David Janssen is a capable host as Edie Adams and Vic Damone sing, Tim Conway, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks present comedy sketches, there's a trapeze act, and the Globetrotters play basketball with Janssen and friends.
Highlights include Ann Miller doing an energetic tap number, trained monkeys do a party skit with their trainer, a British music hall troupe does a comedy high dive act in the Palace's parking lot, Jack Carter complains about teen-age dances and rock and roll, and host Ernie Ford sings a duet with Edie Adams.
Fred Astaire enters to "Top Hat" surrounded by Go-Go dancers, and then he talks about the new dances, the Suns Family balancing act performs, Paul Lynde and Carmen Phillips appear in Herb Hartig's sketch "Don't," in which Paul attempts to rescue Carmen from a suicide jump, then the Andre Tahon Puppets appear, the We Five sing their hit "You Were On My Mind," Fonteyn and Nureyev dance the Black Swan, Jackie Mason does a monologue about the world situation, Jazz organist Jimmy Smith plays, Fred talks about getting older and then closes the show dancing to "The Cat," ...
Bing is the MC in this special Christmas themed-episode. The highlight is the appearance of the cast of Hogan's Heroes, which was produced by Crosby's own company. The low point is when a duet of faux Nazis Werner Klemperer and John Banner sing "Silent Night" in the original German. Also: a clown does an act where he's broken into three midgets, and a dog act where the dog won't co-operate.