July 30, 2018
Greetings Santa Family!

Santa Family Reunion 2019 Fashion Show Luncheon
We are very excited to announce Sherry Cook and Thomas Tolbert have joined our Santa Family Reunion Team to plan and produce our 2019 Fashion Show Luncheon!!  This dynamic duo has some fantastic ideas to make this a great learning and inspirational fashion show to remember long after we leave Gatlinburg!   Start planning and gathering together your artistic inspired fashion designs to model and share in this entertaining Family Fashion Show of Santas, Mrs. Claus, and Elves!! They promise it will be even more fun to be featured in the show than it will be just watching, although we can ALL expect to be “inspired” either way!! 
DON’T BE LEFT OUT…..START PREPARING your unique fashion NOW to enter and wear in the Santa Family Reunion 2019 Fashion Show Luncheon.  Sherry and Thomas want to hear from you as soon as possible… takes a lot of time to get things lined up and set in place.  Please take into account that Santa Season starts for most in November and runs through the end of December; getting your applications in BEFORE the season will lessen the late rush before we arrive in Gatlinburg!!
Please go to our FASHION SHOW PAGE and submit your application!!
FIRM DEADLINE for entries is February 15, 2019.  DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to enter or you will miss out on being in the line up.  Everything must be finalized BEFORE we arrive in Gatlinburg!  There are several planned surprises for this exciting Santa Family Luncheon Fashion Show.  Be sure to get your application in early to be included.
Thank You Sherry Cook and Thomas Tolbert for joining our team and sharing your time and talents with the Santa Community. We are expecting an incredible Fashion Show Luncheon that will engage the audience as it unfolds.

 July 15, 2018
Greetings Santa Family!

We all know as we portray our Christmas Characters throughout the season that it is much more rewarding “to Give than to Receive.” Santa Family Reunion is very pleased to announce yet another great way attendees of the Santa Family Reunion Convention can give back to Tennessee in March 2019 is by giving the Gift of Life ~ Blood Donation.

Santa Bill Wilson from Wisconsin has arranged for MEDIC Regional Blood Center to have a Mobile Blood Unit available outside the Gatlinburg Convention Center on day one of the Santa Family Reunion Convention, Thursday, March 14th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

We sincerely hope many of our Santa Family are able to be “Gift Givers” and donate blood as well as some of the thousands of vacationers visiting Gatlinburg, TN will join us in contributing to this lifesaving gift.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit center that furnishes blood to several of the east Tennessee hospitals.

More info on MEDIC Regional Center can be found on our SFR website: BLOOD DRIVE TAB ABOVE

Please contact Santa Bill Wilson directly at:  [email protected]  

Please let Bill know you are planning to donate blood.  We know circumstances can change up until the day you donate, but having an estimate of interested people will help us to plan better!!  THANK YOU!!
June 30, 2018

Greetings Santa Family!

Our vendor show remains open to Santa, Mrs. Claus, & Elf related merchandise sales, schools of continuing education and photography or other performer placement companies who hire for the Christmas season.
Within the past few years, many new Santa Schools and Non Profit Charities have been formed and emerged in the Santa Community. WoW the growth is amazing!  It’s actually getting challenging to keep track of everything!  We want to give Santa Family Reunion attendees the opportunity to have access to this information, browse, and choose what particular materials they are interested in to take home in their Santa Family Reunion totes & read at their leisure.
A special Thank-You to Trish Parris, Co-Director for presenting this wonderful idea!!
New at Santa Family Reunion 2019, we will be having an area for UNMANNED Table Top Presentation spaces in the lobby area of the Gatlinburg Convention Center outside of vendor room.
***These unmanned table top presentation spaces will be a great advertising opportunity for organizations, charities, & new traveling schools for the Santa Community to get their name out there. 
***The table tops will be set up in the lobby of the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Friday March 15th after registration is finished.    
***Tables will remain in place and replenished by our authorized SFR Team Members with your provided materials through Sunday March 17th at 5:30 pm.
***You do not need to be a registered attendee to purchase a table top presentation space, you can mail us your printed materials.                                                                                                                              
***Table top space must be purchased and approved by Feb 14th or earlier if sold out.

Printed materials can be brought to Gatlinburg Convention Center (see website for details) OR
postal mailed by March 1st to:
Santa Family Reunion – P.O. BOX 3159 – Montrose, MI  48457
The Santa Family Reunion Team remains committed to providing the finest possible convention we can organize.  Our past attendees have reiterated that they love the embracing and friendly overall ‘family tone’ that encompasses conventions held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  It is not about how well known you are in the Santa Community OR how long you have been a Christmas Performer when you join us in Gatlinburg. Santa Family Reunion is just about us ALL coming together to spend time as brothers and sisters in red (& elves in green of course!), to learn, share ideas, celebrate our love for Christmas and ENJOY this wonderful journey of life together.
We sincerely hope you are able to join us in Gatlinburg, TN ~  March 14th-18th, 2019.  
June 15, 2018

Greetings Santa Family!


We are genuinely delighted to introduce our new team leaders Paul and Cathy Davis who will be handling our 2019 SFR unique “Secret Santa” Live Charity Auction as well as “Silent Auction” and “Stuff the Sleigh” which will ALL benefit our chosen local charity The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, TN.  We are very grateful to Paul and Cathy for agreeing to take on this very important facet of the Santa Family Reunion Convention.  It is a very significant aspect of Santa Family Reunion to support and give back to the local area of Gatlinburg.   At the end of each convention, we want to know that when we departed, we made a difference in the lives of children in need.
Cathy and Paul Davis have joined out team from the beautiful state of Virginia.
Questions:  [email protected]

Smoky Mountain Children's Home is a private, faith based, not-for-profit agency which exists to provide care, love, and healing to children and youth who have no one else to advocate or care for them. We believe this fits hand and hand with who we are when portraying Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves and we hope to make this a very successful part of our Santa Family Reunion 2019.

THREE OPPORTUNITIES of your choice to be a part of during the SFR Convention!

Secret Santa Live Auction:  Attendees of SFR bring wrapped gifts with a $25.00 minimum value and clues as to what might be in the wrapped package. Announcer will read the clues and the bidding begins with a professional auctioneer at the realms.  Winner of gift unwraps and finds out what treasure they have won. Action Packed Event on Thursday, March 14th at 5:00pm!!

Silent Auction:    Local Businesses, Vendors and other donators will have their donated merchandise set out on tables for attendees to bid on at their leisure on Thursday, March 14th from 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Stuff the Sleigh:  We have a list of NEEDED items from the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home shared with us.  When you are out shopping this summer, fall or spring, consider picking up a few items to bring to Gatlinburg and place in the sleigh in the lobby of the Gatlinburg Convention Center. These items are NOT to be gift wrapped, just placed in and around the sleigh!
                                                            Priority Items on the list include:  
New Pillows, Twin Size Zipper Vinyl Mattress Covers, Twin Size Sheets,  Hand Towels, Wash Cloths,  Bath Towels, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, & good quality Tall Kitchen Trash Bags.  
May 30, 2018

Greetings Santa Family!


Santa Family Reunion Team continues to work diligently to present a full-scale Santa Family oriented convention.  We took the information from our exit surveys done in 2017 to incorporate in planning our 2019 convention.  Most everyone responded the Gatlinburg Convention Center set-up was superior in offering everything under one roof, on one level, a very spacious yet relaxed set-up, as well as being in the “heart of the city”.
The catered buffets done at the Convention Center were also a “favorite” on our attendee survey comments.  We have to agree, the buffet spreads done by the Gatlinburg Convention Center caterers are delicious quality meals.  They definitely know how to satisfy Santa’s appetite!  We are very pleased to have arranged with their top notch caterers to provide 4 lunch buffets and 1 dinner buffet included in your registration package.  This means you will have the convenience of sharing delightful tasty meals with all your Santa Family without the need to rush out and coordinate schedules to make it back for the daily activities at the convention center.  
We have some exciting things planned, as you relax with dessert, in the Mills Auditorium.  The “10th Anniversary Commemoration Program” of the Santa Claus Oath by Phil Wenz will take place on Saturday, March 16th.  More surprises & updates will be released as plans continue to be confirmed through newsletters and placed on the agenda on our website.  You can be assured, every detail is very important to the entire TEAM of Santa Family Reunion.  We take pride in bringing you the best possible convention we can provide. We strive to provide a convention that is family oriented and everyone feels welcome & equally important no matter how long you have been portraying Santa.  Come learn, share, and laugh with your family in red.
May 15, 2018

Greetings Santa Family!

The skilled Santa Family Reunion Team continues to work diligently on all facets of this exciting convention planned for March 14th through March 18th of 2019 at the beautiful Gatlinburg Convention Center!
REGISTRATION has been open since April 1st and registrations are coming in regularly. 
Thank you to those who have already registered!
We have done our very best to make it affordable with 5 excellent catered buffet meals and a whole lot more, SEE the detailed AGENDA on our website!  We also offer the option of two payments.
LODGING is NOW OPEN with list of lodging properties giving us discounted rooms to fit everyone’s budget..  Reminder that it is Spring Break and hotels are in high demand as Gatlinburg is a popular tourist town! 
Be sure to book early to get your choice of hotel.

Santa Family Reunion 2019 brings a very special historical memory to those of us who were in Gatlinburg in 2009 at the first Santa Convention held in this beautiful city nestled in by the great Smoky Mountains.  In 2009, many of us stood hand in hand to recite and sign the Santa Claus Oath together in the Tennessee Ballroom of the Gatlinburg Convention Center with HUNDREDS of our fellow brothers, sisters, and elf friends.  That event left a lifelong magical memory that we will never forget.  Phil Wenz will be doing a special program that will take us back to that phenomenal day 10 years ago.  The SFR Team opens our arms to embrace everyone who will join us in 2019; friends we haven’t seen in several years in Gatlinburg, friends that have been with us many times in Gatlinburg, and especially new friends we hope to meet attending their very first “Santa Family Reunion” convention in Gatlinburg!!
The City of Gatlinburg is one of Santa’s FAVORITE places to “Hang his Hat and Brings his Family” since 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, & 2017. 

March 30, 2018

Thank You for showing interest in Santa Family Reunion 2019 Convention in Gatlinburg, TN. 
We have been very busy getting details in place for another fun filled Santa Family convention.
We will once again Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas in the Smokies! 
We sincerely hope you can join us March 14th - March 18th 2019 at the
Gatlinburg Convention Center-234 Historic Nature Trail-Gatlinburg, TN 37738.  

REGISTRATION OPENS April 1, 2018 at 7:00 am EST 
Go to our website: for registration details on April 1st, 2018. 
The first 25 people to register & pay in full will receive a $25.00 discount on registration. The discount will automatically apply once you put it in your cart & check out starting on April 1st.
Check out our preliminary agenda on what is planned so far by clicking on the AGENDA tab now as well as other pages currently available. (REGISTRATION tab will be available April 1st)
More updates through newsletters, website & on our Facebook page as we continue to plan for 2019!