Funnyman Tim Allen is hanging up his Santa suit after three The Santa Clause movies because he's sick of all the hours he has to spend in make-up becoming the bearded character.

Allen, who has just wrapped The Santa Clause 3, has told producers they need to start looking for another jovial fat man if they're planning on making a fourth film.

He says, "I don't want to do another one after this. It's really hard on me. I spent 33 days in that make-up and it takes two hours to put it on and two hours to take it off. I'm getting too old for this stuff.

"It feels so good playing Santa Claus but it's so much labour to get me into that fat costume."