Film / Sesame Street Stays Up Late!
We're gonna stay up late and party!

Sesame Street Stays Up Late! is a New Year's Special, spun off from Sesame Street that was first broadcast on PBS on December 29, 1993 and released to home video later the next year. Everyone on Sesame Street is getting ready for the big New Year's Eve party but Telly quickly discovers that the year will be over and fears what happens when it is, so he launches a campaign to stop the new year from coming.

Meanwhile Elmo is the host of the Monster News Network showing how New Year's Eve celebrations are held around the world. As this happens, we are treated to some segments featuring characters from international coproductions of Sesame Street.

For home media, the special was renamed Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World.


  • Are We There Yet?: A variation: Baby Bear keeps shouting "Happy New Year!" and blowing his noisemaker multiple times during the special, and the others have to remind him that it is not quite time yet. When the time finally does come, Baby Bear needs to be reminded that it is time.
  • Crossover: The Monster News Network segments feature Elmo reporting on New Year's Eve celebrations from six different countries, most of which are crossovers from that country's native version of Sesame Street.
  • Idea Bulb: Not a bulb, but rather the whole lamp, when Telly is trying to find an idea for where to hide from the new year and a lamp illuminates right above his head inside Finders Keepers Corner Store.
  • Lampshade Wearing: When Telly hides from the New Year at Finders Keepers, he disguises himself as a lamp by wearing a lampshade, and tells his doll Freddy to "Act like a lamp".
  • New Year Has Come: Obviously it's a New Year's Eve Special!
  • Oh, Crap!: Tita from Rua Sesamo remarks "Ai-ai-ai" after hearing that one child made a wish for a dog.
  • Overcrank: Once the group counts down to midnight Wolfgang tosses the ball up in the air and it lands on the ground. The footage of this happening plays extra slow.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Telly after he appears as an agent from the "Department of Parties & Celebrations". He is wearing only sunglasses and a false beard and is busted when his beard is caught in his suitcase.
  • The Stinger: Everyone continues to celebrate after the credits roll, including Slimey, and Cookie Monster appears to eat a part of the text reading "THE END".
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: Telly runs screaming into the camera after Oscar tells him the coming of midnight will cause the world to end.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: After seeing how children in Portugal eat twelve grapes at the strike of midnight, Big Bird gets the idea to do the same thing.