Monthly Archives: December 2016
I have known Bob Hildreth for the past three years. I am the media specialist at the school where Bob is principal. During this three year period I have had many opportunities to observe and admire his great character and abilities to work with many different personalities in children as well as adults. We have a Family Reading Night every year right before Christmas and Santa (Bob) is our major draw. Parents and children line up to have a chance to talk to the REAL SANTA. When the children lay eyes on him they are in awe. His appearance is eloquent:
real hair, real mustache, and a very sophisticated and magnificent Santa suit. They stand in amazement and just stare for a few minutes before they finally approach.
The children warm up to Bob in a special way. He has the ability to focus on each individual with warmth and care responding spontaneously to their requests and concerns. These excellent people skills along with his striking appearance have set him apart from the run of the mill Santa. His appearance is eloquent and classic.
I highly recommend Bob for any occasion or activity where a Santa is needed. He will exceed any expectations you may have for the event. It will be a magical wonderful experience for all.
Kerr Middle School
We want to thank you for making our family Christmas celebration so special again this year. As we gather on Christmas Eve, your visit is a highlight. Our younger grandchildren are convinced that you are really Santa and they are so excited to have you with us. When we look at the pictures and see their faces again, it gives us so much joy. The older ones believe in Christmas magic again when you arrive and they really enjoy watching their little cousins interact with you. The adults also look forward to seeing the joy of Christmas that Santa can bring amid remembering the birth of Jesus so many years ago. We all become kids again for a brief moment.
We hope that we can look forward to more visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus in the future and we wish you a very Happy New Year.
With our appreciation,
Barb and Jim Holmes
Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to express what a great Christmas season we had. We enjoyed visiting with each and every one of you. To all the families we were touched by, “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 talking to you. 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 a new kitchen for his mother, and others that said I have all I need, 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 part of your events in 2017.
Visits for the 2016 season were:
- Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
- Downers Grove Park District, Downers Grove, Illinois
- Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
- BMO Harris, Hinsdale Illinois
- Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
- Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
- Advocate Children’s Hospital, Des Planes, Illinois
- ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
- Camping World, Lincolnshire, Illinois
- Marcus Lemonis, LLC, Lincolnshire, Illinois
- Art Van Furniture in Downers Grove, Illinois
- D’Lara Photography, Downers Grove, Illinois
- Stacy Vitallo Photography, Batavia, Illinois
- Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge, Illinois
- A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
- The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, 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, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
- Oak Brook Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
- and all the homes and private parties we visited.
Dear Santa Robert,
I would like to thank you for the huge part that you and Mrs. Claus play in my daughters holiday season. For the last few years you both have been coming to our cookie exchange party as a secret visitor. When you walk in the door all eyes are on you, not just because of the red suit, but because you both personally have made a heartfelt impression on my girls and their friends. They LOVE how you take the time to listen to all the things they have to say, not just their wish list of toys. Continue reading
My wife and I own the Drake Oak Brook Hotel. Last year we hired Bob and Carol as Santa and Mrs. Claus. The results speak for themselves. Last year we had 150 people show up. This year close to 700. All of this was through word of mouth. Bob and Carol were the best Santa and Mrs. Claus we have ever seen. The parents were thrilled. We can’t say enough in terms of how happy we are with their performance.
Jim and Tely Nagle
I have hosted 3 corporate / family holiday parties over the past 2 years and utilized the services of Robert W. Hildreth, aka “Santa” and Carol L. Hildreth, aka “Mrs. Claus”. After the 2015 party of 180 guests, there was no question that when I needed Santa for a party of 215 guests and 275 guests in 2016, that the pair would be my go-to for the North Pole.
The pair are warm, friendly and genuinely interested in bringing joy to children of all ages. They helped us distribute gifts to the employee’s children and spent time with each to make sure that they had the full Santa experience. This is not your average mall Santa. Robert has wonderful full real beard and an authentic wardrobe that brings him into character. All our photo opportunities came out delightful and were perfect for making holiday cards for distribution.
Many guests were delighted to see them again for the second year and amazingly, they remembered many of our guests as well and greeted them accordingly!
Santa & Mrs. Claus arrived ahead of time to get the layout of our event and when they were done with the photo opportunities in the Santa Living Room that we set up for them, they joined our party guests in the main dining room to engage with guests they did not meet earlier. Everyone had rave reviews and we look forward to future events with them.
Karen L. Porter
Director of Corp. Communications & Media Relations
Camping World – Good Sam