Santa Claus
Character information
Gender Male
Primary wardrobe Red coat with buttons and belt, red pointy hat
Occupation Gift giver, Father Christmas
Home North Pole
Background information
Performed by Tom Hanks (film)
Jim Hanks (video game)
Appeared in The Book and the Film
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Santa Claus is a kind old man that gives presents to children every Christmas Eve that they open on Christmas Day. He also picks one of the children who rode the Polar Express to the North Pole the first gift of Christmas, which can be anything of their choice even one of his bells.

One Christmas, he chooses Hero Boy as the one to receive the first gift. He gives Hero Boy one of the silver bells from Santa's sleigh and talks to the children, congratulating Hero Girl for her confidence and Christmas spirit and Billy for making new friends, while also scolding Know-It-All for his impatience and lack of humility, before the clock strikes midnight and he flies away in his sleigh to go give presents to children all over the world.

At some point, he finds the silver bell, which had fell out of Hero Boy's pocket because of a hole and onto the seat of the sleigh, so he puts it in a present box with a note explaining what happened and advising Hero Boy to fix the hole in his pocket. He also delivers Billy's present sometime before Billy is dropped off at his house.

Santa is also mentioned in the songs, "When Christmas Comes to Town", "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", "Silver Bells", and "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)".

International languages

Language Name Meaning Voice actor(s)
FinnishJoulupukkiSanta ClausSasu Moilanen
FrenchPère NoëlFather ChristmasJean-Philippe Puymartin
GermanWeihnachtsmannSanta ClausRoland Hemmo
ItalianBabbo NataleFather ChristmasFrancesco Pannofino
JapaneseSantakurōsuSanta ClausToshiaki Karasawa
PolishŚwięty MikołajHoly NicholasAdam Ferency
RussianSanta KlausSanta ClausAleksandr Filippenko
Spanish (Latin America)Santa ClausSanta ClausArmando Rendíz
Spanish (Spain)Santa ClausSanta ClausJordi Brau
SwedishJultomtenSanta ClausRoger Storm


  • "Young man, patience. And a smidgen of humility might also serve you well."
  • "Lucky lad. There's no greater gift than friendship."
  • "Let's have this young fellow right here."
  • "Now, what would you like for Christmas?"
  • "Yes. Indeed. Yes, indeed!"
  • "The first gift of Christmas!"
  • "This bell is a wonder symbol of the spirit of Christmas as am I. Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart."
  • "Better keep that in a safe place."
  • "Found this on the seat of my sleigh. Better fix that hole in your pocket. -Mr. C."


Children: Hero Boy (Chris) Hero Girl (Holly) Know-It-All Billy the Lonely Boy Sister Sarah Gus the Toothless Boy Boy on Train Red Head Girl Little Boy Young Boy Steven
Adults: Conductor Hobo Smokey and Steamer Santa Claus Pastry Chefs Waiters Hero Boy's Parents Cook
Elves: Elves Acrobatic Elves Elf General Elf Lieutenant Elf Singer
Animals: Caribou Santa Claus' Reindeer
Toys: Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet Jack-in-the-Boxes Puppets