In the original version of the film, Kris names the penguin "Waddles", because he waddled back and forth. Sometime around 1980, the name was changed to "Topper" in the televised (and now home video) versions.
The ABC family version as of 2010 adds back the songs "A Kiss A Toy" and "My World is Beginning Today," but still deletes the scene where Burgermeister burns the toys.
Many television airings omit or shorten the song "My World is Beginning Today".
When aired on television, the following scene is edited: After Burgermeister Meisterburger captures Kris, he tells all the children of Sombertown that they'll never ever play again and then he sets all their toys on fire. In the same version, Kris's song of "A Kiss a Toy is the Price You'll Pay" was edited.