Our current (2019) base rate for weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) is $300 per hour. We do not raise prices on returning clients. The rate you book at today is a permanent price from season to season, assuming there are no significant changes in your event or its location since the last one you hired us for. The price for your next event is exactly the same price as you paid in each of the previous 5 years.
Weekday afternoon and evening prices usually are $250 per hours.
Prices are determined by date, time of day, duration of the event, location in relation to the specific Santa and specific performance activity requested, etc. For example, a Breakfast with Santa one November weekday morning at a venue 30 minutes from Santa’s home base, will carry a lower rate than the same event on a December Saturday that is an hour away and requires tolls and expensive parking.
A 30-minute home visit on at 8:00PM on Christmas Eve will be the pricing equivalent of “market rate” for fresh lobster in an upscale restaurant. There’s only one such time slot that night. We do not start booking Christmas Eve until after Thanksgiving day.
The rate is the same per hour for 6 hours as it is for one or two hours. Being Santa is physically and mentally demanding. In all fairness, there should be a higher rate for 6 hours than for 2 hours, but that’s not the way the world works. Therefore, we charge a flat rate regardless of the length of the event.
Commercials for your web site or other media are based on the time needed on location, expense of travel and the usage wanted. Of course, if SAG/AFTRA is involved, union riles are respected. Your inquiries are welcome. We will share conflicts on request.
FULL SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – If you are not fully satisfied, just tell us why so we can apply that internally for training and management improvement. Sometimes we may explain our position on that issue. Most important of all, if you are still unsatisfied, we will refund 100% of Santa’s performance fee, without argument or delay.