Testimonials and Reviews

Events in 2021

Santa True was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! He was so professional, has such a wonderful personality and really captures the true spirit of Santa. I will most certainly be using him again. If you don’t hire Santa True then you are not hiring Santa! Trust me you will be soooo happy you did!! Amanda Castro (5 stars)

Virtual Events in 2020

I can’t recommend Jingle Claus enough! I had been looking for a virtual Santa visit this year. I had seen too many sketchy Santas advertised and I was about to give up when I saw a recommendation from a colleague about Jingle Claus. I took a gamble (despite grinch husband eye rolls) and it paid off. The kids were thrilled and everyone’s attention completely captured (even the 19 month old). My parents were impressed and my husband even thought it was awesome. I hope to book Jingle Claus again next year because: (1) He was genuine and funny. (2) It sure beats packing up 3 kids and waiting in line for hours only for the toddler to challenge everyone’s noise tolerance. (3) The kids will watch the video on repeat for quite some time. To Mr. and Mrs. Santa True, thank you for such a great experience and memory! Jennifer C

Santa’s visit with our family was wholesome, personal, and incredibly fulfilling. As three adults and a cat, we were able to feel young again and truly feel the magic we all have. Steven H

Having Santa True as a guest to top off our special event was the icing on the cake. He was so professional, looked SO amazing, and was able to personalize his wish list for all of our participants. AND he included a very special story on top of it all. I would recommend Santa True 100% for any event you had in person or visually. He is great for kids, but equally wonderful for adults. He is the real deal. Patti Christensen, producer for The Storytellers of San Diego

Santa True was my daughter’s very first encounter to receive a special personal  message from him.  Santa True lifted our spirits for this holiday.  The girls told me Santa can’t come because of the virus but they left carrots for his reindeers and  chocolate chip cookies for them to bring back to Santa!  I highly recommend Santa True, he is truly amazing and has a heart of gold! — Melissa H

Aw, Santa, your video was magical for our family! The kids really enjoyed it! It was the best avenue to see you in light of this Covid thing. We hope next year will be different where we will be seeing you in person. Thanks so much! Merry Christmas! Carol R

Santa True really is the light of our Christmas. 🎄 He makes you want to be a child again! It’s so amazing to see the sparkle and the smile of our children when they see him! The stories and his engagement with them it feels like we are on a movie! — Robbie G

The YouTube prerecorded message from Santa True was better than any previous years’ in-person Santa visits. Santa True’s demeanor was warm and funny, perfect for our shy, goofy six-year-old kid. Thank you so much for making this pandemic Christmas merrier! — Maria G

Santa True is the real deal, my child was enthralled by him from start to finish. Make sure you book him early as his kind of magic is hard to find. Rupert Appleyard (aka Phileas Flash)

Highly recommend Jingle Claus. In this time of distancing, it brought Christmas cheer back to the kids and made things seem normal for a little bit. He was awesome. My youngest loved seeing Santa, and he even made my teenager smile! Melissa M


Santa was charming, jolly, and fun. He immediately filled out home with warmth and laughter. Our 1-yr-old was about as engaged as a 1-yr-old can be, and we adults felt some much-needed Christmas spirit. After a rough year, Santa’s wholesome, happy, and engaging attitude was like a balm. Santa’s jokes were wonderful, and we enjoyed his magic and stories. This was one of the highlights of our Christmas season. We had high hopes, and those hopes were exceeded beyond our wildest imaginations; Santa pulls out all the stops! We will be leaving extra cookies out this year. — Tony M

We thought this was a fabulous experience! Well worth the price and we’ve passed your information along to our friends. You brought so much joy to our son! Thank you!! — Erin K

I always wanted to bring my child to meet Santa True, but we live states away now. This year because of the virtual option she finally got to have an amazing Santa experience. He has a jolly personality and brings the magic of Santa alive. The games, songs, and stories revitalized the Christmas spirit in our household during this rough year. Thanks for making our 2020 Christmas merry and bright! — Amy C

This is amazing!!! Thank you for making Christmas special ❤️🎄 — Molly S

Hooray! The visit was wonderful — thanks so much! The kids loved it. — Holly B

Thank you so so so much Santa True for an incredible Zoom visit! The kids are absolutely glowing. The joy on their faces was indescribable. My daughter believes more than she has ever believed, and my son is convinced you are real and know everything. This meant so much in this hard year. You don’t know what you’ve done for these kids… I’m truly moved and in tears. You and Mrs. Claus are THE BEST. Mary WB

Thank you for a fun and festive Santa Virtual visit! While there is no replacing a real in-person Santa, this virtual visit helped lift spirits and filled the children with anticipation for Christmas day. We are grateful for your effort and appreciate the time you spent speaking to each family group. I think I can speak for all participants; the visit was very enjoyable! I would imagine most children would say their favorite part was speaking to Santa directly about their Christmas wish. Santa Jingle Claus gave the children at our company a sense of joy and laughter during this most difficult 2020 season, with his jolly and heart-warming message of love and compassion during our virtual visit. We are grateful for a continued sense of tradition, even though on a screen, and we look forward to the future when we can enjoy Santa in person. Cate P

“This was just too cool! The boys loved it!! Their emotions went from stunned silence, to shock at some of the details he knew, to pure hilarity (fart jokes are always winners in this house…). Thank you again so much!” – Thank you so much for the video, it was the perfect gift… something very special in a time that has been difficult for all of us. — Je Nell H

We loved all of it! Every question had an answer, we really loved the magical key. Santa is such a great story teller! I loved hearing how him and Mrs. Claus met! It was wonderful! Everyone loved it so much and the kids had so much fun! Thank you! 💗💗💗 — Jami C

A HUGE thank you!! The kids loved it – even the cranky teens trying to pretend they’re too cool! We absolutely loved our time with you and it made it nice to not rush through a long line trying to take pics and chat. Thankful for this bit of fun for Christmas at such a weird time. We would absolutely do this again. — Lindsay dS

This was our first Zoom with Santa and we loved how fun and funny it was! Santa really got the kids engaged and kept going with them! It’s not easy to keep 3 kids entertained on one Zoom call but JingleClaus made it happen! Sara M

Santa True was a wonderful experience for my children 11 and 8. I think they were a bit nervous at first because they had never had a full conversation with Santa, only brief visits and photos. Santa really delivered! He drew the children into the experience. Santa shared wonderful stories with magic and had the perfect amount of humor. The children were amazed by all of the information he knew about the family and inspired by his encouragement of their talents. I can honestly say, I have believers. I would definitely recommend Santa True, and look forward to chatting with him again in the future. — Stephanie P

[My sister] had a great time! Santa True handled a mentally challenged adult perfectly! We are so pleased with this visit. — Lora B

We had a great visit from Santa at our virtual troop holiday party. Santa engaged with our 8th graders with just the right blend of thoughtful respect and humor. His review of the elves’ notations on the nice/naughty list was fun for everyone. Thank you Santa! — Troop 32076, Girl Scouts in Oakland, CA

This was fantastic thank you so much!! I really loved the personalization of the video call. The kids loved how warm and funny Santa was and how he talked to them individually. — Diana EA

This experience was amazing! So sweet, Loved it! Thank you Nicole G

This was such an amazing experience for my kids. They will not stop talking about Santa! Thank you so much for making this so special for them. — Emily D

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Santa. His jokes, wealth of knowledge on our children and engaging conversation were a HUGE plus! We especially loved how he greeted us with Mele Kalikimaka as we are Hawaiian. He said he has a lot of languages to keep up with, we loved that! We would recommend this experience to all of our friends – and we did so on Facebook. The only regret to be had is if you don’t contact Santa today! — Patrice G

Thank you so much for your magic on our call. You’re amazing! Everyone really enjoyed it. — Ivette G

If you are thinking about scheduling a virtual visit with Santa, please do it! You will not be disappointed. He is jolly, fun, and very engaging. The grandkids thought it was terrific and the adults were transported back to younger days. Thank you Santa. — Colleen M

Santa’s infectious energy and ability to incorporate magical technical touches with old school Christmas charm was just the ticket. We all loved watching it. And then we looked up the Christmas Spider… who knew that is where tinsel comes from?! So cool, such a perfect touch. Thanks for adding magic to this Christmas spirit and not just making it about the material gifts. — KT K

Our visit with Santa was amazing! 2020 has been so hard and he made tonight magical. We have 3 kids and one of them has special needs and Santa was amazing with him. This is a night/visit we will never forget. That was so amazing! My kids will forever remember this special night. We loved the jokes, he is hilarious! — Jahna L

It. Was. Amazing. My niece was literally bouncing up and down and doing handstands afterwards, she was so jazzed. — Diane S

Thank you so much for the amazingly wonderful virtual Santa visit! The huge smile on my daughter’s face when she saw you was priceless, before you even said a word. You did a wonderful job of customizing the visit, and I loved the tales you spun about the asparagus cookies and Rudolph’s daughter. My daughter’s favorite part was when you said she was on the nice list. My husband’s favorite part was the nice list and the list of wonderful things you mentioned our daughter specifically does well, all tailored to her… he loved her smile during that part, and we’re sure it’s a great confidence booster. And I teared up when you mentioned how storytellers and people with imagination were the lights in these difficult times. It’s great for her to feel like her skills will make a difference in the world. (And it’s not lost on us that you brought incredible light to our day!) Thanks for kicking off our Christmas Break in the best way! — Shaene S

Santa True is absolutely magical! He is so knowledgeable about various Christmas and holiday traditions and even has the grown ups listening for sleigh bells on Christmas Eve! — Robin M

In such a unprecedented year, as a parent of a 8 year old son who is still a believer I struggled with how to keep the magic of Christmas alive. I learned about Jingle Claus through a Facebook moms group and decided to give it a try…. my goodness did it exceed all expectations. Not only did Santa deliver but also brought tears to this mama’s eyes as I watched my son in awe. Santa told my son many stories which excited him and led to many questions. Santa was never impatient, ever so kind, happy to answer all questions. …The experience is one that neither of us can ever forget. 2020 has brought so many challenges and I’m forever grateful to have found this option for a virtual visit! It was so much more personal than any mall minute visit to just capture a picture. This captured my son’s heart! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Karen P

THAT WAS AMAZING! Exactly what I wanted and we needed – such a talented Santa!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!! — Caroline U

I really liked when Santa told stories and interacted w each student. I would recommend Santa because at this time, holidays, schools, and gatherings are not the same. Santa’s virtual visit provided something special for my students, their siblings, and parents. What a special treat it was to have Santa all to ourselves for 30 minutes! — Cindy S

A visit from Santa True is a magical experience from start to finish. He has an amazing natural rapport and patience with kids that keeps the visit flowing and fun, and his stories, songs, and dances kept my kids smiling the entire time. I cannot recommend a visit or chat with Santa True highly enough! — Erin H

We loved the visit! Zoom with Santa was so much more personal and engaging than a 2 minute visit we usually do taking pictures at the mall. If there was any doubt in my 10 year old daughter’s mind about Santa, this reassured her that he is real! Thank you — Vahida K

So for those of you—parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles—out there wondering how to make Christmas ultra special, I can enthusiastically recommend Jingle Claus and a special and uniquely personal conversation with Santa for the special kids in your life. It was a joy to watch my grandkids faces as they heard Santa talk about them as if he knew them well—which he does of course. We’re going to make it an annual tradition in our family. — Lorraine D

We loved it! We had a great time. My girls are on cloud nine. We really enjoyed hearing Santa’s stories and the cool facts about reindeer. My eldest is still laughing at the idea of gassy reindeer eating asparagus cookies. She can’t wait to leave carrots for the reindeer on Christmas Eve and she is planning to write another letter to Santa because she has a bunch of questions about Rudolph’s new daughter and how elves make the toys. This was definitely the highlight of our holiday season. We also loved seeing Santa in his workshop office – it looks so cozy and inviting and magical. And we loved seeing Santa’s magical tools and hearing about how he gets from house to house and all the different treats he eats in different countries. It was such a wonderful visit. — Patricia S

Thank you all so much that was incredible she can’t stop talking about it. Merry Christmas!!! — Hollie S

Santa’s performance last night was Spectacular!!! He made us laugh and cry! He made references that made everyone welcome and he warmed all our hearts! — Nicholas S

Dear Santa, You brought smiles back to the face of a little boy who hasn’t shared many smiles this year, and who is on the verge of disbelieving. And, you brought the excitement and history and magic back to a little girl who so desperately wants to cling to it. Your kindness, attention, detail, and care sparked their little hearts and fueled their spirits.
The best Christmas present I could ever ask for is seeing the wonder you reignited in each of them. Thank you so much…for everything. Merry Christmas! — Gina C

My son and I both really enjoyed our visit with Santa True. He especially enjoyed simply laughing with Santa. I really enjoyed the story of the Christmas spider, it was unique and special. Thank you for making his day. — Adele S

You were fantastic and everyone loved the event, thank you so much again! It made the season for us. Everyone absolutely loved the event, it was everything we were hoping for and then some. It was also great you were able to connect the art of storytelling to our profession. — McCall H

Thank you for the zoom call with Santa. It was absolutely magical! My girls were so blown away that Santa knew what they wanted, what they got last year, and even the names of their elves! The detail that went into the call was really incredible. Thank you for making the experience so beautiful especially during such uncertain times! — Melissa G

The whole family thoroughly enjoyed the visit with Santa True. Our son had started asking questions indicating doubt about Santa, but after this personalized interaction, we think he’s safely back in the “Believers” court. The questionnaire was so well-crafted and allowed Santa to immediately engage with our son. We loved hearing Santa’s answers to his questions, the stories about his elves and reindeer, the jokes, and the cheers/dancing! Most importantly, I really appreciate Santa’s positivity and support. This was a difficult year for most folks, and it meant so much hearing Santa celebrate our son’s achievements and giving him encouragement to be the best person he can be. — Stacy H

We were so sad that we wouldn’t be able to see Santa in person this year, but after our virtual visit with Santa True, I don’t think anything else will ever compare. In a year of so much change, Santa True made sure to keep the Christmas magic alive and well for our sons! — Molly S

The whole family enjoy the video message. It brought joy not only to my nieces and nephews but the parents were overwhelmed of joy to see their kids being kids for few hours. Thank you, Jingle Claus, for providing this awesome virtual experience. — Esmeralda M

A wonderfully magic experience for the children. The personalized messages from Santa brought instant smiles to their faces. This has been a perfect addition to our family’s Christmas traditions. — Jane B

Thank you so much!!!! [Our youngest] is in awe, the personal touches really made this a real magical visit. Even [our middle child] enjoyed it!! — Erin A

That was the most incredible experience! — Karen P

The kids had a blast! It was great! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas 🎄 Thank you — Mariam A

From Gig Salad

Santa True is the BEST!

Santa True was all of our dreams come true and beyond! From the pre communication with his Elves and Mrs. Clause to all their attention to detail learning about our family before our visit – this Santa team is a class act!

Santa! Santa – you have such a gift and we truly thank you for sharing it with us! Your detailed outfit is just stunning and all of your Santa attributes are perfection!

We loved your songs, story telling, learning real facts about Christmas history throughout the world, getting our very own Christmas Spider, your holiday rap, your cuddles and all the pictures we got with you that we will treasure!

I have never hired a service like this and you really went so far above and beyond any expectation I could have ever imagined! You have no idea how much Christmas spirit you brought to our family… kids of course but you left the adults in awe and that means so much to us!

I wish you upon the world and wish every family could have a visit from you! Thank you for making our experience so special! Merry Christmas Santa! — Katy L., Calabasas, CA (5-stars, with photos)

So exciting! Look at the time, Christmas is going to be here soon!

Best Santa Ever!

This year we decided to surprise our little one with a surprise visit from Santa in our new home. Not only did he have her stunned in amazement, he also had all of the adults not wanting to leave the room and participating in singing the songs and asking his questions. It was such an amazing experience and it’s all because of Santa True. We were very blessed to have him spend Christmas Day with our family and look forward to having him back again next year. I highly recommend him. — Samantha H, Santa Clarita, CA (5-stars, with photos)

Totally awesome!

I’ve hired many Santas in the past but Santa True was by far the best! From his well appointed Santa attire to his jolly laugh and entertaining and captivating persona, he’s the real deal. Grandkids were mesmerized and adults duly impressed! — Marti T, Simi Valley, CA (5-stars)

Perfect Santa

Amazing morning! Thanks again! — Farnoush M., Encino, CA (5-stars)

Santa knows the importance of reading!

Incredible experience

The kids were blown away, incredible experience for them and us. — Michael H., Simi Valley, CA (5-stars)


Santa True was spectacular! So friendly, looked great, and had so much energy through our whole event! RECOMMEND 100%!! He made our holiday event come to life!— Greg F, Van Nuys, CA (5-stars)

Santa LOVES to visit with KOST 103.5!

Santa True is the real McCoy!

Santa True had everyone believing he was the real Santa. Kids and adults alike were completely impressed with his story-telling, songs and good cheer! He had twenty kids completely entertained and in awe as he told his North Pole tales. Parents said they too, were once again believers in Santa. Santa True made our holiday party a truly memorable event for all! — Suzana D, Glendale, CA (5-stars)

Project Access Believes!

Santa True donated 1 hour pro-bono to truly spread the magic of the holidays at the non-profit organization site Project Access Family Resource Center at Pacific Point Apartments in Oxnard, California on Monday 12/5/16. Santa True exceeded Project Access’ staff expectations because he spent special time to speak with each child, adult and delivered a great experience for all. The teens and adults had a blast when Santa True posed for selfies! Project Access Family Resource Center at Pacific Point Apartments recommends Santa True to deliver the joy of the holidays to everyone! — Ivonne C, Oxnard, CA (5-stars)

Magical Experience!

I am so happy I found Santa True! What a lovely Santa, he showed up and lit up the room with his presence! The kids loved him and so did the parents. He looked great, he was funny and he was the most perfect Santa. It truly was a magical experience for the kids. We loved his stories, his songs, his humor and the way he managed the kids! Thank you for keeping the magic alive for the kids Santa True! — Sabrina, Woodland Hills, CA (5-stars)

Checking the Naughty or Nice List and finding my new friend on the NICE List!

Great Santa!

He was absolutely wonderful with our class of 20 preschool children. He made them laughed, listened to them intently, led them in songs, and told them things like Christmas is for giving not for receiving and that they needed to be good boys and girls. He explained how he traveled so quickly to so many homes, how many cookies he ate etc. He totally looked the part as well. You couldn’t get a better Santa! — Megan V, Los Angeles, CA (5-stars)

He truly is the real Santa!

Santa came to our house for Thanksgiving and he was absolutely wonderful amazing and kind just like you would expect Santa to be. We are Jewish and he prepared a Hanukkah story for us along with a Santa rap song and touched everyone’s hearts at our Thanksgiving table. He reminded us about the spirit of the holidays… about love, kindness and giving ….we are all still talking about our Santa and our beautiful experience. I recommend him highly. — Sandy, Moorpark, CA (5-stars)

Highest Recommendation!

I hired Santa True for a corporate event and he was ‘True-ly’ the best! He showed an incredible warmth, demeanor, and rapport with the attendees. He brought plenty of props and took a real concern with making sure we leveraged his appearance to get the most out of it. After surveying the all-adult crowd, he suggested that we record video messages for parents to send home to their kids, and the attendees absolutely loved it.

I was amazed to overhear the attendees still talking about his appearance two days later. After seeing Santa True in action, I can see why the TV advertisers keep calling him for appearances as the ‘authentic’ Santa…he’s that good! You can hire Santa True with complete confidence that you are in the hands of a True pro Santa. — Ron T, Santa Barbara, CA (5-stars)

Best Christmas Eve!

Santa True was fantastic and so authentic. Booking Santa True is better than any mall Santa you will ever see! He was so interactive with the smallest child (11 months) to the oldest adult (73). Next time we have a big family Christmas we won’t hesitate a moment. Santa True will be getting a booking call from us. Thank you Santa! — Darlene M., Ventura, CA (5-stars)

A magical night!

Santa True truly made our Christmas Eve magical. All of the adults and kids were mesmerized by how real he was! One of my daughters told her friend Santa stopped by our house! Again he was a very authentic Santa. Having Santa True arrive on time and pass out gifts is something that I will never forget! All of our guests posted their pictures on Facebook with Santa, wishing others a Merry Christmas! That is how I know much they all loved him. Thank you!!!!!! — Kelly M., Ventura, CA (5-stars)

Amazing SANTA, Absolutely TRUE!!!!!

I have been planning events for years, he is by far the BEST Santa I have ever worked with. Professional, charming, warm, funny and considerate of the guests he is entertaining. His costume was beautiful and clean, his beard and mustache were awesome (and real). He also had a very professional, polite assistant. This Santa takes a lot of pride in his craft and it really shows, it was appreciated by all of our guests, seniors, families and children; they couldn’t stop talking about him! I would highly recommend him for your event! — Whitney, Atria Grand Oaks Senior Living, Thousand Oaks, CA (5-stars)

From Individuals

Thank you so much for such a magical night! You were so amazing and everyone loved you! — Sandee E., Moorpark, CA

From Gig Masters

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Best Santa yet!

CEO came up after the event & said, “Best Santa yet!” Great job, Santa True! Kiddos & adults alike had a blast. — Alyson W, Camarillo, CA

Charming and so Calming

I will really try to book early to make sure I have him to charm my grandchildren each year. It was a perfect experience. He met all my expectations. One little grand daughter who, before yesterday, was actually quite terrified of the whole ‘Santa’ concept. I had given Santa True information on the 3 girls beforehand. I think we had a breakthrough. Santa True was calming and aware of how Madeleine felt. He is awesome with photo ops. Excellent, all around. Thank you! — Cathe M, Santa Monica, CA

Professional and Wonderful

We hired Santa True to help us with our scouting event. He arrived early, was extremely professional, and was wonderful with the kids. With little preparation he quickly integrated to our event and performed like we had rehearsed. I would highly recommend him in the future. — Stuart S, Simi Valley, CA

Amazed Everyone

Santa True was fantastic! He amazed all of our guys — Hillary F, Encino, CA


We at Dave & Busters Hollywood ADORE Santa True! We could not have found a better Santa. He put us ALL in the holiday spirit. He was so easy to work with, so kind, and such a hit with all the families. Kiddos and adults alike loved being around the jovial Santa True. He made our event such a delight. HIGHLY RECOMMEND SANTA TRUE!!! — Natalie S., Hollywood, CA

Exceptionally Amazing

I was very pleased with Santa True and all the children were so excited and mesmerized by him. He had the kids believing again. He was exceptionally amazing and I would highly recommend him and definitely contract him again. Thank you! — Annie A., Camarillo, CA

From Photographers

I love nothing more then a good theme and holiday and when I get to combine it into a mini session set, then I am in LOVE! I have had the idea of doing Santa sessions for the past few years, but I knew I would have to find the RIGHT Santa before I was going to give it a go. Then I came across Santa True and right away I knew he would be a perfect it. I knew the kids reactions would be hit or miss since we have all seen the classic terrified crying toddler on Santas lap. These Santa sessions needed to be extra special and I was lucky enough to get permission from the wonderful owners of Christmas Ranch Tree Farms, in Thousand Oaks to use their amazing property. Each child had a 15 minute per-scheduled time slot to visit with the big guy. They were able to show up a few minutes before their session time, so they did not have to wait in those mall lines we all dread! Then they walked through the trees to see Santa sitting on a bench surrounded by Christmas gifts and happily awaiting their arrival. They were greeted by Santa who exceeded my exceptions, I cannot say enough great things about Santa True. Some kids walked right up to Santa and sat down, while others looked at him and did not know what to think. Santa and I had a few tricks to get the kids to join in, I am happy to report there were very very few tears shed, and almost every kiddo sat with Santa. Since we wanted this to be a happy and positive experience for the kiddos, they did not have to sit on Santa’s lap if they didn’t want to, some sat next to him and for those few who really were un-sure, Santa was brilliant enough to pose behind the kids so I could still get a shot of them with Santa!

We had kids range from 2 weeks old to 8 years old, and lots of cousins joined in for some group photos! I will say nothing is better then Santa feeding a little newborn a bottle! The kids enjoyed singing Jingle Bells, eat cookies, and having stories read to them by Santa! This is definitely going to be an annual event here at Stephanie Gill Photography! The overall word everyone used was MAGICAL!

Thank you to Santa True and Christmas Ranch Tree Farm — Stephanie Gill, Santa Mini Sessions: Thousand Oaks Santa Photographer

From the local newspapers


Santa comes to Community Marketplace in Moorpark
December 21, 2014


Storytelling at a home visit (in 2014) — one of Santa’s favorite things to do!