Santa Claus’s Name Around the World


If you click on the map above it can be made bigger so it is easier to see. You can click and drag to see a different area and zoom in and out. If you click on an icon you will be shown the country name and that country’s name for “Santa Claus.”

Hi Kids. I asked Aloysius, our Head Map Maker, to prepare a map for you. This map shows the name kids around the world use for Santa. Many of the names mean the same thing, usually either Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but are said in their language. Do you have any friends who refer to Santa by another name? Don’t worry, no matter what name kids use, the letters all get to Santa.

Country Santa’s Name
Afghanistan Papa Noël
Argentina Papá Noel or El Niño Dios
Armenia Gaghant Baba
Australia Santa Claus
Austria Christkind
Azerbaijan Şaxta Baba
Belgium Père Noël or Kerstman
Bolivia Papá Noel or El Niño Dios
Bosnia Djed Božićnjak or Božić Bata
Brazil Papai Noel or Bom Velhinho
Bulgaria Dyado Koleda (Grandpa Christmas)
Canada Santa Claus or Le Père Noël
Chile Viejito Pascuero (Old Man Christmas)
China Shengdan laoren
Colombia Papa Noel
Costa Rica San Nicolás or Santa Clos or Colacho or Niño dios
Croatia Djed Božinjak or Djed Mraz
Czech Republic Ježíšek (Baby Jesus)
Denmark Julemanden (The Christmas Man)
Dominican Republic Santa Clos or Papá Noel
Ecuador Papá Noel
Egypt Papa Noël
Estonia Jõuluvana (Old Man of Christmas)
Finland Joulupukki (Yule Goat)
France Le Père Noël (Father Christmas)
Germany Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man) or Christkindle (Christ Child)
Greece Saint Basil
Greeland Julemandens hjemmeside
Hawaii Kanakaloka
Hong Kong Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas or Father Christmas
Iceland Jólasveinar
India Christmas Thatha (Christmas Grandpa)
Indonesia Santa Claus or Sinterklas
Iran Papa Noël
Ireland Daidí na Nollag (Father Christmas)
Israel Santa Claus
Italy Babbo Natale (Father Christmas)
Japan Santa Kuroosu or Santa-san
Korea Santa Harabeoji
Latvia Ziemassvētku vecītis
Liechtenstein Christkind
Lithuania Kalėdų Senelis
Luxembourg Kleeschen
Macedonia Dedo Mraz
Mexico Santo Clós
Morocco Black Peter
Netherlands Kerstman (Christmas Man) or Sinterklaas
New Zealand Santa Claus or Father Christmas
Norway Julenissen
Paraguay Papá Noel or El Niño Dios
Peru Papá Noel
Philippines Santa Claus
Poland Gwiazdor (Star´s Man) or Święty Mikołaj (Saint Nicolas)
Portugal Pai Natal (Father Christmas)
Puerto Rico Jesús Christmas or Los Tres Reyes Magos or Santa Clos
Romania Moş Crăciun (Old Man Christmas)
Russia Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost)
Scotland Bodach na Nollaig (Old Man of Christmas)
Serbia Deda Mraz (Grandpa Frost)
Slovakia Dedo Mraz (Grandpa Frost)
Slovenia Dedek Mraz or Bozicek
South Africa Sinterklaas or Father Christmas or Santa Claus
Spain Papá Noel or Tió de Nadal or Olentzero or Apalpador or Esteru or Anjanas or Anguleru
Sri Lanka Naththal Seeya
Sweden Jultomten (The Yule/Christmas Gnome)
Switzerland Christkind
Syria Papa Noël
Turkey Noel Baba
Turkmenistan Aýaz baba
Ukraine Did Moroz (Grandpa Frost) or Sviaty Mykolay (Saint Nicholas)
United Kingdom Father Christmas
United States Santa Claus or Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas
Uruguay Papá Noel or El Niño Dios
Uzbekistan Ayoz Bobo or Qor Bobo
Venezuela Niño Jesús or San Nicolás
Wales Siôn Corn

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