Journeying from the North Pole to New York City, ‘Santa Claus: The Movie’ unveils the enchanting tale of Santa Claus’s origin and a modern-day adventure. Witness the magic of Claus delivering toys through the ages, the unintended consequences of elf Patch’s innovations, and a heartwarming collaboration to save Christmas. Filled with festive spirit, this 1985 film is a celebration of tradition, redemption, and the enduring magic of the holiday season

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Fun Facts about Santa Claus: The Movie

(1) All toys featured in Santa’s workshop scenes were generously donated to children’s charities after the film’s completion, spreading joy beyond the movie set.

(2) Real deer were meticulously trained to pull Santa’s sleigh, with months of preparation allowing them to grow antlers for the final filming. Sophisticated animatronic deer were also used for certain shots.

(3) The movie collaborated with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Pabst Blue Ribbon for promotions. McDonald’s offered books chronicling the film’s story with Happy Meals and provided plush reindeer ornaments with gift certificate booklets.

(4) Despite being the film’s protagonist and antagonist, Santa Claus (David Huddleston) and B.Z. (John Lithgow) never share a scene together, maintaining a unique storytelling dynamic.


(5) John Lithgow and Burgess Meredith, both part of “Santa Claus: The Movie,” had previously worked together in “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” with Meredith serving as the narrator.