Tips for a Great Special Visit with Santa:

  1. Make sure the batteries are fully charged and that you have all the film, video tape, etc. to take all the photos you want or need.
  2. Have your gifts ready!
  3. If Santa is to make his entrance with gifts, they should be labeled, easy to read, and fit into a 35 Gallon trash bag. Prior arrangements could be made before the visit to get the gifts to Santa. Timing is everything, as Santa will be with you for a limited amount of time. Santa will call the designated coordinator just before his arrival. That’s your cue to get everyone together, maybe sing a Christmas song or two. Folding chairs and low chairs do not work well for Santa, as Santa is a large man. A good straight back dining room chair works best.
  4. Stage some great photos by placing Santa’s chair near your Christmas tree or other holiday setting. Your photos will have more impact if the background has a festive look.
  5. Think about photos with everyone, old and young alike. Santa can stand up for a “buddy” photo with teens and adults if they are “shy.”
  6. If there is a balance or payment due to Santa, please place it inside a Christmas card or envelope. It is never appropriate to hand cash to Santa. So as Santa is departing, hand him the envelope and say, “Thank you, Santa, here is a Christmas card from all of us to you.”

– Santa Mike