Father Christmas is a British animated short starring Mel Smith as the titular character. Created for Channel 4 and first broadcast on Christmas Eve 1991 in Britain, the story is an adaption of two books written by Raymond Briggs - Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday - and is the second animated adaptation of Briggs' work made for the channel, following the 1982 animated short The Snowman. The story focuses on a stereotypical vision of Father Christmas with a down-to-earth twist, living in contemporary Britain with his pets and reindeer, coping with everyday domestic chores, who recounts to the viewers about a holiday he took before preparing for another Christmas.
Following another annual Christmas Eve run, Father Christmas returns to his small house in contemporary Britain. While settling in, he comments to the viewers that contrary to popular belief, he is busy throughout the year caring for his reindeer and pets, tending to his garden, shopping, and doing housework, but decided on having a holiday the previous year to break out of the constant cycle. A year ago, after returning home from shopping with travel magazine, Father Christmas browsed through each one for a destination for the approaching Summer months. He eventually opts for travelling to France, and converts his sleigh into a camper van. After leaving his pet cat and dog in a kennel, Father Christmas takes off for the French countryside with his reindeer.