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Waiting for Santa

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Waiting for Santa
Directed by Dwin Towell
Produced by Dennis DeShazer
Written by Sheryl Stamps-Leach
Frank H. Olsen
Kathryn O'Rourke Parker
Distributed by The Lyons Group
Release date
  • January 6, 1990 (1990-01-06)
Language English

Waiting for Santa (known as: Barney's Happy Christmas in Australia) is the first Barney and the Backyard Gang Christmas Eve special. Released on video in 1990,[1] it features an array of traditional Christmas songs as well as new arrangements.


Everyone is asleep in Michael's house on Christmas Eve, well, except for him and his sister, Amy. They try to stay up to wait for Santa. They fall asleep, but are soon awakened by Barney who has gotten stuck trying to get down the chimney. After he is released, he magically brings the other kids there and then explains that Derek, a new boy in the neighborhood, is worried that Santa won't be able to see him. In addition, it's stated that he really wishes for some new friends more than anything else. Barney takes the gang to his house to get him and then they go on a magical sleigh ride to the North Pole to prove that Santa knows his new address. At the North Pole, they meet a snowman as well as go ice skating on a frozen pond. Afterwards, they meet Mrs. Claus and she proves to Derek that his new address is in Santa's computer and therefore he'll be able to visit him. After some fun in Santa's workshop, they return home and Barney reads "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas") to Michael and Amy, unaware that Santa is there. They soon fall asleep. At the very end, a silhouette of Santa flies over the moon, shouting "Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas!"


  • Barney (body costume) - David Voss
  • Barney (voice) - Bob West
  • Michael - Brian Eppes
  • Luci - Leah Gloria
  • Amy - Becky Swonke
  • Adam - Alexander Jhin
  • Derek - Rickey Carter
  • Tina - Jessica Zucha
  • Snowman (voice) - Bob West
  • Mrs. Claus - Jeanne Cairns
  • Santa Claus - Henry Hammack

Songs and rhymes[edit]

  1. Barney Theme
  2. When Santa Comes To Our House
  3. Waiting for Santa
  4. I Love You
  5. S-A-N-T-A
  6. Star Light, Star Bright
  7. Up On The Housetop
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. Winter's Wonderful
  10. Skating, Skating
  11. The Elves Rap
  12. Let's Do a Little Tapping
  13. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  14. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  15. Deck the Halls
  16. Twas the Night Before Christmas

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