Planned Events

Santa Gathering Agenda

Past Training Classes:

  • History of Santa Fashion – Doug Eberhart
  • 10 Steps to Master a Virtual Visit – Deanna Golden (virtual)
  • Child Development – Nick Gillotte
  • Mrs. Claus on the Move – Deanna Golden (virtual)
  • Tax Q&A – Ann Donley & George Grasic
  • Video Visits are Here to Stay – It’s Way More than a Camera – Fred Lueck III & Chuck Gill
  • Make Your Santa Business More Profitable – Dan Greenleaf,
  • Mrs. Claus Roundtable – Judi Broderick
  • Stories Galore – Becki Stratton
  • Creating a Presence on the Web – Dan Greenleaf
  • Santa Forum – Paul Agrusti
  • Setting Up your Virtual NP w/wo green screens – Bill Barnsley
  • Beard Care – Nick Gillotte
  • Magic/Puppets – Scott Correll
  • Working with Agencies – Mitch Allen
  • Story Telling & Magic for Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Steve Kissel
  • 0-100 in 8 Seconds: How to get noticed in a moment’s glance – Judi Broderick
  • Balloon Art – Eric Plomchock
  • Posing for Pictures – Danielle Foster
  • Santa Gathering Going Forward – Paul Nagy
  • Visiting Sick & Dying Children – Dan Slipetsky

Past Events & Excursions:

  • Mrs. Claus Luncheon at Hotel
  • Santa Pizza Party at Hotel
  • Dinner: Strolling PA Tailgate Party
  • Dinner: Evening Cookout Buffet
  • Strasburg Railroad Ride
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • Lancaster Central Market
  • Trivia Game Night – Paul Agrusti
  • Entertainment: Magic & Puppets by Scott Correll
  • “Santaland Diaries” and “State of the Season” – Mitch Allen
  • Mary Jane West’s Book Nook
  • Entertainment: Comedy of Steve Kissell and Gift Basket Drawings

2022 Santa Gathering Fashion Show:

In the Palm Court at the Doubletree

Highlighting 2021: Thank you so much for all who “walked the Red Carpet“ this year! It was so much fun seeing the amazing outfits you all created! Who knew a pink bunny would show up! One of our newer Santas outfitted his Santa suit by using only the selections available in the vendor room! Our vendors provide wide selections of Santa apparel as well as Santa-related products!
I want to acknowledge Sherri Heath for being my co-coordinator for our wonderful Fashion Show! Sherri has made lists, sent the models out in order, tied bows, straightened wigs, chased Santas down, and generally held the sanity of the model dressing room for 10 years! Thank you, Sherri, for all that you do!!!
2022 will continue with our amazing Fashion Show on Saturday evening! The sign-up sheet will be in the registration area, or you can email me at santagathering.com.  We will have a short Fashion Show practice in Palm Court on one of the available mornings. We will also need a description of what you are wearing which will be read while you are walking the red carpet! Index cards will be provided at registration! Santa and Mrs. Claus can walk together or separately! Elves are welcome to walk the red carpet, also!! Check the pictures on our website for past models if you need ideas!
See you at the 2022 Fashion Show!

Mrs. C. Annette Falkevitz 

Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA

Website:  www.strasburgrailroad.com

Arrive by car/carpool by 10 a.m. 

When you visit Strasburg Rail Road, the first thing you can expect is an authentic experience of a real steam railroad. The locomotives and passenger cars, (known as “rolling stock”) are not replicas, and our staff members are not reenactors. Strasburg Rail Road has five working steam locomotives and 20 operating passenger cars, including our President’s Car, First-Class Parlor Car, First Class Lounge, and our Dining Car. All equipment is restored and maintained on-site in our Mechanical Shop.

Cost: $13.50

To reserve your spot on the Rail Road, go to our Shopping & Payment page. Payment in advance is required.

Mille’s Smorgasboard Restaurant

2811 Lincoln Hwy, Ronks PA

Website: www.millerssmorgasbord.com

Arrive by car/carpool by 5:00 p.m.

Real. Good. Food. Since 1929. Lancaster’s Original Buffet & Restaurant. 90 years ago, Anna Miller served chicken & waffles to truckers as her husband repaired their rigs. It was a simple dish, but it was always served up with a smile. Today, our tried & true recipes may not be as simple, but they are prepared with our freshest ingredients…and they are still served up with a smile. If you miss Miller’s, you miss Lancaster County.

Cost: Included with reservation fee.

 Dutch Wonderland

2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA

Arrive by car/carpool by 9:15 a.m.

Since opening on May 20, 1963, Dutch Wonderland has consistently been recognized as a premier family theme park near Philadelphia, PA and has been voted one of the Top 5 Best Kids Parks in the World by Amusement Today magazine. We invite you to plan a visit to find out why generations of families have visited us and proclaimed us to be A KINGDOM FOR KIDS!
I don’t know of a better way to wind down then to be at Dutch Wonderland and seeing children’s eyes as we enter the park, and not only theirs but also the parents, and make our way to the Train. It is so cool to see the Santas and Mrs. Clauses take their seats and ride the train around the park. This will be our eighth year and it is still as wonderful as the first. After the train ride we will tour the park, sit on a bench and greet the children or climb into a bumper car and I can tell you the kids love it.

Cost: Included with registration fee.

Lancaster Central Market

23 N Market Street, Lancaster, PA

Website: www.centralmarketlancaster.com

Arrive by car/carpool by 9:30 a.m.

Designated as a market town in 1730, the City of Lancaster is home to Lancaster Central Market, the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country. More than 60 local vendors call the beautiful 1889 Market House home three days each week, when it opens its doors to welcome the surrounding community. A step inside is sure to highlight all that Lancaster County has to offer. A walk through its aisles will find an abundance of produce from the deeply nutrient-rich soils native to the local landscape; an array of prepared foods representing the proud cultural diversity of the county; and locally sourced meat, poultry, cheeses, and more.

Cost: Free – the market is a public place.