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Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978)

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.


Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
Snuffy / The Count (voice)
Ernie (assistant) / Additional Muppets (voice)
Linda Bove ...
Northern Calloway ...
Debbie Chen ...
Will Lee ...
Loretta Long ...
Bob McGrath ...
Olivia (as Alaina Reed)
Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice) (as Carroll Spinney)
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Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

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3 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Sesame Street: Christmas Eve on Sesame Street  »

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Did You Know?


The Christmas Eve on Sesame Street Album was nominated for a Grammy. It featured several songs from the televised special along with narration. See more »


When Gordon grabs Big Bird's hand to pull him into the apartment near the end of the movie, the icicle is on his beak. In the next shot, it is gone. See more »


Big Bird: Look at all the people down there, they'll all running around. Guess somebody must be lost.
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Featured in A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (2006) See more »


I Hate Christmas
Written by Sam Pottle and David Axlerod
Performed by Oscar the Grouch (Caroll Spinney)
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One of the best Christmas specials ever!
3 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I can't believe nobody else has commented on this yet. This is definitely one of the best Christmas specials ever, for any age. I watch this almost every Christmas. It's a fun video to enjoy. Bert, Ernie, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Kermit all go ice skating, which is fun to watch. They sing Feliz Navidad. Bert and Ernie act out the classic O. Henry story "The Gift of the Magi", with each selling a precious possession to buy the other something, only to render each other's gifts useless without the items they sold. Mr. Hooper is on there too and that's really neat seeing him on there. Big Bird, Kermit, and Grover all do interviews with children, trying to find out how Santa Claus gets down the chimney. Big Bird is worried about people getting gifts at Christmas if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney. Of course, this is prompted by Oscar the Grouch's teasing, who is actually sorry and worried about Big Bird at the end. The movie is very fun, filled with great songs, and really funny moments, like watching Cookie Monster try to send a letter to Santa Claus without eating his writing utensils in anticipation of the cookies he's going to ask for. You can get this movie on VHS video at Amazon.com and now it's on DVD.

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