There were fewer commercials on network television when this special was made. When shown recently on ABC and ABC Family, sometimes the special is edited in order to accommodate more commercials. In the ABC version, the songs "If you Sit on My Lap Today" and "My World is Beginning Today" are cut, while the ABC Family version cuts out scenes that may be traumatizing for younger viewers, most notably the scene where Burgermeister Meisterburger burns all of the toys belonging to the children of Sombertown.
The drawing of the king in Tanta Kringle's book, the doctor that treats the Burgermeister after he trips on the toy, and the father of the family that has their toys left in stockings are all the same puppet, complete with diamond-shaped eyeglasses.
During the scene where Kris gets captured by the trees, for 3 frames a man's arm and a flashbulb could be seen right when the flash occurs, before the winter warlock appears. This was fixed on later broadcasts and DVD releases.
The story is set in Germany and all of the characters are necessarily Germans but only the evil characters actually speak with German accents or have stereotypical German mannerisms. The other characters are depicted as being essentially Americans.