Hire A Santa

Make Each Memory Merry With Santa at Your Party

Make Each Memory Merry With Santa at Your Party

Hire a Santa The Perfect Santa for Any Event

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.

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What Does it Cost to hire Santa John? 2020 Santa Rates

**Note - the following rates are approximate. Depending upon the driving time and mileage involved—as noted below—there are additional charges.

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    Weekends in November & December

    Note weekends are always premium dates.

    Weekend Rates - Friday through Sunday are:
    First Hour - $300, Each Additional Hour - $100

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    Weekday Rates before Thanksgiving in November

    Monday through Thursday rates in November are:
    First Hour - $200, Each Additional Hour - $100

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    Weekday Rates After Thanksgiving in November & December

    through Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

    Monday through Thursday rates are:
    First Hour - $250, Each Additional Hour - $100

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    Christmas Week Rates Wednesday, December 18th,

    through Monday, December 23rd, 2019
    First Hour - $300, Each Additional Hour - $100

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    Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Rates

    $400 for one Hour

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The above rates are based on bookings of up to 20 miles one-way from my home in Streamwood

If your event is 50 miles or more round trips from Streamwood, there is an additional $50 charge minimum.

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.

An important message for people who need a Santa when John isn't available

Every year, John books up earlier and earlier. If you email or call him and he's not available, then go to Find a Santa for Your Event for some of the very best Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and elves in the Chicago area.

It seems like everyone wants Santa on the same weekend or Christmas Eve. Santa is still available on many days—but don't wait, email us now!

What People Say About Santa John

“John was great! He was very professional, extremely personable and everyone LOVED him! We look forward to having John back next year. :-)”

Amanda Epstein of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

“We absolutely loved having you as our Santa & can not wait until next year! The feedback from everyone has been so positive and can not stop talking about you! Thank you so much! You truly helped us make lasting holiday memories for our customers! Thanks again,”

Jennifer Hyde

“Thank you again for doing such an awesome performance! You are on the short list for our Santa’s—you and you alone:)”

Jeff

“Thank you so much for making our day care celebration complete. All the children at Just Wee Kids will remember this wonderful surprise visit from Santa himself. Thank you. Merry Christmas Ho-Ho-Ho”

Karen

“You were wonderful with our family and very much appreciate the way you connected with kids, parents and grandparents alike. It was very special. Thanks again.”

Frank

“Thank you for making our party special. The kids so look forward to seeing you year after year.”

Lisa Lanier

“What an amazing visit last Saturday! We were all still talking about it on Sunday and know we will again when we get together with our relatives - you were a big hit! Thank you again and Merry Christmas!”

Micki Pasquesi

“I know it's a week later but I just wanted to let you know that all the kids were awestruck to see Santa at our house. The excitement continues even through today. Thank you very much for creating this beautiful memory.”

Doug Kieffer

“Thank you so much for being our Santa on Saturday and bringing such joy to the little ones. I am glad you were able to be a part of our evening. I hope you and Mrs. Claus had a wonderful Christmas!!!!”

Joanne Muller

Best Santa Around! - will have him back again and again!

Michael Daniel - Vignette Home Decor, Inc.

I wanted to send this to you so that you know how much it means to my clients that you come every year … "Thanks again for giving my babies this special time with Santa, it's every child's dream, and you make that come true for mine. It's priceless and I can't tell you how much it means to me!! So THANK YOU!!!!"

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Wow! A Visit from Santa!

Santa is available year-round for any of the following:

  • Commercials
  • Photoshoots
  • Malls
  • Parades
  • Store Promotions
  • Corporate Parties & Events
  • Community Events
  • Restaurants & Hotels
  • Home Visits
  • Private Photo Sessions
  • Stories with Santa
  • Family Parties
  • School Events
  • Church Events
  • Daycare Centers
  • Hospital Visits
  • Media Articles
  • Senior Center Events
  • Radio and TV Interviews
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners with Santa
  • City, Town, and Village Tree Lightings & Festivals
  • Christmas in July parties and promotions

The Five Things that John Believes Go into Making a Great Santa

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    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.

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    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.

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    Common sense

    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.

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    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.

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    Be believable

    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!

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The following are some of my Santa appearances in recent years


  • Charlestowne Mall St. Charles - Santa for a number of seasons
  • National City Bank of Batavia - Branch Opening
  • Hansen Technologies - Holiday Party Burr Ridge
  • BTD Holiday Dinner - Elysian Hotel - Chicago
  • North Suburban Dental Association - Holiday Party Glenview
  • Appeared on NBC News, ABC, CBS & WGN- Chicago
  • Holiday & 5th Birthday Party - South Barrington
  • McHenry Villa Retirement Community - Holiday Party
  • Family Christmas Eve Visit - Winnetka
  • Family Christmas Night Visit with Santa - Hawthorne Woods
  • Schaumburg Cable TV Show
  • Breakfast with Santa Neiman Marcus - Oak Brook
  • Junior League Holiday Party - Chicago Cultural Center
  • Neighborhood & Family Open House - Lake Zurich
  • The Royal Country Club of Long Grove - Helicopter fly in Long Grove
  • Stratford Crossing Shopping Center Holiday Celebration - Bloomingdale
  • Harris Bank Holiday Party - Chicago
  • Neiman-Marcus - Oakbrook
  • Chicago Botanical Gardens Guild Holiday Party - Glencoe
  • Friendship Village of Schaumburg Story Time with Santa
  • Kenmore Live Studio - TV show taping of "Santa's Sweet Sleigh Ride"
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Public Relations Event for City of Countryside
  • Citizens Financial Bank Merriville Branch Grand Opening
  • Sunrise Senior Living Holiday Parties - Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg,
  • Arlington Heights & Crystal Lake
  • Private Home Holiday Party - Inverness
  • Lake Forest Place Holiday Party - Lake Forest
  • Navy Pier - Holiday party
  • Minooka - Jenni Kenney Photography & Design

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

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