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When Santa Fell to Earth
When santa fell to earth
Author(s) Cornelia Funke
Original title Als der Weihnachtsmann vom Himmel fiel
Translator Oliver Latsch
Illustrator Paul Howard
Country Germany


Publisher(s) Cecilie Dressler Verlag (Germany)

The Chicken House (UK)
Scholastic Inc. (US)

Publication date 2006
English publication date September 2007
ISBN ISBN 0-739-33783-1

When Santa Fell to Earth is a 2004 children's novel by Cornelia Funke. It was first published in Germany as Als der Weihnachtsmann vom Himmel fiel.


A Big-Hearted Holiday Tale by the Bestselling Author of Inkheart, Inkspell , and Dragon Rider

"The angel is right," he whispered. "Niklas is the last true Santa. But if they had their way-"the elf pointed to a white door at the opposite end of the caravan "-our dear Niklas would have been turned into chocolate a long time ago."

"Oh be quiet!" cried Matilda , while Emmanuel covered his face with his wings.

"Well, he's right, Matilda." Niklas took of the white beard and hung his red coat over his chair.

"Why? Who's behind that door?" Ben asked anxiously, and stared at it. The door was barred with three strong bolts in the shape of pinecones ... An elf boot wedged into the keyhole.

"It's not a very nice story!" Niklas said. "Are you sure you want to hear it?"

Ben nodded, his eyes still on the white door.

"OK then." Niklas sighed. "Maybe it's time to tell at least one child what really happened to Christmas."

Detailed Plot SummaryEdit

Gerold Geronimus Goblynch is the new leader of the Great Christmas Council and outlaws all of the old magical ways. Snowmobiles replace reindeer, elves and angels are banned, and Santas who go against these policies are turned into chocolate.

Niklas Goodfellow, a spirited, humorous young Santa, emerges as the last real Santa. He and two angels named Matilda and Emmanuel, an invisible reindeer, Twinkletoes, and a bunch of elves go into hiding from the Council. But when the mischevious reindeer bolts, two children named Ben and Charlotte and Charlotte's dog, Mutt, join forces to save Niklas from being turned into chocolate.