->''"Who keeps [[SantaClaus his]] red suit looking nice?\\
Who does he turn to for advice?\\
Who gives the brownies all their spice?\\
Mrs. Santa Claus."''
-->-- Music/NatKingCole, "Mrs. Santa Claus"

The wife of SantaClaus in many stories. She's often portrayed as a kind, elderly matron who helps her husband and the elves in various ways, whether it's [[SupremeChef cooking delicious meals]] (possibly [[ThroughHisStomach the reason given why Santa is so fat]]), or even helping supervise the toy factory.

Her origins are as varied as those of her husband. For example, a first name is rarely ever mentioned, and if one is, no two stories agree on it (though it's quite common for people to jokingly claim it's [[PunnyName Mary Christmas]]). Yet regardless of how she begins, she usually ends up as a GrannyClassic. Usually she's short and plump like her husband, but sometimes she will be tall and thin for an {{Inversion}} of ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa.

Her outfit is typically a red and white version of the classic granny dress. Sometimes the red is replaced with green, to complement her husband's outfit and complete the Christmas theme. Sometimes she will wear a HappyHolidaysDress, but almost never a SexySantaDress (unless she is crossed with GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave). Still, ladies who are merely dressing as Mrs. Claus will often wear those dresses when paired with a guy dressed as Santa, especially a MallSanta.

Compare CoolOldLady, FairyGodmother.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5QPXhStb5I A 2016 ad for British department store chain Marks and Spencer]] features Mrs. Claus receiving a gift request from a young boy, and visiting his house to deliver the package on Christmas Eve via helicopter. She also helps Santa get ready for his main flight.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mrs. Kringle from ''ComicBook/JingleBelle'' is a notable exception from the GrannyClassic archetype (something which is occasionally lampshaded in the comic). She's an elf queen who prefers aristocratic garments to aprons.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Imelda Staunton plays the role in ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' as a hyper-competent organizer who handles the political end of the Santa Claus operation (she mentions a "treaty with Greenland").
* Mrs. Claus is briefly seen in the background at one point in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. Even though she's visible for a few seconds at best, the animators still had to trim her ears out of fear that it looked like Santa had married an elf.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheSantaClause 2'' revolves around him trying to find a wife, due a second clause, called "The Mrs. Clause''.
* ''Film/SantaClausTheMovie'' started with Santa's origin, in which Mrs. Claus was already his wife before they were given their new roles.
* Creator/AngelaLansbury plays Mrs. Clause in the film ''Film/MrsSantaClaus''. She flies off to New York City in 1910, boards with a Jewish family and becomes involved in causes like child labor and woman's suffrage.
* She appears at the beginning of ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' during the live newscast from Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
** This is actually the first appearance of Mrs. Claus in a movie or TV show.
* In ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'' she appears in the ShowWithinAShow film ''The Day the Reindeer Died'', as the type of [[NeverMessWithGranny old woman you don't want to mess with]]. (The same movie has a BadassSanta too.)

* In the bizarre novel ''Santa Steps Out,'' Mrs. Claus finds out that Santa had been cheating on her. She then does the mother of all revenge lays by seducing every single elf in the workshop in one weekend. [[CrossesTheLineTwice She does this by using the same magic that Santa uses to visit all the houses in the world in one night.]]
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', they meet Mrs. Claus when they visit the North Pole.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "Film/SantaClaus1959", which doesn't feature a Mrs. Claus, Servo quips that Mrs. Claus winters in Fort Lauderdale.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': La Chilindrina believes Mrs. Claus' name is "Mary (Merry) Christmas".

* [[Music/NatKingCole Nat King Cole's]] "Mrs. Santa Claus" pretty much defines the character.
--->''"Who reads the notes from girls and boys?\\
Turns in the order for their toys?\\
Fills every heart with wondrous joys?\\
Mrs. Santa Claus."''
* The narrator of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_-C11_LbYI Santa's Got a Brand New Bag]]" by [=SHeDAISY=] is clearly gunning for this role.
** Likewise the narrator of "Santa Baby"...or at the very least, Mrs. Claus wouldn't like her.
* Mrs. Claus is mentioned in "The Night Santa Went Crazy" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic. Now that Santa is in jail, she spends all her time on the phone with her lawyer, negotiating [[spoiler:the movie rights]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** In one arc, Sally thinks that SantaClaus ''is'' a Mrs. Claus, named Samantha Claus. Charlie Brown teases Sally at one point, asking, "Does Samantha Claus say 'Ho, ho, ho,' or does she just smile daintily?"
** In another arc, after Sally asks Charlie Brown a lot of questions about Santa before writing her letter (like if he has a middle initial or a title) she decides she wants to write to Mrs. Claus instead of Santa, and Charlie Brown says that he thinks her name is "[[PunnyName Mary Christmas]]". Sally is intrigued.
--->''Congratulations on deciding [[TheMaidenNameDebate to keep your own name]].''

* ''The Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany Christmas'' has the song "Mrs. Santa Claus."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the Deep 7 role-playing game ''Santa's Soldiers'', Mrs. Claus is the grandmotherly-appearing and ''very deadly'' head of the the paramilitary elf branch. No-one knows her true story, ''no-one wants to ask.'' And should you cross her, she will "kick your jingly elf ass from one end of the workshop to the other."
* In the card game ''Letters to Santa'' (a re-themed version of ''Love Letter''), the second-highest card is "Mrs. Clause". (This card must be discarded if you also hold either an "Elf" or "Toys" card.)

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In the Christmas parade at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], Mrs. Claus is in charge of the mail room where the letters to Santa come in.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mrs. Claus is summonable item in both ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' games. While she doesn't give out presents like her husband, during the level in the first game where you have to "return the favor to Santa" (by giving him something he likes as a gift), she is a solution. D'aww.
* The Holiday packs for ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' has a Mrs. Claus dress that is trimmed [[PrettyInMink with white fur]], thus is [[PimpedOutDress decorated enough]] to count as a HappyHolidaysDress.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', Mary Claus is part of the Christmas DLC missions. You can even unlock her as a homie.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Appears in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. She takes over from Santa when he's infected by alien DNA, including battling Bun-Bun with [[GunsAkimbo twin Uzis]]. She is also taken hostage by Bun-Bun during the Holiday Wars arc, and eventually helps trick him into using the [[DeusExMachina Deus Egg Machina]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the [[AnAssKickingChristmas action cartoon]] ''Super Santa'' (from Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' series), the [[BadassSanta super-powered Santa]] is paired with Emma Claus, named after Emma Peel of ''Series/TheAvengers'', who wears a SpyCatsuit under her more typical matronly robes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy,'' her name is Nancy, and she and Santa are old friends with [[TheGrimReaper Grim]]. She enlists him, Billy and Mandy's help when Santa is turned into a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] right before Christmas. [[spoiler:She's actually the one who did it, as she's the [[VampireMonarch Head Head Vampire]] and was annoyed at him for leaving her with most of the work. She's EasilyForgiven at the end, as apparently this has happened before]].
* In the ShowWithinAShow ''KISS Saves Santa'', seen in the first ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Mrs. Claus is seen dispensing kindly advice to Music/{{KISS}} before they go [[SavingChristmas rescue Santa]] from pterodactyls.
** She also appears in a few {{Cutaway Gag}}s, including one where Santa mocks her about not getting letters like he does. She's also {{Discussed}} in one ChristmasEpisode where Stewie believes that she has eating disorder, since Santa could get any woman he wants and she knows it.
* Played by Creator/BettyWhite in the ''WesternAnimation/PrepAndLanding'' spin-off short "Operation: Secret Santa." She asks Wayne and Lanny to sneak into Santa's office while he's napping and take something from her, which turns out to be a simple toy wheel. [[spoiler:It came from the first toy Santa ever made. She had tracked down the other pieces and put it back together for him as a present]].
* Betty White also plays her in ''The Story of Santa Claus.'' Her name is Gretchen, and "Santa" is initially her pet name for her husband Nicholas Claus, because of his saintly kindness. A running theme throughout the special is that Nicholas, in his attempts to do good, keeps messing things up for them and others, but she stands by him regardless. She also advises Aurora, a [[TheSmartGuy brainy]] elf child who helps Santa in their mission, to appreciate CloudCuckooLander Clement, whose weird ideas help establish numerous Christmas traditions.
* She appears in ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' as a vaguely European dark-haired woman who urges Santa to eat ("whoever heard of a skinny Santa?!"), and who criticizes him for not appreciating the elves' singing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' ChristmasSpecial, Alvin has given away his prized "Golden Echo Harmonica" to a sick boy, and now needs to raise money for a replacement, so he can play it at Carnegie Hall. (He is afraid, [[MilhollandRelationshipMoment incorrectly]], that Dave will get mad at him if he finds out.) He fails, and is moping at the department store when [[MysteriousBacker a kindly old lady]] who is "very far from home" buys it for him, in exchange for a song. The last scene reveals that she was actually Mrs. Claus.
* In an [[AnimatedAdaptation Animated]] ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/TheNanny'', Fran has a dream where she meets SantaClaus (Max). He told her that, while he's real, Mrs. Claus isn't.
* [[ADayInTheLimelight She's the star]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'', a special where she's trying to help her husband get motivated.
* She's actually given an origin in ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'', one of the few specials that portrays Santa as a young man. Named Jessica, she's a {{Schoolmarm}} who initially supports Burgermeister Meisterburger's ban on toys, but [[DefrostingIceQueen quickly defrosts]] when Kris presents her with the china doll that she always wanted as a child. When he, [[ChristmasElves the Kringles]] and the Winter Warlock are imprisoned she breaks them out (empowering the flying reindeer in the process) and goes on the run with them.