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Traditions & History  


Santa's Names Around the World
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Nov 16, 2008, 20:06 PST



Names for Santa Around the World

What would you call Santa if you lived in another country? Take a look at our chart below for the country and what children call him there.

CountryName
ArmeniaGaghant Baba
BelgiumPere Noel
BrazilPapai Noel
BulgariaDiado Coleda
ChileViejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)
ChinaShengdan Laoren
NetherlandsKerstman
FinlandJoulupukki
FrancePere Noel
GermanyKris Kringle or Weihnachtsmann
GreeceHagios Nikolaos
HawaiiKanakaloka
Hong KongSing dan lo ian
HungaryKarácsony Apó
ItalyBabbo Natale
JapanHoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts) or Santa no ojisan (Uncle Santa)
LatviaZiemmassve'tku veci'tis
LithuaniaKaledu Senis
MexicoNino Jesus
MoroccoBlack Peter
NorwayJulenissen (“Christmas gnome”)
NetherlandsKerstman.
PeruPapa Noel
PolandGwiazdor (Star Man)
RussiaDed Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)
SloveniaBozicek
SwedenJultomten (“Christmas brownie”)
United KingdomFather Christmas
WalesSion Corn (Chimney John)



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