July 6-10, 2016
It was the World’s Largest Santa Convention ever staged with over 800 Santas and Mrs. Claus, plus an additional 300 Industry professionals, vendors and Kringle Family members. It had been ten years since the original Discover Santa convention from 2006.
Both Conventions were produced by National Santa, Tim Connaghan, a professional Santa with over 48 years of wearing the Red Suit. A documentary on the convention, “Claus Encounters,“ is currently in the final Stages of editing and will be released this coming Summer (2017)
The Convention benefited The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and over $10,000 was raised with corporate gifts from convention sponsors and donations from convention attendees.
Our Closing Ceremonies, on Sunday morning, July 10, were hosted by the Santa Claus Oath Foundation who honored the newest members of the Knights of St., Nicholas, presented the Mrs. Claus Pledge, Showcased some special awards, including the Charles W. Howard Award, presented the latest inductees into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame and closed with the Santa Claus Oath.
Click here to see the Branson CVB Video “Even Santa Vacations in Branson!” Words & Music by Jim Stafford
The only convention functions open to the public are the Kringle Family Reunion at the Grand Village Shops, the Parade at Branson Landing and the Vendor Showcase.