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"SpongeBob's Road to Christmas" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 13. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick travel to the North Pole to give Santa a present.



Act 1

The episode begins on a Christmas Eve night when Santa is delivering presents. SpongeBob has a gift for him. When Santa comes into his house, he has to shrink himself to fit inside. While he is putting the presents by the Christmas tree, he accidentally kicks his gift without realizing it. Seven months later, SpongeBob is vacuuming his house and notices that Santa never got the gift. SpongeBob is upset that the gift is 212 days late and tells Patrick about it. They decide to travel to the North Pole. While they are skipping and hopping, they accidentally step on Plankton. They tell Plankton that they are going to the North Pole. Plankton pitches an idea to go to the North Pole to hack into Santa's computer to put his name on the nice list. He wants to do it so Santa will give him Krabby Patty secret formula. He decides to tag along with SpongeBob and Patrick. They travel in Plankton's vehicle and it seemingly takes a day to get there. They end up at Christmas Land Theme Park. They encounter Santa and discover that it is Patchy the Pirate disguising as Santa.

Act 2

Patchy proceeds to tell them they are not at the North Pole but rather a theme park. Plankton admonishes the duo for getting them lost while they realize their error. The three explain that they are trying to find the North Pole and Patchy gives them a map to the North Pole. They eventually all make it to the North Pole. They see Santa's workshop and travel to it. An elf tells them that Santa isn't home and Plankton goes to Santa's computer to put his name on the nice list. SpongeBob and Patrick cause chaos across the workshop. Santa arrives and sees that someone has made a mess. Santa sees SpongeBob and says, "You're a menace!" to him. SpongeBob reveals all he wanted was to deliver the present to him. Santa is delighted by the gesture, as he reveals not even the elves or reindeer give him a present, to their embarrassment. SpongeBob gives Santa a bottle with a letter inside and Plankton thinks it's the Krabby Patty secret formula, but finds out that it isn't. Santa, SpongeBob, the reindeer, and the elves tell Plankton to read the letter. Plankton begrudgingly reads it and it is revealed that it is merely a thank you note to Santa for bringing joy and presents to all. Santa is touched and thanks SpongeBob.

Next Christmas, Mr. Krabs has a Christmas party at the Krusty Krab and he gives Plankton some coal. SpongeBob gives Plankton a photo of them with Patchy from their mission to the North Pole. Plankton says that he will destroy everyone with his death robot, and he feeds coal to the robot. The episode ends with a shot of the Krusty Krab as everyone can be heard screaming inside.



The episode was confirmed by Kaz on October 28, 2020.[1]




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Deck the Halls - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Jingle Bells (d) - Simon Benson [SpongeBob singing about bringing a present to Santa Claus.]
  Hollyberries - Wilfred Burns [Santa goes to SpongeBob's house.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Seven months later...]
  A Short Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob vacuums his living room.]
  Oh My Neptune! - Nicolas Carr ["The present I left for Santa last Christmas!?!"]
  Doloroso - Remastered - Paul Fenoulhet [SpongeBob crying with his present.]
  Defeat - Keith Nichols ["But I can't go on!"]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick claps for SpongeBob.]
  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick pushes SpongeBob out of his house.]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr ["Um, it's July?"]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Ah, it's a good day to be bad!"]
  Born to be Dumb - Nicolas Carr [Plankton's tattoo.]
  ? ["If I can break into Santa's lair..."]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["We are going in style!"]
  Retro Cool 01 105 C - Steve Sechi, Nicolas Carr [Plankton reveals his ride.]
  Task Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Steve Sechi, Kostas Varotsis [Plankton configuring the GPS.]
  Dash Along - Sherief Abraham ["Of course, safety first!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25C - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton looks at the seatbelt sign.]
  We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Well he seemed happy to see us!"]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barr Anthony [Plankton cracks his back.]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton wakes up.]
  Tis the Season to be Silly - George Shilling [Distorted version of "Deck the Halls" plays over the loudspeaker.]
  Adventure - Ronald Hanmer ["Cabin crew, prepare for landing!"]
  Christmas Pressies - Daniel Teper ["The North Pole!"]
  Hear the Bells - Cedric Palmer ["We made it!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene.]
  Reindeer Ride - Arthur Wilkinson [SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton walk around the "North Pole."]
  The Merry Gentleman's Organ - John Rowcroft [Animatronic elves working at their workshop.]
  Christmas Pressies - Daniel Teper [SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton go to meet Santa.]
  Let it Snow - Aaron Wheeler [Santa (Patchy) talking to SpongeBob and Patrick.]
  'Er Indoors - Johnny Hawksworth ["It's me, Patchy the Pirate!"]
  Bad Slide - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [Plankton shakes his fists in anger]
  Deck the Halls - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm gonna destroy you two!"]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Ooh! I can help with global positioning!"]
  A Christmas Suite - Richard Harvey [Patchy gives them a map.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Polly want a smacker!?"]
  Glamorous Christmas Party - Gary Hughes [SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton head out.]
  Santa's Sleigh Ride - Gary Hughes [SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton journey to the North Pole.]
  Happy Holiday Cheer - Nicolas Carr, Hiram Titus [The ship lands at the North Pole.]
  Winter Sleigh Ride - Simon Benson [SpongeBob knocks on Santa's door.]
  Surfing Stooges - Nicolas Carr [The elves having a party]
  Down in Davey Jones Locker - Nicolas Carr ["I have to get Santa's present under his tree."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob thinks.]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["I know! We'll go in Santa style! Down the chimney!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Fine, we'll go with your idea."]
  The Donut Dilema - Nicolas Carr [Plankton searches for Santa's mainframe.]
  Horse and Hound - Donald Thorne [The reindeer play hacky sack using Plankton.]
  Clowning Around  - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Patrick fall down the chimney.]
  Christmas Traditions - Gary Hughes ["That's it! Santa's Christmas tree!"]
  Disruption - Max Saunders [The alarm sounds off.]
  Bluesy Bender - Nicolas Carr [Plankton gets up after being crushed by the reindeer]
  Greenhorn Rag Remix No Whistle - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The elves throwing toys at SpongeBob and Patrick.]
  Cirque Du Clich - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Santa's elves and reindeer get into a fight.]
  Stealth and Capture - Wilfred Burns ["Oh no, Patrick."]
  ? [Plankton adds himself to the Santa's nice list]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer [Santa arrives home.]
  Sad Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Santa gets upset.]
  Magical Holiday Morning - Nicolas Carr, Hiram Titus [Santa sees SpongeBob.]
  Deck the Halls - Simon Benson [SpongeBob gives Santa his gift.]
  Waiting for Santa Claus B - Gregor Narholz [Plankton sees Santa holding the "formula."]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton tries to steal the "formula" from Santa.]
  Born to be Dumb - Nicolas Carr ["...I was born to be naughty."]
  Clowning Around - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["My bad. I mean good. My good. I'm being nice, not naughty."]
  Holy Night - Alan Moorhouse [Plankton reads SpongeBob's letter.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Happy holidays to me!"]
  Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The Next Christmas at the Krusty Krab.]
  Snug in a Buggy - Vivian Kennard [Plankton opens his gift.]
  Scorched Earth - Trevor Duncan [Plankton fills machine with coal.]
  Jingle Bells (a) - William Henry Harris [Ending.]


  • This episode is available on SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 21 digital release.



  • This is the least viewed special in the main series, with only 438,000 U.S. viewers.
  • This is the third official Christmas special in the series, after "Christmas Who?" and "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," and the fifth episode to feature a Christmas theme after "Christmas Who?," "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," "Goons on the Moon," and "Plankton's Old Chum," despite the last two episodes not being directly about Christmas.
    • It is also the third season in a row to have a Christmas-related episode.
    • Including The Patrick Star Show and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, this is the franchise's seventh episode to include a Christmas theme.
    • This is the first Christmas special where Sandy does not appear.
    • This is also the first Christmas episode where Squidward appears, but does not actually say anything outside of screaming.
    • The first Christmas special to not have a song. (not counting music in the background)
  • Both times Plankton says he was "born to be naughty," a track with the similar name "Born to be Dumb" plays.
  • This is the first episode for several things:
    • The first and the only 2D animated appearance of Patchy and Potty, as well as their second animated appearance overall, after "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
      • This is also the second episode in which Patchy meets SpongeBob, after "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout," but the first time he meets Patrick and Plankton.
      • Potty also meets SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton.
    • The first physical appearance of Santa since the episode "Goons on the Moon."
      • He briefly appeared on one of SpongeBob's VHS tapes in the episode "Appointment TV."
    • The first Christmas episode not written by Doug Lawrence.
    • The first episode to be both storyboarded and supervised by the same person.
      • The first episode where Benjamin Arcand is a supervisor, although he also storyboarded.
    • The first episode to credit the line producer.
    • The first episode Plankton wears a water helmet.
    • The first and only episode where Encino appears in 2D animation.
    • The first episode where water helmets appear without Sandy and her treedome.
  • This is the 14th episode to have "SpongeBob" in the title.
  • Santa's line "You're a menace!" is referenced from "Goons on the Moon."
  • The scene where SpongeBob blows his nose to release Plankton off of it is similar to a scene in "Krabby Road."
  • In this episode, the water helmets have an opening at the top, like they do in "Tea at the Treedome," "Chimps Ahoy," "Squidtastic Voyage," and "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
  • This is the third episode where the surface world is fully animated rather than being in live-action, the first being "Mermaid Man Begins" and the second being "Whale Watching."
  • This is the first double-length episode of season 13.
  • SpongeBob says Santa's present is 212 days late; since the opening scene takes place on Christmas Eve, it is July 24 when SpongeBob finds the present and he and Patrick deliver it.
  • Like "The Ho! Ho! Horror!," Santa also needs an air helmet to breathe underwater, despite being shown to breathe underwater without one previously. There's also still the argument on how Santa's magic could allow him to breathe underwater.

Cultural references

  • One of the books that Plankton uses to sit on is a parody of the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.
  • One of the reindeer's name, Bludolph, is a reference to Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer.


  • When SpongeBob is talking to Plankton, his left eyelid turns blue for a split second.
  • At one point when Plankton is walking, his mouth duplicates itself.
  • When Plankton's vehicle crashes into the welcome sign for Christmas Land Theme Park, the branch covering the sign was connected to a tree. In the next scene though, the tree is gone and only the branch is left.
  • After SpongeBob says, "Aw, that's very sweet of you, Santa," he instantly turns his head upward, almost as if something was cut out.



Holiday Specials Promo (December 10, 2021)


SpongeBob SquarePants, “SpongeBob’s Road to Christmas”