The episode is a Christmas-themed compilation of classic short cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck combined with excerpts from Disney feature films such as Bambi, Peter Pan, The Sword in the Stone and Cinderella, as well as the 1933 classic Silly Symphony short The Night Before Christmas. The opening and closing numbers, featuring the song "On Christmas Morning" and its reprise, showcased Christmas at Disneyland. The lyrics were written by Linda Laurie with music by John Debney.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the original full-length and shortened versions of "A Disney Christmas Gift" were rebroadcast on CBS and The Disney Channel. It was released on VHS, Betamax, CED and LaserDisc in 1986 and again in the 1990s but has not been released on DVD.