When Santa decides to stay put and open a year round store in a California suburb, it seemed like a good idea. Children could experience the magic of Christmas year round, and Santa wouldn't have to travel. Unfortunately, Santa's store becomes a tourist-crazy nuisance, and the issue turns political with the upcoming mayoral races. Candidate Elizabeth Gates (CHEERS' Shelley Long) wants to shut down Santa's store, but her 10-year old son is practically living there. Everyone learns a valuable lesson about Christmas by the time the whole thing is sorted out.