List of Topics

  • NWardrobe choices Head to Toe
  • NMake up
  • NDesigner Bearded Santas and Real Bearded Santas
  • NMarketing Yourself
  • NPricing your Gigs
  • NWhat Type of Santa Are you?
  • NSanta visits
  • NOrganizing your Santa Engagements
  • NPreparation for your Event
  • NRehearsal
  • NBecome Santa: Character Development
  • NQuestions for Santa
  • NPutting it all together
  • NMaking an Entrance
  • NThe Controlling Santa
  • NProblem areas at events
  • NPost Event: what to do?
  • NPutting your skills to Work
  • NRole play and workshops
  • NAdvance Class Topics

Course Instructor(s)

Santa Doug Eberhart has been portraying Santa Claus for 42 years. He started his acting career in Massillon, Ohio at Washington High School and began as Santa when he was 14 years old. His mother Sandy made his first Santa suit out of an XL men’s pajama pattern. Doug began by doing “Santa gigs” for friends and neighbors and worked his way into doing home visits. Being a large football player, (offensive center) Doug continued his passion for playing Old Saint Nick through his college years at Princeton University where he graduated in 1985.


Upon graduation, Santa Doug moved to Charlotte, NC and continued his portrayal up until this day. He has entertained over 20,000 children and adults. He is a member of IBRBS, Santa USA and prefers to use a designer beard due to his work in the medical field. Being a Designer Bearded Santa has not slowed down Santa Doug’s business. He has been Santa Claus for TV commercials, The Carolina Panthers, Department stores, Grocery Chains, numerous corporate parties and hundreds of home visits.

Santa Doug has gone to numerous Santa schools and classes including the C.W. Howard school. He fills his schedule with about 75 gigs per season. Santa Doug is known for wearing numerous Santa outfits that are beyond the traditional. Many of his outfits are based on vintage postcards and drawings. You can see some of his collection at under the photo section, his personal website.
In May of 2018, Santa Doug started which specializes in products for the PROFESSIONAL Santa. Products include custom made Santa Suits, shirts, vests, waistcoats, belts, buckles, bells, santa bling etc. You can reach him at
In June of 2019 he founded with Santa Stephen P Price, Charlotte Area Christmas performers, a group of local Santas, Mrs. Clauses and Christmas performers.

ProSanta School – The Pratical Santa

March 23-24, 2024

Holiday Inn Express, 9420 E. Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC

For Hotel Reservations: 704-443-3100

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Once a school slot has been paid for a person can receive 100% of the money paid prior to 30 days in advance of the school start date. Anything less than 30 days and the person(s) will be moved to the next school offering date. In the event that a person does not want to come to the new school offering, NO REFUND shall be given.