“Santa’s Snow Queen”
Midlothian, Virginia USA
1951 – Current
International Santa Claus Hall of Fame – December 2018
“Almost every little girl dream is being a princess or a queen at one time or another,” begins Donna Deekens’ book, “Christmas at Miller & Rhoads: Memoirs of a Snow Queen.” Her dream came true in 1971 when, as a college student, she was hired by Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond to play Santa’s best helper, the Snow Queen.
Donning a beautiful, flowing white gown and a sparkling tiara, Deekens found inspiration in her own memories of visiting the “real” Santa at Miller & Rhoads as a child. She’d spend 20 Christmases playing the Snow Queen. She officially hung up her tiara in 1991, after Miller & Rhoads department store closed, but she continues to reprise her role as Snow Queen a few times a year while hosting children’s tea parties through her business, Teapots, Treats and Traditions. Deekens’ has written numerous books about the history of the “real” Santa at Miller & Rhoads.