The Christmas Secret is a TV movie starring Richard Thomas and Beau Bridges. It premiered on CBS in 2000. As of 2009, it is shown in the 25 Days of Christmas programming block on ABC Family.
A respected zoology professor (Richard Thomas) who is obsessed with proving that reindeer can actually fly meets up with the real Santa Claus (Beau Bridges) and along the way discovers the true meaning of faith, family and Christmas.
Richard Thomas as Jerry McNeil
Beau Bridges as Nick (Santa Claus)
Maria Pitillo as Debbie