Professional Real Bearded Santa, and Mrs. Claus. Schools (public and private), community events, home visits, Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and Mrs. C., Breakfast with Santa, available for parades, Selfies with Santa, works with professional photographers. Loves to talk with children, tell stories, lead sing-a-longs.
Graduates of the International School4Santa, participants in the Santa Gathering, members of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, The Clan Claus, ClausNet.
Price Range: $150 per hour and up
Gig Length: 120 - 480 minutes
Insurance: $4,000,000 - Entertainers insurance - Kaercher Insurance thru International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas
What to Expect
Santa and Mrs. C work well with "children" of all ages. They provide individual attention for each person they greet and enjoy making memories through conversations as well as photos. Santa is a great story teller and loves to give children opportunity to tell their stories. Santa and Mrs. C are "joy-bringers' to children and parents alike, captivated themselves by the wonder of Christmas.
Santa has been a professional speaker, educator and entertainer for over 40 years. Santa and Mrs. C are grandparents of 7. Mrs. C works with cochlear implant recipients in a clinic in Baltimore, MD. When not flying in their sleigh, Santa and Mrs. C enjoy traveling in their RV.
Additional Booking Notes
The following items are suggestions to assist event planners, coordinators, site managers and others at special events where Santa will be in attendance and where there is a need to coordinate crowds and/or lines.
1. Always address Santa as Santa! Don’t spoil the magic of the event. Even if you know his other name, call him Santa.
2. Everyone is part of a team. From Santa, to Mrs. Claus, to the event coordinator, to the helpers, everyone is a member of a team and teamwork can make or break an event. If you can, make sure everyone knows what his or her job is and what each other’s job is. Also, know the chain of command. To whom does Santa report?
3. Make sure Santa knows the layout of the area. For example, where are the restrooms?
4. Have a changing room or break area for Santa. Depending on his schedule, Santa may often arrive incognito or in casual wear so as to keep his suit neat and clean. He may need a private area to change and prepare for your event.
5. Refreshments for a 1-3 hour visit from Santa are not required*. However, if longer than three hours a snack or meal would be appropriate. It is always nice to have some cold, bottled water available to quench his thirst and keep him cool…with a straw, please!
6. Santa may need a fan. Even in the winter months, an indoor event can get quite warm. Santa is wearing a very warm and heavy suit, trimmed with fur – perfect for the North Pole and sleigh flights. But warm for every day wear. He can get overheated if the temperature in the room gets too high. Having a small fan near where he sits and aimed at his head and shoulders will do wonders in keeping him cool & comfy.
8. Roaming events need more breaks. If Santa is set to be standing and roaming around your event, he will need more frequent breaks. Similar to what most theme parks do, Santa should be on the set no more that thirty minutes, followed by a fifteen minute break where he can sit down and cool off. Remember, Santa is wearing that heavy, fur lined suit.
9. Stanchions or railings are good for controlling large lines. Most people will respect a rope or barricade, thus leaving helpers more time to work with families and Santa. A simple control gate can be made with two chairs, with guests being asked to line up between them. A simple barrier can be made by a row of chairs. Keep it simple!
10. Things work best with two or more assistants or helpers. While one helper is controlling the front of the line, the other monitors the rest of the line. Be prepared to answer all kinds of questions from those waiting in line. Make sure those helpers also know the space, where things can be found, and the general schedule for the event.
11. Do not lift, carry or handle any child. If children are to visit with Santa or if photos are taken, allow the parents to take their child or children up to Santa. Helpers, assistants and coordinators should not handle any child unless it is necessary or an emergency. This is not only to reduce insurance liability; it is now something that is considered morally correct. Besides, the children will be more comfortable with their parents.
12. Make sure hands and faces are clean and not sticky. If children are going to visit or talk with Santa, it is important that the children be clean. Sticky or dirty hands can get in Santa’s beard or on his suit and everything will have to stop if Santa has to clean up. Dirty hands are also known to be one of the top transmitters of common germs and viruses. Parents are usually very good at keeping their children clean, but in a hectic event like this, they can surprise all of us.
13. The best photos are taken in the first five seconds. Children in strange situations can often be afraid. Parents should always stay with their children as they go up to Santa to help reinforce support to the child. Helpers should inform the parents to take their child or children up to Santa and then quickly move out of the photo area.
14. Santa’s helpers should never handle babies or infants. Even though a lot of helpers love holding babies, this must be left to the parents. A parent should always place their baby into Santa’s arms or their infant on Santa’s lap.
15. Keep the lines moving. Do not allow a parent or family to take over Santa. Sometimes a parent will pull out a camera and want to take a photo or two. However, there are those parents who think if the digital camera can take 120 photos, they can take all of them with Santa. If a family has their own camera, mention to them that is great and that they can take one or two photos. (If the line is short, and Santa has time, the family can take a few more photos if needed. We never want to upset any family).**
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 07, 2019 • 11:00am - 4:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 07, 2019 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Religious Celebration|
|December 08, 2019 • 10:30am - 1:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|December 08, 2019 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 14, 2019 • 9:30am - 11:30am||Christmas Party|
|December 15, 2019 • 9:00am - 12:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 20, 2019 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm||Christmas Party|
Comfortable chairs for Santa and Mrs. C., seasonal backdrop, small fan, private dressing room with a full length mirror.