Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

Director
R. Winer

Main cast
Jay Ripley; Shay Garner; Pat Morrell; Bob O'Connell; Bob O'Connell

Genres
Fantasy, Family

Description
Poor Santa Claus. This live-action feature finds his sleigh stuck in the sand on a Florida beach only days before Christmas Eve.


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