Michigan Association of Professional Santas


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ALS bucket event

Posted by Russ Spice on September 13, 2014 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

Hello everyone.

I have accepted the ALS bucket challenge for my good friend Chef Richard Benson. I have know him for 51 years. He was my cooking teacher in HS. You are welcome to join me in the challenge or just come watch. It is an official ALS event and is also some kind of run.



Posted by Vicki Markey on July 12, 2014 at 8:17am 0 Comments

Vicki and Charlie Markey Estate sell July 12,2014 @ 9-5 pm
15615 Rose Dr Allen Park Mi
48101 Selling everything..nice firniture lazyboy like new recliner couch and chair, parlor grand piano plus lots of Christmas items

Christmas at Metro Airport

Posted by Santa Bill Neelsen SR. on July 10, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I am looking for Santas to work at the Mac Terminal at Metro Airport you must be able to pass a back round check by TSA which i am sure that is no problem. Please contact me at home after 3:30p leave a message. I will forward it to my contact person. Call @ 734-403-1689 as soon as possible


Posted by Jim Tait aka Magic Santa on July 10, 2014 at 1:15am 1 Comment

Santa Bill Neelsen who works at Metro Airport says that the airport is looking for Santas to ‘sit in the airport’ this coming holiday season. If you’re interested in a Santa job, give Bill a call at 313-573-9244.

Christmas in July has been cancelled.

Posted by Rickey Lee Maynard on June 9, 2014 at 9:11am 0 Comments

Not by our planning but problems with 1000 trails has caused Santa Bob and myself (Santa Rick) to pull the plug on this event. In short the manager quit her position with 1000 Trails. Her replacement seems overwhelmed at this point. Our emails, phone calls went unanswered. We hope this does not inconvenience anyone. 1000 Trails is still having something on the weekend Santa Bob and Myself will be there to play Santa on Saturday only.

Dinner for Kids Sake 2014

Posted by Santa Pirate on May 13, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Come join us for fundraiser dinner for child abuse prevention June 11 starts at 6:00pm silent auction, music & dancing
Fore Lakes Golf Club kimball Township , michigan

cape cod event

Posted by Dee Pilette on May 11, 2014 at 11:38am 0 Comments

Santa Gus and I attended the Northeast Santa gathering in cape cod this past weekend. Had a great time- about 40 santas and mrs. claus were in attendance.

think about going next year if you can.


M.A.P.S. is a social network


Our Mission

Michigan Association of Professional Santas (MAPS) mission is dedicated to providing a forum for Michigan Santas and their counterparts (Mrs. Clauses, elves, helpers and support staff) to network together, discuss various subjects pertaining to the portrayal of Santa Claus and becoming the best Santa Claus (or helpers) we possibly can be.


Board of Directors


         Santa-J (Jumbo) Helsel 

Vice Chairman:

         Santa (Pirate) Mike Durkin 


         Santa Gus Pilette 


         Dee Pilette 

Members at large (3):

         Sherri Heath 

         Santa Ed Lorenz 

         Santa Allen Hyland 

MEMBERS: If you wish to order the famous MAPS lapel pin, or the 5 year anniversary pin, challenge coin or our MAPS logo decal sticker please contact Santa Gus (MAPS Treasurer).  You can send him a message on his My Page here on MAPS or send here: 



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Latest Activity

Sam S. Hopeck is now friends with Santa Gary/Niles Michiana Santa, Grandpa Claus / Alec Oren Orris, Big Wave Santa and Thomas H Nastali more
7 hours ago
Santa-J jumbo and Bernard I Brewer (Santa Bernie) are now friends
22 hours ago
Santa Pirate is attending Charles W. Prevost's event


October 11, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm
Santa Bill Neelsen SR. is attending Santa Norm Gerring's event

MAPS LUNCHEON @ Zehnders, Oct 19, 2014 at Zehnders in Frankenmuth, Michigan

October 19, 2014 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Please note arrival time is 12:30 pm.  Once again Santa Spice has graciously arranged for our luncheon after CWH School. It is at Zehnders again with the same room which can hold 52 people, so lets talk it up and get our folks there. It is a private room named “Keeping Room” in lower level.  You may order off the menu or buffet - separate checks for singles and couples. We need a proper head count so please RSVP by clicking on the event and then the RSVP on the upper near right side column of the page. See More
Grandpa Claus / Alec Oren Orris left a comment for Rick Alden
"Dear Santa Rick Alden , I like to welcome each new member as they join , SO , ....... Welcome to our merry band of men , women , a few youth , and even some reindeer too !!! I have been here for a while now , and whilst I have only able to attend…"
Dee Pilette might attend Charles W. Prevost's event


October 11, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm
Santa Norm Gerring left a comment for Rick Alden
"Welcome Santa Rick, check out our MAPS Events and hope to see you soon."
Santa Paul Goodell and Dave Aldrich are now friends
Sherri Heath is attending Dee Pilette's event

Santa Spring Fling at Shoreline Inn, Muskegon, Michigan

April 9, 2015 at 5pm to April 12, 2015 at 7pm
MAPS is having a Santa Spring Fling in Muskegon starting April 9th thru April 12th. Friday night the 10th is meet & great, Saturday 11th will be a vendor show and round table discussons and Saturday night will be banquet. Sunday morning will be touring around the area. More details will follow but you can make hotel reservations now at Shoreline Inn 231-727-8483 & tell them you are coming to the Spring Fling. Room rates are $99 with breakfast included. Costs will be entered as they are finalized but wanted to give everyone chance to book hotel now.See More
Allen Hyland left a comment for Rick Alden
"Welcome Santa Rick! Hope to meet you at an upcoming event or at a Santa School. - Santa Allen"
Rick Alden is now a member of M.A.P.S.
Thomas H Nastali might attend Santa Norm Gerring's event

Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm Nov 1st at Clare, Mi. 48617

November 1, 2014 from 11am to 3pm
                     Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm                        2706 E. Stevenson Lake Rd                               Clare, Mi. 48617Last year was GREAT, lets do it again!!  Stay at the Doherty Hotel with great room rates and great food 800-525-4115 Meet at the Cops & Doughnut Bakery in Clare at 9 am with Santa Randy and others.521 N McEwan St.Clare, MI 48617-1438 (989) 386-2241Bring your own camera and get all the pictures you want. Food and beverage will be provided.Get great pictures, learn about the reindeer, and have a great lunch and gathering. Bring your cameras, suits and helpers.Last year was GREAT, this year will be better!!questions Dave 517-749-4866 Randy 231-740-9810Our 2nd annual get together at the reindeer farm welcoming all Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves and helpers. Bring your cameras for photos with the reindeer,visit with old and new friends, enjoy lunch and snacks including our now famous "egg nog doughnuts" and help us kick off another wonderful…See More


Wyandotte Santa needed

Started by Daniel Suttkus in General Sep 20. 0 Replies

I was contacted through my website for a need for a family event Santa on Dec 20th from 4 to 8 pm in Wyandotte Allen Colegrove can be reached at 7342864218 or almma@att.net


Started by Santa-J jumbo in General. Last reply by Santa-J jumbo Sep 17. 6 Replies

Thanks to Santa Paul Scott Goodell M.A.P.S. Michigan Association of professional Santa's. Will be raffling this beautiful sled off to raise money for our charity fund.Tickets are two dollars each or three for five dollars.Drawing will be November…Continue

Tickets for sled to collect for charities

Started by Dee Pilette in General Sep 16. 0 Replies

Everyone - please try to make one of the next few events to purchase tickets for the sled MAPS has to raise money for needy charities and/or families. winning ticket will be drawn at the Rooftop Reindeer Farm on November 1st. tickets are $2 each or…Continue


Started by Motor City Santa in Site Info, Questions, and Help. Last reply by Santa Norm Gerring Sep 7. 36 Replies

Ok Started to make a group page on Facebook.  But it wont work if it doesn't have any members.  If you are apart of the facebook community let us know here. Send me a friend request and Ill send you an invite to the group. Its a secret group so only…Continue

Ssanta suit for sale

Started by Russ Spice in General. Last reply by Russ Spice Jun 23. 2 Replies

When I was in Portland Saturday a Santa asked if I needed a santa suit. I don't, but now I have a friend in Cinci who is going to be a first time Santa and needs suits. Who has them? Who asked me?Continue

Visiting Santa 5/25/14

Started by Eric Shriver in General May 25. 0 Replies

Hello, There is a Santa who is also a trucker from Florida that I have been friends with for a while and he is at the TA truckstop in Monroe, Michigan tonight, if anyone wants to stop by and say hello. His name is Jeffry Shepherd and I believe his…Continue

gloves for Santa and Mrs Claus

Started by Dee Pilette in General. Last reply by Jeffery C Sak and Nancy F. Sak May 21. 6 Replies

It is time for me to order gloves for Santa and wondered where everyone gets their gloves from for the season.Thanks.Continue

yak set needed

Started by Chris "Kringle" Berry in General Mar 16. 0 Replies

Hi all,I hope you guys enjoyed claus fest. i stayed back because of an event.I am looking for a gently used yak wig and beard set to buy and wanted to know if any of my fellow santas have a set boxed away and have no need for it.take care and…Continue

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