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Santa Claus is a traditional, secular figure of Christmas good cheer, generally depicted as a jolly fat, old man in a red suit. Other nations have their own variations, such as Father Christmas in England and Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. Santa has appeared in several Nickelodeon Christmas specials over the years, portrayed by different actors each time. Nickelodeon characters have sometimes felt the urge to don the familiar beard as well.
Santa Claus as a character
|Neil Ross||Rugrats: "The Santa Experience"|
|Rocko's Modern Life: "A Sucker For the Suck-O-Matic"||When Rocko tries using the Suck-O-Matic to clean his chimney, he ends up vacuuming Santa and his reindeer.|
|All That: Episode 225: Run DMC||At the beginning of the episode, Santa visits the greenroom, where the cast members tell him what they want for Christmas. Later, he appears in an Adventures of Superdude sketch in which he gets captured by Milkman, but is fortunately rescued by Superdude.|
|Kenan and Kel: "Merry Christmas, Kenan"||At the end of the episode, Santa brings Kenan the Roadblazer Deluxe Elite mountain bike that he wanted.|
|Brian Doyle-Murray||CatDog: "A Very CatDog Christmas"|
|Michael Bell||SpongeBob SquarePants: "Christmas Who?"||A live-action Santa flies over Bikini Bottom after Squidward finds a note from him.|
|Tom Arnold (Corporate Santa); Kevin Michael Richardson (Magic Santa)||The Fairly OddParents||According to "Christmas Every Day!", Santa has the image and personality of a corporate CEO outside of Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, all the fairies transfer their magic to him, transforming him into his more familiar jolly appearance. However, he is always depicted in his familiar jolly form in all of his later appearances on the show (including "Merry Wishmas").|
|Howie Dorough||Dora the Explorer: "A Present for Santa"||The Backstreet Boys member voiced Santa in the first Christmas episode of the Nick Jr. animated series.|
|Merry Nickmas: "Holiday Party"||Based loosely off of the version from the Rankin/Bass special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, he is referred to as St. Nick as a direct reference to the channel's name and laughs to the tune of the Nickelodeon jingle.|
|Mel Brooks||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: "Holly Jolly Jimmy"||Santa is shown to be a supergenius much like Jimmy.|
|Pat Fraley||My Life as a Teenage Robot: "A Robot for All Seasons"|
|Conan O'Brian||The Backyardigans: "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve"||Although never seen, Snappy the elf talks to Santa by cell phone.|
|Kevin Michael Richardson||Back at the Barnyard: "It's an Udderful Life"||Santa comes down with a case of ferret fever.|
|Matthew W. Taylor||T.U.F.F. Puppy||In T.U.F.F. Puppy, Santa is depicted as an anthropomorphic polar bear.|
|John Goodman||SpongeBob SquarePants: "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"||Unlike in the first SpongeBob Christmas special, Santa is depicted as resembling an anthropomorphic "sea pig".|
|Donavon Stinson||A Fairly Odd Christmas||As this movie is a follow-up to The Fairly OddParents, this Santa is meant to be the same version from the show.|
Characters dressing as Santa Claus
|Mr. Knack||Christmas at Eureeka's Castle||Mr. Knack dresses up as Santa for the castle's Christmas play.|
|Chas Finster||Rugrats: "The Santa Experience"||Chuckie Finster's dad dresses up as Santa to show his son that Santa isn't scary.|
|Porkchop||Doug: "Doug's Christmas Story"|
|Kenan Rockmore||Kenan & Kel: "Merry Christmas, Kenan"||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.|
|Squidward Tentacles||SpongeBob SquarePants: "Christmas Who?"||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.|
|Timmy Turner||The Fairly OddParents: "Christmas Every Day!"||Timmy wears a Santa suit as he sings "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day".|
|Lou Pickles||Rugrats: "Babies In Toyland"||Grandpa Lou plays the role of Santa at the Christmasland park after Angelica drives away the man previously hired to play Santa.|
|Rudy Tabootie||ChalkZone: "When Santas Collide"|
|Hilly Burford||Back at the Barnyard: "It's an Udderful Life"||Hilly dresses up as St. Nick and hands out toast.|
|Timmy Turner||The Fairly OddParents: "Operation: Dinkleberg"||Timmy disguises himself as Santa when infiltrating Sheldon Dinkleberg's house.|
|Chief Herbert Dumbrowski||T.U.F.F. Puppy: "A Doomed Christmas"||The Chief plays Santa at T.U.F.F.'s Christmas party.|
|The Chameleon||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.|
|Mr. Turner||A Fairly Odd Christmas||Timmy's dad appears to be working as a Salvation Army Santa, with Mrs. Turner assisting him.|
|Timmy Turner||After accidentally injuring the real Santa, Timmy has to fill in for him.|
|Cosmo and Wanda||Timmy's fairy godparents are shown wearing Santa costumes during the party at the end.|
- In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "An Abe Divided", Stimpy mistakes the Lincoln Memorial for Santa Claus and reads his Christmas list to it.
- In the Rugrats episode "The Blizzard", the Rugrats imagine themselves trekking through the North Pole in search of Santa, because they need him to fix Chuckie's broken fire truck.
The following actors, who have appeared in Nickelodeon productions, have portrayed Santa in other film or television appearances.
- Dee Bradley Baker voiced Santa in the Christmas episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
- Clancy Brown voiced Santa in Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! (2009)
- Gilbert Gottfried voiced Santa in Billy and Mandy Save Christmas (2005).
- Frank Welker voiced Santa in A Chipmunk Christmas (1981) and Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992).