In this gallery from the archives we look at famous faces who over the years have dresssed up as Santa Claus.
BBC TV stars in festive mood in London for the launch of the corporation’s Christmas package of programmes. Over the holiday season viewers will see, back row, from left, ‘Allo ‘Allo stars Carmen Silvera, Gordon Kaye and Vicki Michelle. Front row, from left, Hi De Hi’s Ruth Madoc, EastEnder’s Wendy Richard, Dave Lee Travis and Father Christmas attired Bob Monkhouse.
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Former World Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan joins the Post Office’s campaign advising people to beat the Christmas rush by posting their cards early
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Actor John Thaw, tough Inspector Jack Regan of the Sweeney, finds himself under investigation by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir David McNee when he assumes the role of Santa Claus.
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First lady Nancy Reagan sits on the knee of television personality Mr. T, dressed as Santa Claus, as he joined her for a preview of the White House Christmas decor in Washington, D.C.
Picture date: Dec. 12, 1983.(AP Photo/Ira Schwarz)
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Former Labour cabinet minister Denis Healey who appeared at a press conference in London as Father Christmas, organised by the Greeting Card and Calendar Association with the Post office to stress the importance of communication this Christmas.
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Sid James helps Barbara Windsor with her beard as the two dress up as Santa Claus for the Variety Club luncheon.
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Bernard Bresslaw (l) and Jimmy Tarbuck (c) give a lift to Miss Christmas Dona Reading whilst Max Bygraves (r) holds Joan Crane.
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Yippie leader Jerry Rubin appears with a toy gun and Santa Claus suit on Capitol Hill during the hearing of the House Committee in Un-American Activities in Washington D.C. on Dec. 4, 1968. Rubin, who was barred from the hearing, told people that his costume was typical of the committee, which he describes as
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Bruce Forsyth, Vera Lynn and Danny La Rue dressed in Father Christmas outfits at the Variety Club Christmas Luncheon.
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Actors Luisa Mattioli and her husband Roger Moore don “Father Christmas” costumes at the Variety Club of Great Britain’s Christmas luncheon at the Savoy Hotel in London, Dec. 9, 1969. They are collecting gifts for sick and deprived children. (AP Photo/Bob Dear)
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George Best smiles as he poses in a Santa Claus outfit to be worn at a Charity Film Premiere.
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Female impersonator Danny La Rue (2nd L) pours out champagne at the Talk of the Town Restaurant, London. Fellow entertainers are Freddie Starr (L), Colin Crompton (R), and Bernard Manning.
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Carry On stars Sid James and Barbara Windsor welcome guests to a party for ITV’s Christmas performers at the New London Theatre
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