Many characters have dressed as Santa Claus and/or attempted to impersonate him in some way in various Christmas specials. These particular characters are listed here.

Characters playing Santa

Characters dressing up as Santa to play the role (such as at a department store or a Christmas party). This also includes characters filling in for the real Santa on Christmas Eve.

Picture Character Performer Feature Year Notes
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Empty Socks 1927
Mickey Mouse Voiced by
Walt Disney
Mickey Mouse 1931; 1933 Mickey plays the role of Santa for orphan kittens in Mickey's Orphans and later delivers presents to a poor family in Mickey's Good Deed.
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Grampy Voiced by
Jack Mercer
Christmas Comes But Once a Year 1936 Grampy plays the role of Santa in order to cheer up the orphans.
Popeye Voiced by
Jack Mercer
Mister and Mistletoe 1955 After foiling Bluto, Popeye dresses as Santa, only to be recognized by his nephews.
Fred Flintstone Voiced by
Alan Reed (1960-1977)
and Henry Corden (1977-2005)
The Flintstones 1964; 1977; 1993 Fred works as a department store Santa and ends up filling in for the real Santa in "Christmas Flintstone". This idea was repeated for the special A Flintstone Christmas. Fred is also hired to play Santa at a parade in A Flintstone Family Christmas.
Jeff Tracy Voiced by
Peter Dyneley
Thunderbirds: "Give Or Take a Million" 1966
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Ebenezer Scrooge Albert Finney Scrooge 1970 After being reformed by the Ghosts, Scrooge portrays Santa for the Cratchit family.
A Pink Christmas
The Pink Panther Voiced by
Matt Frewer
The Pink Panther 1978; 1994
Yosemite Sam As Santa Claus
Yosemite Sam Voiced by
Mel Blanc
Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol 1979 After being spooked by "the Ghost of Christmas" (actually a disguised Bugs Bunny), Yosemite Sam (temporarily) reforms and gives out money, dressed as Santa.
The Tasmanian Devil Voiced by
Mel Blanc (1979)
and Jim Cummings (1993)
Looney Tunes 1979; 1993 Taz has dressed as Santa twice - in the special Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales and in the Taz-Mania episode "No Time for Christmas".
Milton as Santa
Milton Voiced by
Red Buttons
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July 1979 Milton dresses as Santa Claus as part of a performance at the Circus by the Sea.
Yogi Bear Voiced by
Daws Butler
Yogi Bear 1980; 1982 Yogi plays the role of Santa at the Jellystone Lodge's Christmas party in Yogi's First Christmas. In Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, he disguises himself as a mall Santa while hiding out in the department store.
Prince Adam Voiced by
John Erwin
He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special 1985
Babar the Elephant Voiced by
James Bradford
Babar and Father Christmas 1986
Two-Headed Monster as Santa
Two-Headed Monster Richard Hunt and Jerry Nelson A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 The Two-Headed Monster plays St. Nicholas in the Sesame Street gang's stage performance of The Night Before Christmas.
Doc as Santa
Doc Gerry Parkes 1987 Doc appears as Santa at the end of the special, passing out presents.
Homer Simpson Voiced by
Dan Castellaneta
The Simpsons 1989; 1999; 2003 Homer gets a job as a mall Santa in "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". He dresses up as Santa again to help Bart and Lisa save Christmas in "Grift of the Magi". He also dresses as Santa when stealing Ned Flanders' presents for everyone in "'Tis the Fifteenth Season".
Barney Gumble as Santa
Barney Gumble Voiced by
Dan Castellaneta
The Simpsons: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" 1989 Barney gets a job too as a mall Santa in "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
LouieAsSanta Louie the Ape Voiced by
Jim Cummings
TaleSpin: "A Jolly Molly Christmas" 1990 Louie dresses up as Santa to make Molly believe that he exists.
Mario Voiced by
Walker Boone
Super Mario World: "The Night Before Cave Christmas" 1991 Mario plays the role of Santa for the cave people.
Drake Mallard Voiced by
Jim Cummings
Darkwing Duck: "It's a Wonderful Leaf" Darkwing Duck, in his civilian identity, plays the role of Santa when giving presents to his neighbors. Drake also dressed as Santa in a promotional Christmas-themed animation piece that aired on syndicated affiliates that carried the Disney Afternoon in 1991.
Winnie the Pooh Voiced by
Jim Cummings
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too Disguised as Santa, Pooh attempts to bring Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore the gifts that they wanted.
Chas as Santa
Chas Finster Voiced by
Michael Bell
Rugrats: "The Santa Experience" 1992 Chuckie Finster's dad dresses up as Santa to show his son that Santa isn't scary.
Chief Quimby Voiced by
Maurice LaMarche
Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas Quimby disguises himself as a department store Santa to brief Inspector Gadget on his mission.
Lucky Piquel Voiced by
Jim Cummings
Bonkers: "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" 1993 Bonkers D. Bobcat's human partner is picked to fill in for Santa while Bonkers searches for the real Santa.
JackAsSanta Jack Skellington Voiced by
Chris Sarandon
The Nightmare Before Christmas After capturing Santa, Jack dresses up as Santa himself.
Ralph as Santa
Ralph T. Guard Voiced by
Frank Welker
Animaniacs: "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" The Warner Bros. studio's security guard plays the role of Santa to deliver Yakko, Wakko and Dot's Christmas presents.
Chicken Boo as Santa Chicken Boo Voiced by
Frank Welker
Animaniacs: "Jingle Boo"
Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask Voiced by
Rob Paulsen
The Mask: "Santa Mask" 1995
Bulk as Santa
Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier Paul Schrier Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger" Bulk wears a Santa suit as part of his commitment as a Junior Angel Grove Police Officer, unknowingly granting a girl's wish to be reunited with her father prior to donning the suit.
Kenan as Santa
Kenan Rockmore Kenan Thompson Kenan & Kel: "Merry Christmas, Kenan" 1996 Kenan gets a job as a department store Santa (after the original employee has an accident) so he can get enough money to buy a mountain bike.
Jim visiting Walter
Walter Earthworm Jim: "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls"
Johnny as Santa
Johnny Bravo Voiced by
Jeff Bennett
Johnny Bravo: "Twas the Night" 1997 After accidentally clobbering Santa (whom he mistook for a burglar), Johnny fills in for him.
IM Weasel Christmas Specials
I.M. Weasel Voiced by
Michael Dorn
I Am Weasel: "Happy Baboon Holidays" 1997
Dexter's Dad As Santa
Dexter's Dad Voiced by
Jeff Bennett
Dexter's Laboratory: "Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" 1998 Dexter believes that Santa is really his dad wearing a costume.
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Archibald the Detective Voiced by
Richard Griffiths
Archibald the Koala 1998 Archibald dresses up as Santa Claus every Christmas.
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Mayor Fitzhugh Recess: "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" 1998
Mikey as Santa
Mikey Blumberg Voiced by
Jason Davis
Bob the Builder Voiced by
Neil Morrissey
"Bob's White Christmas" 1999 Bob will dress up as Father Christmas for the local school carol concert. But he loses time when Farmer Pickles gets snowed in.
Goofy Voiced by
Bill Farmer
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 1999 Goofy dresses up as Santa for a poor family.
Max Goof Voiced by
Shaun Fleming
Goofy's son dresses up as Santa to cheer his father up.
Pumbaa Smith Voiced by
Ernie Sabella
Timon & Pumbaa: "Don't Be Elfish" Pumbaa gets a job as a mall Santa with Timon as his assistant.
Squidward Tentacles Voiced by
Rodger Bumpass
SpongeBob SquarePants: "Christmas Who?" 2000 After SpongeBob is unhappy that Santa did not come to Bikini Bottom for Christmas, Squidward (who previously refused to believe in Santa) dresses up as Santa to cheer him up and ends up giving away everything in his house.
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Buzz Lightyear Voiced by
Patrick Warburton
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: "Holiday Time" Buzz gets into the Christmas holiday spirit by dressing up as Santa and getting people to donate money for a pledge drive.
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Tom Voiced by
Stephen Tompkinson
Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember 2001 After his arrival in Bobsville, Tom wears Bob's Santa suit to greet everyone at the town hall and surprise Bob with his presence after previously failing to get a boat from the North Pole to Bobsville.
Bender Bending Rodriguez Voiced by
John DiMaggio
Futurama: "A Tale of Two Santas" Bender attempts to give out gifts but ultimately fails this task because people mistake him for the evil Robot Santa he's filling in for.
LouRugrats Santa
Lou Pickles Voiced by
Joe Alaskey
Rugrats: "Babies In Toyland" 2002 Tommy and Dil Pickles' paternal grandfather plays the role of Santa at the Christmasland park after Angelica drives away the man previously hired to play Santa.
Splinter Voiced by
Darren Dunstan
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "The Christmas Aliens" 2004
Rudy as Santa
Rudy Tabootie Voiced by
E.G. Daily
ChalkZone: "When Santas Collide" Rudy fills in for one of the injured ChalkZone Santas.
Coco Voiced by
Candi Milo
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "A Lost Claus" 2005 Coco gets a job as a mall Santa to pay for a vacation home.
BillyMandy Santa
General Skarr Voiced by
Armin Shimmerman
Billy & Mandy Save Christmas The general from Evil Con Carne gets a job as a mall Santa.
DaffyDuck Daffy Duck Voiced by
Joe Alaskey
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas 2006
Grandpa Max as Santa Grandpa Max Voiced by
Paul Eiding
Ben 10: "Merry Christmas" 2006 Mr. Jingles traps Max and turns him into Santa and controls him with his joystick.
Shrek the Halls Shrek Voiced by
Mike Myers
Shrek the Halls 2007 Shrek tells his version of The Night Before Christmas.
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Kedar Brown
Wayside: A Wayside Christmas 2007 The principal of Wayside School dressed as Santa Claus giving the cow some hay and putting on Reindeer Antlers.
Oggy Oggy and the Cockroaches: "Santa Oggy" 2008
Cleveland Brown (Christmas Specials) Cleveland Brown Voiced by
Mike Henry
The Cleveland Show: "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" 2009 Cleveland plays Santa and has too much eggnog, thus slipping out an embarrassing note about one of his children.
TheFatControllerasSantaClaus The Fat Controller Voiced by
Keith Wickham
Thomas & Friends 2010; 2013 Henry finds the Fat Controller dressed up as Santa in "Henry's Magic Box", and the Fat Controller dresses up as Santa again in "Santa's Little Engine" to greet the children at Ulfstead Castle.
Brian and Stewie dressed as Santa Brian and Stewie Griffin Both voiced by
Seth MacFarlane
Family Guy: "Road to the North Pole" 2010 Brian and Stewie attempt to fill in for Santa.
BarnaclesBearSantaHat Captain Barnacles Bear Voiced by
Simon Greenall
Octonauts: "The Octonauts and the Great Christmas Rescue" 2011
The Chief as Santa Chief Herbert Dumbrowski Voiced by
Daran Norris
T.U.F.F. Puppy: "A Doomed Christmas" The Chief plays Santa at T.U.F.F.'s Christmas party.
Scooby as Santa again
Scooby-Doo Voiced by
Frank Welker
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays 2012
Timmy as Santa (live-action) Timmy Turner Drake Bell A Fairly Odd Christmas After accidentally injuring the real Santa, Timmy has to fill in for him.
Penn Santa Penn Zero Voiced by
Thomas Middleditch
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: "North Pole Down" 2014 Penn goes as Santa Claus in order to save Christmas for all the world.
Lisa's photo of Santa Mr. Grouse Voiced by
John DiMaggio
The Loud House: "11 Louds a Leapin'" 2016 The Louds' crotchety neighbor, in gratitude for them making his Christmas happy, dresses as Santa to leave gifts for them, including giving his old sled to Lincoln. He would dress up as Santa again in the episode "The Whole Picture".
Robin as Snta Robin Voiced by
Scott Menville
Teen Titans Go!: "Teen Titans Save Christmas" After Santa Claus quit the Titans took roll to be Santa, a Reindeer and Elves.
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Seth MacFarlene
Family Guy: "How the Griffin Stole Christmas"
Peppa Pig Father Christmas
Danny Dog Voiced by
Joshua Morris
Peppa Pig: "Father Christmas" 2017 Danny Dog dressed up as Santa for the playgroup's Christmas show.
Jet Propulsion Voiced by
Ashleigh Ball
Ready Jet Go!: "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace" Jet portrays Santa in his Christmas play.


Characters impersonating Santa with evil intentions.

Picture Character Performer Feature Year Notes
Bluto Voiced by
Jackson Beck
Mister and Mistletoe 1955 Popeye's rival disguises himself as Santa in an attempt to woo Olive Oyl.
The Grinch Voiced by
Boris Karloff (TV special);
Jim Carrey (movie)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966; 2000
Mr Freeze as Santa Claus
Mr. Freeze Voiced by
Ted Knight
The Adventures of Batman: "Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper" 1968 Mr. Freeze disguises himself as Santa Claus.
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Herman the Hermit Voiced by
Don Messick
Yogi's First Christmas 1980 Teaming up with Snively Throckmorton, Herman tries to ruin the Jellystone Lodge's Christmas carnival by stealing their ornaments.
Bowser Koopa Voiced by
Harvey Atkin
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!: "Koopa Klaus" 1989 Bowser dresses as Santa as part of his plan to freeze Santa's workshop.
Bushroot as Santa
Dr. Reginald Bushroot Voiced by
Tino Insana
Darkwing Duck: "It's a Wonderful Life" 1991 Bushroot masquerades as a mall Santa.
Dr Claw as Santa
Dr. Claw Voiced by
Frank Welker
Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas 1992
The Brain Voiced by
Maurice LaMarche
Animaniacs: "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" 1993 Dressed as Santa, the Brain plans to hijack Santa's sleigh for his world domination plans.
Dr. Robotnik Voiced by
Long John Baldry
Sonic Christmas Blast 1996 Sonic the Hedgehog's nemesis calls himself Robotnik Claus and demands that all the children on Mobius give presents to him for Christmas.
James (Kojiro) Voiced by
Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese);
Eric Stuart (English)
Pokémon: "Holiday Hi-Jynx" 1998 James dresses as Santa to help Jessie practice trapping the real Santa.
Pete Voiced by
Jim Cummings
House of Mouse: "Pete's Christmas Caper" 2002 Pete steals the presents that the House of Mouse staff plans to exchange.
Zim Voiced by
Richard Steven Horvitz
Invader Zim: "The Most Horrible Xmas Ever"
Gantu as Santa
Captain Gantu Voiced by
Kevin Michael Richardson
Lilo & Stitch: "Topper" 2003
Robbie Rotten as Santa
Robbie Rotten Stefán Karl Stefánsson LazyTown: "LazyTown's Surprise Santa" 2005 While trying to turn the town's Christmas party into a snowball fight, Robbie uses a Santa disguise to steal everyone's presents.
Santa Claus kills Alice DuBois
Michael Kenworthy Randle Mell Monk: "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" 2007 Crooked parole officer Michael Kenworthy disguises himself as Santa to throw toys to the public in order to divert attention from the theft of a priceless diamond at a nearby museum carried out by the shady ex-cons under his supervision.
The Chameleon as Santa
The Chameleon Voiced by
Daran Norris
T.U.F.F. Puppy: "A Doomed Christmas" 2011 The Chameleon disguises himself as Santa and tricks the agents of T.U.F.F. into letting him use one of their transport tubes so he, Snaptrap, and Bird Brain can get to the North Pole.
The Trickster as Santa Claus
James Jesse/The Trickster Mark Hamill The Flash: "Running to Stand Still" 2015 The Trickster disguises himself as Santa in order to distribute bombs across the city in the form of wrapped gifts.


Characters wearing a Santa Claus costume for other reasons, such as working for the Salvation Army.

Picture Character Performer Feature Year Notes
Donald Duck Voiced by
Clarence Nash
Toy Tinkers 1949 Donald dresses up as Santa as part of a trick he is pulling on Chip and Dale.
Mr. Snuffleupagus Voiced by
Jerry Nelson
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street 1978 Big Bird's best friend assumes the role in an attempt to demonstrate how someone as large as Santa can fit down a tiny chimney.
Zeke Wolf as Santa
Zeke Midas Wolf Voiced by
Will Ryan
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 The nemesis of the Three Little Pigs is ironically shown working as a Salvation Army Santa.
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Bones Voiced by
Bart Braverman
Saturday Supercade: "A Christmas Story" 1983
Scooby as Santa
Scooby-Doo Voiced by
Don Messick
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries: "The Nutcracker Scoob" 1984 Scooby dresses as Santa in an attempt to capture the ghost.
Kermit dressed as Santa
Kermit the Frog Voiced by
Jim Henson
The Christmas Toy 1986 Kermit arrives dressed as Santa at the beginning to tell the story after climbing down the chimney. (His scenes are unfortunately cut from the DVD release and The Hub's broadcasts of the special.)
ALF as Santa
Gordon "ALF" Shumway Voiced by
Paul Fusco
ALF's Special Christmas 1987
Mr Knack as Santa
Mr. Knack Voiced by
Brian Muehl
Christmas at Eureeka's Castle 1990 Mr. Knack dresses up as Santa for the castle's Christmas play.
Duckula as Santa Count Duckula Voiced by
David Jason
Count Duckula: "A Christmas Quacker" 1990 Duckula along with Igor, Nanny, Dr. Von Goosewing and The Crow brothers all dressed up as Santa.
Snoopy Voiced by
Bill Melendez
Peanuts 1992; 2002; 2003 Snoopy is shown working as a Salvation Army Santa in It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.
Porkchop Voiced by
Fred Newman
Doug: "Doug's Christmas Story" 1993
Sylvester as Santa
Sylvester and Hector Voiced by
Joe Alaskey and Frank Welker
The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries: "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" 1995 Sylvester, standing on Hector's shoulders, poses as Santa in order to distract Freddy Totter while they retrieve evidence that he stole a money envelope.
Emmitt Nervend as Santa
Emmitt Nervend Freakazoid!: "In Arms Way" 1995 In one of his many cameos, Emmitt appears as a Salvation Army Santa.
Cookie Monster Frank Oz Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 Cookie Monster dresses up as Santa in an attempt to trick Elmo out of his plate of cookies.
Father Time Voiced by
Frank Welker
Histeria!: "The Banks of the Delaware River" 1998 Father Time is shown working as a Salvation Army Santa.
Timmy Turner Voiced by
Tara Strong
The Fairly OddParents: "Christmas Every Day!" 2001 Timmy wears a Santa suit as he sings "I Wish Every Day Could Be Christmas". He also disguises himself as Santa when infiltrating his neighbor's house in the episode "Operation: Dinkleberg".
Mickey Mouse Voiced by
Wayne Allwine
House of Mouse: "Clarabelle's Christmas List" 2002 Mickey dresses up as Santa again in the opening scene of the episode.
Wade as Santa
Wade Voiced by
Tahj Mowry
Kim Possible: "A Very Possible Christmas" 2003 Wade dresses up as Santa Claus in an attempt to wish Kim and the Possible family a Merry Christmas, but Ron picks up her Kimmunicator instead.
Dick Daring as Santa
Dick Daring Voiced by
Daran Norris
The Replacements: "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" 2008 The adoptive patriarch of the Daring family dresses like Santa as part of the Christmas Special produced by Riley.
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Hilly Burford Voiced by
John DiMaggio
Back at the Barnyard: "It's an Udderful Life" 2009 Hilly dresses up as St. Nick and hands out toast.
Roger Smith Voiced by
Seth MacFarlane
American Dad!: "Rapture's Delight" Roger wears a Santa suit as part of the "Roger's disguise" variant gag in the episode's opening sequence.
Timmy's parents in A Fairly Odd Christmas
Mr. Turner Daran Norris A Fairly Odd Christmas 2012 Timmy's dad appears to be working as a Salvation Army Santa, with Mrs. Turner assisting him, though they don't actually seem to realize that it's Christmas until their son tells them.
Cosmo and Wanda in Santa suits
Cosmo and Wanda Voiced by
Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee
Timmy's fairy godparents are shown wearing Santa costumes during the party at the end.
A&A 3-5; Dez as Santa Claus
Dez Calum Worthy Austin & Ally: "Mix-Ups & Mistletoes" 2013 Dez volunteers to play Santa Claus for a children's charity event held at the beach club Trish works at.
A&A 3-5; Chuck as Santa Claus
Chuck John Paul Green Chuck gets into one of his competitive moods and vows to prove he's a better Santa Claus than Dez.
Harvey Beaks as Santa
Harvey Beaks Voiced by
Max Charles
Harvey Beaks: "It's Christmas, You Dorks!" 2016 In the episode's intro sequence, one of the still images shows Harvey playing the role of Santa.
Dakota as Santa
Vinnie Dakota Voiced by
Dan Povenmire
Milo Murphy's Law: "A Christmas Peril" 2017 Dakota disguises himself as Santa when traveling back in time to prevent the argument that ended his and Cavendish's partnership.

See also