I was recently challenged by a friend to list holiday movies or television specials that have a Santa appearance, not just a Santa in costume.
Finding a Santa cameo in kids’ movies or television specials was quite easy. I loved those stop-motion holiday specials when I was a kid and many of them had Santa appearances.
In the section about movies for grown-ups, I include stories where Santa is not just someone who is only dressed up as Santa.
Following is a list of five kids’ movies or television specials, five films for grown-ups, and as a bonus, I will list the websites that follow Santa’s path on Christmas Eve.
Five Kids’ Movies or Televisions Specials with Santa
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: The special that automatically comes to mind when thinking about Santa! If you are looking for a visual biography about Santa, this is it! Watch as Kris Kringle’s hair turns from a fiery red to his traditional white coif!
- Polar Express: Do you still hear the bell or has it gone silent over the years?
- Frosty the Snowman: Santa helps to save the day when things get warm!
- The Year Without a Santa Claus: I just love those heat and snow miser songs!
- Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July: Oddly, Santa tends to behave rather poorly in the Rudolph series, except for this one.
Five Movies for Adults, Too
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Santa must convince the world that he exists.
- Santa Clause: What happens when Santa has to be replaced?
- Santa Claus the Movie: Answers many questions about Santa.
- Elf: Will the sleigh have enough power to run this year?
- Noelle: The first female Santa is introduced.
Follow Santa on his Journey
There are a couple of Santa trackers that you can follow on Christmas eve:
- Google Santa Tracker: Since 2004, Google has provided a tracker and game site.
- NORAD’s Santa Tracker: For 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has been tracking Santa’s journey.
Please send me any questions in the comments section below!