We know that the Potterians (Potterites?, Potterlings?) celebrate Christmas (at least they do in the UK).

Are there mentions of Santa? Is/was he some sort of real person. In the same way we (out of universe) consider Merlin to be fictional, JK has co-opted him as a historical figure (in universe ).

He is certainly mentioned but this doesn't address whether he's 'real'.

Somewhat related, but doesn't answer my question: Did J. K. Rowling's Religious Beliefs Determine Much in Harry Potter?

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    Based on a brief book text search and the absence of any other Wikia info, I'm tempted to say "no". Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 3:25
  • @DVK - are you saying no to the mention of Santa or no to JK's religious beliefs? :D I can't recall any mention of Santa in any canon/interviews from JK, but I vaguely recall JK mentioning that her religious beliefs did impact the HP series, i will have to find the interview/quote, unless Slytherincess/DVK can throw in a comment? :D
    – BP_Phoenix
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 7:39
  • Slightly related is the question scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/53242 When did using a fireplace as a portal first become used?
    – b_jonas
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 9:58
  • @BP_Phoenix - no Santa. No Tooth Fairy either. Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 10:46
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    Well, it'd make sense if Santa were a wizard. 1) He'd probably use the Floo Network to visit all those houses so fast (and to muggles it'd look like he'd used the chimney), 2) he'd use a bag like Hermione's that is bigger on the inside to carry all those toys, 3) house elves make the toys in his workshop, etc.
    – RedCaio
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 6:17

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Father Christmas is referenced in four out of the seven Harry Potter books but there's no canon confirmation (in the text, at least) that he's viewed as anything other than mythological even to the Wizarding world.

In general his name is used in much the same way that modern British people would use it, e.g. to describe someone jolly, fat, bearded and prone to giving out presents, the literal living embodiment of the Christmas spirit.

For the record, the original Santa Claus/Father Christmas was almost certainly a real person (for a given value of "real") which neatly answers the question of whether he's fictional in the wizard world.

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    He was probably a wizard to them, too, from what they say about other people who we assume were "Muggles" with legends built up around them.
    – DalekLuna
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 16:51
  • @DalekLuna - Very possibly.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 16:55
  • @DalekLuna That is what I assumed, but wanted to know if there was any evidence.
    – Möoz
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 21:19
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    I always thought Santa was the American version of Father Christmas but they aren't quite the same
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 21:00
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    @DannyMcG Like the Greek and Roman pantheons, they're often equated.
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Oct 20, 2022 at 14:05

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