Santa Gary is a professional Santa that can help you start a holiday tradition and make magical Christmas memories to last a lifetime.
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What to Expect
In order to make a Home Visit a successful and magical experience for all, Santa Gary will invest in getting to know you. As he makes his Grand Entrance and weaves his way towards his decorative throne or host provided set, stopping to engage with one and all, imagine the joy and delight on the faces of everyone from grandmother to little Susie and Jack. Once seated, and after leading the family & friends perhaps in a joyous chorus of "Jingle Bells" or a spell binding reading of "Twas The Night Before Christmas", Santa Gary delights in visiting with each of the children, hearing their requests and sharing a moment with each. If gifts are to be handed out, Santa, with great flourish dispatches each with great glee! After posing with the entire group for a photorgraph that will provide memories forever, Santa Gary, laying finger aside his nose, and with much or as little fanfare, will ride off back to the North Pole, to the wonderment of all!
When Santa Gary is visiting your place of business, he brings his special blend of magical joy and wonder to all that enter. Greeting your clients and providing them an opportunity to speak with Santa that they otherwise may have not had the chance to do, during this hectic, busy Holiday Season. Imagine how thrilled and appreciative they will be to be able to take a moment to just relax with the Big Guy for a few minutes, maybe have a sip of cider or nibble on a cookie with him. It will be a time they won't soon forget!
Let Santa Gary bring Joy, Happiness and Love to your next gathering.
Santa Gary is a professional Real Bearded Santa serving the northern Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia and the Metro DC area.
He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS), Colonial Santas Chapter and the Santas of Virginia and listed on the National Beard Registry. Santa Gary is a graduate of the Northern Lights Santa Academy and the International University of Santa Claus.
A fully insured entertainer, Santa Gary has a current background check for working with both children and adults.
Additional Booking Notes
PREPARE YOUR "SANTA SET"
If photos with Santa will be an important part of your event, you should begin considering the "Santa
set" at least a day or two beforehand. Consider where Santa will be seated for pictures and take some
sample shots at the same time of day. Alter the lighting accordingly. Don't rely on flashes for the bulk
of the lighting or red-eye is pretty much guaranteed. While doing your practice shots, be sure to have
all cameras, camcorders and batteries necessary to take the photos you'll want. Be sure your batteries
are fresh. Also, make sure you know how to use your camera or camcorder since there is no worse
time to learn than just after a once-in-a-lifetime moment has passed!
Make sure that you have an appropriate chair for Santa to sit on. Santa needs a chair that is sturdy
and stable that will allow his thigh bone to remain parallel to the floor, otherwise the kids will slide.
A good, sturdy straight-back dining chair with no arms works well. He should be able to sit
comfortably with the chair supporting him plus a child on each knee. Folding chairs, rolling chairs,
plastic chairs, and low chairs (the one's you sink into) are not good.
Also consider the background for the pictures. You may want to set Santa's chair in front of a
decorated wall or any festive type of backdrop so your photos will have more impact. Place a wreath,
a few Christmas cards or your children's drawings on the wall to make a wonderful difference. Leave
a foot or two between the chair and the tree or wall. This will allow room for others to gather around
and behind Santa's chair for group photos. Fireplaces do look nice but remember putting Santa too
close to a real fire is not good for his comfort or your pictures (sweaty Santa = bad pictures!). For the
best pictures, adjust overhead lighting and place table or floor lamps to adequately light the scene.
Flashes should only be used to fill, not to light the scene. Finally, having a clock in Santa's view can
help him to pace his visit.
PREPARE FOR SANTA'S ARRIVAL
Ideally, Santa's arrival should be out of view of your guests, especially doubting tweens and teens.
Santa can reasonably explain why he's driving a pickup instead of a sleigh, but it's better to not have
to. If Santa will need to fill his sack or have his chair unloaded, privacy will be an even greater
concern. Also remember that Santa's hair and suit are quickly mussed by rain, so having a greeter
with an umbrella is a good idea in wet weather. And the suit is quite warm, so unless you want a
sweaty Santa, he needs to park close to your event. A helpful neighbor's garage can be ideal in wet or
Santa will gladly hand out candy and gifts that you provide. He can carry in one bag of presents for
children or guests (no more than can fit in a 50 gallon lawn bag). Gifts should be labeled in a very
legible handwriting, and if there are any challenging pronunciations they should be communicated to
Santa before the event. Tags should be taped on well lest they fall off in Santa's sack. It might be a
good idea to have a couple of extra presents on hand as well, in case of an unplanned extra guest.
Please brief your adult guests that Santa never breaks from character. This is very important and
something most adults do without thinking about the implications. Please don’t say things to Santa
such as “Why you’re one of the best Santas I’ve ever seen”. Don’t ask questions about when he
started playing Santa or where did he get his costumes. It’s very important that you treat him as Santa
Claus and not as someone that plays Santa Claus.
If at all possible, cool the room to 70 degrees or lower prior to Santa's arrival and gather everyone
together for his grand entrance, perhaps to sing Christmas carols. Santa's visit will be brief, he's a
very busy guy, so gathering everyone together makes the most of your time!
Santa wants to give his full attention to each child, not to managing an "operation". If you have a
large group of children to see Santa, you should assign someone to be Santa's helper and coordinate
the children as they each visit Santa. This helper can check for dirty hands, use wet wipes if
necessary, help with sorting and distributing gifts, and help to ease nerves of and help pose the
children for photos.
Santa is a wholesome, child-oriented character. Please instruct your guests to not compromise that
image by having Santa hand out adult-oriented gifts, or behaving in a lewd manner either with, or in
the presence of, Santa. If at anytime Santa feels such behavior is going unchecked he may cancel the
remainder of the event. Please help keep the wonder of Christmas alive for your children and others.
And Santa wants to include everyone. Yes, some teenagers will shy away or think it is too childish to
have a photo with Santa. Don't worry; Santa can stand up for a "buddy" photo. What about grandma
and grandpa? Take a photo with Santa and Grandma hugging. And, nothing is more fun than having
Santa ask Grandpa if he's been a good boy.
CONCLUSION OF THE EVENT
Santa cannot be a clock-watcher, so if the host notices that time is running short an interjection of
"Hey Santa, how about a story" can signal the end is near. Santa always likes to end his visit with a
retelling of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but with a twist, as told from Santa's perspective. Be
aware that at the end of the story Santa will make his exit wishing a "Merry Christmas to all, and to
all a good night".
If there is a balance due to Santa, place it inside a Christmas card or envelope. It never looks
appropriate when someone gives cash to Santa. So, as Santa is departing, hand him the envelope and
say, "Thank you Santa, and here is a Christmas card from all of us" or "is it too late for my wish
If Santa brought his own chair, he will need someone to retrieve it shortly after he stands near the end
of the story and deliver it discreetly back to his truck.
I hope this list will help you to plan and execute your vision of the perfect home visit from Santa, and
I sincerely thank you for enlisting me to help you realize that vision.