DVD Talk says, "everyone involved with the film seemed to be on the top of their game". BBC concludes:
This is a film which manages to capture some of the best qualities of Christmas in a surprisingly enjoyable format and will provide the whole family with large quantities of festive spirit.EW gives it a "D". Roger Ebert likes Culkin's acting but not much else. It gets a score of 54% at Rotten Tomatoes.