12/14/2012 06:33 pm ET

Santa On TV: Ian McShane In 'American Horror Story,' Phyllis On 'The Office' And More Of The Best

Santa has had a variety of representations on TV over the years.

Recently, we saw Ian McShane on "American Horror Story: Asylum" as Leigh, a murderous Santa who showed up at Briarcliff to terrorize Sister Jude and co.. But there have been far more jolly renditions from TV characters who have donned Santa suits in Christmases past and present.

From Kramer's disastrous stint as a mall Santa on "Seinfeld" to Phyllis' eagerness to appear as Santa for the Scranton gang on "The Office," see who got in the holiday spirit on the small screen by clicking through the slideshow of our favorite TV Santas below.

Best TV Santas


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