|Primary wardrobe||Red coat with buttons and belt, red pointy hat|
|Occupation||Gift giver, Father Christmas|
|Performed by||Tom Hanks (film)|
Jim Hanks (video game)
|Appeared in||The Book and the Film|
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)".
|Finnish||Joulupukki||Santa Claus||Sasu Moilanen|
|French||Père Noël||Father Christmas||Jean-Philippe Puymartin|
|German||Weihnachtsmann||Santa Claus||Roland Hemmo|
|Italian||Babbo Natale||Father Christmas||Francesco Pannofino|
|Japanese||Santakurōsu||Santa Claus||Toshiaki Karasawa|
|Polish||Święty Mikołaj||Holy Nicholas||Adam Ferency|
|Russian||Santa Klaus||Santa Claus||Aleksandr Filippenko|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Santa Claus||Santa Claus||Armando Rendíz|
|Spanish (Spain)||Santa Claus||Santa Claus||Jordi Brau|
|Swedish||Jultomten||Santa Claus||Roger 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."