I am the host Santa for Richmond's Grand Illumination. on December 6th. I'm a real beard Santa that loves to engage your child in conversation. I love to hear what your child has to say about themselves, their favorite subjects in school, but most importantly what they think they can do for others on a daily basis.
I have attended two schools for Santa, The International University of Santa Claus and the oldest school in the world, The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. I am a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas and The Santa Claus Conservatory.
Trips over 30 miles/ .58 cents per mile. Contact me for # of hours/ rates/ expenses for travel over 100 miles.
Santa Bob is so dedicated, he rearranged his busy schedule to make sure he could visit with our 4 year old. He was magical! He told stories, sang and colored with him. It was truly a memory of a lifetime. Thank you Santa, we will never forget today!
Response from A Santa For Hire:
I had a grand time with this wonderful young man and his family. My visit with them was the highlight of my Thanksgiving this year. For a little fellow, he has a heartwarming hug that is, "as strong as a ten year old". I had guessed nine but he proudly corrected me. We had a delightful time just chatting until we eventually wound up on the floor laughing and joking while we worked in a little Christmas themed activities book. His sense of humor and comic timing were spot on. It was apparent throughout my entire visit that my young friend was surrounded by a loving family and they all kindly welcomed me into their fold. I think I smiled for the rest of the day.
Santa Bob was awesome! Even during COVID restrictions and distancing he made the Santa visits magical. He talked to everyone and really brought the kids and adults so much joy. We will definitely hire him again!
The kids had the best time talking and visiting with Santa Bob. He knew all of their names and he spent time speaking with each child. We couldn’t have had a better experience! We will be calling Santa Bob next year too!
Santa was amazing. He was so kind and completely engaged with each child he spoke with.
Amazing. Completely amazing. We hired Santa Bob to surprise our son one night. This year has been challenging so we wanted to do something special. From start to finish-it was truly enjoyable. He communicated days before arrival to hash out details. He was so patient and loving and my son was in awe & disbelief the whole time that he had come to visit him. Best Santa Ever. Highly recommend. Thank you for making our Christmas so special!
A Santa For Hire took our Santa event from great to absolutely magical! His demeanor with children of all ages is kind, gentle and nurturing. He arrived on time each day, took his role seriously (memorizing the children's names and interests before their visits), and was extremely professional from start to finish. Considering this was his first time working an event of this type, he adjusted quickly and worked with excellence. I absolutely recommend him for any event and will be asking him to return to our events in the future. I promise you can trust that he will do an excellent job!
Santa arrive on time and was very good with the kids. Our event involved our 9 grandchildren and it didn't take up the allotted time. So my only suggestion would be to maybe cut the cost back and allow just an hour or so. We were done in an hour and 15 mins.
It’s really him as he was genuine and warm hearted fellow. Socialized with the kids and made there day even the adults were giving wish’s . The fundraiser was a hit w Santa as raising just one dollar is more then the start of 0. But santa made it priceless
This was a great experience from start to finish. Great communication and perfect execution.
Santa was way beyond our expectations. He was both professional and as courteous as could be. He made sure every child had their own individual "experience" and was focused on providing that. He made sure it was everything a child hopes for, the amount of Christmas magic he brought to their eyes is immeasurable! The adults all loved him as well. From his suit and beard to his voice and demeanor this Santa Bob was awesome. We will definitely be booking him again next year!
I hosted a Ribbon Cutting event that was partnered with the Chamber of Commerce, so this was a bit different as only adults would be at the event. Santa was a hit and added so much to our function. He was engaging with our business partners and potential clients. Our goal for the event was to host a memorable function to highlight our property to the business community. Santa made it as such by bringing the joy of the holidays with his jolly spirit.
One of the best experiences I've ever had booking someone for an event. I had 4 people not show up but Santa showed up early and did a magnificent job. I highly recommend Santa Bob. His attire was top notch and his beard was amazing. The kids adored him and so did the adults. I can't wait until next year when I get to see Santa Bob again. Thanks for being so amazing Santa Bob
I had the privilege of meeting Santa about a year ago in downtown Richmond the night of the Grand Illumination. He is so kind and personable that I have hired him for my own events since. He is the "real deal" and has that true twinkle in his eye! A true gentleman, funny and will make you "believe"! Great guy and I highly recommend Santa (Bob).
What to Expect
I'm really not much of a singer even though I can enjoy trying, but I try to encourage children to step up to lead and sing along with their peers.
I have a deep calming voice which can become quite animated as we sit and read some Christmas stories together. I enjoy seeing where the magic of children's imagination takes them if we sit and play improvisation games.
What I enjoy most is sitting with your child and talking about their day, listening to their jokes, discussing their progress in school, their relationships, what they are capable of doing for someone other than themselves, and of course, whether they have been "good or bad" and whether they think there is some room for improvements.
Santa is the symbol of a man renowned for his kindness and his history of bestowing gifts and happiness upon needy and deserving people. I like to think I can fashion myself after that man.
Santa was never someone I imagined would be a part of my life. I've had my beard for over forty years and I grew it long in the seventies because it was what was done by young people my age. Most of those bearded years, I've kept it cropped quite closely until several years ago. Under the urging of my wife and daughter I began to grow my beard longer again. Then one day, the eyes of a young child caught my own while sitting in a restaurant in downtown Richmond. The encounter was truly something out of a Hallmark movie. He and his family were seated in the far back and would need to walk past me, at an arms length away, in order to exit. When that time came, the child's eyes never diverted from my gaze and the closer he got to me, the tighter his clinched whitening hands became. I could see them clearly as he attempted to hide his nervous smile. They walked past me and exited the restaurant. I leaned over the table to my wife and daughter, telling them I wished they could have seen this child's face and eyes. I said I knew exactly who this tiny boy thought he had encountered. My wife said, "Bob, they are coming back into the building." This little man, with the safety of his mother's firm grip on one hand while the other was still clinched to his chin, sheepishly approached and addressed me. I couldn't really understand what he was saying with his hand positioned where it was, but thankfully his mother was there to interpret for him. He wanted to know if I was Santa. I couldn't help but laugh and my voice has a nice deep tone to it, but I could see in this innocent child's eyes that this was no joke. I slowly leaned over to him, touched my nose, then gently touched the hand closest to his mouth, and I told him that I was who he thought I was, but I was not working at that time. I asked him if he could keep our secret that he had met me here. He slowly shook his head yes and we said our goodbyes.
As the family was leaving the building, the child continued to look back at me after every three or four steps until they exited. When they were gone I turned to my family, sitting there smiling ear to ear, and simply said, " I think Santa has become a part of my life."
I can't describe how happy I was on that day. But now, I have had the opportunity to experience that same joy, almost, everyday since. The happiness I feel when someone sees Santa in me is something so warm it's difficult to put words out there to describe it.
This is the Santa that you will be inviting to join your celebration. I'm not a loud Ho Ho Ho'er. More than a few children have really been startled by that booming sound, and quite frankly, I haven't met many big round men shouting that out as they have entered a room. So, I don't normally do that myself. I can laugh heartily as Santa would and be a lot less frightening. I truly believe I am able to gain your child's trust much more easily this way and our visit is so less stressful.
I have had children stand in a line for 10 or 15 minutes until his or her time came to sit and chat with me. When our visit was over, the child would go back to the end of the line again, stand for another 10 or 15 minutes, only to sit beside me again so we could continue our conversation where we had left off. I have spoken to some children three times. This is my favorite time with the children.
Additional Booking Notes
To ensure that clear photographs are attained, Santa will need to be seated in an area where ample lighting is available. Select a spot that enables a pleasant visit between your child and Santa, where the two can hear and understand what the other is saying. Please have Santa seated away from any loud or disturbing ambient sounds such as loud music or chaotic children running around partying there little heads off. We want everyone to have a good time by all means, but I want each child to know I'm listening to what they have to say.
The coolest (temperature wise) location in the room is always best. It can be warm wearing this suit. It would be nice if cold water is available to keep me hydrated.
I can arrange to arrive earlier if you have treats or gifts you want Santa to give to someone attending the event or engagement.
Upcoming Booked Events
|November 26, 2021 • 10:00am - 8:00pm||Studio Session|
|December 04, 2021 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
Past Booked Events
|December 20, 2020 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 12, 2020 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm||Christmas Party|
|December 12, 2020 • 10:30am - 1:00pm||Festival|
|December 06, 2020 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 04, 2020 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||Surprise|
|November 28, 2020 • 10:00am - 10:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 24, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 23, 2019 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 22, 2019 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Nonprofit Event|
|December 22, 2019 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Fundraiser|
|December 21, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 19, 2019 • 11:00am - 3:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 18, 2019 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 10, 2019 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Grand Opening|
|December 07, 2019 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Christmas Party|
Influences & Inspiration
A Christmas on 34th Street.
Santa suitable chair. Hydration. A fan or the coolest area of the room while chatting with the children.