“Being Santa is a privilege, not a job."

Tom Valent

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to most of your Santa School questions.

What date is the 2020 CWH Santa Claus School?

The dates are October 1-3, 2020.  We will still be holding the CWH Santa Claus School this year and we will be taking all safety precautions recommended by the  CDC. 

Can my spouse/guest attend classes?

All events and classes are for registered students only. However, if your spouse prepaid at registration, they are welcome to attend the Friday Adventures and/or the Saturday Graduation Banquet as an additional paid guest.

What are the additional Friday Adventures and Saturday Banquet tickets?

Registered students have the option of purchasing additional guest tickets at two events during the school.  

  • The Friday Afternoon Adventure includes lunch, socially distanced transportation on Greyhound busses, a trip to Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland - the "World's Largest Christmas Store," downtown shopping an site seeing in Frankenmuth, and dinner at a world famous chicken restaurant the Bavarian Inn.  The time is roughly 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  The price is $80.

  • The Saturday Graduation Banquet is October 3.  The time is 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM and includes dinner with our graduation ceremony.  The price is $50.


These events are included with the student tuition.  However, we offer this option for those who may want to share a part of the school experience with their spouse or family.  Tickets can be purchased by registered students on our registration page as a separate ticket.  Adults only please.  If any events are cancelled, your money will be refunded.

What do I bring to class?

Students need to wear the official school Santa pendant, name tag, and daily wristband for admittance to all school activities. Students and pre-registered guests attending the Friday Adventures and/or Saturday Graduation Banquet will have a separate wristband. We will have everything you need for class.

Do I bring my suit or beard?

No suits, beards, and/or accessories will be needed. There will be vendors for you to explore if you are looking for a Santa suit, beard, or wig.  This Santa School is about learning how to BE Santa.  We believe in the magic of only one Santa and do not encourage groups of Santa being dressed in their suits together. 

Is it best to have a real beard?

Not really. The school will give you ways and ideas to have a real beard that you put on and magically change into the most well-known character in the world, Santa Claus. Our wig master can show you the way. These hairpieces are the best and very real.

What is the expected dress for school?

Dress for Santa School is casual during class but we ask that you wear Sunday clothes (nice clothes saved for special occasions) for the Graduation Banquet on Saturday evening. 

Are meals included?

This year we are including four meals for registered students; lunch Thursday, lunch Friday, dinner Friday, and dinner Saturday.  Students are responsible for all other meals. We will have a few cookies, beverages, and treats upon your arrival!

Is transportation included?

Students are responsible for transportation.  This year we will be providing limited transportation on Friday afternoon due to social distancing suggestions.

What are the school hours?

We begin Santa School at 8:00 AM daily and finish class work by 5:00 PM.  The Graduation Banquet will finish around 9:00 PM.

Can I record or film during Santa School?

Please refrain from taking photos or video during class out of respect for the speakers. Recording activities and lectures is not permitted during school.

Will the Midland Santa House be open?

Yes! We will have an Open House at the Midland Santa House for registered students and their guests.

What is the closest airport to Midland, Michigan?

The closest airport is the MBS International Airport (MBS) in Saginaw, Michigan (14 miles).  Other airports include the Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint, Michigan (65 miles) and the Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW) in Detroit, Michigan (136 miles.)

What are the area hotels?

Some hotel accommodations in the Midland area include:

Holiday Inn  989-794-8500

Midland Fairfield Inn & Suites  989-631-7100 

SpringHill Suites    989-837-2700

Sleep Inn     989-837-1010

Hampton Inn   989-837-4000

Baymont Inn  989-631-0070

H Hotel   989-839-0500

What is your cancellation policy?

Tickets are refundable minus a $50 convenience fee for each ticket on or before September 15th.  Tickets are non-refundable after September 15th.  Refunds will be made through PayPal only.  Please note these new dates.

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