Santa Claus is a character who appears in the episodes "Christmas Who?" and "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"

Role in series

In "Christmas Who?," Santa gives Squidward a letter for his help to the Bikini Bottomites.

In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," Santa comes to Bikini Bottom with the intention to dish out coal to everyone, and give the Krabby Patty secret formula to Plankton, seeing as he appears to be "good."



  • In "Wishing You Well," SpongeBob says that claustrophobic means "afraid of Santa Claus." It actually means "fear of tight spaces."
  • He seems to be a lot crazier in his appearance from "Christmas Who?," than he was in "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
  • The Santa Claus character is based off of the real life legendary and folkloric figure of the same name.
  • The stop-motion Santa in "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" has received criticism due to the fact that he looks like a pig. The animators responded to this comment about their interpretation of Santa Claus, saying "We definitely wanted to keep an element of strangeness, almost scary aspects in the story." Mark Caballero explained that the idea of making Santa Claus look tired and strange came when they saw a drawing of him by Marc Ceccarelli or Luke Brookshier. Caballero said, "We thought that was a great idea. So we came up with our own little back story where Bikini Bottom is the last stop for Santa. He's tired, he wants to get home, take his shoes off... We honed in on the old descriptions of Santa being a jolly old elf. We pictured him as humanoid, but not necessarily directly human."[1]


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