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"You're supposed to be Santa's wife, not his mistress!"

A sexy dress designed to make it clear it's to be worn for Christmas time. The outfit is usually red, and trimmed with either fur (real or fake) or with feathers, often topped by a Santa hat. The exact form of the dress can vary:

  • Usually it's a mini dress.
  • Sometimes it's a sexy (often midriff-baring) top and short skirt.
  • Sometimes it's a sexy top and hot pants or booty shorts.
  • Sometimes it will be a skintight leotard.

Since these are either skimpy and/or skintight, these outfits are major Fanservice. Shows will often have a Mall Santa with one or more ladies wearing this, whether or not it happens in Real Life. A variation of this is the girls wearing sexy elf costumes.

Expect someone to make an obligatory joke about the character being Exposed to the Elements.

Side-Story Bonus Art in Anime and Manga often has holiday pics with female characters wearing these dresses.

A Sub-Trope of Pimped-Out Dress, Costume Porn, Sexy Whatever Outfit.

A Sister Trope to Happy Holidays Dress (the one with the longer skirt, and is, therefore, warmer), Minidress of Power.

Compare Fur Bikini, Sexy Sweater Girl, Homemade Sweater from Hell, Exposed to the Elements, An Ice Suit.

This is about the dress, not just any kind of Christmas fanservice.


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  • Worn by Santa's helpers in this ad for Funeraria Lopez, a funeral home in Guatemala.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In an episode of the second season of Ah! My Goddess Urd wears one of these dresses.
  • Not all that skimpy, but Aoi-Santa (Santaoi?) wears one in the Christmas Episode of Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi.
  • Every arc of the Amagami SS anime gives us a glimpse of some of the girls in this get-up, but Haruka Morishima stands out the most, especially since she has won the "Miss Santa" contest three years running.
  • Erza spends the Fairy Tail Christmas OVA wearing one of these, a strapless mini-dress with long red gloves and black thigh-high stockings.
  • In the FLCL manga, Haruko dresses Mamimi in one and, along with Ninamori, who dresses in only an extra-large men's shirt (calling Haruko and Mamimi amateurs...), the three of them spend the night in Naota's room in order to toy with his hormones.
  • In an OVA of Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, Yuri wears a jacket and hot shorts form of this.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Several official illustrations featuring Haruhi play this up.
    • She stuffs Mikuru into one for the Christmas party in Disappearance.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Ayumu Nishizawa wears this on some cover pages and appears in it during the first anime season.
    • Nagi has worn this on a cover page, too—or rather, had been wearing.
    • As of issue 300, 1st place and 2nd place in the character polls Hinagiku and Athena respectively get added to this list.
  • In Heavy Object Froleytia wears one to her unit's Christmas party, to the delight of the male soldiers. Milinda dons one as well to try and get Quenser's attention.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Poland.
    • Vietnam, too, in a picture on the author's blog.
    • Lampshaded in a Christmas comic with Hungary.
  • The Idolmaster: Miki, Ami and Mami in episode 22.
  • In the anime OVA Itsudatte My Santa! a Magical Girl trainee Santa Claus called Mai has this as the outfit she transforms into to perform magic.
  • Chapter 112 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has Kaguya wears a Santa dress as the first of several cosplay outfits she tries on in an attempt to catch Shirogane off guard (though it's more cute than sexy due to the series shying away from gratuitious fanservice). It fails to get the desired reaction because he had decided the previous chapter to start being honest with his feelings for her.
  • In K-On! Yui wears one as "punishment" during their Christmas Party, the teacher decides this isn't enough fun and forces Mio into it instead. (In the manga, it's a midriff-baring top and skirt, while the anime is a one-piece with straps, short enough to show a lot of leg.)
  • In Love Hina, there's a cover of the manga that has the main female cast in various forms of these dresses. Idem the anime Christmas ova.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's first Megami Sound Stage, which was set immediately before the second season's Christmas Episode, had a CD Jacket featuring Nanoha and Fate wearing a skimpy Santa and reindeer suit respectively.
  • Mitsudomoe:
    • Played for Laughs with Hitoha and Mitsuba (among plenty of others).
    • Played straight with Kuriyama-sensei.
  • In Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Mayura wears a dress that has a short skirt but isn't quite revealing enough to be the skimpy kind.
  • An issue of Nana & Kaoru has an art page with Nana in a sexy Santa bikini!
  • The cover picture for Period 78 of Negima! Magister Negi Magi features Asuna, Konoka, and Setsuna wearing the skimpy, short-skirted Santa version.
  • Misaki wears one in episode 13 of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou.
  • Official Rumiko Takahashi illustrations of Ranma ˝ have given female Ranma plenty of Christmas leotards as well as New Year kimonos for the respective holiday issues of Shonen Sunday.
  • The dresses for the cover of the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars "Merry Christmas!" CD has all of the girls in cute Santa dresses.
  • In the first Christmas chapter of the Sgt. Frog manga, Aki Hinata wears this getup at the Christmas party the Keronians throw.
  • Suite Pretty Cure ♪ had the main heroines wearing these in their Christmas Episode.
  • Sonico in Super Sonico wears one in episode 11, while Fuuri is dressed up in a reindeer one. Ouka wears a cute one.
  • The Santa stand-in girls in Those Who Hunt Elves.
  • Why the Hell Are You Here, Teacher!?: Chizuru spends Christmas with Kou wearing one of these. She really likes Christmas.
  • In Chapter 9 of You Like Me, Not My Daughter?!, Takkun has a fever dream of Ayako wearing one, despite there being no indication that it's Christmastime.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Ice Princess outfit in Batman Returns.
  • Riley, Kris, Marty and Jesse wear these during the talent show at the frat house in Black Christmas (2019). (Helena was originally supposed to one of the quartet, and was seen wearing the dress, but she got drunk and Riley took her place.)
  • A porn star wears a revealing Santa cloak, with thigh-high boots and a leather thong, in Don't Open Till Christmas.
  • If You Believe: Susan gets sexy red underpants with green Christmas tree applications from her friendly colleague Gloria. Tom surprises her on Christmas Day in the morning and likes her outfit a lot.
  • In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmony wears one of these because she's working at a sleazy Christmas party.
  • Love Actually has a bunch of women wearing these outfits in a music video with Bill Nighy's aging rocker.
  • Mean Girls has the titular girls performing to Jingle Bell Rock in versions of this outfit. According to Damian, the Plastics have been doing it every year for the Winter Talent Show since they were in middle school. It should be noted that the choreography was done by Janis Ian, before she and Regina stopped being friends in middle school. One can assume that the outfits were probably way less revealing than they were in High School.
  • In Silent Night (2012), the mayor's daughter Tiffany spends the entire film in a sexy Santa dress, which even extends to her sexy red lingerie. Once scene shows that this is the uniform of the caroling group she sings with.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ally McBeal:
    • Ally wears a red mini-dress trimmed with white fur while singing "Santa Baby" at the bar when the office celebrate Christmas. The whole office thought she would suck, but they admitted she was good... and sexy.
    • Once Cage&Fish had a case representing an older man employed as mall Santa who was fired because the mall hired a young pair of models to play sexy young Santa-like guy and his hot female helper. Both wear red revealing outfits with Santa hats.
  • In the Are You Being Served? episode, "The Father Christmas Affair", Mr. Humphries wore one.
  • In a Christmas episode of Chuck, Anna Wu wears one for the Holiday sales season.
  • On Community, Annie wears one in "Regional Holiday Music". However, its actually a parody; while she originally uses it to seduce Jeff she devolves into a Brainless Beauty using Baby Talk that just manages to squick him out.
    Jeff: Eventually, you hit a point of diminishing returns on the sexiness.
    Annie: What's a demmemememuah?
  • CSI: A variant occurs in "The Lost Reindeer" when the office party animal arranges for a stripper dressed as a sexy reindeer to perform at the office Christmas party.
  • In the Frasier episode "Frasier Grinch" Bulldog hires a stripper named "Candy Cane" for the radio station Christmas party who wears this outfit (but not for long!).
  • Appears during the Season 3 Glee Christmas Episode, many of the glee girls wear matching minidresses trimmed in white fur and matching hats (presumably red, but the episode is in black and white) during their number.
  • Vanessa went this route in an episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, when asked to dress up as a Mrs. Mall Santa. It was originally a Happy Holidays Dress, but she thought it was too plain, so she cut into something sexy. This angered Mark a bit, as it was a rental. Mark's Straight Woman cousin Geneva's reaction was priceless, giving the page quote.
  • In Home Improvement, Tim Taylor had Jill wear one of these when trying to take a family Christmas picture. He didn't make her wear it when they tried again but did suggest she wear it for private moments.
    Jill: This ridiculous! Mrs Claus would NEVER wear something this skimpy!
    Tim (who is dressed like a Mountie): She would if Santa were away and Mr Mountie Man was in town.
  • Kamen Rider Double's first movie marks the first and only time the (male) character Santa-chan doesn't dress like Santa. When asked why (especially since it actually IS Christmas), Santa opens the door, revealing Queen and Elizabeth (the cute high school girls who help the protagonists) wearing these outfits.
  • In Lois & Clark, Mindy wears one while crashing Superman's charity drive.
  • NFL Cheerleaders are guaranteed to wear these for the team's last home game before Christmas. Double points if it's outdoors and the women are in danger of freezing something important off.
  • The Price Is Right: A prime game show example where clips are prominent on video-sharing services — in the 1980s (before the relationship between host Bob Barker and model Dian Parkinson went sour), Barker's Beauties often wore skimpy Mrs. Claus-type outfits during Christmas week, especially the last show airing prior to December 25.
  • In the Psych holiday episode, Gus's hot sister wears one of these as a disguise.
  • Worn by Victoria Jackson on a Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live from 1989 (host: Andie MacDowell; musical guest: Tracy Chapman) on a Weekend Update segment where she plays a lonely Mrs. Claus who sings "Santa Please Skip Christmas This Year" and ends up kissing Dennis Miller and sitting on his lap.
    • The SNL bumper for the season 36 episode hosted by Paul Rudd had Rudd wearing a sexy Santa dress and heels.
  • Elaine from Seinfeld wore this on the photo for her holiday cards. The one showing a nipple.
  • Stacy wears one while playing Mrs. Claus in an episode of Spin City and is immediately swarmed by fathers wanting to sit on her lap.
  • A 2018 episode of the British version of The Apprentice featured a task where the candidates had to develop a new range of chocolates for the Christmas market. One of the teams came up with a "naughty or nice" theme for their chocolates, calling the product "Santa's Choco Seduction" and using an image of a girl in a Sexy Santa Dress on the packaging. However, this was seen as outdated and sexist by the high-street retailer to whom the chocolates were pitched, resulting in no orders being placed and the team losing the task. The team did get some orders from an online retailer, but it wasn't enough to beat their rivals.
  • In Two and a Half Men, Alan's crazy Christmas loving girlfriend dons a skimpy costume when she realizes Santa's not coming because she's been a bad girl.
  • On Nickelodeon teen show Victorious, the three main female characters Jade, Tori and Cat all wear differing dresses.
  • A staple of WWE's annual Tribute to the Troops Christmas specials.
    • Right before Christmas, WWE Raw will often have a Santa's Little Helper match, with the Divas all wearing these kinds of outfits, however since the Divas Division was rebranded as the Women's Division as well as having experienced female wrestlers on the main roster, the WWE has stopped doing those matches as a result.
  • Will & Grace: Karen wears one for Jack's suggested window dressing. Including some bare-chested "reindeer."

  • Mariah Carey:
    • The cover photos of some of her Christmas albums show her in a sexy Santa catsuit, an atypical example of this trope, but the fanservice is still there.
    • A straighter example is in her recent re-recording of "All I Want For Christmas Is You", where she wears a red mini dress and hat trimmed with white feathers.
    • The K-Pop girl group Girls' Generation, also known as SNSD, wore red mini-dresses trimmed with white fur while singing Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" during their 2011 concert, SNSD's Christmas Fairy Tale.
    • In 2018, another K-Pop girl group, Fromis_9, wore similar outfits while singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on the popular Korean music show Music Bank.
  • The video for "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande features her and her backup singers recreating the "Jingle Bell Rock" scene from Mean Girls as mentioned above.
  • The music video and promotional images for "Beautiful Christmas," by aespa and Red Velvet have all of the members wearing one.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • The outfits worn by the majority of the WWE Divas for the annual "Santa's Little Helper" match, usually held just before Christmas.


  • When Barbie has worn a Christmas dress, it's usually a Happy Holidays Dress. Yet some fall into this trope, such as "Festive Season", which is a green, figure-hugging mini dress with snowflake symbols, and white fur trim on the (moderately) low cut neckline.
  • Skytube once released a Santa Girl figure named Noel Chat Noir, based on artwork created by Tony Taka (also known as T2 Arts) as well as the myth of Christmas Black Cat, and thanks to cast off feature, you can change her clothes as well.

    Video Games 
  • Dead or Alive: In DOA 2 Ultimate, this was an unlockable outfit for Kasumi. In DOA 5, this was Christmas DLC for all the girls, including the Virtua Fighter girls.
  • The third installment Warriors Orochi offers this as a DLC for Da Ji, Wang Yuanji and Mitsunari.
  • Friday Night Funkin': Mommy Mearest wears a variant in Week 5, complete with Navel-Deep Neckline and fur-lined thigh-high boots.
  • One of Ryouta's odd jobs in Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star involves wearing one. Yes, a male pigeon in a Sexy Santa Dress. He's shown in it in the creator's Advent Calendar. The human girl comments that she wants to try it, too.
  • In Hitman: Blood Money, there is a level taking place at a porn king's mountain villa during the holiday season. You can guess what the women are wearing. Or not wearing as the case may be...
  • THE iDOLM@STER: Live for You has these as a costume set.
  • The intro screen to Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1995 swapped out Eva's regular dress for a Santa one with the same Navel-Deep Neckline as usual.
  • Rareware did this official wallpaper of Kameo.
  • For the Christmas event in Killing Floor, the Stalker wears a very skimpy Sexy Santa costume.
  • Riot Games, creators of League of Legends, release one of these as a limited-edition champion skin for one of their hot female champions every Christmas. In 2009 it was Snow Bunny Nidalee, in 2010 it was Candy Cane Miss Fortune, in 2011 it was Mistletoe LeBlanc and in 2012 they released Slay Belle Katarina.
  • Resonance of Fate gives us Leanne (or Reanbell) wearing the mini-dress type during a later mission where you must deliver Christmas presents to little kids.
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero: The Happy Holidays message for backers has Rottytops wearing a red midriff-baring outfit with white trim.
  • Starcraft's Infested Kerrigan of all people ended up in one of these on a Christmas wallpaper.
  • Soul Calibur IV features Santa suits as DLC that turns into Sexy Santa Dresses on females.
  • In Christmas NiGHTS, the Xmas themed kinda-sorta-but-not-really demo disc for NiGHTS into Dreams…, Claris wears a pretty modest one of these.
  • Persona:
    • Persona 3 Portable has an armor set that gives the girls (Mitsuru, Yukari, and Aigis) skimpy Santa dresses.
      Aigis: This is a costume made to provide hopes and dreams to children around the world. However, it is supposedly effective in fulfilling adult men's dreams as well.
    • Persona 4 Golden features the same armor, giving Rise, Chie, and Yukiko sexy Santa dresses. Naoto instead gets a sexy reindeer dress.
    • Persona 5, in series tradition, has a free downloadable set of Christmas outfits for the entire cast. While most aren’t too bad, Ann’s is very much on the skimpy side.
  • Ferham in Mega Man X DiVE gets one of these as an alternate Christmas skin, complemented by black fingerless gloves and thigh-high stiletto boots. Though instead of a traditional Christmas hat, she wears a Commissar Cap to go with her Baroness theme.
  • Infectonator! has a ridiculously attractive News Reporter that keeps track of the player's progress. Most of the games have several unlockable Sexy Whatever Outfits for her, one of them being a Sexy Santa Dress.
  • Often turns up in Virtual Paper Doll games.
  • In World of Warcraft, there are green and red "Winter Veil" outfits. Not surprisingly, the female version is much skimpier than the male version despite being the same items.


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    Western Animation 
  • In the American Dad! episode "Tears of a Clooney" Steve and Roger start an orphan sweatshop and Steve has two of the teenaged female orphans wear this outfit during winter.
  • Turns up in the Christmas Episode of American Dragon: Jake Long when Jake accidentally finds himself in the middle of a Christmas-themed chorus line. (The dancers think he is there for the Chinese New Year number that is coming up later.)
  • In the Futurama episode "A Tale Of Two Santas", Amy wears a midriff-baring Santa suit and skirt during the aforementioned I Am Spartacus scene.
  • In a Christmas episode of The Cleveland Show, Roberta gets hired in a megastore as a skimpily-dressed elf. When her sexist boss rejected Kendra for the role of Santa Claus, Roberta and her co-workers complain about continuing to have to wear their costumes and quit... tossing Mr. Grundle their shorts.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb Christmas special, Dr. Doofensmirtz had Santa girls as backup dancers during his "I Really Don't Hate Christmas" song.
  • The Scooby-Doo special Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays has Daphne and Velma's elf costumes. Not exactly a Santa dress, but they are skintight.
  • In The Simpsons Christmas episode "The Nightmare After Krustmas". A scene during the night, in the bedroom, has Marge wears a really revealing Santa costume to surprise Homer.
  • Cher and Babs wore matching ones in Tiny Toon Adventures when shooting a video (Babs even wears a wig matching Cher's hair).
  • The Totally Spies! episode "Evil G.L.A.D.I.S. Much?" has Sam, Clover, and Alex wearing these at the WOOHP Christmas party. The girls were not pleased... that their outfits were red, when fuchsia was the appropriate color that year.
  • Dr. Girlfriend wears a Christmas outfit in The Venture Brothers Christmas special.


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Alternative Title(s): Skimpy Holiday Dress


Jingle Bell Rock

Before it went off the rails, the Plastics' performance was supposed to be a sexy dance set to "Jingle Bell Rock" in Santa-esque outfits.

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