Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas is a Christmas special spun off from Sesame Street that premiered on HBO on November 25, 2016 (making it the first Sesame Street Christmas special to come out following the show's move to HBO) and featuring guest stars Audra McDonald, Zosia Mamet, and Jim Gaffigan (as Santa Claus). It won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program.
From the press release:
|“|| Once Upon a Sesame Christmas opens with the lyrical number “Holiday Lights,” a musical glimpse into the homes of Sesame Street families celebrating winter holidays, and unfolds into a fanciful bedtime story that brings the past alive. After a day of holiday fun, while being tucked into bed on Christmas Eve, Elmo asks, “Why do we leave cookies out for Santa?"
A DVD of the special was released by Sesame Workshop, and their distributor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, on October 10, 2017. The DVD also included the 2006 direct-to-video special A Sesame Street Christmas Carol as a bonus feature, along with two Christmas-themed Sesame Street segments that originally premiered online, "Twas a Night Before Cookie" and "Elmo's Christmas Song", six other holiday shorts from Sesame Studios' YouTube page, and a downloadable storybook version of the special's plot through DVD-ROM.
|Caroll Spinney|| Big Bird|
Oscar the Grouch
|Jim Gaffigan||Santa Claus|
|Leslie Carrara|| Abby Cadabby|
|Haley Jenkins||Lavendar Anything Muppet Woman|
|Eric Jacobson|| Bert|
|David Rudman|| Cookie Monster|
|Matt Vogel|| Count von Count|
|Kolette Tetlow||19th century downtrodden child|
|Julius Thomas III|| 19th century|
Present day SE
| Liz Hara|
Chris Thomas Hayes
|Additional Muppet performers|
- Muppet Wiki: Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
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