Where Does Santa Live?

November 12, 2023

Santa Claus has been around for many lifetimes. Originating in Christian culture and going by various names such as Father Christmas, Saint Nick, or Kris Kringle. The story of Santa is that every year on Christmas Eve Santa visits all the children on his "nice list" to place presents under the Christmas tree. He comes during the middle of the night when everyone in the house is sleeping, usually down the chimney, and then flies away on a reindeer led sled. It's a story that every kid believes, until the day comes when they discover the truth and they're on their way to leaving their childhood innocence behind. Where did this story of Santa originate? For one thing, Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop. Saint Nicholas was known to be extremely generous, often gifting to the poor. Sounds a bit like Robin Hood, although Saint Nicholas being extremely religious, never stole from the rich. On the other hand, the name Father Christmas goes back to 16th century England. Father Christmas was imagined as a large, jolly man dressed in green and red velvet robes. He would bring cheer and joy, as well as good food and wine. In Charles Dickens's A Christmas Story, Father Christmas is depicted as the "Ghost of Christmas Present." With multiple origins and multiple depictions, where is Santa supposed to live?

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Santa Claus is said to live in the North Pole. While Santa may be fictional (sorry kids), the North Pole is a very real location. It is also known as the Terrestrial North Pole or 90th Parallel North, and is the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets its surface. Not to be confused with the magnetic north pole, which is a point on the surface of Earth's Northern Hemisphere at which the planet's magnetic field points vertically downward.  The North Pole is also called the True North Pole to help differentiate the two. While there is no land in The North Pole, the nearest land is Kaffeklubben Island, which has never actually been inhabited. 

Can anyone really live in the North Pole?

There have been numerous expeditions to the North Pole, starting in the 19th century. The first known expedition was by British naval officer William Edward Parry in 1827. With the North Pole sitting at 90° North latitude, Parry reached 82°45′ North. Another attempt in 1876 led by Commander Albert H. Markham reached 83°20'26", before giving up and turning back. Tragedy struck in 1879 when US naval officer George W. De Long led the USS Jeannette on another expedition, only for the ship to be crushed by ice along the way. Most of the crew, including De Long, were never recovered. Many more failed attempts occurred, until 1908 when US explorer Frederick Cook claimed to have reached the North Pole. He was unable to provide any concrete proof though and upon his return, his claim was not believed. In 1909 US Navy engineer Robert Peary also made a claim of arrival, although once again with no proof, his claim wasn't generally accepted. It wasn't until 2005 when British explorer Tom Avery recreated Peary's journey with replica wooden sleds and Canadian Eskimo Dog teams, Avery was able to reach the North Pole in 36 days. This information helped support Peary's 1909 claim. Imagine being the first person in history to reach the North Pole and having no one believe you until nearly 100 years later. 

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Tim Allen starred in the classic Christmas franchise, The Santa Claus. In the movie, Tim portrays Scott Calvin, who, after the death of Santa, unwittingly becomes the next Santa Claus. While the movie takes place in Chicago, the family home is a real home, located in Ontario, Canada. 

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In this video, you get an inside look at the interior of the real home. From the crown molding, bay windows, and hardwood floors. The two story home features a spiral staircase leading up to the second floor where the bedrooms are. The main bedroom is oversized and has a large ensuite. There is also a finished basement with wall to wall bookshelves and beautiful hardwood floors.


Santa always brings joy?

While Santa Claus is equated with Christmas joy and jolly times, there is another famous Santa who represents the complete opposite. Actor Billy Bob Thornton portrayed Willie T. Soke in the 2003 comedy, Bad Santa. In the movie, Willie gets a job as a mall Santa so that he can easily rob shopping malls. He hides out in the home of a gullible and kind boy named Thurman and his grandmother. While the movie takes place in Arizona, the real life home is located in West Hills, CA.

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The real Bad Santa house was built in 1997, and is worth an estimated $2.1 million. Featuring five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, this beautiful home features a lavish foyer, marble floors, and soaring ceilings. The exterior of the home has great curb appeal. With an attached three-car garage, perfectly trimmed hedges, and a classic water fountain by the curved front archway.

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What do you think Santa and his houses?

Conclusion: Many Santas For Many People

Whether you believe in Santa or not, whether you like the wholesome Christmas classics, or the more R-rated ones, Santa can live in many different places. If you enjoyed deep diving into the location of Santa Claus, take a look at where the Pope lives here.

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Julie Bowes
Meet Julie, the creative Head of Content at Urban Splatter. Since her move from the East Coast to Los Angeles in 2017, she's been bringing the world of celebrity real estate to life through her engaging articles. Julie has honed her passion for storytelling into a thriving full-time career, producing innovative content ideas and contributing to multiple websites. With a self-published book and several novels to her name, she's continuously expanding her horizons in the freelance writing sphere.

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