Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki


Benji's Very Own Christmas Story is a 1978 ABC TV special, featuring Benji the dog from his franchise created by Joe Camp and his Mulberry Square Productions company. It premiered in prime-time on December 7, 1978. As the first TV outing for Benji, the rights of its franchise is currently handled by NBCUniversal.


Benji and the actresses from the franchise are on a promotional tour in Switzerland and are asked to be grand marshalls of a Christmas parade in Zermatt. Due to a broken leg, Kris Kringle is sending his elves out to deliver presents, and as this will force them to miss the parade he wants them to meet Benji first. With help from the Benji actresses, Kringle realizes the true meaning of Christmas and performs a musical number showing how Saint Nicholas appears all over the world.


Actor/actress Character
Ron Moody Kris Kringle
Patsy Garrett Herself
Cindy Smith Herself
Benjean (Dog) Benji
Uncredited actresses/actors
Sadie Corre Pins
Marcus Powell Needles
Deep Roy Key Elf

Cindy Smith was nominated for the 1980 Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Movie Actress.


The special was nominated for the 1979 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Children's Program (which it lost to Christmas Eve on Sesame Street) and the 1980 Young Artist Award for Best Youth Special.

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