Our Terms and Conditions of Service effective: June 25, 2013

(Subject to being periodically updated.)


Celebrating more than 30 years in the red suit!



I will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels.

I shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults. I understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is me.

I acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lays an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion. I know the "real reason for the season" and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it.

I realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest and show fellowship to my peers. I promise to use "my" powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend.

I pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of St. Nicholas the gift giver of Myra.

All words, contents, images, and descriptions of the Santa Claus Oath
including the Santa Claus Oath Crest are copyrighted under an attachment
with Arcadia Publishing 2008 by Phillip L. Wenz.
ISBN # 978-0-7385-4149-5 and LCCC # 2007925452 - All rights reserved.

We have taken this Oath of Conduct to heart

and we will honor it everyday of our lives.


Background investigation(s) on file.

We are Virtus Certified!

In addition to several traditional combinations, we can appear in pool, beach, or cruise wear, casual or business attire, or evening gown and tuxedo combinations!

We are ready for any event, any season! 

We even have large, red and white umbrellas!



A "visitation" shall be understood as an individual date within an "appearance" agreement.  

An "appearance" shall be understood as the total of agreed upon dates and hours of "visitation", within a thirty day period,  for any one client.

The Christmas Season shall be understood as the period of days between November 1 (All Saint's Day) and February 2 (Candlmas), inclusive.


General Information

All "appearances" and private parties must be booked through Mr. Claus, and confirmed in writing (email is sufficient and completely binding)

Contact Mr. Claus directly for a rate quote.  Please provide as many known details as you can for the quickest and most accurate quote, e.g. numbers of children and numbers of adults, location, length of "visitation", times, dates, contact information...

All booking rates are for Mr. and Mrs. Claus together.  There will be no Santa-only "visitation" rate.

Any private, residential "Visitation" will be for up to ten children, up to one hour.

All Christmas Season "appearances" shall be considered confirmed and fully  non-refundable for total hours agreed to after 12:01 AM on October 1st.  Changes to actual dates of "visitation" and locations may be flexible after this date depending upon Mr. and Mrs. Claus' availability to adjust their schedule.

Non-Christmas Season "appearances" shall be considered confirmed and fully non-refundable for total hours agreed to after 12:01 AM 14 days before the earliest date of "visitation".  Changes to actual dates of "visitation" and locations may be flexible after this date depending upon Mr. and Mrs. Claus' availability to adjust their schedule.


Cancellation Information

PLEASE NOTE:   Since 1979 a "visitation" has never been cancelled.

Only once has one been rescheduled - due to foul weather.

It is important to Mr. and Mrs. Claus that no child be or ever remain disappointed!

Mr. and Mrs. Claus may cancel, at their sole discretion, any date of "visitation" due to foul weather or serious illness.

For hours cancelled due to foul weather or illness, which cannot be rescheduled, the 50% non-refundable retainer will serve as payment in full.

Full payment remains due for the confirmed hours of dates of "visitation" cancelled by the client, which are not rescheduled by client.

100% full refund will be issued for any cancellations due to scheduling conflicts caused by Mr. Claus.

It is preferred that all cancelled dates of "visitation", for any reason, be rescheduled in full as soon as mutually convenient. 


Special Conditions

There cannot be any fur, smoke, or animals any where near Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  This is for medical reasons and is non-negotiable.

A pair of style and weight appropriate, sturdy, four legged chairs, preferably with arms, shall be provided for Mr. and Mrs. Claus to conduct any seated "visitation" with children.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will supply their own costumes.

Amateur photography is always permitted. Professional photography will be disclosed and negotated as part of the agreement of the "appearance".


Out of Area "appearances"

Client pays all customary and usual fees and gratuities.

It is understood that the normal area for our "appearances" is within 60 miles one-way of Portsmouth, Virginia, 23703

Full-size car rental from a nation-wide rental company shall apply to self-driven locations beyond our normal area and be delivered and picked up. IRS Mileage rates shall also apply, if not covered in the rental agreement.

All commercial carrier transportation shall be ticketed first class.

Client provides for any necessary taxi or shuttle service.

Any hotel suite required beyond our normal area shall provide: microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and iron. (e.g.: Best Western Plus or better)  

While beyond our normal area, a food per diem will apply.


Payment Information

A 50% non-refundable retainer is required, at the time of booking.

Final payment shall be received immediately after services are rendered.

Payment methods, in US Dollars: cash, check or money order. Credit cards or eChecks may be used via PayPal (payable to Santa@TheJollyOldElf.com), add an additional $15 fee for PayPal usage.

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" In putting on this suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all rights to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus, in perpetunity until such time that the wearer becomes unable to do so, by either accident or design"

- The Santa Clause, 1994

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