To help usher in the season, I've sat down and compiled these 10+ behind the scenes secrets about The Santa Clause fans didn't know.
John was growing tired of making family content and was eager to venture into more 'grown-up' features and films.
He originally turned Tim Allen down when he was approached to direct, but eventually came around.
Before the release of The Santa Clause, Tim was largely known for his standup comedy, as well as his hit series Home Improvement.
The movie exploded at the box office, raking in more than $189 million on a budget of only $22 million.
The Santa Clause was a smashing success, rising quickly to the #1 spot.
For that week, Tim Allen had the #1 movie at the box office, the #1 show on television (Home Improvement), as well as the #1 book on the shelves — "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man."
According to Tim, he isn't the biggest fan of kids. Which seems like it would be a pretty big prerequisite for wearing the big red coat.
I wonder how Tim's own kids feel about this statement?
John and Tim first began working together on the set of Home Improvement.
After the success of The Santa Clause, John would go on to direct Tim in Jungle 2 Jungle, Joe Somebody, as well as the highly underrated series Last Man Standing.
When Laura drops Charlie off at Scott's house on Christmas eve, she gives him a contact list where she can be reached in case of emergencies. Scott replies "1-800-SPANK ME — I know that number."
This was a working sex-line; Disney has since removed the scene from subsequent Blu-Ray releases.
Watch as Scott and Charlie pull the sleigh up alongside a trucker. That's Jimmy Labriola, who played Benny in Home Improvement.
There's also a scene where Scott attempts to try on one of the elves' tool belts but then decides against it.
In the early stages of production, Tim would sometimes lose his temper and yell at his young co-stars.
He was reminded by the director that many of the kids on set actually believed he was Santa, and that Tim needed to curb his attitude towards them.
The film takes place in the greater Chicago area, yet the film was shot entirely in Toronto, Canada!
Production does a good job of hiding this, but if you look carefully enough you'll be able to spot some 'True North' signs that we aren't in Chicago.
Eric Lloyd owns one and Tim Allen owns the other. Eric said during a Reddit AMA, that the prop team didn't fill the globes with the proper treating chemicals, and within a few years the globe turned brown!
Tim Allen explained during an interview with Jimmy Fallon, that in the original draft of the script, Scott Calvin was supposed to shoot and kill Santa Clause after mistaking him for a burglar.
Tim was arrested in the late '70s for felony possession of cocaine; he had over 650 grams on his person at the time.
Disney has a very strict policy regarding actors with criminal records, so an exception was made for Tim Allen.