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All the Times Your Favorite TV Characters Dressed as Santa

'Tis the season for some small screen Santas

Amanda Bell
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All the Times Your Favorite TV Characters Dressed as Santa

It's almost Christmas, and you know what that means. That's right, holiday specials new and old are coming to take over your television for the next few weeks, 'cause there's no time like the winter seasons for your favorite shows to bring in some merriment and lessons about the true reason for the season. To celebrate, we've gathered up some great images of all the times your favorite TV characters sported a Santa suit on-screen to spread a little joy -- or at least try to.

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Peter Griffin on Family Guy

Family Guy: Season 15, Episode 9 - "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" (2016)

Peter Griffin gets the role of a lifetime when he's asked to fill in for the mall Santa, and of course he gets completely smashed on the power of St. Nick and needs a visit from the big guy to set him straight.

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Schmidt on New Girl

New Girl: Season 1, Episode 9 - "The 23rd" (2011)

Poor Schmidt (Max Greenfield) getting stuck with Sexy Santa duty at work because he's the only fella is humiliating and wrong. But to be fair, he did make it look good, so it's no wonder his boss Kim wanted this to happen year after year.

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Annie on Community

Community: Season 3, Episode 10 - "Regional Holiday Music" (2011)

Annie (Alison Brie) convinces Jeff to help the group fill in for Glee Club (again) by dazzling him with her sultry sing-song rendition of "Teach Me How To Understand Christmas."

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Roger Sterling in Mad Men

Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 2 - "Christmas Comes But Once a Year" (2010)

When the big-money client -- in this case, Lucky Strike's Lee Garner Jr. -- demands a man wear a Santa suit to the company party, Roger Sterling (John Slattery) is willing to oblige even if it means getting embarrassed in the process.

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Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation: Season 2, Episode 12 - "Christmas Scandal" (2009)

The pit finally came into good use as Pawnee's Winter Wonderland site, which gives Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) the chance to dress up as jolly old Saint Nick.

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Michael Scott on The Office

The Office: Season 6, Episode 13 - "Secret Santa" (2009)

How dare Phyllis think she could be as good a Santa as Michael Scott (Steve Carell)? C'mon!

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Frank on 30 Rock

30 Rock: Season 2, Episode 9 - "Ludachristmas" (2007)

Frank (Judah Friedlander)'s hats never lie, and in this case, his Santa-esque topper tells the truth about his takeaway from the holiday season.

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Red Forman on That '70s Show

That '70s Show: Season 6, Episode 7 - "Christmas" (2003)

Tbh, he probably should've just gone as the Grinch, but even grumpy dads need side jobs once in a while, so Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) makes the most of his mall Santa gig. "You'll get sick of a slinky in a day. I'm putting you down for flashcards. Math, that's what you're getting for Christmas." Such a practical Santa, this one.

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Chandler Bing on Friends

Friends: Season 7, Episode 10 - "The One with the Holiday Armadillo" (2000)

With respect to Ross' Holiday Armadillo and Joey's, erm, Superman suit, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) is the only one who comes dressed to impress young Ben, who wants nothing more than a visit from Santa despite his dad's formidable efforts to teach him about Hanukkah.

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Eric on Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World: Season 6, Episode 11 - "Santa's Little Helpers" (1998)

Almost anyone would be a more attentive department store Santa than him, but when he's visited by some orphaned children, Eric (Will Friedle) steps up his game and gains the spirit of Christmas alright.

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Frasier Crane on Fraiser

Frasier: Season 5, Episode 9 - "Perspectives on Christmas" (1997)

You might suspect Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) would be a little too analytical to bring merriment to all the mall kids, but it's actually Roz who wrecks her role as Mrs. Claus.

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Carl Winslow on Family Matters

Family Matters: Season 7, Episode 11 - "Fa La La La Laagghh!" (1995)

Steve Urkel convinces Carl (Reginald VelJohnson) to abandon his bah humbug attitude and suit up as a rooftop Santa for a lucrative Christmas decoration contest, and the results are of course hilarious.

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Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld

Seinfeld: Season 6, Episode 10 - "The Race" (1994)

But of course Kramer (Michael Richards) could be talked into becoming a communist while impersonating the world's most generous -- albeit fictional -- benefactor and proceed to lose his job for spreading propaganda.

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Martin on Martin

Martin: Season 1, Episode 15 - "I Saw Gina Kissing Santa Claus" (1992)

Things don't exactly go smoothly when Martin (Martin Lawrence) dresses up as Santa to spread some cheer to the kids in Tommy's Big Brother program, but he does tell them the story of Christmas in his own unique way.

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Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell: Season 3, Episode 24 - "Home for Christmas, Part 1" (1991)

When the Santa-for-hire's cholesterol issues finally catch up with him, the Bayside High gang have to step up to save the day for the kiddos at a local children's hospital. Zack Morris (Mark Paul Gosselaar) becomes Santa, but the rest of the team pitches in too! Kelly is cute as a button in her Mrs. Claus outfit (OF COURSE), Jessie and Slater match as ultra-fit elves, and Screech leads everyone in as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and finally gets a Christmas kiss from Lisa.

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Wilson on Home Improvement

Home Improvement: Season 1, Episode 12 - "Yule Better Watch Out" (1991)

That clunky beard makes it possible for our wise neighbor Wilson (Earl Hindman) to surprise the Taylor family with some holiday cheer just in time to keep Mark's imagination about Santa alive and well.

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Homer Simpson on The Simpsons

The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 1 - "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (1989)

What better way to introduce the world to Homer Simpson than having him take up a job as a mall Santa to earn some extra cash for Christmas and then proceeding to quit and hit up the dog-racing track instead. Ho ho ... Doh!

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Joey on Full House

Full House: Season 2, Episode 9 - "Our Very First Christmas Show" (1988)

You gotta give Joey (Dave Coulier) credit for at least trying to cheer Stephanie up about the whole family being stuck at an airport on Christmas Eve, but Michelle deserves just as many props for being wise enough to recognize her uncle beneath the disguise.

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Norm on Cheers

Cheers: Season 6, Episode 12 - "Christmas Cheers" (1987)

Norm (George Wendt) might not have enjoyed his seasonal gig as Kris Kringle, but he sure looked the part.

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Al Bundy on Married ... with Children

Married ... with Children: Season 2, Episode 13 - "You Better Watch Out" (1987)

Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) didn't always do the right thing, but when a mall Santa crashes and dies in his yard, he dons the red suit to keep the magic alive for all the neighborhood kiddos who still believe outside. Of course, he still can't conceal all that signature snark and cynicism beneath the jolly getup.

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Lucy in the I Love Lucy Christmas Special

I Love Lucy: Season 6, Episode 11 - "The I Love Lucy Christmas Show" (1956)

Lucy (Lucille Ball), Desi, Ethel and Fred all dress up as Santa to surprise little Ricky, but they end up being the ones getting a real treat when a fifth Santa on-site turns out to be the real deal.