It was finally released in early December 1985 and was the Christmas number one for that year. Ever since it has been included on many top-selling Christmas collections and received airplay every Christmas. In 2007, the song re-entered the UK top 30 and reached number 22 on the Christmas chart. This was because downloads now make up the UK Singles Chart; in past years this would have been impossible unless there was a physical re-release of the song. From 2007 to 2011, the song charted in the UK at peak positions 22, 36, 49, 47, and 42 respectively.
The video shows a young girl named Samantha traveling by plane to a place called Santaworld where she meets up with Stevens who met her on a bus going to the place. Stevens is then seen riding with a woman dressed as an elf in a sleigh pulled by a horse and is taken to meet Santa Claus before going to a replica of Santa's workshop where children as seen playing with toys before going out with Santa on the sleigh and joins in a snowball fight with some other children and ends up hitting a snowman who starts to chase him. At the end of the video Stevens is seen bidding farewell to Santa, the snowman and the children before going back into the sleigh with the woman.
^"Christmas Number Ones : Singles - everyHit.com". Retrieved 19 December 2009. A technical note; the Christmas Number One does not always synchronise with the dates elsewhere as they refer to 'week ending' chart dates. These are the real Christmas Number Ones.