What's the first thing you think of when you think about Christmas? We bet that Santa Claus is at least in your top three thoughts! With that being said, Christmas movies just wouldn't be complete without the holly jolly man himself! From actors like Tim Allen, Edmund Gwenn, and Chevy Chase, here are the actors who portrayed Mr. Claus the best!  

These actors played the best Santa Claus

Paul Giamatti played Santa's brother in Fred Claus (2007) as you can see in the picture above.

Tim Allen in Santa Clause as Santa

Tim Allen played Santa in all of the Santa Clause movies! He has even starred in some other Christmas classics.

Edmund Gwenn starred as Santa in Miracle on 34th Street

Edmund Gwenn starred as Kris Kringle in the original Miracle on 34th Street in 1947. 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation celebrates its 30th year!

Chevy Chase dressed up as Santa in the iconic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation in 1989.

Billy Bob Thorton starred as a fake Santa in Bad Santa

Billy Bob Thorton starred as a not-so-nice Santa in the 2003 film Bad Santa

Kurt Russell as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles

Kurt Russell looked like an amazing Santa in the 2018 Netflix film Christmas Chronicles. He even reprised his role in the 2020 sequel also starring his real-life wife, Goldie Hawn!

Leslie Nielsen played Santa in two movies. Here he is in All I Want For Christmas

Actor Leslie Nielsen has appeared as Santa in two movies: All I Want for Christmas (1991) and Santa Who? (2000).

Ed Asner played Santa in the 2003 movie Elf

The late Ed Asner made a great Santa in several different movies including the 2003 film Elf starring Will Ferrell.  

What an honour it must have been for these actors to portray one of the most-loved Christmas men of all time!