Searching for a Sexy Santa? These Are the Big Screen’s Top 5

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Santa with a Six Pack

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If you’re searching for a Sexy Santa, ditch the mall and start streaming. It may be cold outside, but you can warm up with these five big screen sex symbols. Each – in his own way – is sporting some classic Christmas attire that’s sure to get your chestnuts roasting.

Disco Sexy Santa: Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe in a Santa Suit

Ryan Phillippe photo courtesy Miramax

ROLE: Shane O’Shea
MOVIE: 54
YEAR: 1998

Yes, Mark Christopher’s 54 is glitzy paean to the halcyon boogie nights of the 1970s failed to set the box office on fire. But it does showcase a smoldering leading performance by then-breakout-boy Ryan Phillippe. One fleeting glance at his chiseled figure in a Santa suit makes this an evergreen holiday classic.

Camouflage Sexy Santa: Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal in a Santa Hat

Jake Gyllenhaal photo courtesy Universal Pictures

ROLE: Anthony “Swoff” Swofford
MOVIE: Jarhead
YEAR: 2005

Jarhead is a brutal and bloody meditation on the casualties of military training and service among its corps. It’s a heavy cinematic experience, yet Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance is intense and committed. And the shirtless scenes showing the dramatic results of his intense workout regimen (with bonus santa hat) render it endlessly re-watchable.

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Dealer Sexy Santa: Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant in a Santa Hat

Timothy Olyphant photo courtesy Columbia Pictures

ROLE: Todd
MOVIE: Go
YEAR: 1999

Timothy Olyphant commands the screen as a dangerous drug dealer with a Santa fetish in stylish 90s party movie Go. The role shows off both his tight body and the brash bravado that would become a central part of many roles in his accomplished career.

Criminal Sexy Santa: Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck in a Santa Suit

Ben Affleck photo courtesy Dimension Films

ROLE: Rudy Duncan
MOVIE: Reindeer Games
YEAR: 2000

This Rudolph may not have a red nose, but we doubt that the famed sleigh-puller had as much sex appeal as Ben Affleck’s Rudy in John Frankenheimer’s gritty action flick. Fair Warning: if you’re sensitive to bloody Santa shoot-ups may, you may want to stick to enjoying him via screenshots.

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Daddy Sexy Santa: Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell as Santa

Kurt Russell photo courtesy Netflix

ROLE: Santa Claus
MOVIE: The Christmas Chronicles
YEAR: 2018

Like a fine wine, Kurt Russell continues to find complex new ways to excite us with age. He even manages to serve up some holiday spice playing the leading man of Christmas himself. Sure, this Netflix romp is pretty family friendly. But we sure wouldn’t mind a trip to this Santa’s lap.

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Last modified: November 25, 2019