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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. Directed by Ben Vaughn and written by Stephen White, this marked the second Christmas special in the Barney franchise, with the first being the Barney & The Backyard Gang video, Waiting for Santa.


On Christmas Eve, Robert, Keesha, and Stephen arrive at Hannah's House to give gifts and they help with the Christmas decorating. Barney appears and he helps the group decorate outside the house and yard. Inside, along with Baby Bop, Barney and the kids help decorate the living room and they 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 collectibles, such as toys and a music box (in which while the group listens to "Joy to the World" playing, Hannah performs the song in American Sign Language). Not long after, Santa shows everyone 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, making a ballerina come to life. As the ballerina turns back into toy form, Baby Bop closes her present and it was time for Santa and Mrs. Claus to wish Hannah and her friends alongside Barney good luck and for them to go on a trip back home to her house. Baby Bop and BJ stay with Santa to help him with his present delivery on his sleigh ride for evening. With some imagination, Barney and the kids return home to Hannah's house in another snow globe, where they are greeted by carolers. 

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


Barney's Night Before Christmas cast

The cast of Barney's Night Before Christmas.

Bell Choir[]



  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. Medley: "Silent Night" (Instrumental) / "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" *
  15. "Up on the Housetop" *
  16. "I Love You"

*Notes a song was instrumentally played during the end credits.


In 1999, a float based on the video Barney's Night Before Christmas debuted in the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" from 1999 until 2001. It was the largest float based on Barney, as it was a two-story. The float depicted a view of Santa's North Pole workshop. The clock depicted the time until Christmas day as the below depicted a toy train with children dressed in pajamas riding the float.


Barney Night Before Christmas Billboard Ad 1999

Advertisement for Barney's Night Before Christmas.

Home media[]

On the screener copy of the special, before it was officially released, the title was "The Holiday Show". The same version has a different and slightly longer audio track during the credits and no text in the credits. Barney's Night Before Christmas was available for pre-order on August 31, 1999. The video was officially released on VHS and DVD on September 28, 1999 by Lyrick Studios. Originally priced at $24.99 on DVD,[1] it was the second interactive Barney DVD released following Let's Play School. The DVD release contained two read-a-longs (which were Barney’s Christmas Surprise and Barney’s Wonderful Winter Day), ten sing-a-long songs from the video, a sampler of Happy Holidays Love, Barney featuring five songs, eight interactive games, a Behind the Scenes info on kids in the cast, the dinosaurs, producers and a educational guide.

The VHS release of Barney's Night Before Christmas was on the Billboard Top Kid Video chart and Billboard Top VHS Sales, going as far to reach #11 and #35 on the charts respectively on December 1, 2001.[2] The United Kingdom release of Barney's Night Before Christmas, from Universal, spent eight weeks on the Official Video Chart for OCC, entering at #75 on November 13, 1999 and peaking at #61 on December 11, 1999.[3]

Barney's Night Before Christmas would later be re-released on DVD in 2008 by HIT Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment in new packaging. The re-release was available for pre-order on September 17, 2008 and was officially released on October 14, 2008.[4] The home video was also included in the Tee-Riffic Holiday Collection which was released on October 13, 2009. The set also contained the videos Can You Sing That Song? and Hit Favorites: Winter Wonderland. Barney's Night Before Christmas was also included in Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, which was released on November 18, 2011. The set also contained Barney's Christmas Star and HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends.[5] Barney's Night Before Christmas was also included in 3-Movie Pack which was released on October 15, 2013. The set also contained the videos The Land of Make Believe and Let's Make Music.



Barney's Night Before Christmas was aired on PBS from 2000 until 2001 and aired on Sprout in 2010 as part of the latter's "Elmo's Movie Merry-thon".[6] On December 6, 2008, Kidtoon Films released Barney's Night Before Christmas in theaters as part of its in-theater matinee movie program. The video was played all throughout the month.[7]

Other media[]


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

Barney's Sing Along: Night Before Christmas is the final tape in the series of sing along tapes. It was released on October 26, 1999 to coincide with the release of Barney's Night Before Christmas. Along with the cassette came a lyric book was included.


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

The video was adapted into a book of the same name. Released on August 1, 1999. It was adapted by Stephen White, who also contributed in writing to the home video, and illustrated by Rick Grayson.


Barney's Night Before Christmas Kidtoons poster

Barney's Night Before Christmas Kidtoons poster.

  • This video marked:
  • The DVD was originally going to contain a soundtrack to the video Waiting for Santa.[1]
  • During one verse of "The 12 Days Of Christmas", when Baby Bop sings "5 Golden Rings", her head comes off a little but quickly falls back down.
  • Barney makes a reference to Waiting for Santa when remembering how to get to the Toy Factor.
  • Larry Haron, an assistant music director to Bob Singleton (the music director of this video), makes an appearance as the Choir Master.
  • Lori Plummer, the future spouse to Dean Wendt, a Barney voice actor, makes a cameo appearance as a caroler.
  • Barney's Night Before Christmas is Stephen White's favorite Barney video that he wrote[8]
  • The toy train that circles a loop of track in Santa's house is the Bachmann Big Haulers Golden Spike Set with a green cab, blue tender, gondola, and the caboose with no letterings on them. It would later appeared in Round and Round We Go but with the stock car that came in the set, and from Season 7 to onwards it appears as a decoration in the caboose.
    • The big hauler set is among the list of trains that were owned by Carey Stinson after Barney & Friends ended.
  • Barney sings "I Love You" with Hannah while Robert, Keesha, and Stephen are gone.






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2008: Celebrating Around The WorldBarney's Animal ABC'sHi! I'm Riff!The Best of Barney

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2011: Musical ZooShapes & Colors All AroundI Can Do It!1-2-3 LearnBig World AdventureA Very Merry Christmas

2012: I Love My FriendsClean Up, Clean Up!Planes, Trains & CarsAll About OppositesMost Loveable MomentsLet's Go to the Doctor

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2017: Playground Fun
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