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Stephen F. Gillham Enterprises

Stephen F. Gillham Enterprises

67 reviews

About Stephen F. Gillham Enterprises

Steve Gillham is a premier Santa, '07 graduate of Charles W. Howard Santa School in Midland, MI, the oldest Santa School in the nation. He was an instructor at the school for the past five years. Graduate of the IUSC, Instructor at Clausfest Convention in '12 and '14 in Gatlinburg, TN - Creator of the Christmas Eve "Sneak-a-Peek" experience - Member of Laurinburg Storytelling Guild. He is a Master Santa Storyteller - He keeps current background check from Intelli Inc & has liability insurance - You and your children will experience the wonder of Santa, discover the secrets of the North Pole and may even feel the excitement of creating snow or collecting fairy dust from fairies and more!


Warm, genuine & engaging - Santa Steve

By Meredith I. on August 11, 2016

In every detail, from the knowing twinkle in his eye all the way down to his Santa boots, Steve Gillham is a master of his craft. He can't pass a child (or adult!) without creating a memory. This gift for natural engagement is never more special than when spreading joy to children spending their summer in-patient at the hospital. Me Fine Foundation, a nonprofit supporting children in-treatment for critical illness and their families, had the pleasure of working with Santa Steve for our Christmas In July programs at Duke and UNC Children's Hospitals. Santa Steve visited children of all ages at bedside, many of whom were on isolation precautions and confined to their rooms. But even in a mask, gown, and gloves, there's no mistaking Santa! His nurturing, expressive manner puts kids and parents instantly at ease, and he genuinely cares about each experience, spending extra time with a child whenever possible. Santa also visited the NICU at UNC for photos, providing a glimmer of hope and festivity to the families of the tiniest patients. No matter what hard news had been delivered or challenging procedures undergone, Santa Steve transformed the atmosphere to one of peace, hope, and joy wherever he went. We are so grateful to have Santa Steve on our team for Christmas In July; I can't recommend him highly enough! Thanks again, Steve!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Triangle Santa, Santa Steve - Amazing

By Kathleen C. on February 4, 2015

We have been going every year for the past 6 yrs to see Triangle Santa at New Hope Church. Every year is more amazing than the year before. Aside from how authentic Steve is as Santa, and how kind he is with our son, the entire staff is equally warm and you really feel like you're seeing Santa Claus and I am speaking as a parent. I honestly forget Steve isn't the real Santa. My son was born very early so he has some delay, and even though he is growing older, he always feels welcome here with Santa and his helpers. They remember my son's name every year, and they ask ahead for special things that Santa should mention, like doing well in school or some achievement only Santa would know. Best of all, is the individual time Santa Steve spends with my son, asking him about school and sharing a unique and special story about the North Pole, or showing him a map with the route Santa takes on Christmas Eve. It's amazing how transformed we are in that moment like you can really imagine the preparations at Santa's workshop or the route he takes delivering toys. My son is getting older now and he I think questions Santa, but every year we go, we see Santa Steve, and he believes or at least hangs on to that belief and the magic of Santa and Christmas at the North Pole for another year. I am truly grateful and indebted to Steve and Deb and the folks at the church who make this such a wonderful experience for us each and every year. The mall is not an option for our son, and without coming to see Santa Steve these past few years, our son would not have had such a beautiful and magical Christmas memory of Santa Claus.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Breakfast with Santa - Ace & TJ's Grin Kids

By Liana W. on December 27, 2015

This event for our charity is so special, mostly in part because of you. We have repeat attendees just because of YOU! We book you a year ahead of time because our event wouldn't happen without you! Thank you for being the BEST Santa ever.

Hired as: Santa Claus


By Franklin A. on June 30, 2015

I have had the pleasure of seeing Triangle Santa in many different venues and situations....and let me tell you, He is the REAL deal! I have never come across a more genuine and true interpretation of the legend of Santa Claus! One particular story that I love to hear Santa Steve tell is the story of "The Mother of All Diamonds." You should make that story must have when booking Steve, you won't be disappointed! Triangle Santa will be my choice for Santa for many, many years to come!

Hired as: Holiday Entertainment, Motivational Speaker, Santa Claus

Best. Santa. Ever. A completely magical experience!

By A.t. F. on December 15, 2014

This is part of the letter I sent Santa after our visit.....

Delightful. Surprising. Wonderful. Magical. Encouraging.

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this. You turned an 8 year old boy who was on the verge of not believing in Santa into a believer. Thank you for this. All 4 of our children marveled at Santa and the experience was a real gift. And toys to boot- my oh my!


Hired as: Santa Claus

This Santa is the real deal

By Laura T. on December 3, 2014

My children have taken their list to this Santa every year since they've been born. He is professional, patient, kind, and most importantly, keeps the magic of Santa alive. No cheesy fake beard and chintzy suit for him! He has a real beard and the suit is gorgeous. Mrs Claus finds out about the kids in advance to make sure Santa knows all about the kids. The look on the kids' faces are priceless when Santa knows teachers' names, what the kids' favorite toys from the previous year were, and the names of their pets! If you want to have an authentic Santa experience, go no further!

Hired as: Santa Claus


By Sheila R. on December 3, 2014

This is the one! This is the only SANTA that is the 100% perfect portrayal of what Santa is. We have been visiting him for 4 years and are always equally impressed with the attention to detail and the personal touches.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Best Santa experience EVER!!!!

By Emmy B. on December 9, 2013

Triangle Santa provided the best Santa experience for kids I have ever seen! This wasn't the usual "pose for a photo/what do you want for Christmas" Santa - Santa sat with the kids for hours, telling them about the North Pole and how all of his reindeer got their names and sharing photos of the reindeer. The kids were mesmerized! For days afterward my grandson told everyone he ran into about the reindeer and told me "This must be the REAL Santa - how else would he know so much about everything at the North Pole!" Santa's partner magically notified Santa of all the kids names so that he seemed to know everyone there. It was a really fantastic experience for the kids! I highly recommend Triangle Santa!

Hired as: Santa Claus, Holiday Entertainment, Santa Claus

Awesome and Magical!

By Ann A. on June 17, 2013

I have been taking my boys (ages 9and 7) to see Santa for the past few years and it has been a wonderful and magical experience for them as well as for me! My kids are still amazed at all the info he knows about them regarding school, home, pets. This is an experience you do not want to miss and I think my boys will treasure it for a very long time.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Santa Visit

By Kimberly B. on April 8, 2013

We have been seeing this Santa for several years now. He is always professional and knowledgeable. My children have always enjoyed their visits and he usually tells them something new about Santa every year.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Very Real Santa Claus Experience, Amazing

By Kathleen C. on March 31, 2013

We have been taking our son to Santa Steve for 4 yrs. Every year is special and different. We have an entire room to ourselves with Santa and his helper so it is much more personal and Santa knows (from information we have provided beforehand) unique things about our son to make his conversation with Santa more magical. Santa will tell him how proud he is of him in school for a certain subject, or for taking care of his pets. This year, Santa showed our son the route he takes when delivery presents with a map. It really is an amazing experience and you can see how completely in wonder our son was with Santa.

Hired as: Santa Claus, Santa Claus

Engaging, Wonderful Santa!

By Dan B. on February 21, 2013

We love his Santa performances!

The real deal!

By Katie B. on February 5, 2013

This was my second year bringing my daughter to see Santa and each year I have felt a little in awe myself of how authentic the meeting felt. I am so impressed with the effort Deb and Steve put in to making each child's Santa meeting an unforgettable, magical experience.

Santa flawlessly handles difficult 3-year old!

By Leigh M. on February 5, 2013

I had heard about Sunrise's Santa before I had a child of my own. This year I made it a mission to get my 3-year old in with Santa, and I was not disappointed. She is shy and a little nervous about Santa, and her experience was very, very positive. Santa knew a variety of tricks to make her feel settled, and as her mother, I appreciated it! I was even impressed he got down on the floor to talk with her at her level. I cannot say enough great things. I appreciate this Santa and Sunrise for this wonderful service to our community.

Uplifting Experience

By Stephanie B. on February 5, 2013

This was our second year visiting with Santa, we could not ask for a more personal, heart felt experience. We look forward to visiting with our Santa for years to come!

Magical Experience!!!

By April G. on February 5, 2013

At 11 months of age, this was the first time our little one met Santa. The experience was magical for all of us! Can't wait for Santas visit from the North Pole again!


By Katie B. on February 4, 2013

I compared our experience with this Santa as the exact opposite of the Santa scene in "A Christmas Story." He books appts - meaning, no ridiculous waiting with an antsy toddler. The survey before the appt allows him to know a little bit about each child. He's very warm and friendly, and isn't scary like the "A Christmas Story" Santa - which is an added bonus :). We loved this Santa experience for our toddler this year - and we have some adorable pictures as well! This really was a unique experience that I haven't seen someone do before and really appreciated the effort and thought behind it.

Best Santa EVER!

By Kathryn C. on February 4, 2013

This is truly the best Santa! He is friendly, great with kids (never rushes), and plays the part well. The best part is he looks JUST like Santa should! We attempted to video tape our daughters visit with Santa this year and after we left we found out our camera didn't actually record it. I was so upset. One of the elves overheard us, told Santa, and he offered to visit with our daughter again so we could record it again. He definitely didnt have to do that, but it just shows you how much he cares. Our daughter LOVED getting to see Santa again!!!

We also attended one of the Santa shows this year and it was awesome! Santa has put so much time, effort, and thought into making it a magical and realistic experience for the kids. He is so sweet, energetic, and loved by the all kids around. You can just see the wonderment in their eyes. Thanks Santa for the great memories and we look forward to seeing you again!

Magical Experience!

By Kelley B. on February 4, 2013

This was by far the most magical Santa Show that we have seen. My daughter was bragging to friends and family about how she got to meet Santa and ask him questions and learn about all the reindeer. She even got to be one of his helpers when making magical snow. This was our second year visiting Santa for pictures as well. We will visit him next year and from here on out! Truly magical!!

The Best Santa

By Hill K. G. on February 4, 2013

This past December was the 4th year in a row we have taken our daughter to this Santa. It is always a magical experience. My husband and I grin from ear to ear the whole time our daughter is talking to him. I think every kid should have this experience!

Santa does exist!

By Michelle B. on February 4, 2013

What an amazing experience. I cannot believe how giving Triangle Santa Steve is. My oldest is 8 years old and was on the fence on whether or not he still believed. Triangle Santa took all the doubt away. There is no arguing that he really is a true, true Santa. The experience was amazing and we hope to do it every year! Thank you.

santa visit with children

By Lori M. on February 4, 2013

Mr. Gillium does an amazing job as santa. He looks and acts the part amazingly well and my son who is quite shy has always warmed right up to him. He requests information about each child in advance and knows everything we fill out on the sheet at the time of the visit. It helps to have a more personal session and my son is always amazed at the questions he asks him. I can't say enough about the wonderful job he does.

A Santa Like No Other

By Robert D. on January 8, 2013

This Christmas was our third with Triangle Santa and it was as magical for our children as the previous two. So much is done well -
1.) the visits with Santa are very well organized, scheduled, and planned in advance
2.) the setting is quiet and easy
3.) Santa has every bit of knowledge in advance and communicated to him
4.) most importantly, Santa connects so well with our children, and is so warm and welcoming with them.

This has become one of the most important traditions for our family Christmas!

Triangle Santa is THE REAL Santa Claus!!!

By Cyndi C. on December 9, 2012

Triangle Santa is Santa Claus! Enough said…..! Triangle Santa was such a joy. He captivated the children and parents were weak in the knees. The children met the real Santa and will never forget it. He takes the time to answer each question and fills the kids imagination with Christmas cheer. Each and every child could not believe Santa knew their name, age, favorite gifts, teachers and so on…. It takes a special person to be Santa… the parents felt like children again while listening to his stories and watching his interactions with their children.
He's a jolly soul! Triangle Santa will go beyond your expectations and make your party one to remember! Can't wait to plan next year!!

Hired as: Santa Claus

The one and only true Santa.

By Tenita S. on November 29, 2012

I am almost afraid of writing about him for fear of losing him.This is the one true Santa. We look for him every year. His is so genuine and kind. My teenage daughters and I look forward to seeing him as well as my now five year old son. We have been visiting him for several years now. He takes the sweetest Santa Pics. I have already booked my son's own special visit this season and can't wait to see his Christmas show.

The Highlight of Our Holiday Season!

By Rebecca G. on January 16, 2012

This was the highlight of our holiday season! Santa was so wonderful with both my girls, talking to the older one first and giving the younger one time to warm up to him. He really knew how to spend time with each girl individually and had both girls (even the almost 9-year-old) 100% convinced that they had met the "real" santa. I've been telling everyone that I know about our visit and I can't say enough about it. He was tremendous.

Best Santa Ever!

By Kendall on January 13, 2012

Best, most genuine Santa we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Our son loves him. Also, our 10 year old niece, who was beginning to have doubts about you know who, met this Santa and now pretty much thinks he's the real thing and the others she's seen are the imposters! He's great!


By Michelle Z. on January 12, 2012

This was our first experience visiting Santa with our 2yr. old daughter. From the moment our daughter stepped into the room she couldn't take her eyes off Santa and neither could we! It was like looking into a storybook and seeing Santa for yourself! He was soft spoken to her, got down on the floor to her level and made a connection with her that she still is talking about weeks later. Our daughter was a bit apprehensive due to her age but by the time we left she had let Santa hold her baby and she even gave him a hug! We can hardly wait for next year! What an AMAZING experience! He is the nicest, most professional yet caring Santa we have ever come across and the rest of his crew are top notch as well! Wish we had experienced this when we were kids! He's the BEST!

Wonderful experience!

By Heather W. on January 11, 2012

First visit with Santa after hearing about how wonderful the experience is. We were not disappointed! Both children (8 and 10) were having doubts, but this visit left them convinced that they had spoken to the "real" Santa (or at least a high-ranking elf!). They could not figure out how he knew so much about them ("he even knew my teacher's name, and what I got for Christmas last year!").
This experience will be remembered for years to come!

I believe!

By Zoe H. on January 10, 2012

Our 3 year old was so excited about meeting this wonderful Santa, and had an amazing experience with him. He couldn't believe how much Santa knew about his life over the past year, it was truly magical.
So realistic, well informed, genuine and kind.....even I believed :o)

He is GREAT!!

By Jennifer A. on January 9, 2012

TriangleSanta is the best Santa I have ever seen. If my kids had any doubt Santa was real they don't now.

I do believe in Santa Claus

By James V. on January 9, 2012

My family has been visiting Santa Steve for three years now. Each visit occurs in early December and has been truly magical. Santa Steve goes above and beyond. Each visit I go home wondering if I really did find the real Santa Claus.

An absolute pro - the best and couldn't imagine a better Santa experience.

Smart Santa Visits

By Michelle A. on January 8, 2012

I have worked with Santa Steve for many years now on a professional level. Every year, he continues to amaze me with his ability to deliver the true aspects of Santa. He has touched the lives of many children and families. This year I took my 7 year old daughter to see Santa. She thought this was yet another visit with one of Santa's helpers. At the end of the visit, she said "Mommy, he really is the real Santa!". She could not stop smiling or talking about the visit for weeks! The special details that Santa Steve brings to each visit makes the magic of Christmas come alive! He is amazing and a very compassionate man. Words can't express how much this visit meant to our family!


By Jodi B. on January 6, 2012

This Santa Claus is awesome to say the very least! Not only does he make children's visits magical, memorable and mesmerizing but he strives to maintain former client/Claus relationships from year to year! The set-up was great-in a small enclosed room to keep make each kid/family session memorable. The fact that this Santa involves the parents through having them fill out children info (ie: pet name, things they're working on in being 'good' not naughty, etc.) and then relaying them to the child as he talks with them. would recommend this Santa above any other. He's great.

This is the REAL Santa

By Gordon S. on January 6, 2012

This is the third year my 9 year old daughter visited Santa. After our first visit, she looks forward to next year's visit and will not consider speaking to a mall Santa. Seeing her interact with Santa makes me feel the real spirit of Christmas. This is truly a Christmas tradition in our family.

The REAL Santa!!!

By David B. on January 5, 2012

Santa Steve's Christmas Eve Sneak-A-Peak was by far the most memorable Christmas experience my family has ever had. He set things up to succeed and it did. He told us what to expect and it happened. My grandboys (6 and 8) didn't stop talking about it the next morning and reenacted Santa's visit for every family member the whole week long. They are back home now (1000 miles away) and I wouldn't be surprised if they are still reenacting the visit for all their friends.
Here's the kicker.... I myself have been doing Santa for over 40 years, I've taught Santa classes, and even wrote a play about being Santa that tours the U.S. during the season.
To me Santa Steve is the epitome of professionalism and possesses a goodly portion of the soul of St. Nick! I couldn't be happier that 1) he embodies Santa so well 2) sets a high standard for all Santas to follow, and 3) I was personally able to experience Steve's fabulous Sneak-A-Peak Christmas eve... secretly watching Santa at work with my totally enthralled grand boys. What more can a person ask for?

Hired as: Santa Claus

This is the ONLY Santa my children have told their desires to. He is so patient with the little ones and makes sure you get at least one picture of your child with Santa, even if the child is reluctant at first. With the older kids, he and his wonderful team go out of their way to make each child feel special and that they are talking to the REAL Santa. I wish I could go back to being a child and talk to Santa the way my kids do because these memories would be some of my most cherished from Christmas.

Best Santa experience anywhere

By Sarah W. on January 4, 2012

By any standard, this is by far and away the best Santa experience. I have a two year old girl and four year old boy and we have been coming to see TriangleSanta since my son was 18 months old. One of the reasons they are so good is Santa's props. He was the real deal hair and beard, an official ring and even driver's license and credit cards to show your doubter! Another plus is that there is no loud crowd like at the mall. They go above and beyond to find out about your child(ren) ahead of time (you tell them what they need to know). As long as we can, we'll bring our kids to TriangleSanta!

Absolutely fantastic experience!!

By Jennifer D. on January 4, 2012

This was our first experience and we will definitely be back next year! What a sweet and genuine experience this was for our children, ages 8 and 6. They literally lit up the entire time they were with "Santa" and it was such a personal moment for them. The whole thing was so professionally done to cater to the children. If you have a doubter one visit to Santa Steve Gillham will change that! The entire process ran so smoothly from the booking to the session - it's a moment our family will never forget.

I believe...

By Andrea K. on January 4, 2012

We have been bringing our children to visit with 'this' Santa for the last 3 years...and each time I walk into the room...even though it is an overwhelming time of year...I smile inside..because of his gift of calmness...and being present with each person he comes into contact reminds me of pure kindness...everything I could imagine Santa would be when I was young...and now that I am 41...married..two children..I must tell you...I believe...too!!

Amazing Experience!

By Eric L. on January 4, 2012

The best Santa experience we have ever had. Period. Our boys are 6 and 9. The time and effort that was put into their Santa experience this year was truly remarkable. The way in which Santa interacted with our boys and the special, personal touch he and his elves provided was incredible. Everything was perfect.

The REAL Santa Claus!

By Tyla O. on January 4, 2012

Santa (Steve Gillham) and Mrs. Claus (his wife Debra) along with James (Elf coordinator), Vickie (Greeter) and Steve (photographer) provide the most amazing experience for my 1 & 3 year old children. This is our 3rd year and my son actually recognizes Santa - this one and only Santa who knows him personally. It is truly incredible how this team operates to provide a believable and magical experience. First, online scheduling helps parents with newborns and very young ones as well as gathering current information on the child. Activities and refreshments are provided for toddlers and children as the anticipation grows for their scheduled personal time with Santa. Santa is SO caring and sweet - he is truly a blessing to the children. With help from his team, he knows our young ones' interests and communicates with them so gently. My son is very camera shy but Steve the photographer is very patient and offers us a family picture with Santa if he can't get a good one with my shy son. My three year old was so excited talking about Santa before and after we visited him this year and opening the gifts he asked Santa for on Christmas morning was simply magical! I hope my kids will have a chance to continue to see the REAL Santa Claus - one with a real beard & well groomed hair, real twinkling blue eyes, rosey cheeks and the kindest personality. This team of wonderfully dedicated people truly bring the magic of Christmas to the children, Words cannot express the incredible experiences we have had with Santa over the last 3 years. Thank You Santa Claus & Your Team ~ we LOVE you!!

Hired as: Santa Claus

We have visited with Triangle Santa twice now, each time with our three children. His manner with our children, his give and take with them, the setting of the visit, his outfit and's better than one would have imagined short of Rudolph standing nearby. I am not prone to being overly positive, but will say that our two visits have been genuinely moving. The visit has become a Christmas highlight for all of us.

For those not familiar, one makes an appointment to see Santa, and the parents fill out a brief questionnaire in advance about one's children, their school, what they're good at, what Santa has been watching, their toy list, etc. When the children sit with Santa, he knows it all! He is wonderful with even shy and cautious children, like our three year old. And he's patient. We spent 10 minutes with Santa, and felt like we'd have a private audience with the genuine St. Nick.

The real Santa

By Amy C. on January 4, 2012

My children have had the amazing opportunity to talk with this Santa the past two years. Each time has been such a great memory for us and our children. My husband and I have been brought to tears over the genuine care Santa has for our children and the time and effort he spends talking with them. I would definitely recommend Santa whole-heartedly for any event!

Surely this is the real Santa!

By Lisa E. on January 3, 2012

My whole family loves visiting this Santa every year. We are all convinced he is for real. I love the rapport with the kids. He is sincere, funny, quick witted, jolly, Christmas Spirited and all the things Santa should be.

Great experience for the entire family

By Johna M. on January 3, 2012

Steve is an amazing Santa. He is wonderful with children and the idea of smart Santa knowing things about the family and the children makes for an exciting and memorable experience for the entire family. He really looks like Santa and many people have commented on how wonderful our child's pictures with Santa are. We would recommend his services and his smart Santa experience to anyone wanting a joyous experience for their children!

The Only "Real" Santa

By Aprille A. on January 3, 2012

My children have seen "our Santa" for the last several years. He is hands down amazing. The detail put into the personal experiences he offers makes it such a magical experience. The planning shows. Not only does he make my kids feel the true magic of Christmas but he make adults feel it too!


By Amy P. on January 3, 2012

This experience is a must for anyone who has young children.
Steve does an outstanding job making this visit memorable
and worthwhile. My children have gone for the past three years and I have been moved to tears each time. Steve and crew are amazing.
If you don't believe in the magic of Christmas, Steve can change your mind!!!

He is very real in everyway!

By Bonnie J. on January 2, 2012

He does such a good job even to adults he is the real Santa. Loving and caring takes the time to really listen and care about the kids.

When we first heard about an opportunity to have a one on one session with santa for 10 to 15 min. we were surprised and eager to learn more. As it turned out it was the most amazing experience we've ever had and return year after year. He memorizes an entire page of information about each child and spends an entire 10 min asking very personal questions to each child- showing them how much santa really knows about them. To this day I still can't figure out how he memorizes all that information about each child with no time between children's "appointments" he must know it all before the he starts for the day. Really impressive. He also does the santa for our kids school and is great at telling stories about santa, etc..

The perfect Santa!

By Erin T. on January 2, 2012

Our children have had the pleasure of sitting on this Santa's lap for the past three Christmases and we could not be more pleased with the service he provides. Not only is his appearence perfect, but he is also very approachable, friendly and gentle. His relaxed manner makes your child feel like he is willing to talk to them forever and their time chatting with Santa is never rushed. I recommend the services of Triangle Santa without hesitation!

The best Santa experience ever!

By Steve H. on January 2, 2012

I have had the pleasure of working with Steve and Deb Gillham since he started this Santa experience some 6 or 7 years ago. It has continued to evolve into the most magical of experiences a child and the family can ever have. It is my most favorite part of the Christmas Holiday, because I get to see the magic happen.

The Real Santa

By Paula A. on January 2, 2012

Our experience with Santa was amazing. I have three children ages ranging from 1-12 and we have gone to see Santa for the last 3 years. The children decided after their first visit that they have found the real Santa. We have since made it a tradition and it is one of the highlights of the season.

The best Santa experience ever!!

By Stacy E. on January 2, 2012

We went to see Santa this past Christmas time 2011! The best ever! Santa knew my child, and knew how to interact with her so well at the young age of three. Last year we went somewhere else, and my daughter wouldn't even go near Santa. I can't wait to book an appointment with this Santa again next year.

Best Santa Ever

By Hill G. on January 2, 2012

We have taken our daughter to see this Santa for the past 3 years and it is always a magical experience. Not only does he look perfect, but the way he gets the individual info about each child through an ear piece makes it so he "knows' things. He also has a
beautiful carved chair he sits on and the room has such a nice atmosphere. Our daughter absolutely believes that she has met Santa. When I was a kid living on the Outer Banks, I remember going to see Santa and recognizing the person as someone my mom knew. While I believed in Santa, I never thought I had met the real thing. Our daughter gets to really believe and it is so much fun watching her with him. We are really lucky to have found out about this Santa and will continue to go see him until my daughter has outgrown it.

A Perfect Santa!

By Jesica B. on January 2, 2012

Our experience with Santa was nothing short of wonderful! He made my kids feel special and important. He took his time to listen to each of them. He was very thorough and as well as the rest of his team. Thank you so much for making Christmas even more special for our family!

He will make anyone a BELIEVER in Santa!!

By Cynthia C. on January 2, 2012

This is our second year for visiting Santa at the Sunrise Church in Hillsborough, NC. We have had such an incredible experience with our son, we make it a yearly tradition now! We've even notified our other friends with young children to visit him and they were blown away! Our son has leukemia and after visiting Santa, we ran into him again at the UNC Children's Hospital while we were delivering decorated trees to the kids and he was visiting them in the hospital beds. Santa remembered him and even took the time for our son to mention an item that he forgot to mention during his first visit! These are memories I'll always have to reflect upon and cherish for a lifetime! I never had an experience like this as a child and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to allow my son to experience it! We will keep it on our calendar for next year's visit as well in 2012! Thank you Santa and Santa's helpers!! You are the best!

This Santa is the real deal

By Dianna F. on January 2, 2012

This year was the first time I took my son to see Santa. The church was accommodating to the children and it had the feeling of being in Santa's workshop with toys to play with, cookies, and juice to enjoy. Then came our turn to visit with Santa. Mr. Elf as my son called him was very nice and spoke with my son as if he knew him for years but the best feeling was walking into the room and seeing my son's face when he saw Santa sitting in his chair. Santa was very happy to see him. He talked about the things that were on his list as if they were already making them in the workshop. Santa was also very patient. The visit was very magical and we can't wait to see him again next year.

Hired as: Santa Claus, Santa Claus

He IS Santa!

By Kenni &. C. on January 2, 2012

My son has been going to see Steve since he was 2 years old. He tells me all the time that HE is the REAL Santa and any other person dressed up like Santa is a want-to-be. The most personal experience ever!!

Most convincing Santa EVER

By Rachel Z. on January 2, 2012

Steve Gillham was by far the best Santa I have ever seen. Steve and his team went above and beyond in their preparation; not only learning our daughter's name but also information pertaining to her age and likes and dislikes to appear more authentic! He was wonderful with our child, who is NOT good with new people, and when we couldn't get a good picture of her sitting in his lap, I'd at that point given up and had lifted her from his lap, he enthusiastically jumped into a pic of the three of us standing. I also must comment on his appearance! Everyone who saw the pictures thought he was an actor, he is the most convincing Santa I have ever seen and we feel lucky to have had our one year old's FIRST Christmas pictures taken with Mr. Gillham.

Absolutely wonderful!!

By Marcia M. on January 2, 2012

My son is 4 years old and he was amazed to see Santa and the time he spent with him chatting!!!!

Magical visits with Santa

By Vickie H. on January 2, 2012

The magical experience of visiting with Santa is embellished by the careful attention to detail behind the scenes. Who would ever guess that Mrs. Santa is whispering in Santa's ear, using modern technology, to provide tidbits of details about each child - tidbits that only Santa would know. Magical, indeed!

My kids think this is the real Santa!

By Scott B. on January 2, 2012

I have three kids (ages 9, 6 and 3) that still believe in Santa Claus. Part of that reason is because of Steve Gillham, the Triangle Santa. For the past two years, we have taken our kids to see Steve and he lovingly takes pictures with them and invites them to sit on his knee and talks to them. Because of the set-up with his "secret elves," this Santa knows more than just our kids' names -- he asks them how they liked what he brought them last year for Christmas, what they need to work on this year and some personalized things about each one.

All of our kids love going to see "the real Santa" and the whole experience has become a tradition for our family. Sometimes, I even wonder if Steve knows if I have been naughty or nice! :)

I highly recommend the Triangle Santa for any event -- you will not be disappointed!

Magical Experience!

By Becky S. on January 2, 2012

I take my children to see this Santa every year and every year I believe that he is the real Santa! He is very good with the children and take the time to make a connection with them. My son is almost 9 and still believes because this gentleman is so realistic!

Hired as: Santa Claus

There's None Better

By Pete H. on December 9, 2011

The first time you hire Santa, the first judgment is based on looks (at least for me). Well, right off the bat, that judgment call was perfect! Not only was he the best Santa we've ever worked with, Mrs. Claus was decked out and perfectly-adorned as well.

After the first judgment on appearance, it only got better. The interaction with the kids is truly awe-inspiring, the background, the gifts, and the "look" in the pictures that are taken are really like North Pole magic.

I can't imagine ever doing business with another Santa as long as our organization continues. While this 'is' a business for him, you can also tell that there is a calling that has been fulfilled...with hearts of gold!

I cannot offer a high enough rating.

Pete Herrick
Chief Of Staff
Ace & TJ Show

Hired as: Santa Claus, Santa Claus

Breakfast with Santa December 3, 2011

By Barbara M. M. on December 9, 2011

For the last 3 years, Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids has hired Santa Steve for our annual Breakfast with Santa. From the moment Santa Steve enters the room he brings an aura of genuine warmth and love. He can truly turn the hardest of unbelievers into marveling youngsters with the help of his trusted assistant, Mrs. Claus. Together, with the magic of today’s technology the two work flawlessly to ensure every child receives a true individual experience with Santa. Adults alike are also impressed with the realness of the experience.
For anyone considering the hiring Santa Steve for their event, be assured you are hiring the BEST of the BEST. He has always arrived ahead of time and has performed beyond our expectation. Further, he is ever conscience of his overall appearance for each and every person. Yes, his white beard is real and well groomed. His red suit is luxurious and his boots are authentically complete with Jingle Bells. He travels with over 100 fresh pairs of white gloves and changes them often between visitors!
I can speak from personal experience the Santa Steve has a pure heart and his love for children and adults alike shows through him! Santa Steve will leave you and your guests with the joy and magic of Christmas in your heart!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Booking Info

  • Fee: $175.00 to $1,500.00 per event
  • Insurance: $2,000,000.00 - Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. Performers Insurance Background Checks every year by Intelli Corp. Records. Inc.
  • Languages: English

About Booking

Whether you hire Stephen F. Gillham Enterprises or another Santa Claus for your Chapel Hill event, we strongly recommend that all communication be kept on the GigSalad booking platform as you book your Santa Claus. When you do, we’re able to offer numerous benefits that we cannot guarantee if you take communication or deposit payment off the GigSalad website. Our booking system is easy to use and handles secure deposit payments from you to the Chapel Hill Santa Claus of your choice.

Be sure that the quote/agreement your Santa Claus sends you outlines performance fees, travel fees, extras, arrival and departure times, cancellation policy, insurance information and other applicable details.

Setup Requirements

Antique Santa Chair can be supplied for additional funds

I also have a battery powered PA system with wireless mic if needed

I have a professional 14' backdrop that can be brought if needed.


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