This is a general guide. A firm price will be quoted after Santa knows the details of your event. After a quote is sent to you, no one will contact you about the quote unless you request it. Your email address will never be shared with anyone.
Rates – Basic rates start @ $200 hour (usually those are weekday mornings.) Weekend events can be $250 to $300 per hour. Christmas Eve is on a sliding scale depending on the time wanted and the travel distance to your location. The actual cost of a Santa visit varies with:
- date and time of event
- length of event
- location of event
- size of event
- event sponsor
Commercials – Real Beard Santa is no stranger to the professional camera. Conflicts available on request. Santa may work union or non-union. Santa’s agent for Sag-Aftra work is:
318 W 53rd St #201,
New York, NY 10019
Terms – Corporate clients, established Event Planners and governmental agencies with verifiable credit are requested a non-refundable 50% deposit payable on booking. Private parties are requested payment in full at booking.
Date and Time: Weekday morning and afternoons are lower in cost than evenings and weekends.
Length and Location of the Event: For planning purposes it is suggested that a minimum of one-hour be scheduled for each group of 25. That allows 2 minutes for photos for each family or friends.
Size of the Event: There is a huge difference between the energy and effort required to entertain a group of 25 adults, versus that required to entertain and dandle 100 children or a room full of adults, no matter how well-mannered they may be. Making sure everyone has fun is serious and physically demanding work.
Santa can entertain, interview and pose with hundreds of children but may require a personal comfort break that will be agreed upon appropriate to the event. At large events, you will be requested to provide two assistants capable of controlling access to Santa and assisting him in managing children of all ages.
Event Sponsor: Please note that Santa is happy to offer a limited number of pro bono visits for NFPs, registered charities and local community organizations that serve urban children.
Please note, corporate and government organizations do not qualify for pro bono visits.