Holiday Materials

Seasonal materials for all ages

MultiMedia Matierials

The BOCES MultiMedia library has holiday materials in many different formats. You can find DVDs, streaming materials, jackdaws and more available in the library catalog.


Christmas Tapestry (022041)

DVD, PI, 28 min.

When a bad leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father’s church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks his family’s first Christmas Eve service in Detroit will also be ruined Luckily, he and his father find a beautiful tapestry for sale in a secondhand shop – just the thing to cover the damaged wall and give the church a festive look! But there is more to the tapestry, as they discover when an old Jewish woman, visiting the church, recognizes the lovely old cloth. It is her discovery that leads to a real miracle on this unforgettable Christmas Eve.

Holidays for Children: Hanukkah / Passover (021402)

DVD, PI, 23 min.

Two Jewish celebrations -- Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and Passover, a celebration of freedom and renewal -- are presented to children through illustrated stories, puppets and songs. Youngsters learn about the miracle of the Menorah as they light Hanukkah candles, play games and sing songs, while a traditional Seder meal introduces children to the joy of Passover. A visit to a matzo bakery, performances by Jewish folk singers and a dreidel-making activity capture the joyous nature of these holidays.

Cranberry Christmas (022413)

DVD, P, 11 min.

Old Cyrus Grape doesn't like children. And he insists that the skating pond is "his." Mr. Whiskers knows this isn't true, but since he can't prove it, there'll be no skating...not even on Christmas Day! That is...unless cleaning Mr. Whiskers' house uncovers some important information.

The Maccabees - The Story of Hanukkah (Animated Hero Classics) (021333)

DVD, PI, 30 min.

Journey to Palestine of the second century B.C. where Antiochus, a Syrian-Greek king, rules over the people of Israel, confronting them with a trying test of their faith. They must bow down and accept the Greek gods...or die! Some submit, but not the Maccabees, a small group true to the faith of their fathers. The spirit and determination of the Maccabees lives today in the celebration of Hanukkah, The Feast of Lights.

O' Christmas Tree (022629)

DVD, PIJS, 60 min.

This charming one-hour holiday special, hosted by Richard Karn (Home Improvement's "Al") traces the history of the Christmas tree from its origins as a pagan symbol of fertility to a Christian symbol of rebirth. O Christmas Tree celebrates the styles and rituals of Christmas trees all over the world and illustrates the history of the Christmas tree with funny and fascinating Christmas tree lore.

In the Month of Kislev (021876)

DVD, P, 13 min.

Each night during Hanukkah, Mendel's children stand outside of the window of the rich merchant and enjoy the delicious smell of latkes, but the merchant is outraged.

The Big Christmas Tree (021255)

DVD, PI, 25 min.

This live-action program explores the story behind the Christmas tree and how it came to be a holiday tradition. Viewers will visit a Christmas tree farm and meet a man with 14 Christmas trees and over 20,000 ornaments. The program also follows the search for the perfect tree for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Celebration. Children will discover how the giant tree is transported back to New York City and decorated with over 26,000 lights.

Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah (021786)

DVD, P, 24 min.

This animated film introduces children to the story of Hanukkah and the many traditions surrounding this important holiday. In one way, this film is the story of a people struggling to preserve their identity in the face of a cruel world. In another, this film addresses the larger issue of the right to be different. Leonard Nimoy and Judd Hirsch are two of the voices children will hear.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (021257)

DVD, PI, 25 min.

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas in this animated holiday special from creator Charles Schulz. While Snoopy decorates his doghouse and his friends happily prepare for Christmas, Charlie Brown finds himself battling the blues. In an effort to find some holiday cheer, Charlie decides to direct the school holiday pageant. The play proves frustrating until Charlie discovers a forlorn little Christmas tree that teaches the whole gang about the real spirit of Christmas. Program also includes It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.

The Night Before Christmas (021289)

DVD, P, 6 min.

One of the most beloved Christmas traditions, the story of Santa's visit on a snowy Christmas Eve, is beautifully brought to life with exquisite illustration and festive music. No detail is missing, not even the mouse!

Mr. Christmas (021301)

DVD, PI, 56 min.

A young father in 1941 Arkansas struggles to make his daughter's Christmas wishes come true in this live-action, holiday movie. While his daughter, Carol Lee, anxiously awaits a shiny new bicycle for Christmas, Joel worries about how he'll be able to afford the holidays. The dilemma creates a crisis of confidence for Joel until an unexpected surprise restores his Christmas spirit.

Holidays for Children: Christmas (021396)

DVD, PI, 23 min.

Many symbols and legends have become associated with Christmas, yet few know the meanings behind them. This program explores both the religious and legendary stories of Christmas in order to help children understand that there is more to the holiday than the department store Santa Claus. Christmas around the world is explored, with emphasis on similarities to American traditions, and the spirit of this holiday comes to life as members of the renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir sing carols. Children are also shown how to create a Christmas countdown calendar.

Mickey's Christmas Carol (021941)

DVD, PI, 64 min.

Celebrate the holidays with Mickey's Christmas Carol, a beloved classic short film that is now part of the Disney Animation Collection! Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many more of your favorite characters join the cast in this delightfully charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale. Ebeneezer Scrooge Scrooge McDuck is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is the time for kindness and generosity. So, with the guidance of some wise ghosts with Goofy and Jiminy Cricket, and the examples set by his clerk Bob Cratchit Mickey and nephew Fred Donald, Scrooge learns how to embrace the true spirit of the season.

Merry Christmas, Splat (022569)

DVD, P, 8 min.

Splat is trying hard to be good before Santa's arrival, but he just keeps messing up. Join the fun and find out if all his hard work will be enough for him to get the big present he dreams of.

A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (021256)

DVD, P, 45 min.

Oscar the Grouch gets a Christmas Eve visit from three ghosts in this holiday special, inspired by Charles Dickens classic tale. On Christmas Eve, Oscar gets a Ghost-O-Gram informing him that will soon be visited by three ghosts: a famous British Grouch, a talking Christmas tree and a Robot. The ghosts show Oscar Christmas past, present and future on Sesame Street in order to help him put aside his grouchy ways in favor of the holiday spirit.

Madeline's Christmas and other Wintery Tales (022089)

DVD, PI, 110 min.

Includes the holiday-themed episodes "Madeline's Winter Vacation," "Madeline and Santa," "Madeline at the North Pole," "Madeline and the Ice Skates," and "Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump.

Holidays for Children: Christmas around the World (021397)

DVD, PI, 23 min.

Froehliche Weinachten! Maligayang pasko! These are just two of the ways children learn to say "Merry Christmas" while seeing how Christmas is celebrated around the globe. In Christmas Around the World, join the kids at the community center as they learn how different countries celebrate this important Christian holiday, which honors the birth of Jesus. This video offers a glimpse of the special foods, objects, songs and stories that people around the world incorporate into their unique Christmas celebrations, and helps students gain an appreciation for distinctive Christmas traditions worldwide.

The Night before Christmas and more classic Holiday Tales (021184)

DVD, P, 73 min.

Presents a collection of animated holiday tales based on award-winning children's books. Narrated by Anthony Edwards, The Night Before Christmas is an iconographic presentation of the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore, featuring illustrations by Ruth Sanderson. An arrogant merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah in In the Month of Kisley by Nina Jaffe. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney looks at this unique holiday celebrates family, community and gratitude for life's bounties. A young girl loses her mother's ring while making tamales for Christmas dinner in Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. Also includes Max's Christmas and Max's Disappearing Bag, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells, and The Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Davis.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas (021272)

DVD PI, 66 min.

In this tune-filled animated favorite, Dave Seville has managed to book Alvin for a harmonica solo at the famed Carnegie Hall! Alvin has given his there's a slight problem, swept up into the holiday spirit. Alvin has given his beloved harmonica away to a sick little boy. Will Alvin, Simon, and Theodore find a replacement, without Dave finding out? Will Alvin be able to keep his date at Carnegie Hall? Will Dave go ballistic as the big night grows closer? The whole family will treasure this Christmas classic, in which the Chipmunks perform "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," and that perennial holiday favorite, "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)."

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (022567)

DVD, PI, 26 min.

Dr. Seuss and the Grinch - From Whoville to Hollywood - Join us on a rapping and rhyming journey to find out the fascinating adventure of the amazing Dr. Seuss and his creation of the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Along with the story of how this all-time classic was adapted into the famous Christmas TV special.

Elmo's World: Happy Holidays (021657)

DVD, P, 60 min.

In the first-ever Elmo's World holiday special, Elmo is happily gearing up to celebrate Christmas. But what present will he give Dorothy, his beloved goldfish? As he searches for the perfect gift, Elmo is excited to learn that there are many different winter holidays. He discovers that Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa have much in common, too. His exploration sparks a journey to the North Pole, where Elmo meets Santa, who has some expert advice about the true spirit of Christmas - leading Elmo to the perfect gift for Dorothy!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (021906)

DVD, P, 52 min.

The story of the famous song is told and sung by Burl Ives, and features Animagic animation. This classic Rankin & Bass Christmas special follows the adventures of Rudolph before he had become Santa's guiding light. See how Rudolph overcomes the ridicule surrounding his glowing red nose to become the savior of Christmas and the most famous reindeer of them all.

Winter Holiday Stories (020119)

DVD, P, 30 min.

This DVD has three winter holiday stories: 1. In the Month of Kislev-a wealthy merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah when he takes the family of a poor peddler to court for savoring the smell of his wife's pancakes from outside their window. 2. The Night Before Christmas-the story of Santa's visit on a snowy Christmas Eve. 3. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa-for each new day of Kwanzaa, a new candle is lit and children and adults share their thoughts, songs, stories from the past, dreams about the future, and a delicious feast on the last day.

Great Joy (021210)

DVD, P, 10 min.

Frances is worried about the monkey and organ grinder who play near her window, especially after she sees them sleeping outside on the cold street after midnight. To express her compassion, she finds just the right thing to say at the local Christmas pageant.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss Collector's Edition (020851)


Includes 'The Cat in the Hat,' 'Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories,' 'The Lorax,' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'Horton Hears a Who!'

Frosty the Snowman (021907)

DVD, P, 48 min.

Jimmy Durante narrates this classic Rankin & Bass animated Christmas special. When Frosty the Snowman is accidentally brought to life, he must weather a storm of adventures and outwit an evil magician, who is trying to melt him, in order to find safety and happiness with Santa at the North Pole. Also includes Frosty Returns, narrated by Jonathan Winters with John Goodman as Frosty. When a greedy tycoon invents a new product that will eliminate snow, a little girl named Holly fights to save the snow and Frosty.

The Polar Express (021908)

DVD, PIJS, 100 min.

A young boy takes a magical train ride on Christmas Eve in this animated feature film, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film features the voices of Tom Hanks and Nona Gaye. When a skeptical young boy takes a train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which teaches him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Christmas Unwrapped, The History of Christmas (021271)

DVD, J, 50 min.

In this presentation from the History Channel, take an enchanting journey through the past of one of the world's most recognized holidays. Trace the emergence of the modern-day Christmas celebration from pagan festivals such as the Roman Saturnalia, and learn how British settlers in the New World transformed the patron saint of children into the enduring figure of Santa Claus.

A Christmas Carol (021940)

DVD, JS, 86 min.

Alastair Sim's tour-de-force performance as the ultimate Christmas-grouch, Ebenezer Scrooge, highlights this beloved version of the Charles Dickens story. The peevish pinch-purse learns the error of his unkind ways when he is taught the true meaning of the holidays by the ghost of his late partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.

Modern Marvels: Christmas Tech (022630)

DVD, IJS, 50 min.

Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.

Interactive Materials & Streaming Items

Christmas (750036)

Jackdaw, IJS

This Christmas story is unusual and educational. Students will get a whole new perspective on Christmas customs with this Jackdaw. Enchanting and intriguing hands-on documents visit the roots of Christmas and its customs round the world. Students, and teachers too, will learn Christmas was once illegal, but then learn further about customs, ceremonies, folklore and festivities. All will enjoy the wonderful Victorian illustrations, games, and even full-models of a puppet and a mask.

Search the following titles for Streaming Videos


Christmas Present

Christmas Tree

Twelve Days of Christmas

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

Hanukkah Traditions and Activities

Introduction to Hanukkah

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

Franklin - Franklin's Magic Christmas

Dinosaur Train Christmas Special

Save trees: Living Christmas tree

This Day in History, December 25

We Love the Winter Holidays

Holiday Tree House

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