Deck the Halls is a 2006 family comedy film set during the Christmas season in Massachusetts. It stars Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, and Kristin Chenoweth and was directed by John Whitesell.


Local eye doctor and Christmas expert Steve Finch wants his kids to have a great Christmas, packed with Steve's tried and true traditions, such as using an advent calendar, taking Christmas card pictures in matching sweaters, and getting a large tree. At night, he hears noises. He looks out his window and sees a moving truck. He and his wife Kelly immediately know that "the new neighbors are moving in." In the morning, when Steve goes to get his paper, he is startled to see someone on his doorstep, stealing the paper, which causes him to spill coffee on himself. The stranger is his new neighbor Buddy Hall, a car salesman. Steve and Kelly also meet Buddy's wife Tia. Later that day, Kelly, her daughter Madison and son Carter go to the Halls' house, where they meet Tia & Buddy's children, Ashley & Emily. Tia & Kelly immediately become friends, as do Ashley, Emily and Madison. That night, the Hall girls discover a website called MyEarth, which shows satellite images of any place from space (seemingly a parody of Google Earth). The Hall house is not visible, so Buddy decides to make it visible using Christmas lights. Due to his lights, Buddy becomes known around the town. Steve is not happy about this as he is considered "the Christmas guy" and is chairman of the town's WinterFest. Buddy also purchases a large horsedrawn sleigh, and finds horses to pull it. The Finches come to see the sleigh, and are invited to take their Christmas pictures in the sleigh. Steve declines, but Carter enters the sleigh anyway. In attempt to get Carter "out of that metal death trap" he frightens the horses, who pull him around town, finally plunging into a frozen river. Steve wakes up to find himself naked, zipped into a sleeping bag with Buddy, who is also naked. Buddy explains that he is giving Steve body heat in order to keep him from dying. Steve then starts screaming. Buddy's house is eventually completely lit, and synchronized to music. Steve has had enough with being kept awake each night, and finally fills Buddy's fuse box with snow. His plan is foiled, due to a backup generator.

Buddy and Steve make a bet: if Steve beats Buddy in the WinterFest speedskating race, then Buddy removes the lights, and if Buddy beats Steve, he buys a car from Buddy. Buddy wins, and Steve yells at Buddy for being a nobody, since the Hall house is still not visible from Space. Steve finally buys a large amount of fireworks and a large illegal military grade firework from a gangster and tries to blow up the Hall house. The rocket misfires, and sets the Finch house on fire. Kelly, Carter, Madison, Tia, Ashley, and Emily all decide to stay at a motel to salvage the Christmas. Buddy and Steve forget their rivalry, and build a winter wonderland with all of Buddy's lights and lure Tia, Kelly, and the kids home. They all sit down to a nice meal. But, the whole town helps put Buddy's lights back up in time for a story about them on MTV. The lights don't work, and they all sing carols and use their cell phones as flashlights. As the group sings, Carter notices that one of the plugs of the lights is not plugged in, and this is why the lights do not work. He plugs in the light, causing them to shine brightly through the night. SuChin Pak, who is doing the MTV report, gets confirmation that the house is indeed visible from space. The crowd celebrates as it ends.



Song titlePerformed by
"Santa Baby"Transcenders
feat. Terry Dexter
"Brighter Lights"Transcenders
feat. J7 D Star
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"Brenda Lee
"Joy to the World"
  • Tabernacle Choir
    at Temple Square
  • End credits: Aretha Franklin
"The Holly and the Ivy"Matthew Broderick
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
"Run Rudolph Run"Mark Doc Dauer
"Jingle Bells"The Lennon Sisters
"Up on the Housetop"George S. Clinton
"Deck the Halls"Gary Hoey
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"Dr. Elmo
"Frosty the Snowman"Alvin and the Chipmunks
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
(from the Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a)
The Langley Ukulele Ensemble
"The Star Spangled Banner"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"Silent Night"Jeff Cardoni
feat. Diane Gordon
"O Holy Night"Kristin Chenoweth and Cast
"Sing Out, Shout with Joy"Joy
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" (uncredited)
"O Tannenbaum" (uncrdtd.)


Danny DeVitoBuddy Hall
Matthew BroderickSteve Finch
Kristin DavisKelly Finch
Kristin ChenowethTia Hall
Alia ShawkatMadison Finch
Dylan Blue*Carter Finch
Kelly AldridgeAshley Hall
Sabrina AldridgeEmily Hall
Jorge GarciaWallace
Fred ArmisenGustave
Gillian VigmanGerta
Ryan DevlinBob Murray
Sean O'BryanMayor Young
SuChin Pak
Jackie BurroughsMrs. Ryor
Garry ChalkSheriff Dave
Nicola PeltzMackenzie
Zak SantiagoFireworks Guy
David Lewis
Lochlyn Munro (uncrdtd)
Daniel BaconEd
Ken KramerMr. Murray
Jill MorrisonGail
Alfred E. HumphreysHardware store Employee
Brenda M. Crichlow
Jill Kril
Agam DarshiNewsproducer
David StuartOblivious Da
Quinn LordKid with Santa
Nathaniel DeVeauxMain St. Passerby
Fulvio CecereTown Passerby
Eliza NorburyMary in the Manger
Randi Lynne
Dan Joffre
Aurora Faulkner-Killam
Melissa Howell
Lori Johnson
David Shaw
Myles Wolfe
Ty OlssonTrucker
Stephen HolmesUPS Guy
Andrew HedgeCity Employee
Cory MonteithMadison's date
Uncredited actors/actresses
Aaron CravenDad (Businessman)
Blair GorrellCarnival Fan
Rachel LiSpectator
Kal PennAmit Sayid (Satellite Computer Tech)
Caroline RedekoppMackenzie's Mother
Arden RhineBackground Performer
Calum WorthyBoy with Bike

* - Winner of the 2007 Young Artist Award for Best Actor (Age 10 & up) in a Feature Film.

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Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled"
Other cartoons "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other Reindeer • "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
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