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The Winter Warlock

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Performer: Keenan Wynn
Appears in: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

The Winter Warlock, called Winter for short, is a character from the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. He starts out as a villain, as he was once unwilling to let anyone pass and go into Sombertown or vice versa. But after Kris Kringle gives him a toy train, the evil in Winter's heart melts away, resulting in him becoming good. He becomes a vital friend to Kris, giving him the land on which to build toys.

As time goes on, though, Winter starts to lose his powers, to the point where he is unable to successfully do card tricks. When Kris is arrested for smuggling toys into Sombertown by the hateful Burgermeister, Winter is also arrested, along with the other Kringles. He secretly speaks to Jessica when she comes to his cell, and together they come up with a plan to escape: They use Winter's last magical tool, his magic corn, to make Kris' reindeer friends fly, allowing them to help the group escape from the prison.

Later, Winter uses one last bit of magic to create the very first Christmas trees at Kris and Jessica's wedding. By the end of the special, it's revealed that Winter's powers have returned, and he declares that there will indeed be a white Christmas.

Strangely, in Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, Winter is not seen in any of the flashbacks depicting scenes from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.

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