Skip to main content

Visitors to The Santa Experience at the Mall of America will find a cast of Saint Nicks more diverse and multi-lingual than ever before.

There will be six Santa Claus working the attraction this year, two of whom are bilingual, with one speaking Spanish, and the other Cantonese.

A spokesperson told Bring Me The News that the mall has hired its first Asian Santa, and it will be the first time the mall with have Santas that speak a language other than English. 

The Santa Experience will run from Nov. 19-Dec. 24.

"Our genuine Santas bring an unparalleled level of talent, warmth, and positivity to make all visitors feel special when they visit our personally decorated store locations. Countless families have made The Santa Experience a holiday tradition, returning year after year and growing up with the same Santa," a spokesperson said.

Meet the Santas at MOA

  • Santa Larry made international headlines in 2016 when he became the first Black Santa Claus hired by the Mall of America. According to The Santa Experience website, Santa Larry is a military veteran who is a member of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. 
  • Santa Allan is the first Asian Santa to perform at the exhibit in the mega mall's history. He speaks both English and Cantonese.
  • Santa Sam is described as a "next level" Santa talent. He brings with him a background in theatre and improv.
  • Santa Pat is relatively new to being a Santa, as he joined The Santa Experience in 2021. He becomes the second Black Santa on the program's roste.
  • Santa Herman is also bilingual, knowing Spanish and English. He was formerly known as "Mistletoe the Mischievous Elf" at the Santa Experience prior to becoming Santa for the first time in 2022.
  • Santa Jon is considered a "seasoned veteran" by staff, having been with The Santa Experience for seven years.

Another since-retired Santa, Santa Sid, worked for 25 years as St. Nick, long before The Santa Experience came into existence in 2007.

Visitors can book in-person visits or virtual visits with whichever Santa they want to choose in advance. To check out each Santa's schedule for the holiday season, click here.

Next Up


Charges: Driver had been drinking at party before striking teens, killing one

The victims were walking home from Walmart at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 4.32.08 PM

State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'

The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.


Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash

The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.

police lights

Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments

Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.

Screen Shot 2023-01-30 at 1.18.29 PM

Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney

Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.


Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures

The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.



Mall of America is offering a virtual Santa experience this year

People can virtually tour Santa's Candy Cane Institute.


Mall of America debuts schedule of holiday festivities, extended hours

The mall's dazzling decorative display returns this month.


Police: Man dressed as witch stole over $300K of jewelry at Mall of America

The man's car was identified as the same one leaving with the stolen items.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

Mall of America trending after security speaks to preacher in 'Jesus Saves' shirt

The MOA says the man had received a 24-hour trespass ban for soliciting a week earlier.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons 2

Five upcoming openings to watch at Mall of America

The mall revealed some new retailers and attractions that will open in the coming months.