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Waiting for Santa, (known as Barney's Happy Christmasfor Australian releases), is the fourth video in the Barney & the Backyard Gang series, originally released on May 1, 1990. The video was the most rereleased in the entire BYG series being sold until 1998.

Plot Edit

Barney and the kids travel to the North Pole to assure new-friend Derek that his name is on Santa's good list. They frolic on ice, play in the snow, and learn that giving things to others is what Christmas is all about.


Educational Theme: Doing Things for Others and Singing Classic Christmas Songs

Stories: The Night Before Christmas

Song List Edit

  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. When Santa Comes to Our House
  3. Waiting for Santa
  4. I Love You
  5. S-A-N-T-A
  6. Star Light, Star Bright
  7. Up on the Housetop
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. Winter's Wonderful
  10. Skating, Skating
  11. The Elves' Rap
  12. Let's All Do A Little Tapping
  13. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  14. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  15. Deck the Halls

Cast Edit

  • Barney (Voice: Bob West, Costume: David Voss)
  • Michael (Brian Eppes)
  • Amy (Becky Swonke)
  • Tina (Jessica Zucha)
  • Luci (Leah Gloria)
  • Derek (Rickey Carter) (debut)
  • Adam (Alexander Jhin)
  • Buster the dog (Grouchie)
  • Santa Claus (Henry Hammack)
  • Mrs. Claus (Jeanne Cairns)
  • The Snowman (Voice: Bob West)


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Releases Edit

Original Release (1990)

First Rerelease (1990-1991)

Second Rerelease (1992)

Final Rereleases (1992-1998)

Spanish version

German version


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Trivia Edit

  • This video marked:
    • The first video with Derek (played by Rickey Carter),
    • The first video for Barney to have a more magenta skin-tone. In the previous videos, he was more of a darker blueish-violet color.
    • The first episode where Barney does the Barney Shake.
  • This tape was dubbed in Spanish (Esperando a Santa)
  • This tape was dubbed in German (Warten auf Weihnachten)
  • In 1999, as part of the marketing campaign for the then-upcoming video Barney's Night Before Christmas, Lyrick Studios revealed that this video was the best-selling video ever (selling over 5 million copies) at the time.