Ignatius "Iggy" Thistlewhite (originally named Ignatius Heppelwhite in the original version of the poem) is a character from the book The Year Without a Santa Claus and both of its television adaptations. In the original poem, he is stated to be six years old and is the only child in the world who is not upset that Santa Claus is not delivering Christmas presents this year, because he knows that Christmas is about giving and not receiving. When he tells this to his classmates, they takes his words to heart and all send presents to Santa.
In the animated adaptation, Iggy is a resident of Southtown, where he lives with his parents (who were not mentioned in the book) and an unnamed pet dog. He has a larger part in the story due to the expanded plot, and also appears to be a few years older than his six-year-old counterpart from the book. He and his classmates initially show no remorse about Christmas being canceled, as they have all decided that Santa Claus is not real, much to the dismay of the elves Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells, who came to Southtown looking to find Christmas spirit. But when an undercover Santa comes to the boy's house for information on the elves' whereabouts, Iggy's mother invites him inside to take care of his cold. Over a conversation with tea and a song reminiscing about the joys of Christmas, Iggy soon comes to believe in Santa Claus and soon figures out that his new friend is that same jolly old man.
On the advice of his father, Iggy teams up with Jingle and Jangle to plead their case of getting Vixen out of the dog pound to the mayor. When their attempt is sidetracked, Iggy is taken on an adventure by Mrs. Claus and the elves to the realms of Heat Miser and Snow Miser. After Mother Nature convinces her two sons to compromise, Iggy is brought back to Southtown and is later shown among the kids making presents to give Santa. Later, when Santa is shown parading through Southtown on Christmas Eve, Iggy is seen waving at him. At the very end, Iggy is last seen giving his parents presents and riding a new bike that he received from Santa.