Santa Claus

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This article is about Nick's normal persona. For his Fremennik alter ego, see Thorvar Crittersmash.
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Santa Claus only appears during certain events and may not be currently found in game.
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Nicklaus, more commonly known as Santa Claus or Father Christmas, is a Christmas themed non-player character who made an appearance in the 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Christmas events. He is the father of Jack Frost, and husband to the Queen of Snow.

Santa is seen not wearing a Santa hat but a hood (except in 2004, when he wore a hat).

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

Before becoming Santa Claus, Nicklaus was known as the King of Roses and lived on Renmark, a wondrous magical world, where everything changed according to the season. Nicklaus lived in the summer, when autumn came he would transform into the King of Leaves, just like the rest of the world and inhabitants would transform, with no knowledge of their other identities. When spring once more turned to summer, the Queen of Sunrise would transform into Nicklaus, and the cycle would repeat.

Nicklaus was a lover of poetry and loved wandering the lush landscapes leaving his poems around. One of these poems were found by the Queen of Snow, who was the winter aspect of Nicklaus, she fell in love with the author, although she could not find him, no matter how intensely she searched. She instead left behind messages for Nicklaus to find, and their love bloomed through their exchange of letters and poems; never knowing, that they were the same person.

At some point the god Guthix came to Renmark and was astonished by its beauty, but Guthix discovered a hidden threat to Renmark near the planet's core, a corruption called Mur. Guthix used the Elder sword to try and remove Mur, but accidently shattered the whole planet. This event caused the seasonal aspects of Renmark to be broken apart with the Queen of Snow being split into her four different aspects. Guthix salvaged as many pieces of the planet as he could, and eventually connected them with Gielinor through unknown means. Nicklaus left his fragment, the Land of Glades, a land of everlasting summer to live with the Queen of Snow in the Land of Snow, the land of unending winter. He adorned thick red clothes to keep warm and eventually became known as Santa Claus.

In the year 124 or 125 of the Fifth Age, Nicklaus had a son with the Queen of Snow, who they named Jack Frost.

2004 Christmas event[edit | edit source]


During the 2004 Christmas event, Father Christmas appeared in numerous free-to-play and members cities, these being East Ardougne, Varrock, Falador, Catherby, and Yanille. He could usually be found along important roads or in town centres.

When spoken to, Father Christmas would give players a yo-yo, a toy that only players who attended the event can receive. If players lost their yo-yo, they could obtain another by speaking to him again. If the player already had a yo-yo, he would just wish them a merry Christmas.

Following the event, Father Christmas disappeared. If players needed a new yo-yo, they could obtain one from Diango in the Draynor Village market.

2005 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

During the 2005 Christmas event, Father Christmas appeared at the gate east of Taverley, near Doric's house. When players were instructed to deliver a box of baubles to a person at the gate, they would find him there, although he was called "Hooded Stranger".

2008 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

Santa Claus and his four reindeer frozen in ice.

In the 2008 Christmas event, his son, Jack Frost, froze him, his sleigh and his four reindeer. Usually, Santa Claus is supposed to have 8 reindeer, excluding Rudolph.

Players had to defrost him by lighting several logs around his sleigh. Once he was defrosted, players were awarded with the four pieces of the Santa suit.

2009 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

Santa Claus returned in the 2009 Christmas event. In this event, the Christmas-hating Ebenezer Scourge kidnaps him and steals the food prepared for the Christmas feast organised by the Queen of Snow. Scourge does this to seek revenge on the Queen of Snow.

Santa Claus is freed when players, wearing the Ghost costume, scare Ebenezer Scourge by pretending to be the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. If players wore the costume and talked to Santa Claus, he mistakes the player for a real ghost, but quickly realises that the ghost is the player.

2010 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

For the 2010 Christmas event, Santa (badly) disguises himself as Fremennik called Thorvar Crittersmash and tries to bring Christmas to the Fremennik warriors fighting in Daemonheim. During the event, players had to collect items that Thorvar left in a dungeon when he was attacked by a "ferocious creature" (A heim crab named Salty Claws). According to Thorvar, he is a Fremennik, and Thok does not dispute this, claiming he is obviously a Fremennik as "he climbs through chimneys and into fireplaces, he is almost as strong as me". After completing the event, he teleported players to the Heimland Games and gave them a reward.

2013 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

For the 2013 Christmas event, Santa Claus was kidnapped by San'tar Klaws, and is later freed due to the players intervention (a nice or naughty Christmas will work).

2014 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

For the 2014 Christmas event, Santa needs the players help to construct and pull a giant Christmas cracker in the Lumbridge crater. This is achieved by travelling around the world and delivering presents for Santa every day and giving him the festive paper that he needs.

He is also in most major towns in the form of Thorvar Crittersmash, accepting donations for Oxfam. The rewards for this are the Oxfam present, 'the Festive' title and the Oxfam Reindeer Antlers.

2015 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

During this event, he has gone missing along with the Queen of Snow and Jack Frost. With the aid of a snow imp, players attempt to find out what happened to them.

2016 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

For the 2016 Christmas event, Santa needs the player to help with some of the old events in Santa's Christmas neighbourhood.

2017 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

During the 2017 Christmas event, Santa has gone missing and the Queen of Snow is worried about his whereabouts. She asks the player to try and help to track him down. She suggests talking to Aubury, Doc, Orla Fairweather and afterwards Thurgo.

2019 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

During the 2019 Christmas event, the player must help Santa track down his gifts for the Queen of Snow that he unintentionally distributed all over Gielinor.

Family[edit | edit source]


Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 5 October 2020 (Update):
    • Santa Claus' chat-head transparency has been adjusted and fixed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His pseudonym in the 2010 Christmas event, Thorvar Crittersmash is a pun on "Father Christmas".