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

Role in series

"Christmas Who?"

Santa gives Squidward a letter for his help to the Bikini Bottomites. He is seen riding on his sleigh with his reindeer in the distance immediately after Squidward reads his letter.

"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 the episode "Wishing You Well," SpongeBob says that claustrophobic means that one is afraid of Santa Claus. It actually means that one is afraid of tight spaces.
  • He seems to be a lot crazier in his appearance in "Christmas Who?" than he is in "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
  • The Santa Claus character is based off 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 "[They] 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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