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The best lifesize Santa Claus

While most lifesize Santa Claus figurines are designed to maintain a standing pose, some are designed to sit. Others have arms and legs you can bend, to change their position.
While most lifesize Santa Claus figurines are designed to maintain a standing pose, some are designed to sit. Others have arms and legs you can bend, to change their position. (BestReviews)

What Christmas decoration is universally appealing to both adults and children? A lifesize Santa Claus. Children will have a ball looking at these figurines and adults will have plenty to say about it. Santa will also make your decor scheme memorable and unique. People will remember the fun touch and talk about it for a long time.

Take the Northlight Lifesize Decorative Santa Claus Figure. It depicts Santa garbed in his traditional red stocking cap and coat, which he wears over a gold shirt and green pants. A toy sack in the same deep green hue and a teddy bear round out the welcoming aesthetic.

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What to know before you buy a lifesize Santa Claus

How lifesize is defined 

A lifesize Santa Claus is a figurine that is as tall as a child or adult. Typically, Santa decorations that are considered lifesize measure anywhere from 3-6 feet tall when standing.

It’s important to remember that due to the size of these decorations, their weight is often significant. If you have limitations on how many pounds you can lift or move, you should solicit help with setting up and storing your lifesize Santa Claus.

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But even with the weight issue, a Santa Claus that’s life size is a memorable and fun decoration to display. Santa will add a whimsical touch to your home, provide a point of interest for children and act as a conversation starter.

Standing vs. sitting

While most lifesize Santa Claus figurines are designed to maintain a standing pose, some are designed to sit. Others have arms and legs you can bend to change their position. If you want a Santa Claus that stands, it’s essential to confirm whether the decoration needs a platform or anything else to stabilize it.

Motion and sound capabilities

A small number of lifesize Santa Claus figurines have the ability to move on their own. Their arms and/or legs might move and their body might sway. They might talk, play instrumental music or dance and sing to music. Some of these decorations are equipped with motion sensors, making them interactive. They'll move when motion occurs within a certain proximity. Children especially get a kick out of these Santas. Make sure you find out whether the decoration operates via electrical power or whether it requires batteries.

Lifesize Santa Claus features

Accessories 

Items like a toy sack, gift-wrapped packages, sleigh, reindeer, Rudolph and elves can take a lifesize Santa Claus figurine to the next level in terms of design. These holiday-themed accessories further enhance the festive aesthetic and add another layer of style.

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Santa suit

Santa would be virtually unrecognizable without his iconic suit. Lifesize Santa Claus decorations wear variations of the classic Santa suit. Some are closely modeled after the traditional version, while others detour from it. Regardless of the style, you should think about what kind of material and design details you want your Santa’s coat and stocking cap to have.

Realistic vs. fanciful 

You can find lifesize Santa Claus figurines with faces so realistic, they almost look like a living person. While some people favor this aesthetic, others find it unsettling. If you fall into the latter category, rest assured, there are also lifesize Santas with faces that look more like an animated version of jolly old Saint Nick.

Lifesize Santa Claus cost 

Lifesize Santa Claus figurines aren’t cheap. You can expect to pay a significant amount of money for the dimensions you’ll get with one of these decorations. In general, lifesize Santa Claus figurines start around $250 and can cost upwards of $1,200.

Lifesize Santa Claus FAQ

How should you display a lifesize Santa Claus?

A. Given how much this Santa Claus figurine will dominate the space in which it's displayed, you should keep other decorations to a minimum. Let Santa be the star and use the other pieces as accents. This will keep the design balanced and prevent it from looking cluttered.

How do you make a lifesize Santa Claus work in a small home? 

A. While it requires careful planning and a thoughtful approach, you can indeed display a lifesize Santa Claus even if your home is small. There are several options. First, you might consider replacing your Christmas tree with Santa, making him the centerpiece of your decor scheme. Second, make sure the square footage of the chosen space is sufficient for the size of the figurine. If you try to squeeze a lifesize Santa Claus figurine into a small space, the decorations will overwhelm the space. The resulting look will be unbalanced.

Which lifesize Santa Claus should I get?

Best of the best lifesize Santa Claus

Northlight Lifesize Decorative Santa Claus Figure with Teddy and Gifts: available at Kohl's

Our take: Brandishing a toy sack and a teddy bear perfect for cuddling, this Santa Claus figurine evokes a comforting feeling.

What we like: This figurine depicts a dapper Santa wearing a gold shirt and green pants beneath his iconic red velvet, fur-trimmed coat and hat. He cradles a teddy bear in the crook of one arm. A full toy sack in green velvet that matches Santa's pants is suspended from the other hand.

What we dislike: The figure weighs 40 pounds, which might be too heavy for some people to move.

Best bang for your buck lifesize Santa Claus

Fraser Hill Farm 58-Inch Dancing Santa with Teddy Bear: available at Amazon

Our take: Equipped with motion-sensing technology, this Santa Claus dances to "Jingle Bell Rock."

What we like: If you want a lifesize Santa that's interactive, look no further. This figurine sways his body and moves his arms to the famous song when activated by motion. The maximum distance for triggering Santa is 5 feet. The figurine features a realistic face, a toy sack and a teddy bear.

What we dislike: A couple of buyers were disappointed by Santa's appearance and one buyer reported it was difficult to activate him.

Honorable mention lifesize Santa Claus 

5' Red Animated Musical Inflatable Santa Claus Christmas Figurine: available at Macy's

Our take: Standing a notable 5-feet tall, this inflatable Santa Claus looks like the beloved character come to life.

What we like: This jolly figure may be inflatable but features magical touches of realism to bring that Christmas spirit into your home. Holding a sack of toys and a stuffed stuffing, this Santa will leave little ones brimming with excitement and anticipation for the big day. The figure is 31 by 16 inches and 5-feet tall.

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What we dislike: You'll need a pump to get this Santa up to size.


Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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