New York City, 1897. A little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon loves Christmas more than anything else in the world. But when a schoolyard bully challenges her belief in Santa Claus, Virginia embarks on a quest across the city to prove he is real.
Based on the true story of the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, Yes, Virginia is a charming and heartwarming tale about believing in the true spirit of Christmas. This prime-time animated special for CBS was created in partnership with Macy’s and features the voices of Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Bea Miller (Toy Story 3.)
Co-creator: Wayne Best
Screenplay: Chris Plehal
Director: Pete Circuitt
ANIMATION: Starz animation, ebeling group
producers: kallan kagan, kate schwerin
Score: Nicolas Hooper
"One of the best Christmas specials of the last decade"
ROBERT BIANCO, USA TODAY
"It's hard to resist the holiday jollity of this animated tale... It's enough to make a temporary believer out of a lifelong Santa agnostic."
"Like Santa himself, Virginia should be a welcome Christmas visitor for years to come."
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The school play is a time-honored rite of education. But shrinking budgets meant many school drama programs were disappearing.
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