In a old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. Madeline is the smallest and and most mischievous of twelve girls in a Parisian boarding school. Madeline is the only girl in the convent who's not sick with a terrible cold on Christmas Eve. When the girls realize they're too ill to travel home for the holidays, things look even grimmer. it's up to Madeline to make Christmas merry!