Barney Home Video
Barney's Night Before Christmas
Release Date September 28, 1999
Rereleased Yes
Available on DVD Yes
Written by Stephen White
Directed by Ben Vaughn
Run Time 57 Minutes
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Barney's Night Before Christmas is a 1999 direct-to-video Barney Home Video that was released on September 28, 1999.


Robert, Keesha, and Stephen arrive at Hannah's house to give gifts and help with the Christmas decorating. Barney appears and helps the group decorate outside the house and yard. Inside, Barney and the kids, along with Baby Bop, help decorate the living room and trim the Christmas tree. After the decorating is finished, Barney and Baby Bop go outside to play in the snow. Then, BJ appears, pretending to be Santa Claus.  After sharing cookies, Baby Bop asks Barney who fills Santa's stocking. The group agrees that they should fill Santa's stocking with homemade gifts. Upon finishing the gifts, with some imagination, Barney whisks his friends to the North Pole.

While Santa is asleep at his desk, Barney and his friends sneak over to fill his stocking with the gifts. After Baby Bop sneezes, all of Santa's toys start going off, awakening him. Upon friendly greetings, Santa shows the group that all of them have made it on to his 'Good List'. Santa shows the group all of his special collectible, vintage toys before showing them a secret passage to the toy factory.

Entering the toy factory, Mrs. Claus greets the group and takes them on a special train ride through the toy factory. Afterwards, the group agrees to help Mrs. Claus finish some gift wrapping. Everyone returns to meet-up with Santa, where he gives Baby Bop a special music box for thinking of filling his stocking on Christmas Eve. Baby Bop and BJ stay with Santa to join him on his sleigh ride for evening. With some imagination, Barney and the kids return to Hannah's house, where they are greeted by carolers. 

Later, Hannah wakes up, too excited to sleep in anticipation for Santa Claus. After playing with Barney a little longer, she falls asleep on the couch. They sing "I Love You" and wish each other Merry Christmas. Hannah's parents bring her up to her bedroom; when, soon after, Santa appears down her chimney. 



  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. Jingle at the Window
  3. Winter's Wonderful
  4. Deck the Halls
  5. Oh, Christmas Tree
  6. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. Look into Santa's Book
  9. Joy to the World (Instrumental)
  10. Christmas Is Our Favorite Time Of Year
  11. Wrap It Up
  12. The 12 Days Of Christmas
  13. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Instrumental)
  14. Christmas Medley: Silent Night (Instrumental) / We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  15. Up on the Housetop
  16. I Love You

Music and Audio Cassette

Main Article: Barney's Sing Along: Night Before Christmas


Main Article: Barney's Night Before Christmas (Book)

Television Airings

  • This video aired on PBS from 2000 until 2001.
  • This video also aired on Sprout in 2010.




  • Production for this video took place in February 1999.
  • This is the second Christmas special in the Barney franchise, with the first being Waiting for Santa.
  • The version of "I Love You" uses a lullaby version of the instrumenal.
  • On the screener copy of the special, the title was "The Holiday Show".
  • During one verse of "The 12 Days Of Christmas" when Baby Bop says ''5 Golden Rings'' her head comes off a little but quickly falls back down.
  • A float based on the video appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1999 until 2001.


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