Tips for being Santa Claus

 Updated Covid-19 Santa Tips


  • Plan outdoor events, drive-up events, and virtual (Zoom, Hangouts, etc.) events.


  • Brainstorm socially distant photograph settings. (Children sit in Santa's sleigh while Santa packs a toy bag in the back. Santa leads a "reindeer" while child sits on this prop. Santa peeks around the back of a Christmas tree while children stand in front. Use a plexiglass divider, such as the ones many retail stores are installing.)


  • Film pre-recorded personalized videos.


  • Instead of appearing in person at an office Christmas party, join a virtual office meeting.


  • Create a questionnaire for parents to fill out before virtual meetings. Now you can come prepared with details which will delight and surprise the child! You will know not only the child's name, but also the name of their pet, what they want for Christmas, and which Christmas activity they most enjoy.


  • Prepare answers to Cover related questions. Think about the language you will use. Wording such as "concerned" instead of "scared" can be comforting to a child. The reason why things are different this Christmas is "to make sure we stay healthy". Washing our hands is "especially important" right now.



  • Drink plenty of water – being in costume can get very hot.  We also sell cooling vests to help keep you cool.


  • Make sure you have a helper who can take care of the crowd and assist in your departure when you take a break. 


  • Use your assistants to help make the event smoothly. For example, ask your helper to find out child's name, their teachers name, and one of the presents that they are getting.  When the child comes up, you already know a little about them, and you can make the experience more “real”.


  • Talk to the child at eye level, this helps them connect with you.


  • With younger children, let them do the talking and come to you. They can often be scared by a large Santa coming towards them.


  • Be prepared with answers for the obvious questions, such as: What are the reindeer names? How do you get all the way around the world in just one night? There is a kid at school who told me you aren’t real… is that true? I am spending my Christmas at my Grandmas house, how will you find me? What do you feed the reindeers? How old are you? and How will you get to my house, we don’t have a chimney (Note: we sell “magic” keys).


  • Never commit to what you are bringing them. You don’t want them to be disappointed.


  • Practice your “ho ho ho”.



  • Use accessories to make the entire look more believable (glasses, bells, bags, boots instead of spats, helpers with elf hats, etc.)



  • Make sure your beard is secure. Style the beard properly before the event. Don’t let the children pull your beard.


  • Make sure you do things like whitening your eyebrows. Details count.


  • Don’t be late. Nothing ruins the experience more than anxious children.


  • Have FUN!! Santa is jolly character.