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“What's a Santa Claus?"
"Santa Claus is someone who drops presents down chimneys during Christmas time."
"I wonder if..."
"No! Chimneys, Percy! Not funnels!”
―Percy and Thomas talking about Santa Claus (Father Christmas) in the UK version

Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure, retitled Thomas and Percy's Mountain Adventure in American releases, is the twenty-sixth episode of the third season. In the US, it first aired on the Shining Time Station episode Billy's Party in 1993.

Plot

If someday you see Thomas, he is heading heading towards the small town called Ulfstead to greet the visitors. One December morning, Thomas announces that Christmas is near and promises to bring them plenty of parcels. That night, however, an early snowstorm arrives and Thomas is given an extra mail van. Percy is unhappy that he cannot help, but his chance comes when Thomas is forced to give Percy his job in favour of another. Thomas is not pleased with the change, but Percy is delighted and sets off.

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You're the best Santa Claus this village has ever had!

As he makes his way to the village, a man flags him down. He explains that the village is snowed under. Thomas and Percy work together to save the villagers, and Harold and Terence join in; Terence clears the snow, and Harold drops food supplies for them. They call the team the best Santa Claus the village has had, which confuses Percy. Thomas explains that Santa is a man who brings gifts through chimneys. Percy looks at his funnel, and Thomas clears up the confusion. Thomas then remembers that Percy has left his parcels in a siding.

That night, Toby and Henrietta load up with paint pots and parcels and sneak into the yard. When the engines wake up, they are surprised to find the sheds decorated with parcels. They all agree that it is the best Christmas they have ever had.

If someday you see Thomas, he is heading heading towards the small town called Ulfstead to greet the visitors. One day, Thomas announces that Thanksgiving is near and promises to bring them plenty of parcels. That night, however, an early snowstorm arrives and Thomas is given an extra mail car. Percy is unhappy that he cannot help, but his chance comes when Thomas is forced to give Percy his job in favor of another. Thomas is not pleased with the change, but Percy is delighted and sets off.

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It's nearly Thanksgiving, and I'll bring you lots of letters and parcels!

As he makes his way to the village, a man flags him down. He explains that he village is snowed under. Thomas and Percy work together to save the villagers, and Harold and Terence join in; Terence clears the snow, and Harold delivers their Thanksgiving dinner. Thomas then remembers that Percy has left his parcels in a siding.

That night, Toby and Henrietta load up paint pots and parcels and sneak into the yard. When the engines wakes up, they are surprised to find the sheds decorated with parcels. They all agree that it is the best Thanksgiving they have ever had.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Stock footage from All at Sea is used.
  • This episode was heavily edited specifically for its airing on Shining Time Station to remove any references to Christmas and replace them with references to Thanksgiving, since the episode of Shining Time Station that it appeared on, "Billy's Party", was a Thanksgiving-themed episode. The scene where Percy asks Thomas who Santa Claus is was also removed from the US version entirely:
    • Due to this, the US release is the shortest episode to date.
    • The US release is also the first season finale not Christmas-themed.
  • A deleted scene that shows Thomas passing the windmill in this episode was later used in the sixth season intro.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Arlesburgh Harbour until Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • In most US releases, the final music cue is cut to coincide with the Thanksgiving theme. However, on some copies of Percy's Ghostly Trick VHS, Thomas' Christmas Wonderland and other Thomas Adventures and Ultimate Christmas DVDs, the cue is left in place.
  • The last broadcast of the episode's UK version in Australia was Christmas Eve 2003 on ABC.
  • This was the final episode to air on CiTV until No Sleep for Cranky on January 6, 2003.
  • This is the final episode narrated by Radovan Vaculík in the Czech Republic.

Goofs

  • Harold simply drops the parcels without any parachutes, and thus some of them hit the people after bouncing on the ground.
  • Because the scene where Percy asks Thomas who Santa Claus is was removed from the US version, the music and sound effects are out of sync after the point where that scene originally was.
  • A deleted scene included in the song Toby shows that the tracks in the sheds end in front of the engines.
  • The exterior shots of Tidmouth Sheds show it with the usual six berths, however, there are eleven tracks seen in the interior shots.
  • Through most of the episode, one of Percy's lamp irons is missing.
  • In the close-up of the fogman, the studio is reflected in his lamp.
  • In the Japanese narration, Douglas is mentioned when it is Donald who is shown.
  • When James is pushing the tar tank he appears to not be wearing a face mask.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Uma História de Natal / A Aventura de Thomas e Percy na Montanha
Chinese 托马斯和培西的圣诞冒险
Czech Tomáš, Percy a Vánoční Dobrodružství
Danish Thomas og Percys Juleeventyr
Dutch Het Kerstverhaal van Thomas en Percy
Finnish Tuomaksen ja Pekkan Jouluseikkailu
French L’Aventure de Noël de Thomas et Pierre
Greek Χριστουγεννιάτικη περιπέτεια
Hungarian Thomas és Percy Karácsonyi Kalandja
Italian Un Regalo Inatteso
Japanese ぼうけんいっぱいのクリスマス
Korean 즐거운 크리스마스
Norwegian Thomas og Percys Juleeventyr
Polish Tomek, Piotrek i Świąteczna Przygoda
Romanian Thomas, Percy și Petrecerea de Crăcuin
Russian Томас и рождественское приключение Перси
Serbian Tomas, Persi i Božićna Avantura
Slovak Thomas, Percy a Vianočné Dobrodružstvo
Slovenian Tomaževa in Poldijeva Božična Pustolovščina
Spanish La Aventura Navideña de Thomas y Percy
Swedish Thomas och Percys Juläventyr
Thai หัวรถจักรได้รางวัล
Ukrainian Томас, Персі і Різдвяна пригода
Welsh Tomos a Pyrsi Nadolig

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Packs

WAL

US

DVD/VHS Packs

AUS

  • Escape and other stories
  • The Biggest Ever Christmas Collection
  • The Complete Series 3

DVD Boxsets

NZ

GR

DVD Boxsets

NOR

FIN

JPN

UKR

GER

DVD Boxsets

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