Despite initially only being released in North America, the album received numerous re-releases in the following years.
Duff later signed a recording contract with Andre Recke of Hollywood Records to release future recordings.
Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, businesswoman, and author.
Duff began her acting career at a young age and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel television series Lizzie Mc Guire (2001–2004) and in the theatrical film based off the series, The Lizzie Mc Guire Movie (2003).
Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, 'This young girl is gonna be a movie star.' She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin." Disney began marketing the series through soundtracks, books, dolls, toys, and video games based on Duff's character; the company reportedly made an estimated 0 million from the show's merchandise alone.
Santa Claus Lane was released in October 2002, charting in the lower portion of the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
Duff recorded the original song "What Dreams Are Made Of" for the film's finale, which was later included on the film's soundtrack.
The album contained one single released as such in the United States, which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album was initially distributed through Walt Disney Records, with Buena Vista later re-releasing the project.
It went on to receive a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies.
Slant Magazine reviewer Nick Schager wrote that Duff "does nothing more than look perky and stylish." Lizzie Mc Guire aired its final episode on February 14, 2004 following the fulfillment of Duff's 65-episode contract.
Despite reports that the series was in talks for a second film and further television spin-off, these plans fell through as Duff's salary for the proposal was insufficient.