John and Madison Carmichael's success in their careers has come
at a high price at home: they are on the brink of divorce. To
soften the blow for their two children, they decide to spend one
final Christmas together as a family. Responding to a travel
brochure, they set off to "Celebrate Christmas Past" in the Smoky
Mountains of Tennessee with a group of historical re-enactors.
Tensions worsen when their car breaks down, but a horse-drawn
carriage arrives and delivers them to the home of Judge Andrew
Norton and family, where their Victorian Christmas begins. With
none of the comforts or distractions of contemporary life, John and
Madison rediscover each other and the love they once felt. But upon
their return to "modern civilization," the Carmichaels learn that
the nineteenth-century house has been empty and boarded up for more
than thirty-five years. Could it be that a miracle from "Christmas
Past" has brought their family together again?