Nine strangers, stranded at an airport during the holidays, unite for a Christmas road trip to Denver. Misadventures lead to unexpected bonds and heartfelt conversations.
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And this is a Deck the Hallmark podcast synopsis!
"Holiday Road" originally aired November 24th, 2023. And it went a little something like this...
Maya Way is a tiktoker, live streaming from the airport, and frustrated about her flight is delayed and is probably getting cancelled. She's trying to get to Denver. So is a women named Ember, a grumpy Santa-looking fellow named Dusty, a mother-and-son duo, Tricia and Ben, and a couple named Ling and Baba, and Dana who is taking charge.
They decide they're gonna try to all get a renal van together but when they get to the rental car station, they have to wait for Clay. This is bad news for her cuz she just gave Clay the business while waiting in line for coffee. Turns out Clay gets a 15-passenger van. When Dana sees him driving off, he hops in front of the van and asks if they can all ride together. He agrees - they do a little decorating of the interior and hit the open road.
Clay tells everyone they should download his dating app. So they do and it gives them a bunch of questions. They all start answering and opening up to each other, and Maya's videos start blowing up on the tiktok.
They have a karaoke party and Ember sings Amazing Grace and everyone cries. They don't have service, so they keep using a map and end up getting lost and turned around. The van breaks down in a Christmas loving town, giving Clay and Dana time to hang out and bond.
The van won't be fixed until after Christmas, so maya puts a call out to her followers for help. While they wait, they decide they'll compete in the Elf games. It's going great until Dana is clearly struggling. She opens up to Clay about how she was born with a bum heart. She lives every day like it's her last cuz for her it might be.
Maya gets cancelled for freaking out and ripping a box out of someone’s hand and she learns to not care what people think of her.
They finally make it to Denver! Clay drops them off one by one. Up first is Ling and Baba and Ling has planned a surprise reunion with their son. Their son wasn’t expecting them, and Ling lied to Baba so he would make the journey. The father and son make amends and come to an understanding.
Dana and Ben are next to be dropped off since Ember just left without saying goodbye. It isn’t their house; the house has all the inflatables and belongs to Ben’s biological mother. So many inflatables!
Maya is next, and she records the whole thing on her phone, back to being on social media but having trouble recording the perfect goodbye message. She records it later and gets all the love.
Dusty is dropped off to be with his daughter AT THE CEMETARY!!!! RIP!
There is a moment here with Embers too, but who cares!
Clay drops Dana off to ski with her family. I’m sure it won’t be the last time they see one another. Clay takes a helicopter to the top of the mountain and tells her he wants to take the jump with her, FOR LOVE! They make out on the top of a CGI mountain.
The Van Clan all show up at Maya’s house because the holidays are the time to be with people you love. The end!
And that my friends was “Holiday Road!”