December 21, 2012
By Jimmy Tomlin
Fifty years after Cliff Snider first began portraying Santa Claus, the 65-year-old High Point man has just been given the Christmas gift of a lifetime” induction into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.
Appropriately located in Santa Claus, Ind., the Hall of Fame will host a brief ceremony this morning to announce six new inductees, including Snider, into its prestigious ranks.
“I am honored and yet humbled,” said Snider, who will become the first North Carolinian to be inducted. “I could name a dozen Santas I know who are more qualified than I am. And then I look at the status of the other people who have already been inducted, and it’s such an honor to be among them.”
Snider will be formally recognized as a new inductee in March, during an annual Santa Claus workshop that takes place in Santa Claus, Ind.