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Here comes Santa Claus . . . Over 1,000!
Local Santa to join over 1,000 Santas in Branson, MO
Branson, MO – Local Santa (and Mrs. Claus), Insert your name/s , will be heading to Branson, Missouri July 6 to 10, to join with over 1,000 Real and Professional Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus for “Discover Santa 2016,” aka: “The Kringle Family Reunion.”
Arriving from all 50 States, plus Europe, Asia and Australia, the Santas will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original Discover Santa Convention. (Originally held in Branson in July of 2006).
National Santa, Tim Connaghan, says, “There has never been a group of Santas, this large, meeting anywhere in the world.” Discover Santa 2016 is a five day convention of Real and Professional Santas and Mrs. Claus, highlighted by the ‘The Parade of Red Suits,’ at the landmark Branson Landing. Plans are to have the Parade air nationally as part of a network morning show.
DS2016 will also host: “SNO-lympics™”, games and competitions with Santas and Mrs. Claus;” “Meet the Kringles” a special Fashion Show & Gala Dinner where ‘Red is the new Black;’ plus two days of workshops and training, and “The Kringle Family Showcase,” a special vendor fair offering wardrobe, accessories and other special products expressly for Santas, Mrs. Claus and holiday professionals. Added to these activities will be dinner shows at the Dixie Stampede and the Showboat Branson Belle.
“We look forward to having the Discover Santa 10th anniversary convention here in Branson in 2016,” says Jeff Seifried, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB. “After accomplishing all the business that this august group has before them, I know they will enjoy the many museums, our award-winning theme park, spectacular lakes and lots of live entertainment to relax and have fun. We hope they have wonderful convention and we appreciate the opportunity to be the host city to such a distinguished group.”
The finale of the convention will be the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame induction ceremonies honoring their newest inductees: renown actor and motion picture Santa Claus, Ed Asner; Pat Koch of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana; Santa Tom Hartsdield of Des Moines, IA; George Cond, of Orleans County, NY; and Christian Jørgen Nielsen, aka “Professor Tribini” of Dresbakken, Denmark
The Convention is produced by Santa Tim Connaghan of the Kringle Group who is the National Santa for Toys for Tots, Official Santa for the Hollywood Christmas Parade and operator of the nation’s largest Santa School. Branson Ticket and Travel, is coordinating all convention hotels, registration and bookings. The main portions of the convention will take place at the Chateau on the Lake, in Branson. Additional lodging will be hosted at the Radisson Branson, Lodge of the Ozarks and the Stone Castle Hotel, all in Branson.
Full details and agenda can be found on the convention web site at: http://www.DiscoverSanta2016 .