April 26th Update - Curriculum Revision

The curriculum was updated based on input from other Santas and workshops at the International Santa Celebration, April, 2018, in Denver.


New subjects to be covered include...

  • Moving through the 4 stages of Santa 
  • Understanding and adapting to diversity among children 
  • Preparing for safety of children and Santa at your event from a guest speaker
  • New tax laws in 2018 and how they affect Santas and small businesses  from a guest speaker
  • Beard and hair care from a true professional guest speaker

July 7 & 8, 2018 in Longmont, Colorado

Only 45-Minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park

This school is all about YOU!


You will hear stories of the good, the bad and the ugly (names changed to protect the guilty) from my 19 years of experience and from other Santas. These stories teach and illustrate the lessons you will learn.


You will see demonstrations and participate in group discussions. That's why class size is kept to 25 or fewer.


You will receive a copy of "North Pole Santa Claus Guide, 2018 Edition."  The 2nd Edition is 250 pages and will sell for $39.95 on Amazon.com after July 1st.
(Some limits apply, see registration for details.)


You will know at the end of the school that you have learned and grown and now have a new group of friends whom you can call on anytime for help, suggestions and fellowship.


OR, instead of traveling to Longmont, CO, let me travel to you.

For a fixed fee plus my travel expenses, I will travel to your location and hold two days of classes. Get together a group of Santa’s, Mrs. Claus & Elves and split the cost. 

Appropriate for EVERY Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf

  • Who is preparing for their first season
  • Who has experienced only one or two seasons
  • Who has  experienced many seasons 
  • Who wants to expand their season with great events
  • Who wants to be GREATER at what they do

You will LEARN as we discuss...

This is an updated list of subjects to be covered and is subject to change prior to the actual class in order to provide adequate class time for each subject and availability of guest instructors.  Updated May 11, 2018


  • Grow Your Santa Persona
  • Expand Your Entertainer Abilities
  • Understand and Work with Children
  • Protect Children and Santa
  • Be A Professional Entertainer
  • Enjoy All the Events You Can Handle
  • Why and How to Promote & Manage Your Events
  • Make Every Event a Success
  • The Legacy of St. Nicholas
  • Santa 24 x 7 x 365
  • Show, Wear and Tell — A Review of Our Outfits
  • The Santa Claus Oath

More School Details

  1. Each registered student or family will receive a copy of the 2018 Edition of  “North Pole Santa Claus Guide Helping you become a GREAT Santa” by John M. Chilson, a 250–page book published by North Pole Marketing (Available July 2018 on Amazon.com for $39.95)
  2. Cost includes morning breaks, lunches and afternoon breaks. Vegetarian options will be available.
  3. School will be held in a classroom at Longmont United Hospital, 1950 Mountain View Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501 
  4. Each day starts promptly at 9:00 AM and finishes between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM.
  5. The evening of the first day of classes everyone is invited to join John and other students at a local restaurant for further discussion and questions and getting to know each other. Separate checks.
  6. Photos are allowed but not video recordings.
  7. Dress is "Santa Casual", however you define it. (Something red is always appropriate.)
  8. Upon receiving your registration form you will be sent a $50 invoice for the non-refundable retainer. The remainder of your tuition is due when you arrive at the school.