Want to be the head elf this holiday season?
I mean, literally: You can get paid to be Santa.
Kris Kringle. Saint Nick. Father Christmas. Pelznickel… Whatever you call it, this can be you.
Iconic Group, a worldwide event photography company, is hiring people to play Santa at store locations around the U.S. You’d be the jolly old man himself, surrounded by elves and taking on the awesome responsibility of granting children’s Christmas wishes.
How to Be Santa This Holiday Season
This seasonal job will be rewarding and fun, to be sure, but it’s going to be hard work, too. An Iconic Group representative gave us the lowdown.
Starting as early as Nov. 12, you’ll play Santa each weekend until early December. From Dec. 10 through Christmas Eve, you’ll work every day, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with breaks, though the schedule varies by location.
If that’s too much of a commitment, the application offers the option for partial hours or an emergency backup position, too.
The company aims to pay at least $250 a day ($23 per hour), and may pay more in some locations.
What does it take to be Santa?
Iconic Group prefers a Santa with a natural beard — the application even asks for a description of your facial hair. But it will provide a synthetic one for beardless Santas for its sets in Toys R Us locations.
Just like the mythical man himself, you should also have a “jolly spirit,” the rep said. Santa is there to make the holidays special for children, after all, so only apply if you share that mission!
This is a temporary contract position. You’ll need to pass a criminal background check, National Sex Offender (NSO) check and a drug screening.
To apply: Fill out the Santa information form online. You’ll include a physical description of yourself (and beard!) and a recent photo. You’ll also indicate which location you’re interested in working and whether or not a “Mrs. Claus” would be joining you in the role.
Other Jobs on the Santa Set
It takes more than the lead character to pull off these magical events each year. If you’re not interested in playing the central figure, you could consider these other positions with Iconic Group:
- Cast member (a.k.a. Santa team specialist): Decked out for the toy shoppe at the North Pole, you’d help customers with everything from line management to printing photos.
- Location manager (a.k.a. Santa set manager): Santa may be the center of attention, but this is the real head elf. You’d hire and train other team members, and ensure the set runs smoothly every day.
For more tips, read our full guide to working as Santa Claus.
Happy Holidays, Penny Hoarders!
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Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).