August 2016 Archives

About Santa David Bates

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Santa David Bates is a real-bearded Santa, a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, and 2016 is his twelfth Christmas season as a Santa.

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David is a lifelong Oklahoman and has been a Tulsan since 1969. He is retired from Saint Francis Health System and continues his involvement with the hospital as a volunteer for the gift shop. He is married with two children and five grandchildren. He and his wife are active members of First Baptist Church in Tulsa.

David's wife Sandy, who appears with him as Mrs. Claus, taught Kindergarten at Catoosa Elementary School for 28 years, and she hosts the weekly Storytime for preschool children at the Catoosa Library.

The 2016 season is filling up with events, but there are still some dates available! To book Santa David for your event, send an elf mail to Santa_Tulsa@yahoo.com

You can learn more about Santa from this 2010 Tulsa World feature story about Philbrook's Santa and the accompanying Q&A, this 2008 Urban Tulsa Weekly profile of Santa David Bates, a 2013 profile in Tulsa People, this 2014 Tulsa World story on grooming bushy beards, a 2015 Tulsa World interview by Scott Cherry, and in this tribute column by his son, Michael Bates.

What Santa did this summer

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Summer 2016 was an exciting time for Santa David and Mrs. Claus.

Santa visits Branson

In early July, they went to Branson to participate in Discover Santa 2016, a convention and gathering of hundreds of Santa's helpers.

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CBS Sunday Morning ran a report about Discover Santa 2016 on their August 28, 2016, broadcast:

Santa visits New York City

Just a week later, Santa and Mrs. Claus visited New York City where they watched their grandson perform at Carnegie Hall, rode the subway, had dinner in Times Square, saw a Broadway musical, and made a pilgrimage to the Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, the site of The Miracle on 34th Street.

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Macy's Santaland wasn't open yet, but there was a sign to remind us all that, before very long, Santa Claus will again be coming to town.

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