Remember that sixth helping of stuffing you devoured? Oh, and countless heaps of grandma’s cherished mac and cheese? Don’t regret eating them. (We don’t.) Instead, think of those extra pounds as preparation for the grandest holiday side gig of them all.
Every year, thousands of shopping malls, department stores and corporations throw Christmas-themed events and parties that rely on guest appearances from Ol’ Saint Nick himself.
(Spoiler alert: not the real one. He’s too busy. It’s actually a complex network of Santa Claus impersonators.)
If you’ve got what it takes — e.g. a burly chuckle, a mean beard, a background check and liability insurance — you can find a variety of Santa Claus jobs this time of year.
How to Find Santa Claus Jobs (Mrs. Claus, Too!)
Becoming Santa Claus is a little more complicated than walking into your local shopping mall with an application in hand. Many malls and department stores rely on event companies, talent agencies and freelancers to meet their Kris Kringle needs. Here’s how to join those ranks.
Work at an Event or Photography Company
When you think of Santa Claus jobs, do you think of a winding single-file line through the atrium of a shopping mall, everyone waiting for a photo with the big guy? These types of events are often coordinated by events and photography businesses.
Some companies contract with shopping malls or department stores as full-service vendors – handling all the staff, decorations and photographs. Others may only provide photography services or Santa-staffing services.
Cherry Hill Programs and Instant Photo Corporation of America (IPCA) are two national companies that partner with regional shopping malls across the nation to hire Santas, Mrs. Clauses and other festive characters (as well as some photographers).
Not having any luck with national Santa companies? Narrow your job search to local events and photography companies. If all else fails: Call your local mall to see how they usually hire Santa.
Use a Talent or PR Agency
Maybe you have experience as Santa under your well-worn leather belt. In addition to looking the part, you sing or act to enliven your impersonation. Simply put, you’re down to do more than sit on a red velvet throne for a few pictures.
A talent agency is just what you need. Such agencies find the Santa Claus jobs — the corporate events, the media appearances, the charity drives — and reach out to you if you’re a part of their network and meet certain criteria.
Real-bearded Santas are generally higher in demand and can charge better hourly rates. Some agencies may even require the applicant to have a real beard.
Three free nationwide Santa networks, Hire Santa, Real Santa and Santa for Hire, are looking for talented actors to play the part. Applications are open for Mrs. Claus as well.
Freelance as Santa
Whether you find gigs through an events company or talent agency, you can always boost the profile of your Santa enterprise by finding clients on your own. This will require a bit more legwork on your part, but the reward can be well worth it. Some Santas we spoke to earn up to $7,000 a season by running their own show.
In our ultimate guide to becoming a professional Santa, The Penny Hoarder spoke to several pros who built their own websites or made listings on talent-freelancing websites like Gig Salad. They shared insider tips on finding the best clothes, enrolling in Santa school (it’s a thing — we checked) and getting into character, even when you’re off the clock.
“Before you become a Santa, you really need to understand what it’s going to do to your life,” said Santa Tim, a retired professional Santa from Kansas. “You are going to have to be Santa Claus.”
Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.
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Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram.
In case you missed last week’s update, check it out here.
10 WEEKS! Double digits and 25% of the way done, people!
I was too sick last night to get a picture like I usually do, so here’s one sporting my outfit of the day today. 😉 I decided it was actually perfect to represent my week. Because it was a rough one, nausea-wise and exhaustion-wise.
Getting to see another ultrasound of our baby on my birthday. (My doctor had me come in for some testing to make sure all was well since I had been feeling so poorly. Our baby has grown so much and is looking so healthy! I still can’t believe that I’m actually pregnant. It’s just surreal!)
Also, my second round of labs came back and my hemoglobin hadn’t gone down anymore but had actually gone up a tiny bit — which we were so excited about! It seems that using the cast iron pan and taking a double dose of Slow-Fe with orange juice daily is actually working!
NOTABLE THIS WEEK:
I have moved multiple clothes from my closet into the storage section because they either don’t fit anymore or are super uncomfortable. I also think I’m mostly going to be living in leggings and workout shorts for the next month or two until I can switch to maternity jeans/pants.
Cottage cheese and Chick-fil-A honey barbecue sauce (not together!).
I also am still usually able to eat Cracker Barrel pancakes (my brother and sister-in-law sent me a box of the mix and it legitimately tastes just like their pancakes!), macaroni & cheese + this week I added in Cream of Wheat and dry cereal. Apparently, this baby likes super bland food that is all the same color! 🤣
I’m still struggling to get enough liquids in (because most of them taste disgusting to me!), but this week I have found that drinking watered down juice or lemonade with ice works some of the time and I’ve also been able to eat/drink chicken broth or popsicles some of the time, too.
Even though I feel bigger this week and my clothes are fitting differently, I’m still holding steady at 3 pounds gained.
How are the rest of you pregnant mamas doing? If you’re expecting, I’d love to hear when you’re due and how you’re doing!
In other news, Jesse and I went to see the Downton Abbey movie for my birthday. We were both such big fans of the show so it was fun to see the actors/actresses altogether on screen again. The theater was packed out for a 1 p.m. on Tuesday showing… and Jesse was one of the only guys there. But we didn’t care!
We discovered we have at least one armadillo that has been roaming around our house! We have seen him two nights so far this week. I’ve never seen one anywhere near our house so we thought it was cool at first… only to find out they are very destructive and not the kind of rodent you want living near your house!
Silas had his last flag football game of the regular season this week. He’s been doing both baseball and football this Fall, so that has kept him quite busy.
He also had his Science Fair on Friday. This year, their school made a change that parents weren’t allowed to help and all of the Science Fair work had to be done at school.
So I hadn’t even seen any of his project before Friday! I was very proud of how it turned out and what he learned through it. And he did a great job on his presentation.
Reading right now: Try Softer (Also, my other reading this week was going through ALL 94 resources in the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit. I posted my top picks here and here. This Toolkit is only available until Monday.)
Watching right now: World’s Gymnastics Competition
Listening to right now: The quiet evening breeze coming from the open window. (It finally cooled down here enough in TN that we can have our windows open at night. It’s amazing!!)
Loving right now: Hearing my husband playing and laughing and joking with the kids upstairs.
In Case You Missed It:
10 Things I Learned When I Was 37 — In honor of my birthday this week. And wow! It’s been a big year!
8 Ways to Get Books for Free (or Almost-Free!) — Do you love reading but also want to make sure you don’t break your budget with book purchases?
New from SmileDirectClub: Straighten Your Teeth While You Sleep — I wish this program had been available when I signed up!
How I Got Over My Fear of Public Speaking — Some real honesty in this post here. Maybe you needed it today?
4 Strategies to Survive Stretching Seasons — Sometimes, you just do the best you can do. And that’s enough.
We Stopped Buying Paper Towels — Why we stopped buying paper towels and how we live without them. [...]
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