Santa Bob's Resume

Robert "Bob" Karrick's goal in portraying Santa Claus is to perpetuate the joy and wonders of Christmas in the hearts of everyone he meets. He believes the true meaning of Christmas lies in the gift of God's Son to the world.

Santa Bob is an alumnus of the famed Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, and he is certified by the International University of Santa Claus as an Advanced Master of Santa Claus. The Santa Claus Oath Foundation awarded Bob the 2013 Keeping Christ in Christmas Award, and in 2016 he was inducted into the esteemed Knights of St. Nicholas - an international Santa Claus fraternity dedicated to building community and to emulating the virtues of St. Nicholas of Myra. Santa Bob participates annually in national Santa conferences and regional gatherings to network with other Christmas professionals and to keep abreast of the latest in Christmas trends. Also, Bob has more than 25 years of regional and community theatrical experience.

Bob has served in preaching and pastoral capacities to Christian churches in Kentucky. He holds earned degrees in Sacred Literature from Louisville Bible College and from Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary. Bob is past president and benefit concert organizer for HOTEL INC, a regional para-church ministry of benevolence based in Bowling Green, KY. Also, Bob is an active supporter of Room in the Inn, a ministry to the homeless in Greater Nashville and south-central Kentucky.

Santa Bob's life experience includes 40 years as a licensed master barber, 20 years in active Christian ministry, and he was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1970. Bob has background clearances conducted by the Kentucky State Police and Verity Screening Solutions.

Santa also writes for children. See his books at