Happy Christmas, Miss King (titled An Avonlea Christmas on later DVD releases) is a Road to Avonlea reunion movie. It was made for television and first aired in 1998.



In the midst of World War I in Europe, the people of Avonlea are preparing for Christmas. Hetty King plans a special Christmas concert with the schoolchildren to raise funds for the war, but finds herself under a great deal of pressure when she learns the young, new Superintendent of Schools, known for having progressive ideas about teaching, will be attending the concert.

Meanwhile, Janet King tries not to think about the war as her son Felix is fighting in Europe, but the King family is devastated when they learn from Cecily, working as a telegraph operator, that her brother has been listed as "missing in action." When Hetty tries to remind Janet that Felix's efforts in the war are an honour and duty to his country, Janet expresses how she feels that Felix should have never gone and that he had been forced into fighting because of Hetty's words about duty. When they learn that more boys from Avonlea have been killed in the war, Janet becomes increasingly vocal of her disapproval of the war. Hetty is displeased with Janet's stance and tries to speak to her about doing her duty, which infuriates Janet, who refuses to speak to Hetty anymore.

Fearing for her job, Hetty focuses on ensuring her concert is a success and goes to Charlottetown to ask her former student, famous performer Wilfred Ainsley, to perform. However, she collapses from a spinal tumour and is brought to a hospital by Arthur Pettibone, where he reveals that she will need surgery to remove the tumour and to determine if it is benign or malignant. When Janet and Alec go to Charlottetown, Janet still refuses to speak with Hetty and her relationship with Alec is strained from their arguments about more boys going to war and not knowing if Felix is alive.

When the news of Hetty's illness arrives in Avonlea, everyone rallies to support her, especially Felicity, who helps Hetty's students rehearse for their Christmas concert. Hetty worries about her surgery and thinks upon her life's accomplishments and how she will be remembered. During her surgery, she dreams about her students and Felix going to war because of her and calls for them to return. When she awakes, Hetty finds the surgery was a success and the tumour is benign. While recovering in the hospital, Wilfred Ainsley visits her and agrees to perform at Hetty's concert at Janet's request out of admiration for his former teacher.

The concert proves to be a great success and the King family resolves their differences as they come together for Christmas dinner at Rose Cottage. To their great happiness, Felix arrives home, safe and sound.


Main cast

Supporting cast

  • Ryan Cooley as Daniel King
  • Kay Tremblay as Great Aunt Eliza
  • 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 Hannah Lester
  • Ferne Downey as Margaret Powell
  • Maja Ardal as Clara Potts
  • Maggie Huculak as Maud Maguire
  • Graham Losee as Edgar Dean
  • Benjamin Weatherspoon as Duffy Dean
  • James Downing as Alden Dean
  • Nola Augustson as Marley Dean
  • Marc Marut as Elbert Werts
  • Jef Mallory as Canadian Colonel
  • Charles Boyland as Rodney/Farm Hand
  • Dan Chameroy as Wilfred Ainsley
  • Taylor Phillips as Alice
  • Adam Bramble as Lt. Governor
  • Zachary Ansley as Arthur Pettibone
  • R. D. Reid as Dr. Paige
  • R.H. Thomson as Jasper Dale (archive footage)
  • David Ferry as Stuart MacRae (archive footage)
  • Michael Mahonen as Gus Pike (archive footage)
  • Cody Jones as Duffy Dean (archive footage)
  • Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley (archive footage)
  • Marilyn Lightstone as Muriel Pettibone (archive footage)
  • Heather Brown as Izzy Pettibone (archive footage)

Other cast

  • Chris Benson as Stagehand
  • Dawn Greenhalgh as Matron
  • Stephanie Graham as Shop Girl
  • Diana Belshaw as Farm Wife
  • Rudy Smith-Merovitz as Plaintive Girl
  • Linda Callow as Dancer (uncredited)

Behind the scenesEdit



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An Avonlea Christmas (trailer)

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See alsoEdit

Films & miniseries
Anne of Green Gables (1919) | Anne of Green Gables (1934) | Anne of Windy Poplars (1940)
Anne of Green Gables (1956) | Anne of Green Gables (1957) | Anne of Green Gables (1958)
Anne of Green Gables (1985) | Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987) | Road to Avonlea: The Movie (1990)
Happy Christmas, Miss King (1998) | Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000)
Anne: Journey to Green Gables (2005) | Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008)
Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (2010) | L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (2016)
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2017)
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew (2017) | Anne of Green Gables (upcoming musical)
Radio dramas
Anne of Green Gables (March 1938) | Anne of Green Gables (October 1938) | Anne of Green Gables (1941)
Anne of Green Gables (1944) | Anne of Green Gables (1954) | Anne of Green Gables (1966)
Anne of Green Gables (1971) | Anne of Green Gables (1977) | Anne of Green Gables (1979)
Anne of Avonlea (1979) | Anne of the Island (1979) | Anne's House of Dreams (1979) | Rainbow Valley (1979)
Rilla of Ingleside (1991) | Anne of Green Gables (1997)
Television series
Anne of Green Gables (1952) | Anne of Green Gables (1972) | Anne of Avonlea (1975) | Anne of Green Gables (1979)
Road to Avonlea (1990–1996) | Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000–2001) | Anne (2007)
Before Green Gables (2009) | Anne (2017)
Stage productions
Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (1965) | Rainbow Valley (1999) | Anne & Gilbert (2005)
Anne of Green Gables (2006) | The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery (2008) | Bend in the Road (2012)
Rilla of Green Gables (2015)
Anne of Green Gables (1997 manga) | Anne of Avonlea (1998 manga) | Anne of the Island (1998 manga)
Rainbow Valley (2003 manga) | Ana of California (2015 novel)
Audio dramas
Anne of Green Gables (2007) | Anne of Green Gables (2008) | Anne of Avonlea (2008)
Anne of the Island (2009) | Anne of Windy Poplars (2009) | Anne's House of Dreams (2010)
Web productions
"Inspiration Found" (2008 short film) | Green Gables Fables (2014–2016 web series) | "Anne & Gilbert" (2014 episode)
"Anne of Green Gables" (2014 episode) | Anne of Green Gables (2014 short film)
Project Green Gables (2015–2017 web series) | Anne of Green Gables (2015 short film)

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