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What a real Santa and Mrs. Claus - Brian Anderson
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What a real Santa and Mrs. Claus - Brian Anderson
Best Santa and Mrs. Claus we have ever seen. - Steven & Nancy Wright
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Best Santa and Mrs. Claus we have ever seen. - Steven & Nancy Wright
We are true believers because of you and I am sure we will be seeing you both for many years to come. - Michelle Blaszynski
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We are true believers because of you and I am sure we will be seeing you both for many years to come. - Michelle Blaszynski
His ability to transform into a truly convincing Santa Claus is beyond words. - Blue Island Park District
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His ability to transform into a truly convincing Santa Claus is beyond words. - Blue Island Park District
We want to thank you for making our family Christmas celebration so special. - Barb and Jim Holmes
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2016-12-29T01:27:50-06:00
We want to thank you for making our family Christmas celebration so special. - Barb and Jim Holmes
This is not your average mall Santa. Robert has a wonderful full real beard and an authentic wardrobe that brings him into character.
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2016-12-20T20:29:21-06:00
This is not your average mall Santa. Robert has a wonderful full real beard and an authentic wardrobe that brings him into character.
If you are looking for a Santa and Claus, please look no further. You have found them. - Lexington Square Senior Residence
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If you are looking for a Santa and Claus, please look no further. You have found them. - Lexington Square Senior Residence
We can’t say enough in terms of how happy we are with their performance. - Jim and Tely Nagle
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2016-12-28T08:14:40-06:00
We can’t say enough in terms of how happy we are with their performance. - Jim and Tely Nagle
I totally agree with Brian and Steve! You two look amazing! How fun! - Jennifer Aldred
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I totally agree with Brian and Steve! You two look amazing! How fun! - Jennifer Aldred
Robert and Carol are absolutely the most kind and caring people to work with. Matthew S. Ciesielczyk
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Robert and Carol are absolutely the most kind and caring people to work with. Matthew S. Ciesielczyk
"Best Santa ever! Talks to each individual, he is jolly and has a great Santa laugh. Makes young and old BELIEVE. If you need a Santa and Mrs. Claus look no further. " - Tracey Reich
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"Best Santa ever! Talks to each individual, he is jolly and has a great Santa laugh. Makes young and old BELIEVE. If you need a Santa and Mrs. Claus look no further. " - Tracey Reich
The BEST! - Stacey Heap Vitallo
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The BEST! - Stacey Heap Vitallo
I highly recommend Bob for any occasion or activity where a Santa is needed.  It will be a magical wonderful experience for all. - Margaret Buckley
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I highly recommend Bob for any occasion or activity where a Santa is needed.  It will be a magical wonderful experience for all. - Margaret Buckley
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Public Events Schedule 2021

This is our public only schedule.  We hope that we will see you at one of more of our events, to take pictures, up-date wish lists and enjoy in the celebration of Christmas.   Mrs. Claus and I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

July 2021:

July 23rd:  Hinsdale Christmas in July event 7:30pm – 8:30pm, Hinsdale, Illinois at Robbins Park, 7th Street, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521.

November 2021:

November 6th: Christmas Celebration with Santa and Mrs. Claus, by appointment only at Sweet kisses Photography, location is 0N582 Bowdish Drive., Geneva, Illinois 60134. Must call/e-mail for an appointment, phone number is 630-567-1299 or e-mail  Maureen@sweetkissesphotographycom. The event is from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. ABSOLUTELY NO WALK IN”

November 8thElgin Police, 151 Douglas Ave., Elgin, Illinois. Pictures with Pets charity event, with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Charity Event.  Pictures with your pet(s), must bring a food item, beds, toys for pets in order to get the picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

November 13th: Christmas photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, by appointment only at Lens 2 Life Photography, location is 66 Greenbriar Dr., Gilbert, Illinois 60136. Must call/e-mail for an appointment, phone number is 224-535-1322 or e-mail shannon@lens2lifephotography.com. The event is from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. ABSOLUTELY NO WALK IN”

November 21stChristmas photo with Santa, by appointment only at Stacy Vitallo Photography, location is 39W250 Herrington Blvd., Genvea, Illinois 60134. Must call/e-mail for an appointment, phone number is 630-768-4256 or e-mail svitallo@gmail.comThe event is from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. ABSOLUTELY NO WALK IN”

December 2021:

December 4thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Wasco Nursery, 41 W. 781 IL. Route 64, St. Charles, Illinois 60175, 12:00 noon-4:00pm. For more information see WASCO Nursey website, www.wasconursery.com.

December 11thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Elgin State Bank, 1001 S. Randall Rd., Elgin, Illinois, 60123 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. For more information please visit Elgin State Bank website www.elginstatebank.com.

December 12thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Downers Grove Park District event, “Candy Cane Lane” at Lincoln Center 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515, from 9:00 am – 3:15 pm. For more information please visit Downers Grove Park District website, www.dgparks.org.

December 18thBrunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523, from 9:00 am-3:00pm.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 19thBrunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 9:00 am -3:00pm.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

Thank You for another great season!

To everyone,

Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to “Thank You,” for another great Christmas season. We enjoyed visiting with every child, family and organization. To all the families we visited, “Thank You” for letting us be a part of the events you attended. To all the boys and girls we met, it was delightful to hear all of your Christmas wishes. Your wishes and requests brought smiles to our faces and warmed our hearts: from the special requests of certain toys, to one child wanting peace on Earth and love for all, and others that said, “Any toy would make me happy”. Mrs. Claus and I hope that with all the challenges and Covid-19 this past year that you were able to share the season in some way with family and love ones. We want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to being a part of your events in 2021and returning to those that had to cancel due to Covid-19.  We greatly missed being able to visit with you!

Visits of 2020 season:

  • Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Advocate Health Care/Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Video visits to friends and family.
  • And all the families we met along the way.

2019 was another great year

To everyone,

Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to “Thank You,” for another great Christmas season. We enjoyed visiting with every child, family and organization. To all the families we visited, “Thank You” for letting us into your homes and for letting us be a part of the events you attended. To all the boys and girls we met, it was delightful to hear all your Christmas wishes. Your wishes and requests brought a smile to our faces and warmed our hearts: from the special requests of certain toys, to one child wanting peace on Earth and love for all, and others that said, “I have all I need, I have my family”. Mrs. Claus and I hope we were able to make most of your wishes come true. To the companies and organizations that included us in their events, we want to express a heartfelt, “Thank You”, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to being a part of your events in 2020.

Visits of 2019 season:

  • Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Re-Max-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Pluto T.V., Chicago, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Misha Media Photography, Inverness, Illinois
  • B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Thermon Law Office, LTD, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Costco, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Advocate Health Care/Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • and all the homes and private parties we visited.

Our Holiday Hero

Above: “Santa Bob” Hildreth of Elgin plays Santa at upwards of 50 holiday events, often accompanied by Mrs. Claus, his wife, Carol.Christmas is not a job for him. It’s his genuine identity. For more than 30 years, “Santa Bob,” known to his former students as Mr. Hildreth, has gently asked children what they want under the tree and charmed adults with his folksy, genial demeanor.

He first put on the red suit as a teenager in Cicero at the request of his mom, the head of the PTA. “We need a Santa? Will you do it?” she asked him, even though he needed padding for plumpness and, of course, a white beard for facsimile. Mom must have known something. Continue reading

Santa & Mrs Claus 2019 Events

Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward to another great season. We will be returning to a number of our events from the last few years as well as enjoying some new partnerships. Mrs. Claus and I are hoping to continue your traditions and start new ones. To everyone we meet, we want to bring joy, happiness and the true spirit of Christmas. To the companies, organizations, and friends old and new that have included us in their events for 2019, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2020.

Partnerships for the 2019 season are:

  • The Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Advocate Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Pluto TV, Chicago, Illinois
  • Therman Law Offices, LTD. Chicago, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, Batavia, Illinois
  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Aurora Bank and Trust, Aurora, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • And all the homes and private parties we will be visiting.

Thank you for your trust in us and continuing the Spirit of Christmas with your families and friends.

Best,

Santa’s story of the Wooden Coin

How do you encourage compassion for others? 

As Santa Claus, I needed a way to remember special children I met during my yearly travels.  Over the years I have met many children that I have seen do special acts of kindness: being kind to those in need or to animals in distress or just being kind to and respectful of others.  I needed something for those children that stood out among all the others that I would see.   Something needed to be done right then and there to say how nice it was to see children behaving in a way that brought positive attention to them.   I would always tell them how wonderful it was to see them doing positive things and going above and beyond the norm.

What would be a way for me to remember them at Christmas when I was delivering their presents?  The idea of a coin popped into my head.  What kind of a coin should I create?  Should it be made of metal or wood?  I decided on wood.  A wooden coin!  What a perfect idea for a toy maker who makes wooden toys.  A Wooden Coin from Santa it shall be.

I gave out my first Wooden Coin in 2013, and this is what I told the child:

“Mrs. Claus and I want you to know that this coin is special.  We want you to place this coin under your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.  It will remind me that you and I have met; therefore I will be able to leave you a special gift.  It may be anything from your favorite candy bar to the gift you really want.  You will know this is from us because the coin will be either in your stocking with the candy or on the gift that you wanted.  The coin will remain with you as a gift from us.  Also if you continue to be good and a true believer in me, you can place the coin under your tree every year, and you will continue to receive something special from us.  Mrs. Claus and I also want to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.”

That was how my tradition of handing out wooden coins was born.  From that day forward, whenever Mrs. Claus and I see a child being kind or they ask us, “Are you Santa and Mrs. Claus?” we stop to talk.   We ask if they have been good and are true believers in us.  If so, we give them a coin and tell them the story of the Wooden Coin.  This brings a smile to their face and to their parents’ faces knowing that their child has been caught being good and is a true believer in Santa and Mrs. Claus.

One encounter stands out as being very special.  Last December, Mrs. Claus and I met “Amy”, a smiling nine year-old patient, at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Oak Park, IL.  Amy has been a patient at Shriner’s for eight of her nine years of life.  We first met Amy in the dining area with her parents and sister.  We asked her what she wanted for Christmas.   She smiled broadly and told us that she really, really wanted glitter slime, a dolly and anything else that I would like to leave for her.

Amy and the other children who were there for the Christmas party at the hospital went into the auditorium to pick out any presents they wanted.  We continued visiting with other families and then went into the auditorium to see the children selecting their gifts.  The auditorium was lined with hundreds of toys as families helped their children find the ones that they wanted.  Mrs. Claus and I were talking to staff and families when a nurse at the hospital came up to us and told us of a young girl that did something extraordinary.

This young girl gave up the present she really wanted to a younger child who was crying because there was no more glitter slime.  The nurse told us that this girl saw the crying child and said, “Here, you can have my glitter slime.”  She did this without prompting from any adult.

When the nurse pointed out the very kind child, I immediately recognized Amy, the nine year-old I met in the dining area who really, really wanted glitter slime.   I walked over to her, knelt down, took her hand, and told her that what she had done was what Christmas is all about.  Her act of kindness was so wonderful and special that Mrs. Claus and I wanted to do something special for her.

We asked the parents to come over because we wanted to give their daughter something special.  We told the story about my tradition of handing out wooden coins and how special it was.  Because she was so kind, she was getting one from us.  The auditorium fell totally silent as I told her the story.  The parents were in tears and the staff and the families in the auditorium cheered and cried all at the same time.  This was a very special delivery to a very special and beautiful young girl.

Mrs. Claus and I would like to say, “Be kind to each other, respect each other and always help each other, for this is the real reason for the season.”

Remember, it is how we treat each other every day that makes us who we are for the rest of our lives.  Try to make cultivating kindness an important part of your daily life.

Merry Christmas,

 

 

 

©2019 Robert W. Hildreth and Carol L. Hildreth

Thanks for another Great Year!

To everyone,

Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to “Thank You”, for another great Christmas season. We enjoyed visiting with every child, family and organization. To all the families we visited, “Thank You” for letting us into your homes and for letting us be a part of the events you attended. To all the boys and girls we met, it was delightful to hear all your Christmas wishes. Your wishes and requests brought a smile to our faces and warmed our hearts: from the special requests of certain toys, to one child wanting peace on Earth and love for all, and others that said, “I have all I need, I have my family”. Mrs. Claus and I hope we were able to make most of your wishes come true. To the companies and organizations that included us in their events, we want to express a heartfelt, “Thank You”, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to being a part of your events in 2019.

Visits of 2018 season:

  • Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Senior Star Weber Place, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Baird and Warner, Naperville, Illinois
  • Pluto T.V., Chicago, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Andrew Young Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Cornerstone Photography, Algonquin, Illinois
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Misha Media Photography, Inverness, Illinois
  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Thermon Law Office, LTD, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Geneva Bank and Trust, Geneva, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Advocate Health Care/Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • and all the homes and private parties we visited.

Public Event Schedule for 2018

This is our public only schedule.  We hope that we see you at one or more of our events, to take pictures, update wish lists and enjoy in the celebration of Christmas.   Mrs. Claus and I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

October 2018:

October 14thA.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run, Starts at 11:00 am at Knuckleheads, 108 E. North St. Elburn, Illinois, 60119 and ends at  Batavia VFW, 645 S. River St. Batavia, Illinois, 60510, for food, and fun.  This event is a Motorcycle run and charitable event, you must bring food or toy for entrance into the event.

November 2018:

November 6thElgin Police, 151 Douglas Ave., Elgin, Illinois. Pictures with Pets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Charity Event.  Pictures with your pets must bring a food item, beds, toys for pets in order to get the picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

November 17thDowners Grove Polar Express, Downers Grove Park District 8:30am–3:00pm. Please see Downers Grove Park District website for more information. (www.dgparks.org)

 December 2018:

December 1stPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Wasco Nursery, 41 W. 781 Il. Route 64, St. Charles, Illinois 60175, 12:00 noon-4: 00 pm. For more information see WASCO Nursey website, www.wasconursery.com.

December 8thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Geneva Bank and Trust, 514 W. State St. Geneva, Illinois, 60134 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. For more information please visit  Geneva Bank and Trust website www.genevabt.com.

December 8thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kane County Country Market, 4N250 IL-47, Maple Park, Illinois, 60151, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. For more information please visit their website wwwkanecountycountrymarket.com

December 15thBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Illinois 60022 from 8:00am-1: 00 pm. For more information please visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

December 16thBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Illinois 60022 from 8:00am-1: 00 pm. For more information please visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

December 16th:  Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kane County Country Market, 4N250 IL-47, Maple Park, Illinois, 60151, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. For more information please visit their website wwwkanecountycountrymarket.com

December 19thHigh Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 20thHigh Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 21ndBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 22rdBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 24thVisit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at, The Chapel Immaculate Conception, Church, 134 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 at 3:45 pm.  For more information please visit their website www.icelmhurst.org.

2018 Partnerships

Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward to another great season. We will be returning to a number of our events from the last few years as well as enjoying some new partnerships. Mrs. Claus and I are hoping to continue your traditions and start new ones. To everyone, we meet we want to bring joy, happiness and the true spirit of Christmas to you and yours. To the companies, organizations, and friends, old and new, that have included us in their events for 2018, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2019.

Partnerships for the 2018 season are:

  • The Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Senior Star Weber Place, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Advocate Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Pluto TV, Chicago, Illinois
  • Thermon Law Offices, LTD. Chicago, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, Batavia, Illinois
  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Baird & Warner, Naperville, Illinois
  • Geneva Bank and Trust, Aurora, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • And all the homes and private parties we will be visiting.

Thank you for your trust in us and continuing the Spirit of Christmas with your families and friends.

Best,