1952 – 2016
International Santa Claus Hall of Fame – December 2023
Lynn “Lucky” Royse was an entertainer, an artist, a singer, a writer, and an activist for peace and equality. For many years she earned a living as a paralegal, and then a caregiver, but her proudest accomplishment was developing the character of “Santa Nana,” Santa’s Sister, spreading holiday joy, and promoting Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All.
She was a graduate of several Santa Schools and in turn became the CEO and Founder of “Santa Nana University,” teaching others how to be a spectacular Mrs. Claus or other Christmas character, and giving instruction on fashion, decorating and entertaining during the holidays. She was a proud member of IBRBS and Arizona Santas. Always vibrant, free-spirited, and full of life, she was an award-winning writer and talented artist.
One of her special gifts was bringing people together; her annual tree-trimming party to celebrate her birthday was a highly anticipated event for many friends and loved ones. She was also ordained to perform marriage ceremonies, and joined several couples in matrimony during her life.
Lynn “Lucky” Royse passed peacefully and surrounded by her family on July 9, 2016.