Fictionalized account of how Clement C. Moore came to write "A Visit from St. Nicholas," in which his young daughter, stricken with pneumonia, asks for a Santa Claus story for Christmas. No... See full summary »

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The Norman Luboff Choir ...
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Barbara Eiler ...
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Dr. Sawyer (voice)
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Laura Turnbull ...
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Shari Turnbull ...
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Douglas Crowther ...
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Diana Lee ...
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Fictionalized account of how Clement C. Moore came to write "A Visit from St. Nicholas," in which his young daughter, stricken with pneumonia, asks for a Santa Claus story for Christmas. No such story had been written, so Moore writes his famous poem, set to Ken Darby's musical version and sung by The Norman Luboff Choir. Written by Greg Ehrbar

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December 1968 (USA)  »

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Ken Darby created this musical version of "The Night Before Christmas" when he led the vocal group The King's Men on the popular NBC radio comedy series "Fibber McGee and Molly" in the 1940s. It was recorded numerous times, including renditions by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, The Harry Simeone Chorale and The Boston Pops. See more »

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Music by Ken Darby
Lyrics by Clement Moore
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Favorite of mine
25 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this little piece of animation and it's a favorite of our family. I show it to my kids every year on Christmas Eve as it's become a family tradition.

Technically, the music is fun and memorable, the colors are great, and yes, the animation does suffer from a limited budget, but not by much. Anyone familiar with any amount of animation knowledge would easily be able to peg when it was made. But that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of it at all.

The story of how Clement Moore wrote this poem is fictionalized, but it's still a nice, heartwarming story. However, my kids and my wife always look forward to the actual reading, er, singing of the The Night Before Christmas/A Visit from St. Nicholas itself. It's told and portrayed the way it should - I remember it fondly from my childhood and my children now have those same childhood memories of what it's like the night before Christmas.

And yes Virginia, it is out on DVD. I've gotten 2 copies of it, the superior one put out by the studio in 1996 (you can find these at ebay or Amazon). The other is put out by EastWestDVD.com that's packaged with Santa and the Three Bears.


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