When the first “Discover Santa” convention was hosted in 2006, the Santa community was just starting to grow. At that time there was one national association with 700 on their mailing list. There were also a few smaller clubs and groups, plus a few internet chat rooms. Most of them were informal and a few were actually marketing or promotion events for theme attractions or businesses.
Since that first convention, the Santa community has evolved. No one truly knows how may Santas are out there. But some have estimated that the Santa community may be as large as 4,000 or even 5,000 Santas. And the Santa community now includes over 40 regional, national , international and internet organizations, many of whom will be represented at DS2016.
One of the internet sites, ClausNet, created by Santa Michael Reilly, is now the the world’s largest Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus community, with over 2,000 members! On their site one can find members from every Santa organization in the world, coming together to build a community of friendship, trust, and, fellowship.
As part of DS2016, one evening, Wednesday, July 6 has been set aside for any and all groups attending to to host their own meeting or event, private or public. Thes can be a simple as a get-together at a hotel or restaurant, or a group outing to a show or attraction.
If your organization is planning something at DS2016, or if you are just going to have some members attending, we would like to post information here for all to know and for your members to know who to contact. Please send all information to: Santa@NationalSanta.com
As the convention evolves we will add to this list.
|Illinois Professional Santas||Illinois||Group Gathering - 6:00 p.m., July 6, 2016 Location to be Announced||Gloria Wendling or Santa Buddy Fisher|
|Lone Star Santas||Texas - Over 100 attending||Group Gathering|
|IBRBS (International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas)||International||National Night - Showboat Branson Belle - July 7||Open to all Santas and guests - Contact Taunya for tickets (800) 432-4202|
|Santa Claus Oath Foundation||International||Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies - Sunday, July 10|
|FORBS (Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas)||Regional|
|North Star Santas||Minnesota|
|Palm Tree Santas - Over 75 attending||Florida||Group Dinner - Wednesday, July 6 , 6 p.m. Location TBA||Santa Bob Elkin - Santa@Santatb.com|
|Nor-Pac Santas||WA / OR / ID / MT / Canada||Santa Trever - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|New England Santa Society||New England, RI, MA, ME,NH, CT||Santa Dan Greenleaf
In the interest of privacy no phone numbers are listed here. Should you wish to contact a group or organizaiton, please use the email address listed. If no email address is listed and your need to reach someone, please contact the convention management.