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Castle: Secret Santa

When a bearded, rotund man in a red Santa suit with an ID reading Kris Kringle falls from the sky in Central Park, Castle and Beckett are on the hunt to find the person who killed Santa. But everything isn't holiday cheer, as they discover St. Nick may have been more naughty than nice. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett prepare for their first Christmas together.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 509
Airdate: Monday December 03rd, 2012

Director: Paul Holahan
Writer: Christine Roum

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Mar 03, 2013
UK (alibi) May 15, 2013

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (14 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Dakin Matthews
As David Dunne
Leslie Hope
As Gwenn Harwin
Steven Eckholdt
As Michael Case
Tembi Locke
As Beth Cabot
Titus Makin, Jr.
As Tim Cabot
Andrew Borba
As Mr. Mudge

Co-Guest Stars
Christine Lucas
As Denise McKay
Emily Sandifer
As Receptionist
Luke White
Hannah Swain
As Little Girl
Main Cast
Nathan Fillion
As Richard Castle
Stana Katic
As Detective Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan
As Martha Rodgers
Jon Huertas
As Detective Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever
As Detective Kevin Ryan
Tamala Jones
As Dr. Lanie Parish
Molly Quinn
As Alexis Castle
Penny Johnson Jerald
As Captain Victoria Gates


The episode begins with a family enjoying the snow on Christmas Eve, when they see a Santa falling towards them from the skies. Santa lands on the snow with a huge thud. The kid screams. Meanwhile, Castle and Alexis are decorating the tree. Alexis and Martha are having their own plans and Castle is upset that they aren’t following the family tradition. He wants to spend one evening with them and they cant manage that. At the crime scene, Castle is complaining to Kate. He hopes that Kate is with him. She says that she will be if she has no work. Ryan and Castle are upset to see a dead Santa while Kate reminds them that there is no real Santa. ..

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ben RectorLet It SnowStart of episode
The Reverend Horton HeatRun Rudolph RunJavi arrives to arrest Santa

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  David Amann  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  Rob Bowman  |  Laurie Zaks
Co-Executive ProducerRob Hanning  |  David Grae
Supervising ProducerChristine Roum
ProducerElizabeth Beall  |  Terence Paul Winter  |  Marc A. Kahn  |  D. Howard Grigsby
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorDavid Latham
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
ThemeRobert Duncan (2)
Warning: Castle season 5 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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