Christmas in Conway (2013)


Christmas in Conway (2013)

To the folks in Conway, South Carolina, Duncan Mayor is a very cranky guy. To "my sweet girl" - his wife, Suzy - he's a doting pussycat. But Suzy is just home from the hospital and cared for 24/7 by nurse Natalie, whom Duncan tries his best to ignore. Duncan decides the best medicine Suzy could possibly have - and a Christmas present she'll never forget -- is a ride on a real Ferris wheel, set up in their own back yard. Why a Ferris wheel? Because it was while riding one many moons ago that Duncan asked Suzy to marry him. Where to find a 45-foot-high used Ferris wheel? Duncan strikes gold in an abandoned amusement park, presided over by a lonely ex-carnival worker -- Henry. Assembling the mechanical monstrosity is not exactly a one-man job. Duncan gets a crucial assist from Tommy, a former student of Suzy's, who is deeply in her debt. He's become a successful landscape designer after a troubled youth; it was Suzy who set him straight. Meanwhile, the neighbors are not amused; especially prim and proper Gayle Matthews. She's entered her garden in an upscale magazine's "Christmas Showcase" contest. The interest of the contest's judges witnessing the atrocity next door is more than Gayle can bear. Fortunately, her brother is the local sheriff - and there are zoning laws to prevent this kind of thing, aren't there?
IMDb   6.7 /10
TheMovieDb    5.9 /10
FilmAffinity   4.8 /10
Director John Kent Harrison
Writer Stephen P. Lindsey
Writer Luis Ugaz
Release Date2013-11-30
Runtime1h 37min
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
AwardsAwards2 nominations
CompanySony Pictures Television, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Duncan Mayoras Duncan Mayor
Natalie Springeras Natalie Springer
Gayle Matthewsas Gayle Matthews
Tommy Harrisas Tommy Harris
Suzy Mayoras Suzy Mayor
Sheriff Charlieas Sheriff Charlie
Brianas Brian
Dr. Emmonsas Dr. Emmons
Pattyas Patty
Theodus Crane
Theodus Crane
Lonnieas Lonnie
Cousin Peteas Cousin Pete
Deputy Boltbeeas Deputy Boltbee
Karanai Ravenscroft
Karanai Ravenscroft
Judge #1as Judge #1
Judge #2as Judge #2
Park Mechanicas Park Mechanic

Christmas in Conway

Christmas in Conway is a 2013 American Christmas television film directed by John Kent Harrison, written by Stephen P. Lindsey and Luis Ugaz, and starring Mary-Louise Parker, Andy Garcia and Mandy Moore. The film is part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series, and premiered on ABC on December 1, 2013.


When terminally ill Suzy Mayor (Parker) leaves the hospital to spend her last days at her home in Conway, South Carolina, her grouch of a husband, Duncan (Garcia) is beside himself with concern for her and with annoyance at everyone else, including Natalie (Moore), the live-in hospice nurse who has come home with Suzy. When Duncan decides to build a Ferris wheel in the backyard as a Christmas present for Suzy, in honor of the place where Duncan proposed to her, the neighbors and townspeople of this quiet Southern town are quick to object.


  • Andy Garcia as Duncan Mayor
  • Mandy Moore as Natalie Springer
  • Cheri Oteri as Gayle Matthews
  • Riley Smith as Tommy Harris
  • Mark Jeffrey Miller as Henry
  • Mary-Louise Parker as Suzy Mayor


The film was shot in and around Wilmington, North Carolina in August 2013. Its score was composed by Geoff Zanelli.


During its premiere broadcast on December 1, 2013, the episode received a 1.1 rating and a 3 share in the key 18- to 49-year-old adult demographic. It was viewed by 6.45 million total viewers. The ratings were considered to be poor, and they were lower than a comparable Hallmark broadcast the previous year.

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for two MovieGuide Awards in 2014: the Faith and Freedom Award (Television), and the Free Enterprise Prize. It did not win in either category.