The movie, which is one of the network's 31 new holiday originals, premieres on Thanksgiving on Nov. 23
The story kicks off on Christmas Eve, when Avery Quinn (Ricci) is awoken by someone breaking into her house. She discovers a Santa-clad man (Macfarlane) and immediately jumps into action and ties him up — with a string of Christmas lights, naturally.
However, her Santa intruder — named Chris — pleads to be let go because he's in the middle of a very important job: delivering presents. Chris claims to be Santa Claus' son and tells Avery she will be responsible for ruining the Christmas magic for lots of little kids.
"You have tied up Santa Claus, thereby jeopardizing Christmas," Chris says in the clip. "What if you couldn't complete the most important task of your life?"
However, Avery, an aspiring news anchor, is not convinced by his heart-tugging story. She suspects Chris might actually be the elusive Santa Crook who has been making headlines — and she sees the potential for a career-making story by being the one to finally nab him.
"Luke Macfarlane has one night to convince Italia Ricci if he's naughty or nice," a narrator teases in the clip.
Just as Avery is about to hand Chris over to the police, a series of mishaps make the duo flee the officers, with some bad guys on their tail. Throughout the night, Avery and Chris race to track down clues and crack the case in time to make Avery's deadline, all while Christmas hangs in the balance.
"Will Avery’s news story make it to air, or will she be late and be in despair? Will Chris make his deadline and deliver all gifts, or will this Christmas be one that gets missed?" a description for the movie reads.
In true Hallmark fashion, as the action unfolds, the ice between Avery and Chris begins to melt and they form a connection that might just lead to love.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Ricci, 37, called making the movie "one of the most enjoyable shoots ever," giving Macfarlane, 43, a shout-out for bringing the fun to the set.
"[Luke] had me doubled over in laughter the entire time, and if they let us share some bloopers I can prove it," she wrote, before telling Hallmark fans, "I hope you have as much fun watching it as we had making it!"
Catch Me If You Claus is one of 31 new original movies being rolled out on Hallmark this holiday season, starring a long list of fan-favorites of the network including Lacey Chabert, Nikki DeLoach, Andrew Walker, Bethany Joy Lenz, Erin Cahill and Jonathan Bennett.
Additionally, nine new holiday films will debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, while two more movies will premiere on their subscription streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now.
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Catch Me If You Claus premieres Thursday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.
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