About Northwoods Santa

Northwoods Santa is everything about Christmas you know and love: heartwarming, full of joy and most of all, magical. He is that lending ear to hear what you hope and dream for; the breathed excitement of what’s to come; the essence of giving. Northwoods Santa isn’t just another Santa. He embodies the spirit of Christmas by delivering authentic joy and merriment to adults and children of all ages, near and far.

From holiday events to corporate parties, fundraisers and special visits, Northwoods Santa is not only professional, but authentic in his Christmas spirit year-round. Bilingual in both English and American Sign Language, children of all ages and abilities can experience the magic of Christmas anytime, anywhere.



Northwoods Santa follows a strict code of conduct for Santas of his caliber. His respect for the role and responsibility of Santa means you get the best Santa, every time.


There’s nothing fake about this Santa. From the beard to the suit, and the hat to the boots, Northwoods Santa is the real deal.

Christmas Magic

The magic of Christmas isn’t tangible. It comes from the heart. Northwoods Santa brings the spirit and joy of Christmas with him to every appearance year-round.

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Northwoods Santa Visits Both Virtually and In-Person


You Bring the Milk and Cookies, We’ll Bring the Santa

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The elves have worked hard to get high-speed internet access to the North Pole

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Media Appearances

For commercials, video production, or live television events

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who is the man in the suit?


Jeff Kirkwood, a.k.a. Santa Jeff, is the face of Northwoods Santa. Driven by the simplest, purest form of joy - making other people happy - Santa Jeff is thrilled at every opportunity he gets to put smiles on the faces of young and old.

Jeff Kirkwood has a long-standing career in organizational leadership and management for the federal government. His previous top-level security clearance lends to his commitment to delivering an ethical Santa experience that is rooted in professionalism and trust. Jeff is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), giving equal opportunity for all ages and abilities to experience the magic of Santa. In addition, his experience in acting helps bring an extra special dose of theatrics to his most important role as Old Saint Nick.

Visit with Santa Jeff during the months of November and December. He has brought the Magic of Christmas to thousands of people. Santa Jeff has consistently received 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor and Google. In appearance and presentation, Santa Jeff is considered an authentic Santa. After meeting Santa Jeff or seeing a picture of him, people from across the country and around the world declare that they believe again in the magic of Santa.

He is a member in good standing of an international organization of real-bearded Santas. His look and demeanor are so real that children ask if this is the real Santa. Adults are no different.

Santa Jeff is not your average Santa. Quick-witted and charming with that famous twinkle in his eye, he's ready to join you and your family, your colleagues or business for a festive time. Santa Jeff is available year-around. The holiday season can get busy quickly so book early.

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Photo by Steve Smedley

International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas

Santa Jeff is a member of The IBRBS. A world-wide organization, formerly known as the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, it is a non-profit membership group with a focus on the development and support of the international community of Christmas community.

Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School

Santa Jeff is a graduate of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. The school was established in 1937 by Mr. Howard as a response to seeing rag-tag Santas across the country. Charles Howard was the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa from 1948-1965. The school is the longest running Santa school in the world and is considered the Harvard of Santa schools.

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“Santa was absolutely awesome! Not only did her visit in his car but he interacted with the kids right from the start in the train depot! Because of this, my three-year-old granddaughter was not nearly as shy as she would’ve been otherwise. Thanks, Santa!”

Nancy D.

“We had a wonderful big family trip on the pizza train! Santa was so wonderful, kind, welcoming, and warm towards the kids . . Thanks for a great time!”

Matt S.

“Herb and I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful time on the Pizza Train with our granddaughters. It was great visiting with you.”

Cynthia V.

“Went on the Santa train on 11/5/22 it was awesome. Great people and good pizza. Very much enjoyed ourselves and had a great visit with Santa . Can’t wait for the next time.”

Gary B.

“Our family went on the Santa ride. Santa was super friendly and engaging with the kids. He had tricks and jokes for the kids and spent a significant time in the train car with the families.They also had a special car that was decorated, we were able to take lots of photos with Santa and sit in his sleigh. [..] Great experience and we hope to go again.”

Liz B.

“We saw Santa this weekend and he was great.”

Kim P.


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Make every moment magical with a visit from Northwoods Santa. Don’t wait long though - his elves are already busy filling his calendar with visits galore!

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