Special Requests – this is your visit. Santa will do all in his power to make it special for you and your guests; just let him know your wishes in advance so he can be prepared.
Designate A Helper – to coordinate arrival, parking, presents to be carried in by Santa, his entrance, seating, and the introduction of children (don’t forget to send Santa a list of names).
Have Gifts Ready – labeled, easy to read, they should fit into a 35 gal. size bag. Additional or over sized gifts can be brought to Santa by the helper or pre-placed beside his chair.
Reserve Parking – Santa is a senior, his suit is hot even in December, a short walk insures a fresh arrival.
Check Location – an interesting background such as Christmas tree, un-lit fire place, Christmas cards, wreath or nativity scene makes photos more memorable. Leave room around Santa’s chair for others to gather for group photos. Make sure lighting is adequate for Santa to read the Christmas story and package names.
Sturdy Chair – a straight back works best for Santa to sit up comfortably and be able to place a child on his knee.
Cameras Ready – batteries fully charged, lots of film, tape, or disks available.
His Arrival – Make sure you give Santa your cell phone number, he will call five minutes before he arrives. Get everyone together, maybe sing a Christmas song or two before the grand entrance.
The Visit – Most visits last for an hour or less. The number of children present determines what Santa can do and how long he can spend with each one.
His Departure – Usually after the gifts are opened the children’s interest shif from Santa to what they received. Once the “Magic” of Santa’s presence has worn off it’s time for him to exit.
Payment Envelope or Card – it is never appropriate to hand cash or check to Santa where others might see!