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Looking for a great Chicago-area Santa? John Sullivan—Santa Claus is located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is a semiretired nonsmoker, who is the father of three adult children and eight grandchildren. Santa is a happy, outgoing person who is at ease in everything from small intimate gatherings to large crowds where a big entrance is required. He loves children and knows how to make any visit a truly memorable occasion. Santa has had plenty of experience in malls, at private and company parties, home visits, village promotions, and much more.
What Does it Cost to hire Santa John? 2023 Santa Rates
**Note - the following rates are approximate. Depending upon the driving time and mileage involved—as noted below—there are additional charges.
Weekends in November & December
Note weekends are always premium dates.
Weekend Rates - Friday through Sunday are:
First Hour - $300, Each Additional Hour - $150
Weekday Rates before Thanksgiving in November
Monday through Thursday rates in November are:
First Hour - $200, Each Additional Hour - $100
Weekday Rates After Thanksgiving in November & December
November 27th and in December through Thursday
December 14th, are:
First Hour - $250, Each Additional Hour - $125
Christmas Week Rates Monday, December 18th,
through Saturday, December 23rd, 2023
First Hour - $300, Each Additional Hour - $150
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Rates
$500 for one Hour - All visits these days are for one hour
THE ABOVE RATES ARE BASED ON BOOKINGS OF UP TO 20 MILES ONE-WAY OR 40 MILES—OR MORE ROUND TRIP FROM MY HOME IN STREAMWOOD
when this happens, there is an additional $50 charge minimum—or more—depending upon the mileage involved.
For events in Chicago at high traffic times, taking an extra hour or more, there is an additional $100 charge. Any parking fees will be paid by the client.
What People Say About Santa John
Wow! A Visit from Santa!
Santa is available year-round for any of the following:
The Five Things that John Believes Go into Making a Great Santa
Santa should be a warm and caring person.
This is something that is inborn. A warm, caring person doesn’t play Santa to gratify his own ego. He really loves people and knows how to communicate this, especially to small children.
He should be outgoing and enthusiastic.
How often have you been to a mall and the Santa sits there like a rock or when he does see kids, he handles them like he is working on an assembly line in a factory? Santa should be full of joy and no matter how long his day, this joyful outgoing happiness should still come through.
You don’t need to be a genius to be Santa but good, basic common sense goes a long way. You have to be able to deal with unruly children, those with special needs, crying babies, nervous and fidgety kids, parents who are irritated and may have had a bad day, or impatient photographers who don’t know how to get the picture.
Santa should be great with children.
This means you listen to what they have to say; make sure you understand their wants while at the same time never promising them specific since you really don’t know what they are going to get. At the same time, you let them know they will like what they find under the tree. You know better than to grab a child and put them on your lap because when you do sit down, you have to be sure he or she is ready. Otherwise, you will have someone screaming for mom or dad! Santa knows how to interact with children and how to communicate with them on their level. When the little one has had time to say everything on his or her mind, he then gently eases them off his lap, leaving them with happy thoughts of the coming Christmas.
Small children, especially up to the age of six absolutely believe in Santa. Because of this, it’s important you not only look the part but that you are a totally credible Santa. You must live and believe the role because you are Santa. When you start to believe it yourself, this is when you really become Santa Claus!
The following are some of my Santa appearances in recent years
And Finally… Before You Bring John Sullivan or Any Santa into Your Home or Business
It's important that:
He provides you with references you can check—we’ll be glad to give you written references with contacts.
You find out where he has played Santa—some of the places are shown above
Santa provides you with a records check from the local police department—he’ll provide a copy upon request
John can provide you with a copy of his liability insurance—he carries a $1,000,000 liability policy through the World Clown Association—we’ll send a copy upon request