• Be sure Santa can park close to your event.
  • Event locations can be difficult to locate sometimes at night - leave a porch light on and put a big bow, balloons, etc. on your mailbox to help Santa find your place more easily. Be sure to tell him what to look for.
  • Make a list and check it twice - being sure your camera is charged and ready.
  • If food is to be served to children be sure they get a chance to visit with Santa first to avoid messy hands and faces. It is better for their pictures and Santa's suit. Have handy wipes available to clean hands and faces if needed. Be sure to offer Santa some cool water to drink.
  • If you want Santa to distribute gifts mark them clearly with a large marker. Let Santa know ahead of time if you will have them next to the tree or if he needs to load them in his sack.
  • Comfort and safety is important with chairs. A straight back chair (dining room type without arms) is probably the best or any other type non-folding, non-plastic, sturdy chair that Santa won't sink down into. Leave some room behind the chair for folks to stand around for pictures and remember velvet suits are warm so keep Santa away from the fireplace.
  • Any remaining payment should be sealed in an envelope and handed to Santa as he leaves. If children are around be sure to say something like "here's my list, Santa" or "please give this card to Mrs. Claus."