Movie Review~ The Christmas Candle


Movie Review

The Christmas Candle Review

Rated:  PG

Running Time:  105 minutes


Setting:  In the English countryside in the village of Gladbury

When looking for a Christmas movie that encourages, inspires, and allows you to believe a little something special about Christmas, look no further.  The 2013 movie, The Christmas Candle fits the bill.

The movie’s screen play is written by Candace Lee and is originally based on the book by author/pastor, Max Lucado’s same title

Filling the screen with gorgeous, rich views of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and in the Isle of Man, you are swept away not only to another country, but into a different time period.

The Christmas Candle’s storyline unfolds in a small English village called Gladbury, where every twenty-five years, the candle maker’s shop is visited by a Christmas angel who “blesses” one specific candle.

The candle maker, played by Sylvester McCoy, has to decide who in the village he deems most worthy of receiving a miracle. The candle-recipient will see that miracle happen after lighting the candle and praying.

This particular year the anointed candle is lost. The candle maker and his wife, played by Leslie Manville, are confused about what to do.

They decide that each person wanting to receive a miracle; will receive a candle, not knowing which one is the anointed candle. Each recipient believes he or she will receive a long awaited miracle.

The new minister to the village, played by Hans Matheson, has lost faith in miracles, and decides to take matters into his own hands to do what he can to fulfill the miracles that each person is hoping to receive.

Various challenges within the congregation erupt; including illness, discouragement, dating, and arguments, along with a struggle between updating the building from the use of candles to electricity, creates havoc and adds great drama to the movie’s story line.

This movie was a delightful change from the typical shallow Christmas movies that have been pumped out of Hollywood over the past few years. The emphasis on miracles helps you to focus on the true miracle of Christmas – the baby Jesus. Although it is from 2013, it’s sure to become a treasured favorite.  You can find it at or on Netflix.

Watch For:  A cameo appearance by author Max Lucado, and the movie’s anthem, an original single “Miracle Hymn” sung by Grammy award nominee, Susan Boyles.

The Bottom Line:  While introducing a new movie to our treasured Christmas classics, this movie brings warmth, encouragement, beautiful music and is sure to become a favorite Christmas classic.