Hand-picked by Hollywood's Original Honorary Mayor, Johnny Grant, Santa Tim Connaghan is celebrating his 43rd year of wearing the Red Suit, and his eighth year as the official Santa for the City of Los Angeles' annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. He is also the official Santa for the Tree Lightings at the Grove, Americana at Brand, Hollywood and Highland, Capitol Records and many other major venues.
Known as Santa Hollywood, he is an accomplished performer, comedian, public speaker and consultant, seen by millions on Dr. Phil, Deal or No Deal, The Today Show, Tonight Show, The Doctors, Mad-TV, and Ryan Seacrest Show and the CBS Television Network Holiday promos. A member of SAG and AFTRA , he has appeared in advertisements and commercials for Kraft, Nabisco, Oreo's, Planter's, Ritz, Dannon, Old Navy, Honey Baked Ham, Target and Cool Whip. He has also appeared on five catalogue covers for J.C. Penney.
Thousands of children and their families have been delighted with visits by Santa Tim, along with appearances at special events for hundreds of organizations including Coca-Cola, Capitol Records, Hallmark, The Kodak Theater, Los Angeles Country Club, Autry Western Heritage Museum, Southwest Airlines, The USO, the Picture People, The Salvation Army, Four Seasons Resorts, Mikimoto, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, McDonalds, Reese Witherspoon and Steven Spielberg.
A "24/7/365" Santa, He is President of Kringle Group, LLC, a collection of Santa and Christmas related companies including: RealSantas, SantaHollywood, SantasWardrobe, CasualClaus, Summer-Santa, School4Santas and other Santa related businesses. RealSantas has a registry of hundreds of Santas and supplies 'real beard' Santas for over 500 events and promotions each year. School4Santas, officially known as the International University of Santa Claus (IUSC), is one of the nation's largest Professional Santa Schools and has trained over 2000 in his schools.
In 2004 he was asked to manage the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas (AORBS) and became their first executive director. He helped build the organization into the world's largest real bearded and professional Santa organization. In July, 2006 he produced the first ever AORBS 'Real Santa Convention, "Discover Santa," attended by over 300 Santas, plus a similar number of Mrs. Claus and guests and. In January 2007, he was elected as the organizations first president of the AORBS.
He is the author of "Behind the Red Suit – the Business of Santa Claus," and his writings on the business of Santa are reasons he's been featured or interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Time, Fox News, Nightline and hundreds of regional and network television, radio and print media.
In the role of 'Kris Kringle,' he speaks on "The Origins of Santa Claus," "The Symbols of Christmas," and "How to get a Head Start on the Holidays." As "Kris K", he is a stand-up comedian and has appeared at the Improv, Ice House and Comedy Store.