Santa Claus

Why book Santa Claus?

Santa Cliff Snider is a professional Santa Claus with an extensive wardrobe of costumes. He is a graduate of three different Santa schools and a model for over fifty paintings of Santa Claus. He annually works with six professional photographers for client's Christmas cards and has been featured in national television, and local and national magazines. He is also a published author with a collection of stories for storytelling. With overver 25 years of experience and naturally bearded all year long, Santa Cliff can meet all of your holiday needs. In 2012 Santa Cliff was inducted into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.

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He is the real Santa with a heart of gold

I have worked with Santa Cliff and seen the results. As a photographer, you could not ask for more. He has the look like no other! As for his way with children, I can not say enough great things. Santa Cliff IS the real Santa with all of Santa's special touches. Sleigh bells, magic pocket watch...you never know what he will pull out next.

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Reviewer: Cynthia P.
Event: Studio Session in High Point, NC
Event Date: Jan 8, 2012

Santa Claus came to our Christmas Party and was great!!!

At our annual company Christmas Party we have Santa Claus come and give out stockings full of toys and candy. This year we hired Cliff Snider(Santa Claus) and he did a great job!!! The kids loved him!! He looks some much like the real Santa! It was such a great time for the kids and the parents to watch their kids with Santa. We just want to thank him for coming and will definitely have Santa Claus come again!!

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Reviewer: Jena N.
Event: Christmas Party in Winston-Salem, NC
Event Date: Dec 8, 2012

Perfect Santa!

Santa Cliff was the best! He was great with the children and they loved him! Prompt, courteous, and very accomodating of our schedule on short notice! Couldn't ask for a better Santa! You won't go wrong with Santa Cliff!

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Reviewer: jan g.
Organization: Laurel Oak Ranch Community
Event: Christmas Party in High Point, NC
Event Date: Dec 8, 2012
Hired As: Santa Claus

He embodies the true spirit of what Santa Claus represents

I produce a TV series on Fox8 WGHP-TV. Over the years we've done several stories either featuring or about Cliff. His life story is one of the most compelling ones you'll ever hear. He was destined to be "Santa." For many years he's spent his Christmas Eve mornings volunteering to take calls live from kids on our TV show. He has spread much joy in his lifetime.

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Reviewer: David W.
Event: Studio Session in High Point, NC
Event Date: Dec 23, 2011

Santa Claus Lives in High Point

Santa Claus is a popular figure in High Point, NC. Our Santa is out and about during the Christmas season and brings joy to all he meets. Of course, children sit on his lap and tell their secret wish for Christmas morning, but he is popular with all age groups and it is heartwarming to see him interact with any age group, young and old. Santa has visited with the Rotary Club's children Christmas party and has been the most antipated entry in our Holiday Parade for years. Our Santa is Cliff Snider and High Point loves him and his devotion to the Christmas season. I would highly recommend him to any group.

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Reviewer: Sharon S.
Event: Parade in High Point, NC
Event Date: Nov 20, 2011

Great Santa!

We have had a Santa Open House in our home about 10 times over the last 20 years. Friends tell us it is a great way to begin their Christmas Holidays. Of course, what makes it is the opportunity to visit and have their picture taken with Santa!

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Reviewer: Pam R.
Event: Christmas Party in High Point, NC
Event Date: Dec 5, 2010
Hired As: Santa Claus

Absolutely the BEST Santa you will find

We adore Santa Cliff. He is the one and only Santa for our daughter, as well as the many children that attend our annual Christmas party. Santa comes in with bells on, literally, as if he stepped out of a a story book. His wardrobe is phenomenal, no matter which of his many suits you request. He is eager to interact with children of all ages, always with a jolly smile and a welcoming lap. He delights everyone that attends, from children to seniors. Santa Cliff proves that the magic of Christmas lives only in your heart, and you're never too old to believe.

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Reviewer: Jordan T.
Event: Holiday Party in Kernersville, NC
Event Date: Dec 3, 2011
Hired As: Santa Claus

Extensive contact with this Santa Claus

I have known and worked with this Santa Claus since 2002. I am an artist and he has helped me get my artwork into print as well as been an excellent model for my Christmas paintings and for several other artists. I have helped him with his booth at 3-4 Christmas gift shows for the last five years, some of which he was also the official Santa. The entire time I have known and been around him he has not done one thing that would bring any form of discredit to himself, anyone associated with him or a child's view of Santa. I have met with him all throughout a given year to discuss business and even at meals out he is always Santa Claus; encouraging and uplifting children, telling them to be sure and mind their parents and reminding them that he loves them. This Santa underpromises and way over delivers. You will not be disappointed.

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Reviewer: Douglas R.
Organization: Douglas Rowe Fine Art
Event: Christmas Party in Raleigh, NC
Event Date: Nov 27, 2011
Hired As: Santa Claus

Excellent SANTA!

I can't say enough GREAT things about him. We've used him for 3 years now for Photos with Santa. Easy to work with, always professional, Kids LOVE him, Parents LOVE him. Everyone says....WOW....he is soooo good with the kids and he's is the REAL SANTA.

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Reviewer: Jeff P.
Organization: Pennell Photography Inc.
Event: Fundraiser in Emerald Isle, NC
Event Date: Feb 1, 2012
Hired As: Santa Claus

Cliff IS Santa Claus!

As an artist, it has been my privilege for the past few years to portray Cliff Snider, as Santa, on canvas. I am still struck by the fact that he literally embodies the 'spirit' of Christmas which makes his portrayal of this beloved character completely believable. He is also the personification of every wonderful description of Santa Claus you have ever heard, and yes, his eyes really do twinkle! There is no monetary value that can be placed on the joy he brings to any event fortunate enough to have him. He brings with him something which cannot be taught or learned. It is the unique gift of himself, and as for me... I believe HE REALLY IS SANTA CLAUS!

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Reviewer: gaye f. w.
Event: Trade Show in Greensboro, NC
Event Date: Nov 18, 2011

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

I was beyond amazed at Santa Cliff!! He was absolutely the most amazing Santa i have ever seen! i own a small cupcake shop and i had him come right before Christmas to visit with the customers coming in and WOW! He was amazing! the kids were just speechless and bright-eyed with excitement, and i even found myself feeling giddy with excitement as i watched him interact with the children! i can't WAIT to see him again next year!!

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Reviewer: Monica N.
Organization: Splat! Cakes n' Such
Event: Restaurant in Lowell, NC
Event Date: Dec 22, 2011
Hired As: Santa Claus

SANTA Cliff is excellent!

The Downtown Waynesville Association has worked with Santa Cliff for several years. He is beautiful inside and out. His costumes are exquisite, from the tip of his hat to his long elegant cloak. His smile, his attitude and kind voice are especially comforting to children of all ages. Santa Cliff is very passionate about his role. He is dependable also. Give him a call.

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Reviewer: Buffy P.
Organization: Downtown Waynesville Association
Event: Holiday Party in Waynesville, NC
Event Date: Dec 10, 2011
Hired As: Santa Claus

Booking Info

  • Fee: $175 and up
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Overview

For seven years I was the signature Santa for Christmas Castle in Jamestown, North Carolina, and have appeared in numerous Christmas parades in my area. I have taught at various national Santa Claus conventions and have studied at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, and the Internatonal School of Santa Claus where I earned a BSC and MSC and DSC degree. (Batchelor of Santa Claus and Master of Santa Claus and Doctor of Santaclausoligy.)
I have been featured on "The 700 Club" as "The Praying Santa," on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, in "Our State-Down Home in North Carolina" magazine, and my story "The Good Book Santa" appeared in "Guideposts" magazine in 2008;
I am a contributing author to "Christmas Memories of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus" and have written my own autobiography titled, "Santa's Journey-Sharing Christmas Year Round."
My image as Santa Claus has been painted by several artists in over 50 different limited-edition prints and new paintings are creatd each year. I also work with professional photographers from my area.
It is my desire to represent Jesus Christ, "The Real Meaning of Christmas" in all of my appearances.

Additional Booking Notes

I have a complete wardrobe of costumes of my own design, created by my personal seamstress. This wardrobe is complemented with authentic accessories that can provide any look a client desires. I have a portable sound system that can project my voice to an audience of up to 200 people. I can add storytelling or motivational speaking to my performance and have spoken to church groups, civic clubs and special interest groups. I have my own sleigh that can be rented to use as a photo prop for special appearances.

Santa Claus

I have been portraying Santa Claus since 1962. I became a naturally-bearded Santa Claus in 1995 after attending the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan. Since that time I have attended two other Santa Claus schools, receiving a Bachelor of Santa Claus, Advanced Master of Santa Claus and Doctor of Santaclausoligy degrees from the International University of Santa Claus. I have been a workshop leader at four different Santa Claus conventions, and received the first "Keeping Christ in Christmas" award from the Jim Yellig Santa Claus Workshop in 2012. In August of 2012 I received "The Order of the Long Leaf Pine" award (the highest award given to a citizen of North Carolina) from the governor recognizing fifty years of service as Santa Claus to the children of my home state. On December 21, 2012 I was inducted into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame in Santa Claus, Indiana.
I work with professional artists each year in producing limited-edition prints of paintings of Santa Claus. I also work with professional photographers in their studios producing portraits and Christmas cards for their clients. My work as Santa with all of these talented artists has placed my image into the homes of more people than any other Santa, earning me the distinction of being "the most recognized Santa Claus in America."
I custom design all of my costumes which are then hand made by my own seamstress. These costumes provide any Santa Claus look a client is looking for from the "Coca-Cola Santa" look, to Victorian, workshop, Civil War and Woodland look. I have my own sleigh that can be rented to complete the realistic visit with Santa. Each year I create new accessories to make my appearance as Santa different from any other.
In 2008 I published my own autobiography titled "Santa's Journey-Sharing Christmas Year Round." This book tells through short stories my life as Santa Claus through the experiences I have had with children, young and old. I am experienced as a story-teller, sharing the stories that I have written. I have also contributed to three other books about Santa Claus.
My professional background is in graphic arts and fine-art publishing. I am a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and am now retired so I can pursue my passion of providing the most realistic Santa Claus experience you can find.

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Influences & Inspiration

Haddon Sundblom, the creator of the "Coca-Cola Santa" paintings. My "Santa Mentor" is Santa Ed Butchart, the Stone Mountain Santa. I continually learn from my peers in the Santa world including Santa Steve Gillham, "Santa Noel" (Leon McBryde,) Santa Tim Connaghan, Tom and Holly Valent at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. I am inspired by my continuing work with fine artists including Ralph J. McDonald, Linda Hyatt Cancel, Douglas Rowe, Cara J. Reische, Wendy Leedy, William Mangum, Richard Tumbleston, and Teresa Pennington. Photographers Tim Talley, Terry Pardew, Steve Norman, Jeff Pennell, and Larry Hersberger have been ispiring in helping me create my image as Santa Claus.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Santa Claus to find out what their setup requirements are.

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