The Great Santa Claus Switch
Written byJerry Juhl
Directed byJohn Moffitt
StarringArt Carney
Muppet performers:
Jim Henson
Fran Brill
Richard Hunt
John Lovelady
Jerry Nelson
Frank Oz
Danny Seagren
Narrated byEd Sullivan
Music byJoe Raposo
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerBob Precht
EditorKen Champin
Production companySullivan Productions, Inc.
Original networkCBS
Original releaseDecember 20, 1970 (1970-12-20)

The Great Santa Claus Switch is a musical Christmas special featuring Jim Henson's Muppets. It first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970 as an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show.[1] It was directed by John Moffitt, written by Jerry Juhl, with music by Joe Raposo and puppets by Don Sahlin.


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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

Additional Muppets performed by Cary Antebi, 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"
  5. "It's Christmas Time (Reprise)"


  1. ^ "Secret Santa". 25 December 2004.