Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2018

Zizzi has just become the first brand to feature a vegan Santa in its Christmas ad campaign

High street restaurant chain Zizzi has brought back the original, green Father Christmas by featuring him in its first ever Christmas advert to reflect the rising popularity of veganism in the UK.

zizzi vegan santa advert

High street restaurant chain Zizzi has brought back the original, green Father Christmas by featuring him in its first ever Christmas advert to reflect the rising popularity of veganism in the UK. The advert is the first time a vegan Father Christmas has featured in an advertising campaign.

The traditional looking ‘vegan’ Father Christmas can be pictured in a dark green velvet and white faux-fur trimmed Santa cloak tucking into the Melanzane Tagliatelle from Zizzi’s vegan festive menu.

The widely recognised red Father Christmas was introduced to popular culture by Coca Cola in a 1931 advert and has become ingrained as the image of Santa Claus we all love and recognise.

Commenting on the green Father Christmas in their 2018 advert, Rachel Hendry, Head of Brand and Commercial Marketing said:

“We’re delighted to offer such a wide range of vegan dishes this festive period, so it only felt right to have our green Father Christmas represented in our advert. More and more diners are adopting a vegan diet and we wanted to ensure that they could enjoy good food and good times with friends and family without missing out on tasty festive dishes.

“This Christmas we are expecting a considerable increase in vegan diners so our menu includes more options for them (and those with other dietary requirements) than ever before. We understand how difficult it can be to organise a Christmas meal and hopefully we really do provide something for everyone.”


Zizzi’s festive menu the Melanzana Tagliatelle with a rich aubergine and tomato ragu, served with red pepper flecked tagliatelle, crispy sage & purple basil.

Dominika Piasecka from The Vegan Society comments:

“2018 has been the year that veganism has truly gone mainstream, reflected by the fact that a major high street brand has chosen to put a vegan Father Christmas front and centre in its advertising campaign. It also celebrates the fact that there is now so much more choice for vegans when it comes to dining out and that diners are no longer left with a tasteless or bland plate of food.”

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