted, who-dun-it with a romance thrown in….the only difference in The Santa Stakeout is we didn’t have to wait for 4 episodes into a series before the detectives declare their true feelings. And, since I’m the girl who is watching for the romance….I’ll take it!

So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️Detectives Tanya & Ryan. Hmmmm….I like these two together. It was a very nice, sweet, budding attraction. However, I felt like the romance took a back seat to the mystery (very much like the usual Hallmark mysteries)….and while I enjoyed the two getting to know each other better throughout the movie, I just didn’t FEEL it until the dance scene…..and then BAM , in yo’ face right at the end. That, my friends, just wasn’t enough for this girl. (not sure how they acted so surprised with that tiny little peck under the mistletoe mid-movie….unless one of them had a static shock?) Guess what I’m saying….comedic chemistry= spot on. Romantic chemistry = spotty.

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️Loved a Christmas Mystery! I loved the theme throughout repeating that people aren’t always what they seem….and you shouldn’t judge others so quickly, because they may surprise you. How true is that?!?! Was the fact that a police stakeout budget would include a fully decorated, cozy Christmas home complete with tree/ornaments/baking supplies/Christmas mugs/pillows/garland a little far fetched? Maaaaaaybeeeee…..Did I care? not one bit. I mean, how are they going to nab a fine art thief without first getting into the Holiday Spirit?????

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️Mr. Christmas & the Neighborhood Crew. Francis Miller is a treasure. I melted every time he talked about his wife. He was so sweet. Even when they were suspicious of him, it was hard to buy into it because he was so sincere in his love and devotion to her….and his love and devotion to Christmas. I’m not sure if this falls under here or Storyline, but who gets to do all this neighborhood FUN STUFF on MULTIPLE NIGHTS leading right up to Christmas. (I guess people without children….from the looks of it)

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️One heart for Mr. Christmas. 1/2 heart for the dancing scene. 1/2 heart for “I like our little neighborhood….Partner for Keeps” ending scene. I did laugh out loud many times though….so Paul & Tamara totally got me in my funny bone. Not sure if it was becasue I watched this with our 4 kids….either way, they made me laugh or, at the very least, SMILE a lot. What it lacked in romantic feels…it made up for in good ol’ fashioned Hallmark Christmas Fun.

HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️I have to admit, I had no idea who the thief was until the very end….so that was a surprise. I also didn’t see the true nature of Mr. Christmas’ secrets….so 2 surprises on me!

NEW (ungraded) CATEGORY no hearts given, but I feel like some of the “traditions” or decor in these movies NEED a little spotlight. I mean…


  1. Giant PVC Candy canes!
  2. Santa COFFEE….although, I have totally made coffee with cocoa & cinnamon before….I didn’t have a name for it.
  3. TWO WORDS: CHRISTMAS COMMITTEE: you know, for caroling, party planning, and potlucks! This would be such a game changer for any neighborhood!
  4. 3 layer North Pole Bundt Cake. I must try this!
  5. Hot Cocoa Flight. Had this before in Hershey, PA. Recording it, because I must do this again!

16/25 This is a fun watch! If I’m feeling in the mood to giggle a bit, I would totally watch it again. Plus, my kiddos thought it was the best Hallmark movie they have ever seen. Detective Ryan had them rolling! I might just watch it again to watch their joy.

Edited because I Gotta add…(and thanks to my amazing Hallmark Christmas Showdown Bracketeers for the reminder). If you’re going to say you’re from WAAAAA-ScAAAAN-Sin….you gotta pronounce it right. 😉 if you start with a “WES” we know you aren’t from these parts, ya know?

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