A little more about Santa Ames...
Santa Ames has been entertaining the young and those young at heart in malls, homes and business across the United States including Iowa, Illinois, California, Nebraska, Florida and Washington for over a decade. He makes his summer home in Ames, Iowa where he is retired from a drug testing lab at Iowa State University.
Even though I've worn the suit for over a decade, it's been in my blood for a lot longer. I have an uncle who has put on the suit for many years but more importantly, my father was Santa for more than 30 years. While neither of these men have a real beard like I do, they were both very much Santa.
My father got started as the Santa at the country club where he was the chef. Over the years he visited the same 3 families each and every season before he finally retired and hung up the suit. I now have his suit.
I have had a beard of some sort since the 70's. Almost a decade ago, I was encouraged to think about becoming a Santa. So, I grew my beard longer, and the rest as they say is history...
During the rest of the year I make my summer home in Ames, IA where I worked at Iowa State University in a drug testing lab (checking to see who has been naughty or nice). I am always ready to meet with the kids young and old and hand out candy and cards. Of course the kids always ask what I am doing in Iowa. I love telling them that I am working with the engineers at Iowa State in a super secret lab developing new toys for the elves to make.
I have attended several national conventions for Santas where workshops and classes are taught by fellow Santas and other professionals in the entertainment field. I am background checked every year including passing a FBI check for my job at Iowa State and am insured. Here's my Resume:
- Redmond Town Center, Redmond, WA
- Florida Mall, Orlando, FL
- Oak View Mall, Omaha, NE
- Del Amo Mall, Torrence, CA
- North Grand Mall, Ames, IA
- Omaha World Herald
- Ames Tribune
- Iowa State Daily
- Torrence Breeze
- ISU Faculty Newspaper
- Storytime at Border’s Bookstore
- ISU Reiman Gardens
- Storytime at Ames Public Library
- Various Nursing Homes & Senior Care Facilities
- Funny Bone Comedy Club
- Karl Chevrolet
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- and even a couple of weddings
- Hy Vee Groceries
- Oakridge Realtors
- Reiman Gardens
- Prairie Meadows Casino
- Ames Fourth of July Parade
- Boone Pufferbilly Days