If you’ve ever wondered what Christmas Eve at Bob Dylan’s house might be like, the video for his rollicking Christmas in the Heart polka song “Must Be Santa” offers a window into what happens when Dylan and his guests have a little too much eggnog. For the first video in support of his first-ever Christmas album — and the first of Dylan’s own music videos he’s appeared in for an album track since Time Out of Mind‘s “Not Dark Yet” in 1997 — Dylan certainly seems to be in the holiday spirit, imbibing, singing and even dancing while donning a Santa hat with the rest of the guests at this wild house party. Rolling Stone has the video’s exclusive premiere right here.
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean there can’t be some fisticuffs: Keeping with the fighting theme from Dylan’s “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'” video, also helmed by “Must Be Santa” director Nash Edgerton, a little tiff breaks out between two partygoers, resulting in smashed glassware and a chandelier becoming an escape route, but none of it puts a damper on Christmas, as Dylan and Santa Claus are seen chilling outside in the video’s closing moments.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, all of Dylan’s royalties from the album benefit Feeding America and other international charities. “It’s a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone — 12 million of those children — often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from,” Dylan wrote on his official Website. “I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season.”