Planned Events

2021 Santa Gathering Agenda

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 

10:00 a.m.: Vendor set-up, in Pa. Ballrooms B, C & D
3:00 p.m.: Vendor Room opens
3:00 p.m.: Event Registration, in Ben Franklin Room
4:00 p.m.: Hotel Check-in
Dinner: on your own
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.: Trivia Game Night – Paul Agrusti, in Pa. Ballroom A

Thursday, September 9, 2021

6:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast (complimentary for Hotel guests; non-guests: $14.99 + tax)
9:00 a.m.: Event Registration, in Ben Franklin Room
10:30 a.m. – 12:oo p.m.: Strasburg Railroad Ride (meet at railroad by 10:30 a.m.)
Lunch: on your own
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Mary Jane West’s Book Nook, in small lounge area beside Vendor Room
Training classes:
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
History of Santa Fashion, Part 1 – Doug Eberhart, in Pa. Ballroom A
10 Steps to Master a Virtual Visit – Deanna Golden (virtual), in Robert Fulton Room
Child Development – Nick Gillotte, in William Penn Room
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
History of Santa Fashion, Part 2 – Doug Eberhart, in Pa. Ballroom A
Mrs. Claus on the Move – Deanna Golden (virtual), in Robert Fulton Room
Tax Q&A – Ann Donley & George Grasic, in William Penn Room
5:00 p.m.: Dinner: Miller’s Smorgasbord Restaurant (meet at restaurant by 5:00 p.m)
7:30 p.m.: Entertainment: Magic & Puppets by Scott Correll, in Palm Court

Friday, September 10, 2021

6:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast (complimentary for Hotel guests; non-guests: $14.99 + tax)
9:30 a.m.:  Lancaster Central Market (meet at market by 9:30 a.m.)
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.: Mrs. Claus Luncheon at Hotel, in Terrace Room (next to restaurant)
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.: Santa Pizza Party at Hotel, in Pa. Ballroom A
Training classes:
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Video Visits are Here to Stay – It’s Way More than a Camera, presentation with Q&A – Fred Lueck III & Chuck Gill, in Pa. Ballroom A
Make Your Santa Business More Profitable – Dan Greenleaf, in Robert Fulton Room
Mrs. Claus Roundtable – Judi Broderick, in William Penn Room
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Stories Galore – Becki Stratton, in Pa. Ballroom A
Creating a Presence on the Web – Dan Greenleaf, in Robert Fulton Room
Santa Forum – Paul Agrusti, in William Penn Room
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Setting Up your Virtual NP w/wo green screens – Bill Barnsley, in Pa. Ballroom A
Beard Care – Nick Gillotte, in Robert Fulton Room
Magic/Puppets – Scott Correll, in William Penn Room
5:00 – 5:45 p.m.: “Santaland Diaries” and “State of the Season” – Mitch Allen, in Palm Court
Tables will be set for dinner. Wherever you sit for this presentation, will be your seat for dinner.
6:15 p.m.: Dinner: Evening Cookout Buffet, in Palm Court
7:30 p.m.: Entertainment: Comedy of Steve Kissell and Gift Basket Drawings

Saturday September 11, 2021

7:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast (complimentary for Hotel guests; non-guests: $14.99 + tax)
9:15 a.m.: Dutch Wonderland (meet at Dutch Wonderland by 9:15 a.m.)
Lunch: on your own
12:45 p.m.: Fashion Show practice, in Palm Court
Training classes:
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Posing for Pictures – Danielle Foster, in Pa. Ballroom A
Santa Gathering Going Forward – Paul Nagy, in Robert Fulton Room
Visiting Sick & Dying Children – Dan Slipetsky, in William Penn Room
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Thrifts to Gifts – Tony Mills, in Pa. Ballroom A
Working with Agencies – Mitch Allen, in Robert Fulton Room
Story Telling & Magic for Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Steve Kissel, in William Penn Room
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
0-100 in 8 Seconds: How to get noticed in a moment’s glance – Judi Broderick, in Pa. Ballroom
Balloon Art – Eric Plomchock, in William Penn Room
5:30 p.m.: Dinner: Strolling PA Tailgate Party
7:00 p.m.: Fashion Show, Military Tribute, and 50-50 Raffle
Closing Remarks and Event Picture

Sunday, September 12, 2021

7:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast (complimentary for Hotel guests; non-guests: $14.99 + tax)
Thanks for coming and see you next year!

2021 Santa Gathering Excursions

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to excursions.

Please allow adequate time to arrive so we may enter as a group.

Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA


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


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


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.

2021 Santa Gathering Fashion Show

Palm Court, at the Hotel

Come One! Come All! Pack your favorite outfits to wear for Fashion Show 2021! We know how you love to show off your creative outfits to other Santas and Mrs. Cs!  Wonder what Santa Howie and Santa Dan will have in store for us this year! We are back in the Palm Court for the Fashion Show on Saturday evening. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. See me at registration in our Hospitality Room and let me know if you will be walking the “red carpet” and what you will be wearing. We are going to have so much fun again this year!

Mrs. C. Annette Falkevitz


Committee Members:

Santa Paul Nagy, Registration & Website                            Mrs. C. Annette Falkevitz, Fashion Show  

Santa William Neely, Logistics                                              Mrs. C. Alana Neely, Events  

Mrs. C. Carol Ward, Mrs. Claus Activities                               Mrs. C. Linda Yuengel, Mrs. Claus Activities

Santa Greg Puskar, Vendors                                                   Mrs. C. Debbie Puskar, Website & Facebook