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Michael Rielly

Santa Claus from Bristol, RI - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$200 - $1000 per event
MICHAEL RIELLY
*** Golden Age 1940s / 1950s style Santa Claus, with a background in public speaking and theater ***

Michael Rielly first appeared as Santa Claus in a school play in 1971 at the age of 8 and has been a historically accurate, Golden Age Santa Claus ever since. Michael is also a third generation Santa. His grandfather, James (Jim) D. Rielly, was Santa Claus for 62 years and was well-known throughout the Northeastern United States and was inducted into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame in 2010.

After the passing of his grandfather in 1991, grandson Michael took over the role as Santa Claus and continues his grandfather's work, appearing at many of the very same venues as his grandfather once did. In addition to the charities his grandfather once supported, Michael donates 100% of any proceeds from his Santa Claus appearances to: Toys For Tots, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Michael has been recognized as “Rhode Island's premier Santa” and an “expert in Santa Claus and Christmas”; he has been featured in publications such as: Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Providence Monthly, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Bristol Phoenix, Providence Journal, The Bay, Fall River Herald, the Associated Press, Reuters, and CNN. He has also appeared on 920-WHJJ, 680-WRKO, NBC WJAR-TV, ABC WLNE-TV, CBS WPRI-TV Rhode Show, and Good Morning America. Michael is also featured in the Santa Claus documentary, "They Wore The Red Suit".

Michael is a graduate of the St. Nicholas Institute in Livonia Michigan, the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland Michigan, and the International University of Santa Claus. He serves on the board of directors for the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame and is Adviser to the Santa Claus Oath Foundation.

Michael is also a member of the Knights of St. Nicholas. Sir Michael was knighted in the Benevolent Order of the Knights of St. Nicholas in 2015.

In 2007, Michael founded the Santa Claus community, ClausNet — the largest community and resource for men and women dedicated to the faithful portrayal of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and all others who devote their time to bringing the magic of Christmas to children and adults throughout the world!

Michael is also an accomplished and dynamic public speaker with a background in music and theater.
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Michael was an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to have join our occassion. He showed up 5 minutes early and immediately snapped into character, making the evening a most enjoyable occassion for me and all of my guests. After our party I had several guests comment on his genuine authenticity, and many are once again 'Believers'! Thanks again Mike, and anyone who's interested in having THE Santa should book him...after me!

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He was great!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2017
Mar
10
Convention
Mansfield, MA
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
May
14
Birthday Party (Kids)
Wakefield, RI
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2015
Dec
18
School Assembly
East Greenwich, RI
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2014
Dec
13
Christmas Party
Providence, RI
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2014
Nov
2
Studio Session
Middletown, RI
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2011
Dec
16
Christmas Party
Newport, RI
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2011
Dec
10
Christmas Party
Rehoboth, MA
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Please note Michael Rielly will also travel to Warren, Barrington, Fall River, Prudence Island, Somerset, Swansea, Tiverton, Portsmouth, Warwick, Albion, Forestdale, North Attleboro, Riverside, Glendale, Chartley, Cranston, East Greenwich, East Providence, Mapleville, Providence, Westport, Dighton, Harmony, Middletown, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Rehoboth, Rumford, Seekonk, Jamestown.
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