An Evening of Good Advice for Aspiring Santas & Christmas Elves

Watch it now on the MERLIN YouTube Channel –

Featuring Kirsten Schulze, Florian Eisentraut, Bardia Khajenoori, Derrick Jenkins, Robin Anderson and THE STUTTGART HARMONIZERS; Petra Weidenbach, Georg Irion, Mark Hatlie, Matthias Elsäßer – Photos by Uka Meissner deRuiz

IT ALL BEGAN AT MACY’S – An Evening of Good Advice for Aspiring Santas & Christmas Elves

In 1862 Macy’s became the first store in New York with its own Santa, on site.

Being a mall Santa might seem like a relatively easy job: put a kid on your lap, ask them what they want for Christmas, pose for a quick photo, and send them on their merry way. But anyone who’s done even one season as the department store Santa will tell you the job takes dedication.

“There’s no harder job in all of Christmas than being the department store Santa,” says Paul Sheehan, who is now in his 36th season as a professional Mr. Claus. “Between Black Friday and Christmas Eve at 3 pm, I had seen over 17,000 kids.”

There’s a reason thousands of rotund, bearded men don the suit every year: while demanding, being Santa is also incredibly rewarding. It’s like being the season’s biggest celebrity.

Well, someone has to do it; why not you?

If you are considering being a Christmas Elf or perhaps even Santa himself this year, we have some helpful hints and enlightening firsthand accounts that will either motivate you or scare you away from this beloved Seasonal Pastime.  Many of those who have extensive on-the-job experience, swear that they will never do it again, yet diligently return to their annual duties, time and again… after eleven months of necessary recuperation. Perhaps artificial jollity is addictive, perhaps they are merely masochists. This is their story… Ho! Ho! Ho!

Performance – Monday, December 6 at 20:00 hrs in MERLIN

The performance will be STREAMED LIVE!

To view simply go to the MERLIN Youtube Channel –

In cooperation with DAZ – Deutsch Amerikanisches Zentrum, Kulturverein Merlin e.V.

  • MERLIN requires the audience to be 2 G and will only allow persons inside the theatre who supply a certification of vaccination or recuperation. Masks must be worn inside the theatre.

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