International University of Santa Claus (IUSC)

World's Largest International



(and Mrs. Claus, too!)

"Behind the Red Suit - The Business of Santa" 

School4Santas has been seen and featured on NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the Travel channel, the History Channel, over a dozen documentaries and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and over 200 other news articles, radio and television news stories.

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Santa Cruise VI

Taught by Santa Tim Connaghan, aka: National Santa & Santa Hollywood

  • A Professional Santa with over 46 years of experience. 

  • International Santa Claus Hall of Fame - Class of 2011

  • First recipient of the Charles W. Howard Award

  • National Santa - Marines Toys for Tots Foundation

  • Official Santa - Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Largest National Santa School taught by a Full-time Professional Santa

Almost 3000 Santas and Mrs. Claus have received Diplomas!


If attending one of our schools is not an option right now,  you can still order our 10th Anniversary Course Book, or you can order the complete 15 hours of training on DVD and study at your own pace! 


Over 2600 Santas and Mrs. Claus have received Diplomas from School4Santas. Last year over 300 Students, attended. We thank everyone who has attended and shared in the fellowship and learning experience provided by our Schools.  All Graduates become members of The Red Suit Society 


Assistance for those on fixed incomes: You can arrange to split your registration into three or four monthly installments, if that will help. 

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2015 Schedule
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Caribbean Cruise
March 15,-22, 2015
Charles W. Howard Legendary Conference
April 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2014
Alaska Cruise,  June 18-28
Branson,  July 11 - 13
Raleigh-Durham, July 19-20
Detroit,  July 26 & 27
Atlanta,  August 2 - 3
Southern California
November 1 & 2


2015 Schedule

Plans in the works for our 2015 School Schedule.  Although no final decisions have been made, the tentative locations are: a Caribbean Princess Cruise, Dallas - Ft Worth, Denver, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York/New Jersey, Portland and San Diego. 

If you would like a School in your area, please contact me.

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Over 300 Santas and Mrs. Claus have enjoyed our fabulous Princess Santa Cruises

Over 60 sailed on the 10th Anniversary School4Santas Caribbean Cruise

10th Anniversary School4Santas
April 21-28, 2013 Caribbean Cruise
Ruby Princess

2012 Hawaii Cruise
Golden Princess
2011 Scandinavia & Russia
+ World Santa Claus Congress
Emerald Princess
2010 Caribbean Cruise
Emerald Princess
2007 Caribbean Cruise
Caribbean Princess

School4Santas DVD Course - Click here for Details!

Thank you, to everyone that has attended one of our Schools.  To date, over 2700 Santas, Mrs. Claus, Santa Helpers, Holiday Photographers and Holiday Professionals have attended our one and two-day workshops. 

Over 100 Santas, Mrs. Claus and Helper in Atlanta @ Salvation Army HQ

Los Angeles @ USC

Phoenix Dinner
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"Behind the Red Suit"

The How-To Book on the Business of Santa


12th Annual Printing

Over 3,000 copies in print 

More than 230 pages of information!

This Book included with Regular School4Santas Registration


 $60.00, plus shipping

Alumni Edition - Past buyers of this book and former School4Santa Attendees Only $40, + shipping


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Behind the Red Suit is the official course book for IUSC and covers the following:

Brief  History of Santa Claus -  Stories, Legends and Cultures of St. Nicholas, and how he evolved into today's Santa Claus

The Basics of being Santa - Making the visit memorable - Positive Guest Service - Santa's Arrival - Welcoming the Children - Seating the Child or Children - Special Techniques for photographing babies - Hands in the Photo - Training your Helpers - Handling problems - Inconsiderate Parents - The Do's and Don'ts of being a Santa.

Talking with Children - Asking, Listening & Answering - How to ask the right questions - How to answer's children's questions - Answering Difficult Questions - Answering those who don't believe in Christmas.

What Qualities do Great Santa's Possess - A Santa of Character

The Image of Santa - Your Image as Santa - What children, parents and others see and think of you - Grooming and Appearance - Santa's Magic Suit

Working for a Mall or Photo Company - Efficiency, It's a team effort - The first 15 seconds - Handling problems - Working with Pets.

The Special Event Santa -  Who's in charge - Making the Grand Entrance.  Handling large Crowds, Working with the Media.

The Entertaining Santa - Add Storytelling, Singing, Magic, Balloon Art, etc. to your resume

The Business of working with a Photo Company - Where to contact or find Photo Companies - Rates and Salaries - Travel, Transportation and Lodging - What a basic contract should contain - Problems or loop holes to look for in a Photo contract.

Starting  your own home based business - Basic items you need to start - Setting up your Calendar - Setting up your bookkeeping - Scheduling and Contracts - Marketing and Promotion. - Networking with other Santas and Companies

should supply -  What you should have for entertaining and public appearances.

What's New? - Trends for the 21st Century.


NOTICE: All registration deadlines are generally 30 days prior to a workshop, however we will try to keep the registration open right up to the morning of the class. Workshops with less than twelve(12) new student registrants may be canceled, and current enrollees may select another class or request a full refund.   Cancellations by a student, at any time after completing registration, will receive a copy of the course book and full credit to a future school.

Click here for a list of our alumni, members of the Red Suit Society

Santa Claus
Hall of Fame

Honorary Life Member FORBS

Life Member
Clan Claus

Santa Claus Oath

School4Santas and the International University of Santa Claus are extremely proud of the over 2500 individuals that have attended our special training workshops for Santas.  Our goal is to give them the information necessary to create or improve their presentations as Santa, Mrs. Claus or other holiday characters.  We know that every student took with them a great deal of information that we hope will aid them in their work within the Holiday industry.  We also hope that they will use the knowledge they have gained to bring even more joy and happiness to the many thousands of children and families that they visit and serve.  Although many have attended our workshops, School4Santas and the International University of Santa Claus do not rate, certify or validate any of their personal performances or appearances of those who attend our workshops. 


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Material for the International University of Santa Claus has evolved from the experiences of many Santa's and has been compiled by Real Santa, Tim Connaghan.  This information and additional materials are contained in his book, "Behind the Red Suit -The Business of Santa." All materials, presentation, handouts, and other information distributed at the workshops or on this web site are the copyright property of the Kringle Group, LLC,, the International University of Santa Claus and  Any use, adaptation, or reproduction without express permission or license is illegal.