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The Muppets film a scene for Letters to Santa in Brooklyn, September 2008. Visible in this photo: Dave Goelz, Matt Vogel, Bill Barretta.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the Muppets.

Filming a night scene in Brooklyn, with Statler and Waldorf watching the Muppets caroling.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is an hour-long Christmas special starring the Muppets, which first aired on December 17, 2008 on NBC. The plot involves the Muppets mistakenly intercepting three letters sent by children to Santa Claus and their attempts to fix the problems created by their mishap.

Celebrity appearances include Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Richard Griffiths, Jane Krakowski, Uma Thurman, Jesse L. Martin, Madison Pettis, Petra Nemcova, Nathan Lane, Paul Williams and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A DVD of the special was released on September 29, 2009.[1] The disc's bonus features include deleted scenes and interviews with the cast.

A soundtrack album of the four original songs from the special was released for download on the iTunes Store and on November 23, 2009.


The program opens with the Muppets waiting in line at the post office to mail their Christmas cards. While there, the Muppets mistakenly intercept three letters sent by children to Santa Claus. Later, Claire, a young girl who lives in the same building as the Muppets, is disappointed when Gonzo reveals that the Muppets will not be around for Christmas as they are all going on vacation. However, the Muppets soon realize that the spirit of the holidays is more important than their vacation, and they attempt to fix the problems created by their mishap and get the averted letters to Santa Claus before Christmas. They rush to the airport via taxi, where they encounter Joy, a friendly ticket agent, and Officer Meany, a bitter airport security guard. They try to catch a flight to the North Pole before it's too late.

Some unspecified last-minute additions to the plot were taken from the unproduced special The Muppets Run for President.[2]



The special features four original songs written by frequent Muppet collaborator Paul Williams, who also appears in the special as Santa's chief elf.


Caroling rats prepare for their scene.


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Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher
Story by Paul Williams and Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz & Andrew Samson
Teleplay by Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz & Andrew Samson & Paul Williams
Original Songs by Paul Williams
Score by Chris Caswell
Produced by Martin G. Baker
Edited by Jamie Kirkpatrick
Puppet Captain: Bill Barretta
Muppet Workshop: Jane Gootnick, supervisor; Melissa Creighton, Peter MacKennan, Tom Newby, Stephen Rotondaro
Visual Effects by Look FX N.Y.
Puppets Provided by Puppet Heap
Filmed in Part at Steiner Studios and on location in New York City
Special Thanks To: New York State Office for Motion Picture & Television Development; The City of New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting
Β©2008 The Muppets Studio, LLC


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  1. ↑ June 5, 2009.
  2. ↑ Personal communication between writer Scott Ganz and Ryan Roe, as reported on