The Great Santa Claus Switch

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The Great Santa Claus Switch
Directed by John Moffitt
Produced by Lori Forte
Written by Jerry Juhl
Starring Art Carney
Muppet Performers:
Jim Henson
Fran Brill
Richard Hunt
John Lovelady
Jerry Nelson
Frank Oz
Danny Seagren
Narrated by Ed Sullivan
Music by Joe Raposo
Edited by Ken Champin
Distributed by CBS
Release dates
December 20, 1970
Language English

The Great Santa Claus Switch was a musical Christmas special featuring Jim Henson's Muppets. It first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. It was directed by John Moffitt, written by Jerry Juhl, with music by Joe Raposo and puppets by Don Sahlin.


The special, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and his Christmas Elves getting ready for another Christmas. However, Cosmo Scam has hatched a plan to kidnap Santa and take his place. As part of the plan, Cosmo plans to abduct Santa's Christmas Elves one by one and replace them with his evil henchmen.


Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppets performed by Cary Antebi, Greg Antonacchi, John Byrum, Marilyn Sokol, and Byron Whiting.


  1. We're Happy Little Christmas Elves
  2. I Want To Help
  3. It's Christmas Time
  4. Rock Music

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