Santa Tom’s Bio

Known Around the Okanagan. Recognized Across the Globe!
You Will Believe… Again!

I have to admit that this is the most fun I’ve ever had. It certainly seems a shame to call it work.

Santa Tom’s large 6′, 255 lb build fills a suit quite nicely and using his own natural hair adds to the reality. Yes, that really is his real beard!When Santa Tom enters a room it is often described as a ‘presence‘.

Authentic suits, full leather belt and real leather boots along with velvet gift bags. Some finished with gold braid and tassels have been a really big hit.

Mrs. Claus and Elf are as authentic as it gets too. Yes she is my Mrs. and yes, the elves are  ours. Not only do they have as much fun as I do, they’re really easy to work with too. We know each other well and are able to use gestures and signals unnoticed by the wee ones making things just that much more fun and realistic.

For me playing Santa is kind of a natural role. If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s tease and fly by the seat of my pants.What I’ve found is that it has given me an uncanny ability to have a lot of fun with the kids and adults alike. Now of course you would never tease kids to make them mad, but to have fun you sure can. Santa Tom has perfected the ability to leave you with a very plausible story-line. Working with Mrs. Claus is a real pleasure and I know how much she loves being along and greeting all the children. Having kids of our own and fostering gives one a bevy of knowledge along with some quick answers to some pretty interesting questions that often come up. Mr. & Mrs. Claus are both exceptionally comfortable with newborns and persons of special needs no matter the age.

Familiar with many Christmas stories and traditions makes it easy to fit your needs.
Over the years I had portrayed Santa a few times here and there but in 2001 it became a passion. Each year as I become older it gets to be more fun and seems to be more fitting. The beard and tummy get larger, the suits get better, the act is tweaked just a little more.

In the beginning; 2001 was my first year as a paid professional Santa where I was given the opportunity to work along with some others at the Okanagan’s largest shopping mall. As well as the mall, I appeared at several schools, preschools, daycare’s and private functions, all with great reviews  and was honoured with the front page of the Kelowna Daily Courier along with a very cute customer each time. 2002 saw Santa Tom featured on the Okanagan Now Show with Kelly Abbott on CHBC TV.

Striking out on his own in 2003 gaining steam he again appeared on Okanagan Now with Sandy Dawson. Santa Tom was fast becoming the sought after Santa of the day even being flown to Vancouver for personal visits. 2005 Santa Tom was brought in once again to beautiful Vancouver to help with the St Paul’s Hospital “Light’s of Hope” hospital lighting with the honor of being able to present over $150,000 in donations. $100,000 of this was from one anonymous donor. Yes one!

Away from the Mall setting the accolades just kept pouring in. Amazing the hat still fits. With great pleasure Santa Tom is always the exclusive Santa at any event. This means that each time you and your children visit they will see the same Santa. No confusion for the younger ones when Santa “doesn’t quite look the same today”. If you’re getting photos done and you can’t bring your children on the same day or time, no problem, same Santa, same Mrs. Claus, as authentic as it gets. For many families Santa Tom is the only Santa they’ve known and families have even brought their albums to show just how long they’ve been coming.

It’s quite apparent that the media seems to favour Santa Tom somewhat as well. Now there is no way to not have this not sound like a bit of bragging but the truth is I’m very honoured and always humbled by all the attention. You only have to see my Portfolio page to get an idea of what the ride has been like. For you parents however, the more places your kids see the same Santa, the more realistic and authentic he’s going to be for them.
Santa Tom and his helpers are constantly perfecting the role and the image in a quest to become one of the best Santa experiences ever.

A note worth mentioning, Santa Tom and Mrs. Claus were both Foster parents. What this means for you is that as well as being familiar with children and people with special needs. Positive criminal records checks can be provided at your request.

Do you have pictures of your event that Santa attended? This web site is about to go through a major updating and I’d like to be able to include some photo’s of your event that we attended. To do this I will need photo’s that include myself along with permission to post of any other persons included in the shot. At the same time your event or company name will be included. Now please keep in mind that this site averages over 10,000 hits per month which means you’d get some free advertising out of having your name placed here. At the same time, if you don’t want that many people seeing your name your name does not have to be published but I will need it for when permission is needed. Please also note that there are circumstances that do not require permission first to post names and/or photos however your photo could easily be cropped, altered or removed by request. I certainly would not wish to upset anyone. Please email Santa Tom.