To Jack Carter (C. Thomas Howell), family is everything. A once aspiring writer, Jack was forced to set aside his dreams of becoming a best selling novelist in order to take care of the family bakery. His focus on the family business, however, has caused his family to drift further and further apart. With his basketball obsessed son soon off to college and his teenage daughter unable to put down her smart phone, Jack decides that, this Christmas, it's time to take the family on a much needed vacation. Along with their dog Buster (Voiced by Burt Reynolds), Jack and family head to Jack's old Christmas vacation stomping grounds, Farthering Pines, for some relaxing, social media-free family time. But when his old, uber-competitive friend Robert (Jonathan Silverman) shows up next-door with his family, Jack's old competitive instincts kick in, and the calm vacation turns into a wacky battle of the families culminating in a search for a magic Christmas tree only witnessed in legends and fairy tales. In this search though, Jack and family realise that winning isn't everything: the love and happiness of those you care about is what matters most.