Road to Avonlea Christmas, also known as Happy Christmas Miss King, pays tribute to the indomitable Hetty King (Jackie Burroughs), who winds up hospitalized during the holiday season. There, homesick and alone, she begins to re-evaluate her life.
The story takes place against the backdrop of World War I as the entire King family prepare to join together for their traditional Christmas dinner. Differences of opinion over the war effort become glaringly obvious and start to tear the family and town apart. Matriarch Hetty King, long known to be a staunch supporter of ‘king and country,’ stoically continues with holiday preparations despite the atrocities being reported from the battlefield. But, Hetty’s sister-in-law Janet (Laily Cadeau) is unable to remain as detached about the casualties of war as she worries about her son, Felix, who is fighting overseas. Heated debates amongst the local townsfolk about the necessity of war ensue, and Janet finds herself isolated, as the only proponent of peace.
When Hetty’s family learns about the illness that has taken her to the hospital, they rush to her bedside. In an unexpected show of support, the people of Avonlea also rally together for her.
Happy Christmas Miss King touches on the fragility of life and the importance of relationships. It deals with the age-old dilemma of following one’s heart or adhering to tradition. Above all, this wonderful and accomplished cast comes together in an uplifting drama that illustrates the strength of family in turbulent times. (1998)
Also starring Mag Ruffman as Olivia Dale-King, Cedric Smith as Alec King, Zachary Bennett as Felix King, Patricia Hamilton as Rachel Lynde,
Gema Zamprogna as Felicity Pike, Molly Atkinson as Cecily King, Ryan Cooley as Daniel King, Asa Perlman as Monty Dale, Kay Hawtrey as Mabel Sloane, John Weir as Gurney MacDonald, Patricia Vanstone as Ada Hubble, Lauren Collins as Libby Hubble, Alexa Gilmour as Hanna Lester, Ferne Downey as Margaret Powell, Maja Ardal as Clara Potts and Zachary Ainsley as Arthur Pettibone.