Twas The Night Before Christmas Book Covers on The Night Before Christmas

A look at at a bunch of different style illustrations for bound versions of Christmas’ most famous poem, A Visit From Saint Nicholas, aka The Night before Christmas (with or without the “Twas”). From old engraving style illustrations through midcentury modern style illustrations to computer generated images, take a look at these interpretations of the famous Clement Clarke Moore story.

The Night Before Christmas Book Covers

First published anonymously in a Troy, New York newspaper in 1823, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” became an instant hit. In the 1830s, it was revealed to have been written by Clement Clarke Moore and since then the poem has been published in every conceivable size, shape and medium.

A visit from St. Nicholas vintage illustrated cover
1889, Illustrator Unknown

The poem “he is said to have composed in 1822, at his father’s imposing tree-shaded country house in old Chelsea Village, at the corner of what is now 23rd Street and Ninth Avenue,” explained a New York Times piece from 1926. He wrote it, “simply as a Christmas present for his two daughters, making St. Nicholas the hero at the suggestion of a ‘portly, rubicund Dutchman living in the neighborhood.”- source

Here’s a compilation of covers which include those by the likes of such well-known children’s illustrators as Jesse Wilcox Smith and Holly Hobbie.

A visit from Santa Claus vintage book cover
The night before christmas Rafael Tuck & Sons

The Night Before Christmas book cover
illustrated by William Roger Snow, FAO Schwarz Version
Night before christmas illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith
illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith
Teas the Night before Christmas illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith
illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith
The night before christmas illustrated by Holly Hobbie
illustrated by Holly Hobbie
Night before Christmas Illustrated by Hilda Miloche and Wilma Kane
Illustrated by Hilda Miloche and Wilma Kane
The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Roger Duvoisi
illustrated by Roger Duvoisi
The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
The night before Christmas MGM's Tom and Jerry
MGM’s Tom and Jerry
The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
The Night Before Christmas Leonard Weisgard
illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Joseph Giordano
illustrated by Joseph Giordano
Coca Cola The Night Before Christmas
Coca Cola’s own version
the night before christmas illustrated by Henry Fisher
illustrated by Henry Fisher
night before christmas illustrated by Marcin Nowakowski
illustrated by Marcin Nowakowski
Twas the night before christmas illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
illustrated by Bruce Whatley
the night before christmas Antonio Caparo illustrations
illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo

And a Very Merry Christmas To All!

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