Christmas is a time for joy, laughter, and of course, Santa Claus. Santa brings happiness to children all over the world, and if you have an event or business that could use a jolly old elf, you may be wondering what it takes to hire a Santa. The most important thing is to make sure they are the right fit for your event or party. Here are a few key questions to ask before you hire a Santa.
What Type of Events Does the Santa Typically Do?
This is important to ask because you want to make sure the Santa you hire is comfortable with the type of event or party you are throwing. For example, if you are having a corporate holiday party, you will want a Santa who is comfortable mingling with adults and maybe even doing a quick photo op or two.
If it's a children's party, you will want a Santa who is good with kids and can handle the chaotic energy that comes with a group of excited kids. They should also be comfortable reading stories, answering questions, and perhaps even leading some Christmas carols.
Some Santas may only do one or the other, so it's important to ask ahead of time.
How Much Does the Santa Charge?
This is obviously an important question, as you will need to budget for the Santa Claus you hire. Most Santas will have a standard rate, but some may charge more or less depending on the type of event, the length of time they are needed, and other factors.
It's also important to ask if there are any additional fees, such as travel expenses if the Santa is coming from out of town. They'll probably need a hotel room if they're coming from far away, so that's something you'll need to budget for as well.
Some Santas may also require a deposit before they confirm the booking. They might have already turned down other work to do your event. And if you cancel last minute, they lose out on that income. A deposit is a way to show that you're serious about hiring them and that you'll follow through with the event.
What Does the Santa Include in Their Performance?
When you hire a Santa, you want to make sure you know exactly what you're getting. Some Santas will just show up and wave to the crowd. Others will interact with guests, hand out candy canes, pose for photos, and maybe even lead a sing-along or two.
Some Santas will have props and Christmas decorations that they bring with them, while others will expect you to provide those things. It's important to ask ahead of time so you can be prepared and have everything ready when the Santa arrives.
Contact a local service provider to learn more about how to hire a Santa.