Ultimate Christmas Present, The (television) A Disney Channel Original Movie; premiered on December 1, 2000. In Los Angeles, a 13-year-old, Allie Thompson, and her friend Sam, find a discarded contraption that turns out to be Santa Claus’s weather-making machine. They decide to use it to make it snow so they can get a school snow day and not have to turn in an assignment. But the machine gets out of hand and causes no end of problems that threaten to ruin Christmas. Allie and Sam team up with Santa in an attempt to save the day. Directed by Greg Beeman. Stars Hallie Hirsh (Allie Thompson), Brenda Song (Samantha Kwan), Peter Scolari (Edwin Hadley), Hallie Todd (Michelle Thompson), John B. Lowe (Santa Claus), Bill Fagerbakke (Sparky), John Salley (Crumpet), Spencer Breslin (Joey Thompson). Vancouver, British Columbia, substituted for Los Angeles for the filming.