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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.

Summary

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?"


Elmo's father spins a tale about a dreary Sesame Street of yesteryear, a place so unfriendly not even Santa Claus would visit, viewers are transported to a period-perfect 19th-century city neighborhood, with characters in authentic hand-sewn costumes, but marked by unkindness and a serious lack of holiday spirit. Luckily, Elmo’s great-great-great-grandmonster moves into the neighborhood with the best of intentions and endless good will, gradually winning over the unhappy citizens and bringing kindness and cheer to Sesame Street once and for all.[1]


Availability

A DVD of the special was released by Warner Home Video on October 10, 2017.

Cast

Actor/Muppeteer Character(s)
Alan Muraoka Alan
Suki Lopez Nina
Caroll Spinney Big Bird
Oscar the Grouch
Jim Gaffigan Santa Claus
Audra McDonald Caroler
Zosia Mamet Bella
Billy Barkhurst Ernie
Jennifer Barnhart Holly
Tyler Bunch Louie
Leslie Carrara Abby Cadabby
Becky
Ryan Dillon Elmo
Haley Jenkins Lavendar Anything Muppet Woman
Eric Jacobson Bert
Grover
David Rudman Cookie Monster
Two-Headed Monster
Matt Vogel Count von Count
Constable
Two-Headed Monster
Carmen Osbahr Rosita
Kolette Tetlow 19th century downtrodden child
Julius Thomas III 19th century
Present day SE
Liz Hara
Chris Thomas Hayes
Kathleen Kim
Tim Lagasse
Spencer Lott
Lara MacLean
Andrew Moriarty
Additional Muppet performers

Gallery

Behind-the-scenes photos

Screenshots

References

External links

Jim Henson Productions and Related Shows
Specials
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 CountdownChristmas with Ernie & Bert • "Monster Monster Day" • Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas • "A Furchester Christmas"
The Muppets John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Muppet Family ChristmasThe Muppet Christmas CarolIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaLady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular • "Single All the Way"
Other shows and specials The 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" • "A Berry Bear Christmas"
Albums
Merry 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 Along

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