HireSanta, Established in 2012, has spent years building their extensive database full of real bearded, real jolly Santa Claus entertainers and matching them with families and businesses across the country.
On December 2, 2018, HireSanta made an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank. After months of preparation, HireSanta’s Head Elf, Mitchell Allen, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and 20 of Santa’s friends entered the Shark Tank to show to Mark, Barbara, Kevin, Lori, and Daymond how quickly the Santa Claus for hire business had been growing over the last few years and to get an investment to help expand the business, so even more people would be able to experience the magic of a Santa Visit during Christmas.
Since HireSanta’s Shark Tank appearance, HireSanta has been featured by several media outlets to talk about the magic of Christmas and how a visit from Santa Claus can bring the season to life at your event no matter how big or small. Some of the most notable features occurred in 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic when people needed the spirit of Christmas the most.
December 11, 2020 – Fox 5 News San Diego – How kids can visit with Santa in San Diego during an unusual Christmas – Kids all over San Diego want to visit with Santa, but doing it safely in the middle of a pandemic can be a challenge.
December 9, 2020 – NBC News – From lap to laptop: Santa’s gone remote, but video calls take some extra magic – While Santas have pivoted to video calls or plexiglass screens, they miss some of the old magic. “I can’t hold babies, I don’t have any children on my knee,” one Santa portrayal artist said.
November 25, 2020 – Washington Post – Mall Santa photos during the pandemic include face shields, masks and plexiglass barriers – Some retailers, such as Macy’s, have suspended Saint Nick visits or moved them online, but many others are forging ahead with extra precautions and backup plans.
December 23, 2020 – US News – Santa, Maybe: COVID Brings Tough Questions, Big Changes to Santa Claus Visits – Many who play the jolly old elf are trying to balance their character’s invincibility with their own pandemic risks.
More Mentions of HireSanta;
RFI – Aux États-Unis, le Père Noël s’adapte à la pandémie et fait des visioconférences
CBS SF BayArea – COVID Christmas: Bay Area Families Safely Visit Santa Amid Pandemic
BuzzSprout – Mitch Allen, Santa’s “Head Elf” and Founder of Hire Santa, talks about Santa, the traditional experience during COVID, and gives a behind-the-scenes peak into appearing on Shark Tank.
TronWeekly – Bitcoin To Rise Christmas Spirits; Santa Claus Services To Accept BTC
Los Angeles Magazine – The Pandemic Isn’t Stopping Santa
Learning English – Health Crisis Changes How Santas Meet with Children
Washington Post – Santa Claus is coming to town. Try not to infect him.
NY Times – How Santa Plans to Keep Everyone Safe This Year
CBS Los Angeles – Safe Santa: Holiday Tradition Gets Pandemic Makeover
Spectrum News – Ho, Ho — Whoa! COVID-19 Keeping Most Santas at a Distance
CBS New York – COVID-19 May Make Santa Claus Wear Mask Or Sit Behind Plastic, But It Doesn’t Diminish His Christmas Message
Associated Press – Virus keeping most Santas at a distance
Austin American-Statesman – What it’s like to be Santa Claus in a pandemic
Radio.com – Mall Santas take on pandemic armed with plexiglass barriers, sanitation elves, and snow globe bubbles
Fox5 Washington DC – Safe Santa visits during the pandemic
WTSP – This is what Santa is doing to make sure your visits with him are safe this season
K-Earth 101 – Dr. Fauci says Santa Claus is ‘immune’ to COVID-19: ‘Santa is not going to be spreading any infections’
CBS DFW – Busiest Week For North Texas Entrepreneur Who Rents Out Hundreds Of Santas Worldwide
Dallas Morning News – ‘Shark Tank’ gives $200,000 worth of holiday cheer to Southlake entrepreneur’s Hire Santa business
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