Santa Steve

Add some magic to your holiday gathering
Charity Events - Family Parties
Children's Events - Pics with Pets
Work Parties - Christmas in July

About Santa Steve

While visiting the Phoenix Arts Festival in 2007, I happened to stop by the Hollywood Regency Vintage Clothing store in the Melrose District. The owner, Heidi Owen, smiled warmly as I walked in the door. In the back of the store a vintage 1952 Santa Suit caught my eye. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, even after I left the store; something kept pulling me back to the store and the suit. My partner and Heidi encouraged me to try the suit on, and in that magical moment I knew I had a future as Santa. Heidi further encouraged me by donating the suit if I would put it to good use. That year I was Santa for the neighborhood children and for pictures with pets for a no-kill animal shelter.

Sadly, Heidi passed away in 2010. Santa Steve is dedicated to Heidi’s memory and her strong sense of community, caring, and concern for others. Santa Steve will forever carry the heart, love and kindness of Heidi. Even though some events are for profit, Santa Steve will always be geared towards helping others, ultimately providing kindness, sincerity, and respect for everyone, no matter what the circumstance of life.

A Year-End Message from Santa

Greetings to one and all!

I dearly appreciate my friends and their loving support throughout the year. Unfortunately,

I am never to be able to stay in touch as much as I would like, but I do want to keep you all informed about what’s keeping Santa Steve so busy!

Santa made some changes in 2018. I am doing fewer events, but longer ones that involve more than simply pictures with Santa. This past Christmas season, I spent a wonderful morning at StartLine Racing’s Jingle Bell Run (5K, ½ marathon, children’s jingle dash). The event was both fun and inspirational; I met so many selfless people, some who ran the marathon in tribute to people who had passed away, and others who ran for loved ones who were currently battling illness. It was truly a day of caring and accomplishment.

Santa also made an appearance at the Melrose Merriment Festival, a joyous community celebration that included a great variety of vendors, food trucks and fabulous entertainment. I highly recommend putting this event on your holiday calendar next year!

Fairway Mortgage’s holiday party for customers, employees, and families has been on Santa Steve’s list for five years now. This event is so much fun for adults, families, and Santa! We all enjoy the holiday celebrantion and get great pictures with which to remember them.

Though Santa Steve is not entirely non-profit, we do many “give-back” events, including:

  • An annual appearance at the Bethune School, a K-8 South Phoenix school. This season we took pictures, talked about what the students were accomplishing and, most importantly, enjoyed the day together. Santa received lots of wish lists and cherishes the precious pictures the children created just for him.
  • Santa Steve attended a fabulous event at Exposed Gallery in support of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, an entirely worthwhile organization supporting many HIV/AIDS programs including a feeding pantry, education outreach, and community support.

Santa is not just available in November and December, but all year long! Contact Santa Steve about filming for commercials and similar applications, or your next Christmas in July celebration!