An appearance from Santa Claus in a Christmas movie is a staple tradition during the holiday season. With so many interpretations you would expect that we’d be tired of seeing so many versions of the same character. Many actors have given performances as this beloved character but few have stood out among the rest. These performances have showcased all of his most beloved characteristics to bring Santa Claus to life in new and interesting ways.
- Arthur Christmas (2011)
The creators of this film created an entirely new version of the North Pole that was a lot of fun. Imagine if Santa Claus were to conduct a Mission: Impossible like adventure every Christmas Eve. This reimaging brought some fresh air into this character that is so familiar, which was a smart way to make this stand out.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
When I sing along to the old classic Christmas songs this is the version of Santa Claus that I’m picturing. There’s always been something that I liked about this version of Santa; maybe it’s tiny eyes underneath his cotton ball eyebrows or his perfectly shaped mustache. It’s harder to sit and watch this puppeteering version nowadays since it hasn’t exactly aged well but nonetheless it’s a classic version.
- Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
This is by far my favorite Christmas movie and Richard Attenborough is a large reason why. His performance as Kris Kringle is compelling and he brings to life everything you believe about Santa Claus. He’s incredibly charismatic, kind hearted, and reminds you of your grandparents in all the best ways possible.
- Fred Claus (2007)
Paul Giamatti’s version of the man in the red suit is a stressed out closeted eater, has health problems, and is under pressure to meet high production quotas. Vince Vaughn as Santa’s older brother Fred provides a lot of opportunities for Giamatti to shine. Giamatti’s seriousness as an actor also makes “Nick” a lot of fun to watch.
- The Santa Clause (1994)
At this point can we all agree that Tim Allen is Santa Claus? For anyone who grew up in the nineties his iconic performance was a perfect blend of movies and Allen’s popular TV sitcom “Home Improvement”. His wit and sarcasm make him a great fit as the skeptical non-believer responsible for replacing Santa. He is the type of Santa Claus you want to spend time with whether you’re a kid or an adult. Its fun to explore what it would be like if Santa lived just like the rest of us for 364 days a year.
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