Why does Santa wear red?

It's often been wondered why Santa wears red. With many myths, we look into it ....

Written 7th July 2022 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter

It's often been wondered why Santa wears red. With many myths, we look into it... 

It is widely believed that Santa wears a red suit because of the Coca-Cola advert. I’m sorry to ruin it, but that is a myth. The official Coca-Cola website states that this is untrue. 

St Nicholas appeared in various written and illustrations being described as wearing a red coat. We have dated back that the first mention of the red suit was in 1881 when Thomas Nast, a political cartoonist, illustrated the poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ and drew him red.

The Coca-cola advert wasn’t until 1931 many years after.

 

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