Triangle Santa Buddies have been meeting regularly since 2005. Their motto is “The more Santas there are, the more Christmas Spirit there is, But only one Santa to a Mall at a time.”


In 1992 Santa AL began his Santa work at South Square Mall in Durham, NC where he met and worked with Santa Dwight Compton. Over the years Santa AL worked malls in Cary, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham and all kinds of venues including parades, private parties, churches, country clubs, day care centers, commercials, print ads, the Raleigh Convention Bureau’s Celebration of Lights at Walnut Creek and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated in Mooresville.

Santa had more requests for services than he could meet and needed help from other Santas. Santa AL and Santa Dwight began recruiting other Santas and naturally bearded men who were interested in Santa work and to groom them for Santa Services. After the 2004 season Santa AL called a meeting of the Santa Buddies and added a Buddies Page to his website The Buddies meet regularly 6 times throughout the year. The January meeting is a debriefing of the previous season and goal setting for the next season. In November the Buddies meet at Toys ‘R’ Us for the latest toys update.

Santa AL’s Buddies evolved into the Triangle Santa Buddies, the impetus for this website. Having begun with five Buddies, the Triangle Santa Buddies in 2012 has 30 Santas and 4 Mrs. Claus on its roster.

The objectives of the Santa Buddies are continuing education, fellowship in the brotherhood, and mutual support in seeking to improve the quality of Santa Services for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina and beyond.


In 2010 WRAL’s Scott Mason, the “Tarheel Traveler” came along for the Toys ‘R’ Us visit. See

In 2012 WRAL’s Scott Mason, the “Tarheel Traveler” and his cameraperson joined us for dinner at Golden Corral in Cary. See


National Public Radio WUNC reporter Phoebe Judge - January 23rd 2014 interviews of TSB on their 2013 Christmas.

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Each Santa has his own special way of working magic. Click the Santa of your choice for additional and contact information.

Santa Oath

I ( your Santa name) will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels. I shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults. I understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is myself. I acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lies an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion.

I know the “real reason for the season” and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it. I realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest and show fellowship to my peers. I promise to use “my” powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend. I pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of Saint Nicholas the gift giver of Myra.

by Phillip L. Wenz

Santa AL 

Santa Bill

Santa Billy


Santa Bryce

Santa Dwight



Santa George


Jim (Dyer)


Jim (Hastings)

Santa Jim (Youker)

Santa Lee

Santa Michael

Santa Rick

Santa Ron

Santa Steve (Gattis)

Santa Steve (Gillham)

Santa Tony

Santa Weaver

Santa’s Woodsman

Santa Tate

Santa Shannon

Santa Pete

Santa Grizz

Santa Andy 

Santa Lowell

Bob (Hargraves)

Santa Ellis

Santa Billy

Santa Don

Santa Joe

Santa Mike

Santa Larry

Santa’s Last Sleigh Ride: Departed Santa BuddiesSantas_Last_Sleigh_Rides.html
Santa Mark Currin 
June 28, 2014Santas_Last_Sleigh_Rides.html
Santa Joe Lefler
September 30, 2012Santas_Last_Sleigh_Rides.html
Santa Ben Tankersley
September 24, 2013Santas_Last_Sleigh_Rides.html