Santa Bob's Resume

Bob Karrick's goal in portraying Santa Claus is to keep the joy and wonders of Christmas alive in the hearts of children and adults everywhere. He believes the true meaning of Christmas stems from the heart of God as He gave His one and only Son - our greatest inspiration for giving to others. Santa Bob is the recipient of the 2013 Keeping Christ in Christmas Award presented by the Santa Claus Oath Foundation. During the 2016 Discover Santa Convention in Branson, MO, Bob was inducted into the esteemed Santa Claus fraternity, Knights of St. Nicholas.

Bob has served as the minister and an elder of the Bowling Green Christian Church, Bowling Green, KY. He is past president and benefit concert organizer for HOTEL, INC, a regional para-church ministry of benevolence. Bob holds earned degrees from Cincinnati Christian University and Louisville Bible College. Bob was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1981, and he has served in both vocational and bivocational ministry.

Santa Bob is an alum of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School (2011) and the International University of Santa Claus (2010). Bob attends national Santa gatherings and workshops annually to perfect his portrayal of the Jolly Old Elf. Also, Bob has more than 25 years of theatrical experience, including the following roles:

R.H. Macy in Here's Love (musical version of Miracle on 34th Street)
Bob Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Dr. Clement C. Moore in Happy Christmas to All
Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music
The King in the musical version of Cinderella
Mr. Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis
Mr. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice
Dr. Chumley in Harvey
Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun
(and many more)

Santa Bob's life experience includes 40 years as a licensed master barber, 32 years as an ordained Christian minister, four years in law enforcement, and he was honorably discharged from the USAF in 1970. Bob has a background clearance conducted by the KY State Police.

Santa Bob was born in 1948, and he enjoys good health. At 6'2", Bob is an ideal height and weight for conveying the persona of Santa Claus. His hair/beard are naturally white. Bob and his wife, Helen, have three children and four grandchildren.

Santa also writes for children. See his books at