St. Nicholas DVDs & Videos
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Cinema Libre Studio, 2011
DVD 93 minutes
For adults and children who have already figured things out
This documentary tells about a man who lost the Christmas spirit and decided to try to recapture it by becoming Santa for one season. He bleaches his beard, buys a Santa suit and heads off to Santa school. Along the way Santa’s story is told and St. Nicholas Center helps tell about the original St. Nicholas.
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• Saint Nicholas: The Real Story
Vision Video, 2015
DVD 55 minutes
In depth look at the life and times of St. Nicholas. Scenes from the places he lived, expert commentary about historical and scientific discoveries, along with some of the saint’s stories
• Epic Tales in the Lives of the Saints: Series 1
Saints Nicholas, Francis, Julie, Clare, Patrick
Picture Box Animation
DVD 26 minutes total; Nicholas segment about 5 minutes
For children and adults
Animated wood-like figures tell the dowry story and a little more; excellent introduction to Saint Nicholas
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Where is Winky’s Horse
Waar is het Paard van Sinterklaas?
BosBros Film-TV Productions; kaBOOM! Entertainment, Peace Arch Home Entertainment, 2007, 2009
DVD 80 minutes
Sequel to “Winky’s Horse;” Winky is finally allowed to ride—what happens to Sinterklaas’ horse Amerigo?
Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving
VeggieTales, Big Idea, 2009
List: $14.98 DVD
DVD 45 minutes
Animated story features Veggie characters in a fanciful tale. The story, taking liberties with Nicholas’ tradition, portrays a lost little boy who travels to find meaning only to return home where a classic selfish villain has taken over, prohibiting all kinds of gift giving. With usual Veggie humor and appeal, there is a nice emphasis on giving. This tale may encourage further investigation to find the real story of Saint Nicholas.
In Search of Santa Claus: the truth behind a story you thought you knew
Infinity Entertainment Group for Smithsonian Networks, 2009
DVD 47 minutes
Ages: youth-adultDocumentary history, tracing the development of the legends, primarily focusing on Myra (Demre, Turkey), Bari, Italy, the Lido of Venice, St. Nicholas icon in Bertscheid, Germany, up through the examination of the relics in Bari and the Lido and the reconstruction of his face in 2004.
• Saints for Kids: 32 Friends of Jesus
Pauline Video, 2000, 2012
DVD 2 hours 20 minutes total, the Nicholas segment is about 3 minutes
Copyright 2000, 2012
English, Spanish, Portuguese; English subtitles
Ages: 6-9Introduces “Friends of Jesus,” with a focus on Nicholas’ broad care for people, especially children, and justice; makes the connection to Santa. Attractive, soft-colored illustrations. Comes with discussion and activity guide. This is my favorite Nicholas video for children.
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The Saints’ Gallery: Volume III: Saints for All Seasons
Volume IV: Early Church Leaders
Oblate Media, 1996, 2012
DVD with Vol. III & IV
42 minutes, the Nicholas segment is about 5 minutes
Vol. III: Mary, Queen of Saints, Saints Patrick, Nicholas Valentine, Mary Magdalen
Vol. IV: Saints Peter, Clare of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Paul
All agesNice introduction, illustrated primarily with classic religious art
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The Saints: Series One
St. Nicholas: They called him the Wonder-Worker
St. Nicholas, St. Haralambos, St. Anthony
DVD 30 minutes
Ages: 7-adultOrthodox priests and iconographers discuss the life and significance of St. Nicholas. Find out why he is the “real Santa,” what happened at the Council of Nicaea, and much more.
Purchase from Ellinas Multimedia
Het Paard van Sinterklaas
BosBros Film-TV Productions; kaBOOM! Entertainment, Peace Arch Home Entertainment, 2005, 2008
DVD 95 minutes
Family entertainmentSweet story of young Chinese girl, Winky, who comes to the Netherlands. Everything is different, and hard, for her. Story tells of her introduction to Sinterklaas and her dream of having a horse.
Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa
CCC of America, 1989
DVD 30 minutes
Now in English, Spanish & French
Animated story based on fact and tradition. A bit long for young ones.
Purchase from CCC of America
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