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Santa Claus Lane is the debut studio album by American singer Hilary Duff. It was released in the United States on October 15, 2002 by Buena Vista Records. The holiday album contains covers of Christmas songs, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Last Christmas". The album also features guest appearances from Christina Milian, Lil' Romeo and Duff's sister Haylie.

Santa Claus Lane
A girl with blonde hair wearing a white sweater and blue jeans, throwing a red box into the air. She stands in front of a red electric scooter with several green and boxes on it, and a brown pole with two signs on top of it: a green one that reads "NORTH POLE" in capital letters on top, and a red one that reads "Santa Claus Lane" in capital letters below the other. Far behind her are a dark, starry sky and many buildings. Above the girl, "Hilary Duff" is written in cursive, white text.
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
LabelBuena Vista
Hilary Duff chronology
Santa Claus Lane
Singles from Santa Claus Lane
  1. "Santa Claus Lane"
    Released: December 2, 2002[1]
  2. "Tell Me a Story"
    Released: December 2, 2002[1]

Santa Claus Lane peaked at number two on US Billboard Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Audio charts and peaked at number 154 on the US Billboard 200. It has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping 500,000 copies to retailers. In Japan in peaked at number 134 on the Oricon albums chart in 2004. Santa Claus Lane received mixed reviews by music critics, who considered the album to not be a genuine Christmas album despite its promotion as such. The title song was featured in the 2002 film The Santa Clause 2.

Background and recordingEdit

In 2001, Duff gained fame through her starring role in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire.[2] She became interested in pursuing a music career after attending a Radio Disney concert in 2001. "There were all these pop acts backstage at the concert," Duff explained. "They were all getting ready backstage and warming up, and I was like, 'I want to do this so bad.'"[3] One day, Duff met Andre Recke, who would soon become her manager. She told him of her interest in becoming a singer and briefly performed for him. This prompted him to tell her, "I want to work with you."[4] Recke said of his encounter with Duff, "When I met Hilary, I knew she had something special. Sometimes you just have that feeling, that, 'Wow, she's a star.'"[3]

Duff's music career began with two soundtrack appearances. In 2002, she appeared on the soundtrack to Lizzie McGuire, performing a cover of Brooke McClymont's "I Can't Wait", and the Walt Disney Records compilation DisneyMania, performing a cover of "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room". Recke noted of Duff's DisneyMania appearance, "That was the first test to see how her fans would react to her as a singer and not just an actress".[3] Duff stated that she felt Christmas came early for her when she recorded Santa Claus Lane. She continued, "I really loved singing these songs. It was a lot of hard work, but also big fun!"[5]

"I Heard Santa on the Radio" and "Tell Me a Story" are duets with Christina Milian and Lil' Romeo, respectively, and "Same Old Christmas" features Duff's sister Haylie.[5] Santa Claus Lane features production from Matthew Gerrard, Chris Hamm, Alain Bertoni, Charlie Midnight and Chico Bennett; on the 2003 reissue, the bonus track "What Christmas Should Be" is produced by Charlton Pettus.[5] This song was featured on the end credits of her movie Cheaper by the Dozen.

In a 2013 interview with the website Idolator, Duff expressed her dislike for "Tell Me a Story", saying that she "honestly hate[s] that record — [and she has] blocked it out of [her] memory". Duff also remarked that she "[didn't] even remember" the song.[6]

Release and promotionEdit

Santa Claus Lane was released in the United States on October 15, 2002 by Walt Disney Records.[7] It was reissued on October 14 of the following year with the bonus track "What Christmas Should Be", and released by Buena Vista Records.[8]

Two singles were released from the album simultaneously on December 2, 2002.[1] "Santa Claus Lane" was sent to pop radio stations, while "Tell Me a Story" was sent to rhythmic and urban radio stations. A music video for "Santa Claus Lane", featuring Duff performing on Disney's Movie Surfers to promote the film The Santa Clause 2, received airplay on Disney Channel. Duff filmed a music video for "Tell Me a Story" with Lil' Romeo which also received heavy rotation on Disney Channel.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [9]
The Daily VaultB-[10]

Santa Claus Lane received mixed reviews by music critics. An AllMusic editor gave the album three out of five stars.[9] Jaan Uhelszki, in an editorial review for, gave Santa Claus Lane a negative review. She wrote the album, consisting mostly of Christmas covers, "add[s] little to the holiday music canon".[7] She also felt that it only "perks up" on songs that feature guest musicians.[7] Kelefa Sanneh considered for The New York Times it to be a "concept album" and it was "loosely inspired by Saint Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra."[11] Christopher Thelen gave a more positive review to the album. While writing for the Daily Vault, Thelen gave a B- grade and wrote it "does show there is a voice behind the pretty young face, even if this is a strange place to start one's recording career."[10]

Commercial performanceEdit

Santa Claus Lane debuted at number 154 on the Billboard 200, and also reached the second position of both the Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Albums charts.[12] On December 9, 2003, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 shipments to retailers.[13] The album reached the 134th position of the Japanese Albums Chart in 2004.[14] As of July 27, 2014, the album had sold 477,000 copies in the United States.[15]

Track listingEdit

1."Santa Claus Lane"Gerrard2:42
2."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  • Chris Hamm
  • Alain Bertoni
3."I Heard Santa on the Radio" (with Christina Milian)
  • Midnight
  • Hamm
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
4."Jingle Bell Rock"
  • Joseph Carleton Beal
  • James Ross Boothe
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
5."When the Snow Comes Down in Tinseltown"Midnight
  • Midnight
  • Denny Weston, Jr.[a]
6."Sleigh Ride"
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
7."Tell Me a Story" (with Lil' Romeo)
  • Bennett
  • Midnight
8."Last Christmas"George Michael
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
9."Same Old Christmas" (featuring Haylie Duff)
  • Midnight
  • Marc Swersky
  • Midnight
  • Bennett[a]
10."Wonderful Christmastime"Paul McCartney
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
Total length:33:29


Credits for Santa Claus Lane adapted from AllMusic.[16]


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2002–04) Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[14] 134
US Billboard 200[12] 154
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[18] 5
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard)[12] 2
US Top Kid Audio (Billboard)[12] 2


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States October 15, 2002 CD Buena Vista [20]
Canada October 29, 2002 Universal [21]
United States October 24, 2003 Buena Vista [22]
Japan November 17, 2004 Avex Trax [23]


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  3. ^ a b c Rosen, Craig (January 31, 2004). "Hilary Duff: A Performer's Metamorphosis". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 116 (5): 10–14. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ 2007. "At Home with Hilary Duff" featurette on Dignity deluxe edition DVD. Hollywood Records.
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  10. ^ a b Thelen, Christopher (December 14, 2004). "Santa Claus Lane". The Daily Vault. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  11. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (August 29, 2007). "Amid All the Cheers, a Few Signs of Change". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d "Hilary Duff > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  13. ^ "Gold & Platinum Database: Santa Claus Lane". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
  14. ^ a b ヒラリー・ダフ (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?". Billboard. July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  16. ^ "Santa Claus Lane - Credits". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  17. ^ "Hilary Duff Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Hilary Duff Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Hilary Duff – Santa Claus Lane". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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