Parents' Guide to

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Kindness saves unfriendly street in fun holiday story.

Movie NR 2016 60 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+

Great Christmas movie for preschoolers

Christmas movie that teaches kindness and doesn't have anything in it that you wouldn't want your kids to see. Entertained my 4 and 6 year olds and wasn't irritating for me to watch. Made for a nice family movie night.
age 4+

A little kindness goes a long way.

That's what children will see here. Even though 19th century Sesame Street started out unfriendly, one new arrival changed that. Just that one very act of kindness had a domino effect, and that made Sesame Street friendly in no time flat. This is a lesson that parents will want to reinforce with their children. The only reason why I put the green light at 4 rather than 2 or 3 is because the jumps between flashback and present day could be confusing for very young children, especially since their ancestors share the same names as their present-day counterparts.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This story celebrates holiday cheer by showing what it's like to be without it, and everyone can agree that Sesame Street just isn't the same without friendly neighbors and sunny days. The doom and gloom that hangs over the community and its people is no way to anticipate Christmas, but Elmo of old is determined to change that -- and this one spark of joy makes its way up and down the street in surprising fashion. Not only is this great for Sesame Street residents, it's also an excellent reminder of the value of even the smallest acts of kindness.

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas is lively, spirited holiday entertainment that's great for families to enjoy together. Kids might find the jumps between the two storylines a bit confusing (especially given that all the characters' ancestors share their descendants' names), but the songs and spirit of the kindly messages stand out regardless.

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