The Night Before Christmas is an animated Silly Symphony that was released on December 9, 1933, following the previous year's Santa's Workshop.


In a loose adaptation of Clement C. Moore's famous poem, St. Nick is seen delivering the toys that he made in 1932's Santa's Workshop to a house full of sleeping children. The toys come alive, and they dance around and have fun. The kids then wake up to find a beautiful Christmas tree with lots of toys.


  • The Amos and Andy toy sequence is cut entirely on television and VHS copies, as well as on the Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies DVD as a mistake (Disney would do disc replacements where the cartoon now has the sequence restored back).
  • Junior's face getting covered in fireplace soot, leaving him in blackface (which stays on him even as he opens his gift) is cut entirely on television and early VHS copies.


  • This cartoon was featured every Christmas on The Mickey Mouse Club.
  • Mickey Mouse puts in a "guest appearance" in wind-up toy form.
  • Footage from this short film was used for the Disney Sing Along Songs volume, Very Merry Christmas Songs for the songs "Up on the Housetop" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers".
  • A Walt Disney Christmas VHS presented the cartoon's opening from a reissue print, but the original opening title has been restored back since the Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies DVD.



Home video


  • A Walt Disney Christmas
  • A Disney Christmas Gift




See also

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The Skeleton DanceEl Terrible ToreadorSpringtimeHell's BellsThe Merry Dwarfs
SummerAutumnCannibal CapersFrolicking FishArctic AnticsMidnight in a Toy ShopNightMonkey MelodiesWinterPlayful Pan
Birds of a FeatherMother Goose MelodiesThe China PlateThe Busy BeaversThe Cat's OutEgyptian MelodiesThe Clock StoreThe Spider and the FlyThe Fox HuntThe Ugly Duckling
The Bird StoreThe Bears and BeesJust DogsFlowers and TreesKing NeptuneBugs in LoveBabes in the WoodsSanta's Workshop
Birds in the SpringFather Noah's ArkThe Three Little PigsOld King ColeLullaby LandThe Pied PiperThe Night Before Christmas
The China ShopThe Grasshopper and the AntsFunny Little BunniesThe Big Bad WolfThe Wise Little HenThe Flying MousePeculiar PenguinsThe Goddess of Spring
The Tortoise and the HareThe Golden TouchThe Robber KittenWater BabiesThe Cookie CarnivalWho Killed Cock Robin?Music LandThree Orphan KittensCock o' the WalkBroken Toys
Elmer ElephantThree Little WolvesToby Tortoise ReturnsThree Blind MouseketeersThe Country CousinMother PlutoMore Kittens
Woodland CaféLittle HiawathaThe Old Mill
The Moth and the FlameWynken, Blynken and NodFarmyard SymphonyMerbabiesMother Goose Goes Hollywood
The Practical PigThe Ugly Duckling
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