Season 3 Episode 27
The Santa Experience
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After a traumatic Santa visit in the mall, the babies' parents rent a cabin in the mountains. Meanwhile, Chuckie is scared of Santa and wants to stop him, while Angelica tries to right a wrong involving Phil and Lil's toys and presents.


After Angelica finds out that Santa Claus is a fake she decides to take away Phil and Lil's presents. Meanwhile Tommy tries to convince Chuckie that Santa Claus isn't a scary man. The adults take them all for a trip in the mountains for Christmas and there is where the Christmas spirit strikes Angelica and she decides to give Phil and Lil their presents back so she won't get coal for Christmas. Chaz decides to dresss up as Santa and when Chuckie sees him he loses his fear of Santa Claus.


Two years following its premiere broadcast, "The Santa Experience" was given its first VHS release by Sony in 1994. In 1996, after Nickelodeon's video rights were transferred to Paramount, they reissued the special on VHS again, this time with a bonus episode of the series, "The Blizzard". Paramount would reissue this same VHS of the special two more times, in 1998 and 2000, both times giving it new cover art.

The special made its DVD debut as one of the episodes featured on the second disc of the Rugrats Holiday Collection DVD set in 2005. It was also featured, notably along with "The Finster Who Stole Christmas" (the Christmas episode of the spin-off series All Grown Up!) on the Nick Picks Holiday DVD in 2006. Its most recent DVD release was on the Rugrats: Season 2 DVD set which is manufactured exclusively through


  • The theme music at the start of this episode is played differently, using a chord-style organ, and a few jingle bells. This is the only episode of Rugrats that uses a different version of the standard theme music.
  • This episode marked the first appearance of Angelica's mom, Charlotte.