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Looking for the perfect dessert for your Christmas festivities? These easy ice cream Santas are sure to be a hit!

Making a new Christmas treat is one of our favorite Christmas traditions! My daughters and I had so much fun creating ice cream witches, wizards, and turkeys, so trying out a Santa version was a no-brainer. And I think Ole Saint Nick looks truly adorable in ice cream form.

You’ll have as much fun making these easy ice cream Santas as you will eating them. My kids love doing this activity together!

Oh- and if you’re feelin’ Grinchy, scroll down to see how to make an ice cream Santa Grinch!

How to Make Ice Cream Santas

Follow our simple step-by-step directions to make this charming dessert!

Ice Cream Santas

You'll have as much fun making these adorable ice cream Santas as you will eating them! These are perfect for a Christmas celebration or as a special dessert with your loved ones.
Prep Time 2 hrs 6 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 1


  • Plate
  • Kitchen scissors (or small knife)
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Toothpick (optional)


  • 1 scoop ice cream
  • 1 large strawberry washed, with top cut
  • 1 mini marshmallow
  • 1 red/pink gummy worm
  • 1 can whipped cream
  • 1 tube blue gel food coloring
  • 1 can white cookie frosting with decorating tip
  • 3 Christmas sprinkles optional


  • Scoop a large ball of ice cream and put it in the center of a small plate.
  • Freeze the ice cream scoop for at least 2 hours. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP or your Santa will melt before you even make the face!
  • While the ice cream is freezing, use kitchen scissors to cut the end from the red gummy worm This will be the nose.
  • Then cut the mini marshmallow in half, then half again. You should have four equally-sized marshmallow pieces. This will make the eyebrows and mustache.
  • After two hours, remove the ice cream ball from the freezer. Insert the gummy nose in the middle of the face. Add two marshmallow strips for eyebrows and use the other two to make a mustache. Draw eyes using the blue gel food coloring. (A toothpick may come in handy to help guide the gel where you want it.)
  • Carefully squirt whipped cream along the bottom, back, and sides of the ice cream scoop for Santa's beard and hair.
  • Gently press the strawberry on top of the ice cream. Pipe a line of frosting around the base of the strawberry and a little dot at the top of the berry. Add a little sprinkle decoration on the hat if desired.
  • Immediately return plate to freezer until serving time.
side view ice cream Santa


  • If you are making a large batch of ice cream Santas, I suggest lining cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper. Scoop six large balls of ice cream and place them a couple of inches apart on the parchment paper. After 2-3 hours, transfer the ice cream scoops to individual serving plates (I would transfer and assemble one at a time so the ice cream doesn’t melt).
  • Work FAST so your sweet creation doesn’t melt too early!
  • Try chilling the serving plate before you place your ice cream on it.
adorable ice cream Santa

Feelin’ Grinchy?

ice cream santa Grinch style

Use green ice cream instead. Use yellow gel food coloring for the eyes and insert mini chocolate chips for pupils. Green gel is great for eyebrows and red for the Grinch’s wicked smile. A green gummy worm end works for his nose. Don’t forget his strawberry and frosting Santa hat!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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