Are there Santa Claus organizations, associations & groups for professional Santa Clauses?
Yes, there are many Santa Claus organizations, associations & groups across the United States and around the world.
Professional Santa Claus groups range from a handful of local Santas who occasionally meet for fellowship and to discuss appearances to the Worldwide Santa Claus Network, with over 6,700 members spanning the globe.
Here are a couple of maps showing the locations of visitors to the Worldwide Santa Claus Network website…
In 2016, many original members renewed their memberships… in 2017, the renewal trend continued. It became clear that this online Santa school was more than a school. It was a virtual gathering place where members could find supportive fellowship while learning and honing their skills.
To make sure Santa & families around the world could connect during the pandemic in 2020, the Worldwide Santa Claus Network led the way in providing training in “Virtual Santa Claus Visits” for Santa & Mrs. Claus Portrayal Artists worldwide.
Hundreds of Clauses attended the FREE Santa Claus training sessions on Virtual Santa Visits. They learned about computer systems, Internet requirements, and useful software, and they learned new skill sets to help them provide tens of thousands of extraordinary virtual Santa visits to families, companies, and groups worldwide.
The Worldwide Santa Claus Network Santa Claus Facebook group provides a supportive space for Santas across the US & Canada and worldwide to connect, ask questions, try new material, learn new skills, and share personal experiences.
What types of things do Santas learn by being a member of this Worldwide Santa Claus Network Santa Group?
“Storytelling as Santa” is always a popular session, as is “How to Answer Children’s Questions as Santa Claus.”… of course, there are sessions on beard care and whitening, posing for great photos, working with malls & retail stores, being Santa at home & company parties, being Santa for those with Special Needs, building a Santa business, working on TV & in movies as Santa Claus… and the list goes on and on… there are over 300 hours of on-demand Santa Claus training sessions available… and they cover every topic you can think of, and probably several you would never have dreamed of, like Being a Brand Ambassador as Santa and Being Santa Claus on Cruise Ships and Being Santa Claus in China.
Another popular topic is “How to be your own Santa Claus booking agent.”
Many Santa Claus portrayal artists are retired or semi-retired, and they have the time and personality and can learn the skills to book their own appearances. Of course, this allows the portrayal artist to build deeper relationships with their clients, have more control over their time and destiny, and significantly increase their income or pass some or all of these savings on to their clients.
And then there is the community service aspect of Santa Claus portrayal.
Many Worldwide Santa Claus Network members donate at least some Santa appearances each year, and several do 100% pro-bono community service as Santa… the Network website has several training sessions to help ‘volunteer Santas’ be extraordinary at all they do.
Individually, those who portray Santa Claus professionally are wonderful. They bring a smile to our lips, put joy in our hearts, and launch our imagination… now multiply that by a dozen, a hundred, a thousand… imagine more than 6,700 members of a professional Santa Claus organization; it’s amazing… you smile so big you feel like your face is about to pop!