• The International Santa Claus Hall of Fame announces Class of December 2013

    The initial selection process for the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame was developed by a legal firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Profiles of 50 past and current Santas were given a panel of 15 feature columnist from news media across the North American continent. From Canada, 3 columnists, 1 from the eastern region, 1 from the central region, and 1 from the western region. From the United States, 12 columnists, 2 from the northeast, 2 from the southeast, 2 from the midwest, 2 from the southwest, 2 from the west coast, 1 from the northwest, and 1 from the rocky mountain region. The Santa profiles included an overview of…

  • Bay City’s Mary Ida Doan elected into Santa Claus Hall of Fame

    MLIVE.com December 21, 2012 By Joshua Roesner For decades, Mary Ida Doan, has been making spirits bright as Bay City’s own Mrs. Claus. Now Doan, a co-founder of Bay City’s Santa House, is being honored as 2012 inductee into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame in Santa Claus, Ind. “I am very honored and very, very surprised,” Doan said. “My late husband and I will be the first couple inducted.” She joins five others in this year’s class, including Mickey Rooney, who did the voice of Santa in the 1970 Christmas special “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” She has a huge history in Michigan, said Phillip Wenz, spokesman for…

  • Santa Claus Hall of Fame honors High Point’s Cliff Snider

    HPE.com 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…