Names for Santa Claus around the world

santa clausEvery year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (December 24 & 25) Santa travels around the world bringing good will, merriment, cheer, love, and presents to millions of people all across the globe. Depending on where you live however, he does not always go by the same name…different countries call him different things – he’s known as everything from Père Noël to Julemanden to Sinter Klaas depending on where he is.  Irregardless of his name however, he can be recognized on site – he’ll be the jolly man with the long white beard, wearing a red jacket and pants with white fur-lined trim, and possibly carrying a large red bag.

So how do you greet Jolly Old Saint Nick if you’re celebrating Christmas in a different country? Here is a list of different names Santa is called all across the world!

CountryName for Santa
AfghanistanBaba Chaghaloo
AlbaniaBabagjyshi i Krishtlindjeve (Grandfather Christmas) / Babadimri (Grandfather Winter)
ArgentinaPapa Noel
ArmeniaGaghant Baba
AustraliaSanta Claus
AustriaChristkind / Christkindl / Christkindel
BahamasSanta Claus
BelgiumPere Noel
BermudaSanta Claus
BosniaDjed Mraz (Grandfather Frost)
BrazilPapai Noel
BulgariaDyado Koleda (Grandfather Christmas) / Dyado Mraz (Grandfather Frost)
CanadaPère Noël
ChileViejo Pascuero (Old Man Christmas)
ChinaDun Che Lao Ren (Christmas Old Man) / Shengdan Laoren
CroatiaSveti Nikola (Saint Nicholas) / Djed Mraz (Grandfather Frost) / Djed Božičnjak (Grandfather Christmas)
CzechSvatý Mikuláš (Saint Nicholas)
DutchSinter Klaas
EcaudorSanta Claus / Papá Noel
EgyptPapa Noel
EnglandFather Christmas
FrancePère Noël
GermanyWeihnachtsmann (Christmas Man) / Saint Nikolaus
GreeceAgios Vassilios / Άγιος Βασίλης
HerzegovinaDjed Mraz (Grandfather Frost)
HollandDe Kerstman / Sinterklaas / Sinter Klaas
HungaryMikulás (St. Nicholas) / Télapó (Old Man Winter)
IndiaChristmas Thaathaa (in Tamil) / Christmas Baba (in Hindi)
IranBaba Noel
IraqVader kerfees
IrelandSanty / Daidí na Nollag (Father Christmas) / Santa
ItalyBabbo Natale
JamaicaSanta Claus
JapanHoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
KenyaFather Christmas / Santa Claus
LebanonSanta Claus / Baba Noel
LithuaniaKalėdų Senelis (Christmas Grandfather) / Senis Šaltis (Old Man Frost)
MacedoniaDedo Mraz – Grandfather Frost (Дедо Мраз)
MaltaSan Niklaw
MexicoSanto Clós
MoroccoBlack Peter
New ZealandSanta Claus
NorwayJulenissen (Christmas gnome)
PeruPapa Noel
PolandŚwięty Mikołaj (St. Nicholas) / Gwiazdor
PortugalPai Natal
RomaniaMos Craciun
RussiaDed Moroz (Grandfather Frost)
Scottish HighlandsDaidaín na Nollaig
SerbiaDeda Mroz
South AfricaVader Kersfees
SpainEl Nino Jesus / Papa Noel
SwedenJultomten (Christmas brownie) / Tomten
Trinidad & TobagoSanta Claus
TurkeyNoel Baba
United KingdomFather Christmas / Santa Claus / Kris Kringle
United StatesSanta Claus / Kris Kingle / St. Nick / Santa
WalesSion Corn (Chimney John)


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