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The Premise,
Wouldn’t it be great if on Christmas Eve, the parents, after hearing a noise wake up and quietly get the rest of the family up? They tip-toe through the house and then, from a secluded hiding place, they watch Santa put the presents under the tree, eat the cookies, drink the milk, read their Santa letters and anything else that is a tradition in their home. No one would dare talk to Santa because everyone knows that if Santa catches you watching him he will drop that small white feather he carries in his pouch and the household would fall back to sleep with no memory of seeing Santa. So the trick is just to watch and not get caught. This was the concept that Debra and I had for our version of a Santa gets caught visit.  We have spoken with many Santas and compared notes about their Christmas Eve visits and very few were doing what we wanted to do. So after comparing all of our notes we came up with what Deb named the “Sneak-a-Peek of Santa” visit. So it was that on Christmas Eve 2006 we tried our first “Sneak-a-Peek of Santa” visit.

Sneak a Peek fee is $300.00. Sneak a Peaks occur from 12 AM until 5:30 AM December 25th They are very limited so please contact us early.



What do we have to do to arrange a “Sneak-a-Peek” visit?

The most important thing is call us early. To do a proper “Sneak-a-Peek” requires a bit of preparation. It is a good idea to have at least seven or more days of lead time before Christmas Eve. Deb and I need to come to your house and preview the arrangements for Christmas. Obviously the children can’t be at home when this happens. It typically takes about 45 minutes to explain the process and gather the needed information about your Christmas traditions. The dean of the oldest Santa School in the nation, Tom Valent, says “Children remember sitting on Santa’s lap for their lifetime so make sure it’s special.” Now imagine what we are talking about here. Your children will be watching Santa work in their own home putting out their presents. Talk about a memory…. So please take this seriously and call us as early as possible so we can preview the house. We will call and find out when to come by.  


Do you have a recording of a
“Sneak-a-Peek of Santa” visit that you can show us?

Yes. Christmas 2009 we were able to record a “Sneak-a-Peek” without compromising the family’s privacy.  This recording was done by Debra while she was hiding in the dining room. The family was upstairs watching and making their own recording of their children watching me. 

Click here to see the video on YouTube.
The children were 4 and 6 years old. Just imagine what they were thinking.


How old should my children be for a “Sneak-a-Peek”?

We only do a “Sneak-a-Peek” once for any family.  After all, you would never catch Santa twice.  Since this will be the one time your family has a visit like this we recommend that the children are 5 or older.  We did a visit for a family with a 4 and 6 year old.  The 6 year old thought it was incredible but the 4 year old had a little problem staying awake.  Remember, these visits go on all night so waking up your children may be an issue… if they are too young.

Now… how old should a child be? It really doesn’t matter. Sometimes we are in a home with a younger child who still believes and one who is past believing. The feedback that the parents share with us is that even the older children couldn’t believe what they were seeing. They were absolutely thrilled with the effect of Santa being in their home. What’s funny is the parents have told us that even though they knew who Santa was, they still felt the magic during the visit.