Op-Ed: ‘A Biltmore Christmas, starring Kristoffer Polaha, is the best Hallmark holiday movie of 2023

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Kristoffer Polaha in 'A Biltmore Christmas.' Photo Credit: David Scott Holloway

As 2023 is nearing to an end in an hour, it is safe to say that “A Biltmore Christmas” was the best Hallmark holiday movie of 2023. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the recap.

Polaha stars opposite Bethany Joy Lenz. John Putch directed this rom-com from a screenplay by Marcy Holland. The costumed were spectacular and so was its cinematography, as it was filmed on location at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

Lucy Hardgrove (Bethany Joy Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved, holiday movie classic, “His Merry Wife!,” which was filmed in 1947 at the historic Biltmore House.

When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration, where she’s welcomed by Biltmore employee Winston (Jonathan Frakes), who shows her around.

While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass.

While on set, she and Jack Huston (Kristoffer Polaha), one of the film’s stars, spend time together and become close; however, her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy.

Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever. Polaha and Lenz have great chemistry together. Jonathan Frakes and Colton Little also starred as Winston and Claude respectively. It garnered an A rating, and it was certainly the greatest Christmas movie that the Hallmark network released in 2023, and rightfully so.