Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

Movie Summary

The wondrous story of Christ’s birth is told by an unlikely source: Nestor, a gentle donkey with incredibly long ears and a first-hand knowledge of life in a stable. This simple tale, which takes place in the days of the Roman Empire, is about a humble couple about to take a long journey to Bethlehem and a small, insignificant donkey that is destined to help them along. By all outward appearances, Nestor does not deserve such a privilege. Stable animals tease him incessantly for his long appendages until, finally, he is cast out of the barn into the winter cold. Snow and ice bring about even greater calamity for Nestor until he receives a dose of divine goodness. Nestor meets Tilly, a heavenly cherub (voiced by Brenda Vaccaro) who imparts guidance to the despairing burro and tells him that soon he will be chosen to participate in a miracle involving a star, a baby, a lowly stable, and some travelers named Mary and Joseph.

Is it available to purchase or rent?

Yes, as part of a combo pack with two other movies.

2022 Dates, Times, and Channels

12/01/22 – 9:00am on AMC
12/02/22 – 5:00am on AMC
12/08/22 – 5:30am on AMC

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on the AMC Channel. For a complete schedule of dates and times, please click here.

Year Released


Cast Includes

Roger Miller (Speiltoe, Narrator), Brenda Vaccaro (Tilly), Paul Frees (Santa Claus, Olaf, Donkey dealer), Eric Stern (Nestor)

Rate Movie:

4/5 - (4 votes)

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3 thoughts on “Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

  • December 9, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Yes; I too: wondering when they’re going show “Nestor” & also are they going show “It’s Christmas Eve” again; too! Beth

  • November 12, 2021 at 10:11 PM

    To whom It May concern,

    When will, “Nestor the Long Earred Christmas Donkey air on TV this season? December 2021?

    thanks for your reply.


    • November 14, 2021 at 8:50 PM

      Hi Jeananne, Nestor will air on AMC mid-December. Check back in for more schedule updates.

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