The Legend of the Christmas Witch

The Legend of the Christmas Witch is a 2018 Italian-language Christmas fantasy comedy film based on the Italian legend of the Befana. It is an Italian-Spanish co-production directed by Michele Soavi.


During the day Miss Paola works as a schoolteacher in an Italian town, but at night she transforms into the over 500-year-old Befana, a witch who delivers presents to well-behaved children and unusual surprises to bad ones each year at midnight when it turns January 6. One year a dog chews on her Rolodex and she fails to deliver a gift in time to Giovanni Rovasio, who then blames her for all of his subsequent misfortunes, including his parents' divorce.