Santa & Mrs Claus in Website Video

Back in March Lori & I shot some “green screen” images to be used in a website. While on the shoot the client asked if we could make a little video for his website too.

We did & he just sent me a link to it. Check it out. I think it came out pretty good…

Real Santa Claus Spotted in Los Angeles

Last night in a Farmers Boys restaurant, the day before in a Hobby Lobby store and nearly every day on LA freeways, parking lots, gas stations faces turn to smiles as people spot Santa Claus. He’s out of place, out of uniform but never out of character. He is unmistakably Santa Claus.Santa Claus Pool Party

Usually wearing white shorts, a red t-shirt and sandals Santa Claus is on vacation… with a bit of work being thrown in from time to time. For example a few weeks ago Santa was in Hollywood where he spent the day shooting a commercial that will appear on TV this Christmas season.

Being Santa is SO MUCH FUN!

If you are in the LA area keep your eyes peeled for a little red Scion Xb with an N-Pole license plate. I spend a lot of time in Santa Monica, Studio City, Hollywood and the surrounding areas. Be sure to say Hi!Santa Ed Taylor at The Cove 09-29-13

Let’s keep the Spirit of Christmas alive ALL year long.  

Santa Claus Pool Party

Part of being Santa Claus all year long is suprising children (and adults) by showing up in unexpected locations. Least weeked it was a pool party for a the birthday of a 3 year old. It was a TON OF FUN. 

Santa Claus Pool Party

Santa Claus Pool Party


Santa for Rent Los Angeles – Santa Claus Rental

I googled on “Santa Claus for Rent Los Angeles”. That was the answer I heard when I asked a woman I was talking with how she happened to find my Santa Claus website. Santa Claus for rent Los Angeles!?

I LOVE Google and I know I often find myself “Googling” on strange “keywords”, but I have to admit, as Santa (or a ‘Santa Claus Portrayal Artist) I never thought of myself being as being a Santa Claus for RENT.

For the past several years I have made it a habit to ask people how they found my website. Some say they saw me on other websites like the LA Times and CBS Local in LA but the vast majority site Google as the vehicle that delivered them to my website. The keywords the searched on always crack me up. Here are a few:

santa for rent

santa rental

christmas santas

rent a santa

hire santa

real santas

santas for hire

rent a santa

santa claus for hire

hire santa

hire santa claus

rent a santa claus

santa claus rental

Of course after the “keyword” above they add their city:

Los Angeles 

Beverly Hills


Culver City

Santa Monica

Bel Air

Beverly Crest

Beverly Grove



Century City

Cheviot Hills


Del Rey

Ladera Heights

Mar Vista


Pacific Palisades

Playa del Rey

Playa Vista

Rancho Park


West Los Angeles



West Hollywood

And now more and more people are telling me that are using there zip codes:




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I’m not sure how exactly how Google determines what you will see when you search for something but I hope that everyone looking for an authentic, fun, always in character, real bearded Santa Claus in the greater Los Angeles area will find my website… I LOVE being a Santa Claus for rent in Los Angeles. Please give me a call to check my availability. 424-343-9555



Hollywood Santa 2015

After 6 months in Southern Oregon (my personal North Pole) I’m again a Hollywood Santa! Mrs. Claus and I are blessed, we love, and are loved, everywhere we go.

Last year we had an amazing time appearing on TV programs, commercials, corporate parties and even home parties with amazing Hollywood actors, actresses and production people.

This year promises to be even more exciting, I have already been booked to appear as Santa at several large Hollywood events, Mrs. Claus annd I appeared in a music video and I have appeared in 2 other videos that will air in November and December.

I hope someday to be Santa Claus for the Hollywood Parade. My friend “Santa Hollywood” Tim Connnaghan, has been the Santa for that event for many years and if he should ever be unable to do it I hope to fill in for him.

One of the things I most love about being a Hollywood Santa is the reach I can have as Santa Claus. I really like what I bring to being Santa and I love having millions of people experience my interpretation of Santa. I also just think it’s really fun to be involved in Hollywood productions and to

Santa Ed at KTLA studio in Hollywood

Santa Ed at KTLA studio in Hollywood

see how the artistic aspect of productions work. It’s truly amazing how many exceptionally gifted and talented people Hollywood attracts and I love working with these people.

I always see and try to portray Santa Claus as a wise, generous, encouraging and jolly old soul and even though as a Hollywood Santa you have script writers and directors and producers who really control what ends up on the air I always do my best to be the best Santa I can be.

Another incredibly fun thing about being a Hollywood Santa is the travel for “location shoots”. A couple of years ago I went with an entire Hollywood production team to a reindeer ranch in Alaska! We had an amazing sleigh full of presents… it was an amazing shoot… and that is a definite perk of being a Hollywood Santa.

One last thing, while in Hollywood I also audition for “non-Santa” roles. Last year I was “The Snap Cash man” for Snap Chat. I also appeared on a court re-enactment show, a game show, local news show, I was in a stand-up comedy bit and a live theater performance. This Santa is fully immersing into the Hollywood entertainment business.

Keeping the Spirit of Christmas Alive ALL Year Long

Since I first became a Santa Claus portrayal artist nearly 11 years ago I've continually, and at first very consciously, allowed the Christmas Spirit that I've always had in me to be expressed more frequently in my day to day life and my actions. Here's some ways we can keep the Spirit of Christmas alive all year long

The Christmas Spirit is thoughtfulness. Yes, it’s opening the door for a person with their hands full, it’s lending a helping hand where we can, it's finding something to sincerely appreciate about everyone in our lives… yes, EVERYONE.

The Christmas Spirit is generosity. Being generous is not about money, or at least not only about money. We can be more generous with our time, our attention, our praise, our love.

IMG_1756 (1)The Christmas Spirit is joyfulness. Smiling more and bigger and for lesser reasons… that’s expressing joy. Enthusiasm is joy. I now wave, smile and say hi to nearly everyone I come in contact with.

The Christmas Spirit is connection. Connection with nature by bringing the tree indoors. Connection with each other through gatherings and conversations. Connection with Divinity that comes from prayer, meditation and thoughtful pondering.

As you might expect the more I have embraced the Christmas Spirit the more I have been embraced by it. This year I have already been in 2 commercial shoots and one photo studio shoot as Santa Claus. Prior to this year the earliest I had done any of these things was October.

I’ve also had nearly 500 Santa’s attend the classes I now provide to help Santa’s become extraordinary in all aspects of their “Santaness”.

I couldn’t be more excited about, or more thankful for, all of the amazing things that have occurred in my life since I decided to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive in my life all year long. What do you think, are you ready to let a express more of your Christmas Spirit all year long?

And remember, you don’t have to be Santa Claus to feel and express the Christmas Spirit all year long. 🙂

Santa School

This year I launched a new school for Santa Claus' called the Santa Claus Conservatory. This is an on-line Santa School with all of the classes being conducted via webinar. I was wondering if Santa's would embrace this high-tech learning… well they LOVE IT!

N-Pole License Plate – Oregon – Red Scion xB – Santa Claus

N-Pole is the license plate on the bright red Scion xB Mrs. Claus and I bought last year. We call it our Santa car and it has been SO MUCH fun. Because we split our 

N-Pole License Plate

time between Southern Oregon and Southern California we drive a lot (15,000 miles in 6 months) and I can't tell you how many times people in the car next to us have smiled or taken pictures.

If you travel I5 between Medford, Oregon and Los Angeles keep your eye peeled for our little red Scion xB with the Oregon license plate N-Pole.

If you spend time in So Cal you can often spot us on the 405, 110, 101 and many of the street in LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Torrance, Venice, Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches and pretty much anywhere in the LA area. If you see us be sure to wave and say hi.

Let's all do our best to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive ALL year long! 

Who is the Snapcash Guy? It’s Santa Ed Taylor

Have you seen the Snapcash video, the one with all the dancers and some big goofy guy with a long curly beard… they guy with the beard… that's me. Santa Ed Taylor IS the SNAPCHAT GUY!!!!

Working with Snapchat has been so much fun… everyone is just amazing and incredibly professional.

Now to the video… What is the Snapcash man? A banker? A wizard? The Monopoly guy?  

I have NO IDEA…

All I know is it's not Snapcash Santa. 🙂 It was a stretch for me for sure but I couldn't be happier with it and I was blown away to see it get more than a million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours! 

Here's the video if you haven't seen it…


Santa Ed Taylor – The Snapcash Guy 

Santa Monica Promenade Santa Claus | Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades Santa 2014

Being the Santa Monica Promenade Santa Claus and Santa Claus in Pacific Palisades is such an honor.

There are literally hundreds of professional,real bearded, Santa Claus' for hire here in Southern California, in addition there are dozens of actors who portray Santa all within a few miles of Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. For me to be the person selected to be Santa on the cover of the insert in the Palisades post in Pacific Palisades and the Santa Claus at the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade parade and tree lighting ceremony warms my soul.

I absolutely LOVE being Santa Claus, sharing my Santa spirit and to be able to do this is such big ways, and being selected from a field of so many eminently qualified Santa's, I just don't have words… other than- THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU and Please help me keep the Spirit of Christmas alive ALL year Long.

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