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Santa Charlie will visit your holiday parties & Events! 

About Santa Charlie

Santa Charlie is a Member of the The International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, is Fully Insured and Background Checked

Born and raised in Southern California, Charlie has always been fascinated by Santa Claus. Unlike most small children whose very first experience with the Jolly Old Elf which typically results in an initial reaction of ‘fears and tears’ of the bright red suit and flowing beard, young Charlie could only stare in awe and squeal in delight! His mother had to pry him off of Santa's lap, so the other children could have a chance!


At the age of 17, Charlie’s family had fallen on hard times. It was 1976 and the Christmas Season had begun. There was no money for Christmas as his father was out of a job. So Charlie answered a small ad in the local paper for a Mall Santa to help out his family. Although too young to apply, Charlie was a big guy and made a little white lie about his age and filled out the application. He got the job and was given a tired old Santa suit and a huge fake beard and wig. The pay was terrible and boy did that beard smell bad!!! In those days, the only instruction to play Santa was “to remain silent;never say ‘Ho Ho Ho!’ as this scares the children”.  So, with a pillow tucked inside his suit and that smelly old fake beard on his face, Charlie began his first adventure as Santa.  In those days, the Malls really relied on Santa for their Holiday revenue, so instead of today’s typical backdrop, a tree and throne with a couple of ‘Santa Elves’ taking pictures, the budgets in those days included huge Disney-type ‘Santa’s Castles’, with fake snow, music and a huge magnificent throne! Wow! Children and their parents lined up for what seemed like miles!


For the next 5 years, Charlie entertained thousands of children in the Malls around Southern California.


The years rolled by. Work commitments could not allow Charlie to play Santa during the holidays anymore. His work moved him to Albuquerque New Mexico. But by fate and luck one year not too long ago, Charlie took a part time job to make, place and light Luminaria's in Historic Old Town. It was back breaking work! But, yearning to capture the spirit of Christmas again, it was a joyful experience.  He watched the thousands of families pouring into Old Town to see the lights and the anticipation of seeing Santa lighting the huge tree in the famous Plaza Don Luis. But something terrible happened!  Santa did not come!  A medical emergency prevented him from entertaining the children that night, and there was no one to replace him! It was a moment he’ll never forget. He saw the disappointment in those little faces, and decided right then and there to do something about it. He would do his best to make sure that next year, there would be a Santa for them should the need arise. So, the beard started to grow and his Santa suit was made. He would once again, 35 years later, be Santa for the children should he be needed.


Well, thank goodness the other Santa was able to attend the following and subsequent years, but Charlie now enjoys a wonderful experience as a real bearded Santa, entertaining thousands of children and adults both young and old throughout the community here in beautiful Albuquerque. No longer just Charlie anymore…he is now Santa Charlie, with a great big beard, and a belly to match! No longer silent, his deep voice bellows a hearty “HO HO HO” to all who loves Santa!


We hope you will experience the Holiday's with Santa Charlie and that it is an experience you will not soon forget!






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Santa Charlie Circa 1976

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