The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

A Staged Reading

Online December 11-25


The following link will be live  through December 25.

No registration is required to view as often as you wish.


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The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore

Clement Clarke Moore wrote his immortal poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, for his family on Christmas Eve, 1822. He never intended that it be published, but a family friend learned of the poem and submitted it to the editor of the Troy (New York) Sentinel where it first appeared in print on December 23, 1823. Soon, the poem began to be reprinted in other newspapers, almanacs and magazines, with its first appearance in a book in The New York Book of Poetry, in 1837.


Almost 200 years later, this is the most-published, most-read, most-memorized and most-collected of all Christmas tales.

Featuring Rob Christopher as Santa Claus

with Avery Mace as Santa’s helper


Produced by Mary Beth Anderson

Directed by Ginny Christopher & Mary Beth Anderson

Film Direction by Aaron Blas

Sound & Camera by Daniel Sabsay

Film Editing by Thomas Blas

.Set Construction by Roger Traverso

Lighting Design by Peter Mandel

Costumes by Mary Beth Anderson & Ginny Christopher



Optionally, also enter a free drawing for a child’s bicycle. We will be giving away one boy’s and one girl’s bike!


Please indicate which drawing/s you wish to enter. One entry per household. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in Santa Clara County. Entry deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 8 pm. Drawing will be Dec. 22, at 9 pm. Winners will be notified immediately via email and phone. We ask that winners pick up their bike (from our warehouse in Morgan Hill) no later than 8 pm Thursday, Dec. 23.

Congratulations to the winners of our bikes, Frankie (from Morgan Hill), and Ivan (from Gilroy)!

Bikes are youth sizes to fit approximately ages 6-11.

  • Girl’s Bike: 20″. Rider height 4’2 to 5′. Helmet included.
  • Boy’s BMX Bike: 20″. Rider height 4’2″ to 5′. Helmet included

This is a reprisal of last year’s popular online performance, developed while we were sheltering in place.


Your donation, during this season of giving, in support of this program and of SVCT’s continued work to return to normal, providing live theater in both Morgan Hill and Gilroy is greatly appreciated. Thank you!