Two teen girls, Samantha Elizabeth "Sam" Kwan (age 13) (Brenda Song) and Allison Rachel "Allie" Thompson (age 13) (Hallee Hirsh) find a weather machine at a shack in the woods. After learning of its controls, they use it to make it snow in Los Angeles. The snow is fun for everybody who it affected.
It turns out that the weather machine belongs to Santa Claus (John B. Lowe) and he informs Mrs. Claus about this. To help Santa Claus, she sends Crumpet (John Salley) and Sparky (Bill Fagerbakke), two elves who look nothing like the traditional design (in other words, as one of them mentions, they are "not 3 feet tall and have squeaky voices").
Unfortunately, a boring weather man named Edwin Hadley (Peter Scolari) tries to figure out what's causing the strange weather and track it down to keep himself from getting fired by his boss Mr. Martino (Jason Schombing). Edwin's boss expects Edwin to not act all boring and get down to the bottom of the sudden snow appearances.
When Sparky and Crumpet catch up to Santa Claus at this shack, they find a clue being a footprint of a type of girl shoes that are only made in California. Santa and the elves set off to interrogate each girl on the naughty list that wears those type of shoes.
Soon, the snowstorm gets so large that it spreads to San Francisco and Allie's dad gets snowed in at the airport and may not make it home in time for Christmas. Allie tries to turn it off, but over night it turns itself back on and it creates a blizzard. They are unable to make it do anything now. Samantha shares sad stories with Allie about how her dad would spend Christmas, while Allie is sad about her dad missing Christmas.
During the blizzard, Mr. Martino tells Edwin to handle the story about the cast of Friends not being able to leave their studio. Edwin manages to trace the weather phenomenon to Allie's house. Due to traffic, he manages to borrow a guy's snowmobile.
When Allie and Sam head to the shed to get the flashlights, they encounter Santa, Crumpet, and Sparky who identify Allie as the next person on their naughty list. They managed to get proof that he's Santa Claus when he tells the girls all about them and the weather machine.
Edwin arrives at Allie's house and manages to gain entry. Edwin does managed to find the weather machine after Allie's brother found it and berated him for messing with it. Upon being cornered in Allie's room by the girls, Santa, and the elves, he announces his plans to be the best weather man in history and fain more publicity on television attempts. During his escape, he sees the guy he borrowed the snowmobile from and crashes into a chocolate making factory where he falls into a chocolate vat. The group follow his trail into the chocolate factory and follows Edwin's chocolatey trail. Sparky follows him up into the raftings where he fall into a box of cotton candy. The group then reclaims the weather machine.
At Santa's shack, he then works to find the problem in the weather machine. With Sam and Allie's help, they manage to fix the weather machine (Santa forgot to put in the right batteries) and stop the weather. Santa then tells Edwin that there is another type of job that deals with weather.
Crumpet and Sparky pick up Allie's dad just in time for Christmas morning. Meanwhile, Hadley gets a job in the Arctic teaching scientists about the weather.
- Hallee Hirsh - Allison Rachel "Allie" Thompson
- Brenda Song - Samantha Elizabeth "Sam" Kwan
- Hallie Todd - Michelle Thompson
- Spencer Breslin - Joey Thompson
- Greg King - Steve Thompson
- John B. Lowe - Santa Claus
- Susan Ruttan - Mrs. Claus
- John Salley - Crumpet
- Bill Fagerbakke - Sparky
- Peter Scolari - Edwin Hadley
- Jason Schombing - Mr. Martino
- Tiffany Desrosiers - Tina