Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together is, as its title suggests, a Christmas television special starring John Denver and the Muppets. Produced for the holiday sales for the album of the same name, which was released two months prior, this one-hour Christmas special was originally produced for ABC and aired on December 5, 1979.

This special was one of the relatively few productions featuring the Muppets that was not sold to The Walt Disney Company when they acquired the characters from The Jim Henson Company in 2004. Along with the later Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets, it is instead owned by John Denver's estate.

Unlike Rocky Mountain Holiday, A Christmas Together has never been commercially released on home video. It is, however, available for public viewing at the Paley Center for Media.



The Muppets and John Denver sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in the opening scene.

Highlights include:

The program concludes with Denver and the Muppets singing "Stille Nacht," and children in the audience join in for the English version, "Silent Night".


  • The original ABC broadcast included an announcer mentioning the sponsors, DuPont and Dr. Pepper, at the end of the first and last segments.
  • Some of the Disney Channel airings, as part of The Magical World of Disney, also included part of an introduction with Michael Eisner and Kermit the Frog, which was filmed for the NBC airing of A Muppet Family Christmas.


  • The three-minute sequence of wooden soldiers dancing and singing "Camaraderie" was deleted from some reruns on the Disney Channel (which also appear to be slightly zoomed in compared to the original broadcast).


Actor/Muppeteer Character(s)
John Denver Himself
Jim Henson Kermit the Frog
Rowlf the Dog
Dr. Teeth
The Swedish Chef
Frank Oz Fozzie Bear
Miss Piggy
Sam the Eagle
Jerry Nelson Camilla
Lew Zealand
Robin the Frog
Floyd Pepper
Richard Hunt Scooter
Dave Goelz Gonzo
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Steve Whitmire Foo-Foo
Kathryn Mullen
Robert Payne
Brian Muehl
Mike Davis
Cheryl Henson
Phillip Huber
Additional Muppets

External links

Jim Henson Productions and Related Shows
Sesame Street and related shows Christmas Eve on Sesame StreetA Special Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves ChristmasElmo's World: Happy Holidays!A Sesame Street Christmas CarolElmo's Christmas Countdown • "Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten" • "Christmas Special (Barrio Sésamo)" • Christmas with Ernie & Bert • "Jul med Jeppe, Marie og Elmo" • "A Christmas Present in Summer" • "Boot" • "Monster Monster Day" • Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas • "A Furchester Christmas" • "Holiday at Hooper’s" • Sesame Street: The Nutcracker Starring Elmo & Tango • "Yip Yip Tree Tree" / "The Snowman Scarecrow"
The Muppets John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Muppet Family ChristmasThe Muppet Christmas CarolIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie • "Christmas (From the Balcony)" • A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa • "Ringing of the Bells" • Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular • "Single All the Way" • "Ho Ho Ho!" • "Christmas" (Muppet Moments) • "Santa Claus" (Muppet Moments) • "A Very Muppet Babies Christmas" / "Summer's Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise" • "It's a Wonderful Elf-bot" / "A Merry Litter Christmas"
Other shows and specials The Jimmy Dean Show: Episode 114The Jimmy Dean Show: Episode 214The Jimmy Dean Show: Episode 314Santa Claus Routine with Arthur GodfreyChristmas ReindeersThe Great Santa Claus SwitchEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas • "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" • The Christmas Toy • "Refrigerator Day" • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree • "Mrs. Zabarelli's Holiday Baton" • "The Siberian Tiger and the Reindeer" • "A Berry Bear Christmas" • "Holidays" • "Hooblebumper Box Day" • "Oh Christmas Tree" • "Sid's Holiday Adventure" • "Cretaceous Conifers" • "Don's Winter Wish" • "The Annoying Orange Generic Holiday Special" • "Orange Carol" • "Joy to the World (Pajanimals)" • "War on Christmas (No, You Shut Up!)" • "A New York Christmas to Remember" • "A Song For Everyone" • "The Holiday Tree" • "Whitebeard/Coral Day" • "Traditions on Ice" • "Night of the Lights"
Christmas Eve on Sesame StreetMerry Christmas from Sesame StreetJohn Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves Christmas: Holiday FavoritesA Green and Red ChristmasBob! from Sesame Street: Christmas Sing AlongHoliday Classics . It's Christmas Time