“Dear Santa: The Series” Out Now On Hulu
Disney has released a brand new documentary on Hulu called, “Dear Santa, The Series“. The six-episode series takes audiences on an inspiring holiday journey as children across America write letters to Santa and kind-hearted “elves” step up in unexpected ways to make their Christmas wishes come true.
Directed by Dana Nachman (Pick of the Litter, Batkid Begins) and produced by her company, Sweet World Films, along with Chelsea Matter, TRAVERSE32’s Brendan Gaul and Brett Henenberg, and Christopher Karpenko, the series was brought to life by the same team behind the acclaimed IFC Films documentary feature.
Nachman is a veteran documentary filmmaker and former journalist. Her films have received dozens of awards from top film festivals across the U.S. and around the world. Her television news work earned her multiple Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a regional AP award. Nachman is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
This year (2022) also marks the 110th anniversary of Operation Santa. Since 1912, thousands of children and families in need have sent letters to Santa asking for everything from toys to the most basic of necessities. And each year, Santa, through the USPS, has partnered with anonymous human “elves” to fulfill those requests by December 25th.
Dear Santa, The Series has been rolling out this month across ABC’s local stations including WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia, WLS in Chicago, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK in Houston, KABC in Los Angeles, KFSN in Fresno, KGO in San Francisco and ABC’s Localish. This is the first time the series is available to stream nationwide on Hulu.
In this new family friendly show, audiences traverse the country to meet some of Jolly Ole’ St. Nick’s most memorable letter writers, the human elves Santa tapped to make their Christmas wishes come true, and the USPS employees who annually make everything possible.
Episode 1: A young girl in North Carolina asks for a selfless gift for her mom, a group of teachers in Philadelphia needs a little Christmas magic and an inspiring postal worker in New York delivers meals to those in need from atop Santa’s sleigh.
Episode 2: A little girl in Pennsylvania becomes a paleontologist for a day, a New York City theater troupe fulfills the Christmas wishes of an aspiring young artist and a group of firefighters in California become elves for their community with a series of unexpected gift deliveries.
Episode 3: A little girl in the Bronx wants a puppy for Christmas, a little boy in Houston gets a special delivery from his favorite movie and a young girl in California asks for a selfless gift to make other children’s wishes come true.
Episode 4: A very special team of elves from Hollywood makes an aspiring young dancer’s Christmas dreams come true and a little girl in North Carolina gets her unexpected musical debut.
Episode 5: A military veteran fulfills a little boy’s Christmas wish, a Jewish retirement community brings holiday magic to a family of refugees from Afghanistan and a little girl asks Santa for a trip to Disneyland.
Episode 6: A group of school children impacted by California wildfires gets an unexpected Christmas delivery, a little girl in New York asks for a selfless gift for her community center that was recently flooded and a young girl in Florida just wants to change the world.